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Season's first cruise liner arrives in Kochi
MV Boudicca, the Bahamas-based luxury cruise liner, berthed at the Kochi port on Sunday morning, signalling the beginning of cruise season in Kerala.
The luxury liner was built in 1973 and belongs to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, a UK-based Norwegian-owned cruise shipping line. The ship, with 506 tourists and 389 crew members on board, reached the Kochi port around 6.30 a.m., said a press release.
The cruise ship, which began its journey from Abu Dhabi on October 4, docked at the Mumbai port prior to its arrival in Goa where it berthed for a night. From Goa, it sailed to the Kochi port. Officials of the Tourism Department were present at the cruise berth terminal to give a warm ceremonial welcome to the ship.
"The arrival of the first cruise ship marks the beginning of cruise season in Kerala. It will provide a boost to the State's efforts to attract more foreign and domestic tourists after the recent floods. It also sends out a message to tourists from far and wide that Kerala's waters are absolutely safe," said Rani George, Secretary, Department of Tourism.
"Tourist inflow has already started, and the arrival of the first cruise vessel will give a good start for the season. We are expecting the arrival of more cruise ships in the coming days," said Tourism Director P. Bala Kiran.
The tourists will visit various destinations in the State, including Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Alappuzha, before leaving for Vizhinjam on Monday by 7 p.m. The ship will leave for Colombo from Vizhinjam, the press release added.
Chartered flight: Earlier, the season's second chartered flight to Kerala, carrying 59 tourists from France, arrived at the Cochin International Airport on Saturday. A ceremonial reception was accorded to the French tourists. The first chartered flight of the season arrived here last month, carrying 60 tourists from Australia, according to a release here. The French tourists will visit various destinations in the State before leaving for Sri Lanka on Monday.
OOCL to Launch Bunker Recovery Surcharge as Its Switches to Low Sulphur Fuel
Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) plans to meet the new sulphur cap regulations by switching to 0.5 percent low sulphur fuel.
The transition to LSF of the company s entire fleet will start in the second half of 2019, the company said. As a result, the container carrier expects its fuel bill to jump by over USD 0.5 billion, which the company plans to transfer to customers.
Samsung Heavy Secures One More LNG Carrier Order
South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has won a contract for the construction of one liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.
The ship will be delivered to an unnamed shipowner from the Oceania region by the end of January 2021, SHI said. The contract is worth KRW 211.8 billion (around USD 185 million).
Gallery: RoRo that Crashed into Anchored Boxship Allowed to Head for Tunisia
The Tunisian-flagged RoRo Ulysse, which collided with an anchored boxship a week ago, has been allowed to set sail for Tunisia. The two ships were locked together for five days in order to avoid further damages and pollution of the environmnet before being disentangled on October 11.
PIL Terminates Vessel Calls to Iran due to US Sanctions
Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has ceased acceptance of cargoes in and out of Iran. What is more, the shipping company has terminated all calls to Iran.
"This is in conjunction with President Donald J. Trump s announcement on May 8, 2018, to cease the United States participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and to reimpose all sanctions lifted or waived in connection with the JCPOA," PIL said in a statement.
Port of Corpus Christi Breaks Tonnage Record amid Blooming Crude Oil Exports
The Port of Corpus Christi, one of the main U.S. crude oil exporters, seems to be unfazed by the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.
The port reported a new tonnage record driven mainly by an increase of exported crude oil, which was up by 11 percent year-on-year. In the first nine months of 2018, the Port of Corpus Christi set a tonnage record of 79.3 million tons, surpassing the previous record of 77.9 million tons from 2015.
Luxury yacht devastated by major fire, Cannes
Fire broke out on board of a luxury yacht LALIBELA, docked at Golfe-Juan, Cannes area, France, during the night Oct 12 - 13. Fire was a major one, several fire engines were deployed, 2 firefighters were slightly injured, and by afternoon Oct 13 fire wasn t yet extinguished. Yacht remained berthed, neighbouring boats were relocated. Yacht is badly damaged, judging from photos, probably she ll be found a total loss.
Dutch freighter troubled in Bay of Biscay, taken on tow
General cargo ship AMADEUS AQUAMARIJN understood to be troubled in Bay of Biscay off Brest in the morning Oct 13, while en route from Kiel to Lorient. According to French MRCC, SAR tug ABEILLE BOURBON was deployed, the ship was taken on tow around midday and has been towed towards Brest, but according to track, managed to get under way in the afternoon.
CMA CGM Neopanamax container ship collided with pier.
Neopanamax CMA CGM MUMBAI struck a pier while docking at Mumbai Jawaharlal Nehru Port at around 0800 UTC Oct 13, on arrival from Karachi Pakistan. According to official statement pier didn t suffer heavy damage. No information on ship s damage, though definitelythere was some.
Car carrier disabled by fire, North sea
Fire erupted in engine room of vehicle carrier BALTIC BREEZE during the night Oct 14 in North sea ENE of Cuxhaven, the ship being en route from Drammen Norway Cuxhaven Germany. At around 0000 UTC Oct 14 the ship was disabled and started to drift, with some 3,000 cars on board. The crew tried to extinguished fire by own means, but failed, due to reportedly, heavy smoke.
Algoma Cancels All Four Newbuild Contracts with Uljanik
Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has decided to cancel all four newbuild construction contracts with Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik.
As World Maritime News reported, Uljanik received a contract cancellation for one Algoma ship earlier this month. Now, Algoma confirmed it will scrap the remaining vessels it has on order at Uljanik s 3. Maj shipyard.
Port of Antwerp on track for sixth record year
Throughput continues to register growth in the Port of Antwerp. After record semi-annual figures, the total throughput after nine months stands at 177,026,550 tonnes - a sharp 6% increase compared with the same period last year. With these results, the port seems to be on track for the sixth record year in a row.
Krishnapatnam Port targets handling 60 mn MT cargo in FY18-19
Andhra Pradesh-based Krishnapatnam Port has set itself a target of handling total cargo of close to 60 million metric tonnes during the current financial year, a top official said.
In six months, we registered more than 25 per cent growth in 2018-19. We handled 29.12 million tonnes of cargo upto September 30, 2018.
Vietnam: "Significantly lower" port charges set to rise
International shipping lines could face a 10 per cent increase in container handling service charges at ports in the northern region, starting from early 2019 under the Ministry of Transport s latest proposals. However, many concerns over the possible logistics cost hikes have been raised.
PTP eyes 7% growth in container volume this year
Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd, operator of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) here, is confident of handling 7.1% more containers this year, despite concerns the US-China trade war could affect volumes.