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Fourth CarVal Capesize Joins GoodBulk
GoodBulk Ltd. took delivery of the 2012-built Capesize vessel Aquahaha on February 15, 2018.
Irish cargo ship disabled in English Channel, avoid French salvage
General cargo ship ARKLOW RIVALwas disabled by mechanical damage at around 0930 UTC Feb 18 in English Channel some 70 nm west of Guernsey, while en route from Lisbon Portugal to Sunderland, UK, North sea, with cargo of cement. Owner refused towage offered by French SAR, with SAR ship ABEILLE BOURBON being nearby and ready. The other ship of Arklow, ARKLOW RAINBOW (IMO 9344497), interrupted her voyage to Warrenpoint, Ireland, and came to assist. Understood they manage to move the ship from heavily trafficked area up north, later British tug CANNIS (IMO 8102141) was contracted, she took ARKLOW RIVAL on tow at around 0400 UTC Feb 19, to be towed to Fowey, nearest British port. As of 0530 UTC Feb convoy was proceeding towards Fowey at some 4 knots speed.
Cargo ship bound for Galapagos capsized, 1 crew trapped inside
Cargo ship ORCA capsized in the morning Feb 18 at Guayaquil, Ecuador, while loading cargo of stones, bound for Itabaca airport, Galapagos Archipelago. There were 5 crew on board, 4 escaped, 1 was trapped inside, rescue under way.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Rs 7,900-crore terminal at JNPT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 7,900-crore fourth container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust that is expected to double its handling capacity.
Phase-I, which would add 2.4 million tonne equivalent units a year capacity, was completed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore in 36 months. The second phase that will take the additional capacity to 10 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) would be completed by 2022.
Inaugurating the first phase of the fourth terminal of the JNPT, to be operated by the Singapore Ports, Modi said his government is focusing on port-led development.
The terminal, jointly developed by JNPT and Port of Singapore Authority, would be able to dock mother vessels, handle the biggest container ships and cranes that can reach 22 rows wide or more, said Neeraj Bansal, chairman at JNPT. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 7,915 crore, making it the highest foreign direct investment in the ports sector, a JNPT statement said.
"We need more value addition in exports. Only building ports will not help," said Gopal Krishna, secretary, shipping, government of India. "We have many ports in the country. Container ports are required."
The terminal, once complete, will be the largest cargo handling port in the country with a provision for storing 1,600 refrigerated containers to also handle agriculture and horticulture produce. To enhance the connectivity from JNPT to various parts of the country, the trust is working on a dedicated 12-lane freight corridor, which stretches up to Goa to ease traffic congestion, informed Krishna. It would be ready by 2020.
Along with expansion at JNPT, the Ministry of Shipping is also working on developing four dry ports in Maharashtra-Satara, Sangli, Jalna, and Wardha. "This would further boost the logistics capabilities as well as exports," said Krishna. The process of land acquisition is underway.
JNPT handles 36 percent of countryís containerised exports. Of which, 22 percent come from Maharashtra and the rest from other parts of the country.
PSA Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Chong Meng said the port is targeting to handle 500,000 TEUs in 2018 and then add further. He said JNPT, which awarded the fourth terminal to the PSA in May 2014 after long delays, has struggled with capacity till now due to which ports like Mundra in the private sector have been able to attract more traffic.
"Because of this capacity constraint, cargo movements have been sought to move to other places. Perhaps, not their first choice to do so. They would prefer to go through Mumbai as this city has a very big hinterland," Meng said.
Now that the capacity has been added, government will also be able to seek investments for the economy, he added and underlined the need to have the pricing power for operators. "The first phase took a lot of energy, we learnt a lot," he said, without elaborating. The project has been executed with the support of Singaporean banks, Meng said, adding that features like a longer berth and modern cranes which can handle larger ships, distinguish it from other terminals of JNPT located off the financial capital's eastern coastline.
Pirates attack thwarted with hot water, Philippines
General cargo ship KUDOS 1 was attacked by armed men in three boats at night Feb 16 off Sibago Island, Basilan, near Zamboanga City, southwest Mindanao, Philippines. According to media news, attackers were after hijacking crew members for ransom. They fired upon the ship, which sailed from Davao City, Mindanao, with cargo of steel bars. Attack was repelled by crew splashing hot water mixed with oil on attackers, said the Captain of the ship. Two crew were slightly injured. The ship issued distress signal, Philippine Navy and CG escorted her to Zamboanga.
Bulk carrier Filipino Chief Mate missing, search suspended, Puget Sound
USCG Report: Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center watchstanders received a call from the captain of the bulk carrier GOLDEN JAKE, anchored north of Blake Island State Park, reporting their chief mate missed the evening muster held at 1800 LT Feb 15. He was last seen during the morning vessel muster at 10:30 a.m. and was reportedly wearing red overalls. The crew conducted a complete search of the ship with negative results.
Coaster troubled in Kylerhea Narrows, Scotland
General cargo ship CEG UNIVERSE suffered steering failure (reportedly broken rudder) in the morning Feb 18 in Kylerhea Narrows, Kyle Rhea Strait between Isle of Skye and Scottish mainland, while en route to Kyle. The ship was brought to anchor, but anchor didn t hold against strong current, CEG UNIVERSE started to drift. RNLI lifeboats crew from Kyle were engaged and saved the day by preventing further drift, until tug arrived, and took freighter on tow. CEG UNIVERSE was towed to Kyle of Lochals and moored in the afternoon same day. Photo BBC.
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