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Tug with barges still aground, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Louisiana
Tug MISS ODESSA with 6 hopper barges loaded with rocks, ran aground at around 2200 LT Feb 2 on Atchafalaya River near Berwick, Louisiana, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. One of the barges broke in two during refloating attempts, the rest of barges and tug didn t suffer damages. As of 0430 UTC Feb 4, tug and barges were still aground, refloating operation being under way. Tug traffic in the area reportedly suspended, a number of tugs can be seen upstream and downstream from grounding site.
Vopak Offloads Algeciras Terminal
Dutch tank storage company Royal Vopak has completed the divestment of its oil terminal in Algeciras, Spain.
In April 2019, Vopak inked an agreement with First State Investments for the sale of 100% of the shares in Vopak Terminal Algeciras for EUR 125 million (USD 138 million).
Previously, Vopak had an 80% controlling stake in the facility.
As explained, the newest divestment is the finalization of the sale of three terminals - Amsterdam, Hamburg and Algeciras - to First State Investments.
Klaipedos Nafta to Operate LNG Terminal in Brazil
Lithuanian company AB Klaipedos Nafta (KN) has been appointed as the operator of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Brazilian Port of Açu.
KN, KN Açu Serviços de Terminal de GNL Ltda. (Brazilian SPV) and Gas Natural Açu (GNA), which is a joint venture among Prumo Logistica, BP and Siemens, signed an operation and maintenance services agreement for the provision of the relevant services.
Coconut Charcoal the Likely Cause of Yantian Express Fire
Coconut charcoal has been identified as the likely cause of last year s fire on board the containership Yantian Express, according to a report published by Germany s Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU).
However, the investigation could not clarify the cause of the fire unambiguously. This was especially due to the very long duration of the fire and the intensive use of firefighting water which changed the origin of the fire strongly. By procedure of exclusion, three containers which could possibly have caused the fire were identified.
Hapag-Lloyd Trialing Biofuel to Cut CO2 Emissions
German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd is conducting the first biofuel test on one of its vessels in an effort to reduce the company s CO2 footprint.
The 4,402 TEU containership Montreal Express was recently refueled with a new, eco-friendly biofuel in Rotterdam.
European Shipowners Want Fluidity of Trade despite Brexit
As the United Kingdom stopped being a member of the European Union on January 31, 2020, European shipowners have called on both UK and EU regulators to continue their close alignment when it comes to shipping issues.
The European shipowners emphasized the importance of including maritime transport in the upcoming trade negotiations, the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA) said in a statement.
AIDA Cruise Ship Banned from Docking in Saint Lucia
A cruise ship operated by German cruise line AIDA Cruises has been refused entry at the port of Castries, Saint Lucia, with some passengers on board having respiratory issues.
On February 1, 2020, the AIDAperla, carrying about 3,000 passengers, was not authorized to enter the Caribbean port as some guests were suffering upper respiratory tract infections.
India: Corporatisation of major port trusts may cull new port law
The Central government will pursue corporatisation of State-owned major ports directly either by invoking a clause in the Major Port Trusts Act or by amending the law itself which could make a Shipping Ministry plan to facilitate the long-pending structural reform of these ports through a new law redundant.
"This government would consider corporatising at least one major port and subsequently its listing on the stock exchanges," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her Budget speech to Parliament on Saturday.
The International Dockworkers Council adapts its structure in accordance with the growth in affiliations
Dennis A. Daggett, who since November is the General Coordinator of the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) after the General Assembly that the Global Federation held in Lisbon (Portugal), met a few days ago in the United States the Zone Coordinators and representatives of some of the relevant Unions of the Organization, to present the Council s Action Plan for the next years.
Port of Rotterdam Authority and Erasmus University Rotterdam launch unique programme for future port executives
On 3 February 2020, the first group of participants will take part in the Port Executive Leadership Circle. During an intensive week, they will be given the opportunity to update their port -related knowledge at academic level as well as share knowledge with each other.
The transition from fossil to renewable fuels, process automation and creating employment, transforming old ports into attractive urban areas: these are the complex challenges not only facing Rotterdam but all port cities worldwide.
Gibraltar port authority attends LNG bunkering summit
The Gibraltar Port Authority recently attended the IQPC s 8th Annual Global LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam.
Deputy Captain of the Port John Ghio attended the event which was spread over three days.
"The event focused on the LNG supply chain, offering a unique insight into the decision making, planning, development, operation, safety and training processes that are driving the LNG Bunkering market forward," the Gibraltar Government said in a statement.