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SMT Validation Project Backed by EU
The Sea Traffic Management Validation Project, an offshoot of the MONALISA projects focusing on route planning, has secured EUR 21 million (USD 23.1 million) in financial support from the European Union within a Motorways of the Sea project.
Sea Traffic Management (STM) is a methodology sought to define a set of systems and procedures to guide and monitor sea traffic in a manner similar to air traffic management.
The project, led by the Swedish Maritime Administration-endorsed consortium, will cover test beds in Northern Europe and Mediterranean Sea, engaging 300 vessels, 10 ports of different sizes and 3 shore centres.
These are aimed at validating the Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept and paving the way for smooth deployment of new collaborative services previously unknown to sea transport but existing for many years in other transport sectors.
Belships Fixes Newbuilding Duo
Oslo-listed dry bulk shipping operator, Belships, has chartered two of its Supramax newbuilding dry bulk carriers, currently under construction at Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding.
The 61,000 dwt Belforest will be delivered from Imabari Shipbuilding on or around September 25.
Cargill, Geneva, will charter the Belforest for 10 to 14 months, which is expected to generate an EBITDA of USD 1.15 million over the average period.
Belforest’s sister ship – Belisland – will be delivered from Imabari around March 15, 2016, and will be chartered to Canpotex for 5 years.
Belships currently operates a fleet of three Supramax bulk carriers.
Burn center for water park victims opens ' Society ' FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ... - Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taipei, July 14 (CNA) A dedicated burn center for the treatment of patients injured in a flash fire at Formosa Fun Coast (八仙樂園) water park last month opened at the Banciao Branch of New Taipei City Hospital on Tuesday.
The 627 Burn Projects Management Center, named after the date of the incident, will provide follow-up treatment for the 500 victims of the fire, based on a "one patient, one project" service model, said the Yulon Group, a Taiwanese car manufacturer and importer that provided the funding for the facility.
The services will include reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation, education and employment consultations, counseling, home care, and other support services, the group said.
Yulon donated NT$16 million (US$515,000) to establish dedicated burn treatment facilities such as intensive care wards, water therapy rooms, and other equipment, anticipating that some of the victims may need years of follow-up treatment.
WATCH: New committee will support visiting seafarers ' Gladstone Observer - Gladstone Observer
A NEW committee to support seafarers visiting Gladstone has been established.
The Port Welfare Committee pilot project is a world-wide initiative of the International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network, and is focused on improving the welfare services and support made available to seafarers when they call in at different ports around the world.
The challenges faced by seafarers was highlighted last week when it was revealed a ship crew of 21 hadn t been paid for two months.
On a ship that docked in Gladstone harbour, the men, from the Philippines, were transporting bauxite from Weipa to Rio Tinto QAL aboard the Japanese-owned AOM Milena.
Stakeholders: no to P17B port modernization project
Stakeholders in the Davao Region have appealed to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to review the P17 billion Sasa Port Modernization project claiming there are two modern ports that can do the job.
In a forum organized by Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) at Park Inn By Radisson on Friday, Mindanao Business Council (MBC) chair Vicente Lao said the Davao Region already has two modern ports owned by the Davao International Container Terminal (DITC) and Hijos Resources Corporation that can accommodate the shipment of goods of the local exporters.
He acknowledged that Davao City needs to have a modernized port but not how the DOTC envisions the project to be, which may compete with the existing ports.
“It is not the policy of the government to compete with private sector,” he added.
Some raised their concerns on the possibility of an increase in the shipment cost, which will eventually pull up the pricing of the goods in the local market.
Lanco May Soon Commence Port Project Work in Australia: Report
Lanco Infratech s Australian subsidiary is expected to commence construction of a port from the third quarter of the year, said a notification issued by the Department of Environment, Australia.
The department, while seeking public opinion on the proposed dredging work at Bunbury port near Griffin Coal mines in Western Australia, said Lanco Resources Australia Pty Ltd has proposed to undertake dredging of approximately 1.9 million cubic metres as part of the new Berth 14A located within the Inner Harbour of Bunbury Port in Western Australia.
"Port construction is likely to commence in the third quarter of 2015 with the site being operational in April 2017, subject to the relevant approvals and availability of required resources. The export quantity of coal would progressively increase until the full capacity of 15 million tonnes per annum is achieved," the referral document released by the Australian government said.
Dredging activities are proposed to commence in October and last for up to a maximum of 40 weeks.
Lanco officials were not available for comments.
Earlier, a senior official of the group had said that the $1-billion Griffin coal project comprises three components including operating a mine, development of another mine and construction work at the Bunbury port.
Centre commits to development of Paradip port
The central government is committed to take all possible steps for development of Paradip port and has decided to set up medical college, super-specialty hospital here for the poor sections of people, workers and others, said union minister of shipping, road transport and National Highway Nitin Gadkari while inaugurating the Southern Oil Jetty.
The Southern Oil Jetty has been constructed at a cost of Rs.811 crore to cater to requirements of oil refinery project of IOCL. It will enable Paradip Oil Refinery to import crude oil and export of products. Over 212 vessels can be loaded from the South Jetty per year.
Addressing the gathering Gadkari said, “the state government should provide required land for setting up medical college, hospitals, educational institution, drinking water projects and improvement of drainage system in Paradip”.
He has asked the authorities of Paradip Port Trust to prepare master plan for implementation of these projects. Effluent and polluted water would not be released to sea so plan development is required to make this city as clean city. There should be no interference from politicians in developmental works, he noted.
He also highlighted about the progress of inland water way linking Kalinganagar industrial area and eventually Talcher to Paradip and Dhamara ports.
EU to finance development of Lithuania s LNG infrastructure
Energy company Klaipedos Nafta and Sweden s port of Helsingborg received confirmation that the European Union (EU) will allocate over EUR 10 million to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the Baltic Sea region, reports LETA/ELTA.
The Coordination Committee of EU s Connecting Europe Facility has approved EUR 10.2 million or 35 percent funding for Helsingborg and Klaipeda Infrastructure Facility. Klaipedos Nafta will receive EUR 6 million for the construction of onshore LNG distribution station. Meanwhile, the port of Helsingborg will receive the remaining amount for the construction of LNG liquefaction plant.
It is planned that the station will be launched in early 2017. Klaipedos Nafta had earlier received EUR 150,000 for the planning and other preparatory work on the LNG distribution station.
"The company is building the distribution station using own and borrowed funds, the project is not subsidised or otherwise supported by the state, thus it was important for us to receive financial support for the construction from the EU. The application for financing – the project s quality, relevance and importance for the EU s strategy and impact on the region – was highly evaluated. Our company, the operator of the LNG terminal, is striving to manage the infrastructure as efficiently as possible. The distribution station will significantly contribute to his goal and will reduce LNG terminal s maintenance costs," said Mantas Bartuska, Director General of Klaipedos Nafta.