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Cargo ship aground on river Don, Russia
General cargo ship LAVR ran aground in river Don estuary while proceeding downstream to Azov sea, at 2325 Moscow time Jul 26. Vessel is en route from Rostov-on-Don to Poti, Georgia, with cargo of coke. As of 1500 Moscow time Jul 27, she was still aground, with tug at her side. No damages, no leak reported.
Celebrity Edge Heads Off to Sea Trials
Celebrity Edge left the French shipyard Chantiers de l Atlantique yesterday evening for its first sea trials with 470 persons on board.The ship will undergo about 60 tests while at sea to check all the systems under real conditions.
The 117,000 gross ton cruise ship is scheduled to return to the yard on Sunday, July 29, where the work on board will be completed before its delivery to Celebrity Cruises. The ship is 300 meters long and 38 meters wide and has the capability to carry 2,900 guests in 1,450 staterooms.
Delos Shipping Linked to Order of Up to 12 VLECs
US investment banking and principal investment firm Delos Shipping has been linked to an order of up to twelve very large ethane carriers (VLECs).
According to data provided by Asiasis, the company ordered the units from two South Korean shipbuilding majors, Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Delos Shipping reportedly placed firm orders for three ships at each shipyard, along with three options attached to each contract.
SBM Offshore Pens Leniency Deal with Brazilian Authorities
Dutch marine energy group SBM Offshore has signed a leniency agreement with the Brazilian authorities and oil and gas major Petrobras paving way for the closure of the legal issues in the country.
Under Brazilian anti-corruption law, leniency agreements are offered to entities which have practiced illicit acts but ceased to do so and have effectively cooperated with the investigations and the administrative proceedings.
Karachi Port handles 4.18pc more cargo
The Karachi Port handled 54.685 million tonnes cargo during 2017-18 compared to 52.493m tonnes the preceding year, registering an increase of 4.18 per cent. According to details the total dry cargo (imports and exports) totalled 39.155m tonnes, up 5.33pc over 37.173m tonnes handled in 2016-17.
The port handled 15.530 million tonnes of liquid bulk cargo during the period as against 15.320m tonnes recording a nominal increase of 1.37pc over the previous year.
CSP deal with French shipping line
Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) announced that it had sold a 10 percent stake in its CSP Zeebrugge Terminal to French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM Group s container terminals unit s CMA Terminal, industry website container-mag.com reported.
The strategic cooperation will allow the CSP Zeebrugge Terminal to further develop into a major hub port in Northwest Europe, the report said.
All Weather Terminal -The First Ever Roofed Loading Bay And Warehouse In Ghent
ArcelorMittal Gent, the Flemish investment company "Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen" ("PMV"), Euroports and North Sea Port are collaborating on the first ever roofed loading bay and warehouse in Ghent: the "All Weather Terminal" (AWT). An investment worth more than 50 million euros.
The new terminal is being built next to the existing mixed cargo bay of ArcelorMittal Gent and will be used in the first place to store and ship finished steel coils. Twenty percent of the storage capacity can also be used for the handling of other materials such as paper or other mixed cargo.
China: Transport sector records boom in freight, investment in H1
China transported 23.21 billion tons of freight in the first half of the year, up 6.9 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Transport on July 26. Ports above scale handled 6.54 billion tons of cargo during the same period of time, an increase of 2.4 percent. Fixed assets investment in the transport industry totaled 1.33 trillion yuan ($195.35 billion), similar to that of the last year.
Freight transport volume growth rose 7.4 percent in the second quarter, indicating booming demand of cargo transport, said Mao Jian, deputy inspector of the comprehensive planning department at the ministry.
Nigerian anti-corruption project improves port calls
An anti-corruption project aiming for port calls without demands for in-kinds payments, harassment, or the threat of illicit delays has been completed with positive outcomes. Key to the success of this project was close cooperation between the private maritime sector and Nigerian authorities.
Nigeria is one of the most challenging countries to do business in with unlawful demands commonplace. For the shipping industry there are numerous steps in the vessel clearance process which lead to inefficient operations and increase the opportunity for illegitimate demands in ports.