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|Rescue Ops Launched after Hurricane Hits Bourbon AHTS in the Atlantic|
An international rescue mission has been launched for a Bourbon anchor handler tug supply (AHTS) vessel after it was hit by a category four hurricane in the Caribbean.
The French offshore vessel owner said that the Bourbon Rhode AHTS developed a water ingress when it encountered the hurricane while headed for Guyana.
"In particularly adverse weather conditions, the 14 crew members are facing a water ingress in the rear part of the vessel," Bourbon said in a statement on September 26.
At the time, the Luxembourg-flagged ship was around 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique Island and 60 nautical miles south-south east from the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo in the Atlantic Ocean.
Bourbon explained that a crisis cell was immediately activated to ensure the coordination, out of Marseilles, of the rescue of the vessel and its crew, in close collaboration with authorities, including the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) West Indies-Guyana.
In order to organize the quickest support possible, the CROSS has asked the bulk carrier SSI Excellent, which was some 200 nautical miles south, to change its route and assist the Bourbon Rhode. The bulk carrier is expected to arrive in the area in the morning hours of September 27, local time.
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|First of Three New Units for Majestic Fast Ferry Launched|
The Brilliance of Majestic, the first of three new vessels being built for Majestic Fast Ferry, has been launched, according to Australian ship designer Incat Crowther.
The Incat Crowther 42 unit, that features a high service speed at a low installed engine power, was delivered to its owner from the Indonesian PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard.
The previous vessels housed their passengers in a single deck configuration that reduced weight and construction complexity. The Brilliance class was driven by the requirement to carry more passengers at greater speed, whilst giving business class passengers an exclusive experience, Incat Crowther explained.
Brilliance of Majestic s main deck cabin seats 261 economy passengers, while the ships s upper deck business class cabin can accommodate 43 passengers.
The vessel is powered by quad MTU 12V2000 M72 main engines, each developing 1080kW. Propelled by quad Rolls Royce 56A3 jets, the unit has a fully-laden speed of 38 knots.
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|Port Commission Greenlights Houston Ship Channel Expansion Work|
The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority has authorized "critical-path" professional services for the Houston Ship Channel expansion project.
The widening and deepening of the ship channel, the busiest in the United States, is needed for improved safety and the future growth of regional and national commerce.
Specifically, the ship channel expansion work approved by the port commission includes critical-path professional services for engineering, design and project coordination. The contract approved by the commission was in an amount not to exceed USD 5.5 million and was awarded to TC&B/GBA, a joint venture of Turner Collie & Braden and Gahagan & Bryant Associates.
Given significant demand from industry to take advantage of current economic conditions and facilitate future growth, the Port of Houston Authority has proposed an expedited schedule whereby dredging could begin by 2021 and the project be completed in 2024.
The channel widening, along with deepening in some sections, is the eleventh and next major ship channel expansion project. The last widening and deepening of the channel was completed in 2005.
What is more, the port authority has approved a contract for three new Neopanamax electric cranes for the Bayport Container Terminal. The USD 35 million dockside cranes are intended for Bayport s Wharf No. 5.
The three new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are expected to be operational in the summer of 2021 and will be the tallest to date for Port Houston, standing at 48 meters under the spreader and will be capable of handling 18,000 TEU-sized containerships. They will bring the port s fleet of STS cranes to 29.
Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director, noted during Tuesday s meeting that the growth experienced recently at the port is continuing.
"Operationally, our facilities have handled close to 30 million tons of cargo through August, an increase of 7 percent over last year as both container volumes and steel have maintained their upward trends in 2019," Guenther reported.
The number of container TEUs handled through August totaled nearly two million, an increase of 11 percent compared to this time last year. Guenther said he expects to approach three million by the end of this year.
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|MOL Takes Delivery of Another Cameron LNG Carrier|
Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of Marvel Heron, a next-generation LNG carrier.
Built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the 79,000 dwt newbuild was named at the Nagasaki Shipyard Koyagi Plant in late August this year.
With a length of 297.5 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, the Panama-flagged LNG carrier has a capacity of 177,000 cbm.
Marvel Heron is the second of the three new LNG carriers that will sail under charter contracts MOL signed with Mitsui & Co. in September 2014 and January 2015.
The vessels will mainly transport shale gas-derived LNG from the Mitsui & Co.-backed Cameron LNG project in the US state of Louisiana.
MOL will manage the new vessels, which will supply LNG to markets in Japan and other countries.
As explained, Marvel Heron adopts the hybrid dual-shaft steam turbine and gas engine (STaGE) propulsion system. This is said to be an environment-friendly and economically superior design which achieves a further reduction in fuel costs while minimizing CO2 emissions.
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|Hapag-Lloyd Introduces New India Services amid Growing Demand|
German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has launched two new services in India as it expects the country s container market to grow further.
Starting in October this year, the company will introduce the South East India - Europe Express (IEX) and the Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX).
According to Hapag-Lloyd, IEX will provide the only direct connection between South and East India and Europe in the market.
The weekly service, jointly operated with ONE, YML and COSCO, will be made up of nine 6,500 TEU vessels, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing four ships. The first departures are scheduled for October 26.
Launching on October 12, the MIAX will support the growing demand of transport capacity between India and Africa. Hapag-Lloyd will operate MIAX jointly with ONE. A total of nine vessels with a capacity of 2,800 TEU each, will serve on this new route.
"The launch of two new services - IEX and MIAX - will make stronger opportunities for EXIM cargo and for Indian manufacturers to cater to global markets," Rizwan Soomar, CEO and Managing Director, DP-World Indian sub-continent, said.
"We are extremely pleased to be chosen by Hapag-Lloyd yet again as it reinforces their confidence in our capabilities to add value to trade."
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|ONE Containership Clashes with Tanker in Piraeus Port|
The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) ONE Blue Jay took part in a collision off the Greek port of Piraeus on September 26.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) confirmed that its chartered boxship "came into contact with a chemical tanker in the vicinity of Port of Perama, Piraeus, Greece, at around 1409 hours local time."
While entering the port, the 14,000 TEU vessel crashed into the starboard side of the 6,285 dwt tanker Gunece, which was berthed at the time. According to media reports, the tanker suffered major damages while two of the 13 crew aboard the unit were injured.
ONE noted that the 23 crew members of the 2016-built ONE Blue Jay were safe, adding that there were no reports of pollution from the vessel.
ONE Blue Jay is currently berthed at the Port of Permana while investigations are ongoing, the operator said. AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows that the tanker is also still moored in Piraeus.
The port authority reportedly sent a number of tugs to assist the Turkish-flagged tanker, which tilted heavily after the collision.
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|US Sanctions Russian Ships for Jet Fuel Deliveries to Syria|
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced new sanctions against Russian entities and vessels over their alleged involvement in "a sanctions evasion scheme" to transport jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria.
Specifically, the U.S. designated Maritime Assistance LLC, a front company supporting the OJSC Sovfracht ("Sovfracht"), which was originally sanctioned for operating in Ukraine.
The U.S. Treasury noted that Sovfracht was behind a sanctions evasion conspiracy to make payments and facilitate the transfer of supplies of jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria in support of the Assad government.
Vessels identified as blocked property of Transpetrochart Co. Ltd. include three general cargo ships and two tugs. Transpetrochart was designated in December 2016, for having provided material support to Sovfracht.
"Treasury is targeting a sanctions evasion scheme that includes front companies, vessels and conspirators who have been facilitating the illicit transfer of jet fuel to the Russian military in Syria," Sigal Mandelker, Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said.
"The FBI is proud to have been a part of the team that unraveled this complicated scheme that supplied fuel for Russian jet fighters supporting Assad s regime," Alan E. Kohler, Jr, Special Agent in Charge of the Counterintelligence Division, FBI Washington Field Office, added.
The latest designation comes just a day after the U.S. sanctioned tanker subsidiaries of Chinese shipping giant COSCO over their alleged breaches of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier this week, the U.S. also sanctioned an additional four companies and four tankers for moving Venezuelan oil to Cuba.
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|Klaveness Combination Carriers May Order Two More CLEANBUs|
Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC), part of Norway s shipping company Torvald Klaveness, has secured options for the construction of additional combination carriers.
On September 27, 2019, KCC entered into agreements with China s Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding giving KCC the option to contract an additional two CLEANBU vessels.
The duo also concluded agreements for new declaration and delivery dates of the current outstanding options for the four CLEANBU ships.
The six fixed price options with expiry from February 2020 to January 2021 have scheduled delivery dates between September 2021 and November 2022, the company said.
Last week, KCC took delivery of its third CLEANBU vessel, MV Barramundi. The 82,400 dwt newbuild departed New Yangzi Shipyard two days ago, commencing its first employment.
The company currently owns and operates a total of nine CABU and three CLEANBU combination carriers with another five CLEANBUs on order. They are slated for delivery between February 2020 and February 2021.
KCC s combination carriers are built for transportation of both wet and dry bulk cargoes, being operated in trades where the vessels efficiently combine dry and wet cargoes with minimum ballast. In wet mode the CABUs are designed to carry heavy liquid cargoes, such as caustic soda solution, while the CLEANBUs are designed to carry both clean petroleum products and caustic soda.
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|PSA s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Launches First Scheduled Block Train For HMM To Icd Tughlakabad|
On 25th September 2019, Hyundai Merchant Marine s (HMM) first block train with a weekly schedule to Tughlakabad (TKD) - a key Inland Container Depot (ICD) serving the National Capital Region (NCR) of India - was launched from PSA s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT). The block train was flagged off at BMCT by Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Operated by CONCOR, the 90 TEU "HMM BMCT-TKD Express" offers HMM s customers a faster intermodal connection to the NCR. Train departures are matched to HMM s China India Express service (CIX) vessel arrivals to reduce transit times, so allowing CIX import customers in the NCR the quickest transits in the market.
India, Mr Sanjay Sethi , IAS , Chairman JNPT, Mr Sharat Chandryan , Chief General Manager ,CONCOR, L K Ranyewale, Area Manager, Central Railways
According to independent data from the Logistics Data Bank, total rail transit times (including dwell time) from JPNT to the NCR are already the shortest amongst the participating west coast ports of India, by an average of 72 hours for the first 8 months of 2019. Mr. Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT commented "I congratulate HMM, CONCOR and BMCT on this block train initiative, which reduces transit times and increases competitiveness. JNPT handled its highest ever rail throughput of 70,398 in August 2019, with the rail share of JNPT s total volume rising to 16.2%. JNPT and all stakeholders are collaborating closely to build on this progress and continue the modal shift to rail.
Mr H J Sung, Managing Director, HMM India said, "We are delighted that this valueadded weekly service has been inaugurated from BMCT. HMM s customers will now enjoy even quicker connections from the vessel to hinterland, an important aspect of end-to-end connection. We look forward to working with PSA India and CONCOR on more of such initiatives." Mr Mike Formoso, Managing Director, PSA India said, "We are very grateful to HMM and CONCOR for partnering with us on this and we are working hard to develop more products through PSA India s Cargo Solutions team. BMCT s railyard is already capable of handling 1.5km long / 360TEU Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) trains. We eagerly await the DFC s completion, which will be a game changer for the market.
"Like JNPT, BMCT enjoyed a record month for rail volumes in August 2019. The resolution of the Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation (ITRHO) agreement by JNPT is certainly a factor in not only higher volumes but also increased competitiveness through improved rail connectivity at JNPT. PSA India intends to continue to play a key role in contributing to JNPT s attractiveness as a port of call."
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|British Ports welcomes funding but suggests more resources will be needed post Brexit|
Following the announcement today of the grant awards to certain English ports from the Department for Transport the British Ports Association has suggested further funding might be needed across the ports and logistics sectors in a no deal scenario.
Commenting on the funding the British Ports Association s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said:
"We welcome the funding but note that some English ports have missed out as well as those in other parts of the UK. Also we have asked the Government for funding for UK Border Force infrastructure, facilities and personnel for new customs checks, preferentially away from the border, at a range of port routes and hope this might follow as well as a replacement schemes such as the EU s TEN-T and fisheries funds.
British ports have been working closely with the UK Government for the last three years on a range of Brexit scenarios. The industry is as ready as it can be for a no deal although it is clear that much of the focus recently has been about mitigating disruption at certain ports, not avoiding it.
Ports are of course though only one part, albeit an important component, of the logistics chain. We rely on others - freight forwarders, hauliers, agents, Local Resilience Forums Government agencies - to also be ready for what is an unprecedented level of change potentially coming in with limited notice. Some funding has been made available to these sectors but more could be needed post Brexit, especially for hinterland roads connecting our trading gateways."
The awards for the Department for Transport s £10m Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) Fund for English Ports in the run up to 31 October 2019. The PIRC allocates funding to the main EU facing Roll-on Roll-off freight ports such as Dover Immingham and Portsmouth but also to other ports which are investing in resilience.
Grants can be of up to £1m each for infrastructure improvements to help prepare for the potential new processes and possible congestion which could arise in the event of a no deal Brexit.
The British Ports Association has previously welcomed the funding but suggested that a deal was the best way to avoid potential disruptions at the border.
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|Kalmar s industry-leading crane solutions to play pivotal role in terminal expansion at IPM Altamira, Mexico|
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply Infraestructura Portuaria Mexicana (IPM) with two ship-to-shore (STS) and three rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for the IPM Altamira terminal. The order, which also includes Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions for the RTGs, was booked in Cargotec s 2019 Q3 order intake with handover scheduled to be completed during Q1 of 2021.
The IPM Altamira terminal is located on the Gulf of Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. The terminal s current equipment fleet already includes one Kalmar STS crane, eight Kalmar RTGs and a variety of Kalmar mobile equipment such as terminal tractors and forklifts.
The Kalmar STS cranes will be Super Post-Panamax size with an outreach of 21 container rows and have twin-lift capability with a capacity of 65 tonnes under the spreader.
The three new Kalmar RTG cranes delivered to IPM can handle 6+1 wide with 1-over-6 high stacking and a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes. The cranes will be fitted with the Kalmar SmartRail automated gantry steering system with Container Position Indication (CPI), which automatically controls the gantry on the travel path and feeds the container position information to the Terminal Operating System (TOS), improving operational efficiency. Kalmar SmartFleet remote monitoring allows the terminal to manage, troubleshoot and analyse the status, productivity and maintenance needs of the equipment. Both the STS and RTG cranes will be delivered together in one combined shipment.
Salvador Sanchez, General Manager, IPM: "We have relied on Kalmar quay cranes, yard cranes and mobile equipment for many years, so we are delighted to continue our productive relationship as we invest in the future of our terminal. Kalmar has been deeply involved right from the start of this project, working closely with us to specify the equipment and ensure that it meets both our high standards and all relevant European quality standards."
Troy Thompson, Vice President, Sales, Kalmar Americas: "We are very pleased to have been selected to support IPM with its ambitious growth plans for the Altamira terminal. This order demonstrates the confidence customers in Latin America have in our STS and RTG solutions, as well as showing our commitment to helping customers to develop their businesses and achieve their performance and productivity targets."
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|Cyprus: Ports Authority strike averted|
Cyprus Ports Authority workers have called off a 24-hour-strike planned for Thursday after they received assurances from the authority that their demand for continuation of health insurance coverage would be met.
The Cyprus Ports Authority workers met with the administrative council of the authority on Monday, where it was decided to continue the yearly budget to cover the health insurance of its workers alongside Gesy contributions.
The council said this will continue even after the second phase of Gesy, covering any additional medical expenses.
The workers from Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol staged a two-hour-strike on September 16 and announced Thursday s strike unless their demand was granted.
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|Visakha Container Terminal set to become regional trans-shipment hub on east coast|
Container lines Hapag Lloyd, ONE, YML, COSCO and OOCL will jointly run a new direct service from Visakha Container Terminal (VCT), the privately-run facility at State-owned Visakhapatnam Port Trust, to the Mediterranean and Europe, which will also bring connectivity with Africa and the America.
The announcement strengthens Visakha Container Terminal s rising stature as a regional container transshipment hub on the east coast, said shipping industry sources. "The commercial benefits offered by Visakhapatanam Port Trust makes the terminal even more attractive in the long run by being the gateway to the East for both northern and southern regions extending right up to Bangladesh and even Myanmar," the terminal operator said.
The terminal, majority owned by International Cargo Terminals & Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, is located centrally and strategically on the East Coast of India between Kolkata and Chennai.
The facility handled over 0.45 million TEUs during FY19 and is on the verge of crossing the 0.5-million TEUs in FY20, aided by a 16 pre cent growth in traffic, complemented rail movement and also transshipment.
The transshipment volumes at VCT grew by a whopping 148 per cent in FY19 over FY18. With the continuous growth in transshipment volumes and with the patronage from various lines such as RCL, WHL, Evergreen Shipping, Samudera, Global Feeders and Non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), the growth rate between April and August in FY20, compared to FY 19, was 188 per cent and is expected to rise further - with increased participation from other lines which are actively exploring VCT as a port of call.
Currently, VCT has three services - FME, CHX and MDM - linking the East, which feature major main line operators such as Maersk, Cosco, CMA-APL, Wan Hai, RCL, KMTC, TSL and feeder service providers such as Feeder Tech and BTL that cater to volumes towards South-East Asia and the Far East.
Evergreen and Global Feeders operate the CCG service to the Arabian Gulf, while Far Shipping connects VCT to Colombo. In terms of connectivity for Indian coastal services, Shreyas and Samudera link VCT to Kolkata and Haldia.
"VCT has the capability to handle large volumes of container transshipment traffic as compared to all the other ports on the East Coast because of its locational advantages, depth of 16.5 metres, weekly main line and feeder service calls," the operator said.
VCT started operations from June 2003 with only feeder vessels that plied between Vizag, Singapore and Colombo while the local volumes at the terminal grew at a steady pace.
"The transshipment volumes commenced with the main line services that started calling the terminal, thereby providing the much-sought after global connectivity from Visakhapatnam. VCT, thus became the local transshipment hub primarily catering to Kolkata which is a riverine port and Paradip port," the operator added.
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|Excelerate given go ahead for floating LNG terminal in Philippines|
U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Excelerate Energy will proceed with its floating LNG import terminal project, Luzon LNG, after receiving the go ahead from the Philippines.
“Excelerate will develop, design, permit, construct, finance, and operate the terminal,” the company said after reporting a notice to proceed from the Philippines government. It will also arrange the supply of LNG to the terminal.
The facility, which will have a storage capacity of 150,000 cubic meters, will be set up in the Bay of Batangas on the main island of Luzon, near power plants running on Malampaya natural gas, the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) said on Friday.
"As proposed, by the third quarter of 2021 we are expecting that Excelerate s FSRU LNG facility will commercially operate," Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement.
The Southeast Asian country will rely on imported natural gas to feed some of its power plants currently running on its Malampaya gas, which is expected to be depleted within the next decade.
Within six months from the issuance of the notice to proceed, Excelerate has to comply with permit requirements and submit the proof of financial closing to the DOE.
The completion of construction and commissioning of the facility will take around two years, from October 2019 to June 2021, the DOE said.
At least three other Philippine LNG projects are currently in the pipeline: First Gen Corp s venture with Tokyo Gas Co Ltd, Australia-listed Energy World Corp s LNG hub project in Pagbilao province, and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc s LNG hub proposal.
Power producer First Gen said in May it had completed "significant pre-development work" for its planned LNG terminal to be built near its four Malampaya gas-fed power plants with a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts.
Energy World was nearing completion of its Pagbilao project, Managing Director and Chief Executive Stewart Elliott said in May.
Phoenix last year won government approval to build a $2 billion LNG terminal, also in Batangas, with CNOOC Gas and Power, a unit of CNOOC and China s largest LNG importer and terminal operator, as one of its potential partners.
The DOE said SMC Global Power Holdings Corp, a unit of Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp that operates a 1,200-MW power plant also running on Malampaya gas, has expressed interest to become a customer of Excelerate. This, however, could not immediately be verified.
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