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First Phase Completed at Changxing Shipbuilding Base

The first phase of the Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Base has been finished and is already in operation on Changxing Island, Shanghai. Built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), it has three production lines and four boatyards capable of holding 300,000-ton ships. Almost unparalleled in the world, it is the biggest shipbuilding project ever to be undertaken in China. Shanghai has the potential to be the world's largest shipbuilding base. Dubbed Project Hope, the Changxing Shipbuilding Base will accelerate the development of China's shipbuilding industry. It includes seven large boatyards and will have the capacity to manufacture 8-million-ton ships by 2015. This will help Shanghai to become the biggest shipbuilding location in the world. The base has received $2.67b worth of orders for 38 ships weighing 6 million tons, projects that will keep it busy until 2010. Source: People's Daily Online

Shell: First Oil From Phase 2 of Parque das Conchas


Shell and its partners have begun production from the second development phase of the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project, located off Brazil’s south-east coast. The BC-10 project (Shell share 50%, Petrobras 35%, ONGC 15%) is comprised of several subsea fields which are tied back to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, named the Espírito Santo. In 2009 the first phase of the project began production, when the Abalone and Ostra fields were connected

Cosco and Kawasaki Sign Deal

Cosco Group, China's shipping conglomerate, signed a deal with Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd to build a shipyard in northeast China. Cosco would control 70% of the facility, which would cost $500m in its first phase, and the Japanese heavy machinery maker would hold the remainder. Source: Malaysia Star

Mexico Plans Huge Air, Rail And Sea Terminal

The Mexican state of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico is planning to build a massive air, rail and sea cargo terminal for international trade, according to state officials. Veracruz officials are in talks with U.S. asset manager Alliance Capital and an international consortium that includes Mexican construction company Grupo Tribasa for the project, the first phase of which would cost $500 million. Working in conjunction with local authorities

First Vessel Trials New Berth at Aberdeen

The first phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment project of Aberdeen Harbor’s Torry Quay has been completed.   A project milestone, it was marked by the vessel Skandi Foula, which docked at the quay before loading cargo destined for a North Sea installation.   The vessel is the first to have used the new facilities, which include 300 meters of realigned, deep water berths, a stronger quayside for heavier lifts, and a wider channel in the River Dee

MMS Grant for Lake Pontchartrain

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $699,400 to Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) for the first phase of a proposed shoreline protection project on the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain. Grant funding for the first phase of the project will provide for engineering and design service, coordination of land rights, and administration costs

Shell Begins Production at Parque das Conchas

Shell has started production at its multi-field Parque das Conchas project 110 km off Brazil's southeast coast, where heavy oil resources lie beneath waters nearly two km deep in the Campos Basin. Parque das Conchas is a two-phase project with initial production drawn from Abalone, Ostra and Argonauta B-West. The first phase, now on-stream, involves nine producing wells and one gas injector well, which the second phase will focus on the Argonauta O-North field

NASSCO Lands $22 Million Conversion Contract

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), was awarded a contract valued up to $22 million to finish off the second phase of a program to convert a U.S. Navy Strategic Sealift Program vessel to comply with the enhanced readiness capabilities of the U.S. Marine Corps' Maritime Prepositioning Force. Preceding by this was the project first phase, which called for the development, design, material specifications and planning for Phase II - the actual conversion work - which will commence

MMS $1.2M Grant for Marsh Repair

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has approved a grant for $1,237,608 to the Plaquemines Parish Government in La. through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). The money will be used for the first phase of a planned wetland repair and restoration project along Fringe Marsh, in the vicinity of the Plaquemines Levee in Plaquemines Parish, located approximately 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. Grant funding for the first phase will include planning, engineering and design

Kalmar SmartPort Equipment Ordered for New Argentine Terminal

Kalmar ship-to-shore cranes: Photo credit Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract for the supply of multiple Kalmar SmartPort solution products to TecPlata S.A, a fully-owned ICTSI company. The greenfield terminal located in Port La Plata, Argentina, will feature in the first phase Kalmar SmartLift and SmartStack on its 18 Kalmar terminal tractors, nine ZPMC RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and three Kalmar front-end loaders. The delivery also includes the SmartMap visualisation tool.

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

China Crude Cargoes Stranded on VLCCs

About 4 million barrels of crude oil bought by a Chinese state trader for the country's strategic reserves have been stranded in two tankers off an eastern port for nearly two months due to a lack of storage. The delays will cost millions of dollars and indicate how China is struggling to

APM Terminals Izmir Set for Opening

Final deliveries of remaining STS cranes and RTGs scheduled for December for 1st Quarter 2016 operations

With the delivery of five Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes capable of handling Ultra-Large Containerships (ULCS) of up to 16,000 TEU capacity, the new 1.3 million TEU deep-water APM Terminals Izmir facility is nearing completion in anticipation of

GPA to invest $152M in Brunswick

The Port of Brunswick moved 680,414 cars, trucks and tractors in Fiscal Year 2015, making it the second busiest port in the nation for roll-onroll-off cargo.

  At the annual Brunswick State of the Port event Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz discussed an ambitious capital improvement plan for Brunswick terminals. "In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks

Port Construction: Tanzania Kicks Off $11B Project

Dar es Salaam Port. Photo by Tanzania Ports Authority

Work started last week on an $11bn megaport in Tanzania, funded by China and Oman, which the country’s president said would spark an “industrial revolution” in the east African nation.   The new port at Bagamoyo will dwarf the country’s current main port at Dar es

Tanzania Starts Work on $10 bln Port Project Backed by China and Oman

Tanzania started construction work on a $10 billion port and special economic zone on Friday, a project backed by China and Oman that aims to transform the East African country into a regional trade and transport hub.   The port, which will be Tanzania's biggest, is being built at Bagamoyo

India to Develop 78 Lighthouses as Tourism Centers

Image: Kapu Beach Lighthouse

 The Ministry of Shipping, along with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) has drawn up an ambitious programme to develop 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP).   

Dredges Work to Restore National Wildlife Refuge

One of the two Ellicott 460SL dredges in operation (Photo: Ellicot Dredges)

Dredges are currently being used in a large tidal marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, one of the largest ever marsh restoration projects in the eastern U.S.   Using two Two Ellicott 460SL dredges

ICTSI Colombia Gears for 2016 Launch

SPIA staff and officials welcome the arrival of the terminal’s first four quay crane

  Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), a unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Colombia, recently received four super post Panamax quay cranes (QC) and five rubber-tired gantries (RTG) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

India Mulls Exclusive Ports for Coastal Shipping

Photo:  Directorate General of Shipping

 Indian Government is planning to establish low-cost Non-Major Ports along coastline under the Sagarmala project in an effort to boost coastal shipping and reduce wait times.   Currently due to the concerns over lack of berthing facilities at Ports ships in India are forced to spend 70

Tsuneishi to Invest in Indonesia Shipyard Business

Photo:  Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation

 Japanese shipbuilding and maritime transport company Tsuneishi Holdings will invest up to $40 million to open ship repair services in Indonesia amid increasing efforts by the government to boost the archipelago's maritime industry, reports Jakarta Globe.  

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore


  Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the

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