Oman to Implement Maritime Communications Network
Oman to roll out the national maritime communications network along its lengthy coastline soon, says Al-Madakhel Investment that has been tasked with design, construction and operation of the new maritime communications network. A report in Oman Daily Observer says that the Muscat-based Al Madakhel is implementing the ambitious project under a licence issued to the company to build, operate and the upgrade Oman's maritime communications infrastructure.
Danish Port Gets EU Funding for LNG Bunkering
Port of Hirtshals in Denmark will receive over EUR1 million a pilot construction of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank and bunker, co-financed by EU’s TEN-T Program. The pilot project will see construction of a 500 cubic meter LNG storage tank and bunkering facility partnership with the European Commission's Innovation and Network's Executive Agency. The new facilities will provide LNG for ships both within and outside the EU, as well as regional consumers including road transport.
Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest
Malta ship register becomes the sixth largest worldwide, remains largest in Europe. As at end of December 2014, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 57.9 million gross tons with over 2,500 merchant vessels fly the Maltese flag. In 2013, Malta ranked in the seventh place. Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, has reported a strong and positive performance for 2014.
Port of Le Havre Calls for EOI for Storage Facility
Port of Le Havre has called Expression of Interest (EOI) for Storage facility for liquid Bulks to be set up inside the port. The Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH), a State-owned public corporation, which has taken over the rights and duties of the ‘Port Autonome du Havre’ (Autonomous Port of Le Havre) pursuant to decree no. 2008-1037 of 9 October 2008 is the largest French port for external trade and containers, and the 5th largest port in northern Europe.
Ghana Wants to Expand Maritime Industry
Port authorities in the West African states must act together to explore the full potential of the region's maritime industry to enable them compete in the global economy, Richard Anamoo, Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has said. According to him, there is the need to enhance trade and investment opportunities for ports infrastructure development considering the growth in traffic and increase in imports.
Disney's 'Frozen' Coming to the High Sea
Disney Ship is “Frozen” in Alaska. Nay...The ships are not really stuck — being “Frozen” is all about Disney’s blockbuster movie and it’s now spreading to the ships especially, the ones going to Alaska and Europe. Disney will offer brand-new experiences inspired by the film on select Disney Cruise Line voyages in mid-2015. Frozen film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to embark on an entire cruise inspired by the movie.
Greatship to Buy PSV
Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, has signed a contract to buy a 2015-built 4000 dwt Platform Supply Vessel (PSV).
Nigerian Shippers Council Bans Illegal Port Charges
The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has urged ports service providers to stop the collection of any illegal charges not statutorily approved, says a Council press statement. The council will continue to protect the interest of the Nigerian shippers by making the operating environment conducive for business. Importers and freight forwarders at the nation’s ports must assist the council to compile all the illegal charges being collected by the terminal operators and shipping companies, he said.
Port of Antwerp Throughput up 4.3%
The port of Antwerp handled 199,012,082 tonnes of freight in 2014, a rise of 4.3% compared with the previous year. The new record that was already announced at the end of December is put into sharper focus by these figures. The record growth has been driven by the volume of containers (up 5.9%) and liquid bulk (up 5.6%). Negative performance was turned in by conventional breakbulk (down 2.0%) and dry bulk (down 6.1%).
Santa Lucia Back Underway in Delaware Bay
The motor vessel Santa Lucia, which was aground in Delaware Bay, got back underway under its own power at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Santa Lucia is scheduled to anchor at Big Stone Anchorage for a Coast Guard safety inspection before moving on to its destination of Philadelphia. There are no reports of injuries or pollution. A crewmember aboard the 470-foot Santa Lucia contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at about 4:30 a.m. to report the grounding.
AsiaBio Buys Two Shipping Firms
Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd's (AsiaBio) has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Hoe Leong Corp Ltd (HCL), Sumatec and Reachmont Logistics Sdn Bhd (RLSB) to facilitate the acquisition of Semua Shipping Sdn Bhd (SSSB) and Semado Maritime Sdn Bhd (SMSB) by the group. AsiaBio has also proposed venture into the oil and gas transportation industry, will see new shareholders, including Tan Sri Halim Saad-linked Sumatec Resources Bhd…
Greek Shipping Fears Syriza Tax Plan
Will the new government in Greece led by radical-left party Syriza levy higher taxes that the shipping industry can’t afford? A report in WSJ says that several owners in Greece’s important shipping sector are worried about this. Some owners say they plan to limit their operations in Greece or move out of the country altogether, if the industry is unable to reach a compromise with the government. Syriza…
Russia – Turkey Gas Pipeline Approved
Ankara hosted today a working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Taner Yildiz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The parties discussed the main issues of constructing a new gas pipeline across the Black Sea towards Turkey. The meeting considered the preliminary feasibility study on the new gas pipeline and approved its new route. The four strings will have an aggregate capacity of 63 billion cubic meters a year.
Wärtsilä Propulsion Solution for 3 Tugs
Three large new escort tugs contracted by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines integrated with a customized gas storage and supply system also supplied by Wärtsilä. The tugs will operate primarily on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) but the Wärtsilä DF engines provide the flexibility to select the most suitable fuel according to availability, price and local environmental restrictions. The contract for the Wärtsilä solution was signed in December 2014.
ClassNK Releases Improved "e-Application"
ClassNK announced the release of an improved "e-Application" system. This improvement was planned based on requests from the users. Therefore, firstly we would like…
NewLead Holdings Acquire 5 Vessels
NewLead Holdings Ltd. announced today that it recently added five bitumen tanker vessels to its fleet. The Company has expanded its fleet to 10 vessels in less than a year while performing on its strategy to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the market. NewLead completed the acquisition of three bitumen tankers, the "Captain Nikolas I", the "Nepheli" and the "Sofia", for a purchase price of approximately $21.0 million, to be paid through a combination of equity and debt financing.
Bomb Threat Cut Lithuania LNG Terminal Output
Gas supply from Lithuania's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal was interrupted on Wednesday due to a bomb threat that later turned out to be a hoax, the…
West Coast Port Talks Clear Hurdle
Shipping companies and the union for 20,000 dockworkers at nearly 30 U.S. West Coast ports have cleared a major hurdle in their protracted labor talks, clinching a tentative deal on the maintenance and control of cargo chassis, the two sides said on Tuesday. Settlement of the chassis issue, and the contract talks generally, has been seen as crucial to resolving months of chronic cargo backups hampering ports that handle nearly half of U.S.
Dutch Partners to Build Artificial Island off Indonesia
Joint venture partners Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Van Oord have been contracted by PT Muara Wisesa Samudra to design and construct an artificial island…
Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director
Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K. and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office.