Egypt to Open New Suez Canal on Aug. 6
Egypt's new Suez Canal is expected to open in early August in a project President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sees as a potent symbol of national pride and to boost the country's battered economy, according to a report in Reuters. The president ordered the new waterway to be dug in a single year, saying that the urgency of Egypt's economic situation meant the project could not wait for an originally planned three-year timetable.
Port of Grangemouth Expands Container Capacity
The Port of Grangemouth is the largest container terminal in Scotland and the port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, has announced that it’s going to get even bigger. Forth Ports will invest GBP £1.5 million investment at Grangemouth in surface upgrading works on an area of about 6,325 square metres. Forth Ports said that the investment was designed to increase the terminal's total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, the industry standard container size of 20-foot equivalent units.
Oil Blast Sparks Off Major Fire in Mumbai Port Trust in Wadala
A fire broke out due to a suspected leakage in an oil pipeline passing through a land owned by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in Wadala in central Mumbai, but no one was injured. Fifteen fire tenders and 12 water tankers eventually doused the flames after a five-hour fight around 11pm. There were no casualties. Sources said the flames were spreading fast in the evening because of the strong monsoon winds blowing from the southwest. Dark smoke could be seen from up to 7km away in Lower Parel.
GPHA Gets $1.5 bln for Tema Port Expansion
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has received 1.5 billion dollars for the expansion of the Tema Port. The authority today signed a 35-year Concessionary Agreement with the Meridian Port Services (MPS) to boost expansion activities at the port. The Minister for Transport, Dzifa Attivor who witnessed the signing in Accra said the project will enhance the efficiency of the Port and make it more competitive.
Russian Military Plane Buzzes NATO Warships
A Russian military surveillance aircraft skimmed above four North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) warships in the Baltic Sea earlier this week, CNN is reporting. According to the television channel, the incident involving four NATO warships, including US destroyer Jason Dunham, occurred on Thursday. One British, one French and one German vessel were also part of the group. According to reports…
After India, China Wants Maritime Deal with Bangladesh
China has approached Bangladesh to sign a deal on blue economy and maritime cooperation in the Bay of Bengal, days after Dhaka and New Delhi signed such an accord. Media reports quote an unnamed senior Foreign Ministry official saying that Dhakka received a Chinese proposal on Wednesday to forge an alliance on blue economy. Bangladesh and India signed a memorandum of understanding on blue economy and…
India, Australia Pitch Maritime Drill
With increased awareness that strategic and security interests are converging given the geopolitical situation, India and Australia have agreed to hold their first ever bilateral naval exercise in this year and are planning to make the joint war game a regular feature in coming years. India, Japan and Australia have decided to deepen their ties in all sectors, especially in the field of maritime security, defence sources said.
Russian Ship Collides with Icelandic Coast Guard Vessels
The Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern collided with the Icelandic Coastguard patrol ships Þór and Týr, which were docked at the quayside. Both Icelandic vessels sustained damage. “These things can happen when a big ship is approaching the quay, or leaving it. Nobody was injured,” the Coastguard’s Ásgrímur Ásgrímsson told Vísir, philosophically. “The police have been called and the maritime accident investigators and witness statements have been taken.
Bulgaria Orders Green Energy Producers to Cut Output by 60%
Bulgaria's power grid operator ordered all renewable energy producers on Sunday to reduce their output by 60 percent in an attempt to balance production and consumption in the Balkan country, the state-owned company said. The grid operator has already imposed output cuts on thermal power plants in the coal-fired Maritsa East complex and on Bulgaria's nuclear plant due to low domestic consumption and weak demand for power exports in the region.
New Edition of Danish List of Lights
A new edition of the Danish List of Lights has been published that provides the readers with a complete overview of the lights around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The 2015 edition replaces the previous List of Lights from 2013. Lights with fixed flashes, lights with very fast flashes or how about lights with a Morse code. Danish lights come in many different variants and designs, and you can read about all of them in the new publication "Danish List of Lights 2015" (in Danish).
AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016. The election was conducted on 11 June, 2015 during the 95th session of MSC at the IMO’s headquarters in London. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) senior technical body on safety-related matters…
USCG Evacuates Man with Leg Injury Near Nixon Beach
A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida, medically evacuated a male in the vicinity of Nixon Beach, Florida, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from a crewmember aboard a 53-foot catamaran, Mariah, of a 37-year-old male passenger who required emergency medical services after suffering an injury to his leg after jumping off the boat. A boatcrew…
Austal Hosts Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords Christening
Austal joined the Honorable Gabrielle Giffords, her husband, retired Navy captain Mark Kelly, and ship’s sponsor Dr. Jill Biden in celebrating the christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) today in Mobile, Alabama. This is the third littoral combat ship (LCS) in Austal’s 10-ship, $3.5 billion block-buy contract. The Independence-variant littoral combat ship is a 127-meter (419-foot) aluminum trimaran…