USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015. The PASSEX was conducted in order improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and the other nations, to increase warfighting proficiency when operating with Black Sea Naval Forces and to strengthen alliances and partnerships through engagements…
Port Charges for Gothenburg Frozen
Gothenburg Port Authority has decided to leave the Port Tariff unchanged. As a result, the Port Tariff for 2016 will remain at the 2015 level. All ships calling at the Port of Gothenburg pay a port charge based on the ship's gross weight and classification. The port charge is used to finance, for example, fairway maintenance, traffic information systems and safety at the port…. Ships that demonstrate good environmental performance receive a discount on the port charge at the Port of Gothenburg.
U.S. Cancels Arctic Offshore lease Sale
The U.S. Interior Department on Friday said it would cancel two potential Arctic offshore lease sales after Royal Dutch Shell PLC said that it was not interested in those leases. "In light of Shell's announcement, the amount of acreage already under lease and current market conditions, it does not make sense to prepare for lease sales in the Arctic in the next year and a half," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement.
Centurion Terminals building U.S. Condensate Export Terminal
A private logistics company is building an export terminal at the southernmost tip of Texas in Brownsville to receive super-light crude and process it into fuel components for export. Centurion Terminals also is building its Delaware Basin Express, which includes two terminals in far West Texas to receive condensate, a very light form of crude oil, that will reach its Port of Brownsville terminal via rail, a company executive said. Both are slated to start up in the third quarter 2016.
Philippine Prepares for Typhoon Koppu
Philippine authorities cancelled flights and urged residents and tourists to move to safer ground on Saturday as a powerful typhoon approached northeastern parts of the main island of Luzon. With winds of up to 160 kph (99 mph), typhoon Koppu is about 300 km (185 miles) east of Baler in Aurora province, moving west and due to make landfall in the next 12 to 18 hours. Disaster agency officials said…