CFE Extends 2-Cargo LNG Tender Close by One Day
Mexico's state-run power utility CFE has extended the close of a buy tender seeking two liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in April by one day to Wednesday, trade sources said. The deliveries are due to arrive at Mexico's Altamira terminal on the Atlantic coast. CFE just filled a separate tender for supply to the Manzanillo terminal on the Pacific, but it was not immediately clear which companies won that tender. (Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic)
Altamira LNG Terminal Could Begin Expanded Ops in 2012
The Altamira LNG regasification terminal operated by Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell (NYSE: RDS) on Mexico's gulf coast could begin expanded operations as early as 2012, Altamira managing director Carlos Barajas told BNamericas. The plant, on Mexico's Gulf coast, currently has two storage tanks with a 3.5Mt/y LNG capacity. The expansion is not on the table in the short term because there are several other sources of natural gas supply for the zone. Sources include imports from the US and production by state oil company Pemex in northeast Mexico. The expansion will take roughly two years, Barajas said, without providing figures on the size of the project. Possible investment is still unknown given volatile prices for construction works.
Cargotec Ship-to-Shore Crane Orders
Cargotec has received two significant Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) crane orders for customers in Mexico and Guadeloupe. Delivery of the crane to Port Autonome de la Guadeloupe in Guadeloupe and the crane for Pinfra’s subsidiary, Infrastructura Portuaria Mexicana in Altamira, Mexico are scheduled for the last quarter 2010. Infrastructura Portuaria Mexicana is preparing to better serve its clients with the expected revival in the global economy by increasing its capacity by purchasing newer and more efficient equipment in Altamira terminal with the addition of the new Kalmar STS crane. The crane has an outreach of 160.7 ft, 62.3 ft backreach and 121.4 ft hoisting height.
First RasGas LNG Delivery Arrives in Mexico
Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (RasGas) made its first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the shores of Qatar to Mexico on October 8. This event followed a spot sale to Shell Western LNG B V by Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited. The LNG cargo was loaded on board the LNG tanker Fuwairit, and departed from Ras Laffan, on September 16, the press release added. The voyage of 22 days over a distance of 9,915 nautical miles was routed through the Suez Canal and the Straits of Gibraltar to the Terminal de LNG de Altamira, Mexico. Terminal de LNG de Altamira is the first LNG receiving terminal in Mexico and came into operation only in August of this year.
Altamira Pilots Train at MSI
Pilots from the port of Altamira, Mexico, attended special training at MarineSafety International's Newport Simulator Center from October 1 to 5, 2007. The training used a full mission bridge as an LNG carrier and a smaller simulator as a 55 tonne ASD tug. The exercises were interactive, with the pilot on the LNG carrier giving orders directly to the tug master. port personnel, who also attended the course. dock. terminal going into operation in August of 2006. personnel working at the new Altamira LNG terminal. shipments, without incident.
ZIM Introduces CGX Service in New Orleans
ZIM Integrated Shipping Ltd. formally introduced a new weekly container shipping service to the Port of New Orleans' Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The Caribbean Gulf Express, or CGX service, offers weekly service to Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Altamira and Vera Cruz, Mexico; and Kingston, Jamaica. The CGX service serves all major trade routes, including Asia through its hub in Kingston, Jamaica. Haifa, Israel-based ZIM employs five container ships in the CGX service. The company sails 101 vessels in its fleet with an overall capacity of 337…
Hapag Lloyd Amver Ship Saves Four
Four sailors were rescued by Amver participating container ship 'Altamira Express' after their 46 foot sailboat was demasted and the engine fouled approximately 129 miles south east of Bermuda. The crew of the sailboat activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alerting Bermuda rescue authorities. Bermuda rescue personnel also contacted U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Portsmouth, Va. who queried the Amver system and located the 885 foot container ship Altamira Express and requested the ship divert to assist the sailboat.
J. Ray McDermott Contract for Wellhead Platform
Houston-based J. Ray McDermott (J. Ray), a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., announced the award of a contract by PEMEX Exploración y Producción for completion engineering, procurement, construction, load-out and sea fastening of the Kuil-A wellhead platform. The platform is located in the Kuil field in the Bay of Campeche, within the PEMEX Southwest Marine Region. “This new construction contract with PEMEX reinforces J. Ray's strength in the conventional shallow water platform sector of the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico," said Steve Johnson, J. Ray’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have performed previous work for PEMEX from our Altamira facility since it opened for business in 2008.
Hapag-Lloyd Adds Port Everglades to MGX Service
Starting in June 2016, shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will add a new call in Port Everglades to its Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service. Florida International Terminal (FIT), operated by SAAM since 2005 in Port Everglades – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will add a new service. Starting next month, shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will include Port Everglades in the rotation of its Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service, increasing its coverage between Europe and Southeast Florida. The first MGX call at FIT will take place in June, with a rotation that includes the ports of Cagliari, Livorno, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Port Everglades, Kingston, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and New Orleans.
APM Terminals Liberia Aids Local Health Outreach
APM Terminals Liberia participated in a local medical outreach program organized by First Responders Liberia, Inc., as part of a 10-day program to provide access for an estimated 4,000 Liberians. APM Terminals Liberia is providing logistical support to the medical team of 30 professionals from the USA who are volunteering their services. APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei said, “We want our neighbors to know that we feel it is our duty as responsible corporate citizens to take an active role in supporting the communities in the port area, and throughout the country.
APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles Sets New Single Vessel Record
APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles has established a new single vessel cargo operations record during the call of the 13,600 TEU capacity Maersk Evora, with a combined total of 24,846 TEUs loaded and discharged over a 128-hour period. This performance eclipsed the previous record of 18,500 TEUs handled during the call of a similarly-sized vessel at the Port of Rotterdam in 2015. The Maersk Evora arrived at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles on October 19th, on the Europe-Far East/Transpacific AE6/TP6 service operated by 2M partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Royal Vopak to Acquire EXMAR's FRSU Share
EXMAR and Vopak announce that discussions are currently taking place to explore the possibility of an acquisition of EXMAR’s share in its floating LNG storage and regasification business (FRSU’s) by Vopak. As the outcome of these discussions between EXMAR and Vopak is currently unknown, no further details are disclosed. Material updates will be communicated via press releases. Vopak has earmarked storage and handling of LNG/gas as one of its strategic focus areas. Therefore Vopak…
Hamburg Süd Chooses EUROGATE
Hamburg Süd shipping line has awarded the contract for handling its new EMCS – Europe-Mexico/Caribbean Service to EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg. The first ship will berth at the terminal on 13 November 2014. The regular service links Northern Europe with Central America and is scheduled to call at Hamburg on a weekly basis. Hamburg Süd is operating the service with six container vessels each with a nominal capacity of 2,500 TEUs. The Hamburg Süd ships will call at eight ports along their route.
APM Terminals Poti Upgrades Tugboat Services
APM Terminals Poti has added two Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from the Maersk Transport & Logistics sister brand Svitzer, to significantly improve harsh weather operating capabilities and night time navigation through the entrance channel. New Svitzer tugboats can operate in harsh weather conditions, offer safer, stronger services for night time entrance channel navigation. APM Terminals Poti Managing Director, Klaus Holm Laursen said, “We are excited to strengthen our vessel handling capabilities with these advanced tugboats.
CMA CGM Upgrades Service, North Europe, South Atlantic, Mexico and the Gulf
CMA CGM announced the launch of its New Victory Bridge service linking North Europe to U.S. South Atlantic, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf, effective October 17, 2010. • An optimal coverage of the Mexican market and two weekly departures from Mexico, allowing the Group to respond to the dynamism of trade from North Europe and the growing demand for refrigerated goods toward this market. The rotation of the New Victory Bridge service will be as follows: Le Havre - Antwerp - Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Charleston - Miami - Vera Cruz - Altamira - Houston - Miami - Le Havre. The ports of Savannah and Felixstowe, included in the previous rotation, will now be served through CMA CGM’s Round The World and Liberty Bridge services.
McDermott: Rig Repair Contracts at Altamira Facility in Mexico
McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) said that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded contracts to refurbish and undertake rig repair work at the McDermott Altamira fabrication facility in Tamaulipas, Mexico. The two jack-up rigs are the Friede & Goldman L-780 Mod II design and will undergo significant improvement work to re-instate them to ABS classification. This will include steel hull, piping, machinery, and electrical renewal, as well as blasting, painting and commissioning support. Work is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2012. McDermott’s Altamira fabrication facility has an expansive 1,640-ft. quayside, water depth of 41 ft. and less than three nautical miles tow distance to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Mexico Seeks To Lure LNG Projects
Struggling to meet a growing deficit in its natural gas supplies, Mexico is hoping that regulatory changes will lure new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects by as early as September. Mexican government officials and interested companies discussed regulatory changes for new LNG terminals, which would help meet gas demands growing at a 10 percent clip annually, the ministry said. The move comes as Mexico fights to keep up with growing needs for the clean-burning fuel from both consumers and gas-fired power generators. Although Mexico has vast reserves of natural gas, the largely state-run industry has failed to invest in the fields to bring them on line for production.
J. Ray Completes PEMEX Maloob-C
Houston-based J. Ray McDermott recently bid farewell to the Maloob-C drilling platform, built under a contract for PEMEX Exploración y Producción, Northeast Marine Region. The project is located in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, in 264 feet of water. “This was the first project for our fabrication facility at Altamira, Mexico,” said John Nesser, J. Ray’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Work on the drilling platform began in February 2008. Fabrication of the two-level, 2,535-ton deck and the 3,527-ton jacket, factory testing, onshore pre-commissioning and operational testing, load out and sea fastening were all performed by J. Ray at Altamira. Additionally, more than 3,300 tons of piles were fabricated at J.
McDermott Awarded Pemex Platform Contract
McDermott International, Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries has received a letter of award for a turnkey contract for the PB-Litoral-A production platform for PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion in the Litoral Tabasco Tsimin-Xux fields. The value is approximately US$ 230 million and will be included in McDermott's fourth quarter 2012 backlog. “This project reaffirms our Altamira, Mexico fabrication facility as a key player for both domestic and international offshore construction projects,” said Steven W. Roll, Vice President and General Manager, Atlantic region. McDermott’s global resources support turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and installation (“EPCI”) solutions and offer Pemex the most competitive solution for the PB-Litoral-A production platform.
McDermott Yard in Mexico Now a Free Trade Zone
The Central Administration of Customs in Mexico has authorized McDermott International, Inc. to operate its Altamira fabrication facility near Tampico, Mexico as a free trade zone. Located on the Gulf of Mexico coast and serving both PEMEX domestic requirements and export work for international clients, Altamira is now the first fabrication facility licensed to operate as a free trade zone in Mexico. “The benefits of operating as a free trade zone to McDermott’s international clients is through the ability to import components…
AAPA Recognizes 34 Ports
Thirty-one ports received 56 Communications awards, and four ports were recognized for outstanding Environmental programs during the October 3 awards luncheon at the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) Annual Convention in Québec City, Québec. AAPA's Annual Communications Competition recognizes excellence in the products and services that ports produce to meet their public relations and marketing goals. The independent judges, communications professionals from the Washington, D.C., area, honored the best entries with 38 awards of excellence and 18 awards of merit. The winner of the Award of Overall Excellence was the Port of Portland, Oregon, which received awards of excellence or merit for five entries.
APM Terminals Vado Aims to be Gateway to Central Europe
APM Terminals Vado, Italy Managing Director Paolo Cornetto highlighted the future role of the deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility, now under construction, as a new southern gateway to Central Europe. “We designed our new port around liner customers - and our landside customers – the importers, exporters and truckers - to help them do more business by tapping into the 70 million-member consumer market of northern Italy, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern France within an eight hour proximity of our port," he said.
SAAM SMIT Towage J/V to Operate 100 Tugboat Fleet
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. inform that with SAAM S.A. they have successfully created a joint harbor towage operation within the American Continent in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Panama, comprising two underlying joint ventures operating in more than 30 port terminals with a hundred tugboats. The intended partnership, which is between SMIT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boskalis, and SAAM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A. (SM SAAM), was previously announced in September 2013 and all conditions to form the joint venture have now been fulfilled.