Ships Queue as Truck Strike Slows Argentina Grain Exports
Some 93 cargo ships were waiting to load soy and corn from Argentina's main exporting hub of Rosario on Friday, more than a week into a truck owners strike, the spokesman for an industry group said. That was up from just over 60 on Thursday, said Andres Alcarez, spokesman for export company chamber CIARA-CEC. Truck owners went on strike last week in a bid to force the adoption of mandatory minimum grains hauling rates. The work stoppage also slowed the unloading of beans at soyoil and meal manufacturing sites. Argentina is the world's top exporter of soybeans and soymeal and the No.
New Quay for Further Stena Line Growth
The renovated Stena Line Terminal at Europoort is officially taken into operation. As well as upgrading the existing berth, the terminal was expanded with a second berth to handle roll-on/roll-off vessels. The expansion means that Stena Line is prepared for the anticipated further increase in freight volumes between Rotterdam and the United Kingdom. The renovated quay with two berths comprises a total of 212 metres. “We are delighted with the new quay and the doubling of the berths,” said Annika Hult, Trade Director of Stena Line Noordzee.
Sonardyne Acoustic Positioning Saves Technip Time
Technip completes 21 subsea jumper metrology operations using Sonardyne International's Lodestar GyroCompatts & saves 8 days working time. Using the latest Wideband Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning hardware by optimising its technique, Technip was able to complete each metrology operation in an average of 13 hours, with one such operation conducted in only 8 hours. Subsea metrology requires accurate, precise and robust acoustic measurements so that a spool or jumper can be successfully fabricated and installed.
Divers Replace USS Taylor CPP Hub, Avoid Dry-Docking
The Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) Hub of the 'USS Taylor' (FFG 50) was replaced underwater in Souda Bay, Greece, the warship having earlier suffered significant damage to its propeller blades while underway in the Black Sea, apprises Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA). "NSSA RMC Quality Assurance (QA) Department dispatched Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technicians overseas to perform an NDT examination of the Main Reduction Gear, to assess its capabilities after the sustaining damages," said NSSA Hydraulics and Ship's Controls Branch Head Richard Krewinghaus.
Britain Loses Europe's Gas Trading Crown to the Dutch
Britain has been topped by the Netherlands as Europe's leading natural gas trading hub this summer, ending decades of British dominance in the sector. Britain has reigned as Europe's busiest gas trading centre since discoveries of North Sea oil and gas in the 1970s made it Europe's main producer. It cemented this position in the 1990s when it liberalised its energy markets, meaning much of Britain's gas was sold and exported in pounds. However, continental Europe's markets have also liberalised in recent years…
Argentina Seeks 22 LNG Cargoes
Argentina's state-run Enarsa launches tender to buy 22 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery from May to August for delivery to its two import terminals, trade sources said. Enarsa seeks nine full-size cargoes for its Bahia Blanca terminal and 13 half-size deliveries to its river terminal at Escobar. Bids must be submitted on or before March 6 and pricing must be based on either U.S. Henry Hub or Brent crude oil. Escobar shipments cannot take tankers with a capacity of more than 90,000 cubic metres of LNG due to shallow water conditions.
Big Growth in Mediterranean Transhipment Business Observed
Virtually all large Mediterranean transhipment hub ports recorded double digit growth in 2013, well above regional and global growth levels, notes the latest edition of Drewry's Container Insight Weekly. Once all full year data is collated, global container port traffic is likely to have grown by around 3.3% whilst that for the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea will probably have grown by between 3 and 6%. Transhipment volumes at key Mediterranean hubs surged by an average of over 8%…
China Shipyard Repairs Seven Ships
7 vessels sailed from China's CIC Boluomiao Shipyard in May 2013, on time despite prolonged heavy rain, congested quays. Among the seven vessels were: M/V “AN PING 1” ,“HUB GRANDIOSE”, “GAS CORAL”, “XIN JIN ZHOU”, and “WISH WAY”. The range of projects for M/V “HUB GRANDIOSE” was quite large, with steel renewal for double bottom tanks, tank tops and fore peak tanks, but following successful ballast water tests of the repars the ship sailed on time. The projects for M/V “GAS CORAL” included mechanical and electrical projects and docking. The yard started repairs on schedule with repairs to the main engine, generator and other machinery. Again the work was completed on time.
New CPP from Rolls-Royce
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and cavitation testing were used to refine the contours of the propeller hub and blade roots. The new Kamewa CP-A hub for controllable pitch propellers (CPP) has been developed from the established XF-5 design. While hubs for CPPs are mature products, the company is claiming that it has been possible to improve the power to weight ratio by about 20 percent without compromising its strength, with the added benefit of greater wearing surfaces for the blade bearings. The operating principle of the XF-5 hub has been retained: the arrangement in which the pitch of the blades is set by a hydraulic piston connected to a crosshead in the hub, which carries slide blocks riding on pins in the blade feet.
A Case for Propeller Guards & Cutters
As I was preparing for Thanksgiving dinner I put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Indiana Jones and Doctor Elsa Schneider were being chased by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform sword through Venice and their boat was neatly shredded by the propellers of a larger vessel, it had me thinking of how much propeller technology has changed over the years. And how hopefully Indiana’s boat did not actually damage that vessel’s propeller. Recently an article passed though my news feed about the first 3D printed propeller. This is indicative of the direction the industry is taking.
Cat Power Solution for Teekay Offshore
Caterpillar Marine announced that Cat power and propulsion offerings have been selected to provide complete propulsion solutions for four ocean-going towing vessels designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions. Each vessel will have four 9 M 32 C propulsion engines, rated at 4,500 bkW at 600 rpm. Also onboard each vessel will be three Cat C32 auxiliary generator sets rated at 940 ekW at 1,800 rpm as well as one Cat C9 generator set to provide emergency power. All four vessels will be equipped with two AEM shaft generators rated at 3,150 ekW at 1,200 rpm.
GofM Energy Hub: LNG Exports to India Planned
United LNG, LP and Petronet LNG Limited, India's largest LNG importer, agree to supply LNG from the Main Pass Energy Hub™ project in the Gulf of Mexico. The (conditional) agreement was signed by Petronet LNG Managing Director & CEO, Dr. A.K. Balyan and Stephen Payne, Chairman & General Partner of United LNG, of the United States, at the LNG 17 Conference held in Houston, Texas. The parties said they would continue working toward a final Sales Purchase Agreement to conclude the purchase and sale by the year's end.
LNG Main Pass Energy Hub Needed
Industry consortium wants to utilize McMoRan’s Main Pass Energy Hub™ (MPEH™) as a potential deepwater port facility. United LNG, LP, and Freeport-McMoRan Energy LLC (FME), a subsidiary of McMoRan Exploration Co, are engaged in efforts to utilize McMoRan’s Main Pass Energy Hub™ (MPEH™) as a potential Deepwater Port facility to receive, store, condition, and liquefy domestic natural gas for export as liquefied natural gas (LNG). Natural gas would be received by pipeline at MPEH™, processed, and then transferred to on-site floating vessels for liquefaction and offloading to LNG transport vessels for export to foreign locations. On January 4…
Argentine Grain Worker Union in Wage Talks
Port workers who run Argentina's Rosario grains hub met on Monday with export companies for wage talks aimed at avoiding an open-ended strike that labor leaders had announced for Tuesday, a union official said. A strike at Rosario would slow soy and corn exports in the middle of Argentina's main harvesting and shipping season. Talks are complicated by Argentina's inflation rate, estimated by private economists at more than 25 percent. "We are at the ministry negotiating. Everything depends on that," Alberto Maldonado, an official with the San Lorenzo chapter of the CGT labor federation. The strike had been set to start at midnight (0300 GMT) on Tuesday, the CGT said over the weekend.
MarAd Issues Notice on FEIS
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Notice stating that the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Main Pass Energy Hub deepwater port (DWP) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is available for review and comment. Public meetings will be held in Grand Bay, Alabama (March 21); Pascagoula, Mississippi (March 22); and New Orleans, Louisiana (March 23). Written comments should be submitted by April 24. Source: HK Law
Maritime Knowledge Hub Opens in the UK
Business owners across the U.K. wanting to drive growth in the maritime sector are being urged to engage with the newly opened Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Liverpool City Region. The hub, based near Cammell Laird shipyard, is celebrating the formal completion of its recent fit-out and is now planning a busy agenda of events, seminars, training and networking. The completion of Phase 1 of the Maritime Knowledge Hub is a joint venture between Mersey Maritime, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Wirral Council on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The fit-out was completed by Wirral based Beech Group, which specializes in demolition, but have a refurbishment division.
Malta Freeport Terminals Bullish on Prospects
The decision of the two leading shipping consortia, to choose Malta Freeport Terminals (MFT) as their main transshipment hub in the central Mediterranean came as shot in the arm for Malta. Recently, the ‘2M’ Alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the ‘Ocean Three Alliance’ composed of CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have chosen Malta Freeport Terminals as their main transshipment hub in the Central Mediterranean. A total of 128 ports across the globe can now be reached from Malta Freeport Terminals.
MAN Diesel Expands CP Propeller Portfolio
In response to the market demand for very large CP propellers up to and beyond 30,000 kW and with diameters over eight meters, MAN Diesel is expanding its propeller portfolio to add two new, propeller hub-sizes – VBS2080 and VBS2240 (2080 mm and 2240 mm hub diameters respectively). These propeller sizes are typically destined for ConRo vessels, shuttle tankers and special vessels with high ice classes, and powered by MAN B&W two-stroke MC-C or ME-C main engines that directly drive a CP propeller.
Antwerp Joins “One Belt, One Road” Taskforce
“One Belt, One Road” is a Chinese development strategy launched at the end of 2013 that focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily in Eurasia. The strategy has two main components, namely the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the ocean-going “Maritime Silk Road.” Antwerp has a potentially very important role to play in both these routes as a major trading hub, and so the Port Authority is setting up a special taskforce for this purpose. The importance of this project for Europe can hardly be underestimated…
Liebherr Opens African Maritime Hub
Liebherr Maritime Cranes celebrated the grand opening of the new sales and service center in Durban, South Africa. The new African maritime hub was opened by a number of guests from the local industry and Liebherr representatives. Mainly as a result of the close cooperation with Transnet over the past few years, Liebherr-Africa (LAF) has decided to extend its activities and to establish a specialized maritime hub in Durban. Transnet operates more than 60 Liebherr cranes, 13 mobile harbor cranes, 31 ship to shore container cranes and 18 rubber tyre gantry cranes.
Morocco to Upgrade Ports
Morocco's state port authority (ODEP) has drawn up a $268 million investment plan to upgrade ports infrastructure and equipment in the next five years, an official said. "The investment plan for 2001-2005 aims at meeting an expected rise in ports traffic in the next few years. It is the biggest investment budget ever allocated to developing ports," the ODEP official said. Development of infrastructure, such as extension of wharfs and containers storing areas, would be included in the project, as well as new equipment, including cranes, engines and trucks. The remainder of the budget will go toward the funding of studies, the official said. All Moroccan ports would benefit from the investment scheme, but Casablanca will get 44.4 percent of the total investment, the official said.
Indian PM Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stone For JNPT Fourth Countainer Terminal
India's biggest container traffic handler Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has achieved yet another milestone in its ambitious journey to become a world class maritime hub when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the fourth container terminal, proposed to be developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 7915 Crores (USD 1.23 bln) on DBFOT basis. Modi arrived at the JNPT Helipad- accompanied by the Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and other dignitaries.
McMoRan Receives USCG Update on Offshore LNG Project
McMoRan Exploration Co. has received correspondence from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the remaining steps to be completed to obtain a Deepwater Port License for its Main Pass Energy Hub (MPEHTM) project. This information confirms McMoRan's expectation that the work completed to date will enable an expeditious processing of our license application. McMoRan submitted an amendment to its license application with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on May 31 to obtain approval of its Main Pass Energy Hub project using Closed Loop technology. On July 21, the Coast Guard advised McMoRan that the information provided…