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India's largest RO-PAX ferry service to be launched in Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will launch country’s largest RO-PAX ferry service on October 27 from the Ghogha Terminal in Saurashtra.
The vessel 'Voyage Symphony' will sail for its maiden journey from Ghogha to Dahej with passengers as well as multi-wheeled cargo. It has a capacity to load 60 trucks, 5-7 buses, 35-40 cars, 40 bikes and a cumulative capacity to carry 525 passengers on board per voyage.
Termed as the largest in the country by its size, the RO-PAX ferry service will reduce the travel time for cargo and passengers from 10 -12 hours by road to just 1.5 hours between Ghogha and Dahej.
The operator, Indigo Seaways Pvt Ltd, an arm of Surat-based Detox group, has entered into an exclusive PPP agreement to ply on the given route and has a revenue sharing contract with the Gujarat government's ports authority, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).
The tariff fixed by the operator varies from Rs 4,500 for multi-wheeled cargo (empty) buses and trucks, Rs 800 for cars, Rs 150 for two-wheelers. While for passengers the one-way ticket charges range between Rs 200 and Rs 400, depending on the class of travel.
A High Speed 'Passenger' Ferry Service (RO-RO) on the same route was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 22 last year.
The vessel is of 2015 make and built in South Korea with an approximate length of 110 metre and gross registered tonnage of 6,543 tonnes and draft of 3.8 metres.
The RO-PAX Ferry is a double-ended ferry that sails at an average speed of 15-17 knots with a sea transit time of 1 hour between Dahej & Ghogha ports.
Ship Operating Costs Set to Rise in 2018 and 2019
Total vessel operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.7% in 2018 and by 3.1% in 2019, according to a a survey by Moore Stephens.
Namely, drydocking is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2018 and 2019, by 2.1% and 2.3% respectively, while expenditure on repairs and maintenance is to rise by 2.0% in 2018 and by 2.3% in 2019.
CMA CGM, CEVA Broaden Strategic Partnership
Shipping major CMA CGM has signed a new relationship deal with Swiss logistics company CEVA to reinforce their industrial cooperation.
Under the agreement, signed on October 24, CEVA Logistics will be able to accelerate its transformation by bringing CMA CGM s operational expertise and experience to help the company achieve its recovery plan faster and more efficiently.
Port of Virginia Poised to Become Deepest Port of US East Coast
The Trump administration has approved the Port of Virginia s Wider, Deeper, Safer project to deepen and widen the Norfolk Harbor s commercial shipping channels paving the way for the port to become the deepest port on the U.S East Coast.
Under the plan, included in the President of the America s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, the port s inner harbor s commercial channels will be dredged to 55 feet deep and the channel in the Chesapeake Bay to 56 feet deep.
GasLog Partners to Buy LNG Carrier Methane Becki Anne
Owner and operator of LNG carriers GasLog Partners has reached an agreement to acquire the LNG carrier Methane Becki Anne from GasLog Ltd.
Namely, GasLog Partners will acquire 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the 170,000 cbm tri-fuel diesel electric vessel to oil and gas major Shell.
BC Ferries ferry went fishing and caught fishing boat Video
Ferry QUEEN OF ALBERNI propeller got entangled in fishing net in the afternoon Oct 24 in Strait of Georgia, B.C., Canada, near Duke Point terminal at Entrance Island, while sailing on her Tsawwassen to Nanaimo route. Area was teeming with fishing boats, one putting net right across ferry s course. Ferry dragged fishing boat at her tails for some time, meanwhile ferry s watch were trying to get fishing boat on radio, but to no avail.
ASCO, Columbia Shipmanagement to design Tanker JV
Baku-based Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has reached an agreement to set up a new joint venture with Columbia Shipmanagement.
Under the memorandum of cooperation, the parties plan to further enhance bilateral cooperation through the JV.
MHI Christens 3rd Sayaringo STaGE LNG Carrier
Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has christened a next-generation liquefied natural gas carrier being built for MOG-X LNG Shipholding S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.
The ship, named LNG Juno at MHI’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Work, is the third Sayaringo STaGE type vessel.
Gate of the World s Largest Sea Lock Heads for the Netherlands
The new gate intended for the world s largest sea lock under construction at the North Sea Canal entrance in IJmuiden, headed from South Korea for the Netherlands, on October 23.
The 2,900 tonne lock door, spanning 72 meters in length, 24 meters in height and 11 meters in width, is being transported on a heavy-load carrier Talisman, part of Dockwise Fleet fleet.
Ardmore Refinances Four Ships
Tanker owner and operator Ardmore Shipping Corporation has signed agreements for the refinancing of four vessels. As World Maritime News reported, Ardmore s subsidiaries have signed sale and leaseback deals for the Ardmore Dauntless and Ardmore Defender with Ocean Yield.
IRISL Denies Ordering Tankers at Sadra
Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) refuted the shipbroking reports that linked the company to an order for three 113,000 dwt tankers at compatriot shipbuilder Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA).
"I must affirm that IRISL has not placed any order at Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA)," IRISL Spokesperson told World Maritime News in an emailed statement.
Construction work on Oman s Duqm Bulk Liquid Terminal on track
Construction work on the marine infrastructure of a Bulk Liquid Berth in the Port of Duqm is progressing on schedule and within agreed costs, according to key executives associated with the strategically vital project.
Boskalis Westminster (Oman) LLC, the local subsidiary of the global dredging and marine infrastructure services provider Boskalis Westminster, is undertaking the execution of the project at a cost of around RO 200 million on behalf of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD).
Threefold capacity hike for Walvis Bay
Expansion of Namibia s biggest commercial port could see its capacity boosted to more than 1m teu.
According to Mining Review Africa, a new container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay - which has been supported by a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) of around $300m - is anticipated to take the container handling capacity from the current 355,000 teu to up to 1,005,000 teu.
ESPO welcomes draft Clune-report on a European Maritime Single Window Environment
On 15 October, the European Parliament s Committee on Transport and Tourism published the draft report on the Commission s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment, which came out on 17 May.
Kiel provides emission-free berthing for ships during port stay
The construction of the first onshore power supply plant for commercial vessels in the port of Kiel has begun. Taking part in the official first-cut-of-the-spade-ceremony marking the start of the construction works at the Norwegenkai Terminal were the Economics Minister