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|Container ship MSC MATILDE listed in Liverpool, crew left the ship|
Container ship MSC MATILDE developed starboard side list being berthed at Liverpool, crew went to shore, as a precaution, at around 0200 LT May 24. "Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI Hoylake all weather lifeboats have been sent to the scene, two tugs and a tier 2 pollution response vessel are on standby as a precautionary measure" said MCA spokesperson.
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|Suez Canal makes second-highest record of daily tonnage in its history|
Head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said that the canal recorded its second-highest record of daily tonnage in its history. According to Mamish, 68 ships crossed the canal in both directions carrying a total load of 5.5 million tons.
In the statement, Mamish said that 37 vessels crossed the Suez Canal coming from the north carrying a weight of 2.8 million tons while 31 vessels crossed coming from the south carrying 2.7 million tons. The canal witnessed the crossing of 10 giant vessels carrying more than 150,000 tons of cargo per vessel. Eleven other ships crossed carrying a tonnage ranging from 100,000 to 150,000 tons per ship.
He added that the traffic coming from the north was topped by the giant container ship OOCL SCANDINAVIA, flying the flag of Hong Kong, with a load of 221,000 tons on its journey from the United Kingdom heading to Malaysia while the giant container ship MSC SVEVA, flying the flag of Panama, led the convoy coming from the south with a tonnage of 196,000 on its journey from Malaysia to Spain.
Mamish said that the new record reflects the strategic navigational importance of the Suez Canal as the shortest and fastest navigational route linking the East and the West, especially after the success of the new Suez Canal project in enhancing the Canal s leading international position.
He pointed out that the new Suez Canal is not only a development project but also a cornerstone of a series of giant national projects recently adopted by the Egyptian state for the development of the Suez Canal area.
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|Bangladesh s floating LNG terminal conducts first ship-to-ship gas transfer|
Bangladesh s second liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating facility is set to receive its first ship-to-ship transfer of gas from an Algerian cargo, a spokeswoman from operator Summit LNG Terminal told Reuters.
Summit LNG , the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), will receive 159,000 cubic metres of LNG from Oman Trading International, with the transfer expected to be completed by Thursday night, the spokeswoman said.
The LNG tanker, Creole Spirit, loaded gas from Bethioua, Algeria, she said, adding that a second LNG tanker is expected to arrive on June 3.
The FSRU is 75% owned by Summit Corp, a unit of Summit Power International, while its remaining stake is held by Japan s Mitsubishi Corp.
The FSRU started to feed gas to Bangladesh s national grid in late April after picking up its commissioning cargo from Qatar.
Summit Power International, which owns power generation assets in Bangladesh and is owned by Bangladeshi conglomerate Summit Group, has chartered the vessel, which is able to regasify 500 million cubic feet of LNG a day from U.S.-based Excelerate Energy for 15 years.
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|Mississippi River closed at St. Louis due to flooding: U.S. Coast Guard|
The U.S. Coast Guard said it has closed the Mississippi River near St. Louis to boat and barge traffic on Thursday for the second time this month due to high water and strong currents on the major shipping waterway.
The river - a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products and other commodities - is closed from river mile marker 179 to 184, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
An outright halt to barge traffic through the busy St. Louis harbor, where grain elevators load barges and assemble larger barge tows bound for Gulf Coast export terminals, represents the latest blow for the U.S. agriculture industry already reeling from a nearly year-long trade fight with China.
Barges of fertilizer heading to farms in the northern Midwest were stranded for weeks by a prolonged river closure earlier this spring, sending prices of the critical nutrients higher.
Shipping on other portions of the river system was also impeded due to flooding, USCG said.
A no-wake order was issued for a portion of the Illinois River from mile marker 10 to 80.2, and the Coast Guard encouraged shippers moving southbound freight just downriver from St. Louis harbor to daylight hours only.
High water, caused by excessive rains and particularly heavy snowmelt this spring, increases river currents and can make it difficult for towboats to control the barges they are hauling.
The river woes have slowed the flow of barges moving from Midwest farms to export terminals along the Gulf Coast, where some 60% of all U.S. corn, soy and wheat exit the country.
Cash premiums for corn and soy delivered promptly have spiked as shippers anticipated the river closure and scrambled for near term supplies to fill export orders.
Corn barges loaded this month were bid at a premium of at least 10 cents per bushel premium over those loaded next month, and May soybean barges were at a 15 cent premium, grain traders said.
The Coast Guard said it would lift the restrictions once river conditions improve, but did not forecast when that might be.
The river gauge at St. Louis is predicted to crest at 42 feet on Monday, within 8 feet of the record crest in 1993, according the to latest National Weather Service forecast. A steady decline follows, with the river dipping below the 38-foot mark, a level that normally triggers a closure, by June 1.
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|Townsville Channel Upgrade Workforce Grows|
The Port of Townsville Channel Upgrade Project is expanding its workforce with nine new positions on the project team. The latest recruitment is part of the creation of a total workforce of approximately 120 people on the Project, with all roles being filled either through direct employment by the Port or through contractors on the Project. The roles currently being advertised are being created to meet the skill requirements of the project, with the focus on construction and commercial management, environmental, drafting, engineering and surveying.
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart commented on the growth, saying "The Port is the backbone of our great city and I encourage Townsville locals to apply and be part of these local infrastructure projects.” Member-Elect for Herbert Phillip Thompson said that it was great to see more local jobs created at the Townsville Port through the Channel Upgrade Project. "The Channel Upgrade will allow bigger ships including; cruise, freight and naval ships to enter into the Port which will boost the economy,"Mr Thompson said.
Port of Townsville General Manger Infrastructure, Kim Gebers, said that the new positions reflect the fact that the Project is entering its next major phase; the construction of a rock wall that will protect a 62-hectare Port Reclamation Area. The construction of the rock wall is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019 and that means more job opportunities, Mr Gebers said. Due to the timeframe of the Channel Upgrade Project, the new positions will be based on two and threeyear contracts.
All roles are being advertised on the Port website, Facebook, Linkedin and seek.com. As part of its workforce planning, the Port of Townsville is also committing to a goal of 10 percent Indigenous employment on the Channel Upgrade Project. The Townsville Port Channel Upgrade is a joint project of the Queensland and Australian Governments, and Port of Townsville Limited. The Channel Upgrade forms part of the Townsville City Deal signed in December 2016.
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|Rains slow down port operations in Mombasa|
Operations at the Port of Mombasa have slowed down for the last two days following heavy rains that have been pounding Coastal region.
A statement issued by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) stated that the rains have paralysed all ships operations prompting all ships at the Conventional Cargo area to close hatches.
KPA stated that most affected vessels are those that have arrived to discharge wheat cargo, fertiliser, steel and coal.
At the container terminal, KPA added that only deliveries were working.
"The whole of Thursday for example, there was nil performance in the operation area as rains persisted throughout the day which also severely affected the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) freight services," KPA said.
Head of Corporate Affairs at KPA, Benard Osero stated that the effects of the prevailing situation will be characterised by slow cargo evacuation, poor stevedoring services, and reduced SGR operations.
"KPA has put in place strategic measures to mitigate against the vagaries visited on the Port by the unfavorable rainy weather condition," Osero explained.
The Authority has in the meantime moved in to assure customers that they are making every effort to ensure that all resources are utilised optimally when the rains subside.
"We wish to advice those who have not finished their documentation to continue doing so and be ready to clear cargo once weather permits," Osero added further.
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