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Maersk to send first container ship through Arctic
The newly built Venta Maersk is set to leave the Russian port of Vladivostok later this month. It will sail through the Bering Strait and over the top of Russia en route to St. Petersburg, taking what is known as the Northern Sea Route.
"This is a trial designed to explore an unknown route for container shipping and to collect scientific data," Maersk said in a statement. "Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as an alternative to our usual routes."
Wartsila to build new $96m Smart Technology Hub
Putting in more commitment to research, innovation and product development, Wartsila is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre that will incorporate these functions as well as production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. From 2020, all of Wartsila s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor.
As a part of the project, Wartsila will invest EUR83m ($95.9m) in modern testing and production technology for the hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of EUR200m, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure, the technology company said in a press release.
Supertanker FRONT HAKATA under tow, destination China, dodging typhoons
Aug 22: FRONT HAKATA is under tow since Aug 20, port of destination Zhoushan-Ningbo, East China sea, ETA Aug 30. It is not clear, whether tanker was offloaded during her 48-hours stay at Tokyo Bay. She s towed by offshore tug AKATSUKI (IMO 9728966), sailing in WSW direction at some 4-6 knots speed. Probably, such a wide berth to Japan islands is explained by typhoon SOULIK, raging in East China sea, and typhoon MARON, approaching southern Japan from southeast. Tanker presently, is reported as "disabled after engine failure".
DP World Ends Container Terminal Talks with Port of Newcastle
Dubai-based port operator DP World has terminated negotiations with the Port of Newcastle on the construction of a container terminal at the Australian giant coal port.
"We can confirm that we have ceased engagement with the Port of Newcastle," a DP World Australia spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News, without specifying the reasons behind the decision.
Carnival Eyes Canaveral as Homeport for New Ship
Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement in principle with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new terminal able to accommodate its new 180,000-ton ship set to debut in 2020.
The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting on August 29, 2018. If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral.
U.S. Blacklists Russian Ships, Owners for Trading with North Korea
The U.S. has sanctioned six ships and two Russian shipping companies, Primorye and Gudzon, for engaging in ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged ships, opposing international sanctions against Pyongyang.
The U.S. Treasury Office said the measure targets persons involved in the ship-to-ship transfer of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels, an activity expressly prohibited by the UN Security Council (UNSC).
MV Werften Lays Keel for Polar-Class Crystal Endeavor
The keel of Crystal Endeavor, the world s largest and most spacious polar-class expedition yacht, was laid in MV Werften Stralsund shipyard on August 21.
Featuring 20,000 gross tons with just 200 guests, the luxury expedition yacht will be 164 meters long. Once the traditional lucky coins had been put into place, the 400-ton section was lowered onto the keel blocks.
NABU Cruise Ship Ranking 2018: Only One Ship Using LNG
Just one newly built cruise ship will soon use liquefied natural gas while all the others continue to sail with the dirtiest of all fuels - heavy oil, German environment association NABU said.
AIDAnova, AIDA Cruises newest vessel that will commence operation later this year, renounces to use toxic heavy fuel oil (HFO) as fuel and uses a less polluting fuel. Therefore, the newbuilding tops Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union s (NABU) 2018 cruise ship ranking.
Frontline Bullish on Tanker Rates despite Q2 Loss
Market woes stemming from weak freight rates have pushed oil tanker shipping company Frontline into a loss of USD 22.9 million in the second quarter of 2018.
Frontline said that the average spot time charter rates for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were USD 17,000 for ECO VLCCs and USD 13,200 for VLCCs younger than 15 years. Nevertheless, Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, believes better days are ahead for tanker rates.
Hoegh LNG to Provide FSRU for Port Kembla Gas Terminal
Norway s Hoegh LNG, the world s largest supplier of FSRUs, has won a contract with Australian Industrial Energy (AIE) to provide an FSRU for the consortium s Port Kembla Gas Terminal.
Under the exclusivity agreement, AIE has the right to lease one of Hoegh LNG s 300-metre-long 170,000m3 FSRUs. The FSRU will be permanently moored at Berth 101 in Port Kembla s inner harbour for the duration of the charter.
Maersk to Test Northern Sea Route with New Boxship
Danish industry major A.P.Moller Maersk is about to send a containership through the Northern Sea Route as part of a test run aimed at collecting scientific data. The route is becoming ever more appealing to the shipping industry, especially to the oil and gas sector, as it is much shorter than the Suez Canal.
It is gaining on importance amid the reduction of ice in the Arctic and the design of new ice-breaking commercial vessels, which have made the transportation of abundant Arctic natural energy resources commercially viable.
Port Of Long Beach Approves Toyota s Green Terminal Makeover
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a proposal by Toyota Logistics Services to redevelop its facility at Pier B and build a renewable energy fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station.
Toyota operates a marine terminal at the Port where new automobiles are off-loaded from ships, processed and transported off-site via truck and railroad. The planned redevelopment would make those operations more efficient.
Strong financial result for Port Taranaki
Port Taranaki s ability to adapt quickly to changing market demands and service a range of industries has been reflected in a strong year-end result.
For the financial year ended 30 June 2018, Port Taranaki has reported a net profit after tax of $8.26m - up 14.4% on the previous year’s profit of $7.22m.
British Ports Association welcomes new UK Export Strategy and highlights the importance of ports to future trade opportunities.
Welcoming the Department for International Trade s new Export Strategy the British Ports Association (BPA) has highlighted the role that ports play handling 95% of the UK s International trade in goods. Commenting on the Strategy the BPA s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said:
"The new Export Strategy outlines how Government and businesses can work together to promote UK products and exports globally, as well as improving supply chains. In terms of goods, the UK is an import driven economy, however, there are real opportunities to increase exports to Europe and beyond. Ports are certainly ready to help facilitate the Government s aims."
HELCOM Publishes Report On Sewage Port Reception Facilities In The Baltic Sea
The recently published HELCOM report Baltic Sea Sewage Port Reception Facilities - HELCOM overview 2018 provides information on the status of sewage port reception facilities (PRF) and their use in the Baltic Sea area, with a focus on international cruise traffic. A total of 38 ports were assessed in the 2018 version.
"This publication gives a comprehensive overview of the sewage port reception facilities in the Baltic Sea, and we plan to update it regularly in order to always reflect the current situation," said Markus Helavuori, the HELCOM Professional Secretary in charge of maritime affairs.