Tugs Ordered for El Salvador LNG Project

Tugs Ordered for El Salvador LNG Project

Chile’s SAAM Towage has ordered two RAstar 3200W azimuth tugs from Turkish shipyard UZMAR for operation in El Salvador following the awarding of a contract to provide ship assist services for the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) LNG project in that country. Designed by Canada’s Robert Allan Ltd the twin tugs, to be delivered next year, will measure 32 meters in beam, have a bollard pull of 75 tons and reach a maximum speed of 12.5 knots. SAAM Towage currently operates a fleet of more than 155 tugs at over 60 ports in the Americas servicing around 25,000 ships annually.
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New Russian Coal Terminal Opens

New Russian Coal Terminal Opens

The first phase of a new coal terminal being built approximately 5 kilometers northeast of Vanino on Muchke Bay in Russia’s Khabarovsk region has been completed according to the country’s Federal Marine and River Transport Agency Rosmorrechflot. Being developed by VaninoTransUgol LLC, the new facility is to have an initial export capacity of 12 million tons, which will be boosted to 24 million tons during second phase expansion due to be completed by 2022. VaninoTransUgol is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the large Russian coal mining enterprise “Kolmar” which controls most mining, processing and transportation of coal in the Russian Far…
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Port Canaveral Opens Vehicle Processing Facility

Port Canaveral Opens Vehicle Processing Facility

Florida’s Port Canaveral officially opened its new vehicle processing facility located alongside its South Cargo Pier 4 in early March with a call by the 653-foot-long auto carrier Wisteria Ace to discharge 730 vehicles. The port-operated processing facility features a 16-acre paved storage area and a 20,000-square-foot, climate-controlled processing warehouse that has been equipped with LED lighting. Current capacity is 100,000 vehicles annually but with the potential to increase to 240,000 annually if required. Port Canaveral assumed operation of the facility when the former operator’s lease expired in January of this year.
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Port Panama City Opens  New Terminal

Port Panama City Opens New Terminal

Port Panama City, Florida has opened its new $60 million East Terminal, which features a 26,000-square-foot warehouse for paper products. The first ship to load at the new facility was the open-hatch bulk carrier Star Juventus operated by the G2 Ocean pool, which called in mid-February to load forest products for Asia.
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Cargo Up at Europe’s  Largest Port

Cargo Up at Europe’s Largest Port

Europe’s largest port, the Port of Rotterdam, handled 469.4 million tons of cargo last year, only fractionally higher than the 469 million tons it handled in 2018. However, container throughput, measured in tons, grew by 2.5 percent while box throughput measured in TEUs increased by 2.1 percent, with more than 14.8 million TEUs handled.
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Development of Kamchatka LNG Transshipment Terminal

Development of Kamchatka LNG Transshipment Terminal

Russia’s Glavgosexpertiza has approved design documentation and engineering survey findings covering construction of a new LNG transshipment facility in the country’s Kamchatka Territory. The terminal is intended to handle the transshipment of LNG from the Yamal peninsula gas fields in the Gulf of Ob from ice-class gas carriers onto non-ice-class tankers for onward delivery to destinations in the Asia-Pacific Region. The design documentation foresees five phases of construction and development of the facility, which will be built in Bechevinskaya Bay approximately 100 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Upon first-phase completion the terminal will have an annual handling capacity of 11 million tons…
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DP World Completes Acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD)

DP World Completes Acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD)

DP World has completed its acquisition of Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) in British Columbia through its Canadian subsidiary, DP World Canada Investment, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. Dubai-based DP World, which also operates terminals within Vancouver harbor and at Prince Rupert, announced it would acquire FSD last year (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, July 2019). The facility has more than 1,200 meters of berthing and 189 acres of yard area on the Fraser River and has been handling grain, steel, containers and project cargoes.
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Port of Savannah Expansion

Port of Savannah Expansion

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has acquired 145 acres of additional land in order to expand cargo handling capacity at the Port of Savannah. The acquisition comes as work to allow the port’s Garden City Terminal to serve three 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously has been completed. Additional construction, to be completed by 2023, will add an additional big ship berth to the facility as part of a larger blueprint to increase the GPA’s capacity to nine million TEUs by 2030. This will also see Savannah’s Ocean Terminal partially converted to handle containers by the construction of a new truck gate and…
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