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Australia Starts Construction of Hydrogen Liquefaction Facilities

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-20 20:16:12

Construction has started on a half-billion dollar pilot hydrogen liquefaction facilities at Port Hastings in Victoria, Australia. The project will look at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley into hydrogen, which would then be liquefied and exported to Japan on specialized ships.  Australia's Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said it has the potential to create $2 billion in exports for Australia. The Australian and Victorian Governments have committed $50 million each to the $500 million project,...

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Bulker Diverts to Port of Vitoria, Brazil After Fatal Accident

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 21:47:52

Croatian shipping firm Atlantska Plovidba reported Thursday that the bulker AP Dubrava has diverted to a Brazilian port for assistance after an accident killed two members of her crew.  On Wednesday afternoon, five seafarers were affected by an unspecified accident while cleaning a piping system, according to the ship's agent. Two could not be revived, despite the efforts of their crewmates, who provided care with the instructions of a shoreside medical advisor. The Dubrava requested urgent assistance from the Brazilian authorities....

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New Rail Service for Pakistan

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 20:27:49

Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), a subsidiary of ICTSI, has launched a dedicated rail cargo service between Karachi and Lahore in cooperation with the state-owned Pakistan Railways. The cargo rail service is anticipated to move goods faster and at a significantly lower cost than road transport, benefiting major industries in the country including agriculture, textile, fertilizer, sports goods and electronics.  As the only terminal at the Port of Karachi with internal rail connection, PICT says it has a competitive edge...

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Total Moves Forward with LNG Bunkering at Port of Sohar

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 20:25:22

American petroleum engineering company McDermott has been awarded a large contract to do the front-end engineering design (FEED) work for the planned Sohar LNG Bunkering Project at the port of Sohar, Oman.  Sohar is adjacent to the Strait of Hormuz, making it well positioned as a potential LNG bunkering hub as IMO2020 approaches.  "This award is a reflection of McDermott's 60-year history of delivering innovative LNG solutions worldwide, beginning with our tank storage solutions in the 1950s to our liquefaction...

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Construction of Port of Oakland's Logistics Complex Gets Go Ahead

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 19:06:33

The U.S. Port of Oakland has issued a building permit for a Seaport Logistics Complex. The developer, CenterPoint Properties, began preparation and ground stabilization work on its 27-acre site over the last nine months and is actively engaged in construction on the 460,000 square-foot facility, with completion expected mid-2020. CenterPoint’s $52 million project would anchor a logistics campus planned for 180 acres at the decommissioned Oakland Army Base. The Port inherited the property 15 years ago and has been planning...

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DP World Australia Makes Further Job Cuts

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 18:46:35

DP World Australia (DPWA) has announced that it will make 100 stevedores in Sydney and 100 stevedores in Melbourne redundant. This is in addition to 47 stevedores already leaving DPWA in Melbourne this week through voluntary redundancies. About 1,800 stevedores work for the company. The decision comes as a direct result of volume losses since September 2018, said the company. “DPWA has been postponing these crucial restructures since September 2018 to progress constructive Enterprise Agreement negotiations. In the absence of...

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Customs Officers Catch Ship Importers Out on Tax Dodge

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 18:18:18

Companies importing vessels from overseas have been put on notice by the Australian Border Force (ABF) after demands for payments of nearly A$2 million ($1.4 million) were issued for two undervalued commercial craft. In the worst case, an investigation by ABF customs compliance officers discovered that a dredging vessel recently imported into Queensland was undervalued by more than A$15 million ($10.6 million). After investigation, the value of the vessel was amended to over A$65 million ($46 million) which resulted in...

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Sabetta Gets a Boost: Ruslan Baisarov Helps Boost Yamal’s Economy

By Max Elliot 2019-07-18 17:15:00

The Yamal Peninsula is quickly becoming a key engine of economic growth not only for Western Siberia, but for all of Russia. In this region, rich in the most important natural resources, infrastructure development is booming. Possessing a wealth of experience that gives it an upper hand, Ruslan Baisarov’s SK Most Group of companies continues to play an active role in this development.  Construction Feat The company was trusted with the construction of the Arctic sea port of Sabetta,...

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No-Deal Brexit May Create Delays at Irish Ports

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 17:13:16

Irish leader Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that there will almost certainly be delays at Ireland's seaports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, despite extensive preparations. Both leading candidates to replace British prime minister Theresa May have called for removing a special customs status provision for Northern Ireland from the proposed EU withdrawal agreement, a change that the European Commission is almost certain to reject. Without an agreement with the EC, Britain is set to "crash out" of the...

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Pesticide-Resistant Insects Create Problems for Dry Bulk Terminals

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-18 13:57:19

Dry bulk terminal operators warn that the fumigation of grain cargoes using common insecticides may not be effective in controlling insect larvae, resulting in cargo damage and costly grain silo infestations.  “We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation, are not affected by phosphine or phosphine generating fumigants and growing into weevils while cargoes are in storage,” said Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Spanish terminal...

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