October’s top stories: El Faro goes missing, Dustbin ship leaves to Australia

9 November 2015 (Last Updated November 9th, 2015 08:55)

Cammell Laird to build £200m polar research ship for UK, Russia to build a new deep-sea port on the Baltic Sea, and Dubai to help Yemen rebuild Aden port. Ship-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from October 2015.

October’s top stories: El Faro goes missing, Dustbin ship leaves to Australia

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NTSB launches investigation into TOTE’S missing cargo ship El Faro

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation into TOTE Maritime’s missing cargo ship, El Faro.

The 790ft-long vessel, with a maximum speed limit of 22k, was enroute from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been missing since Hurricane Joaquin hit the Bahamas last week.

The ship departed on 29 September with the vessel’s officers and crew monitoring the tropical storm Joaquin which later turned into a hurricane consequently interrupting communications with El Faro.

‘Dustbin’ ship leaves France to Australia with nuclear waste

A ship carrying nuclear waste to Australia left the French port of Cherbourg amidst protests from environmentalists that the ship is unfit to carry the hazardous cargo.

The 14-year-old ship BBC Shanghai, termed by opponents as Dustbin, is carrying 25t of reprocessed nuclear waste and is due to reach Australia by 27 November.

The nuclear waste is from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) which had been shipped in the 1990s and early 2000s to France for reprocessing.

Cammell Laird to build £200m polar research ship for UK

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The UK Government selected Cammell Laird shipyard to build a £200m polar research ship.

The vessel will be operated for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

When it enters service in 2019, the vessel will replace the current UK polar vessels RRS James Clark Ross and the RRS Ernest Shackleton.

Russia to build a new deep-sea port on the Baltic Sea

The Russian government revealed plans to build a new deep-sea port between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea.

Located at Kalingrad, the port will include a container terminal with a capacity of 38.6m tonnes, a bulk cargo terminal with a capacity of 5.4m tonnes, and a roll-on, roll-off terminal.

Work on the new deep-sea port is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

CSSC and Wartsila Engine JV breaks ground for new factory in Shanghai

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CSSC Wartsila Engine Corporation (CWEC), the joint venture between China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wartsila Engine, commenced construction of a new factory in Lingang, Shanghai, for the production of Wartsila engines.

Additionally, CWEC has signed strategic cooperation agreements with the Hudong Zhonghua and Shanghai Waigaoqia (SWS) shipyards to develop ship designs and solutions that will meet the evolving needs of the yards’ clients.

A letter of intent was also signed with SWS for the delivery of Wartsila Auxpac 32 generating sets in 2017 for three large container vessels being constructed at the yard.

Dubai to help Yemen rebuild Aden port

Yemen and Dubai have decided to work together for the restoration of operations at the Port of Aden in Yemen.

The collaboration will see executives from Emirati marine terminal operator DP World and Jebel Ali FreeZone visit Yemen next week to explore the areas requiring assistance while also reviewing developments in the country.

A Saudi-led coalition, fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, has warned commercial vessels to stay away from areas hit by fighting, obstructing the supply of food and fuel.

Carnival to deploy two more brands in China by 2017

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Global travel and leisure company Carnival Corporation will deploy two additional cruise brands in the Chinese market in 2017, a part of its strategy to offer multi brands to Chinese travellers.

The deployment of Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises will bring the total number of its brands operating in the country to four, including the existing Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises.

The expansion means four of the 10 brands of the company will have at least one homeported cruise ship in China.

Landbridge wins $506m to operate Australia’s Port of Darwin

The Government of the Northern Territory selected Chinese energy and infrastructure group Landbridge to operate Australia’s Port of Darwin for $506m.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Darwin Port land and facilities of East Arm Wharf including the Darwin Marine Supply Base and Fort Hill Wharf will be leased to Landbridge Group for a period of 99 years.

However, the Territory will retain the Stokes Hill Wharf, Fisherman’s & Hornibrook’s Wharves and Frances Bay facilities and continue to hold a 20% interest in the Port of Darwin.

Rolls-Royce to cut back costs for increased R&D activity in marine business

Rolls-Royce unveiled plans to transform its marine business through investment in research, development and further efficiencies.

Built on a series of cost reduction initiatives carried out over the past two years, the programme will focus on improving competitiveness.

According to a statement released by the company, the programme will be funded by reducing the corporate as well as the administrative costs, with the earnings contributing to increased research and development activity.

Turkey’s Yilport Holding acquires Portuguese firm Tertir’s ten port terminals

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Turkey-based Yilport Holding entered into an agreement with Portugal’s Mota-Engil Group and Novo Banco to acquire Tertir, a port management company, in the biggest investment ever by a Turkish company in Portugal.

Under the deal, Yilport Holding will take over the company’s portfolio of port terminals comprising of seven in Portugal that include the concessionaires Liscont and Sotagus, in the Port of Lisbon; TCL in the Port of Leixões; Socarpor in Aveiro with two concessions; Sadoport and Tersado in Setubal and a Liscont operation in Figueira da Foz.

Yilport will also acquire the port terminals in Spain including the Ferrol Container Terminal in Galicia and Concasa in Huelva, Andalucía along with a 50% stake in Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos in Port the of Paita, Peru.