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  • 19 Jul 2018 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 18 July, 2018

    Provider of midstream energy services Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) is planning to develop an offshore crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast.

    As informed, the terminal would be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers (VLCC), enabling export of crude oil to Asia and Europe.

    Enterprise has started front-end engineering and design (FEED) and is preparing applications for regulatory permitting. Based on initial designs, the project could include approximately 80 miles of 42-inch diameter pipeline to an offshore terminal capable of loading and exporting crude oil at approximately 85,000 barrels per hour.

    On July 17, Enterprise was completing the second partial loading of a VLCC tanker at its jointly owned Seaway marine terminal in Texas City. The Eagle Victoria loaded approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil at the Texas City facility.

    “On the heels of our second successful loading of a VLCC at the Texas City terminal, we are now planning to expand our capabilities to load crude oil faster and more cost efficiently without the need for lightering vessels,” A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner, commented.

    “Given the long-term outlook for growing supplies of US crude oil production, increasing global demand requiring super tankers, and the future limitations of Gulf Coast port and lightering capacities, we are confident this project will be embraced and supported by both domestic and international customers,” Teague added.

    Teague further said that capital and infrastructure to support the project would be provided by private capital. A final investment decision will be subject to receiving the requisite state and federal permits and customer demand, according to the company.


  • 19 Jul 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Dear All,

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member Polaris Shipping Agencies LLC, Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

    Project Details:

    Polaris projects successfully completed third consecutive part charter from Shanghai, China to Chennai, India consisting of Generals as well as OOG packages of up to 6.45 x 5.75 x 1.50 Mtrs (LXWXH) – Weight about 45 MT.

    On behalf of our Clients, Polaris nominated agents at Shanghai closely coordinated with Shippers and made arrangements to receive all OOG packages under hook vessel to facilitate direct loading to minimize any trailer standby and smooth handling.

    Shipment was booked on Mv Silver Safety sailed Port Shanghai with direct voyage to Port Chennai as required by our valuable Clients.

    On arrival of shipment at Port Chennai, Polaris nominated partners will liaise with Receivers and ensure that cargo is released soonest possible to final Clients as usual.

    Congratulations to POLARIS SHIPPING AGENCIES LLC for their excellent job.

  • 18 Jul 2018 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    Dear All,

    New members are going on to join Overseas Project Cargo Association from all around the world. Today we are happy to announce you that CENTAUREA is our new member from BRAZIL.

    Let's welcome our new member on board of Overseas Project Cargo Association!

    Have a great cooperation together! 

    ADDRESS:Rua Iperoig, 418 APTO 92, Perdizes, Sao Paulo, 05016000, Brazil
    CONTACT:Cesar Augusto Ricci
    TEL:+55 11944743750


  • 17 Jul 2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 17 July, 2018

    Supported by increased container volumes, the port of Antwerp has set new records with the best half-year results ever.

    During the first six months of 2018, the port handled 118.6 million tons of freight, a sharp increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The container freight as the main driver experienced further rapid growth of 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017.

    The strong freight figures for the first quarter continued unabated in the second quarter. The container volume for its part rose by 8.2% to 66.3 million tons. In TEU, this indicates an increase of 8.3% to 5.6 million TEU. May was an all-time record month, with the port handling a peak container volume of more than 1 million TEU.

    As informed, growth was experienced on all trade routes, both on the import and on the export side. Trade with Europe was the strongest, rising by 14.2%, thanks in part to Antwerp being able to win back transshipment freight which last year suffered a dip due to a temporary shortage of dock labor.

    “The growth figures (…) confirm the previous forecasts that we will soon reach our maximum container capacity. During the past period we have well exceeded the optimum utilisation level for the terminals below the locks, which can have a negative impact on efficiency. We will therefore continue to emphasise the importance of having additional and commercially useful container capacity below the locks,” Jacques Vandermeiren, Port Authority CEO, commented.

    “We appreciate the efforts of the Flemish government to arrive at a legally robust decision in favour of the complex project to build additional container capacity for our port. We now plead for a follow-up study of among other the nautical feasibility. Everybody stands to gain from a solution that will enable us to achieve the desired sustainable growth for our port (…) Creating additional commercially useful container capacity below the locks is a first step for us in the further development of the port,” Marc Van Peel, Port alderman, added.

    Furthermore, the number of cars shipped through Antwerp grew by 1.4%. Together with the 6.5% rise in the number of utility vehicles, this resulted in a 5.2% growth in the total RoRo volume, to 2.7 million tons.

    Conventional breakbulk for its part got off to a good start at the beginning of the year but then declined by 6.5% by the end of the first half of the year.

    In addition, liquid bulk experienced very strong growth of 6.1% in the first six months of this year.

    Dry bulk for its part expanded by 3.1% compared with the same period in 2017.

    A total of 7,210 seagoing ships called at the port of Antwerp during the past six months, up 1% on the same period last year. The gross tonnage of the ships arriving in port rose by 0.3%, taking the total to nearly 208 million GT.


  • 16 Jul 2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Dear All,

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member Polaris Shipping Agencies LLC, Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

    Polaris Shipping Agencies LLC, Dubai – United Arab Emirates handled customs clearance and delivery of OOG offshore equipments at Jebel Ali, UAE.

    Polaris scope was to receive time sensitive project OOG shipments at Jebel Ali which was stuffed on Carriers owned special equipments, arrange pre-clearance, store at Customs bonded temporary storage, and deliver to offshore support vessel on its arrival at Port Jebel Ali as Break Bulk cargo.

    Subsequently on completion of Job same equipments were safely received from support vessel and shipped to Singapore in a timely manner to the satisfaction of their various vendors involved.

    Congratulations to POLARIS SHIPPING AGENCIES LLC for their excellent job.


  • 13 Jul 2018 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Dear All,

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member Khimji Ramdas Shipping L. L. C., Oman.

    About Project:

    Description of Good: Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)
    Volume: 3000 cbm – 8 pieces of oversized cargo
    Weight: 815 Tons over 8 pieces
    Dimension of each piece: 26.3 X 5.4 X 3.6 
    Operations: at Sohar, Oman

    Scope :
    1. Route Survey
    2. Receiving all pieces under hook.
    3. Jacking down at port storage yard onto customized stools to a predesigned arrangement
    4. Completion of Customs Clearance.
    5. Arranging Police permission and Escorts  to move the OD Cargo
    6. Civil work required en route for facilitating the delivery.
    7. Deployed 18 axles – 2 files SPMTs for the delivery.
    8. Delivery of one piece a day with operations after midnight hours as per Police permission to Sohar Industrial Estate which is within a 50 km distance from the Port

    Khimji Ramdas Shipping delivered all the 8 pieces within the free time as per the requirement of the receiver of the cargo. Civil works required were managed at the bare minimum only for maneuvering the SPMTs within the delivery area thereby minimizing the costs and providing the most efficient solution to our valued client.

    Khimji Ramdas Shipping LLC re-emphasizes its policy on trust, commitment, care and thanks all stakeholders in the project. 

    Congratulations to KHIMJI RAMDAS SHIPPING L.L.C for their excellent job.

  • 13 Jul 2018 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 13 July, 2018

    The Port of Corpus Christi, one of the major U.S. crude oil exporters, had a record-breaking first half of the year moving 52.2 million tons of products between January 1 and June 30, 2018. 

    This number exceeds the tonnage moved in the first half of 2017 by 926,000 tons, a 2 percent increase year over year. The port attributed the growth to a 9 percent growth in crude oil and a 2 percent increase in all other petroleum products, compared to the same period in 2017.

    “In 2017, the port recorded its second highest year ever in tonnage, at 102.4 million tons, and we set a new record in operating revenue with USD 95.3 million. This is not an anomaly. These numbers continue to grow in 2018,” said Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi.

    The increasing tonnage further solidifies the port’s push for the Channel Improvement Project (CIP), which includes dredging the ship channel from 47 feet to 54 feet and widening it to 530 feet, to accommodate larger vessels.

    To that end, the port approved a bond resolution to issue up to USD 217 million in revenue bonds to help finance capital improvements. Aside to the USD 335 million dredging project, set to start later this year, the port plans to invest in new terminals in the Gulf of Mexico and rail infrastructure.

    In addition, the port aims to play a larger role in the development of LNG exports from the U.S. once the deepening project is completed.

    “The timing is ripe as we are seeing significant growth in export of U.S. crude oil and we soon will start to export liquefied natural gas,” said Charles W. Zahn, Jr., Port of Corpus Christi Commission Chairman.

    Namely, the port has been in talks with the authorities from the Panama Canal about future cooperation on the ever growing LNG trade through the new Neopanamax locks as it eyes to capitalize on the greater export capacity afforded by the dredging of its channel.

    In addition, the ongoing Harbor Bridge replacement project is expected to help the port make way for more LNG export facilities.

    The LNG trade for the port is gaining ever more on importance following Cheniere’s LNG sale and purchase agreements signed in February 2018 with China National Petroleum Corporation on the supply of 1.2 million tons of LNG, in part, through Corpus Christi Liquefaction.


  • 11 Jul 2018 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Dear All,

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member Vietranstimex, Vietnam.

    About Project:

    Description of Goods: 07 gantry cranes

    has successfully completed project “Transportation of 02 Mitsui gantry cranes weighing 1,050 tons (L.148 x W.28 x H.82m) / each and 05 RTG weighing 130 tons each from Cai Mep Newport, Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province to Lach Huyen Port, Hai Phong”. Scopes of work completed by Vietranstimex including:

    - Load-out of all cranes from current positions in Cai Mep New port onto seagoing barges.
    - Sea-fastening, lashing cargoes onto as international maritime transportation standards.
    - Load-in of all cranes from barges onto jetty in Lach Huyen Port, moving to working positions and jacking down onto moving rail systems.

    Congratulations to VIETRANSTIMEX for their excellent job.


  • 11 Jul 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 11 July, 2018

    Athens-based boxship owner Diana Containerships has agreed with French major CMA CGM to extend the present time charter contract for one of its Panamax container vessels.

    Under the deal, Diana Containerships’  3,739 TEU container vessel, Domingo, will continue working for CMA CGM at a gross charter rate of USD 12,800 per day.

    The new charter period, which would last for eight to eleven months, will commence on August 3, 2018.

    Diana Containerships informed that the employment extension is expected to generate USD 3.07 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter extension.

    The 2001-built Domingo is currently chartered at a gross charter rate of USD 8,500 per day.

    Upon completion of the previously announced sale of a Post-Panamax container vessel Hamburg, Diana Containerships’ fleet will consist of 4 container vessels.


  • 09 Jul 2018 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 06 July, 2018

    The port of Le Havre in France intends to invest approximately EUR500 million (USD582.1 million) over the coming years in development projects.

    A part of the investment programme will see the port of Le Havre develop berths 11 and 12 at the gateway. The foundation stone for the project could be laid as early as July 2019, said Haropa.

    The supervisory board meeting also decided to continue studies on other potential projects including the extension of the ro-ro terminal, road and rail safety and security enhancements, further development of the logistics parks and a redevelopment of the northern terminals.

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