Corpus Christi LNG Terminal Ships First Cargo
Saudi Coalition and Houthi Forces Reach Hodeidah Ceasefire Deal
Port Rashid Receives Five Cruise Ships in a Day
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Corpus Christi LNG Terminal Ships First Cargo

Cheniere Energy's first LNG commissioning cargo from its Corpus Christi terminal has been loaded aboard the LNG carrier Maria Energy, and is now headed for a destination in Greece. It is the first LNG cargo ever exported from the state of Texas.  According to Greece's state-owned natural gas utility, DEFSA, the cargo will be delivered to the Revithoussa LNG terminal outside of Athens. "Exporting the first commissioning cargo of LNG from Texas demonstrates Cheniere's ability to deliver projects safely and ahead...

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Saudi Coalition and Houthi Forces Reach Hodeidah Ceasefire Deal

Diplomats representing Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led government coalition have reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Hodeidah, the seaport city that handles the majority of the nation's food supply. The UN believes the conflict in Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of civilians near starvation as the long-running civil war disrupts economic activity, and Hodeidah is the primary gateway for the aid logistics effort.  Under the new agreement, Saudi-backed and Houthi forces will both withdraw from...

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Port Rashid Receives Five Cruise Ships in a Day

Port Rashid in the UAE received five international cruise liners on the same day at the Dubai Cruise Terminal earlier in December.  The cruise ships, Marella Discovery, AIDAprima, MSC Splendida, Horizon (Pullmantur Cruises) and Celebrity Constellation, brought over 25,000 tourists that day.  For three of the vessels, Marella Discovery, AIDAprima and Horizon, it was their maiden call to Dubai, and three of the cruise lines will be homeporting in Dubai for the full season, operating regular Arabian Gulf voyages. The...

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Panama Canal Signs Agreement with Port of Itaqui

The Panama Canal signed a MOU with Port of Itaqui, located in the northeastern region of Brazil, to promote the shipment of grain, soybeans and other cargoes in the commercial route between the north of Brazil through the Panama Canal to destinations located in the Pacific Ocean.   The Port of Itaqui, located in São Luís, Maranhão, is the Brazilian port closest to the Panama Canal and has the infrastructure and connectivity necessary to move these exports to...

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World’s Largest LNG Bunker Vessel Commences Operation

The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel Kairos started operations this week in the port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, on the Baltic Sea coast.  The vessel is chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg-based LNG supplier Nauticor with a 90 percent share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10 percent share.  The construction of the vessel started in 2016 when the joint venture signed a time-charter agreement with shipowner Babcock Schulte Energy. In February 2018, steel...

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Two Seafarers Abandoned in African Port

It's the second year in a row that seafarers Captain Asmael Alsarwt and Seyed Nasr Soltan are stranded, abandoned by their ship's owner in a port thousands of miles from home. Initially abandoned on their vessel the PSD2 in Mozambique’s Beira port in 2017, the ship sailed to Durban in South Africa, where it was once again abandoned and has remained ever since. The men have received food, medical supplies and emotional support from the Sailors' Society's Crisis Response Network....

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Sanctioned Russian Vessel Stuck in Port of Nantong

The U.S.-sanctioned cargo vessel Neptun is stuck in the port of Nantong, China, due to a payment dispute. According to Russian state media, owner Gudzon Shipping is engaged in a disagreement over contractual obligations with a shipyard in Nantong over the scope and cost of repairs. Russia asserts that American sanctions on Gudzon have nothing to do with the negotiations.  "The Chinese side, although we seemingly agree on the total payment amount, is recalculating the price of some minor activities again....

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Yamal LNG Reaches Full Capacity, On Budget and One Year Early

On Wednesday, the icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie loaded the first cargo of LNG produced by the third and last train of the Yamal LNG project. The loading marks Yamal LNG's arrival at full capacity operation, twelve months ahead of schedule and within the planned budget.  Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, initiated the start of cargo operations via video conference. The ceremony was attended by Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman & CEO of Novatek; Evgeny Ambrosov, SVP of vessel operator Sovcomflot;...

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EU Parliament Calls for Port Restrictions Over Kerch Strait Incident

On Wednesday, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the EU to close European ports to Russian vessels arriving from the Sea of Azov in retaliation for Russia's recent seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels.  On November 25, Russian forces fired on and seized two Ukrainian gunboats and one tug after the Ukrainian vessels tried to pass under the Kerch Strait Bridge. They detained 24 Ukrainian sailors in connection with its seizure, and several have been charged with "breaching...

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Action Taken Against NSW Ports for Anti-Competition Deals

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against NSW Ports Operations Hold Co and its subsidiaries Port Botany Operations and Port Kembla Operations for making agreements with the State of New South Wales that the ACCC alleges had an anti-competitive purpose and effect. The ACCC is alleging that making these agreements containing provisions which would effectively compensate Port Kembla and Port Botany if the Port of Newcastle develops a container terminal as it...

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Master Fined for Alcohol Offense while Leaving New Zealand Port

The master of the tanker SG Pegasus has been fined for exceeding the alcohol limit for a seafarer while preparing to leave the port of New Plymouth in New Zealand on December 11. The New Plymouth District Court has fined Saurabh Kumar Singh NZ$1,000 ($690); he has also been removed from his position as master.   New Plymouth pilots became concerned at Singh’s behavior when they boarded SG Pegasus to help guide the tanker out of New Plymouth...

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