|CANAL WELCOMES LARGEST VESSEL TO DATE THROUGH NEW LOCKS
Panama Canal, Panama
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
|DUSTY WINDS HALT PORT OPERATIONS
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
|MARITIME PIRACY REPORT SEES FIRST SOMALI HIJACKINGS AFTER FIVE-YEAR LULL
|Canal welcomes largest vessel to date through new locks|
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama|
|The Panama Canal welcomed the largest vessel both in dimension and capacity to transit the Expanded Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016. The 13,092 TEU Neopanamax containership COSCO Development, which measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam, began its voyage in Asia, and will soon become the largest ship to arrive on the U.S. East Coast when it calls at several ports there….
…In the days since its inauguration, the Expanded Canal has seen its Neopanamax traffic steadily increase. Thus far, the Expanded Canal has transited more than 1,200 Neopanamax vessels-an average of 5.9 vessels per day, when a daily estimate of two and three transits was initially forecasted for the first year of operation. In addition, a total of 15 new liner services have shifted to take advantage of the new route.
Containerships represent approximately 43% of traffic through the new locks, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, which represent approximately 29.1 and 8.3 percent, respectively. Other segments such as bulk carriers, tankers and car carriers have also transited the new locks….
(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.
Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority (www.pancanal.com) Press Release dated 2 May 2017
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia|
All port berthing/unberthing operations at Jubail were suspended by the port authority at 0315 hours local time today (9 May) due to very poor visibility and bad weather.
For the latest status update or information about operations in Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dusty winds halt port operations|
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Dammam, Saudi Arabia|
|Dammam port operations were closed from 07:30 hours local time today (9 May), due to dusty winds.
For the latest status update or information about operations in Dammam contact GAC Saudi Arabia at email@example.com
|Maritime piracy report sees first Somali hijackings after five-year lull|
|Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Worldwide|
|Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report….
…In total, 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017. Armed pirates hijacked two vessels, both off the coast of Somalia, where no merchant ship had been hijacked since May 2012. Four attempted incidents were also received….
Gulf of Guinea kidnappings
Growing violence around the Southern Philippines
First Somali hijackings after five-year lull
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre supports the anti-piracy efforts of international navies by relaying all reports to the response agencies, as well as broadcasting alerts to ships via the INMARSAT Safety Net Service.
IMB’s latest piracy report gives detailed descriptions of all 43 attacks in 16 countries, and advice for mariners, including a list of particularly high-risk areas where extra caution and precautionary measures are vital….
(For information about operations worldwide, contact the respective GAC offices. Details at www.gac.com/gac-worldwide)
Source: Extracts from ICC International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) media release dated 4 May 2017