• 2015 July 31 17:39

    Ship calls at Lerwick port grew in H1 2015 by 7%

    The number of vessels using Lerwick Harbour in the first half of this year increased by 7% to 2,930, due mainly to more fishing boats compared to the same period in 2014 when poor weather affected activity, the Port Authority said Thursday in a press release.

    Both the overall tonnage of shipping, at 5.5 million gross tonnes, and that of oil-related vessels, at 1.39 million gross tonnes, held steady, although offshore industry arrivals were down 12% at 269, reflecting the sector’s reduced operations in current circumstances.

    Oil industry activity levels also impacted on cargo handled, with offshore shipments falling 18% to 75,475 tonnes, pushing total cargo down 13% to 499,179 tonnes for the six months to June.

    Total fish landings, at 20,430 tonnes, were valued at £17.7 million – down 42% on volume and 52% on value, reflecting a reduction in mackerel landings in January and February, White fish, at 4,739 tonnes, was valued at £7.1 million – up 1.3% on volume, with the value the same as at the half-year 2014. The white fish price per tonne remained at an average of over £1,500 per tonne.

    Passengers on the roll-on/roll-off ferries between Lerwick and Kirkwall and Aberdeen increased by 1.5% to 61,374. A decrease of 36% to 12,168 in visitors arriving by cruise ships reduced the overall passenger total by 7% to 73,542.

    Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, said: “The 2016 cruise season is already looking good, with current record bookings for around 70 vessels and a 52,000 passengers.

    “Our turnover at half-year is on target and financial performance slightly ahead of forecast in conditions which require extra careful house-keeping.

    “A note of caution is added to our outlook by uncertainties over continuing difficult international markets for mackerel and it remains to be seen how this affects landings this autumn, and by the timing of any recovery in oil activity – although the potential for further field development is still there offshore Shetland. We remain confident in the future demand for expanded port facilities, underway, for the oil and fishing industries.”

    Lerwick Port Authority was established as Lerwick Harbour Trust by Act of Parliament in 1877. The 1877 Act constituted the trust port to manage, maintain and regulate the Port of Lerwick. The first task was to build a pier and Victoria Pier opened in 1886. As a Trust Port, the harbour is operated commercially by the Port Authority as a self-financing business. The name changed from Lerwick Harbour Trust to Lerwick Port Authority in 1999.

2018 September 26

17:06 TenneT contracts DNV GL to certify offshore power substations for Hollandse Kust Zuid wind park
16:42 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka
16:30 ZIM to introduce improvements of its cross-Atlantic services
16:29 Knud E. Hansen creates entirely new design for the ocean factory trawler
16:07 Maersk implements new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage
16:02 ONE, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming, CMA CGM, COSCO, OOCL to increase service quality with enhanced Mediterranean - U.S. East Coast service
16:01 RS specifies requirements for fishing vessels
15:38 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping improves rules for fishing vessels
15:03 Pasha Hawaii celebrates steel cutting for M/V George III at Keppel AmFELS
14:40 Ground-breaking ceremony held for Wärtsilä built Hamina LNG terminal
14:04 RB-2186 tugboat of Project 16609 built by Pella Shipyard delivered to the customer in the Far East
13:09 CMA CGM announces Rate Restoration Program for services from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
12:32 NIBULON put into operation its first multipurpose T3500 Project tug
12:09 Austal cuts metal on 117m trimaran for Fred. Olsen
11:45 LNG shipped from Yamal LNG project tops five million tons
11:09 International Seaways announces contract to install scrubbers
10:47 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,450 points
10:30 Brent Crude futures price down 0.12% to $81.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.19% to $72.14
10:08 IMO will not delay sulphur 2020 limit
09:51 Port of Riga positioned as an attractive destination for world's major cruise companies
09:39 Arctic Environment Ministers' meeting: Exploring common solutions for the Arctic environment
09:20 Bunker prices continue surging at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:08 Hansa Heavy Lift moves fully assembled Liebherr cranes from Ireland to the UK
08:07 Jumbo awarded transportation & installation contract in Sergipe, Brazil
07:34 Total increases its share in the Danish Underground Consortium

2018 September 25

18:37 Colombo Dockyard achieves recognition at the Presidential Export Award
18:10 Tersan Shipyard (Turkey) lays down lead crab catching and processing ship of Project ST184 for Arktikservis
17:56 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
17:36 The Ocean Cleanup chooses Iridium as provider of satellite communications services
17:20 First RITM-200 reactor intended for nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural left for Baltiysky Zavod shipyard
17:06 ABP opens up Humber International Enterprise Park development plans to public
16:57 Shippers suspect sulphur stitch-up
16:29 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for tug Southampton
16:20 Portugal joins WISTA International
15:38 Volga Shipping Company named the best in terms of transport security
15:12 Mr. Birkir Hólm Guðnason hired as CEO of Samskip Iceland
14:11 CMA CGM to review sales policy regarding Low Sulphur IMO 2020 Regulation
13:49 NIBULON successfully completed its passenger transportation season
13:11 North Carolina Ports’ terminals resume full commercial operations following hurricane Florence
12:50 Fuel oil prices are going up in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 Havila Kystruten selects Havyard to deliver the ship design and extensive equipment package for four new vessels
12:14 European ports welcome Parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships
12:01 Long Beach Commission OKs budget for expanded rail yard
11:43 DHT Holdings announces $50 mln scrubber financing
11:32 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Marintec Offshore Russia» exhibition
11:00 GTT receives a new order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
10:55 NYK announces delivery of new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation
10:24 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,434 points
10:01 Brent Crude futures price up 0.2% to $80.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $72.17
09:38 Yaroslavsky Shipyard lays down oil recovery vessel of Project Р2114 for Transneft
09:15 Audit summary report to be considered by Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments

2018 September 24

18:36 DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact
18:03 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS announces completion of USD 45.0 million private placement
17:52 Port of Southampton recognised in top 20 under 40 cruise award
17:36 CMA CGM announces GRR from India West Coast to Mozambique
17:03 Metropolitan Plan for Great Newcastle endorses Port of Newcastle vision
16:50 Ust-Luga Container Terminal handles cargo for Nord Stream 2
16:47 Wightlink names its new flagship
16:45 Bomin exits the bunker markets in Singapore and Antwerp
16:43 Hamburg and St. Petersburg strengthen cooperation at the Port Evening