July 27, 2021 / 4:40 PM Eight Nigerians, among them five members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), who were kidnapped by gunmen in Rivers State waters on July 19 have been freed following intervention by the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh and other stakeholders.

Dr. Jamoh broke the news on July 24 after a phone conversation with the President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigerian (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju. 

The abductees are believed to be in good physical condition and the MWUN President General is expected to provide a detailed report on the incidents surrounding the abduction early next week.

The eight persons were travelling to Port Harcourt from Kula area in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, before the gunmen abducted them at the Kula-Abonnema waterway.

On July 24, Dr. Jamoh vowed that the personnel of the Deep Blue counter-piracy project would ensure that all waters of the coastal states are covered in their daily patrol to nip in the bud any act of criminality in the waterways and creeks.

He also said that the Special Maritime Intelligence Unit within the Deep Blue Project will up its ante in engaging the youths at the creeks through the use of a ‘carrot and stick’ policy to wean them away from marine-related atrocities and crimes.

Dr. Jamoh added that NIMASA will continue to explore its partnerships to educate youths on the non-profitability of marine crime as well as ensuring that they are meaningfully engaged to contribute to the development of the nation.

Source: hstoday

July 22, 2021 / 3:00 PM The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, ticked up on Wednesday on gains in the capesize segment.

The index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, added 5 points, or 0.2%, to 3,058.

The capesize index rose 8 points, or 0.2%, to 3,513.

Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of iron ore, were up $64 at $29,135.

The gains came even as benchmark iron ore futures in China fell nearly 4% on Wednesday on cooling demand as mills controlled their crude steel production, while arrivals of the steelmaking ingredient gained.

Some steel producers in China’s Jiangsu, Fujian and Yunnan provinces were told by the government to cut production as the country aims to keep its annual output no higher than it made in 2020.

The panamax index dropped 23 points, or 0.6%, to 3,577, the lowest in nearly a month.

Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, dropped by $205 to $32,195.

Argentina’s government has urged citizens to limit water use in a bid to alleviate pressure on the Parana River, a key grain thoroughfare that is at a 77-year low, a situation which is hampering shipments of cereals including soy and wheat.



July 19, 2021 / 1:40 PM The DITEL 60cm Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna was installed on Shenlan 1, China's first deep-sea fish farm in Qingdao, Shandong province. High-quality, high-speed and stable operation of the equipment ensures the rapid exchange of information, signifying that DITEL will continue to give a hand to Wisdom Ocean Construction. 

Featuring a compact size and lightweight design, DITEL 60cm Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna provides stable and full network coverage for the whole salmon farming platform and offers superior tracking performance. The world's largest intelligent submersible aquaculture facility --- Shenlan 1, is equal to 40 standard swimming pools and weighs 1,500 metric tons. The installation of the satellite system will promote deep-sea aquaculture development towards an intelligent, environmentally friendly business.

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July 15, 2021 / 7:00 AM The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, visits Port Houston Thursday to mark five years since his country completed the expansion of the Panama Canal, which provided new markets and opportunities for Greater Houston’s industries and cemented the port’s standing as leading center of international trade.

The canal expansion has provided a gateway to fast-growing Asian economies for Houston’s vital energy sector, opening not long after Congress lifted a 40-year ban on crude exports at the end of 2015 and the first shipments on liquefied natural gas left the Gulf Coast in early 2016. After the expansion was completed, the value of Houston energy exports to Asia — excluding chemicals and plastics — more than tripled to nearly $13 billion in 2019, according to Commerce Department data.

The expanded canal, which provides a shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific, has also established Houston as a key entryway for consumer and other goods from Asia and allowed the region to challenge the West Coast for the import business. Since 2016, import containers moving through Port Houston from East Asia have grown 63 percent, according to the port. As a result, Houston has become a major distribution hub for retailers such as Walmart, Costco, Dollar Tree, Home Depot and IKEA. Since 2018 about 24 distribution centers have come to Houston, creating an estimated 6,400 new jobs, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

“If you go back a decade or so we virtually had zero container ships,” Roger Guenther, the executive director of Port Houston said. “Most cargo came through the West Coast and came into Texas by rail. (The canal expansion) has been a game changer for Houston.” Trade is a critical component of the local and state economies. Port Houston estimates that trade moving through the Houston Ship Channel generates nearly 1.4 million jobs in Texas and $339 billion in economic activity.

Cortizo Cohen, elected in 2019, is expected to have a round table discussion with Port Houston officials on topics such as the port’s plans to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel to accommodate larger ships.


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