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Crane collapse causing severe delays at Port Nehru box terminal

The terminal is running behind schedule by more than five days The recent collapse of a container crane at Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (Nhava Sheva Port), India's largest container facility, is causing major disruptions to berthing schedules, according to a senior OOCL India official."The terminal is running behind schedule by more than five days," the official told the JOC.Hong-Kong based OOCL, which operates the Indamex Service connecting the Port of Nhava Sheva with ports on the US East Coast, said that ships operating under the fixed-day berthing window scheme are the worst affected due to low levels of productivity and extended stays.The Indamex service is a vessel-sharing agreement among five major carriers, including Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, APL and NYK Line."The consortium members have been in touch with port officials to know their actions aimed at restoring normalcy at the terminal. There is, however, no positive outcome yet," added the official.According to the JOC, a number of vessels remain anchored in the port's harbor with many more expected to follow suit in the coming days.The Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal is one of three box terminals in Nhava Sheva Port, responsible for the movement of nearly 60 percent of India's containerized trade.Nehru ...

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Stena Spirit crashes into crane

Two port workers badly injured Swedish ferry Stena Spirit collided with a crane in the Polish port of Gdynia on Thursday morning. Three port workers were taken to the hospital and two of them are reported to have serious injuries.Stena Spirit was leaving the port on Poland's Baltic Sea coast at 8.45am on Thursday when she collided with a loading crane which tipped and fell."She rammed the stern into the leg of the container crane that collapsed," said Jesper Waltersson at Stena Line.Waltersson informed that none of the 49 crew or 120 passengers were physically injured in the collision.The Stena Spirit had set sail for Karlskrona in eastern Sweden but on Thursday afternoon remained in Gydnia.BCT said in its statement that an investigation would be conducted into the accident and Stena Line remained uncertain when the vessel would be able to depart."We are looking at when we can leave the port and are waiting for the authorities to have their say," Jesper Waltersson said.Source: Maritime Connector

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