The Yemeni port of Hodeidah, which closed in November after a rebel-fired ballistic missile, has received four cranes in an effort to allow faster delivery of relief items.
The cranes, which will be operational immediately, are urgently needed to boost the capacity of Hodeidah Port, which handles around 70 percent of Yemen’s imports, including critically-needed food and humanitarian supplies.
With each of the mobile cranes able to handle up to 60 tons, they will significantly boost the discharge of humanitarian cargo and other relief items. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates facilitated the transfer of the cranes aboard the United Nations World Food Programme-chartered vessel MV JUIST to Yemen. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/240835/four-cranes-arrive-at-yemens-hodeidah-port/
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, has officiated at a formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the latest phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe, the company said in its press release.
Approximately 13 hectares of new paved container yard is to be constructed directly behind Berth 9 at the UK’s largest container port.
The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed.
Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container storage blocks and allow 6-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019. The yard will add 18,000 TEU of storage capacity to the 130,000 TEU already available at the UK’s largest container port.
New bulk cargo terminal MOU announced in Poti, Georgia
APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor, the company said in its press release.
The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.
Swinoujscie LNG Terminal Expansion Could Get EU Funding
An expansion project planned for an liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal at a Polish port is hoping to secure European Union funding. Expanding facilities at the terminal at Swinoujscie would make LNG bunkering feasible at the port while the work would be cofunded by the EU, according to port news provider Port News.
The Baltic sea port of Swinoujscie is inside the Baltic emissions control area where ships' bunker fuel must keep to a sulfur limit of 0.1%.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.
The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.
Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world's most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.
Australia’s weather bureau drops Port Hedland warning as Cyclone Joyce nears land
Australia’s weather bureau on Jan 12 has cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent’s far northwest on Friday and dropped its warning for high winds at iron ore terminal Port Hedland.
Cyclone Joyce, a Category 1 storm, is holding just off the beaches of Pilbara iron ore belt, prompting the overnight closure of the world’s biggest iron ore export terminal at Port Hedland, 1,700 km (1,050 miles) north of Perth, as a safety precaution.
“Port Hedland has been taken out of warning status, with winds easing as Joyce moves inland,” the weather bureau said in a tweet.
The port accounts for over half of Australia’s iron ore exports, handling more than a million tonnes a day from the Pilbara iron belt, the majority bound for Chinese steel mills.
The first group of three, of a total of 12 advanced remotecontrolled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, has departed China for delivery on February 15th to the new APM Terminals MedPort Tangier, Morocco terminal. Manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, the super post-Panamax cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 TEU vessels.
APM Terminals Pecém reported a 19% annual increase in container handling volumes as the gateway port to northeast Brazil. APM Terminals Pecém, which is the container operator at the Port of Pecém which is managed by the state-owned company CIPP (former Cearaportos), handled 130,008 moves (213,951 TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2017 a new volume record.
Suez Canal grants a reduction of 30% for Egyptian container vessels at Port Said port till end of year
As PortNews reports, Suez Canal authority, headed by vice admiral Mohab Mameesh, has issued a circular signed by Eng. Ibrahim ElDesouky, charge’ de affaires of the authority’s locomotion dept. director, stating continuity working with circular number 4/1014 concerning granting Egyptian maritime units, which have internal navigation license and that transport containers from Port Said port to the hub port( East Port Said) and vice versa through the service channel, a reduction of 30% from the crossing dues for a second period that ends by 31/ 12/ 2018 .
The circular has also pointed out that the reason after this reduction, extension for Egyptian maritime units, is to encourage containers’ transport from Port Said port to hub port ( East Port said) and vice versa through the service channel.