Bunker Prices in Panama Surge to Year's Highest Levels
Bunker prices in Panama have surged to their highest level of the year, according to Ship & Bunker data, with tight avails at Balboa reported to be a factor behind the development.
According to Ship & Bunker data, prices for IFO 380 Friday reached $284.50 pmt - a week-on-week gain of $27.50.
A Panama-based trader told Platts that one supplier was out of product, which led other suppliers to raise their prices. shipandbunker.com...
Port of Zeebrugge plans to expand the automotive capacity
The port authority of Zeebrugge has plans to expand the automotive capacity with 156 hectares in the future, on top of the 390 hectares for car logistics currently in use in the inner port, the company said in its press release.
The need for the expansion of the automotive sector in Zeebrugge became clear when the port authority made 58 hectares of new ground available to port clients. “The demand for expansion from our current operators was of that proportion that we needed twice the surface to answer to their needs.” says Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge
In the short term, 28 hectares in the southwestern corner of the Southern Canal Dock will be ready for use. A 400 meter long quay wall for this area is under construction since October 2015. en.portnews.ru/ne...
The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has finally awarded the capital dredging contract to a foreign company for the approach channel of Pakistan Deep Water Container Terminal (PDWCT) at a cost of Rs2.985 billion last Friday, official sources disclosed on Thursday. After receiving four tender bids, KPT in December 2015 opened technical part of the bids but deferred the opening of financial bids. For the evaluation of technical bids, KPT set up an in-house technical committee which qualified two bidders. In order to move forward, KPT asked the two qualifying bidders to extend the validity of bid security bonds as financial tender of the bids were not opened so far. However, only one of the bidders obliged while the other refused. As a result of this development, only one financial bid of the lowest bidder from a Dutch company — ‘Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractor BV’ — remained valid, sources said. Thereafter, the KPT on June 30, 2016 opened the lone financial bid before the expiry of validation period. The Dutch dredging company, besides, submitting main a bid with a dredging cost of Rs6.293bn (Rs1,258 per cubic meter), also offered an alternate bid. According to private and independent engineers’ estimates, the current cost of dredging for removal of 5 million cubic meters would come to around Rs5.437bn or Rs1,087 per cubic meter, official sources said. If this is true, port and shipping experts said, then KPT would save a huge amount of around Rs2.452bn by awarding the dredging contract to Van Oord Dredging Company as they are charging Rs2.985bn against the engineers estimated cost of Rs5.437bn.The KPT also refused the demand put down in the process of negotiations with the Dutch company for allowing them to alter terms and conditions for payment of dredging cost.
Only about two weeks after a fire on the cruise ship newbuilding "Norwegian Joy", 167800 gt (IMO-No.: 9703796), at the Meyer Yard in Papenburg another fire hit the ship in the morning of Oct 8 around 8 a.m. This time the blaze which broke out on the balcony of a cabin on deck 9. It spread quicklly and was even larger, affecting several decks . Dense smoke emerged from the construction hall II. The fire rescue of the shipyard was supported by volunteer forces from Papenburg, Aschendorf and Weener, on the whole 130 men and forces of the Malteser Support Service and the Red Cross, the police and the Technical Unity of the Emsland municipality. The fire was under control at 9.20 a.m., but it took some more time until all hit spots were removed during the following hours. The fire rescue could finally be stood down at 5 p.m. The police launched an investigation.
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Following two positive court rulings the planned new container and ro-ro port at Norvik near Stockholm, Sweden can start construction. Located at Nynäshamn this new port has deep water access and will enable the port to cope with the increase in both container and ro-ro numbers that the port is experiencing. Once completed, Norvik will feature a 1,400 m long quay with seven berths. The container part which will feature five berths along the quay will be operated by Hutchison Port Holdings which will move its box business to Norvik from Stockholm's Frihamnen. This container section will be able to handle 300,000 TEU each year in the early stages of operation. With a depth alongside of 16.5 metres it will be able to accommodate the largest container ships alongside. The ro-ro section which features two berths will have an annual capacity of 260,000 cargo units. The total area of the new port will be 44 hectares. www.maritimejourn...
Port of Charleston escapes storm damage, will open as normal Monday
The Port of Charleston escaped significant damage and should be open for normal operations on Monday, according to Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the State Ports Authority.
“The S.C. Ports team did an awesome job securing our terminals prior to the storm’s arrival and it paid off,” Newsome said on Twitter.
Newsome said the maritime agency will have a conference call with the U.S. Coast Guard at 7 a.m. Sunday to determine when vessels can begin transiting Charleston Harbor. A specific timetable for that will be determined later Sunday.
The SPA prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, with safety precautions including: pinning down and tying down ship-to-shore cranes; loading BMW vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal onto vessels or trains; securing loaded shipping containers; unstacking and strapping down empty cargo boxes; and wrapping gate kiosk equipment in plastic.
“Our team worked two ships, handled 1000 gate moves, and methodically secured our terminals in the face of a storm,” Newsome said. www.postandcourie...
First cruise ship in summer season arrives in Tauranga
The first cruise ship has arrived in Tauranga.
Sun Princess docked in at the Tauranga Port at about 7.15am this morning.
A reporter at the scene said the area was buzzing with people and tour groups.
There are 83 cruise ship visits scheduled this summer.
While there will be more visits than last season, overall passenger numbers look set to be down with 153,000 expected this season compared to 164,300 last.
As Hanjin Shipping Co. vessels drop off containers after weeks stranded at sea following the company’s bankruptcy, ports are dealing with a new problem: what to do with the empty boxes they leave behind.
Since the South Korean ocean carrier filed for bankruptcy five weeks ago, roughly 15,000 Hanjin containers have trickled in through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, often weeks after they were due to arrive. Now emptied of their goods, many are cluttering warehouse yards and parking lots across Southern California. With Hanjin’s ships no longer making the trans-Pacific trip, the company’s containers aren’t needed to carry goods back and forth.
While the stranded containers themselves are a nuisance, logistics companies say the bigger issue is that many are still attached to the wheeled trailers that trucks used to get them off the docks. These pieces of equipment, known as chassis, are vital to port operations, and putting thousands out of commission can delay the container deliveries for all shipping companies—not just Hanjin—people in the industry say. www.hellenicshipp...
Oman’s Vale ships first mineral cargo to global market from Sohar Port
Vale in Oman has announced the maiden export of local minerals to the international market through the Sohar Dry Bulk Logistics Corridor, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for which was signed in March 2016 by Vale, Tanmia and Sohar Port and Freezone. This agreement is aligned with the country’s plan to diversify its economy in a sustainable way and to explore opportunities to export from Sohar Port.
“Oman is a mineral rich country and we are working to contribute our knowledge and industrial expertise so that the Sultanate can bring its industrial minerals to the global market at competitive prices,” said Vale in Oman’s CEO, Jamil Sebe.
“Since our operations were inaugurated in 2011, we have been committed to the sustainable and economic development of the country and this agreement is an example of the fruits of our labour to utilise our internal infrastructure and logistics capability in support of the diversification of Oman’s economy.” www.hellenicshipp...
Evergreen Line is to partner with COSCO in operating a joint Adriatic – Israel (AIS) Service. The new initiative opens up the corridor between North Adriatic ports, Piraeus and Israel, and provide direct and speedy service to customers.
Two ships of around 1,000 TEU will be deployed on the new weekly service, one each operated by the joint service partners. The first sailing on the AIS Service will be from Koper on the 4th of October and port rotation is as follows:
Koper (Slovenia) – Ravenna (Italy) – Venice (Italy) – Piraeus (Greece) – Haifa (Israel) – Ashdod (Israel) – Koper (Slovenia)