China Launches Coal Shipping Route With North Korea
China has launched a bulk cargo and container shipping route connecting it to North Korea that will focus on importing coal and exporting groceries, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, citing a Chinese port authority.
The route will connect China’s Longkou port in eastern China’s Shandong province with the North Korean port of Nampo, and will be serviced by seven ships, it said.
Though China’s coal imports have slumped 32 percent in the first eight months of the year, deliveries from North Korea have surged 33 percent to 13.4 million tonnes, making it China’s third biggest foreign supplier. www.marineinsight...
Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift
acht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.
The yard’s new ship lift system will benefit from PSC technology originally established in 1957 with the invention of the Syncrolift system by Raymond Pearlson and its subsequent development worldwide. Expertise accumulated over more than 50 years is now vested in PSC under the direction of Douglas Pearlson, company president and son of Raymond Pearlson.
“The overwhelming advantage of ship lift systems is they lend themselves to a land level transfer system,” Douglas Pearlson said. “With a ship lift system, especially with a broader scope onshore transfer system, the dry-docking capacity is only limited by the amount of land that’s available to bring the vessels onshore.”
The first phase of the MB’92 ship lift project will provide an 81- by 20-meter platform with the capability to lift and transfer mega yachts of up to 105 meters long. The system is designed to enable future increases in length and capacity for mega yachts of up to 120 meters long. The largest mega yachts can be docked in the graving dock, which is located in the expanded MB’92 site. www.marinelink.co...
Panama Canal maintains April 2016 start date for expanded waterway
The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, although it said it was still waiting for the consortium in charge of the expansion project to deliver a technical report on leaks affecting one of the walls of the third set of locks.
“The April 2016 date remains unchanged,” the ACP told EFE.
The agency said it was waiting for the GUPC consortium, led by Spanish construction giant Sacyr Vallehermoso, to deliver it a report on the seepage that also states whether it will result in any delay in completing the expansion.
On Sept. 7, the ACP said it was awaiting a formal report from the GUPC, adding that it “would be inclusive of the root cause analysis conducted, as well as the recommended repair methodology.”
The consortium on Aug. 21 acknowledged the leaks affecting one of the walls of the new locks on the Pacific side after photos of the problem were uploaded to social media.
On Wednesday, Panamanian daily La Prensa quoted the GUPC’s chief executive, Giuseppe Quarta, as saying the consortium “is evaluating whether the repairs of the leaks … will cause the delivery of the project and its commercial opening to be delayed.”
The GUPC is “in permanent contact with the ACP. We’re discussing everything that’s occurred and what we’re going to do. The ACP is perfectly aware of everything that’s happening,” Quarta said.
The 80-kilometer (50-mile) inter-oceanic waterway, which was under U.S. control from 1904 until Dec. 31, 1999, currently handles roughly 6 percent of global trade.
Paradip Port resumes normal operations after week-long standoff
Normal operations resumed at the Paradip Port after a week long standoff between the Stevedores’ Association and the port authorities ended with the intervention of the district administration.
Cargo loading and unloading work at the port had come to a halt since last Wednesday as the Dumper Owners’ Association (DOA) and Paradeep Port Stevedores’ Association (PPSA) had refused to work.
“The port authorities honouring the constructive suggestions given by the collector and district magistrate, had made arrangements for revocation of the order for cancellation of the permits issued to all dumpers/equipment and drivers and helpers of the vehicles on September 22. More so, as per the meeting taken by the district collector, all the stake holders including PPSA and the DOA whole heartedly resumed cargo operation from 6 am (on Wednesday) as a result of which complete normalcy in port operation including the wagon/truck loading/unloading operation has resumed”, said a release from Paradip Port Trust (PPT).
Out of the 12 ships at berth, 11 ships are working in the port and one ship has sailed today morning. Similarly, three more ships have been programmed to come for cargo operation and two ships are expected to sail out by Thursday morning, it added.
Poor global growth hits Indian exports, while slow domestic revival hurts imports.
Nine months of a continuous downtrend in exports, weak economic revival and global trade have led to a steep fall in the traffic at Adani Ports and Gujarat Pipavav, that cumulatively account for around 70 per cent of India’s port volumes.
“It suggests a material slowdown in port traffic growth in the first half (January-June) of 2015 at 3.9 per cent,” says a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report.
“A weaker-than-expected domestic revival has impacted non-oil and non-gold imports, while weak global growth continues to impact exports growth,” it said, adding that it expects container traffic growth to be subdued in the near-term.
After registering a robust 11 per cent yoy growth during April-December 2014, the container traffic has slowed down to just 3.9 per cent yoy from January to June this year owing to the weak exports and imports. “Besides, we believe that with containerisation already less than 50 per cent, the scope for its rapid expansion going forward is limited,” said the report.
Similarly, data released by Chennai Port Trust, the container cargo traffic at Chennai port from April to August was 1.29 crore tonne as against the target was 1.54 crore tonnes. The port handled 68.72 lakh tonnes of import and 60.36 lakh tonnes of export. www.hellenicshipp...
PortMiami Completes Major Harbor Deepening Project
The Port of Miami is now the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully laden post-Panamax vessels with the completion of a major harbor deepening project ahead of the opening of the new expanded Panama Canal in 2016.
PortMiami, as the port is known officially, celebrated the completion of the Deep Dredge Project and On-Dock Intermodal Rail last week, which involved more than $1 billion of capital infrastructure projects including the deepening of the of PortMiami’s channel to 50/52 feet deep from just 42 feet.
PortMiami now also offers Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and eleven containers below, as well as an on-dock intermodal rail service connecting the port to 70% of the U.S. population in just four days or less. A new fast access tunnel also connects the Port directly to U.S. Interstates for faster turnaround times imported and exported goods. gcaptain.com/port...
Feds seize $6 million worth of cocaine at Port of Philadelphia
Federal law enforcement seized 363 pounds of cocaine last week that was concealed in cases of Costa Rican pumpkins and squash.
Officials say the cocaine was shaped in 384 long, thin packages that were laminated to the inside of the fruit case box flaps. The container of fruit arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on September 17 aboard a cargo ship and was destined to a distributor in the Bronx, New York.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered the cocaine during an inspection of the shipping container and its contents. Officials say field tests confirmed the white, powdery substance as cocaine.
Officials say the cocaine weighed 164.7 kilograms, or a little more than 363 pounds, and has a street value of more than $6 million. It is CBP’s eighth largest cocaine seizure in the Port of Philadelphia.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation continues.
Locks maintenance will see Panama Canal capacity dip by half in coming week
The Panama Canal’s capacity could drop by half in the coming week as locks are selectively taken out of service for the performance of scheduled maintenance work, according to GAC Wilford & McKay which provides shipping services to users of the Canal.
Pedro Miguel locks’ west lanes will undergo gate repairs and maintenance on the conductor slots and valves starting on Tuesday and lasting until the end of September.
East lanes of the Miraflores and Gatun locks will also face stoppages, but only intermittent ones, for repairs on the conductor slots and other maintenance work. The controversial cracks in the new third locks, key elements of the Canal’s current expansion programme, are not mentioned as factors in these decisions by GAC.
Vessels could be delayed by up to a week and GAC estimates a 50% fall in capacity for these eight days. splash247.com/loc...
Hamad Port will increase its handling capacity to 6-million teu by 2020, with the first phase of the mega project due to open at the end of 2016, officials speaking at the 4th annual Qatar Transport Forum revealed.
At the Forum, experts said Qatar is moving ahead with more than US $40-billion worth of planned transport projects. These include the expansion of Hamad Port, the Doha Metro and long-distance passenger and freight network, and the expressway programme.
One of the highlights of the Qatar Transport Forum was the unveiling of plans for the estimated US $8-billion expansion of Hamad International Airport (HIA). NDIA Steering Committee Project Director Peter Daley, said the project includes an expansion of the main terminal building and concourse D and E.
Also revealed for the first time were plans for two additional container terminals at Hamad Port that will increase US $7.3-billion project’s handling capacity to 6 million teu.
Qatar Rail’s chief of service delivery Andrew Tailor updated the Forum on Qatar’s US $20-billion-plus integrated transport plan, which includes 21 tunnel boring machines being used on the Doha Metro project, a world record.
The project so far has seen almost 50 kilometres of tunnels completed. A total of 26,000 workers are employed on the project, equating to more than 78 million man hours worked as of the end of August.
Work on the Lusail tram scheme is even more advanced, with four of the five at grade stations completed, while the tender for the first phase design and build of the long-distance freight and rail network will be issued to contractors early next year.
On the roads side, Nasser al-Kuwari, manager of highway projects department at Ashghal, presented an overview of the US $10.8-billion expressway programme. The massive project, which involves 1,000km of new or upgraded roads, 240 major interchanges and 360 bridges, has already seen 43 major contracts awarded.
A total of 15 contracts are either in the market or are being prepared, while a further 23 are in the planning stage.
Source: Arabian Supply Chain
Two leading cruise lines are making Abu Dhabi their home port for winter cruises. MSC Cruises is offering 16 week-long cruises on the 2,550-berth MSC Musica out of Zayed Port from December 13 2015 to March 26 2016. Passengers will enjoy visits to ports in Sharjah, Oman and Dubai.
Next year Celebrity Cruises will offer 9- and 14-night cruises out of Zayed Port between November 2016 and mid-January 2017 on their co-flagship Celebrity Constellation.
These decisions are the result of the imminent opening of the the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal designed to welcome 220,000 passengers from 113 ship calls. The state-of-the-art development will offer facilities for 24-hour immigration and customs services, banking, shopping, dining and road transport.
Abu Dhabi also confidently expects thousands of bednights to result from pre- and post-cruise stays by the cruise passengers. www.incentivetrav...