Firefighters oppose planned oil terminal in Port of Vancouver, Washington
Firefighters in the US port city of Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday declared their opposition to a proposal for an oil terminal to be located there.
The view was expressed by a spokesman of the firefighters’ union branch. Mark Johnson told Port of Vancouver commissioners at a public meeting that an oil terminal would pose a potential threat to public safety.
He said that an industrial accident could be disastrous unless there were major manpower, training and equipment upgrades for the fire service.
Several members of the public also expressed their opposition to the plan, citing concerns about potential accident and concomitant environmental and economic consequences. Some spoke in favour of the terminal, emphasizing the employment opportunities it would create.
The proposal is for what would be the largest rail-to-ship oil-transfer terminal in the US.
Vancouver, Washington, is 308 miles to the south of its more famous Canadian namesake in British Columbia.
APM Terminals inks 18-crane contract for Italy terminal
APM Terminals has signed a contract for four ship-to-shore gantry cranes and 14 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes for its Vado container terminal under construction on Italy’s north-west Ligurian coast.
The new terminal, the first major new port construction in Italy in several decades, is due to open in January 2018 with an annual capacity of 800,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units and will be able to handle vessels up to 18,000 TEUs capacity.
The Maersk group’s port arm is investing 150 million euros ($171 million) in the new terminal while the Italian government is spending 300 million euros on civil works for the project.
“This crane and container handling equipment order is a very important milestone in the development of APM Terminals Vado, and the future of the Savona-Vado area,” said APM Terminals Vado’s managing director Carlo Merli.
“This shore side infrastructure is essential to the development of new logistics networks and inland transport possibilities for Italy as the Ligurian coast becomes accessible to the global shipping fleet’s largest vessels.”
The ship-to-shore cranes are scheduled to be delivered in March 2017 and the rail-mounted cranes are due to arrive the following month.
The new terminal, which will handle both containers and liquid bulk cargoes, will be integrated with the existing 275,000 TEUs-a-year Vado Reefer Terminal, which APM Terminals acquired in August. www.joc.com/port-...
Ship queue to load coal at Australian Newcastle port’s PWCS terminals rises to 9
The shipping queue at Newcastle port in eastern Australia’s two Port Waratah Coal Services-operated terminals edged up to nine Sunday from seven the week before, the logistics coordinator for the Hunter Valley coal chain said in a report Sunday.
The queue at the PWCS terminals is forecast to fall to five vessels over the next fortnight, the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator or HVCCC said.
HVCCC channels coal exports from around 35 mines operated by 11 producers in the Hunter Valley including Centennial Coal, Glencore and Rio Tinto into two of the three coal terminals at Newcastle port.
“Based on terminal demand the Port Waratah Coal Services [shipping] queue is estimated to be less than 10 [ships] at the end of October,” HVCCC said in its report.
Ships arriving at the PWCS terminals at Newcastle in October have indicated they will load 8 million mt of coal, while the shippers forecast loadings in November will total 9.2 million mt, it added.
New Barge, Expansion to Khorfakkan for GPS Bunkers
Gulf Petrol Supplies L.L.C (GPS Bunkers) is expanding its physiclal operations to Khorfakkan, the bunker player's parent Fujairah National Group (FNG) has announced.
"The primarily objective of the expansion is to serve the need of the clients and to achieve the volumetric targets for the company thus transforming them into growth & revenue," said FNG.
Next month, GPS bunkers also plans to deploy a third barge in the UAE, where in May it started operations on the East Coast.
"GPS Bunkers in a short time has developed the success story of its operation," said FNG. shipandbunker.com...
Sri Lanka’s new leaders are banking on Chinese investments to revive the Hambantota port project.
Hambantota gained notoriety as a port without ships and was the butt of opposition criticism of then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Following Rajapaksa’s ouster in January’s presidential election, the new government first toyed with the idea of turning the port into a ship-breaking yard, before deciding to make it a dockyard.
“We have US$ 1.5 billion sunk in the project and no revenue. We need to make use of it. We want Chinese investors to come and help turn it into a dockyard as well as invest in an industrial park there,” Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview. “The Chinese have expressed interest in the project.
Hopefully things will start moving after Colombo Port City is sorted,” he said.
The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved a plan by China HarbourEngineering Company (CHEC) to do a feasibility study to build the dockyard at Hambantota.
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A business delegation from French company, HAROPA, has met Ghanaian maritime companies in order to present transport and logistics solution offers available to and from the Seine gateway for efficient service delivery.
The decision for the HAROPA, an alliance of ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, team to invest in Ghana is based on the country’s ownership of huge assets, political stability, its well-developed legal framework and the good level of infrastructures, company officials said.
The delegation presented varied solutions aimed to ensure efficiency in Ghanaian ports in terms of conventional transport, containers, roll-on/roll-off and break-bulk.
The meeting drew in ship-owners, shipping agents, shippers, traders and freight forwarders, a move seen as a step to reinforce HAROPA’s African partnerships and make available their world class services on the river Seine corridor.
Mr Philippe Dehays, President of Rouen Port Employers’ Association described Accra as one of the most dynamic cities in Africa, which ought not to be missed, a destination for HAROPA.
He said the visit would help afford the opportunity to foster and develop a strong relation between the port communities in Ghana and France to provide effective and efficient services to clients. www.ghanaweb.com/...
Princess Cruises enters North China market using Tianjin as home port
Global cruise operator Carnival Plc announced Friday the inaugural season of its Sapphire Princess under the Princess Cruises brand from its new home port of North China's Tianjin Municipality.
This marked the first time Princess Cruises has offered home port cruises out of the northern part of China.
According to the company, the Sapphire Princess, which can accommodate up to 2,670 guests, will take guests on five voyages to destinations in northern Asia such as South Korea and Japan. The voyages started on October 9 and end on November 9.
Following Princess Cruises' successful season in Shanghai, Princess Cruises introduced the Sapphire Princess to Tianjin, a move to further highlight China's foremost position in the company's development plans, Anthony Kaufman, executive vice president for international operations, said at a briefing in Tianjin on Friday.
"As the cruise industry is now rising in the Chinese market, which is different from the more mature cruise markets in the US, the UK and Australia, we are trying to attract Chinese customers by offering customized services," Kaufman told the Global Times Friday.
Carnival also said on Friday that a new cruise ship under construction for the Princess Cruises brand will be named Majestic Princess. It will be based in China year-round beginning in summer 2017.
The new vessel will become the first built specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a blend of international and Chinese features, according to the company. www.ecns.cn/2015/...
Singapore-headquartered container carrier APL will start a new weekly US-flagged service to connect key markets in north Asia with the US west coast, from where it will have inland rail connections.
Eagle Express Service (EXI) will rotate between the ports of Qingdao, Shanghai, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Dutch Harbor, Yokohama, Busan, Naha, Qingdao, and back to Shanghai.
Six vessels with a nominal capacity of 5,100 teu will be deployed for the service. The first sailing will be from Qingdao, China, on 1 November.
EXI also provides speedy transits to Los Angeles in just 13 days from Shanghai, China, and 11 days from Busan, South Korea.
"We are committed to adding robustness to the supply chains of our customers. Whether it is shipment to the US west coast or its inland destinations, time-sensitive shippers can now take advantage of the superior transit times and on-time assurance offered by APL's Eagle Express Service," said APL president Kenneth Glenn.
EXI includes exclusive calls at the ports of Dutch Habor, the United States, and Naha, Japan, allowing westbound shippers to gain access to these markets.
Shipment from Dutch Habor will take only seven days to arrive in Yokohama, Japan. www.ihsmaritime36...
Govt to revive stalled container terminal at Mumbai port
The shipping ministry has agreed to re-tender and revive a stalled container terminal built by Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd at government-owned Mumbai port by converting it into a multipurpose facility to handle clean cargo.
The decision could help a consortium of state-owned lenders recover a part of the Rs.900 crore, including interest in the past three years, lent to the terminal. The loan has gone bad.
Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), State Bank of India (SBI), UCO Bank and India Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd (IIFCL) had loaned Rs.706 crore (now Rs.900 crore with interest) to the project which has been delayed by five years due to reasons over which the project promoters had no control.
“The container terminal has failed. The shipping ministry has decided to re-tender the project by changing the structure and scope of the project. The fresh tender will follow the model used by state-owned Kamarajar Port Ltd for converting an idle iron ore terminal into a coal terminal at the port located at Ennore near Chennai,” a spokesman for the shipping ministry said.
A spokesman for Mumbai port confirmed the development. This was the first container privatization project at Mumbai port, one of India’s oldest.
The alternative clean cargo to be handled at the terminal will be firmed up on the basis of a detailed feasibility study which is currently being carried out.
Alang gets a boost as two ship recyclers win green compliance status
R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd, two ship recycling yards located in Alang, Gujarat, have won compliance status with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2009.
The statement of compliance (SoC) issued by Japan-based global ship classification society ClassNK on 29 September to the two Indian ship recyclers marks the first time such a recognition has been given to ship breakers in South Asia. It goes a long way in dispelling doubts about the beaching method of breaking ships practised on the shores of Alang.
The ClassNK compliance to Kalthia and Priya Blue is a clear indication that it is not difficult to meet the standards set by the Hong Kong International Convention if necessary improvements are made and facilities are upgraded. It is also a signal to scores of other recycling facilities in Alang to follow in the footsteps of Kalthia and Priya Blue to win compliance status.
The compliance status will also give confidence to fleet owners to send their old ships for breaking to recycling facilities that follow safe and environmentally sound processes.
Under the beaching method, ships are first grounded and then dismantled, posing hazards to human beings and the environment.
A ship classification society verifies ships for sea worthiness. ClassNK is a full-time member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). www.hellenicshipp...