After a gap of nine months, Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has decided to revive three major projects.
First in the agenda is the revival of ‘outer harbour project’. A proposal to this effect will be placed at its board of trustees meeting scheduled for August 6. Known as mega container terminal, the Rs.3,686-crore project was deferred thrice in the last four years due to reasons such as poor response and low revenue share offered by the bidders. The delay resulted in the project cost escalating to Rs.5,090 crore. To make the project attractive, ChPT renamed the project as outer harbour project that would handle different types of commodities. “In the first two rounds, Essar Ports and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone evinced keen interest in constructing the mega container terminal. But they lost interest due to lapse of time. ChPT has to move fast to revive this project as Ennore Port is likely to start the container operations within two years,” said a Trustee. Having failed in its earlier attempt to convert the coal berth of Jawahar Dock into a cargo terminal, ChPT is planning to remodel it. Jawahar Dock has a 12-meter draught and it can be used for handling multi-purpose cargoes such as steel, coil and logs, said a ChPT official. ChPT is also planning to develop dry dock facility at its century-old boat basin and timber pond. Source : The Hindu
HHLA Creates 50 Jobs at Container Terminal Burchardkai
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said it needs 50 additional commercial employees for the container terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The company continues its personnel actions started last year with which they respond to the growing peak loads in container handling.
Alang breakers approach international standard certification
Four Indian ship-recycling yards in Alang in Gujarat have completed the first phase of an international standard certification process, IHS Maritime reports. The yards, belonging to Shree Ram Group of Industries, Leela Ship Recycling, RL Kalthia Ship Breaking, and Priya Blue Industries, are now starting Phase II of gaining full certification from ClassNK, a Japanese classification society. Nikos Mikelis, non-executive director of US-headquartered cash buyer GMS, told IHS Maritime: "I know these four yards and they are among the higher-class yards in Alang. They strive for quality and have been investing."
Phase I of the certification examines documentation procedures. Phase II looks at operational procedures, including safety, environmental protection, emergency response preparedness, training, and equipment. Full certification confirms adherence to the standards outlined in the ship-recycling convention (the International Hong Kong Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009), which is yet to be ratified.
Fremantle Port dispute: DP World Australia to hand business to rival Patrick
One of Australia’s largest port operators will indefinitely stop loading and unloading ships through its Fremantle terminal from Thursday afternoon.
DP World Australia said it would subcontract its Fremantle vessels out to competitor Patrick in response to a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) organised stoppage over negotiations about a new enterprise agreement.
The union describes the plan as a “lock-out” of 215 workers and an “extraordinary overreaction” to stop-work action planned for Thursday at Fremantle.
In a statement, DP World said it had received notice of a series of rolling bans on labour, which had the “potential for ongoing disruption to our operations” and would create uncertainty for its customers.
The company said its “hand has been forced” to make alternate plans for the loading and unloading of ships in Fremantle.
Customs house strike announced for Argentina ports
A strike has been announced at Argentina’s Customs houses between the hours of 1100 and 2400 today (31 July) and on Friday (1 August). For operations on Friday 1 August from 0000 to 0600 hours, overtime must be ordered before 0800 hours local time on Thursday. For operations from 0000 hours on Saturday 2 August until 0600 hours on Monday (4 August), overtime should be ordered before 0600 hours on Friday.
Townsville Regional Harbour Master has advised the Navigational Depths for Townsville Port have changed with immediate effect. The Sea Channel depth is now 11.50m and the Platypus Channel depth is now 10.50m. Any vessels with a draft over 9.20m will result in tidal window calculations.
There will be a six-day outbound shutdown for maintenance at Port Kembla Coal Terminal from 0700 today (31 July) to 1900 on Tueasday 5 August. During this period there will be no vessel loading operations or receivals at the terminal.
Labor floats plan for giant pier out into Port Phillip (near Geelong)
Australias Labor’s proposal to build an 8km pier near Geelong to cater for large container ships and reduce the need to dredge the port has been labelled as ridiculous by Minister for Ports David Hodgett.
Labor is considering building a giant, hook-shaped pier stretching about eight kilometres into the sea as a way to make good on its proposal to build a new container port in the west of Port Phillip Bay near Geelong.
The pier would extend at least three kilometres out to sea into deeper waters, which would reduce the huge amount of dredging needed to build the port, then run parallel to shore for about five kilometres. Large ships carrying up to 10,000 containers would dock at the offshore terminal to unload their cargo, which would be moved to land by rail.
Chinese firm starts work on Mexico’s Tuxpan terminal
China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) started work on 8 July to build the second phase of SSA Mexico’s new Tuxpan terminal with at a cost of $53m. SSA Mexico, a subsidiary of SSA Marine of Seattle-based Carrix Group Holdings, the world’s largest private-owned port operator, has started the development of the second phase of port installations for the handling of containers and general cargo in Tuxpan at a total cost of $130m. SSA Tuxpan will have a capacity of 710,000 teu and is expected to begin operations in December 2015. Also for this second stage, SSA Mexico has committed $81m to purchase four super post-panamax cranes and automated stacking cranes (ASC). The first phase of the works is close to being concluded. The new installations and port infrastructure in Tuxpan Port will benefit shipping companies, importers and exporters that will handle their merchandise through the Gulf of Mexico, and that added to the conclusion of the Mexico-Tuxpan highway, it will mean an important development for the Tuxpan Port and the Valley of Mexico. Source: Seatrade Global
Port Freeport announced the arrival of their two Post Panamax Cranes. “The Gantry cranes departed from Shanghai, China on May 7th and arrived at Port Freeport on July 19th,” Executive Port Director/CEO Glenn Carlson said.
The Zhen Hua 28, delivered the two 100-foot gauge container cranes completely erect for Port Freeport. Being approximately 80 feet wide each, both cranes will occupy a portion of Berth 7 at Velasco Terminal. They stand just less than 300 feet from the ground and can lift up to 75 tons.
“This commitment from the Commissioners demonstrates that Port Freeport will make the financial investments to support the petrochemical industry in our region. For these companies to be able to ship directly from the port will allow them to reduce their supply chain costs and have access to the world-wide markets,” Carlson said.
Following landing, the cranes will be taken through a detailed commissioning process, which will take around four to six weeks, before a formal hand over. “The cranes will allow us to attract new services and business to Port Freeport which will lead us in a new strategic direction that we are very excited about,” said Carlson.