Aberdeen Harbour has welcomed the largest vessel to have docked in the city, as its latest plans for the proposed expansion at Nigg Bay continue on public display. The MV PACIFIC ADVENTURE, a general cargo and container vessel, which is 160m in length and 27m wide, now holds the record at the port with a gross tonnage of 19,128 tonnes, beating previous record holder, the diving support vessel, SKANDI ARCTIC, by 488 tonnes. The Hartmann Project Lines vessel, under the agency of Euroline Shipping, recently arrived with a cargo of oilfield materials from Mauritania. Aberdeen Harbour chief executive Colin Parker said: “Our ability to accommodate vessels of this size is thanks to a programme of strategic engineering work, completed in 2012, which widened and deepened the navigation channel.It illustrates a trend towards bigger, more efficient vessels requiring access to Aberdeen and further reinforces the need for the development of a second, deeper port facility at Nigg Bay, if the North East of Scotland is to remain economically competitive.”
Abu Dhabi welcomes first ship of the new cruise season
Abu Dhabi Ports Company’s (ADPC) Zayed Port has welcomed the first cruise ship of the 2014/2015 season. The MS Rotterdam which called on Saturday 25 October kicks off the new season which will see 93 ships and 220,000 passengers visiting Abu Dhabi, the company said in its press release.
Kalmar Bags 9 RTGs Order from Piraeus Container Terminal
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a repeat order for nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) S.A. in Greece, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Pacific Limited. The cranes, four of which are the world's widest, will help the port meet its twin goals of increasing both capacity and savings. The deliveries are scheduled for 2015.
This order further consolidates Kalmar's partnership with the terminal, as Mr Li Jianchun, Deputy General Manager of PCT, explains: "We currently operate Kalmar RTGs, straddle carriers, reachstackers, forklift trucks, empty container handlers and terminal tractors. The latest Kalmar E-One2 Zero Emission RTGs go beyond regular stacking capacity, with four of the units 10+1 wide and five 9+1 wide, which will help us maximise space utilisation in the container yard."
Vasiliko oil terminal ‘almost ready’, first shipments ‘soon’
THE ambitious oil storage terminal project at Vasiliko should be completed very soon, with the first shipments expected soon after, company officials told a visiting delegation of the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, headed by its president Averof Neophytou yesterday.
The party leader said the oil storage terminal facilities of VTT Vasiliko Ltd (VTTV) “is one of the largest investment in Cyprus today and a good solution for the transfer of oil stocks currently stored in Larnaca.”
He also expressed his belief that with the increase of competition when the terminal begins operations, fuel costs will be reduced.
He was accompanied by House Trade committee chairman Lefteris Chrystoforou, MPs Andreas Michaelides, Zacharias Zachariou, Efthymios Diplaros and other party executives. The visit was concluded with a tour at the jetty of the terminal on one of the company’s cutting-edge tug boats that will be used to tow tank vessels.
George Papanastasiou, CEO of VTTV, said that the construction phase will be completed soon and the operations phase will begin shortly with the arrival of the first tank vessel.
The project, that VTVV says will make Cyprus an oil product trading hub for international markets and will generate multiple benefits for the country’s economy, includes an oil storage terminal with 28 tanks of 544,000 cubic metres capacity and a jetty that will service over 500 tank vessels per year.
VTTV is a subsidiary of VTTI, a joint venture of the Dutch energy giant Vitol and MISC, a major shipping company owned by the Malaysian state oil company Petronas.
Source: Cyprus Mail
Dardanelles traffic suspension after tanker engine malfunction solved
As reported, traffic was supended in the Dardanelles at 08:00 hours, on 27 October after an LNG carrier experienced an engine malfunction at Arzew – Marmara Ereglisi whilst transiting northbound. The engine malfunction was solved on board by the crew and the vessel completed her NB Dardanelles transit on the same day at 16:15 hours. Normal traffic resumes after 16:30 hours on 27 October.
Singapore Port Health Office now requires all arriving vessels that have been to the Ebola affected countries (ie, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo) in the past 21 days to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health Form to the Port Health Office.This form must be submitted regardless of whether there are sick passengers or crew on board. It should be submitted to the Port Health Office fax, 62228543 or by email to Port_Health_CRO@nea.gov.sg
DFDS Seaways ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Le Havre set to close
If you are a regular visitor to the heart of Normandy, taking your motorhome across on the ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre with DFDS Seaways, then you’ll need to start looking for an alternative. The DFDS website is taking bookings up until the end of 2014, after which it won’t accept them. The reason is because DFDS is closing the route. A spokesperson for DFDS Seaways commented, “It is with deep regret that I must inform you our intention to close the Le Havre–Portsmouth freight and passenger route. This hasn’t been an easy conclusion, but unfortunately one that is inevitable. Therefore our intention is to close the route towards the end of the year. Our reservations are open until
the 31st December 2014.” Travellers are now being pointed in the direction of the Newhaven to Dieppe crossing as an alternative. Source : outandaboutlive
The government has moved to equip the Mongla Port with modern container and cargo handling equipment to enhance its capacity and achieve a double-digit operational growth in near future.
“We have taken an initiative to boost the capacity of the port. As per the initiative, initially we will procure modern cargo and container handling equipment soon,” Mongla Port Authority (MPA) Chairman Commodore Habibur Rahman Bhuiyan told the FE.
On procurement of the equipment, the second largest seaport at Mongla would get a big boost. Dependence on the prime seaport at Chittagong would likely be reduced, officials concerned said on Wednesday. The Mongla Port Authority (MPA) has undertaken a project involving Tk 875.6 million to procure the heavy-duty mobile crane, forklift, rail-mounted dock/portal crane, reach stacker for handling loaded containers and other modern equipment.
“Since we have completed a major dredging job at the port channel, we are expecting a high growth in our operation. We need to strengthen our port handling facility,” said Commodore Bhuiyan.
The Chinese company-China Harbour- has already completed dredging of 4 segments out of 6 in the port area. The completed dredging segments are: Sabur Beacon turning ground, Jetty channel, Conflenc channel and Bascreech area, according to the MPA officials.
Presently dredging is being carried out in the Mooring Buy Area and Jetty Head Area.
Mr Bhuiyan said: “This is our first initiative to boost the capacity of the container and cargo handling of the port after increasing navigability of the channel. We will work more to strengthen the capacity of the port.”
The port authority would complete the procurement by December 2016 from eligible foreign suppliers through international tender.
A senior Shipping Ministry official said after completing the dredging they were expecting that the cargo handling would grow by 4.0 to 5.0 million tonnes a year or 17 per cent compared to that of last year.
APM Terminals has disputed the International Transport Workers Federation’s description of last week’s strike at Aqaba Container Terminals in Jordan as a “victory” for the union representing the terminal’s dockworkers.“We find the ITF’s statements misleading, incorrect and not supported by facts...The strike was premature and illegal, especially when held during a formal mediation process -- which cannot be interpreted as a union victory,” Peder Sondergaard, APM Terminals regional CEO, said in a statement. Sondergaard responded to an ITF statement that the union had “won its case, including the company’s waiving all penalties imposed during the strike, in particular rescinding 23 sackings, and a renewed commitment from the Jordanian government to have its grievances addressed by the national labor court.”Aqaba Container terminal is a joint venture of APMT and Aqaba Development Corp. The terminal had been negotiating a labor contract with the General Union of Port Workers. Before the contract expired in June, the case was referred to Jordan’s Ministry of Labor for formal mediation and arbitration. The case now is before Jordan’s labor court. Last week’s strike ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the container terminal and the union. APM Terminals said it will accept the labor court’s ruling, but that in the meantime a time-out period prevails and “neither the unions nor the employer has the right to take industrial action such as strikes and lockouts.”“Despite the ‘time out’ period, the union held an illegal strike in July and again last week,” APM Terminals said. ITF President Paddy Crumlin, who chairs the federation’s dockers section, said police arrested 150 people, including union leaders. “Everything about this affair smacks of pre-preparedness: sudden provocative contract changes, refusal to negotiate, then as soon as industrial action is taken in response, a sudden police raid and the arrival of strikebreakers,” hde said. APM Terminals said the terminal it did not request the police intervention, and that “no force was used, although it was reported that four union people were briefly detained on security grounds. ITF’s statement that 150 people were arrested is false.” APM said no workers were fired. Source : journal of commerce