Hamburg blames 9.3pc box trade decline on China's and Russia's troubles
The Port of Hamburg posted a 9.3 per cent year-on-year decline in 2015 container throughput to 8.8 million TEU blamed on lower volumes handled with China, Russia and Poland, said the port authority."Container traffic with China down by 14.4 per cent and with Russia by 34.4 per cent could not be offset in volume by growth in container traffic with other countries such as Malaysia, India, the United Arab Emirates or Mexico," said Axel Mattern, member of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Executive Board. But the port enjoyed higher bulk cargo throughput and strong growth in rail and inland waterway seaport-hinterland traffic. But this did not offset what became a 5.4 per cent decline in seaborne traffic to 137.8 million tons crossing Hamburg's docks. Said Mr Mattern: "Among the ports of northern Europe, the Port of Hamburg has maintained its strong position on container traffic with the Baltic. "Compared to ports such as Antwerp and Rotterdam, Hamburg reports seven per cent points higher proportion of transhipment cargo," he said."This is one of the reasons that Hamburg is more seriously affected than Antwerp or Rotterdam by weakness in China's foreign trade and Russia's economic problems, for example," he said A large share of the cargo handled in Hamburg for China and Russia is transhipped via Hamburg, and loaded from oceangoing containerships on to feederships. "Since the statistics for worldwide transhipment traffic feature the waterside transfer from the large containership to the feeder or vice versa each time this occurs, any transhipment downturn doubly affects port results," Mr Mattern said. Source : Schednet
The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.
This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters, but navigation is not impacted by ice. All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:
When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice. www.marinelink.co...
Proposed North Shore grain terminal raises concerns
Both North Vancouver city and district are raising concerns about a planned $500-million state-of-the-art grain terminal that could be operating near the Second Narrows Bridge by late summer 2019.
“We want to make sure that first of all they adhere to the issues we raised, that it’s operating with noise and dust mitigation plans, and that its transportation doesn’t impact other businesses in the area,” said North Vancouver city Mayor Darrel Mussatto of the planned terminal by G3 Global Holdings. It is a partnership between Saudi Agricultural Livestock Investment Co. and commodity trader Bunge Ltd., which formed a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Co.
“We realize it’s not our decision to make, that it’s Port Metro Vancouver’s, but they should do this as safely as possible and as non-intrusive to the community as possible, and that it complies with all our fire regulations and seismic regulations and flood control regulations.
“We haven’t been asked whether we support it or not,” he said, adding that city staff visited a similar operation in Washington state and came away impressed.
“(But) we do have concerns, yes.”
Other items on the city’s wish list include a transportation study and impact plan for the consolidation of Western Stevedoring’s two waterfront terminals, a stormwater management plan, identifying any potential impacts on the Lynn Creek estuary adjacent to the property and mitigation measures for those impacts, using local labour and suppliers, and considering potential community amenities. www.hellenicshipp...
Harvey Gulf has opened the first marine LNG fueling terminal in North America.
The move comes less than a year after the delivery of the Harvey Energy, America’s first LNG-powered vessel. Harvey Gulf completed a successful LNG bunkering of the Harvey Energy from the newly constructed LNG terminal facility at its operational base in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The bunkering included the transfer of 43,000 gallons of LNG in approximately 2.25 hours without incident.
The terminal is designed to meet the requirements of 33 CFR part 127 NFPA 59A and able to deliver LNG at a pumping rate of 550 GMP. The total on site storage is approximately 270,000 gallons contained in three 90,000 USG type “C” vacuum insulated tanks. www.maritime-exec...
Having helped shape the green image of Chinese ship recycling, Maersk is now looking to transform Alang, home to the world’s most concentrated area of shipbreakers.
“The Maersk Group is determined to use its leverage to create more responsible recycling options and is thus announcing a commitment to help selected ship recycling yards in Alang to upgrade facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards,” Maersk said in a statement yesterday.
The market for ship recycling is dominated by practices unchanged for decades, Maersk noted. Out of the total 768 ships recycled globally in 2015, 469 – representing 74% of the total gross tonnage scrapped – were sold to facilities on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with challenges to workers and the environment, the company added.
The company reckons only yards in China and Turkey meet the Danish firm’s exacting recycling standards – by choosing these places the company is losing up to $2m a ship.
Four yards in Alang are now certified to the standards of the International Maritime Organization and Hong Kong Convention, a big advance in the last couple of years. splash247.com/mae...
Abu Dhabi Ports Invest In New Equipment To Improve Efficiency of Port Operations
Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, has procured a range of new advanced equipment this year as part of an ongoing upgrade to all of the general cargo and Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) handling equipment at Khalifa Port and Zayed Port. The new equipment, including forklift trucks, terminal tractors, roll trailers and truck-mounted mobile cranes, will significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of port operations, and reduce vessel turnaround time.
These acquisitions are part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ continuous investment in equipment to better handle the increasing general cargo and RoRo volumes. The state-of-the-art equipment will ensure sustainable and reliable services and continue to improve customer satisfaction – one of the core objectives of Abu Dhabi Ports. Sixteen forklift trucks (FLTs) were the first equipment to arrive at Zayed Port. The new trucks, which have a lifting capacity ranging from three tons to fifteen tons, bring the total FLT fleet to over 30. Sixteen new terminal trucks are expected to arrive in February. With new additions, there will be over 30 terminal tractors in the two ports for general cargo and RoRo operations
Abu Dhabi Ports will also take delivery of 37 roll trailers. The new roll trailers will take the total number available to over 60. The new trailers will have the loading capacity of 80 tons and 120 tons. Eight truck-mounted mobile cranes are expected to arrive in April. This first batch of truck-mounted mobile cranes for Abu Dhabi Ports – four with lifting capacity of 100 tons and four with 70 tons – will offer improved mobility and manoeuvrability. They can be deployed at any port in the Abu Dhabi Ports portfolio. www.marineinsight...
Port of Hamburg box traffic down by 9.3% on the previous year’s total
Port of Hamburg reported container traffic for 2015 of 8.8m teu, down 9.3% on the previous year’s total, contributing to a 5.4% drop in overall cargo throughput. The drop in container throughput was said to be “primarily attributable to lower volumes handled with China, Russia and Poland” which together accounted for some 800,000 teu less than in 2014. Container traffic with China was down 14.4% and with Russia by 34.4%, the port said in a statement, which “could not be offset in volume by growth in container traffic with other countries such as Malaysia, India, the UAE or Mexico.”
Maersk Line provides 3 containers for the new Logistics Museum
Maersk Line, the biggest container shipper in the worlds, supported the “Logistics – In motion!” projects realized by the Logistics Museum. In accordance with the agreement between the museum and Maersk, the company will donate three 40-foot containers to the museum. The containers will be retrofitted and used for showcasing museum exhibits that are currently located on the territory of the State University of Sea and River Transport n.a. Makarov. The idea to place the museum into mobile containers came from the creators of the first Logistics Museum in Russia, founded in St. Petersburg in 2011. In 2015, the “Logistics – In motion!” project won a grant for the “Changing museum in a changing world” contest held by the Potanin Foundation. This mobile exposition will be the first of its kind museum in the world made out of sea containers, which have themselves become a symbol of today’s global trade. en.portnews.ru/ne...
BMW’s processing facility at the Port of Galveston due to open in April 2016
BMW’s soon-to-open processing facility at the Port of Galveston, Texas, in the United States will have the capacity to handle 2,000 cars daily and has a target to process 32,000 cars annually, WWL said in its press release. The facility, which includes more than 44,000 square feet (4,100 square metres) of processing space covering 20 acres (eight hectares) of land, will be dedicated to servicing imported BMW and Mini cars from Europe and making them ready for distribution to the carmaker’s dealer network in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Ports of Auckland Limited has signed a conditional agreement to purchase 33 hectares of land at Northgate Business Park for development as a freight hub, the company said in its press release. The site has excellent road and rail connections and is located at Horotiu, 8km north of Hamilton in an area with growing manufacturing, warehousing and logistics businesses. The development will adopt strong environmental principles, such as storm water treatment, rain water recycling and low energy use.
Ports of Auckland is now working through the conditions attached to the sale and is aiming to complete the deal by March 31. en.portnews.ru/ne...