Largest cargo ship to have ever called at Portsmouth International Port arrived this week
The Maersk Antwerp Trader is 211 metres long and arrived from Colombia with a cargo of bananas on Wednesday, Jan. 20,2016.
The arrival of the container ship marked a change in business for MMD Ltd, the port-owned fruit import specialists. Previously cargo on the route from central America had been carried on traditional reefer vessels, but now Fyffes is using larger ships with all the bananas being kept in containers.
Staff at MMD unloaded the hundreds of containers full of fruit when the vessel arrived.
It was the first of a new weekly service operated by Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping company.
Port manager Martin Putman was waiting to greet the vessel when it arrived and said: ‘This is an important milestone for Portsmouth International Port.
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APM Terminals and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.) have finalized the incorporation of Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO), a new joint venture which will manage and operate Compas S.A.’s existing multipurpose facility in Cartagena, Colombia. APM Terminals will hold a 51% majority share in the operation, which includes annual throughput capacities of 250,000 TEUs and 1.5 million tons of general cargo.
The port of Kingston will not be able to accommodate post-Panamax vessels within the next two years.
Dr Omar Davies, who has ministerial responsibility for the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), said in Parliament last week that Terminal Link, the subsidiary of CMA/CGM which is to take over the KCT, has indicated that there is no urgent need to dredge the harbour in anticipation of post-Panamax ships arriving.
The new post-Panamax ultra-large vessels have been designed to travel through the expanded Panama Canal.
The post-Panamax vessels can carry up to three times the cargo of Panamax vessels.
“Their plans to utilise post-Panamax vessels is further down the line and so the first phase of the dredging, (which) is going to take place over 24 months, will be adequate to meet their additional needs,” Davies said.
He also told legislators that CMA/CGM will be switching some of their ships from other ports in the Caribbean to Kingston, thus boosting their throughput into Kingston.
ZIM and CMA/CGM collectively account for between 75 per cent – 80 per cent of throughput into Kingston. Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Gladstone port ranked third worst for oil spills in state
Gladstone harbour region has been classed third worst in the state for the most number of oil spills, according to Queensland government records. It’s probably not unexpected though, given it’s also one of the state’s largest and busiest port centres.
The records, released by Queensland Maritime Safety, show there had been 879 oil spills in Queensland ports and waters since 2012. Oil spillages in the Gladstone port area made up 160 of those, or 18.2%.
Brisbane port area ranked first with 283 spills or 32.19% and Cairns port was second with 222 or 25.2%. The spills ranged from heavy fuel oil, diesel, other fuels and hydraulic fluid. Source: The Observer
Sri Lanka seeks partner for Colombo container terminal
Sri Lanka is seeking a partner for Colombo’s partly-built second deep draught container terminal that will bring new business to the port, a top official said.
“We have to find the right partner to bring new revenue,” Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga said.
“Based on what I am seeing it has to be a joint effort by a major terminal operator, a shipping lien or three or four parties combining.”
He is keen to see the involvement of shipping lines that are so far not using Colombo. Formal expressions of interest followed by a request for proposals would be made to find partners.
The operation of the first deep draft terminal at Colombo’s expanded South Harbour by Chinese-owned Colombo International Container Terminals, saw a loss of business from the existing private SAGT and SLPA’s own ports, both of which have a shallower depth.
The East Terminal will allow SLPA to handle the largest container ships which can now only call at CICT.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority has already built 400 meters out of the 1200 meter East Terminal. SLPA is expecting to start operating the terminal from April 2017, whether or not a new partner is available
Another worker at a Bangladeshi ship recycling facility died yesterday. Akkas Ali, 45, was killed by a falling steel plate while working at Asad Steel Ship-Breaking Yard in Chittagong.
At least 13 workers were killed in accidents in shipbreaking yards in Chittagong last year. Around 60 workers were killed and 125 others injured in accidents at Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards in the last five and a half years, according to the Ship-breaking Workers’ Trade Union Forum. splash247.com/wor...
Cosco’s improved bid for Piraeus gets initial approval
As expected Cosco made an improved offer on Jan 20 to take over Greece’s Piraeus port. The Chinese maritime giant has bid EUR368.5m ($402m) for the port.
The board of Greece’s privatisation agency (HRADF) have okayed Cosco’s offer for a 67% stake in Piraeus port, a move that has proved deeply controversial for local dockworkers who have protested privatisation moves.
Cosco has had a terminal concession at Piraeus since 2009, and is spending EUR230m on a second terminal.
HRADF announced last week that Cosco was the sole bidder for Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), the manager of the port, but it asked the Beijing-headquartered firm to improve its initial bid.
Kulevi Oil Terminal is capable to transship a variety of hydrocarbons including crude oil, fuel oil, vacuum gasoil, gasoline, gasoil, aviation kerosene, ULSD, methanol, and LPG.
Black Sea Terminal has proven again however, that it can receive and transship more goods with existing resources and without any additional investment. The next stage of development was the successful receipt and dispatch of the new product – naphtha. The first parcel of naphtha was received by rail tank cars, offloaded using pump station №90, stored in the shore tank, and successfully loaded onto the oil tanker Riroil 2, without any loss of time, quality or quantity. Kulevi Oil Terminal management and staff believe that this is not the end of the company’s progress, and the Terminal is ready to take up any challenge and achieve new targets in the oil industry.
Port of Duqm plans massive development in next 3 years
The next three years will be a crucial period for the Port of Duqm in view of the hectic activities in progress to complete the final development work at the port for commencing fully-fledged operations.
“The years 2016, 2017 and 2018 will be crucial years for the Port of Duqm because the government has started awarding the last construction packages for completing the work,” ReggyVermeulan, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Port of Duqm, told the Times of Oman.The port has commenced its ‘early operations’ phase a few years ago.
It appears that a package for the customs department, police buildings and main gates has been awarded. Also, another package for creating utilities for electricity, water and platform buildings are also in the final stage of evaluation. All these construction works will help the port’s final container terminal, which will have a capacity of 3.5 million TEUs (ten equivalent units) after completion of all work.
Another major project is to build a mega liquid terminal (which includes dredging work) and is also expected to be awarded this year. Yet another major work is for creating a berth for government agencies, including the Royal Oman Police and Navy. Source: Times of Oman
Cargo ship connecting Goa to Tuticorin starts ops on Jan 27
Samsara Group, a shipping logistic company headquartered in Mumbai, would commence handling container cargo ship on GMT service connecting Goa to Tuticorin via Colombo from January 27 onwards.
“This is the only direct service from Goa and New Mangalore to Colombo and Tuticorin,” said Captain Tarun Gupta, General Manager, Samsara Group.
The ship named MV MOUNT BOKOR has the capacity to carry about 1,100 TU (Twenty Equivalent Unit) of cargo every time it leaves from Goa, he said.
The company already has slot agreement on another ship MV TIGER GOMAN on GMT service, which regularly plies between Goa to New Mangalore and then to Colombo with about 1250 TEUs.
The ships would depart from Marmagao Port Trust (MPT), a harbour based in Goa.
Source: Press Trust of India