Colombia to Build New Products, Crude Terminal at Barranquilla Port
Colombia will have a 528,000-bbl refined products and crude storage terminal at Port of Barranquilla in the second quarter of 2015.
The Port of Barranquilla is located south of Pozos, which is the main discharge port for clean products, and north of Covenas, which is a major crude and fuel oil port in Colombia, and Mamonal, another clean products port.
Grupo Coremar and Zenith Energy said on Thursday that both companies were awarded a contract for the construction on the first phase of a new, multi-product liquids terminal in Palermo, Magdalena Department, Colombia.
The terminal will feature a new 50,000 dwt ship dock, six-lane truck racks, as well as accompanying infrastructure.
Palermo Tanks will hold a permitted storage of up to 2.5 million bbl for third party merchant storage, allowing for the acceptance of clean products, crude, asphalt, vegetable oil and petrochemical streams, to and from a 50,000 dwt dock with approximately 12.5 meters of draft alongside.
Gulfport channel dredging project to begin in September
A project to dredge the ship channel at the Port of Gulfport will begin in September. The port authority board on Thursday approved an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed.
“We should see dredging starting sometime in early September. It should be about a four or five month process,” said Port Director Jonathan Daniels.
The dredging project is channel maintenance, returning the channel to its authorized depth of 36 feet.
“With what goes on with many of our current tenants now, it’s awfully tight. This gets us back to our authorized depth of 36 feet and allows us the opportunity to engage in even stronger business development activities,” said Director Daniels.
The port authority board agreed to put up $8 million to jump-start the maintenance dredging, which is a responsibility of the federal government. The 10 month process proved more challenging than expected.
JM Baxi Group to set up Container Freight Station in Vizag
Aiming to capture the growing demand for container cargo, JM Baxi Group and Dubai Ports World (DPW) are jointly setting up a Container Freight Station (CFS) at Visakhapatnam Port.
According to sources, the CFS, which is expected to involve an investment of around Rs 80 crore, will be spread over an area of 28 acres and will have a capacity to handle around 50,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) per annum. The JM Baxi Group, which has majority stake in the United Liners Agencies of India, had earlier joined hands with DPW to set up the Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited (VCTPL).
Confirming this, JM Baxi Group executive director Capt Sriram Ravi Chander said, “The project has got the approval of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) board and we are going ahead with the project.”
Environment Minister gives green light for $500m coal export facility at Bunbury Port
The WA Environment Minister has given the green light for a $500 million coal export facility at Bunbury Port.
Lanco Resources wants to export up to 12 million tonnes of coal each year from Griffin Coal’s Collie Basin operations.
The facility will require dredging up to 1.9 million cubic metres at the port and blasting 20,000 cubic metres of rock. Environment Minister Albert Jacob approved Lanco’s proposal on a number of conditions, including a requirement to monitor dolphin populations and not conduct blasting activities during dolphin calving periods from October to May each year. Lanco’s executive general manager David Trench says the company is happy to comply with all environmental conditions.
Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomes seven cruise ships at same time
On June 26, Passenger Port of St. Petersburg "Marine Façade" welcomes seven cruise ships again, press center of "Marine Façade" says. The following ships have berthed at the port: AIDAbella (Carnival Corporation), Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises), Legend of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises), Mein Schiff 2 (TUI Cruises GmbH), MSC Orchestra (MSC Crociere S.A.), Seven Seas Voyager (Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc.) and Thomson Spirit (Core Marine Ltd.). Total length of all berthed ships is 1,787 meters. They have delivered 13,724 passengers.
Next time Passenger port of St. Petersburg accepts 7 cruise ships on the 1st of July.
Revised Port Tariff in effect at Jawaharlal Nehru Port
A revised Port Tariff is in effect at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust since 18 June 2014. The main channel of Mumbai Harbour and JNP Approach Channel are dredged to 13.0 metres to 14.0 metres below Chart Datum. Revised Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) dues are in effect since 18 June, for vessels calling directly to JNPT.
Iran plans to boost annual shipment capacity to 200 million tons
26/06/2014 Iran plans to boost shipment capacity at its ports to 200 million tons per year from 185 million tons today, the managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran stated. Iran’s private sector will invest 20 trillion rials (about $625 million) $625m in the country’s port development projects, IRNA quoted PMO Managing Director Mohammad Saeidnejad as saying on Tuesday.
PMO will sign contracts with the private sector by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 2015), he added. Over the past 10 years, 250 trillion rials (about $780 million) has been invested in port development projects, he added. Iran has plans to develop multipurpose ports and build passenger terminals and wharfs across the country.
Port of Tauranga to improve infrastructure to accommodate 6,500 TEU ships
A change is in store for New Zealand’s $95 billion international trade sector after freight gateway Port of Tauranga and freight and logistics management company Kotahi struck a strategic 10-year freight alliance.
That, along with a separate long-term agreement between Kotahi and Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, would deliver a ‘step-change’ for the sector, today’s announcement said.
Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said the agreement with Kotahi would immediately add more value for Port of Tauranga and would transform the New Zealand supply chain.
“The cargo commitments give Port of Tauranga the certainty to proceed with the infrastructure to accommodate the 6,500 TEU ships. This will in turn spur the development of New Zealand’s coastal shipping industry as freight consolidates on Port of Tauranga as a hub port for the country,” he said.
“The agreement recognises Port of Tauranga’s long-term investment programme in freight marshalling facilities across the country including: MetroPort in Auckland and more recently PrimePort Timaru and our new freight hub in Rolleston, Christchurch.
Port of Tallinn to invest 1.8 mln euros in Paldiski South Harbour
This week (27/06/2014) the Supervisory Board of AS Tallinna Sadam approved the 1.8 million euro investment in bottom dredging of the water area of Paldiski South Harbour, which will allow larger vessels than before – with the gross tonnage up to 75 000 GT – to be docked in the harbour, reported BC port’s press service. The investment aimed at increasing competitive ability of Paldiski South Harbour will support bottom dredging of the turning ring and the channel of the water area of the port from the current 13.5 metres to 14.5 metres. At the moment Paldiski South Harbour is mainly used for handling of ro-ro goods, scrap metal, timber, peat and petroleum products. Another important area of activity is transit and pre-sale service of new cars intended for neighbouring markets. The investment in increase of capacity of Paldiski South Harbour will allow to satisfy future needs of existing customers and to increase attractiveness of the harbour for new customers.
Panama Canal director: New locks to open early 2016
The head of the Panama Canal says the waterway’s much-anticipated new locks will be open by early 2016, Reuters has reported.
“In January, 2016, the widened canal will be working,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano told reporters, assuaging fears that a recent labor strike had pushed the project back again. The work stoppage, which began in late April when Panama’s largest construction union walked off the job, lasted more than two weeks.
While there could still be some work outstanding, the new locks will still be ready, Quijano said, adding that the project is already between 75 and 76 percent complete.
The expansion was originally set to wrap up this year, which is the 100th anniversary of the canal’s opening, but several delays – including a dispute with contractors over $1.6 billion in cost overruns – have pushed the date into 2016.
That’s no problem for Georgia Ports Authority, which has seen its share of delays in deepening the Savannah harbor to accommodate the larger vessels the canal expansion will bring.
With dredging projected to begin in December, GPA is looking at completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project sometime between late 2017 and mid-2018, according to GPA chief Curtis Foltz.