Abu Dhabi Terminals completes transition to Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has completed the strategic redirection of container traffic from the confines of downtown Abu Dhabi to a spacious new terminal 60 kilometres east of the city centre. The move of the container trade from Mina Zayed, a long-established port that has served Abu Dhabi for over 40 years, to Khalifa Port, the region’s newest and only semi-automated terminal, was completed three months ahead of schedule and less than three months after the new port began commercial operations on September 1st, 2012. The last container vessel to call at Mina Zayed was the Jolly Arancione voy 290, a ship belonging to the Italy-headquartered Messina Line. The mixed-use ship can transport 1,800 TEUs, an industry term for twenty-foot-long containers, on its deck and dozens of wheeled vehicles in a seven-level multi-storey car park in its hull.
Mina Zayed handles last container as traffic switches to Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has completed the switch three months ahead of schedule and less than three months after Khalifa Port began commercial operations at the start of September. However, Mina Zayed, which opened in June 1972 making it just six months younger than the UAE, will continue to operate, with the opening of a new cruise liner terminal serving downtown Abu Dhabi, and berths to handle dry bulk cargo, such as grain and steel for infrastructure projects, and roll-on/roll-off trailers.
The last ship to use the container terminal was the Jolly Arancione voy 290, a 1,800 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) mixed cargo-container ship operated by the Italian-based Messina Lines, and watching her unload was Captain Giordano Gelasini, the resident regional director for the Middle East for Messina Lines.
Port of Antwerp starts next stage in construction of world's largest lock
Mid-November 2012 saw Hilde Crevits, the Flemish Minister of Transport & Public Works, officially launch the next stage of the Deuganckdocklock project at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. The Deurganckdocklock will be the second lock between Waasland, the port area on the left bank of the River Scheldt, and the Waasland Canal link to the North Sea. The Deurganckdocklock will be the largest lock in the world, with a length of 500m, a width of 68m and a depth (relative to the local datum point) of 17.8m. It is deeper than, but based on the design of, the Port of Antwerp's Berendrecht lock.
Abu Dhabi's Khalifa port begins box transfer ahead of 2013 launch
The redirection of containers from Abu Dhabi's older Mina Zayed port to the new Khalifa port began two months ahead of schedule supporting the city's growth and a move away from over-reliance on oil revenue, reports the New York Times. The port and adjacent Kizad industrial zone was built on an offshore artificial island in Taweelah, 60 kilometres east of Abu Dhabi and halfway to Dubai at a cost of US$7.2 billion to the state. The port's annual capacity is 2.5 million TEU, and with its second phase, this willdouble in three to five years against the city's older port of Mina Zayed with its 800,000 TEU capacity. The migration of containerships from Mina Zayed which will eventually become a hub for cruise liners supports the second largest city in the emirate's move to diversify away from oil into areas such as aluminum, glass and steel, said the port operator Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Tony Douglas.
Rotterdam port says not affected by ship collision in North Sea
The collision between the Baltic Ace and the Corvus J took place about 40-50 km (25-30 miles) from the Dutch port of Rotterdam in an important North Sea shipping lane, coastguard spokesman Peter Verburg said. "It doesn't have any consequences for the port, it is far away from the entrance to the port," port spokesman Sjaak Poppe said.
From 1 December 2012, large container ships will be able to pass each other when entering and leaving the port of Rotterdam. The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management widened the Maasgeul for this purpose by a good 250 metres. Sea-going ships with a draught of more than 14.4 metres can only enter or leave the port of Rotterdam via this navigation channel.The widening of the Maasgeul was achieved in six months’ time: around 350,000 cubic metres of clay, sand and peat were dredged from the sea floor to a depth of 21 metres. www.portofrotterd...
Shanghai: China’s fast developing cruise hub, Shanghai, has made ambitious goals for 2013, looking to triple the number of cruiseships calling at the financial metropolis. More than 200 ships are destined to call at the Wusong International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan next year. The terminal has been up and running for the past 14 months. The facility is in addition to SIPG’s four-year-old city centre terminal. Wusong welcomed 60 international cruise ships this year, bringing more than 300,000 passengers. [SinoShipNews 05/12/12]
Port Canaveral now world's second-busiest cruise port
Port Canaveral has surpassed Port Everglades as the world's second-busiest cruise port, further solidifying Canaveral’s place as “the cornerstone of Brevard tourism,” Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Bruce Deardoff said Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Newly released figures for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 show Port Canaveral with 3.76 million revenue passengers, compared with 3.69 million for Port Everglades, near Fort Lauderdale.
Eight day long strike at Los Angeles / Long Beach costs nearly $1 billion every day
According to the Associated Press, the strike is costing the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion every day, as cargo ships still idle offshore or are rerouted to other ports, including one in Mexico. The two ports are the busiest in the country and receive some 40 percent of U.S. imports. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Tuesday that a federal mediator will be brought in to help end the eight-day long strike, which includes some 20,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which has been trying to negotiate a new contract with 14 terminal operators for 2 1/2 years. More at www.huffingtonpos...
A businessman who spent millions of his company’s money to build a cruise dock outside of Sitka two years ago will finally get his first regular customers.
The Seven Seas Navigator and the Regatta have both announced plans to dock at Halibut Point Marine in 2013. For Chris McGraw, it means his wait for business is finally over, but the work of moving thousands of people from a ship to town is just beginning. www.kcaw.org/2012...