Mega-ship’s arrival in Bayonne a sign of the future
The largest ship ever to call at the Port of New York and New Jersey docked this week after sailing from China through the newly widened Panama Canal.
The arrival of the MOL Benefactor at Bayonne’s Global Container Terminals marks the beginning of what promises to be a succession of progressively larger ships calling at the busiest port on the East Coast.
Standing on the dock Friday with the ship looming behind him, Global’s president, John Atkins, said larger ships are more efficient, making goods cheaper and marking “a win for the consumer, for business owners and our local economy.”
Bethann Rooney, assistant director of port commerce for the Port Authority, said: “Whether you are buying a car or going to Wal-Mart or Home Depot this weekend, there are costs passed on to the consumer for shipping.”
The new Panama Canal opened June 26, offering passage to ships able to carry more than twice as many containers as before. The arrival of these super ships in the New York area is crucial for container ports along the East Coast as well as for the businesses and consumers who rely upon them.
But the port faces major challenges to accommodate its new oversized visitors, which measure up to 1,200 feet long and 160 feet wide. www.northjersey.c...
AAL has completed the transport of the first ten of 20 automated stacking cranes (ASC) in several shipments from Shanghai to Melbourne, for final delivery to Victoria International Container Terminal.
The cranes – which measured 473 sq m each – were shipped in sets of four on board AAL’s 31,000 dwt vessel AAL Hong Kong along the carrier’s Asia-East Coast Australia liner service.
This is the first time four ASC units of this size and weight had been loaded and transported on a single vessel. www.hellenicshipp...
China and Malaysia are in talks to build a third terminal at Port Klang.
A report in crienglish.com, the official English-language website of China Radio International said the project was needed to enable Port Klang to handle an increase in shipping.
The project had also been proposed in response to China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, it added.
The Belt and Road initiative is China’s attempt at connecting China to Europe via sea through Asia, a maritime silk route, and Africa and through an inland route cutting into central and western Asia.
The report quoted the Oriental Daily News as saying that up to 80 per cent of the ships sailing through the Straits of Malacca were bound for China. www.hellenicshipp...
New forest products handling centre goes into service: Kiel’s Ostuferhafen now part of the SCA logistics chain
Kiel, July 7th, 2016: Kiel’s new forest products handling and distribution centre has gone into operation in the Ostuferhafen. This means that the port has now become an integral part of the logistics chain operated by the Swedish concerns Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) and Iggesund Paperboard. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “We have created a terminal in the Ostuferhafen which is tailor-made to the requirements of our customers. In addition to that, Kiel’s geographical location fits very well into the SCA liner network”. SCA cargo ships from Sundsvall have been calling at the Ostuferhafen once a week since the beginning of the month, offloading 6,000 tons of forest products with each visit. The products range from newsprint to light cardboard for high-value packaging. From Kiel these products are being transported further – not only into Germany itself but also to markets in central Europe. On their return journeys to the Swedish east coast, the SCA ships can transport different types of cargo such as steel, vehicles, building machinery, general or specialised cargo and even materials for recycling. www.portofkiel.co...
Maersk Line is launching a new ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America.
"We are pleased to launch our new weekly ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America. Starting from July 2016, Australian and Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of a market exclusive gateway to a number of strategic ports in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico," says a statement from the company.
With unmatched transit times, this superior product is tailor-made to offer the customers fast and seamless service connections to the West Coast of South America.
Maersk claims the speed is ‘Best-in-class’ transit times on the fastest service to the West Coast of South America; 13 days Tauranga to San Antonio; 22 days Brisbane to San Antonio. www.marinelink.co...
India's biggest shipping company Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will resume sailing to Iran this month after a hiatus of about four years, reports Reuters.
The company says it will accordingly use one of its Suezmax-sized tankers to ship an oil cargo for state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) from Iran.
"It is not yet decided ... which SCI-owned vessel is going to Iran," said SCI Chairman B.B. Sinha.
SCI stopped sailing to Iran in 2012 when sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear programme prevented the company obtaining insurance cover for oil and other shipments.
SCI had contracts with HPCL, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd to ship crude from Iran, he said. www.marinelink.co...
The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $307,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will provide multi-functional applications protecting critical port and regional infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency as well as enhance the response capabilities of our regional law enforcement partners. www.marinelink.co...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Lock and Dam 25 due to diesel in the water on the upper Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, Wednesday, July 6
An estimated 2,074 gallons of diesel was reportedly released by the towing vessel Jerry Jarrett while transiting the lock and dam, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The lock and dam is closed to river traffic to keep the diesel contained. Environmental Restoration has been dispatched by the responsible party and is en route.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. www.marinelink.co...
The sales process for Port of Melbourne, Australia’s second-busiest port, has now entered its second round, with at least two local bidding consortiums ushered through to the latest stage, potentially along with a Chinese suitor.
It comes as a Chinese buyer — thought to be China Huadian — is believed to remain in talks to buy the bulk of Alinta Energy from TPG Capital, with the listed AGL Energy in the box seat to secure the remaining retail component of the $3 billion-plus business.
It is understood that letters outlining details for stage two of the process for the prized $6bn-plus Port of Melbourne were sent out to parties on Friday. www.hellenicshipp...