The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that on from 07:30 to 11:30 hours on Monday 24 March, the New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel will be out of service for dredging works. During this period, only the two small lock chambers will be available, and only vessels with a maximum LOA of 125m/beam 20,5m and tide-dependent draft can be served.
Seaoil Philippines Inc. has opened a new oil terminal—its biggest so far—in Sta. Cruz City, Davao del Sur as part of efforts to make it more competitive and grow its market share in the “underserved” market of Mindanao.
The P500-million bulk terminal has a 41-million liter capacity. It also has a berth that can receive vessels of up to 50,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT).
It can also handle domestic size tankers for local distribution and sales.
“We saw the need for the construction of a new liquid bulk storage terminal to serve the growing demand for fuel products in the Southern Mindanao area,” Seaoil COO Stephen Yu said.
Seaoil now operates 10 depots and terminals across the country, representing 160 million liters of oil storage capacity.
Of the 10, four facilities are in Luzon (two in Batangas, one each in Manila and Bicol) and four are in the Visayas (one in Iloilo and Negros island and two in Cebu). In Mindanao, there is one terminal in Dipolog and another in Sta. Cruz.
The terminal in Sta. Cruz, which has been operating since November last year and will be formally opened this Saturday, was funded by last year’s capital expenditures of about P1 billion.
A privatization procedure has been launched for the port in Limassol. Cyprus' Cabinet approved the decision on Wednesday, following a decision of Parliament on March 4 in favor of a large-scale privatization program which has been strongly opposed by unions.
According to a government spokesperson, as cited by local media and the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency, the decision envisages granting a long term license or right to use or manage the port's commercial section.
Under a privatization roadmap drafted by the government in December 2013, state telecommunications company CyTA had to be the first entity to be sold.
However, the sale of the port was subsequently moved forward.
The privatizations are part of Cyprus's EUR 10 B bailout agreement with international lenders.
Myanmar: Foreign investment invited to promote ports
In a bid to boost the trade sector by upgrading ports, which is one of Myanmar’s trading priorities, the authorities extended an invitation to foreign technicians and investors during the Myanmar Infrastructure Summit last week.
“The country in its current situation lacks the technical know-how and foreign investment to support ongoing development projects like deep sea ports, ports and terminals,” Kyaw Oo, the deputy chief engineer for Myanmar Port Authority (MPA), said at the summit.
He explained that 85 percent of the country’s trade is in the maritime sectors. Yangon Port is the main source of trade. Altogether, there are 24 terminals in Yangon and Thilawa Ports, but they are jammed with loading and unloading so that 70 percent of the entire port operation is filled. To run a fully functional port operation, more terminals should be added to Yangon Port, he said.
Of 24 terminals, Yangon Port has 18 international terminals and Thilawa has six. Currently the country has a total of nine international and local ports and terminals – Yangon, Sittwe, Kyaukpyu, Thandwe, Pathein, Mawlamyain, Dawei, Myeik and Kawthoung.
“Yangon Port needs to be upgraded, especially Sule Terminal, when compared with Thilawa,” said a retired official for the MPA.
However, the experts said that not only Yangon Port but also other ports and terminals, including Thilawa and Dawei, need to be upgraded.
Much-needed ports and terminals have been built for Dawei Deep Sea Port since 2012. Ninety eight percent of the port implementation is complete.
Source: Eleven Myanmar
The Tema Port is to undergo the biggest-ever expansion at an estimated cost of $1 billion, President John Dramani Mahama has announced on March 23, 2014. The project, to be undertaken by the government with private sector participation, will, among other things, tremendously increase the capacity of access routes and cargo handling spaces. Inaugurating new handling equipment for the Meridian Port Services (MPS) at the Tema Port yesterday, the president said the expansion would position the Tema Port to compete for the best port in Africa. He consequently challenged MPS, which is West Africa's biggest cargo handling company, to partner the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to bring the project into fruition in the shortest possible time.
Eastern ice latest obstacle to clearing Canada grain backlog
Thick ice on Eastern Canada waterways will hamper efforts to clear a massive crop backlog, with Port of Thunder Bay, Ontario, likely to open at least a week later than usual this spring, its chief executive said.
Ice in the port's harbor on Lake Superior is about four feet (1.2 meters) thick, one foot thicker than usual, and it also covers key stretches of shipping routes to the Atlantic Ocean, Port of Thunder Bay CEO Tim Heney said in an interview.
Heney said he was optimistic that the port will open during the first week of April after a brutally cold Canadian winter, about a week behind the usual March 25 opening.
That's "quite late for us," Heney said from his office in Thunder Bay, a city in northwestern Ontario of more than 100,000 people. "It's going to be a challenge."
The port had its latest opening ever, April 12, in 1994 and 1982.
The Port Hedland Port Authority has been quietly working on proposals to increase access to port space for iron ore miners, considering proposals for new terminals at Finucane Island and Lumsden Point.
PHPA yesterday confirmed it was considering proposals for both outer and inner-harbour developments aimed at providing precious new space for existing exporters and mining hopefuls. The plans could lift Port Hedland iron ore exports well above the theoretical 500 million-tonne-a-year export cap set by the limitations of the shipping channel.
New facilities, likely to be built and run by specialist infrastructure companies, would also increase third-party access to the harbour, dominated by BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group.
Thursday, 20 March 2014 | New Mangalore Port successfully handled one giant very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the single buoy mooring (SBM) installed by MRPL. MT Humanity carrying 1,63,000 tonnes of Iranian mix crude oil docked with the SPM, which is located 17-kms away from shore on March 18. The entire consignment is imported for MRPL refinery at Kuthethur near here. This is the largest parcel size of crude oil ever handled at NMPT. The vessel with an LOA of 333 mtrs has the capacity to carry up to 3 lakh tonnes of crude oil. The vessel is expected to unberth from the SBM on March 20. Source: TNN
Antaq fines Santos bulk terminals for blocking access ways
Brazil's National Agency for Waterway Transport (Antaq) has revealed that it has fined seven dry bulk terminals operating in the port of Santos for rule violations.
The organisation had been monitoring the handling of this year's harvest by the port, and by early February it had identified 10 terminals that had received a road haulage vehicle without prior appointment and an eleventh, Portofer (part of the rail-based ALL group), as having blocked accesses to the complex.
Those fined were Sucocítrico Cutrale, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Terminal XXXIX (belonging to Caramuru), ADM Brasil, Fischer, Terminal 12A and T-Grão. The latter has so far received three fines and Terminal 12A two.