THE bidding process for the Davao Sasa Port Modernization (DSPM) project, the first public-private partnership (PPP) project to be developed in Mindanao, will stick to its transaction timeline, an official said. www.sunstar.com.p...
Fire destroyed two huge warehouses loaded with wood fuel pellets Saturday afternoon, but firefighters halted it before it reached a third, officials said. The fire at the Marine Ports Terminal on Brunswick’s south end started about 1 p.m. and both warehouses appeared to have collapsed exposing the enormous piles of wood pellets in each that smoldered as firefighters poured water onto them from above.
Brunswick Fire Marshal Rhett Fairfield said someone called 911 about the fire just after 1 p.m. and that city firefighters found smoke coming from the southernmost warehouse. Within 15 minutes it was engulfed in flames and the fire quickly spread to a second, he said.
“When we showed up we immediately began calling for mutual aid,’’ he said.
Fairfield said Glynn County firefighters were on the scene quickly and by 4 p.m. at least seven departments with a combined 40 to 50 firefighters were battling what had become a smoldering fire with pockets of open flame. beta.mirror.augus...
The Australian subsidiary of Lanco Infratech is expected to commence construction of a port from the third quarter of the year, said a notification issued by the Department of Environment, Australia.
The Department, while seeking public opinion on the proposed dredging work at Bunbury port near Griffin Coal mines in Western Australia, said that Lanco Resources Australia Pty Ltd has proposed to undertake dredging of approximately 1.9 million cubic metres as part of the new Berth 14A located within the Inner Harbour of Bunbury Port in Western Australia.
"Port construction is likely to commence in the third quarter of 2015 with the site being operational in April 2017, subject to the relevant approvals and availability of required resources. The export quantity of coal would progressively increase until the full capacity of 15 million tonnes per annum is achieved," the referral document released by the Australian government said.
Dredging activities are proposed to commence in October and last for up to a maximum of 40 weeks.
Lanco officials were not available for comments.
Earlier, a senior official of the Group had said that the USD 1-billion Griffin coal project comprises three components including operating a mine, development of another mine and construction work at the Bunbury Port.
With coal resources of approximately 1.1 billion tonnes, coal from Griffin caters to the export markets as well. Production at the mine during the year 2013-14 was 2.93 million tonnes while the same was dropped to 2.3 million tonnes during the last fiscal. echoofindia.com/h...
Marseille Claims to be French First Port in Move for Shore Power
The Marseille Fos Port Authority has announced in an emailed press release it is set to introduce shore power for ships berthed in the port, claiming it as a first for both France and the Mediterranean.
The service will be launched in conjunction with Corsica and Sardinia operator, La Meridionale, which will no longer require diesel generators during port calls of the company's vessels, Kalliste, Girolata, and Piana.
The facility will reportedly be available from this October, when the quayside power network and adaptations to the company's vessels are complete.
"Switching to environmentally-friendly shoreside electricity will reduce noise, fuel consumption and air emissions," said the port authority.
"For each ship, the change will eliminate CO2 and particle emissions equivalent to more than 3,000 vehicles per day on the 64km route from Marseille to Aix, while NOx emissions will fall by the equivalent of 65,000 vehicles per day. Source: shipandbunker.com...
DFDS and Scottish Port Operator to Invest €6 million Into Scrubbers and Infrastructure
DFDS Seaways and Scotland-based Forth Ports Limited will invest €6 million ($6.6 million) into infrastructure and technology upgrades at Scotland's Port of Rosyth, DFDS Seaways announced this week.
Part of the plan is reportedly investing in the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight route, which will include installing a scrubber system and implementing a fuel optimisation program aboard the Finlandia Seaways, with the scrubber installation process expected to take place during the vessel’s next dry-dock period by the end of 2015.
Infrastructure adjustments at a terminal in the port, which will reportedly make up roughly €1 million ($1.1 million) of that investment, will go towards facilitating the increase of freight capacity aboard vessels. Source: shipandbunker.com...
Indonesia’s Pelindo II to start work on Cirebon port in October
Indonesian state-owned port operator Pelindo II plans to start construction of the New Muara Hati Port in Cirebon district in October, which is expected to boost trade in West and Central Java, local reports said. The new port, worth IDR1.75trn ($132m), will be able to accept container vessels, reducing Indonesia’s dependence on Singapore for deepwater port services, and boosting logistics efficiency, said Pelindo II president director Richard Lino.The port is expected to go into operation in 2017, with further phases of developments going on till 2019.
Adani Group in advanced talks to take over L&T’s Kattupalli terminal
To strengthen its presence in the east coast, the Adani Group is likely to take over the operational and management control of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Kattupalli International Container Terminal near Chennai. Multiple sources have told Business Standard that Adani, which is led by chairman and founder Gautam Adani, is in the final stage of getting into an arrangement with L&T to take over the terminal, which the Mumbai-based construction and engineering major built at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore.
South Port is sizing up the purchase of a Port of Tauranga tug costing about $2 million which is capable of pulling larger ships. South Port chief executive Mark O'Connor said due diligence was being done on Te Matua in Tauranga, which had a 40 tonne pulling capacity, and a decision was likely to be made by the end of the month."The market requires much larger tugs now," he said. The Bluff-based port was anticipating a favourable report on Te Matua, which could be renamed if it came south, and could expect delivery within two months, he said. South Port has two tugs at the moment, the Monowai and the Hauroko. The Monowai would be the tug taken out of service because it had the smaller 28 tonne pulling capacity. However, it was likely to be kept for a period as back-up for when either of the other two underwent maintenance, O'Connor said. The Hauroko has a pulling capacity of 35 tonnes. Te Matua was launched in 1992, while the Monowai was launched in 1973. Source : The Southland times
The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a £31m contract to Boskalis Westminster for capital dredging works on the approach channel to Portsmouth harbour.
The works are in anticipation of the first of the British Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, being commissioned in 2016. At 280m long and with an 11m draught, the two 70,600 tonne displacement vessels will be the largest warships to be based at Portsmouth in its eight century history as a Royal Navy base.
Dredging works will be part of a £100m package which includes upgrades to the jetty, provision of high voltage power for the ships when berthed, installation of navaids within the channel and the design and production of QEC-specific gangways. www.maritimejourn...
Chennai Port Trust to suspend use of mobile harbour cranes
The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has agreed to temporarily suspend the mandatory use of the newly installed mobile harbour cranes (MHC), until the management reviews the legal aspects and the representations are made. While no time frame has been given, the suspension could last a month.