Port of Portland container terminal would close for good if ICTSI leaves, official says
An agreement between 29 west coast ports and longshoremen over new contract terms this week did little to ease tension at the Port of Portland.
In an interview Wednesday, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt said lingering bad blood between longshoremen here and container-terminal operator ICTSI Oregon could have serious long-term consequences for the region. If ICTSI were to leave in the wake of a decision by Hanjin Shipping Co. to pull the plug on Portland, Wyatt said, the Port's Terminal 6 will be out of the container business permanently.
Wyatt said he doubts it will come to that. Port and ICTSI officials plan to continue drumming up new business for the container terminal in an effort to replace Hanjin, though that effort has been largely ineffective in the past.
Wyatt reiterated what many in Oregon who rely on global trade are saying: The labor dispute needs to be resolved. The local International Longshore and Warehouse Union has long clashed with ICTSI, weighing down productivity at the port and ultimately driving away Hanjin.
The U.S. Department of Commerce released numbers Thursday that Oregon exported $20.4 billion, mostly in computers and electronics, agricultural goods, machinery -- a record-breaking year. The Oregon export industry supported 92,000 American jobs, according to the data.
The figures were released a day after possibly the last Hanjin ship -- the Copenhagen -- left port. The Hanjin Copenhagen sailed at 6 a.m. Wednesday after 20 days in port.
Ships aim to turn around in one to two days. This ship took nearly 80 percent of the container terminal's business with it. www.oregonlive.co...
Deal brings additional auto exports to Port of Wilmington
New Castle based AutoPort, Inc. and the Port of Wilmington have landed a new deal to export cars from the First State.
FCA US, formerly The Chrysler Group, has inked a multi-year contract with AutoPort to process cars from its plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, as well as Ontario, Canada. The various Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles will come by rail to Delaware and be prepared for export to the Middle East from the Port.
FCA US previously has used the Port of Baltimore to ship the vehicles.
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Morgan Stanley Said to Sell Montreal Port Terminal
Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure arm is close to selling Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership to a group led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada in a deal valued at almost C$650 million ($520 million), people familiar with the matter said.The sale of the cargo container facility at the Port of Montreal is undergoing a competition review by the Canadian government and expected to be announced in the coming days, said the people who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Talks between the parties broke off late last year over the price Fiera Axium was willing to pay the for facility, said one of the people. The negotiations resumed after a decade-long extension was granted on the 25-year contract Montreal Gateway Terminals has at the port, the person said.Matt Burkhard, Morgan Stanley spokesman, declined to comment as did Anne-Sophie Roy, a spokeswoman for Fiera Axium. Fiera Axium is a portofolio management firm partly owned by Montreal-based Fiera Capital Corp. and Axium Infrastructure Management focused on investing in energy, transportation and other assets in Canada and the U.S.The company is among a group of smaller infrastructure funds emerging in Canada that are focused on assets typically too small for the country’s larger pension funds. Last month, a consortium led by another new Canadian infrastructure fund, InstarAGF Asset Management Inc., agreed to purchase the terminal at Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport from Porter Aviation Holdings Inc.Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners acquired an 80 percent stake in Montreal Gateway Terminals in 2007 from Germany’s TUI AG. It purchased the remaining stake in 2013.Source: Bloomberg
Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday that companies using its crude oil storage facility in the Houston Ship Channel must pay extra for dock services, brushing off complaints from client BP Plc.
"We believe if you want a service, you pay for it," Enterprise Chief Operating Officer Jim Teague told analysts when asked about concerns, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, that the company's strong position in Gulf Coast storage gives it too much pricing power.
Britain's BP has reportedly told the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that Enterprise, a major midstream company, has started charging $1 a barrel in dock fees for crude it handles at the Houston site, on top of storage fees.
Since Houston is the top U.S. petrochemicals port, the dock fees could add up to big revenue.
But BP has not yet filed a formal written complaint to the FTC, an industry source said, and it is not clear if it would have a case. A BP official did not comment. The FTC was not available for immediate comment. www.maritime-exec...
Old San Juan Puerto Rico Receives Record High Passengers
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is receiving a record high 17,847 cruise ship passengers on Feb. 25, 2015. This a large amount of people visiting the U.S. territory island. Luis Muniz, the executive subdirector of planning for Puerto Rico Tourism, says six cruise ships are docking Wednesday in historic Old San Juan. Muniz expects these passengers to generate some $2 million.
The world’s biggest bulk export port in Western Australia’s Pilbara region has broken its record for the largest single shipment of iron ore. According to the Pilbara Ports Authority, miner BHP Billiton loaded 263,989 tonnes onboard the Chinese vessel Abigail N at Port Hedland on Feb. 25, 2015. The shipment broke the previous record, achieved by Fortescue Metals Group in December 2013, by 27 tonnes.
Mtwara Port is now handling large ships after major improvements carried out by the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), at the country’s third major seaport in the South eastern region.
Speaking shortly after MV Hammonia Pacificum container ship, with overall length of 209 metres, docked at the Port over the weekend, the TPA Communications Officer, Mr Leonard Magomba, said that the changes in technology has enabled the Port to receive such ships. “Previously, the Port could not handle such large ships but thanks to major improvements, the Port now receives huge ships,” he said. The arrival of the large ship comes just weeks after the Dar es Salaam Port hosted MSC Martina, one of the largest container vessels, to dock at the country’s major port.
The now suspended TPA Acting Director General, Madeni Kipande said then that the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s container vessel with an overall length of 244 metres and width of 32.2 metres and carrying capacity of 2,411 containers docked without any problem.
“The arrival of such large vessels is a major achievement to be recorded by the Tanzania Ports Authority,” noted Eng Kipande.
He explained that the MSC Martina is one of the largest container ships owned by the Geneva-based Italian Company to dock and offload consignment at the Port.
The largest ship to be accommodated by the Port was Maersk Cubango with an overall length of 250 metres and width of 38 metres with capacity to carry 4,500 containers owned by the Maersk Line. “This is the first time for Mtwara Port to host large ship with overall length of 209 metres compared to the previous one to anchor at the Port. Last time the port received the ship with overall length of 205 metres,” observed Mr Magomba. The Liberia registered ship which offloaded 1,240 containers is expected to leave the country this week. Source: Tanzania Daily News
US$300 million Modernization works at Port of Nacala to be completed in 2017
The port of Nacala, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, processed a record amount of cargo in 2014, totaling over 2 million tons, while the number of containers handled stood at almost 100,000, said the CEO of Portos do Norte, the port’s management company.
Langa said the port of Nacala, by processing over 2 million tons of cargo and 97,000 containers, reached a new high despite operating under limits due to the ongoing modernization program.
The CEO of Portos do Norte, the company that took over the management of the port of Nacala just over a year ago, also said that the results obtained in 2014 were due to an investment of USD3 million in equipment and infrastructure.
The modernization works at the port, as part of the Development Project of the Port of Nacala, cost US$300 million that are funded by Japan, with completion scheduled for 2017.
Port of Portland, longshore union continue to trade blame, barbs
The Port of Portland's container-terminal operator, ICTSI Oregon, is two weeks from losing nearly 80 percent of its business. Retail and agriculture businesses in the region, along with the shipping companies whose lifeblood is trade between Oregon and Asia, are trying to find cost-effective transportation to stay in business.
Meanwhile, ICTSI and the longshore workers union blame each other for the loss of business and the low productivity that drove away Hanjin Shipping.
After about nine months of contract negotiations that brought West Coast ports from Long Beach,Calif., to Seattle to a standstill, the union and the Pacific Maritime Association — the coalition bargaining on behalf of 29 ports — announced a tentative agreement Friday on a new five-year contract. The resolution shifted the focus from impending economic disaster to clearing the backlog of container ships at the ports, which many estimate could take months. With the resolution, the war of words between West Coast port operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union receded.
But in Portland, the relationship between the local longshore workers and ICTSI soured years before the contract negotiations and appears likely to continue to be strained.
ICTSI Oregon chief executive Elvis Ganda blasted local ILWU workers for not working Sunday. Ganda said the longshore workers "engaged in an illegal work stoppage."
"ICTSI Oregon is disappointed that the ILWU is continuing to purposely disrupt Terminal 6 operations and impact business in the Portland region," Ganda said Monday.
A Hanjin Copenhagen ship has been sitting at the port for 19 days, and is now waiting to be loaded so it can leave. www.columbian.com...