Cargo capacity at Mombasa port now up 50pc with new berths
Japan has confirmed it has completed the first phase of the Mombasa Port Development Project (MPDP).
The Sh22 billion project was started back in March 2012, with the aim of decongesting the Mombasa Port by creating three more berths (berth 20, 21 and another small berth). It was scheduled to be completed by today, February 29. Deputy Project Manager Masati Kaneko said phase one of the expansion project was ready to be handed over to the Government.
“We are within the schedule as planned on completion of phase one of the project. There might be some little work to be touched up, but overall, the new terminal is ready for handover,” he said over the weekend when a Japanese delegation toured the new Kipevu terminal.
The second and third phases of the MPDP are scheduled for completion in 2017 and 2020, respectively.
“This terminal has the capacity to handle 550,000 containers, which is expected to increase the capacity of the Mombasa port by over 50 per cent. On completion of the whole project, the port will become the largest in the region,” said Mr Kaneko. Source: Standard Digital
It’s not often the terminal operating sector is presented with the opportunity to acquire a brand new terminal operating site, where all the hard work has been done in terms of infrastructure development, and which is basically ready to commence operations on takeover. This is the case in Puerto Bahia, Cartagena, Colombia and it will be interesting to see who takes up this interesting opportunity. The Puerto Bahia dry cargo port has been developed alongside a liquid bulks storage facility also developed by Puerto Bahia, a subsidiary of Pacific Infrastructure Ventures. The dry cargo port site has many possibilities; with a huge land bank it is an obvious choice for auto operations and wheeled cargo in general. Puerto Bahia has already taken some steps in this direction forming an alliance with NYK Logistics to handle any available auto business prior to the sale of the Puerto Bahia dry cargo port to an independent operator or an operator working in concert with financial investors.
Port of Long Beach Set to Open ‘Greenest’ Container Terminal March 11
The gates of Long Beach Container Terminal’s Pier E will open March 11 for the first time, processing empty containers at what the Port of Long Beach calls the world’s greenest marine container terminal. It is the first half of the California port’s $1.3 billion Middle Harbor modernization project. After two months of phasing in export deliveries, import pickups, and rail operations at the terminal, it will be fully operational in May. “This represents a critical first step in ramping up for full commercial operations at Pier E,” Port CEO Jon Slangerup said recently. “We’re working closely with LBCT and all our industry partners to ensure a safe, smooth transition.”
Middle Harbor eventually will have the capacity to handle 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually. “LBCT is committed to ushering in this new era the right way,” said LBCT President Anthony Otto. “This includes our investment in all zero-emissions cargo handling equipment and comprehensive training.”
China’s Thirst for Gasoline Sees Barges Clog Up Amsterdam’s Port
China’s switch to higher quality gasoline is being felt half a world away as barges bringing supplies for export clog up Amsterdam’s port, which ships more of the fuel than anywhere else.
The Asian country’s government ordered eleven eastern provinces and cities to switch to higher quality gasoline as well as diesel as of January. That’s boosted orders from Europe of an oil product that is used to upgrade gasoline because independent refineries don’t have the capacity to process enough fuel themselves, according to Energy Aspects Ltd.
More than 60 fuel barges, most holding gasoline or components to make it, are waiting as long as two weeks around Amsterdam’s port, according to Jelle Vreeman, a Rotterdam-based broker with Riverlake Barging, which arranges charters of the vessels. They would normally wait just a few days.
Heavy fog halts maritime traffic in Istanbul (Feb. 29)
Heavy fog blanketed Istanbul on Feb. 29 affecting transportation in the metropolis, including the cancelations of most ferry lines as well as disruptions in air traffic.
Many city ferry lines were canceled due to the fog, which began to show its effects early in the morning.
However, ferry lines bound for the Prince Islands and the Golden Horn continued without disruption.
Meanwhile, air traffic in Istanbul was affected by the fog for a short time. The visibility range was lowered at the city’s main Atatürk Airport and as well at Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Some charter flights were diverted to nearby provinces. www.hurriyetdaily...
UASC Launches Indian Subcontinent – Mediterranean Express Service
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX), providing its customers with optimal coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean.
This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean – US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the US. The IMEX service rotation, effective February 26th 2016, will be: Khor Fakkan – Jebel Ali – Port Qasim – Mundra – Nhava Sheva – Jeddah – Port Said East – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Barcelona – Valencia – Tangier – Genoa – Malta – Port Said West – Jeddah – Khor Fakkan
APM Terminals Vado orders Hybrid Straddle Carriers from Kalmar
APM Terminals has concluded a contract with Finnish-based container handling equipment manufacturer Kalmar for the delivery of 19 Hybrid Straddle Carriers for the new 800,000 TEU annual capacity deepwater APM Terminals Vado facility now under construction on northern Italy’s Ligurian Coast.
New Brisbane cruise ship terminal at Luggage Point would bring 1.8 million passengers in first five years
A NEW mega cruise ship terminal capable of hosting the world’s biggest ocean liners could be operating in Brisbane within three years.
The Port of Brisbane this morning unveiled details of the $100 million proposal, to be built on land at Luggage Point near the mouth of the river.
Earlier this month the State government gave preliminary approval for the Port of Brisbane to develop a proposal for the facility.
It is hoped the project would be given the green light by next year and open for ocean liners by 2019.
Brisbane’s Portside Wharf handles the bulk of cruise ships to the city but it is unable to accommodate liners longer than 270 metres.
Most new cruise ships are more than 300 metres in length, while the biggest ships currently sailing the seas now have to dock at temporary facilities wedged between cargo ships and grain silos in a cringe-worthy introduction to Brisbane. www.couriermail.c...
Contract Awarded for Lithuanian LNG Bunker Station
Cleveland-based Chart Industries Inc. Friday, Feb 26, 2016 announced that its wholly owned Czech subsidiary Chart Ferox (Chart) and consortium partner, PPS Pipeline Systems Germany, have been selected to provide an liquefied natural gas (LNG) reloading station for AB Klaipėdos nafta at the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Five Chart cryogenic storage tanks, each measuring over 50 meters in length with an external diameter of almost six meters, will provide 5,000 cubic meters of LNG storage at the station, which will be equipped with two loading areas for LNG trucks and jetty modules for ship bunkering.
The LNG reloading station will be operational within 15 months with "full scope" delivery anticipated during the second half of 2017. shipandbunker.com...
Rotterdam Sees First Uptick in Vessel Arrivals in 9 Years
The Port of Rotterdam Authority Friday announced that the port has seen an increase in the number of vessels arriving at the port for the first time in nine years.
It is said that 29,122 sea-going vessels (SGVs) arrived at Rotterdam in 2015, compared to 29,014 during the previous year, making it the first increase seen since 2007, when 37,097 SGVs called at the port.
It is also noted that the number of significant accidents at the port decreased compared to the 2014 year, falling from 12 to seven, three of which involved leisure vessels.
Harbour Master René de Vries is said to havemade the official announcement at a presentation on the port's annual nautical figures at the port authority's headquarters, the World Port Center. shipandbunker.com...