The first set of seven new Terminal Equipment which includes 4 QUAY and 3 RTG Cranes for its new Adani CMA Mundra Terminal ( ACMT) has reached Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone.
ACMT is an equal joint venture with French container line CMA CGM SA and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s biggest private port operator —the fourth—at Mundra port in Gujarat.
The equipment was brought in by ZPMC vessel ZHEN HUA25 its unloading took six days.
The four RMQC super post-Panamax rail-mounted quay cranes are with twin-lift capability and three rubber-tire gantry cranes that will allow the port to handle its increasing throughput at a time of weak demand. www.marinelink.co...
Port Everglades Welcomes Costa Cruises Back to Broward County
Costa Cruises returned to Broward County’s Port Everglades on 21st December with a first call by the 2,260-passenger Costa Deliziosa. An Italian cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation, Costa Cruises has sailed from Port Everglades since the 1960s and is returning for the winter season following a four-year hiatus.
“Thank you to everyone at Port Everglades for an incredible welcome, both to Costa Cruises and Costa Deliziosa,” said Scott Knutson, vice president of sales and marketing for Costa Cruises North America. “Costa Deliziosa is the newest Costa ship to homeport in the United States, and we are excited for North American guests to see firsthand what makes Costa Europe’s most popular cruise line.” www.marineinsight...
Mumbai Port offshore terminal begins container operations
Indira Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. at India’s Port of Mumbai last week began container-handling at its offshore berth with the call of the Bahri Yanbu, ending months of uncertainty surrounding the future of the new, privately-developed cargo facility.
The liner ship call comes after the Ministry of Shipping reportedly scrapped its previous plan to rebid the public-private-partnership project that the concessionaire's financial lenders reclassified as "non-performing" due to protracted delays and falling container throughput at the port as lines shifted calls to India's largest gateway at thge nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
“The pragmatic support and help of Mumbai Port Trust and the Shipping Ministry in providing a conducive environment for carrying out operations has been path-breaking in reviving the stalled project,” the company said in a trade notice.
The offshore project was awarded on a 30-year operating concession to a joint venture between domestic infrastructure developer Gammon and Dragados SPL of Spain, and the first phase was designed to handle 800,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units annually and was originally scheduled for completion at the end of 2010.
As the acquisition of cranes from China and necessary dredging work encountered considerable delays, the port administration earlier this year allowed the private operator to use the new infrastructure for roll-on, roll-off operations. www.joc.com/port-...
Russia’s recently commissioned Bronka seaport is positioned to become a major Baltic hub thanks to its depth and proximity to the critical market of St. Petersburg.
Although volume at Baltic ports has suffered from economic crisis in Russia, when volumes in the region recover, as some figures suggest is slowly beginning to happen, these ports will find themselves with stiff competition from Bronka.
Bronka’s depth of 14 meters (46 feet) is its primary advantage over other Baltic ports, particularly its main rival of Helsinki, which is 12.5 meters deep, according to Vitaly Chernov, chief editor of PortNews, one of Russia’s leading shipping and port trade publications.
The launch of Bronka may result in Helsinki’s container traffic declining 3 to 5 percent, while volume at other southern Finnish ports could drop up to 10 percent, according to analysts from Russia’s Ministry of Transport.
Bronka’s location outside St. Petersburg, and easy access to the M10 federal highway, which connects Moscow and St. Petersburg and crosses into Finland, will also help the port against its Baltic competitors.
The rehabilitation of the Bronka railway station and future construction of a rail line to Gatchina, 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of St. Petersburg, will significantly improve rail access to the port, the analysts said. www.joc.com/port-...
LA Welcomes the Largest Container Ship to Visit a US Port
The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port arrived to the Port of Los Angeles at dawn on Saturday, December 26. French shipping line CMA-CGM launched the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin on December 10.
The 398 meter, 18,000 TEU vessel arrived at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 after sailing from China. It arrived in Los Angeles with containers stacked seven high, but at full capacity it is designed to stack 10 containers high. The terminal cranes are expected to be ready to take the vessel’s full capacity by the end of 2016. maritime-executiv... Video at https://youtu.be/yC8T_byagvI
Italy’s La Spezia port expands to handle mega-ships
Expansion is a hot topic at La Spezia Container Terminal these days, and so is growth thanks to numerous investments to boost capacity and productivity.
The container terminal is strategically situated in the north of Italy in close proximity to Milan, the Veneto manufacturing area and the Emilia-Romagna region. This advantageous position has made the Contship Italia-owned LSCT one of the largest container ports in Italy.
“With substantial upgrades effectively completed this year, LSCT has a median handling capacity of 1.4 million 20-foot-equivalent units and has comfortably accommodated ships of up to 16,600 TEUs,” Daniele Testi, Contship Italia’s marketing and communications director, said.
Traffic at the port was up 7.1 percent to 1.09 million TEUs in 2014 compared to 2013, according to statistics from Eurokai, a major investor in the terminal. The port this year hit its 1 millionth TEU in November, a month earlier than it has since 2007.
Terminal expansion at LSCT began in 2006. About $265 million has been invested since then in expanding capacity, including upgrading or replacing 11 quay cranes and completing civil work such as channel deepening to enable access for larger vessels. www.joc.com/port-...
In an attempt to resolve the worsening housing shortage problem in Sweden, local authorities have announced plans to house some 1,260 refugees on board a cruise ship.
Even the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket), which struck the deal with the ship’s owner, Gothenburg firm Accumul8or Invest AB, doesn't deny the obvious: “It’s a bit unusual.”
“It’s nothing we’re used to. It’s new for Sweden and it’s also new for the shipping industry,” Migrationsverket press spokesperson Willis Aberg told local tabloid GT. It's not clear yet at which port the vessel will dock. Among the large harbors previously mentioned are Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Oskarshamn, Uddevalla and Gävle, the Local reported.
Sweden has received 150,000 asylum seekers so far this year, the most per capita in the EU. The previous record of 84,000 was set during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. https://www.rt.com/news/327092-swedish-cruise-ship-refugees/
Arctic drilling rig expected to leave Port Angeles harbor
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An Arctic drilling rig that has made its home in the Port Angeles harbor is expected to depart for Europe.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the giant oil drilling platform, the Polar Pioneer, has been welded to a ship owned by a company from the Netherlands.
A representative of the U.S. division of that company, Dockwise Shipping, says it is ready to depart on Wednesday.
Robb Erickson says the 902-foot semi-submersible heavy-lift ship will take the Polar Pioneer to Norway by following the coast to the Strait of Magellan at the tip of South America. From there it will cross the Atlantic.
The Dockwise Vanguard is the largest ship of its type in the world and can lift more than 120,000 tons of cargo. https://marcellus.com/news/id/133694/arctic-drilling-rig-expected-leave-port-angeles-harbor/
Coast Guard rescues eight crew members of distressed ship
Eight fishermen who spent five days on a lifeboat after their vessel sank in the Atlantic Ocean have been rescued off the Brazilian coast.
The skipper of another fishing boat spotted the group Thursday afternoon some 15km from Cascavel beach in the northeastern state of Ceara, Brazilian authorities said on Friday.
The crew of the second boat rescued the eight castaways and brought them ashore.
Suffering from dehydration, the survivors were taken to hospitals in Fortaleza, the state capital, and two of them remained hospitalised on Friday.
The eight men set out two weeks ago from the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte aboard the fishing boat Rey Arturo, which sank last Sunday near the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.
The boat split into pieces, giving the crew no time to send a distress call, and the eight fishermen barely had time to get into the lifeboat.
Though careful rationing allowed them to make their limited food and water last for days, the lifeboat began to sink under their weight.
By the time the skipper of the second vessel saw them, the eight fishermen were floating in the water, tied to what was left of the lifeboat.
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