Japanese shipowners call for scrapping of Panama Canal toll increases
The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) has called for Panama authorities to scrap planned toll increases for the Panama Canal after a three month delay in implementation was given, SeaTradeAsia reports.
Following complaints by shipowners organisations the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) delayed the introduction of new toll regime by three months. JSA has now called for the scrapping of the new toll regime altogether. www.seatrade-asia...
Water transport workers on countrywide indefinite strike
The countrywide indefinite strike called from Sunday, July 8, 2012 midnight by water transport workers to press for their various demands was called off following their two fruitful meetings with the authorities concerned in the afternoon, reports UNB.
Bangladesh Watercraft Workers Federation (BWWF, Bangladesh Ship Workers Federation (BSWF) and Bangladesh Lighterage Workers Union (BLWU) jointly called the indefinite strike at a press conference last weekend to realise their various demands including pay hike and fixing their minimum wage, issuing appointment letters to them, assurance that payments to be made regularly, reinstatement of retrenched workers, an end to harassment by mobile court and withdrawal of false cases filed against leaders and workers of the three organisations.
On July 1, 2012, MV Mandarin Glory made history by becoming the first vessel to call on Sohar Bulk Terminal for export of stone aggregates (Ghabro) to Qatar. The consortium of Khimji Ramdas Shipping and TM International Ltd (TMIL), a subsidiary of TATA Steel India has signed the contract with Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) to establish operations for the handling of dry bulk minerals. The first shipments of 54000 tonnes of high quality Ghabro rocks have been dispatched from Oman to Qatar by sea on July 6, 2012. More at www.timesofoman.c...
Novorossiysk Oil Terminal damaged by heavy rain and flood
The heavy rains in the southern region of Russia triggered mud flood which has destroyed treatment facilities of Novorossiysk-based Sheskharis oil terminal. Emergency crews are working to eliminate the effects of the disaster, Chernomortransneft (the terminal operator, Transneft’s unit) reported. They have deployed in the area oil containment booms. Rostransnadzor required thorough inspection of the terminal equipment serviceability. The facility has resumed shipping of crude oil and oil products. There were 5 tankers at the port anchorage during the flood.
Marseille to build new 'combi' terminal in the port’s Eastern Basin
The Marseille Port Authority (GPMM) has selected a consortium to build and operate a combined transport hub facility located near the Mourepiane Med Europe Container Terminal in the port’s Eastern Basin. The consortium will be led by transport infrastructure development specialist Progenor and will be comprised of SNCF Geodis subsidiary, Naviland Cargo, CMA Rail and T3M. Investment costs are estimated at €60 million and negotiations will now begin between GPMM and the consortium on the co-financing of the project with the closing of an agreement scheduled by the end of the year.
Rotterdam’s Botlek Tank Terminal to undergo major expansion
The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, has agreed a contract with a construction consortium for the expansion of the Botlek Tank Terminal (BTT) site by approximately 5 hectares, Port Technology reports. The land reclamation project will see the area currently occupied by the oil-storage facility more than double in size and capacity.
When the 21-month construction works are completed, BTT will see its total storage capacity increase from 200,000 m3 to approximately 750,000 m3. The expansion will be carried in two phases.
DP World sells 60% stake in Adelaide container terminal to Flinders Ports
DP World Australia Limited, in which DP World Limited has a 25% shareholding, has sold all of its 60% shareholding in Adelaide Container Terminal Pty Ltd to Flinders Ports Adelaide Container Terminal Pty Ltd., DP World press release said.
Ramboll & HPS to rebuild Port of Helsingborg container terminal
The port of Helsingborg is going to be a modern and future-orientated container terminal capable of meeting the expected growth in volume over the coming 20 years. The project will be led by Ramboll. The port of Helsingborg is currently facing major changes. Urban development is high on the agenda in the city, and an important part of this is rebuilding and developing the container port.
To solve this challenge, the city of Helsingborg carried out a design contest which was won by the proposal from Ramboll, Liljewall Architects and HPS Hamburg Port Consulting. More at en.portnews.ru/ne...
Half of Libya's oil exports hit by protests and strikes
Around half of Libya's oil exporting capacity has been shut down and production reduced by about 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) because of protests by groups demanding greater autonomy for eastern Libya, shippers and officials said on Friday, July 7, 2012.
At least three major oil exporting terminals were closed the previous evening and by Friday the first delays to oil shipments were reported by oil traders waiting for cargoes to load. The three ports that have closed, Es-Sider, Ras Lanuf and Brega have a combined export capacity of around 690,000 bpd. Read more at www.cnbc.com/id/4...
Chennai port gets vessel traffic management system
High tech surveillance systems will now continuously monitor ships that are entering the Chennai waters. A vessel traffic management system has been installed at the Chennai port, which will increase the efficiency of surveillance and tracking vessel movement in the port limits. The vessel traffic management system is similar to a ‘black box’ in an aircraft. It has auto identification system, radar system and communication links enabling operators to manage the vessel traffic, monitor the environment and support port and harbour resources. Source : The Hindu Business Line