Largest cargo of coal ever reaches Wilhelmshaven Rhenus Midgard’s terminal
The "Navios Pollux" was the first fully laden Capesizer to reach Rhenus Midgard’s expanded Niedersachsenbrücke jetty in Wilhelmshaven on Nov 3. The ship transported the largest cargo of coal ever to reach a German seaport. The vessel with 171,477 tonnes of coal on board reached Wilhelmshaven after a voyage lasting 19 days. After the mooring basin at the Niedersachsen jetty has been deepened, it is the only port in Germany that can handle fully laden. Two thirds of the cargo were unloaded directly to the storage area of a power station near the coast and Rhenus Midgard stored the remaining third at its own coal terminal for further transport to customers further inland by rail in line with demand.
Iran Detains Saudi Fishing Vessel off the coast of Bushehr Province
Iran has seized a Saudi fishing vessel in its territorial waters off the coast of Bushehr Province, Press TV reported on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
The vessel was detained on Tuesday after it entered Iran’s territorial waters, Col. Qalandar Lashkari, the commander of the coast guard of the province, said.
He provided no details about the vessel or its crew.
Iran and Saudi Arabia both border the Persian Gulf, with Iran covering most of the northern coast and Saudi Arabia most of the southern one.
Aberdeen Harbor has welcomed the largest ever vessel to the port after the completion of a £5.2 million program to improve access and deepen the Navigation Channel.
The improvements – designed to open the harbor to larger vessels and new markets – were completed five weeks ahead of schedule. www.dredgingtoday...
Iron ore port Port Hedland to become popular cruise tour destination
The mining town of Port Hedland in Western Australia's mineral rich Pilbara has ambitions to become a leading destination for cruise ship tours.
ABC News reports that the Pilbara coastal town, which is the chief exit point for the Pilbara's prodigious iron ore output as well as the world's largest bulk tonnage export port, is attracting an increasing number of cruise ships, four of which have docked at Hedland since last year.
The town's Mayor Kelly Howlett is spearheading efforts to promote Hedland as a cruise tour destination, saying that she feels "we are the 'it' destination right now" and that "cruise ships are keen to come." www.mining.com/ir...
Seaborne exports of coal from Newcastle port were 2.78 million mt in the seven-day period to 7 am Sydney time Monday, (20:00 GMT Sunday), and were roughly the same as the seven days ended October 30 when 2.76 million mt was shipped to customers, said Newcastle Port Corp. in its latest coal shipments report.
Chongqing will scrap 700 ships in the next four years
The ongoing standardisation of ships along China’s longest river, the Yangtze, continues with plans to scrap more than 700 old vessels in the Chongqing area.
Wang Botao, director of the Chongqing port and shipping authority, said: “The capacity structure adjustment is an important part of the shipping industry structural adjustment. We must develop large-sized and standardized ships, and also accelerate the scrapping of old ships.” From 2003 till now, Chongqing has scrapped over 700 old ships. “In the next four years, Chongqing has a mission to eliminate another 700 ships,” Wang said. [07/11/12]
Chennai Airport to get modern air cargo hub by December
Chennai Airport will get a modern air cargo hub and a fully-automated cargo handling system by December. Authority of India (AAI) said that 90% of the 150 crore project was complete and a trial run was expected to begin shortly. The new hub spread in an area of 58,000 sq m will include a state-of-the-art mechanised cargo handling area.
The present air cargo hub spread over 26,000sq m. is one of the busiest in the country. It serves nearly 30 cargo airlines, including more than 12 exclusive cargo freighters. The new hub is expected to handle more than six lakh tonnes of cargo, against the 2.5 lakh tonnes of cargo that the existing one handles
Defence Ministry asks Kochi port to scan all containers at Vallarpadam
The Defence Ministry has asked Kochi Port to scan all containers passing through the Vallarpadam Terminal. The ministry has, in a letter, cited security reasons for the move. Senior port officials confirmed the development. They said the additional security layer will kick in after the initial screening of containers by the Customs Department.
The move will, however, be time consuming, and delay movement of cargo, the officials said. No transhipment terminal in the world follows a system of scanning each container . Even the US and the European Union, which follow strict security measures, have not put in place such a security layer, the officials said.
JNPT received 'Letter of Acceptance' from DP World for 330 metres Container Berth Project
Jawaharlal Nehru Port had awarded on 31st October 2012 the development of container handling facility with a quay length of 330-metres on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a concession period of 17 years with an estimated cost of Rs.600 crores (as in 2007) and capacity of 0.8 million TEUs, to M/s Dubai Port World Pvt. Ltd. at a gross revenue share of 28.09%, Daily Shipping Times reports.