Staff employed by Limassol porters decided to call off strike measures to press for €1.5 million in voluntary redundancy compensation be paid to them now and not next year when the port will be privatised. The decision came after the workers were threatened with dismissal, state broadcaster CyBC reported
Ivory Coast begins construction of Abidjan port upgrades
Ivory Coast began construction of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.
Cargotec’s Kalmar receives significant port equipment order of 23 RTG cranes and 79 terminal tractors from Colombia
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a significant order from its long standing customers Sociedad Portuaria Region de Cartagena S.A. (SPRC) and Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena S.A. (Contecar) in Cartagena, Colombia. Both terminals are owned and managed by Port of Cartagena Group. The order includes a total of 23 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and 79 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. Kalmar will deliver five RTGs and 9 terminal tractors to SPRC and 18 RTGs and 70 terminal tractors to Contecar. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 45 million, and the order has been booked into Cargotec’s 2015 third quarter order intake. The deliveries will take place between July and December 2016.
Carnival Corporation Adds Third Berth to Cozumel Pier
Carnival Corporation on Oct. 8 officially opened an expansion of its operations in Cozumel, Mexico, adding a third berth to the company's pier at Puerta Maya.
With an investment of more than $20 million, the all-new "arm" was added to the company's existing pier to allow three ships to be moored at the terminal at the same time. To mark the occasion, three of the company's ships – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Triumph – arrived today and became the first trio of ships to use the new three-berth pier. The pier will accommodate any ship across Carnival Corporation's 10 brands, including its next-generation ships.
With 3.3 million cruise guests annually, Cozumel is the busiest cruise destination in the Caribbean.
Carnival Corporation's extra capacity with the expanded pier will allow more ships to call on Cozumel, increasing the number of guests who can visit the destination while also providing a significant economic boost to the local economy. In 2014, about 1.5 million Carnival Corporation guests visited Puerta Maya on 25 different ships originating from eight homeports and two countries across six of the company's brands, and the company expects this to grow over the years with the added capacity at the port. www.cruiseindustr...
US-Belgian Coalition wins tender to dredge new shipping lane in East Port Said
A U.S.-Belgian Dredging Coalition has won an international tender to dredge a new 9.5 kilometer-long shipping lane in East Port Said to facilitate international trade maritime navigation, officials from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said. The SCA announced in July that it would contract with the six international dredging companies tasked to dredge the new lane; the companies formed two coalitions and submitted their bids for this project.The winning coalition includes Belgium’s Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) and U.S. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company; the other four-company coalition includes UAE- Belgian-Dutch Coalition which include Emirati National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), Dutch Boskalis for Dredging, Dutch Van Oord, Belgian Jan De Nul group.
The new shipping lane will be 18.5 meters deep and 250 meters wide; the establishment cost is estimated at $60 million, officials told Youm7.The works of water-saturated sands dredging will start in November, as 15 million cubic meters should be dredged within four months via using two dredgers, according to sources from the winning coalition.
Yemen's Aden Refinery Company (ARC) has resumed imports of oil products after a hiatus of nearly six months, industry sources said on Wednesday.The imports are expected to boost oil product margins in Asia at a time when several episodes of refinery maintenance, both planned and unplanned, have cut supplies, traders said. In April, Aden Refinery declared force majeure on its oil imports and exports and shut its 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery as the civil war escalated. Trader Gunvor has shipped 35,000 tonnes of gasoline to Aden with the vessel carrying the cargo now anchored at the port, one of the sources close to the matter said.The ship Hong Ze Hu, with a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 73,972 and carrying a clean oil products cargo is moored at Aden, according to Reuters chartering and shiptracking data. The cargo was loaded last week from Fujairah after being chartered by Clearlake shipping, a subsidiary of Gunvor, the data showed Aden Refinery is expected to issue a tender soon to import 60,000 tonnes of gasoil, with traders already indicating interest to ship cargoes to Aden, the sources said. Source: Reuters
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over Dutch repair yard D. van de Wetering in Rotterdam, one of the oldest ship repair companies in Northwest Europe having been operational since 1880.
As of yesterday the D. van de Wetering yard at the Bunschotenweg in the Eemhaven in Rotterdam ceased operations, and all activities will be transferred in the short distance to Damen Shiprepair Van Brink, in Pernis. splash247.com/dam...
The sale of a 51% stake in Piraeus Port Authority to private investors has been delayed by around 20 days, reports say.
The delay has been caused by the snap legislative election held in Greece on September 20, government officials told Reuters.
The successful investor was previously expected to be announced by the end of September or in early October.
“We will fall behind by about 20 days because the concession agreement that the shipping and finance ministries have to sign is causing a short delay,” an official told the newswire.
Greece’s shipping ministry still needs to review the draft sale agreement before it is presented to potential investors, which include Cosco, APM Terminals and International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI). splash247.com/pir...
Hamburg Anticipates Cruise Ship Record 2016 - 160 Calls Expected
Cruise Gate Hamburg, the operating company for the city’s three terminals, today announced that it expects 160 calls for the 2016 season, or four more than this year, for an estimated 661,000 passengers, up sharply from 525,000 this year, due to bigger ships.
“The strong growth – up by 26 per cent – is attributable to the fact that in 2016 we will have more calls by higher-capacity ships than has been the case to date,” explained Sacha Rougier, managing director of Cruise Gate Hamburg. These will include the new AIDAprima, which will launch weekly sailing to European capitals from Hamburg on April 30, and the MSC Splendida, which has been based in Hamburg since May 2015.
The most frequent visitor in 2016 will be the AIDAprima – with 39 turnarounds. “Never before has a cruise vessel called at the Hanseatic City as frequently in a single year,” Rougier continued. AIDAsol (24 calls) and the MSC Splendida (16 calls) rank second and third, respectively, followed by Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Cunard, and Phoenix Reisen.
The cruise year begins Jan. 8 with a parallel call by Cunard (Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) and ends Dec. 31. Of the 160 total calls next year, there will be 27 double calls, six triple calls and, as part of the Port Anniversary (“Hafengeburtstag”) there will be a quadruple (May 8) and even a quintuple call (May 7) if the Albatros berthing at Kirchenpauerkai is included. Apart from the new AIDAprima, Hamburg will also be welcoming the Ocean Dream, the Marina, and the Caribbean Princess for the first time. www.cruiseindustr...
Becker Marine and Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge
Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017. The LNG Hybrid Barge, a floating energy plant, is designed to provide environmentally friendly power for ships in ports. The LNG Hybrid Barge will deliver clean energy to moored cruise ships and contributes to a cleaner environment. It is an alternative for producing electricity in the traditional way by either their generator sets or their main engines. During winter season the LNG Hybrid Barge will be able to deliver heat to factories or to the central city heating system in addition to electricity. Becker Marine Systems (BMS) is the owner of the LNG Hybrid Barge and provides services to charter out the barge. The LNG Hybrid Barge concept is developed by LNG Hybrid, a division of Becker Marine systems. Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems said: “The LNG Hybrid Barge is the first flexible solution supplying clean LNG energy to cruise ships during summer season and providing the flexibility of generating electric energy and heat into a public grid system or industrial users during winter season. We see this advanced flexible solution as an opportunity for Rotterdam and other international ports.” Press release - Becker Marine