Shell study details $1 million economic benefit for Port Angeles from Polar Pioneer oil rig
City officials estimate approximately $1 million was injected into the Port Angeles economy while the Polar Pioneer was in the Port Angeles Harbor this spring, according to a report released by Shell Oil.
The report, Economic Impacts in Puget Sound of Shell's Alaska Exploration Program, was prepared for Shell Exploration & Production Company and the Alaska Chamber by the McDowell Group.
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Bollore plans to octuple Freetown terminal capacity
The Bolloré Group plans to spend $120 million to octuple the annual capacity of its container terminal in the port of Freetown, Sierra Leone, to 750,000 twenty-foot equivalents after volume rose 30 percent over the last four years.
In addition to boosting annual capacity of the terminal from 90,000 TEUs, the three-year project is also aimed at increasing port productivity at the facility that handled 75,000 TEUs last year.
The group, which has been managing the existing terminal since 2011, plans to build a 885-foot quay to accommodate vessels drawing up to 34 feet and a nine-acre storage yard equipped with ship-to-shore and other gantry cranes. The company has previously invested $37 million on rehabilitation work and new equipment. Bolloré’s announcement of more investment in Sierra Leone comes on the heels of APM Terminals’ announcement last week of its plan to boost terminal capacity in neighboring Liberia.
APMT will double capacity at its facility in Monrovia, Liberia, as the global terminal expects volume there to increase nearly 30 percent this year compared to 2014. www.joc.com/port-...
Mogadishu’s port, having recently modernized to facilitate the shipping of containers, has made it much easier for the country to ship larger quantities of goods in and out of its port facilities.
The use of containers at Mogadishu’s port, as opposed to off loading items individually, has dramatically increased the amount of goods that can be imported and exported to Somalia.
The Port of Mogadishu, also known as the Mogadishu International Port,is the official seaport of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Classified as a major class port, it is the largest harbour in the country.
Since Roman centuries existed a commercial port called Sarapion in what is now modern Mogadishu.
However during the Middle Ages the port of Mogasdishu was very small and only with the arrival of the Italians in 1890 were made the first improvements in order to create a modern port.
Since then the port has increased in capacity until now when it is the most important port of Somalia and one of the biggest in eastern Africa.
The port of Mogadishu was created as a modern port (called in Italian Porto di Mogadiscio) with magazines and docks in the late 1920s by the Italian government of Italian Somalia.
In 1930 a protective dike with breakwaters was made in front of the enlarged port, that was connected to the Somalia interior by a railway and even by a new “imperial road” (from Mogasdishu to Addis Abeba).
After incurring some damage during the civil war, the Federal Government of Somalia launched the Mogadishu Port Rehabilitation Project, an initiative to rebuild, develop and modernize the Port of Mogadishu.
The renovations include the installation of Alpha Logistics technology.
A joint international delegation consisting of the Director of the Port of Djibouti and Chinese officials specializing in infrastructure reconstruction concurrently visited the facility in June 2013.
According to Mogadishu Port manager Abdullahi Ali Nur, the delegates along with local Somali officials received reports on the port’s functions as part of the rebuilding project’s planning stages. www.somalicurrent...
Colombo Port Project deal extended by another six months
The agreement for the Colombo Port City Development Project has been extended by another six months, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
He was addressing the Cabinet press briefing at the Information Department yesterday.
“The agreement period signed between the government of Sri Lanka and the relevant project company on September 16, 2014 expired on September 15, 2015. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved to extend the agreement for further six months from September 15, 2015 as of the proposal by Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunge.
The project was suspended till the issue of the Environmental Impact Assessment report, and the project will be carried forward if this report is favourable,” he said.
Source: Lanka Daily News
Genting Hong Kong, the owner of Star Cruises and a shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Lines, has entered into an agreement to purchase the German shipbuilder, Lloyd Werft for EUR17.5m .
Lloyd Werft is to build the river cruise ships for the new Crystal River Cruises and is likely to build three new Crystal Exclusive Class cruise ships. It also has extensive expertise in offshore construction and ship repair.
“Lloyd Werft has built and lengthened six of the ships owned by an affiliate of the company and has the expertise to build a series of world class cruise ships for the company,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and ceo, Genting Hong Kong.
“Ownership in Lloyd Werft will enable Genting Hong Kong to leverage on the shipyard’s technical expertise and their well-established and long track record in the shipbuilding industry.”
Genting Hong Kong also acquired Crystal Cruises earlier this year. splash247.com/gen...
DREDGING BEGINS ON SAVANNAH CHANNEL TO FIT POST-PANAMAX SHIPS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of deepening two major U.S. ports to accommodate post-Panamax container ships, which will becoming to the south-east more frequently. Dredging on the Savannah River’s outer channel began, after more than 15 years of planning, reports Business in Savannah.“It’s a lot like a highway construction job,” Riehl told Business in Savannah. “It’s just happening underwater.”Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., the project manager, will deepen the shipping lane from 42 feet to 47 feet to allow larger container ships better access to the country’s fourth largest container port. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also will begin work on deepening South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor to 52 feet and the entrance channel to 54 feet, which will make the harbor the deepest on the east coast, reports The Maritime Executive. Source: constructionequipment
Following years of rumours and negotiations on several potential investors, finally TO Delta Group found in containerline giant MSC the right partner for its Trieste Marine Terminal. Following an article published by a small Italian blog, Pierluigi Maneschi (head of the main shareholder TO Delta and general agent for Evergreen in Italy) confirmed that a 45% stake in the container terminal located in the North Adriatic region has been sold to Marinvest, the Italian holding company of the group founded by Gianluigi Aponte. Maneschi pointed out that the new partner will have also the right to up its participation to a 50% threshold in the next few years. Market rumours say the price for the 45% stake is around €20m ($22.5m).
Rubis Terminal is expanding its terminal in Rotterdam. At the end of last year, the first pile was installed into the ground and after just finishing the civil works, 14 tanks will be delivered in the next few days. Naturally, the delivery takes place over water: transporter Mammoet is sailing with the 14 tanks from Antwerp and the north of Holland. The construction, located on a part of the adjacent former Evonik grounds, will be divided in several phases. The first phase consists of six tanks of 4.000m3, two tanks of 1.200 m3 and six tanks of 1.500 m3. These 14 (specialty) chemical tanks, which are a mix of stainless steel and mild steel tanks, have a total capacity of 35.400 m3.The tanks can be connected to all modes of transport. Therefore, the expansion also includes the construction of an additional railway, additional truck loading stations and the extension of the current jetty capacity. ‘’An expansion in these times is a conscious decision. It enables us to enhance our service to our (future) clients with a larger variety of tank sizes’’, says Paul van Herrewegen, General Manager of Rubis Terminal.
The administration of the Paranaguá and Antonina ports (Appa) announced on Sept. 17 it will invest R$183 million ($47,547,782) in the modernization of berths 201 and 202. This is the first public work of expansion of the pier for berthing at the port of Paranagua in the last 30 years and will be conducted entirely with Appa’s resources.
Governor Beto Richa authorized the opening of the bidding process, competition mode, for the hiring of a construction company to complete the expansion. The notice with invitation to bid will be available on Appa’s website from Sept. 21 to query and the opening of the bidding will be on Oct. 30.
“Food production for the Port of Paranaguá is growing and we need to be prepared to meet this demand that has increased significantly in recent years, especially in the agricultural and industrial exports,” the governor said.
About 1,800 meters of the pier and expansion of the container terminal have already been completed.
Vietnam builds $1.7 billion port Cai Mep-Thi Vai, and now it lies waiting for ships
More than six years since its opening, a VND40-trillion (US$1.75 billion) deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity.
Statistics from the province’s transport department showed that a total of 1.16 million TEUs were handled at Cai Mep-Thi Vai last year, or just 17 percent of its capacity, even after freight growth averaged 20 percent a year, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Although all its seven ports are designed to handle container ships of up to 85,000 DWT, just a few of them receive enough large vessels , Tran Van Danh, chief of the province’s customs office, was quoted as saying.
The others are now handling small boats carrying farm produce, iron and steel products, and one of them was almost neglected, Danh said.
Cai Mep-Thi Vai has also failed its mission of becoming a key transshipment port for long distance ships.
Initially 16 vessels left the ports for the US and Europe every week, but by 2012 shipping lines had reduced them to eight ships, the newspaper reported.
One of the two busiest ports within the complex, CMIT currently sees three ships sailing to the US every week. www.hellenicshipp...