Zeebrugge performs first bunkering of LNG driven tugboat Borgoy
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | The world’s first LNG driven tugboat, the M/T Borgoy arrived in the port of Zeebrugge for a bunkering operation. The ‘truck to ship’ bunkering operation was the first to be performed in the Flemish coastal port. The tug M/T Borgoy is the first tugboat in the world driven by liquid natural gas, LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations, which results in an interest for LNG as a maritime fuel. This tug boat emits nearly 30 percent less CO2 and up to 90 percent less NOx and fine dust than conventionally-powered tugs.
M/T Borgoy is the first of two identical tug boats ordered by the Norwegian BUBE (Buksér og Berging AS). The tug has left the Sanmar shipyard in Turkey and has set sail for Karsto in Norway to begin her long term operational contract for Statoil. To fuel up on LNG for her maiden trip, the ship makes halt in the port of Zeebrugge. The LNG fuelling operation was executed ‘Truck to Ship’. An LNG-filled trailer is then positioned alongside the quay and is connected with the ships fuel tank. For the port of Zeebrugge, this is an absolute premier.
Singapore’s PSA wins container handling deal at Kolkata port
Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd has won a container-handling contract at Union government-owned Kolkata port, which will help the firm boost its presence on India’s eastern coast. PSA, the world’s biggest container port operator, quoted a rate of Rs1,748 for handling a loaded container to emerge the lowest bidder for the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract to handle containers from five berths at Netaji Subhas Dock of Kolkata port. PSA International is fully owned by Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore. India’s tariff regulator for ports owned by the Union government had permitted Kolkata port to charge Rs4,082 from customers for handling a loaded container. Out of this rate, Kolkata port was willing to share up to Rs2,030 per loaded container to the private firm that would run the O&M contract. The private firm quoting the lowest rate for handling a loaded container within the ceiling rate of Rs2,030 set by the port would win the 10-year deal, according to the tender terms. Of the amount collected from customers, Kolkata port will retain Rs2,334 per loaded container, that being the difference between the Rs4,082 allowed by the regulator and the Rs1,748 to be paid to PSA. PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd, a wholly owned unit of PSA International, had placed price bids for the project apart from two other firms. United Liner Agencies of India (Pvt.) Ltd quoted a rate of Rs1,898 for handling a loaded container. The price bid of the other firm, Bollore Africa Logistics, was not opened by the port for reasons it didn’t disclose.
International Companies Drop Out of Israeli Ports Tender
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Three leading international companies have decided to drop out of an Israeli bidding to build private seaports due to concerns over the political repercussions and as a result of the increased boycott pressure on Israel, Haaretz reported. The Israeli government published last week an international bid to build new seaports in Haifa and Ashdod. According to Haaretz, several companies submitted a proposal for the bid, but they dropped out shortly thereafter. The newspaper said that the Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch operator of ports has first dropped out from the bidding, then followed by Italy's Condote de Agua and Jan De Nul from Belgium. Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid related to the boycott issue Monday as saying that if current peace talks with the Palestinian collapse, it will be "nothing less than devastating" to the welfare of Israeli citizens. Source: PNN
Plans by Aberdeen Harbour Board to create additional berthing facilities at Nigg Bay have received a double boost. An independent report, which estimates the economic benefit of the development to the local and national economies to be nearly £1billion per annum, has been published in the same month that the Scottish Government, in their National Planning Process, named the Nigg Bay Development as one of only 14 projects that they consider to be of national importance to Scotland. The independent report, Economic Impact of Aberdeen Harbour Nigg Bay Development, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and produced by Midlothian-based BiGGAR Economics, studies the impacts of a potential second harbour being constructed within Nigg Bay.
It estimates that under a full development scenario, which includes upgrading the road infrastructure around Nigg Bay, and in particular, an improved coastal road linking through to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), would result in Aberdeen Harbour, as a whole, contributing £2billion annually, to the Scottish economy and supporting 15,000 jobs, an increase of 30% on the port’s current impact. Of this figure the port would contribute an additional £500million directly to Aberdeen City and Shire.
According to findings, failure to expand the harbour would lead to a decrease of £500million per annum to the Scottish economy by 2034, an outcome largely attributed to likely increased competition from abroad.
India offers to build direct shipping route to Iran port
Monday, 17 February 2014 India has offered to establish direct shipping route to Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port in a bid to cut the costs of the transit of commodities between the two countries. The offer was made during a meeting between Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and an Indian delegation of experts in Tehran. Indian Ambassador to Tehran Shri D.P. Srivastava, who was present in the meeting, said an Indian private company is ready to establish a direct shipping link between Chabahar and Indian ports in order to bypass Dubai where Indian container ships have to cross to reach Iran.
The Indian diplomat said the capital investment initially envisaged for the construction of a container terminal in Chabahar stands at USD 147 million. Srivastava described Chabahar as a strategic port facilitating access to Central Asian states.
Pakistani Govt to develop Gwadar Port master plan together with China
Monday, 17 February 2014 In a strategic move, Pakistan and China are set to make headway towards developing a master plan for Gwadar Port as part of an economic corridor that envisages investment of $12 billion by Beijing. Officials of the two countries will take up the matter during talks in Beijing on February 17, where Pakistan’s team will be led by Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, officials say. As part of the economic corridor that will turn Pakistan into a hub of regional cooperation, Gwadar Port will be connected through road, rail and fibre links to China to help enhance trade between the two countries. Oil and gas pipelines are also part of the economic corridor over the long run, which is expected to provide a much-needed boost to economic activities in insurgency-hit Baluchistan, according to the officials. Under the short-term plan, Islamabad and Beijing want to develop Gwadar Port, whose control had already been given to China, in a bid to attract investment in different sectors to make it a hub of economic activities. Under this plan, an oil city will be set up at the port to meet fuel needs. However, the United States and India are not pleased with the handing over of Gwadar Port to China, which will enhance its presence in the sea.
Harvey Gulf breaks ground for LNG fueling facility at port Fourchon
Monday, 17 February 2014 New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) reports the ground breaking for construction at its Port Fourchon, LA terminal of its $25 million Phase 1, Slip B, LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling facility . When operational later this year, the facility will be the first of its kind in the United States. The technologically-advanced, environmentally-safe, clean energy facility will be a significant addition to the growing national LNG supply infrastructure, supporting operations of both the oil and gas industry's offshore fleet as well as over-the-road vehicles operating on clean LNG.
Port Authority hopes staff will return to work after strike at Limassol and Larnaca
Monday, 17 February 2014 The hope that port employees will return to their posts on Monday so that business activity can resume was expressed on Saturday by Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) head Alecos Michaelides. The ports remained closed for business on Friday due to a 24-hour strike by CPA employees protesting government plans to privatise the authority and port employee unions’ decision to abstain from overtime employment after the “employers’ side unilaterally amended the terms of employment” – the authority’s latest budget included reductions in shift and overtime allowances. The strike and stopping overtime mean the Larnaca and Limassol ports’ effective shutdown for business on Friday will continue throughout the weekend, affecting a total of nine ships – five fuel tankers and four cargo ships, some of which carry perishable goods for export. Limassol port manager Giorgos Ppouros said that “most ships heading to Cyprus during this time have changed direction, meaning imports will be delayed by at least one week.” In an effort to bridge the gap, Michaelides said that the issue will be discussed with the finance ministry and employee unions.