Port of Long Beach eliminates 81% of diesel air pollution since 2005
The Port of Long Beach has cut diesel particulates by 81 percent since 2005. The results for 2012 mark six straight years of improving air quality in the harbor area thanks to the Port's focused efforts to reduce air pollution caused by goods movement. See the Emissions Inventory Fact Card, said in the company's press release.
The reasons for air quality improvements include bigger ships carrying cargo more efficiently, newer ships with cleaner engines, the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for full implementation of the Clean Trucks Program, increasing use of shore power, and a new low-sulfur fuel rule for ships that started in August 2012.
Compared to 2005 emissions levels, all of the key air pollutants from port-related sources were reduced in 2012. In addition to the drop in diesel emissions, smog-forming nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides have been cut 54 percent and 88 percent respectively. Greenhouse gases were lowered by 24 percent. The reduction in pollutants far outpaced a 10 percent decline in containerized cargo activity in the same period.
Further to linervision’s report that Evergreen will join the West Coast of Central America feeder service ‘Tikal’ (#357) of CMA CGM and CSAV as a slot partner, it now turns out that the loop will be restructured at the occasion.
As of early-September, the service will be move its base port from Lazaro Cardenas to Manzanillo (Mexico), from where it will serve Puerto Quetzal and Puerto Caldera. The present calls at Acajutla and Corinto are to be dropped from the rotation.
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Work starts on Liverpool2 deep water container terminal quay wall
Construction of the quay wall for Liverpool’s new deep water container terminal, Liverpool2, is underway.
A joint venture formed by specialised contractors, BAM Nuttal and Van Oord, began dredging on 6 June when trailer suction dredgers, WD Mersey, Sospan Dua and the UKD Orca removed 75,000m³ of alluvial silts from the site.
The second phase saw the water injection dredger, Jetset, displacing a further 180,000m³ of silts.
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Macquarie buys into Helios Terminal, German company sells 45% stake
Having taken over the giant Helios Terminal in Jurong less than a year ago from Chemoil, Germany’s Oiltanking is selling a 45% stake in the facility to Macquarie Capital. With a total shell capacity of 503,000 cu m and 18 tanks Helios is one of the most modern and large oil depots in Southeast Asia. “Upon acquisition of Helios terminal in 2012, Oiltanking regarded such acquisition to be a perfect terminal for a joint shareholding with a long-term partner. Oiltanking believes that Macquarie Capital’s investment focus, access to institutional capital together with its financial market capabilities offers an excellent strategic fit,” Oiltanking noted in a release. [15/08/13]
Thai Emerald Grand Group eyes Myanmar Kalargote deepsea port project
Bangkok: Emerald Grand Group of Thailand and Myanmar Port Authority have signed an agreement to research the possible development of Kalargote deepsea port. Emerald Grand is looking to build the port too, which according to initial plans will be able to handle 30 ships of up to 50,000 dwt in size. An industrial zone will also be constructed alongside the port. Kalargote is the latest in a series of deepwater port projects slated for the fast-opening up nation of Myanmar. [20/08/13]
The Port of Rotterdam saw calls from the world's largest containership, bulker and oil tanker, in what the port has dubbed the “week of the giants”. The much written about 18,000 teu Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller the largest container vessel in the world called, having made its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe. Meanwhile the world's largest tanker currently in service the 420,000 dwt ULCC Ti Europe also called the port. The port's bulk terminals, not to be outdone, will be handling one of Brazilian miner Vale's massive VLOCs the 402,347 dwt Vale Rio de Janeiro.
Chongqing’s Jiulongpo port, formerly the busiest logistics hub in the city, is to be closed. Due to the fast city construction of Chongqing, the downtown-located Jiulongpo port can not be develop any further. According to the layout plans of the local authority, the government will gradually slow the port function of Jiulongpo, and then finally close it.
The shutdown of Jiulongpo will not affect the company’s performance, as its business will be transferred to other port areas managed by the company, the local port operator Chongqing Gangjiu said. [19/08/13]
China’s first private LNG bunkering project at Zhoushan approved
According to information on Zhoushan government’s website, the first private LNG bunkering station in China has been approved and will be built in Zhoushan by ENN Energy Holdings, a clean energy supplier headquartered in Hebei. The first phase of the project is expected to have a receiving capacity of 3m tons upon completion in March 2016. Total investment on the project is RMB4.75bn. Zhoushan government expects the project will promote Zhoushan port as the LNG centre of Northeast Asia.
Union workers are staging a sit-in on board a cargo vessel docked at Broome, to protest against an $8.5 million state budget cut.
The Maritime Union of Australia say ship workers have begun the sit-in to protest against the removal of the subsidy to the service, which ships goods to the Western Australia's north.
That has led to the cancellation of the service, with the final voyage taking place this week.
MUA State Secretary Christy Cain said the cancellation of the service was bad news for many in the north-west.
"Without this shipping service, the price of almost everything in the north west will go up, because all these goods will now have to be put on trucks, and road freight is about 25 per cent more expensive," Mr Cain said.
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First ship to arrive after 2 years of sediment dredging
Officials in Rochester are celebrating the completion of a $1.5 million project to dredge sediment from the Genesee River to ease navigation. For the first time in more than two years, the cargo ship Stephen B. Roman will dock at the Port of Rochester during a ceremony Monday. The ship's owner had been using smaller boats because of sediment buildup.
More than 200,000 cubic yards of sediment has been dredged from the Genesee River.