Gulftainer era officially begins at Port Canaveral
A new era became official at Port Canaveral on Friday, with all the pomp and dazzle that goes with a company promising a $100 million investment.
There were hors d'oeuvres; there were banners and posters and speeches. There was even a massive transport ship — the CMA CGN-owned Jamaica — brought into the port, not to deliver cargo but as a show of support before it headed back to France with containers of bamboo flooring.
Now comes the hard part for Gulftainer USA, Port Canaveral's first cargo terminal operator: Convincing Central Florida companies that it's more efficient to use Port Canaveral as their base to transport goods — as opposed to ports to the north and south of Brevard — while also swaying shipping companies that the port will be a major player in the cargo business in the future.
"With two berths, two cranes and more than 20 acres of land already fully developed, we have certainly hit the ground running," said Badr Jafar, vice chairman of the executive board of Gulftainer Group Inc., the parent company of GT USA.
"And there could be no better symbol to mark this auspicious occasion than the arrival of the CMA GGN Jamaica, which is the deepest vessel to ever call at Port Canaveral in its rich, 60-year history," Jafar said. www.floridatoday....
Arctic drilling opponents hanging from Shell ship in Washington state
Two activists strapped themselves on Friday to the anchor chain of a Shell Royal Dutch Shell vessel docked in Washington state that will be part of a fleet sent north to Alaska to resume drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.
The women used camping gear and hammocks to attach themselves to the massive chain on the barge in Bellingham, Washington, north of Seattle, the activist group ShellNo said.
They attached themselves to the
vessel, the American Trader, around 3:30 a.m., the group said. Both are students at Western Washington University, KIRO-TV reported.
Bellingham police were not immediately available to comment on whether the pair would be arrested. Images from local media show the two swinging from the chain.
Last month, activists chained themselves to a different Shell vessel in Bellingham, the Arctic Challenger. That vessel, an oil spill containment barge, pulled out of the port this week www.bayoubuzz.com...
Hong Kong moves forward on container capacity expansion plan
The Hong Kong government this week said it would move forward with plans to expand container capacity at its Kwai Tsing Container Terminals. But move is unlikely to mollify critics who say the investment is too little too late to maintain the port’s market share of Pearl River Delta traffic. www.joc.com/port-...
Transportation Minister Ignatius Jonan is scheduled to inaugurate a coal port belonging to state-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) in Tarakan, Lampung. Improving the capacity of the company’s coal port was part of a joint commitment and effort to improve synergy among state-owned enterprises, the Transportation Ministry said in a statement. The ministry says that with the recently built quay, PTBA’s coal port in Tarahan will become Indonesia’s biggest port, with the ability to accommodate vessels with dead-weight tonnage (DWT) of 210,000. Currently, Tarahan coal port can accommodate three vessels with a capacity of 210,000 DWT, 80,000 DWT and 10,000 DWT all at once.
Sohar Port has begun the process of implementing its petrochemical Majees Reclamation Project with an invitation to contractors to submit bids.
Contractors will be bidding for the construction of a roughly 1.5 kilometre long bund that will create a sizable swathe of land between the Southern Breakwater and the protection wall for the existing seawater intake and outfall system.
“The bund will allow us to reclaim land behind it, which will help add around 170 hectares to the port’s capacity. We are discussing the siting of the proposed petrochemical project in this area,” says Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager at Sohar Port and Free Zone.
The port is creating new land for a multi-billion dollar petrochemicals scheme proposed to be established by a GCC investor at the industrial port. Sohar Port officials have declined to release the name of the investor, but sources say talks have reached a “critical stage”, prompting an invitation for bids. www.hellenicshipp...
Water started rushing into the newly expanded Panama Canal on Thursday, June 11, in one area that was widened, ahead of the waterway’s April 2016 re-inauguration.
The area around the new Agua Fria locks in Gatún, on the Atlantic coast, will be the site of the preliminary tests, the Panama Canal Authority said.
Completely filling up the first lock will take three to five months, according to the builders consortium Grupo Unidos Por el Canal.
GUPC is carrying out the extensive upgrade to the canal’s system of locks, to allow the waterway to accommodate ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of freight, triple the current size.
Upgrades began in 2007 and were scheduled to be completed in 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the canal, but the work has seen repeated delays.
With a year’s delay so far, the cost of the megaproject has hit some $5.25 billion.
About five percent of global maritime trade passes through the Panama Canal. Its biggest users are the United States and China.
Nicaragua last year launched construction of an ambitious $50 billion rival canal that could handle even larger ships. It is set to be completed within five years.
Source: The Tico Times
Karachi Port 3rd container terminal to be functional soon
The third terminal at Karachi Port will commence operations soon at its extended port facilities named the deep-water container port. This will attract domestic, in-transit and transhipment traffic of containers which will further boost up the containers handling efficiency of Karachi Port which is surely the premier and main port of the country and provides all mordern port facilties, said KPT statement here.
Karachi Port handles a record number of containers in May 2015 at 160,649 TEUs, which reflects the favourable policies practiced by Karachi Port Trust (KPT). Under the leadership of Chairman KPT, Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawad, the port management has provided quality and cost efficient port services, the statement said.
The port has registered handling of 160,649 TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Units) of cumulative imports and exports containers at its two terminals – Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) and Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) during the above mentioned period.
Khorfakkan Container Terminal receives largest vessel to date
Gulftainer , the privately owned independent terminal management and logistics company, welcomed its largest ever vessel at Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT). The ‘CMA CGM Kerguelen’, named after 18th century French navigator, Yves Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec, made its maiden call at the terminal on the CMA flagship service ‘FAL1.’
The ‘CMA CGM Kerguelen’ is the newest and largest vessel in the CMA CGM’s fleet with an overall length (LOA) of 398 metres, a width of 54 metres and a total capacity of 17,722 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
Daniel Wright, Gulftainer ‘s Terminal Manager at KCT said: “Receiving the ‘CMA CGM Kerguelen’ represents another milestone for Gulftainer and Khorfakkan Container Terminal, as it is the largest vessel we have worked at the facility. This new milestone adds to the benchmarks already achieved this year at the Terminal where we recently set a new record for the highest number of containers discharged and loaded on a single vessel call when the ‘CMA CGM Jules Verne’ worked a total of 19,561 TEUs in a record time. Source: Gulftainer
There is huge interest from mining companies at the Northern Cape in South Africa to export manganese via the port of Lüderitz. The manager at the port of Lüderitz, Max Kooper, alluded to this during a recent visit by The Namibian.
Lüderitz facilitates the import and export of goods at the coastal town with future plans to extend and improve the current infrastructure of the port.
According to Kooper, Lüderitz has a shallow port with a draught of 8,15 metres.
Until recently, Lüderitz port was without a railway link. But that will soon be a thing of the past as Namport has embarked on rail infrastructure within the port, which is at the final stage of implementation.
Kooper said, ‘the tender was already awarded and work has begun on the project. We anticipate to complete the rail inside the port by end of August this year.’
Shelter-in-place lifted, Houston Ship Channel reopened after naphtha release
A shelter-in-place was lifted and the Houston Ship Channel was reopened at 2:08 p.m. Wednesday after an incident in the upper ship channel that caused the release of as much as 23,000 gallons of naphtha (PTN).
The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and other agencies and responders are working together to ensure the safety of people in the area, responders and to minimize any impact to the environment if possible.
"Upon consultation with the NOAA support coordinator, their models showed that most of the product would evaporate in approximately three hours," said Cmdr. Eric Carrero, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Coast Guard. "We are continuing to ensure the safety of personnel and the environment."
The Coast Guard was notified of the incident through a National Response Center report from someone on the ship channel at 11:46 a.m., reporting a smell in the area. Shortly after, a representative from Kirby Inland Marine reported the allision that impacted cargo tank number one on the starboard side of the barge. The Chevron facility where the barge was docked issued a shelter in place for their facility and the Coast Guard shut down a 1.5 mile section of the upper ship channel from Light 152 to Greens Port Industrial Park. https://www.dvidshub.net/...