Santos Port Reduces Drafts at Noble, Copersucar Terminals
Brazil's Santos port authority has decided to reduce the drafts on some terminals, including the ones operated by Noble Agri, a local subsidiary of Asian commodities trader Noble Group, and Copersucar due to excess sediment, two shipping agencies said on Monday.
The reductions vary from 0.30 to 2 meters, possibly reducing ship loading capacity at the terminals, the agencies said.
Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been delivered to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, the company said in its press release. Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new cranes will be operated on the port's Berth 8&9 which are currently being extended to increase the port's ability to handle the latest ultra-large container ships. The cranes are all designed to handle ships with containers stowed up to 24-wide and have a lift-height of 49.5 metres above the quay to allow them to work containers stacked up to 10-high on deck at all states of the tide. The new cranes are equipped with driver aids and are designed to work with tandem-lift spreaders allowing two 40' containers to be handled at the same time.
Bronka takes delivery of unique harbor crane Liebherr LHM 800
M/V Papenburg delivered Liebherr LHM 800 crane to Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex "Bronka" (MSCC Bronka, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg);from Liebherr production site (Germany) on September 26, 2015, says project investor Fenix LLC. Mobile harbour crane Liebherr LHM 800 features lifting capacity of 308 t in hook operation and 60 t in spreader operation under twin-lift. Thus, MSCC Bronka boasts the world’s first Liebherr LHM 800. The crane is intended primarily for handling of oversized and heavy-lift cargo and ConRO ships
Fortescue Metals Group has applied to build a port facility at Port Hedland to move 10m tonnes a year of magnetite ore, a high-grade steelmaking ingredient.
Construction, which includes a stockyard, is scheduled to start next year. First exports could be as early as April 2017.
The move is part of FMG’s Iron Bridge joint venture with China’s Baosteel and Taiwan’s Formosa, split 61%, 8% and 31% respectively.
AP signs MoUs for 2 LNG terminals at Kakinada port
The first MoU is for a terminal company between Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (a JV between AP government & GAIL), GDF SUEZ and Shell. Andhra Pradesh has signed two separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for setting up a floating LNG terminal at the Kakinada deep water port. The first MoU is for a terminal company between Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation (a JV between AP government & GAIL), GDF SUEZ and Shell. APGDC, GDF SUEZ and Shell will have 48%, 26% and 26% equity stake in the project, respectively.The second MoU is for a trading company agreement between GAIL, GDF SUEZ and Shell that covers both, the sourcing of LNG and the marketing of the re-gasified LNG.GAIL, GDF SUEZ and Shell will have 48%, 26% and 26% equity stake in the project, respectively.The Kakinada LNG terminal will use the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) with a peak capacity of 5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) with the provision to double the capacity. The FSRU will be constructed with a cost of Rs.1,800 crore initially.source: indiainfoline
Venice Port Authority has published the international tender for the drafting of the new port masterplan, which will set the basis for the port development up until 2050.
The masterplan’s goals include promoting a sustainable port system in the Venice lagoon, based on the new offshore terminal and its links with other onshore terminals, both in and out of the lagoon.
It will also promote private investment in line with the development of the whole region along with the deployment and strengthening of sea based worldwide import-export companies in Porto Marghera.
There are also plans to modify and rationalise both the whole port and the single terminals layout and fostering rail network to the hinterland for both environmental and market purposes. www.maritimejourn...
The European Commission has committed €23m in funding to build a small scale LNG terminal at Pori on Finland’s west coast – the first of its kind in the country.
The terminal, which will significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the region, is part of Finland’s plans to create a network of small scale LNG terminals with the aim of offering alternative fuel infrastructure to the maritime industry like LNG fuelling stations for ships.
"It will provide a new source of cleaner fuel for the maritime industry and diversify Finland's gas supply sources,” said Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of completion policy.
“It is a good example of how EU state aid rules can encourage sound public investment that helps the EU reach its goals on energy security and environmental protection,” Ms Vestager added.
Once complete, the Pori terminal will have a storage capacity of 30,000m³. The LNG infrastructure will increase the security of supply in Finland, providing local industries with access to gas. The public funding of €23,441,500 will cover less than 30% of the total investment costs; the remainder will be funded by the developer and future owner of the terminal.
The European Commission says its funding is vital since Finland currently has no LNG infrastructure, meaning potential customers are reluctant to carry out the long-term and costly investments for switching to LNG fuel. In turn, private investors have no incentive to build LNG infrastructure because there is no demand.
Moreover, the Commission says the operator of the infrastructure will be under an obligation to provide access to interested users at a competitive price. This will ensure that the aid is limited to the minimum necessary for triggering the investment and that distortions of competition and trade are minimised. www.maritimejourn...
NSA reports – Boko Haram Plans to Attack Lagos Ports
The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has issued a security alert on the likelihood of Boko Haram attack on Lagos seaports.
The alert was as a result of the concern expressed by the United States Embassy on the security situation at the nation’s seaports.
The security alert was signed by Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Enforcement and Intelligence, Dan Ugo, on behalf of the Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd).
Following the security alert, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has begun the restriction of persons into its various commands and formations in Lagos.
The development has brought about an increase in the level of security checks at all access points into the ports.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Port Facility Security Officer Forum has also warned its members to increase surveillance on their facilities and reduce the number of people into their premises.
Speaking to Vanguard on the development, Vice Chairman of the Port Facility Security Officers Forum, Zeb Ikokide, said that articulated vehicles should not be accompanied by their “motor boys.”
Ikokide also warned Customs to stop delaying cargoes at the gates, adding that all documentations regarding cargo clearance must be concluded before the goods get to the exit gate.
Speaking in a similar vein, President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Olayiwola Shittu, called on Nigerians to be security-conscious and cooperate with security agencies to ensure the safety of lives and properties at the ports.
Source: Daily Independent
Five injured as fire sweeps through boats at Hong Kong’s Shau Kei Wan typhoon shelter
A big fire destroyed at least 10 boats, sending palls of black smoke high up into the sky and leaving at least five people injured and two fishing families homeless as it swept through the typhoon shelter in Shau Kei Wan early yesterday afternoon.
Loud explosions were reportedly heard on the other side of Victoria Harbour as the vessels burned, and some nearby residents reported that smoke billowed around their high-rise homes at the height of the fire.
Some of the boats moored in the typhoon shelter at Aldrich Bay were reduced to their frames, and at least one was reported to have sunk. www.scmp.com/news...
Port of Tauranga to begin dredging shipping channel
A four-year legal battle will finally reach fruition next week when dredging vessels start to widen and deepen the shipping channel leading to the Port of Tauranga. The project will allow ships carrying 6500 containers to enter the port at low tide. At present most big ships entering New Zealand waters carry 4500.