The Kenya Ports Authority has recorded an impressive performance since the signing of the Mombasa Port Community Charter in July 2014, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.
He said in the last two years the port has not suffered any congestion, and that the ship turn-around time has improved from the average 120 hours in October 2014 to 83 hours in December 2015 against the 72-hour target.
“The berth waiting time has witnessed an enormous improvement from a high of an average 85 hours in March 2015 to a low of 15 hours in December 2015,” Macharia said.
He said the average KRA system down time has also reduced to an average of 10 minutes from 26 minutes before the charter.
Source: Star Kenya
Port Otago is going to put out tenders shortly in preparation for a $15 million 140m wharf extension at Port Chalmers, to better accommodate vessels over 280m in length.
The venture was one of several presented to 100% owner the Otago Regional Council, where port chairman Dave Faulkner and chief executive Geoff Plunket yesterday outlined a number of projects in its three-year plan to mid-2019.
Consent for the wharf extension was gained under Port Otago's "New Generation'' dredging project, and would result in 140m being added to the existing 300m wharf, using steel piles, capped by a reinforced concrete slab.
Mr Plunket said after the meeting the existing container terminal berth was "ideal'' for vessels under 280m, while the outer multipurpose berth extension would cater for vessels of more than 280m in length; allowing cranes ready access to bow and stern-stored containers.
New technology to lower ship exclusion for Port Taranaki
Ships moored at Port Taranaki will no longer be forced out to sea for safety during high seas.
With the addition of two more sets of shore tension units, ships moored at the port will no longer be in danger of breaking free of their moorings during large swells.
Prior to the introduction of two units in May last year ships would have to moor out to sea during long period wave events. www.stuff.co.nz/t...
Vard lays off entire workforce at Norwegian yard, shuts down Brazilian yard
Norwegian offshore shipbuilder Vard is facing major challenges amid the doldrums in the offshore sector resulting in layoffs, temporary layoffs and yard closures.
Temporary layoffs have been used across the company’s Norwegian yard to manage to impact of low workloads, however at Vard Brevik the entire workforce has been laid off while new business opportunities are being explored to utilize the idle capacity.
While Vard said operations in Romania and Vietnam are stable, in Brazil the Vard Niteroi yard has been shut down and the lease land area returned to owners in mid-July. The workforce has been terminated and some key resouces have been transferred to Vard Promar, which is still experiencing high activity levels.
Vard reported revenues of NOK4.2bn for the first half of 2016, down from NOK5.6bn in 2015. The company attributes the revenue reduction to reduced activity at the European yards and in Brazil at Niteroi. splash247.com/var...
A few weeks after the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation questioning whether the Italian government propped up Italian shipyard Cantieri del Mediterraneo (CAMED), another case might involve several companies that belong to MSC and are active in the same Italian port.
According to local media, Brussels has made a preliminary request for information from the port authority of Naples and to several container terminals, ferry companies and shipyards owned or participated by Gianluigi Aponte’s group in order to clarify whether public investments made for over €100m were in line with EU state aid rules. The grants were used for quay extensions, installation of new cranes and some other works. Also missed payments of the terminal concessions in Naples are on the table. The companies involved are Conateco, Soteco, Terminal Napoli, Snav, Navigazione libera del Golfo, La Nuova Meccanica Navale and Terminal Flavio Gioia. splash247.com/msc...
RN nuclear-powered submarine collides with ship off Gibraltar
A nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine has been forced into port in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel.
An immediate investigation has been launched after HMS Ambush was involved in the "glancing" collision while submerged off the coast of Gibraltar, the Royal Navy said.
The Astute-class vessel suffered "some external damage" but no crew members were injured in the incident.
The attack submarine's nuclear reactor was undamaged, the Royal Navy said.
A statement posted on the Ministry of Defence website said on Wednesday: "At approximately 1.30pm local time today, HMS Ambush, an Astute-class submarine, while submerged and conducting a training exercise was involved in a glancing collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Gibraltar.
"We are in contact with the merchant vessel and initial indications are that it has not sustained damage.
"The submarine suffered some external damage but there is absolutely no damage to her nuclear plant and no member of the ship's company was injured in the incident.
"An immediate investigation is being conducted.
"The submarine will be entering Gibraltar for further checks. There are no safety concerns associated with HMS Ambush being alongside." www.timesofmalta....
Security checks have led to severe delays at the Port of Dover, with ferry passengers queuing outside border control on July 20, 2016.
DFDS reported a waiting time of up to three hours. Tourists were advised to allow plenty of time for the journey.
Heightened security followed an extended "state of emergency" announced in France following the terrorist attack in Nice last week. The A20 is currently clogged with freight traffic. Locals and other car users are advised to seek alternative routes.
Read more at www.courier.co.uk...
Itajai shippers slam Brasilia for lack of emergency dredging aid
Shippers using the container terminals overseen by the Itajai Port Authority are livid with the Brazilian government for failing to provide emergency dredging needed so container lines can fully load their ships.
Although the government has provided funding for the emergency dredging, the 65 million reais ($19.82 million) set aside to restore the terminals’ depth of between 12.8 meters and 13 meters (42 feet and 42.6 feet) at low tide was so low that no dredging outfits even placed a bid for the work.
The situation could be worse though, as an unusually dry spell of weather has helped to protect the flood-prone terminals from being inundated. The terminals had to temporarily close in October because of flooding from heavy rain, the origin of the dredging emergency, and was seriously damaged in a bout of 2008 flooding. www.joc.com/port-...
Port of LA to open world’s first off-grid terminal
The Port of Los Angeles is breaking ground on the Pasha Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, which will be the world's first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable sources, using zero and near-zero emission technologies. The onsite, 1.03-megawatt solar micro-grid will power what would otherwise be diesel-spewing cargo moving vehicles, including zero-emission semi-trucks that haul freight to and from facilities farther inland. More at www.gizmag.com/of...
Liebherr Maritime Cranes has delivered two LHM 800 Liebherr mobile harbour cranes in container configuration to Montecon, Uruguay.
In 2015, Montecon ordered the first giant mobile harbour cranes, type LHM 800, for container operation. Due to their increasing demand for mobile container handling solutions, they subsequently ordered a second unit.
Both machines have taken a nearly 13,000km long journey from Rostock, Germany to Montevideo, Uruguay. https://www.porttechnolog...