Saturday, 26 April 2014 | The development of a new port in the Haifa Bay area of Israel has been questioned by the head of a new Knesset subcommittee tasked with looking at the environmental and planning issues of the proposal.
Speaking during a visit to the existing Port of Haifa, Henin Hadash is said to have expressed his doubts over the new port, stating that the current port already meets the current and future demands of the industry.
But others think the expansion of Oil Refineries Ltd and the privatisation of the port could have environmental, social, economic and urban benefits for the Haifa region as a whole.
One justification put forward is that the new, private port could lower the wages of employees in comparison to those at the existing harbour.
The Port of Haifa currently handles around 2.2 million containers per year, and the new port is expected to be capable of handling around 3.5 million containers annually.
CPA finds LNG terminal site risky for deep-sea port
Monday, 28 April 2014 | The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has found the site, preliminarily chosen for building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Maheshkhali, crucial for constructing various establishments of the proposed deep-sea port, sources say. It also considers the proposed LNG terminal 'risky' for ships while entering the port. "The proposed site for the LNG terminal is almost at the entry point of the deep-sea port and it may create a barrier to incoming and outgoing ships. So, we suggested another place for the terminal," Nazmul Alam, deputy conservator of CPA, told the FE Thursday last. He said Matarbari Island, located further north of the proposed area, could be suitable for the LNG terminal.
CPA secretary Mohibul Huq in a letter to the ministry of shipping (MoS) wrote that the spot selected for the LNG terminal was very much important and sensitive for the deep-sea port.
"Construction of the terminal at the chosen site will affect the port operation," he said.
Port of Rotterdam in LNG joint venture with four ports
Monday, 28 April 2014 | At the end of this week the port authorities of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland signed a joint venture for the introduction of LNG. This involves cooperation in research, promotion, knowledge transfer, legislation and bunker infrastructure. The agreements follow on from the LNG Master plan of the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor in which all participants are involved. The aim of this master plan is to put liquefied natural gas to full scale use as a fuel for inland shipping on the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor. The European Union has provided a subsidy of €40 million to support an LNG infrastructure for the Rhine-Main-Danube area. The Danser Group, supported by the LNG Master plan, has commenced refitting its Eiger-Nordwand tow boat. The engines of this vessel will be powered by LNG for 99% Visit the video gallery.
Lake Superior ice causes shipping delays, 60 ships waiting to enter Lake Superior
Mark Gill, director of vessel traffic services for the Coast Guard, tells Minnesota Public Radio News (bit.ly/1mK972v) about 60 ships are waiting to enter Lake Superior, which is still 60 percent ice covered.
Three heavy ice breakers are escorting convoys of five ships across the lake, where stacks of wind-blown ice are still 8 feet thick in places. The season's first trip from Duluth to lower Lake Michigan took two weeks. It normally takes less than three days. Some steel mills and power plants around the Great Lakes have run low on supplies of iron ore and coal.
Gill hopes convoys will only be needed for another week to 10 days.
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Terminals outside Jakarta must be expanded, think-tank urges
Indonesia needs to develop Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra and Bitung Port in North Sulawesi ahead of the start of the ASEAN single market next year, according to the Committee for the Expansion and Acceleration of Indonesian Economic Growth (KP3EI).
“The country’s economic development acceleration should be based on maritime connectivity, and the government should boost economic growth outside Java Island,” a spokesman for the association said.
“By making Bitung and Kuala Tanjung our main gateways, the government would not only evenly distribute economic activity but also help the implementation of the cabotage principle,” he said.
Indonesia’s permanent representative to ASEAN, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, said the country had completed a feasibility study for roro operation connecting Bitung and Santos in the Philippines.
“We see great potential in operating vessels connecting Bitung with Santos as well as with Brunei and Malaysia to support ASEAN as the center of production and distribution,” Ngurah said.
PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) plans to begin the construction of Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra this year while Pelindo IV is currently expanding Bitung. [25/04/14]
Singapore: The new Baku Shipyard, in which Keppel Offshore & Marine has a stake, has secured a contract worth $378m from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz), the operator of the Shah Deniz gas field development, to design and build a subsea construction vessel (SCV).
The shipbuilding yard, which opened last September, was jointly developed by Azerbaijan’s energy conglomerate SOCAR, Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) and Keppel O&M. SOCAR, AIC and Keppel O&M own 65%, 25% and 10% share in the yard respectively. [24/04/14]
Venezuela To Load Big Tankers at St Eustatius Terminal
Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, a PDVSA executive said on Friday, April 25.
PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends, the Venezuelan oil company confirmed after Reuters reported it this week.
The company already started receiving crude tankers at the facility going out from Venezuelan ports.
"We plan to build a new terminal in Araya (at Venezuela's Eastern coast) but meanwhile we are renting some storage centers in Aruba and Saint Eustatius and using our own facilities in Bonaire and Curacao," PDVSA's refining vice president, Asdrubal Chavez, told journalists.
"We used the Bahamas before, but from Saint Eustatius to Asia the trip is shorter, so we are saving time and money after negotiating with NuStar," he added.
China Merchants completes Colombo South Container Terminal project
Shanghai: Colombo South Container Terminal Project, invested and managed by China Merchants Holdings, has been completed following more than two years construction.
Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd (CICT) is a joint venture between China Merchants Holdings (International), Aitken Spence PLC of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). CICT was awarded the tender to construct and operate the Colombo South Container Terminal for a period of 35 years, after which the terminal would be handed over to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Colombo South Container Terminal has four berths with total capacity of 2.4m teu, and it is the only port in Sri Lanka able to service the mega container ships with over 14,500teu capacity. [23/04/14]
Angola Upgrades Main Port as It Aims to Be Africa’s Busiest Hub
Angola’s main port has installed new cranes and provided more training to reduce its cargo unloading time by 80 percent as the government plans to build a new terminal bigger than Africa’s busiest in Durban.
The port had an average 3-day turnaround to handle vessels carrying 912,900 containers, measured in 20-foot equivalent units, last year from 16 days and 406,700 TEUs in 2008, Alberto Antonio Bengue, port administrator for commercial, safety and environmental affairs, said in an interview at his office.
The average unloading time for a container ship at Durban port was about 2.5 days in the fiscal year through March, when crews processed 2.63 million TEUs, the port’s Business Strategy Manager Marina Petersen said on April 24.
“We have invested in modern loading and unloading infrastructure, human capital and a port pier,” Bengue said. “We plan to increase the number of containers handled to more than a million by the end of this year.” www.bloomberg.com...