The MOL Competence became the largest ship ever to dock at JaxPort when it arrived on Monday night carrying about 4,000 shipping containers full of Asian manufactured goods. The ship has a capacity of 8,100 20-foot-long containers, beating the previous record of 6,700 TEU.
CMA CGM to Develop New Terminal in Angolas port of Lobito
The CMA CGM Group has signed logistics memorandum of agreements with Multiparques Group, represented by its General Manager Leonel Pinto, on December 18, 2014 in Paris, and in the presence of the French and Angola Foreign Affairs Ministers, Laurent Fabius and George Rebelo Pinto Chicoti. The agreements define the two groups association for the terminal operation, and tend to develop logistics platforms in Angola. Alexis Michel, CMA CGM Group Logistics and Reefer Senior Vice President, said, “Lobito is Angola second port, and its location and train transportation connections make it a strategic entry point in West Africa. This not only allows Benguela and Huambo – two major Angola cities - service, but also thanks to the new railroad renovation, to link the city to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia Copperbelt mining region to the sea. Those different elements promise the Port of Lobito to a great intermodal future.”
The first scheduled Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) vessel, MV Dream Angel, berthed at the Khalifa Port RoRo terminal on Monday, January 5, heralding the transition of Abu Dhabi Ports’ RoRo cargo, from Zayed Port to Khalifa Port. Operated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier (NMCC), the MV Dream Angel arrived from the Port of Yokohama and Port of Kanda in Japan laden with 164 car units for Abu Dhabi Ports’ key customer Al Masaood Automobiles, one of the region’s main distributors for Nissan and Infiniti. The new vehicles will next be sent to car dealers across the UAE. To mark the first ever visit, the maiden call of the MV Dream Angel to Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi Ports officials welcomed the captain and his crew with an official ceremony and presented a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday, Jan. 6
Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday. Nearly all of Mexico's crude exports from Pemex, the state-owned oil producer, are shipped from the three ports to Gulf coast refineries in the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana.
Fisherman's Protest in Brazil Stalls Container Port
A protest by fishermen at the container shipping port of Itajai in southern Brazil has prevented several ships from entering or leaving, the local port authority said on Tuesday, Jan. 6,2015. Fishermen started protesting government measures to stop fishing of endangered species on Monday, saying many of the species have commercially viable populations. Itajai does not ship bulk grains but it is an important commercial center for frozen meat. Brazil is the world's No. 1 beef exporter. In addition to three stalled container ships, one passenger boat and a ship that services state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA platforms have also been unable to enter Itajai, a port authority representative said.
With the ongoing disputes between port workers and shipping companies amid contract expirations and labor negotiations, the strike at the West Coast Port is leaving an adverse impact on retailers’ stocking and delivery plans. What started off as a logistical issue arising from lack of transportation at the ports has worsened to create bottlenecks and severe delays in delivery of shipments to stores.
The conflict between shipping companies and port workers on the West Coast continues to impact retailers in the country as negotiations between the two parties progress slowly. So far, they have been unable to finalize terms with the dockworkers’ union.
The dispute is bogging down not only the retailers in Southern Californian states but the entire country. Almost 40% of all of products in the country are shipped through the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. As a part of the worst shipping crunch since a decade, huge vessels remain loaded with consignments, waiting to be transferred to retail stores. The ships sit idly off the port, waiting for the dockworkers and logistical authorities to clear them.
The slowdown in the West Coast comes just as the nation advances toward a greener economic year, with unemployment levels falling to historical lows and sparkles of a more sustained recovery. And yet, the people carrying the goods into the country are involved in an intense internal strife that is impacting retailers nationwide.
Retailers including Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) are noting in their earnings calls that prolonged labor mediation talks are hurting their stock-keeping and sales. Delivery and logistics service providers have also been affected by the issue; FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX), UPS, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), along with retailers and manufacturers like Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) have been forced to deal with lack of inventory or to find alternative (and often more costly) approaches to getting their shipment from Asia. Many have even begun to revert their merchandise to other port locations in the Gulf Coast, the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada. Source: Bidness ETC
Maasvlakte II: Automated container terminal produces zero emissions
Because it will be handling the world’s largest containerships, APM Terminals’ brand-new Maasvlakte II container terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was designed for efficiency. Every task that could possibly be done without human intervention has been automated. The terminal includes eight remote-controlled ship-to-shore cranes—the first in the world to be operated without anyone in the cab. The cranes place containers on “lift automatic guided vehicles,” which travel from the dock to the container yard using an onboard navigation system that follows a transponder grid. (Similar technology is in place at Hamburg’s Altenwerder Container Terminal.) Once the containers arrive at their destination, the AGVs deposit them into storage racks. Later, automated rail-mounted gantry cranes move the containers from the racks to the rail terminal, to a waiting truck, or to another area of the yard as needed.
The terminal, which opened to landside intermodal business in November and will be fully open for maritime business in February, has another claim to fame: APM says Maasvlakte II is the only container terminal in the world that produces zero emissions on site. Because its entire fleet of ship-to-shore, on-dock, and yard cranes; AGVs; and personnel transport vehicles are battery-powered, the company says, the terminal will produce no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, or particulate emissions.
The war of European Union and Russian sanctions put an end to the grand plans of building the Sillamäe gas terminal that would have cost hundreds of millions of euros and could have become an important transit centre for Gazprom gas, LETA/Postimees writes.
“The Sillamäe terminal could have become, besides the Ust-Luga port, a Gazprom gas transit project, but now they do not consider it possible to expand in our direction,” said one of the founders of the Estonian transit business Endel Siff, who last year became the head of Sillgas, that planned the Sillamäe terminal. The plan then was to build a 500 million euro terminal that would have processed Gazprom pipeline gas into LNG but also receive it from big ships for storing and selling. The terminal was supposed to handle 2.3 million tonnes of gas a year.
Siff estimated that construction of an LNG terminal for Estonian consumers has no perspectives since the government policy favours the use of local fuels, and the excise tax on natural gas that this year increased by 20% reduces the competitiveness of the so-called light-blue fuel further.
Odfjell Nangang Terminals (Tianjin) Ready for Operation Soon
It was almost three years ago that Odfjell Nangang Terminals (Tianjin) (ONTT) started its long and challenging journey to become Odfjell’s largest tank storage terminal in China. After more than two years of hard work, we are now ‘sprinting’ towards the finishing line.
With an initial completed storage capacity of 137,800 cbm, ONTT will be Odfjell’s largest storage terminal in China. The terminal is located to the nearest port to the inland areas of north and north-west of China amongst all ports around the Bohai Bay. The strategic location has attracted customers both inside and outside the Nangang Industrial Zone, covering a wide range of products such as base oil, mixed aromatics, EDC, methanol, gasoline and diesels.
Three new berths with the capacity to accommodate vessels up to 50,000 dwt will be operational by the end of this year to meet the production needs for our first industrial customer whose production plant is scheduled to produce a variety of lube oil for the huge Chinese car market. Our storage tanks are expected to be operational by 1 April 2015.
SC Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center Announce Milestone Agreement for Harbor Deepening
Collaboration benefits land conservation efforts along Cooper River Corridor
The South Carolina Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center announced a milestone agreement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening Project that includes a port contribution to land conservation efforts along the Cooper River Corridor. "Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52-feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts of South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Our collaboration with LOLT, CCL and SELC is a testament to the merit of the deepening project and the port's ongoing commitment to responsible environmental operations."