Saudi naval cargo inspections slow food flow into besieged Port of Aden
Shipping to Yemen is slowing as Saudi-led navy inspections hold up cargoes, depriving the country of desperately needed fuel and food as aid groups warn of famine.Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have intervened in March to try to restore Yemen's president to power and roll back the Iranian-allied Houthi forces who now control the capital. Yemen imports more than 90 per cent of its food, mostly by sea and food is needed as much by Houthi forces as it is by hapless civilians, whose city of Aden is threatened.While Saudi Arabia has managed air strikes its ground forces are not meaningfully engaged, leaving Houthi enemies holding the capital Sana'a with the guns to take the food from those who have it on shore. Since then, many shipping companies have pulled out. Those still willing to bring cargo face incalculable delays and searches by coalition warships ostensibly hunting for arms for the Houthis.Around 23 ships, carrying cargoes such as wheat, rice and fuel, waited to discharge at Hodaida and Salif ports along the Red Sea, ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon showed. The two ports are still controlled by Houthis."The siege is killing us from every direction as prices for just about everything have risen in a crazy way,Mohammed Ibrahim, an airport employee told Reuters by phone from Hodaida, 443 kilometres from Aden on the coast road. An official at Hodaida port confirmed that vessel traffic had dropped significantly due to inspections."Also the destruction by the alliance of cranes used to lift goods has also led to a decrease in the ship numbers, he added. A humanitarian aid and food report compiled this week by the US Navy, seen by Reuters, also showed over 20 ships stuck. The paralysed ports and damage to flour mills threatened to create more shortages, it said. "This shortfall could leave up to 14 million people without staple wheat/bread products, said the report. An international commodities trade source familiar with Yemen: "The inspections regime is holding up many ships and there is no clear explanation for all of this given many of the cargoes originate in Europe, the United States and Australia."Cargo operations anywhere in the country are not functioning on even the most basic level given fuel shortages, power cuts and also the disruptions caused by the inspections, which have become even more unpredictable,the source added.The United Nations said last week that it will set up an inspection regime to increase the flow of commercial goods into Yemen. The new inspection regime, which the Saudi-led coalition has accepted, is awaiting funding. Source: Schednet
Broekman opens its fully modernised Offshore & Heavy Lift Centre on Waalhaven
Broekman has opened its fully modernised Offshore & Heavy Lift Centre at the Broekman Breakbulk Terminal on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam.In addition to a massive renovation, the Centre on the former RDM site has been expanded to cover 16,000 square metres. Broekman now has at its disposal four modernised high halls equipped with overhead travelling cranes with a hoisting capacity of between 75 and 700 tonnes. The overhaul of the Centre was performed in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In addition to storage facilities, it is possible to assemble, modify and pack all types of heavy and complex cargo in the four halls.
Panama Canal not satisfied with contractor's response over leaks
In a brief statement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has said that it was not satisfied by the response given by the consortium building the third set of locks, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) on the leakages in the Pacific Cocoli locks. “Regarding the localised seepage in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the expanded Canal’s Pacific Locks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has not yet received a response that satisfies the information requirements made to the contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC),” the statement said. “The contractor has sent two letters outlining the possible causes of the issue. However, it does not provide accurate information about the cause of this seepage.”From the moment the failure was detected, the ACP requested GUPC to submit in writing a comprehensive and detailed diagnosis and cause, as well as a proposed solution and estimated time for correction, among other key elements. The most recent formal communications made by GUPC do not answer the questions raised,” it stated. Source: seatrade-maritime
Singapore is No. 1 again on index of shipping centres
Singapore has clinched the top spot on an index of global shipping centres for the second year in a row. The International Shipping Centre Development Index ranks the performances of 46 major ports. London took second place and Hong Kong was third.The three cities were said to be "the absolute leaders" due to their large port facilities and comprehensive maritime business service sectors, said a report accompanying the index. Shanghai overtook Dubai to move up to sixth place from last year, while New York and Busan both advanced one rank. Tokyo dropped out of the top 10, with Athens taking its place in the 10th spot. Four of the top 10 shipping centres are in Asia, four in Europe, one in the Middle East and one in the United States, said the report, which was released last Friday."Singapore and London have continued to thrive for many reasons, not least because of their locations, experience, strong legal frameworks, tax frameworks and the ease of doing business," said Mr Jeremy Penn, chief executive of the maritime information service Baltic Exchange, which compiles the index with China's Xinhua news agency.The index is based on evaluations of ports under three broad categories - maritime services such as brokerage, shipping finance and engineering; a city's business environment, which includes infrastructure and IT; and port conditions such as cargo volume and number of cranes. Source: Straits Times
MSCC Bronka welcomes second batch of STS Liebherr cranes
Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex "Bronka" (MSCC Bronka, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg) has welcomed the barge Jan which delivered two more STS Liebherr cranes with lifting capacity of 65 t, twin-lift spreader and 51 m outreach, says project investor Fenix LLC. The cranes were assembled at the Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. production site in Rostock. STS Liebherr cranes purchased by MSCC Bronka are designed for handling of Post-Panamax Plus vessels with cargo capacity of 8,100 TEU and are able to reach up to 18 container rows. As of today, MSCC Bronka has taken the delivery of all four STS cranes intended for the port’s initial phase.
Tanzania: Zanzibar to Get Better U.S.$200 Million Port
Last week, President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein (below), said China’s Exim Bank will lend $200 million for the project first mooted three years ago.
He said it will be built at Mpiga-duri coastal area starting early next year. Zanzibar island is located in the Indian Ocean, about 35 kilometres off mainland Tanzania.
Malindi port was built in 1925 as a modest lighter port. The wharves of the main seaport were constructed in 1989-1991 with financial assistance from the European Union. The port handles more than 90% of Zanzibar trade.
In 2012, Zanzibar’s Minister for Infrastructure and Communication, Hamad Masoud Hamad told East African Business Week, “Malindi port is too congested. The Malindi Port is now incapable of handling the large number of ships which have been increasing day to day while the offloading of cargo delayed due to port’s inability.
“We want the new port to double the capacity of handling bigger oil and container ships, said Hamad and added, the Malindi port doesn’t have capacity to dock more than three cargo ships at time,” he said.
The Export-Import Bank of China was founded in 1994. It is a state bank solely owned by the Chinese government and under the direct leadership of the State Council. Its international credit ratings are the same as China’s sovereign ratings.
Source: East African Business Week
Kalmar to deliver four reachstackers with the new-generation K-Motion drive line system
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced a contract to supply Immingham Container Terminal in the UK with four Kalmar Gloria reachstackers equipped with new Kalmar K-Motion technology. The units are part of a significant investment by Associated British Ports (ABP), who are modernising their fleet to meet the growing demand for short sea container transit at the port.
The four new Kalmar DRG450-65S5X reachstackers featuring K-Motion will provide a significant reduction in operating costs for the terminal. K-Motion is a new drive train system embedded into the programming of the Gloria reachstacker, increasing efficiency and productivity by elevating uptime, ergonomics and safety, while reducing fuel consumption and running costs.
Immingham Container Terminal is in the process of maintaining current short sea container shipments, whilst attracting potential new trade. The port, which has an existing Kalmar fleet of seven units, currently handles 135,000 TEU annually and is anticipating 15% growth in the next five years.
Liberia’s Port Shows Surge in Trade as Nation Recovers from Ebola
Liberia is seeing a surge in trade as it recovers from an Ebola epidemic that killed thousands and virtually halted economic activity for months, the manager of the country’s sole container terminal said in an interview.
The country was declared Ebola-free for a second time by the World Health Organization earlier this month, after a handful of cases were reported in July. Over 11,000 people died of the disease in three West African countries over the course of the outbreak.
Liberia’s economy barely expanded in 2014 and is expected to grow at an anemic rate this year, down from more than 8% annual growth before Ebola. Still, container volumes are expected to jump roughly 30% this year, to about 100,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, said George Adjei, who manages APM Terminals’ port facility in the capital Monrovia.
Liberia is seeing a rush of imports as construction companies, food sellers and commodities producers stock up on foreign goods they couldn’t obtain during the outbreak, Mr. Adjei said. APMT’s facility receives 90% of Liberia’s imports, the company says.
“Last year the streets were empty” in Monrovia, he said. Now, “It’s jam-packed.”
The unit of Danish shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is betting on a return to pre-Ebola growth with a $120 million effort to modernize the terminal.
The company won a 25-year concession to operate the facility in 2010, as the government sought to draw in the foreign investment needed to rebuild infrastructure from neglect during the country’s civil wars, which ended in 2003. When APMT took over, the terminal’s dockside walls had partially collapsed and little onshore infrastructure existed to house cargo.
APMT expects in 2017 to complete improvements to the area around the port, including paving over land near the terminal, installing modern container-tracking systems and building warehouses and other facilities. Mr. Adjei said the terminal is profitable but hasn’t made back its investment yet.
Mr. Adjei said the global trade slowdown has affected traffic through Liberia’s port, as the country’s commodities-dependent economy has been battered by a steep drop in the price of iron ore, a major export. However, APMT expects shipping to pick up as the recovery effort continues, and as Liberia’s transportation network improves.
Roads are under construction to connect Monrovia to parts of the country’s interior that produce iron ore, timber and palm oil, as well as population centers in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Many of the roads are being built by companies from China, which is a major buyer of Liberian commodities. Those projects are still moving ahead despite China’s economic turbulence, and they should boost cargo traffic through Monrovia’s port as they are completed, Mr. Adjei said.
“At some point [China’s economy] will turn the corner, and we will be there,” he said.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Jebel Ali Retains Crown As Best Seaport In The Middle East
DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has retained its leadership position by winning the Best Seaport – Middle East Award for the 21st year in a row at the prestigious Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) 2015 in Hong Kong.
The award was received on behalf of the global marine terminal operator by Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Asia Pacific Region.
Asia Cargo News magazine, the organisers of AFLAS, picked the winners through a nomination and voting process where more than 15,000 readers and e-news subscribers determined the leading companies in the market and then chose the winners.
Kalmar and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries celebrate the ground breaking of new jetty in Taicang, China
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate the ground breaking of a new jetty at RCI’s facilities in Taicang, China today.
RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2012 between Cargotec Corporation and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries. It is responsible for the production of Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and ship-to-shore cranes (STSs) for global markets.
Kalmar has decided to invest in a new jetty to increase RCI’s import and export capacity with shorter shipping time, higher efficiency, and lower logistics costs. In addition, the new jetty will enable fully erect STS crane deliveries from RCI, which supports Kalmar’s STS business growth in the Asia-Pacific region.