CCCC Fourth Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd. has recently won the bid for construction of Berths 2-7 in Phase 2 of the container terminal project in Gaolan zone of Zhuhai Port, with construction period of 48 months. The project involves construction of six professional container berths and auxiliary facilities such as three container yards, a break bulk yard and a warehouse. The project will boost economic trade on the west coast of Pearl River Estuary and promote regional economic development. Source: Zhuhai Port
Mombasa Port to soon handle larger vessels (with cap. of 6,000 TEU)
Kenya Ports Authority ( KPA) and German experts are scheduled to work on a simulation exercise to gauge the port’s capability to handle vessels with capacity of 6,000 twenty equivalent units ( TEUs). Currently, the Port of Mombasa handles vessels of up to 4,500 TEUs but is expected to handle bigger vessels upon completion of the dredging at Likoni Channel, cargo handling modernisation and construction of Berth 19.
Skuld advises its Members that at present Port restrictions have been put in place at the Port of Bejaia, Algeria.
Specifically the Association understands that the following restrictions are in place:
185 meters for bulkers, and
140 meters with a draft of 09 meters for cargo vessels.
Members are advised that in case they are planning on fixing to Bejaia, to first check with local Shipping Agents, the precise permissible dimensions allowed at that time. It may also be worth considering a liberty to divert in the fixture in case Bejaia becomes unreachable.
For Members with vessels under way, and uncertain as to whether their vessel may exceed the restrictions, we would recommend that the appropriate Business Unit is contacted as a precaution. Source: Skuld
Construction of new coastal centre at Bulgaria Burgas port to begin
Construction of a new coastal centre for vessel traffic monitoring and management and information services for the maritime transport will begin at Burgas port, the press centre of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications announced.
Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Petar Kirov is to announce the beginning of the construction at 11 am at Iztok 1Terminal of Burgas port.
The coastal centre is a part of the project for development of a vessel traffic monitoring and information system (VTMIS) - phase 3 and is financed under OP Transport 2007 – 2013. Source: Focus News Agency
One year after having put in place a weekly call at Ust-Luga (Russia) and in light of growing interest of its customers for this new Russian Baltic port, CMA CGM is pleased to announce a second call at Ust-Luga as from May 9th, 2014, on its French Baltic Loop A currently serving St Petersburg. Improved rotation as from May 2nd, 2014 with direct calls at Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Dunkirk to call at Ust-Luga on May 9th, 2014. Loop D, already serving Ust-Luga on a weekly basis, will keep the same rotation: Zeebrugge - Rotterdam - Hamburg - Ust-Luga - St Petersburg – Zeebrugge.
Shipping at Australian coal ports resumes in wake of Cyclone Ita
Tropical Cyclone Ita hit the Queensland coast north of Cairns on Friday evening (11 April), causing extensive flooding and damage to townships before moving south. The Category 1 cyclone passed the coal ports of Mackay and Hay Point over the weekend before moving out to sea. "Shipping operations were suspended for a couple of days," a spokesperson for North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) told IHS Maritime. "So there weren't ships at the terminal berths in Hay Point or berthed in Mackay. Normal operations will resume this afternoon at both ports. At Hay Point it was estimated 10 or so ships were affected.
VSBW Joint Venture, a consortium of VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, has been appointed as the lead contractor to extend the port’s Berth 9 by 190 metres.
The work will increase the combined lengths of Berths 8 and 9 to 920 metres, giving the port even greater flexibility to berth the world’s largest container ships. The Boskalis Westminster dredger, Causeway, began dredging the area on 13 April 2014. The initial dredging is in preparation for construction to begin in the summer. The project will involve dredging of 1 million cubic metres of material to enable a new steel-piled quay wall to be built. Source : Dredging Today
P3 readies for operations in 3 months, opens office in London
THE P3 mega alliance, made up Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, have rented temporary quarters in London, having received a passing grade from the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and now await approval from China and indications from EU. China, which appears to regard the network as a merger rather than a vessel-sharing agreement, has yet to give its approval. The European Commission is expected to indicate its attitude mid-May, reports Lloyd's List.
P3 offices have been leased in London until the end of the year, with another planned in Singapore, said CMA CGM executive officer Rodolphe Saad. Rival alliances have expanded in response, with Mr Saade saying a new business model was needed for the container shipping industry to remain profitable. "P3 will allow us to provide the best economic model by deploying the largest vessel size," Mr Saade said. "We believe, on the other hand, that more and more alliances will take place in the form of P3, the G6, and the CKYHE, where shipping lines join forces on the operational side and offer their customers a much better product than they do today," he said. CMA CGM has enlarged six ships it ordered from 16,000 to 17,700 TEU to be compatible with Maersk and MSC tonnage.
Mr Saade said three ships are being built in Shanghai, saying China was able to offer financing packages that were not available elsewhere.
A ferry with about 350 people on board is sinking off the south-west coast of South Korea, coastguard officials have said.
Most of the passengers are secondary school students on their way from Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju, officials added.
News agencies said the ferry had sent out a distress signal about 20km (12 miles) off the island of Byungpoong.
Coastguard and naval vessels and helicopters have gone to the scene.
The ferry is reported to be listing at a severe angle.
"The ship is taking in water and sinking," a coastguard spokesman told AFP news agency by phone.
"We have coastguard vessels, commercial ships in the area, as well as helicopters all engaged in the rescue operation," the spokesman said.
One passenger told the YTN news channel: "We heard a big thumping sound and the boat stopped.
"The boat is tilting and we have to hold on to something to stay seated," the passenger said.