Ice restrictions for ships to be introduced at Baltic Port of Primorsk on January 17
Ice restrictions for ships calling at the Baltic port of Primorsk are set to be introduced from January 17 due to the onset of ice in the region, shipowners and local port agents said Monday.
“Due to the first ice appearing at Primorsk and weather forecast of cold temperatures from 00.00 [local time] on January 17, 2016, the following restrictions [will apply] at the port of Primorsk: Non ice class vessels [will be] permitted to call at the port of Primorsk in ice conditions only under ice breaker assistance; and vessels with ice class Ice-1 and higher will be permitted to call at Primorsk without an ice breaker, with recommendations from ice breaker only,” a local ship agent said. Shipowners said they had been notified about upcoming ice restrictions. Source: Platts
Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd (KPC) yesterday refuted the allegation that the waters of Balok river and Batu Hitam Beach had turned red because of the extensive bauxite mining activities at its port.
Its Chief Operations Officer, Khasbullah A Kadir, said KPC had a systematic water control and filter system to ensure water flowing into Sungai Penggorak and out to sea was not polluted with bauxite.
“Three of our metal filters collapsed as they could not accommodate the outpouring of water following the heavy rain on December 28.
“But at the same time, we still have the gabion/filter system which functions to filter all dirt from flowing into Sungai Penggorak. So, in this regard, it is not true whatsoever that the red water in Balok river and Batu Hitam beach was caused by the activity at the port.
“This is because, Sungai Penggorak comes from a different water source and is located far from Balok river and the Batu Hitam beach, which were polluted in the incident,” he said when commenting on a report in a newspaper on the matter. www.freemalaysiat...
Iran’s media reported on Saturday that the Swiss shipping line MSC has started calling at the country’s southern ports after a hiatus of six years.
IRNA reported that an MSC container ship has docked at Shahid Rajaie port in the Persian Gulf coastal city of Bandar Abbas.
Ehrahim Idani, the director general of Ports and Maritime Organization of Hormozgan Province, has told the news agency that the ship has a capacity of 1,162 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and has arrived from Shanghai, China.
Idani added that MSC – which is currently the world’s second largest shipping company - is planning to have its container ships visit Shahid Rajaie port every week in the near future.
The official further emphasized that a total of 17 international shipping lines are today operating in Bandar Abbas. www.presstv.ir/De...
Gulftainer's Khorfakkan port breaks TEU world record in a single 12-hour shift
Gulftainer has achieved another milestone at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) with the completion of 4,073 container moves in a single 12-hour shift.
This achievement has defied general industry belief that the 6,000 moves in a 24-hour period target for shipping lines since the inception of the mega-ship is not possible.
The full operation consisted of an 8,288 container (13,005-teu) exchange, inclusive of 10-high deck stowage, on the port call of CMA-CGM Georg Forster, one of the French shipping line’s 18,000-teu capacity vessels.
KCT terminal staff completed the operation in 36.4 hours, resulting in gross moves per hour (GMPH) of 227.7 and berth moves per hour (BMPH) of 223.4, allowing the vessel to sail for Yantian, China ahead of its pro-forma schedule with a total of 15,765-teu on board.
‘Shortage of workers affecting trade at Mumbai port’
A ship agents’ body today alleged that lack of workers at the Mumbai port, one of the oldest harbours, is having an adverse impact on trade as vessels take longer for loading/unloading cargoes.
“The port is not in a position to allot the required number of gangs for ensuring normal rate of operations of discharge/load the vessels. This has resulted in increase in the turnaround time for vessels at the port,” Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association said in a statement.
The body further said it has written to the port authorities highlighting the issue.
Officials at the Mumbai Port Trust were not immediately available for comments.
The Mumbai port was ranked fourth among a dozen major ports in terms of traffic after Kandla, Paradip and the nearby JNPT, with its share hovering around 10 per cent among them in FY15, handling 61.66 million tonne cargo.
The ship agents body further alleged that if staffing is done as per those prescribed by statutory bodies, the prevailing shortage would not have happened at all.
Balala Tells KPA to Speed Up Work on Mombasa Cruise Ship Terminal
Tourism Cabinet Secretary (CS) Najib Balala has called on the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to expedite construction of a cruise terminal at the port of Mombasa to cater for the rising number of international tourists.
Mr Balala who spoke at the port of Mombasa on Saturday, said the terminal will attract more cruise ships, hence more tourists.
The port currently lacks a cruise terminal for welcoming visitors.
Those on their way out have nowhere to relax as they wait to board their ships.
But despite the shortcoming, last year, the World Travel Awards voted the port Africa's best.
Although KPA has earmarked Sh100 million for the building of a cruise terminal at berth 1, the project is yet to begin.
In November and December last year, the port received five cruise ships which brought in more than 3,000 tourists and crew. allafrica.com/sto...
Antwerp port boss calls for close alliance with Rotterdam
Rotterdam and Antwerp ports should work together more closely to head off the risks posed by Chinese investments in southern European ports, Antwerp’s chief executive Eddy Bruyninckx says in an interview with the Financieele Dagblad. For example, it would be sensible to develop joint storage facilities for goods heading to central and eastern Europe, he said. ‘We each play our part, but it would be wise to join forces to ship goods to Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary,’ he told the paper. These are countries which have more growth potential than the saturated western markets, Bruyninckx said. Rotterdam and Antwerp are currently the two biggest ports in Europe but China is building up its position in Piraeus, near Athens and in the Turkish port of Kumport. ‘China wants to lessen its dependence on the northern European ports,’ Frans Paul van der Putten, a researcher with the Clingendael Institute, told the paper. ‘China will eventually be able to ship products to central Europe more quickly via southern ports than Rotterdam or Antwerp.’
Read more at DutchNews.nl: Antwerp port boss calls for close alliance with Rotterdam www.dutchnews.nl/...
DP World London Gateway Port Welcomes Largest Box Ship
UASC’s MV Al Muraykh has sailed to UK’s new premier hub port and logistics park carrying a world record 18,601 TEU.
London, UK, 2nd January 2016:- DP World London Gateway Port has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a recorded 18,601 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units). The UASC owned Al Muraykh chose to call at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers.
The ship is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length. The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship. With thousands more stowed below deck, the ship can carry up to 18,800 containers. The ship left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying the most ever shipping containers on board a vessel and arrived at DP World London Gateway Port as its first port of call in Europe. www.marinelink.co...
Production under way at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal, first export shipment is imminent
Houston-based Cheniere Energy has begun production at its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in Louisiana, according to Bloomberg.
Previously Cheniere had intended to start shipping LNG from the new plant before the end of 2015 but it announced in October a delay to that schedule, meaning a likely date for first export shipment would be some time this month (January).
Cheniere has invested $11bn in Sabine Pass, which is the first complex designed to liquefy and export natural gas from America’s vast inland shale formations. Its main target markets are in Europe.
The terminal has six production plants, known as trains, which are used for chilling the natural gas. splash247.com/pro...