Sohar container terminal likely to be ready by first half of 2014
The Sohar Port is investing more than $100 million to prepare an integrated container terminal with a capacity of 1.5 million containers. The terminal is expected to be operational in the first half of 2014, according to an official. HE Sultan Bin Salim Al Habsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Chairman of Sohar Industrial Port, said the port is ready to receive all businesses transferred from Port Sultan Qaboos. He added that in 2013, the port managed to receive more than 200,000 containers. At present, the port has a capacity of 800,000 containers. He added that the Sohar Port is ready to receive all business and meet the needs of the remarkable growth of the volume of cargo and marine activity, adding almost 80 per cent of the first stage of the free zone has been already leased.
Citadel unit to launch container service between Port Said and Suez
The National Company for Multimodal Transport (NMT), a unit of top investment company Citadel Capital, has announced plans to start a new container transshipment service between Port Said Port and Sharq Al-Tafrea on the Suez Canal.
NMT is an Egyptian holding company under Nile Logistics, Citadel Capital’s platform for investment in the river transportation sector.
Citadel Capital said NMT has begun to transport containers via river barges between the Port Said and the Suez Canal container terminal / SharqAl-Tafrea, including a naval service bay at the Suez Canal.
A successful trial carried out by NMT has proven that inland barges can transship containers between both port terminals in less than one hour compared to a minimum of 4-6 hours on average by truck convoys, said the company in a statement.
The new container transshipment service is the result of close co-operation between Citadel Capital, the Suez Canal Authority, and various government bodies at the Ministry of Transport to capitalize on the untapped potential of environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient river transport solutions across the region, it stated.
Peru, Bolivia to plan construction of Ilo mega port
Monday, 03 February 2014 Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he wants to meet with his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala to plan the construction of a mega port on the coast of the southern Peruvian province of Ilo. The construction of this port aims at reducing time and distance in the exports to western countries, said Morales without specifying the date of the meeting. "I have asked the president of Peru to discuss a mega port project in Ilo. Just imagine, Brazil exports 500 million tons of soybeans to China, sending it around Cape Horn," he said during a press conference on Friday. The mega ports are priority among the governments of Bolivia, Peru and Brazil, in order to benefit the Latin American region. The Bolivian government is awaiting approval from the Peruvian Congress of a supplementary and additional protocol to the Ilo Convention, offering new advantages by Peru to Bolivia in a coastal strip denominated 'Boliviamar'. Source: Andina
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 | 00:00 The Army Corps of Engineers this week will begin dredging the shipping channel in Portland Harbor, a $9 million project that will remove up to 500,000 cubic yards of sediment and assure depths of 35 feet at mean low tide. This is the first maintenance dredging of the channel in 15 years, and the work will include drilling through ledge at five high spots in the channel and setting off underwater explosives.
The new direct intermodal shuttle train service between Kiel and Duisburg opened on February 3rd. A Kombiverkehr KG train is now operating three times a week in both directions between the Port of Kiel and Duisburg-Ruhrort. In Kiel it will serve the Ostuferhafen and the Schwedenkai Terminal while the terminus and starting point in Duisburg is the DUSS Terminal in the Ruhrort Hafen. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “This new direct service represents a significant further expansion of the Port of Kiel’s eco-friendly hinterland rail transport capacity. I am happy that all those involved have been able to co-operate successfully and create what is, for us, a very important connection”. The direct shuttle train is some 500 metres long and 24 slots are available on each trip for loadable trailers or 48 slots for containers or swap bodies.
Crowley Marine ship first into Cuba's Mariel new mega-port
When Cuba cut the ribbon on its nearly $1 billion mega-port at Mariel on Monday, the first ship at the dock came from South Florida's Port Everglades.
Jacksonville-based Crowley arrived with some 50 shipping containers of mainly frozen chicken under a waiver to the five-decade-old U.S. embargo against the communist-run nation. It ships weekly to the island, underscoring opportunities for business when U.S.-Cuba ties are fully restored.
Some analysts say the presence of the U.S. line at Mariel's high-profile debut — when the presidents of Brazil, Venezuela and other Latin American nations were on hand for a regional conference — signals that Havana is not only open for business, but open for business with the United States.
"The long-term viability of Mariel depends on a change in U.S. policy," said Ted Henken, a professor at Baruch College in New York and president of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. "Clearly, [Crowley's presence] is a sign they're willing to do business with the United States, even if we're not willing to do business with Cuba now."
The largest infrastructure project in Cuba in decades, the modern Mariel port was financed mainly by a Brazilian loan and built by Brazil's construction giant Odebrecht, which also is active in South Florida. The seaport aims to replace Havana as the island's top cargo port, and once dredging is complete, will be able to host the world's largest ships that soon will cross an expanded Panama Canal.
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has opened seven valid bids from corporate entities and joint-venture companies, including a Ghanaian company, which want to partner the GPHA to expand Tema Port. The seven have met all requirements that were set out in the tender documents issued by the GPHA after it announced an international competitive tender in March 2013 for the expansion projects.
Among the requirements were detailed engineering designs with cost estimates, details of how to procure the necessary credit facility to fund the projects, and proof of ability to undertake construction works with GPHA as borrower of the credit facility. Bid values received ranged from US$489million to over US$2billion, depending on the phasing arrangement selected by the bidder as the expansion works are planned to be done in five phases.
Port of Dover Western Docks Expansion to Create New Jobs
Dover Harbour Board announced that it will pursue a major opportunity acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Discussion on the vision commenced at the Port and Community Forum which was independently chaired. Having successfully achieved Government approval in 2012 to develop the Western Docks, the Board plans to seize the opportunity to lock in the many benefits that this could bring just as soon as it possibly can. By reviewing its masterplan over several months, the team at the Port has identified a significant opportunity to support its customers and the community and provide the game changer for which the people of Dover have been waiting for so long.
Nordic Marine Oil adds bunker barge to its fleet at Esbjerg
Danish bunker company Nordic Marine Oil has bought a 770 CBM bunker barge to better service increased demand for marine gas oil (MGO) in Esbjerg, Denmark. The barge is only 2 years old andwill be operational in Esbjerg from March 2014.
The company based in Aalborg, already has a presence in Esbjerg with 2 smaller barges and Ex pipe supplies from tanks.