The Visakhapatnam Port Trust is yet to take a final decision on the price bid offered by the Visakha Container Terminal Pvt Ltd (VCTPL) for extension of the container terminal here.
The price bid was opened by the tender committee on Nov. 18 for the Rs 633-crore extension of container terminal to increase the capacity from 0.5 million to 0.40 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum. Now a decision has to be taken on it. Further negotiation is also possible.
Sohar Port receives three new state-of-the-art ship-to-shore gantry cranes
Three new Post Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes arrived at Sohar Port and Freezone on board a specialised crane transport.
Equipped with the latest technology, these all-new gantry cranes were built to order by ZPMC in China.
They represent a multi-million dollar investment in the future of Sohar as the new gateway to the Gulf. Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) officially took delivery of the new cranes following their 6,500 mile journey by sea from Shanghai that took over one month.
Each crane has a staggering 52-metre reach, equivalent to 18 rows of containers. This means the new cranes can handle very large container ships; this consolidation of cargo is an important factor for shipping lines to reduce their costs.
Captain Rashid, Chief Executive Officer of OICT commented; "Automation and information is critical for today's container business and these cranes are a huge step forward for Sohar in terms of technology."
Construction of new multipurpose terminal set for early ’14
Construction on a new multi-purpose terminal at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port is expected to begin in early 2014 to support Cambodia’s rising exports, port officials said on Nov. 26. The new terminal, linking sea to shore, will occupy three hectares and is expected to be finished by late 2016. It will cost close to $80 million and will be funded with a loan from the Japanese government, according to port authorities. Var Sonath, deputy director of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, said that the port is needed to support Cambodia’s growing agricultural and garment exports. “As Cambodia’s economy keeps growing, we see an increasing number of agricultural products being exported,” Sonath said. The new terminal will be built to keep up with the growth. The terminal was originally slated for completion in 2014, according to Sonath, but was delayed as designs were changed to include more space for warehousing.
Ground-Breaking for Lüderitz LPG Terminal Scheduled for January
Corridor Gas and Oil Terminal (Pty) Ltd says the ground-breaking ceremony for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal at the port of Lüderitz should take place in January next year (2014). "This project involves bulk LPG storage with a working capacity of 3 000 metric tons and associated product handling systems," explained Leevi J Tshoopara, a director at Corridor.
First four cranes (of 50) for DP World’s new Jebel Ali terminal arrive
DP World has announced that the first four of 50 rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes for its new container terminal at its flagship Jebel Ali Port, Port Technology reports.
A further four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are due to arrive in the next three weeks after recently departing the yards of Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC) in China. Jebel Ali’s new Container Terminal 3 (T3), due to open next year, will have an annual capacity of 4 million TEU. The facility will boast as many as 19 quay cranes along its 1,860 metre quay and a 17-metre draught to enable the simultaneous handling of four next generation ocean carriers. With its 70-hectare container yard, the overall capacity of the UAE port will rise to 19 million TEU and will be able to handle ten ultra large container ships (ULCS) at the same time. www.porttechnolog...
Scheduled call of three cruise ships cancelled due to bad weather
Merchants lost hundreds of thousands of dollars yesterday when three scheduled cruise ships (Allure of the Seas, the Carnival Conquest, and the Disney Dream) carrying about 10,000 passengers failed to dock in Nassau. In an official statement, the Port Department blamed rough weather for the cancellations, but merchants rejected this, noting that Nassau Harbour is one of the safest in the region and often serves as a haven for unscheduled cruise ships during serious storms. They claimed the fact that a large tug boat is out of service may have played a part – particularly considering the bad weather. More at www.tribune242.co...
Kalmar relocates 850 ton ship-to-shore crane at the Port of Helsingborg, Sweden
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has completed the relocation of an 850 ton Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) crane for its customer the Port of Helsingborg, Sweden (Helsingborgs Hamn AB), JOC reports. The order was signed in September 2013 and the work was completed within a two week time frame during November. The complex project, which was handled by Kalmar's specialist Crane Services Competence Centre for North Europe located in Rotterdam, required the STS crane to be moved by barge from the customers Scania Terminal Quay 705 to the West Harbour, Helsingborg Quay 906. The scope of works required detailed engineering calculations to ensure the crane remained stable throughout its transportation. www.joc.com/port-...
Cuba to Open Transshipment Hub for $900M at Mariel
In the sleepy seaside town of Mariel, northwest Cuba, a hulking monument to the communist islands' evolving economy is rapidly taking shape. It is here, under the intense glare of the Caribbean sun, that a giant free-trade zone (FTZ) and container port are in the latter stages of construction. The deep-water facility will have an annual capacity of up to one million containers when finished (three times that of Havana's existing port roughly 30 miles away) and 700 meters of berth that it is hoped will host some of the world's largest cargo ships.
Partially financed by loans from Brazil and built by Brazilian construction firm, Odebrecht, the port will be operated by Singapore's PSA. The FTZ, meanwhile, aims to attract international companies to Cuba by offering them a low-tax, low-regulation environment in which to manufacture goods. edition.cnn.com/2...