Port of Gibraltar and Shell Sign LNG Bunkering Agreement
Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) and the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) Friday announced they have signed a bunker market development agreement with energy major Shell.
"This is a significant milestone on the road to delivering LNG as a bunker fuel to ships at anchor in Gibraltar and is also part of the Port of Gibraltar's strategy to provide the widest range of marine services as it looks to the future," HMGoG and GPA said in a joint statement. Read more at shipandbunker.com...
Konecranes to deliver 12 Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to South Carolina Ports Authority, USA
In July, Konecranes received an order for 12 RTGs from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The cranes will be delivered to SCPA’s Wando Welch terminal in the Port of Charleston in early fall 2017. When the 12 new RTGs are operational, the SCPA will operate a fleet of 53 Konecranes RTGs.
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, South Carolina and an inland terminal in Greer, South Carolina.
The RTGs on order will have a lifting capacity of 50 long tons while stacking 1-over-5 containers high and six plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control, which eliminates container sway to increase container handling performance, and the Auto-steering and Truck Lift Prevention features. The RTGs will also have built-in readiness for special features including Stack Collision Prevention, and Auto-truck Guiding, which will be taken into use if the cranes are transitioned to semi-automated operation in the future.
General Dynamics NASSCO at San Diego to Build Two Container Ships for Matson
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD), announced today it has signed a contract with Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. (MATX), for the design and construction of two Kanaloa Class liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable containerships with roll-on, roll-off capability.
The 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU containership design provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock, including trailers. Using proven design standards, the design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with Tier III emission requirements. The design accommodates future installation of a LNG fuel gas system.
Once delivered, the Jones Act qualified vessels will serve a trade route between the continental west coast and Hawaii.
The Port of Shanghai in China remained the world’s biggest container port for the second year in a row in 2015, according to statistics compiled by the Journal of Commerce.
Shanghai increased its lead over second-place Singapore—which for years was the busiest port in the world as well as in Asia, by some 5.6 million TEUs (20-foot container equivalent) over 2014, handling more than 36.5 million TEUs.
The journal attributed much of the difference, however, to a slowdown in Singapore brought about by declining Asia-Europe trade rather than growth in Shanghai. Container shipment volumes fell for the fourth consecutive year in Singapore in 2014, the magazine said.
In a report earlier in the year, Fitch-owned BMI Research concluded Singapore was unlikely to regain its position as Asia’s biggest transshipment hub, as it has largely reached its capacity. “For the port of Singapore to retain its position as the premier Asian transhipment hub and battle the port of Shanghai for first position, Singapore must continue to expand and keep up with shipping trends,” BMI wrote.
All ten of the biggest container ports in 2015 were located in Asia, and the only one of the top 10 located outside East or Southeast Asia was Dubai’s Jebel Ali. Including Hong Kong, seven of the top 10 ports were located in China.
The Port of Manila ranked 35th on the list of the 50 biggest ports, handling 4.23 million TEU of cargo in 2015.
Source: Manila Times
In a move designed to significantly enhance its service on the China–Indian Subcontinent trade, Evergreen Line is teaming up with K Line, COSCO, Wan Hai and PIL to offer two new joint services from early September. Both will provide direct calls at Karachi and Mundra and will improve current transit time.
The PMX (Pakistan Mundra Express) service will utilise six ships of 4,200 TEU and call at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Klang, Karachi, Mundra, Colombo and Singapore once more before returning to Qingdao. The first sailing on the Evergreen Line’s service is scheduled to depart from Qingdao on the 4th of September.
The PIX (Pakistan India Express) will employ five ships of 4,200 TEU. This service is scheduled to commence with a sailing from Jiangyin (Fuzhou) on the 8th of September and call at Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Karachi, Mundra, Port Klang and then back to Jiangyin. theloadstar.co.uk...
Wilmington port's new cold storage facility receives inaugural shipment
Three truckloads of frozen turkey parts rolled into the Port of Wilmington Friday morning, headed for a massive storage facility already chilled to zero degrees.
The trucks are the inaugural clients for the port’s new cold storage facility, the first of its kind offered at a port in North Carolina.
The pallets of turkey being hauled in the trucks, however, will be short-term tenants at the still-empty facility.
Instead of being shelved for an extended stay in the zero-degree storage room like most products, the shipment will quickly be shuffled into an container and put on a ship bound for Asia by days end.
As the trucks arrived Friday, Chuck McCarthy, president and CEO of the 101,000-square-foot facility, looked on outside -- even pulling out his phone to snap a few photos -- as his staff sprung into action for the first time. www.starnewsonlin...
Port of San Diego's cruise season 2016-17 opens with arrival of Disney cruise ship
The Port of San Diego's 2016-17 cruise season began Friday with the arrival of Disney Wonder at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.
Currently, 90 passenger liners are scheduled to come to San Diego during the season, up 30 percent from last year, port officials said.
The port's cruise business has made a steady climb the last two years. The uptick came after several years of struggle for San Diego's cruise industry, which stemmed from the effects of the recession, worries about violence in Mexico and strong overseas competition.
"The Port of San Diego's cruise business is coming back in a big way," said Marshall Merrifield, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. www.10news.com/ne...
Filipino company ICTSI becomes a game changer in Australias port of Melbourne
A Filipino company is making a difference in what is considered the most livable city in the world by building a fully automated and highly sophisticated container terminal that sets the bar higher in port operations.
“We are sincerely very proud of the work that we have done to be able to achieve something like this. We are very proud to be probably the only Filipino company that has been able to deliver a product in the world stage that is truly the most sophisticated and the best of its kind,” says 41-year-old Christian Gonzales, the senior vice president and head for Asia-Pacific region of Manila-based International Container Terminal Services Inc.
Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is Australia’s second most populated city and listed by Economist Intelligence Unit as the world’s most livable city. Port of Melbourne is the largest container and general cargo port in Australia with a capacity of 2.5 million standard containers and absorbs around 80 percent of international container traffic in the advanced economy. ICTSI is building the third container terminal in Port of Melbourne. thestandard.com.p...
Abu Dhabi: Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi will be expanded to handle more cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports announced on Saturday.
As per the plans, Abu Dhabi Ports will add a 1000-metre quay wall to Khalifa Port and deepen its channel and basin to 18 metres to accommodate the world’s largest container and cargo ships for the first time in Abu Dhabi.
The new measures will increase the competitiveness of the emirate as a logistic and maritime hub while also serving key industries across the UAE, Abu Dhabi Ports said.
The new quay wall will add an additional 600,000 square metres for cargo handling.
“Building on recent growth at Khalifa Port, we are future proofing our operations to ensure we can continue to attract the world’s leading operators to use our world-class facilities that will see Capesize vessels, the largest in the cargo industry, come directly into an Abu Dhabi port for the very first time,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports said in a statement. https://www.zawya.com/men...
Yet another regular ocean link between the Port of Gdansk and Asia
The Port of Gdansk's network of regular maritime connections was enriched by yet another link, this time of the Ro-Ro type, operated by Bahri, say the Port of Gdansk Authority.
Bahri, the national shipping company of Saudi Arabia, specialising in the transport of general cargo, fuels, chemicals, and dry bulk cargo for nearly 40 years now, offers transport services mainly in the area of South Asia, in particular the Arabian Peninsula, North America's east coast and Northern Europe. At the moment, apart from Gdansk, the company's ships also regularly call at European ports such as Hamburg, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, and Bilbao.
The company's decision to include the Port of Gdansk in its network of regular shipping links is closely connected, among others, with the performance of a big, several-year contract for the delivery of tanks signed by one of Poland's leading manufacturers of railway cars and a Saudi railway operator.
The tanks are delivered from the south of Poland to the Port of Gdansk by rail and then rolled directly onto specialist roll trailers, on which they are loaded onto the ship. The transshipment operations are carried out by the Port Gdanski Eksploatacja (Port of Gdansk Cargo Logistics SA) company, and ship agency services are provided by Wilhelmsen Ships. en.portnews.ru/ne...