Konecranes to deliver six RTGs to Buenaventura Container Terminal
In December 2013 Konecranes received an order for six Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura, S.A. (TCBUEN) in Colombia. This will be Konecranes’ first delivery of container handling cranes to Colombia, the company said in its press release.
Chinese firm to replicate the Titanic - to be built at Wuhan
A Sichuan-based energy company has said it plans to spend as much as 1 billion yuan (HK$1.28 billion) to build an life-sized replica of the ill-fated ocean liner RMS Titanic, and moor it permanently in a local river to attract tourists. The privately-owned Sichuan Seven Star Energy Investment Group announced in Hong Kong on Sunday that it had hired a US firm to provide designs based on the Titanic’s sister ship, RMS Olympic. The new ship would be built by the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd. at Wuhan, a subsidiary of the state-owned giant China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, it said. It said the construction of the ship was expected to last two years, but didn’t say whether it had already started. The ambitious project was part of a plan to build a world-class tourist destination in the little-known rural county of Daying in Sichuan Province, said the company, adding that the ship would be docked permanently on the bank of the Qi River, which runs across the county.
Port Sochi to accommodate 8 vessels during Olympics-2014
8 vessels will be moored at port Sochi during Olympics-2014. According to IAA PortNews staff correspondent, this was announced at the meeting chaired by Victor Olersky, Deputy Transport Minister of the Russian Federation. The following vessels will be moored at the berths of Commercial Seaport of Sochi: Svan Toscana, Norwegian Jade, Princess Maria, Princess Anastasia as well as 3 cruise ships: Grand Holiday, Louis Olympia, Thomson Spirit and the Tatoosh yacht owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. Cruise ships have been chartered by FSUE Rosmorport for accommodation of the guests and the participants of the XXII Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Games in Sochi. The meeting attended by the representatives of RF Transport Ministry, Federal Marine and River Transport Agency, Rosmorport, port administration, other ministries and agencies of the Russian Federation, as well as related companies and organizations managed to solve the majority of issues connected with servicing of the above vessels Source : PortNews
Portimão demands a tugboat after cruise liner debacle
Portimão Town Hall has this week approved a motion calling on the Government to provide its port with a permanent and capable tugboat and one which will be at the service of the entire Algarve region. The motion was presented by Portimão Mayor Isilda Gomes following the ordeal of passengers on board the Funchal cruise liner, which spent more than a day off the city’s coast in high seas as it waited for the arrival of a tugboat stationed more than 200 kilometres away.
Uruguay building deep water port near Rocha for USD 500 Mill.
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says Brazil will fund 80 percent of a new deep-water port that will get around Argentine efforts to control shipping in the South Atlantic.
Mujica told the Republica newspaper in an interview published December 31 that construction will begin in about a year on the $500 million project in Rocha, Uruguay, and that Brazil will pay for most of it through trade bloc Mercosur’s Fund for Structural Convergence.
“Brazil has given us and will give us a really big hand with this job,” Mujica said. “Uruguay doesn’t have the capacity to finance this by itself, and depends for now on outside help.”
Vice-President Danilo Astori provided more details about the port in an Associated Press interview, predicting that it will transform Uruguay’s economy by freeing the country’s shipping industry from Argentina’s protectionist policies.
The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that a reported ice jam, located approximately 1 mile south of the Trenton-Morrisville (U.S. Route 1) Bridge on the Delaware River, has caused portions of the river to back up and flood.
When the aforementioned ice formation breaks, immediate river depth and current changes are likely to occur, potentially affecting the navigability of the Delaware River.
Mariners are advised to take any necessary precautions to ensure that safety is maintained while anchoring, mooring, or navigating in the Delaware River. Although Sector Delaware Bay will release a Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM) once the ice formation breaks or if significant changes occur, mariners are advised to maintain situational awareness while operating in the Delaware River. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and City of Trenton Office of Emergency Management are presently monitoring the ice jam and will be available for contact at (610) 562-3003 and (609) 989-4000 respectively.
In addition, increases in ice levels in the Delaware River have prompted additional restrictions for waterway use. In addition to the previous restrictions noted on MSIB # 02-14, only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge and within the Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal.
Exporters on high alert as strikes hit Chile’s ports once again
While Chile’s number one export item, copper, is a non-time sensitive product, fresh fruit producers have been left sweating after one of the country’s most profitable ports and major handler of produce shipments, Puerto San Antonio, joined the ports of Mejillones, Iquique, Antofagasta and Huasco on strike as of Tuesday.
Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asosex) President Ronald Bowen told local press that losses could reach 50 million dollars if the strike lasts throughout the week. Bowen said up to 700 hundred containers of fruit were stalled and thousands of producers would be affected.
Conflict has been brewing in ports across Chile over the last few weeks as talks between port workers, private companies and the Labor Ministry have broken down.
The conflict began in the Antofagasta and Coquimbo regions but late Monday night workers from different unions along the country decided to join the work stoppages in solidarity.
Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20
Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20 provided that ice is 10-15 cm thick, says the port authority’s headquarters for icebreaking operations. Tug and tow trains are prohibited from ice navigation. Vessels without ice reinforcement (non-ice-class vessels) are allowed for ice navigation only with icebreakers’ support. Vessels with category of Ice 1 and above are allowed for navigation in ice-covered waters either independently or with icebreaking escort.
Bintulu Port expects positive growth from port expansion
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (Bintulu Port) is poised to see growth via liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its major cargo handled for the total cargo throughput in 2013 and 2014, the company said in its press release.
The port handler is also expected to see steady growth of palm oil products cargo this year, which is estimated to continue in line with the increase in palm oil plantation in Sarawak.
In addition, the dry bulk sector is set to see encouraging growth for the next two years and is expected to contribute positively to Bintulu Port.
“For 2013 and 2104, the outlook seems to be promising with overall modest growth in cargo throughput with certain cargo sector showing strong growth potential,” the port operator said in an interview with The Borneo Post.
The Cameroonian port of Douala has again been congested, blamed on the slow clearing and removal of goods and renovation work being carried out on quay no 14, PANA reported here, quoting port users. Customs clerk, Didier Tizeum, said that the situation in the port in Douala “has again become unbearable”. According to him, clearing and removal of goods that took a day earlier now take more than a week. Users also complained of the long and complex clearing and removal of goods, saying that the consequences are enormous for importers, clearing agents, customs clerks and other service providers.
Source: African Manager