Maersk Line to make regular calls at L&T Kattupalli port
Maersk Line has decided to visit L&T Kattupalli International Container Terminal (KICT) near Chennai on a regular basis from December 16 onwards. It is a fortnightly Port-of-Rotation call titled ‘Chennai Express Service’ (CHX). The new service will cater to auto and electronics companies located in and around Chennai.
Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao port to offer cold ironing facility
Waigaoqiao port in Shanghai will offer cold ironing services to ships at berth, in a move to reduce pollution from the burning of high sulphur bunker fuel, reports said. The Shanghai Transport Commission said generators will be installed at Waigaoqiao port from next year to provide ships with electricity power, Shanghai Daily reported
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Cruise Terminal 2 Expansion
On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 4 p.m., the Port of Galveston along with Moody National Bank, Texas First Bank, Hometown Bank and Webber L.L.C. will celebrate the expansion of Cruise terminal 2. The ceremony will take place at the Port of Galveston in front of cruise terminal 2 located on Harborside Drive.
Philippines Moves Thousands Before Storm That May Hit Manila
The Philippines evacuated thousands of people to safer ground and stockpiled food, with flights canceled as the country prepares for Super Typhoon Hagupit, a category-5 storm expected to make landfall today. Hagupit, which means “whip” in Filipino, was 435 kilometers (270 miles) east of Eastern Samar province in central Philippines, maintaining strength as it moves toward land, with maximum winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gusts reaching 250 kilometers per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or Pagasa, said in an 11 a.m. report yesterday. It may may pass through Metro Manila on Dec. 9, based on a forecast by the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
ABP invests over £600,000 in cargo handling equipment to increase capacity and productivity
ABP’s recent investment of over £600,000 in modern cargo handling equipment is set to increase capacity and productivity across its South Wales ports of Swansea, Port Talbot, Barry, Cardiff and Newport, ABP says in its press release. The new “MultiDocker” materials handler can be deployed at any of the South Wales ports and has already begun to significantly increase productivity in its current port location of Cardiff where it was used for the first time to handle biomass. This latest investment by ABP, designed to enhance the capabilities of its South Wales port network, follows a series of investments in the Port of Newport totalling more than £10m in the last 18 months as well as £2.7m in warehousing at the Port of Cardiff. Matthew Kennerley, ABP Port Director for South Wales said: “The new MultiDocker will be used to handle anything from agribulks and biomass to recyclables, steel and forest products. This new equipment is fast, efficient, and mobile, and will increase our cargo handling capability and productivity across the South Wales region.” “It is essential that we make efforts to continually improve efficiency in order to ensure our operations, and those of our customers, remain competitive and that our ports are able to continue to develop and grow.” The MultiDocker (CH70D), which was shipped from Sweden and can be transported by truck, has an outreach of 24 metres with a lifting capacity of up to 17 Tonnes. The wheeled undercarriage also means that the machine can be easily relocated between operational berths. ABP’s ports in South Wales handle over 12 million tonnes of cargo every year and annually contribute £1.4 billion to the UK economy.
Shell has contracted STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to build a new LNG bunkering vessel to operate from the Port of Rotterdam. The vessel will be based at Rotterdam, and load at the new LNG breakbulk terminal and jetty which is to be constructed by the Gas Access to Europe (GATE) terminal.
PortMiami Breaks World Record with 4.8 Million Cruise Passengers in 2014
PortMiami broke another world record processing approximately 4.8 million multi-day cruise passengers in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
In the 2014 cruise season MSC Cruises began sailing one of its newest ships, MSC Divina. Additionally, PortMiami welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Getaway. PortMiami’s cruise future looks even brighter.
New for 2015 is the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,300 passenger new-build ship, the Norwegian Escape. The Escape will sail year-round from PortMiami beginning November 2015.
Cosco signs new deal with Piraeus Port to almost double container capacity
Greek Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) and Cosco Pacific's Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) have signed a deal under which Cosco's port operating unit will invest EUR230 million (US$286 million) in the Greek port.The plan, already approved by shareholders, will increase the annual capacity of the port's piers II and III to 6.2 million TEU from the current 3.7 million TEU.Cosco Pacific secured operational rights over terminals II and III in 2009. It signed a MOU for the investment with PPA last year. In addition, Cosco Pacific will develop an oil product facility, reports SinoShip News. "A significant development project makes Piraeus, one of the most modern and biggest freight ports in Europe," said PPA president Giorgos Anomeriti Source : Asian Shipper
APM Terminals interested in potential Istanbul terminal
Container terminal operating company, APM Terminals, are interested in opening a facility in Istanbul in Turkey’s Marmara region. Although, no specific timeframe has been mentioned, Turkey’s “sizeable” economic growth compared to the rest of Europe plus its “low container penetration ratio” are proving attractive to the multinational company. Turkish container volumes are growing at twice the speed of GDP, which grew by 4.0% in 2013, and APM Terminals are currently “analysing the markets to determine the preferred strategy to enter”. Mogens Wolf Larsen, managing director of APM Terminals’ Izmir operations, told CM: “Marmara is interesting because Istanbul accounts for approximately 60% of the total Turkey volumes, so there is scale to have a large operation. The Istanbul market is also served by many of APM Terminals’ 60 global shipping line customers, so we would like to be able to also provide them with our services in Istanbul.”
Work On Oil Terminal In Quebec Paused For Endangered Beluga Whales
TransCanada Corp, Canada's No.2 pipeline operator, is pausing work on a proposed oil export terminal in Quebec, after a federal committee recommended that Beluga whales in the St. Lawrence river be listed as an 'endangered' species.