Coal ship queue at Australia’s Newcastle port falls to 10-week low
Thirty one ships were waiting to load coal at Australia’s Newcastle port this week, the shortest queue in 10 weeks, reflecting weaker demand for thermal coal exports, according to port data released Monday, June 15. The queue is down from 33 ships a week ago.
A week to 10 days needed to clear Callao port strike backlog
Operators of Peru’s major port in Callao said on Thursday it could take between a week and 10 days to clear the terminal’s cargo backlog, which built up during the recent strike. APM Terminals (APMT), the operators, said grain and fertilizer imports had been the worst affected by the labour dispute which lasted three weeks and ended on Friday June 5.
Truck drivers, some of whom APMT says were intimidated by striking dockworkers, had been staying away but now they are expected to head back to the port in full force, helping to unclog things.
The industrial action came to a negotiated settlement last Friday, helped especially when the SUTRAMPORPC union and APMT agreed to an amended deployment of a contentious electronic staff rostering system. APMT wants to have the system to help it in its efforts to prevent drug sale and use on the docks.
The operator said on Thursday that it had would reinstate 130 union workers who had been fired during the strike after testing positive to drugs, among other reasons. Those workers could return provided they let disciplinary letters be placed in their disciplinary files.
Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar notes the statements made by the Leader of the Opposition, Danny Feetham, and by GSD Chairman Trevor Hammond, in relation to the report by Lloyds Register in respect of the use of LNG as a fuel in Gibraltar.
The Government respects Lloyds Register’s expertise and notes that its report explicitly sets out how to mitigate the risks involved in the operation of LNG to tolerable levels.
In this respect, the conclusions of Lloyds are in keeping with those of the Government’s own experts, namely that with proper planning and mitigation the use of LNG as a power
generation and bunkering fuel in Gibraltar is entirely feasible and acceptable to UK standards of risk: to the level of a one in a million year event.
But the information provided to Lloyds appears to be totally different to the plans which are being assessed by the Government. For that reason, the Lloyds report is into a fictional terminal, with assumptions made that are totally different to those which the Government is working to. Therein lies the problem with the public putting any reliance on the report.
The Egyptian Naval Forces managed to refloat a Bolivian cargo ship from sinking, while it was 4 nautical miles away from Alexandria Port.
The cargo ship, coming from Lebanon, drifted off course as the water leaked into it through a hole in the front of the ship.
Alexandria Port Authority received a distress call from the ship and immediately a rescue unit rushed to the scene and managed to refloat the ship.
The ship was moved to one of the wharves of Alexandria Port to repair it.
About 2,000 migrants from Syria disembark in Athens port
About 2,000 migrants, who had been stranded for days in the Greek island of lesbos, have arrived in the port of Piraeus, southwest of the capital Athens.
The migrants, who crossed over to Lesbos from Turkey, were brought into Piraeus Sunday by two Greek ferries. Most headed for the center of Athens by train, although few have friends or relatives there who could take them in.
Many told Greek TV stations that they would like to travel on to Germany, or other European Union countries. Greece is a close second to Italy in migrant arrivals this year.
Grangemouth port to get multimillion pound investment
The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container port, is undergoing a multi-million pound investment to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.The port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, is also investing in significant surface upgrading works on an area of some 6,325 square metres.
The investment is designed to increase the container terminal’s total capacity, delivering operational efficiencies to its landside and shipside operations.
This work is expected to be completed and ready for business in October 2015 and represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the storage capabilities of the terminal.
It is expected that the capacity will grow by a further 10% over the 5 year period in line with market demand. www.bqlive.co.uk/...
USD 1.5 billion plan to expand the Port of Tema set into motion
Meridian Port Services, a joint venture between Bolloré Africa Logistics, APM Terminals, and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, will develop a new deep-water 3.5 million TEU port and logistics hub in Ghana to accommodate larger vessels and West African trade growth.
A USD 1.5 billion plan to expand the Port of Tema into a new West African regional port and logistics hub was set into motion with a formal signing ceremony held today by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic of Ghana.
Meridian Port Services (MPS), a joint venture of APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) - which operates the container terminal in Tema Port - will develop four deep-water berths, a new breakwater and an access channel able to accommodate the world's largest container ships, providing a world-class port infrastructure to support the country's economic growth. This will add 3.5 million TEUs in annual throughput capacity. More than 5000 jobs will be created as a result of this project.
The expansion project includes plans for the potential construction of additional terminal facilities, including bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo terminals, as global trade with Africa continues to accelerate.
Egypt says New Suez Canal to open on August 6, 2015
Egypt’s New Suez Canal will open on Aug. 6, its overseer said on Saturday, a project President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi sees as a potent symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment.
The army began work 10 months ago on the $8 billion canal, flanking the existing, historic 145-year-old waterway and part of a larger undertaking to expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The Suez Canal is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the 2011 uprising that scared off tourists and foreign investment.
“The digging and dredging works will conclude on July 15. The opening of the New Suez Canal will be on Aug. 6, according to the orders of the Egyptian people and the Egyptian president,” Mohab Mameesh, chairman and managing director of the Suez Canal Authority, told a news conference in Ismailia.
“Once President El-Sissi orders the start of navigation on Aug. 6, ships will be able to go through the canal.”
Expensive parts stolen from modern vehicles at Hambantota Port
A mass-scale racket to steal components, spare parts and accessories from Japanese vehicles imported to Sri Lanka through the Hambantota harbour is being investigated by ports officials and importers. According the Vehicle Importers’ Association of Sri Lanka (VIASL) Secretary Keerthi Gunawardana, for every 1000 vehicles arriving at the Hambantota Port, they have found around 300 to 400 have various parts missing. “The problem has been going on for a while but it is much worse now.”
The stolen parts include ‘SD cards’, an essential feature of all newer vehicles, including hybrids. Mr Gunawardana said importers had been paying up to Rs. 100,000 for each replacement card. He said electric car chargers, spare keys, and other accessories were also routinely stolen. www.sundaytimes.l...
Gulftainer era officially begins at Port Canaveral
A new era became official at Port Canaveral on Friday, with all the pomp and dazzle that goes with a company promising a $100 million investment.
There were hors d'oeuvres; there were banners and posters and speeches. There was even a massive transport ship — the CMA CGN-owned Jamaica — brought into the port, not to deliver cargo but as a show of support before it headed back to France with containers of bamboo flooring.
Now comes the hard part for Gulftainer USA, Port Canaveral's first cargo terminal operator: Convincing Central Florida companies that it's more efficient to use Port Canaveral as their base to transport goods — as opposed to ports to the north and south of Brevard — while also swaying shipping companies that the port will be a major player in the cargo business in the future.
"With two berths, two cranes and more than 20 acres of land already fully developed, we have certainly hit the ground running," said Badr Jafar, vice chairman of the executive board of Gulftainer Group Inc., the parent company of GT USA.
"And there could be no better symbol to mark this auspicious occasion than the arrival of the CMA GGN Jamaica, which is the deepest vessel to ever call at Port Canaveral in its rich, 60-year history," Jafar said. www.floridatoday....