Wallenius Wilhelmsen Wins Bid to operate automotive terminal 'Melbourne Australia'.
Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) have selected Melbourne International Ro-Ro Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) for the development of the automotive and Roll-On Roll–Off (RoRo) terminal in Webb Dock West.
WWL explains that a world class terminal for the Webb Dock West project will benefit Melbourne, and ultimately support stronger trade through the Port of Melbourne for the Automotive and RoRo industries.
“We are delighted that WWL has been afforded this opportunity in Melbourne. It will further strengthen WWL ambition to deliver a first class product and service to their customers by creating a state of the art terminal“, says Jan Eyvin Wang, President and CEO of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.
CMA CGM Group signs agreement with Adani Ports for a 4th Container Terminal in Mundra
CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce that it has signed with Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, an agreement for the development of a new common user Container Terminal at Mundra Port. This will be the 4th Container Terminal in Mundra and will be a 650 meters terminal along with 27 hectares of back area capable of handling 1.3 million TEUs annually.
Following this announcement, the construction phase will be initiated immediately and completion will be in a record 24 months. The project comprises design and construction of 650 meters jetty with a water depth of 16.5 meters. This world class terminal will initially have four units of 65 tonne capacity of Rail Mounted Quay Cranes capable of handling 18,000 TEU vessels and Super Post and Ultra Large Container Vessels. These cranes would be by far the largest and first of its kind in India. The yard equipment will include twelve 41 tonne lift rubber tyred container gantry cranes which will accommodate seven rows of containers and one operational lane.
Plans are underway to commence the second phase of dredging at the Kilindini channel to accommodate bigger vessels into the Port of Mombasa. Kenya Ports Authority chairman Danson Mungatana said phase II of the project will complement the first phase which was completed in 2012, leading to bigger vessels coming into the port. Mungatana was speaking at the port on Monday during the launch of the Mombasa Port Community Charter, electronic dashboard and KPA strategic plan, all aimed at enhancing efficiency.
Big ships (longer than 250 ft.) calling Bangkok port must use tugs
GAC Shipping reports Bangkok Port is now making ships use tugs to help preserve the infrastructure at the Thai capital port. “To prevent accidents which may cause damages to terminal quay, midstream dolphins and buoys and gantry cranes during berthing and mooring/unmooring in Bangkok port, all cargo vessels and other ships must apply for [Port Authority of Thailand] tug boat service for berthing, midstream mooring and unmooring in the Bangkok port,” the ship agent said in a release. The ruling is for all ships longer than 250 ft.
LNG bunkering in Rotterdam now also possible for seagoing ships
As of 1 July vessels can bunker LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) in the port of Rotterdam. Up to now only inland shipping could do this in the Seinehaven. The Municipality of Rotterdam took over the proposals of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Harbour Master to that end and amended the Rotterdam Port Management Bye-laws accordingly. The legislative amendment is a huge impulse for the introduction of LNG as fuel for shipping. LNG is cheaper and cleaner for the environment than fuel oil, the traditional shipping fuel. It is anticipated that many ports will follow the example of the port of Rotterdam as largest European port. The Port Authority previously supported an initiative of Gate to open an LNG terminal on the Maasvlakte in 2011. Facilities in the Seinehaven were opened last year allowing inland shipping to bunker LNG from an LNG tanker. The European Union (EU) supports these initiatives warmly. A subsidy of €40 million was awarded at the end of last year to stimulate the use of LNG as shipping fuel on European waters.
Iran and Kazakhstan Keen to Expand Port and Maritime Cooperation at Aktau
Iranian and Kazakh officials in a meeting in Tehran underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation in ports and maritime areas. During the meeting in the Iranian capital today, Director General of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Jalil Eslami and Head of Aktau International Trading Port Company Mikhail Yuriovich explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating relations in ports and maritime fields. Aktau is a city of approximately 200,000 citizens located on the banks of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.
Libyan Rebels Say Two Oil Ports Reopened After Blockade
Rebels who helped decimate Libyan oil production by blockading eastern ports said the nation’s largest and third-largest export facilities can ship crude again, in a gesture of support for the newly elected parliament. Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, which have combined capacity of 560,000 barrels a day, will reopen today, according to Ali Al-Hasy, a spokesman for the rebels’ Executive Office for Barqa. Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp. hasn’t been informed of the move, said Mohamed Elharari, company spokesman. The two terminals would increase Libya’s crude-export capacity almost five-fold.
Cochin Port seeks to modernise coal-handling facility
Cochin Port, India, has submitted a request for qualification (RFQ) in order to modernise its coal-handling facility. According to details on the Cochin Port Trust website, development of the coal-handling facility will cost around US$33 million. An assessment carried out by the port authority said that the facility can be developed at minimal cost in order to handle 14.5m-draft, fully-loaded Panamax vessels. In a bid to improve operations, construction of a multi-user liquid terminal on Puthuvype has been proposed. The work undertaken will include capital dredging for the berth, shore protection, and construction of the terminal’s approach road. The Port Trust has recently put forward bids to start the project. The proposed new facility will have a 300m berth for mechanised coal handling. Its modernisation will be on a design, finance, build, operate and transfer basis for a license period of 30 years.
Investment at APM Terminals Algeciras puts Spain’s Largest Port on Top in the Mediterranean
A USD 73 million investment to upgrade four existing cranes, along with other infrastructure improvements to APM Terminals Algeciras, has helped to make Spain’s largest container port the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea, with an overall throughput of 4.33 million TEUs, representing an increase of 6.6% over the 2012 annual volume. APM Terminals Algeciras, the busiest terminal (by equity share) in the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, handled 3.29 million TEUs last year, accounting for 76% of the port’s container throughput, enabling Algeciras to overtake rival Spanish port Valencia as the top container port in the Mediterranean. The majority of APM Terminals Algeciras’ volume was transshipment cargo for Africa and Latin America.
Four new cranes were delivered last month to APM Terminals Algeciras by Chinese manufacturer, ZMPC.