Samsung taps liner service from Mexico to Miami to avoid border
A new all-water container service moving Samsung products from Mexico through the Port of Miami to the Southeast is providing some shippers a cheaper and faster option, shaving off roughly half the time and a quarter of the cost from traditional trucking cross-border options.
Chennai Port starts refuelling service for ships at anchorage ...
Chennai Port Trust on Friday commenced supplying bunker fuel to ships at anchorage, an official said.
Till recently, international vessels that were passing various Indian sea ports had to go either to Singapore or Colombo for bunker fuel. Chennai Port has started supplying bunker fuel through barge to vessel berthed at five nautical miles from the port.
“The supply of bunker fuel to ships at anchorage is a business which international ports such as Singapore and Colombo have excelled in. We started this facility with the aim of converting Chennai Port into a bunker hub in the East Coast,” said Chennai Port Traffic Manager B.Vimal.
“It also makes sense for international vessels to use the new bunkering facility as they need not have to come inside the port for fuelling alone. It also saves them from paying pilotage, berthing and wharfage charges and time,” he said.
According to a statement , Indian Oil Corporation supplied 1,430 tonnes of IFO 380 CST grade bunker to MT Jag Lakshita belonging to GE Shipping. HPCL is planning to commence its bunker services soon. www.thehindu.com/...
Eurogate Bremerhaven to become base port for Nordergründe
Germany’s Eurogate Bremerhaven has been chosen as base port for the installation of wind turbines for the Nordergründe offshore wind farm. The customer is Senvion GmbH, who will supply the 18 type 6.2M126 offshore wind turbines that are to be installed close to the shore in the estuary of the River Weser east of the island of Wangerooge.
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Port of Grangemouth workers to take 2-week strike action
Workers at Scotland’s largest container port are to begin a two-week strike on Tuesday in a dispute over rotas and pay. The union Unite said all but two of 75 “operatives” based at the Port of Grangemouth had voted for action in a ballot. The workers include crane drivers and loaders.
It is understood that about 20 engineers who are also based at the site are not involved in the action. The strike is due to start at 00:01 on Tuesday.
Unite said the action had been called after port owner Forth Ports announced changes to shifts. The union said the new rotas, which affect night shifts and weekend work, amounted to “a de facto pay cut”. Forth Ports has yet to comment on the action.
A Unite official said: “We are ready and prepared to negotiate with management.”
Grangemouth currently handles more than 150,000 containers annually, with daily sailings to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe and Hamburg.
Sri Lanka’s Jaya Container Terminal sets record by docking three large-scale container ships simultaneously
Sri Lanka’s Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) at the Colombo Port has set a record by simultaneously anchoring three large-scale container ships of over 300 meter in length.
The three container ships – MSC Jovanna, Ever Lenient and MSC Toronto – berthed Wednesday early morning.
The 337-meter long MSC Joanna has a total container capacity of 9,178 TEUs and the UK-flagged Ever Lenient is 335 meters in length with a total container capacity of 8,500 TEUs. The MSC Toronto is a 325-meter long ship with a total capacity of 8,089 TEUs.
Although large ships have been docked at the JCT previously, this is the first time three such ships have been anchored at the same time.
The JCT, which is operated under the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) has four container main berths.
Source: Colombo Page
SOHAR expands and welcomes four more post-Panamax cranes
This week saw the arrival of four new post-Panamax quay cranes at SOHAR Port and Freezone’s state-of-the-art container terminal, as it continues its next phase of expansion. The facility is jointly owned by Hutchison (HPH) in Hong Kong, the Oman Government, C. Steinweg and other investors, and is operated by Oman International Container Terminal (OICT). In the summer of 2014, OICT shifted it operations to the new Terminal C at SOHAR in preparation for the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos. Last year saw SOHAR handle nearly one million tons of cargo a week, a new record for the Port that only saw its first ship arrive in 2004. www.hellenicshipp...
Sarnia Harbour set to undergo $2-million dredging project
City officials are gearing up for a $2-million dredging project in an effort to ensure water depths remain adequate for commercial shipping traffic accessing the harbour for berthage, repairs and cargo transfers. Environmental studies have indicated 25,000 cubic feet of silt will need to be dredged, said Peter Hungerford, the city's director of economic development and corporate planning. But relocation plans for the sediment still need to be determined before dredging can began in the harbour this year. The city is also preparing for a $450,000 upgrade to the electrical services located at the west end of Seaway Road.
The U.S. Coast Guard has removed restrictions for Intracoastal Waterway traffic near the Black Bayou Bridge in Lake Charles, La. The waterway was restricted when a part of the bridge's fendering system was struck by a tug that lost steering with three barges Monday night.
The bridge and waterway opened to all highway and vessel traffic at 12:26 p.m. Wednesday.
At 10:27 p.m. Monday night, the bridge operator notified the Coast Guard that a towboat was pushing 3 hopper barges and struck the fendering wall that protects the pontoon bridge crossing the waterway. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port in Port Arthur, Texas, established a safety zone at the bridge to restrict marine traffic while a salvage barge worked to schedule removal of the debris. www.marinelink.co...
APM Terminals Completes Acquisition of spanish Grup Maritim TCB
APM Terminals has completed the USD 1 billion acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB’s port and rail interests. APM Terminals has yet to receive approval for three of 11 terminals under Grup Maritim TCB, but has decided to move ahead with the acquisition, as the remaining terminals constitute less than 5% of the value of the acquisition. The acquisition thus adds 8 ports with a combined 2 million TEU equity-weighted volume to APM Terminals, expanding the network to 72 operating ports, across 69 countries.
The acquisition complements APM Terminals current portfolio, adding 7% throughput in key locations including Spanish container terminal concessions in Barcelona, Valencia and Castellon, on the Mediterranean coast, along with the concessions in Gijon, on the Bay of Biscay. Outside of Spain, Grup Maritim TCB’s terminal operations include Yucatan, Mexico; Quetzal, Guatemala (under construction, opening 2016); Buenaventura, Colombia, on the Pacific Coast; and Paranagua, Brazil. APM Terminals will invest an estimated USD $400 million over the next five years in upgrades and expansion to these operations. Source: APM Terminals