Indian power and steel companies are importing shiploads of coal due to a severe shortage at home, leading to heavy congestion in one of the country's busiest ports that now has twice the number of vessels waiting than its available berths.The over-crowding at Paradip port in eastern Odisha could derail India's efforts to prevent a shutdown of more than half of its power plants which are running on stocks of less than a week in the worst deficit since a massive blackout in 2012.While Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has urged power firms to bring more coal into India - already the world's No. 3 importer of the fuel, the country's ports are finding it difficult to deal with the swelling traffic.
"We're 100 percent houseful," said G.P Biswal, deputy conservator of Paradip port. "We're not able to cope with the sudden increase in traffic."Half of the 27 stranded ships at Paradip are carrying up to 90,000 tonnes of coal each and it takes up to six days to offload a ship once it is berthed. Biswal said rains in the eastern part of the country over the past few days have hampered operations but there could be an improvement in a week.Some of the ships are to deliver coal for top power and steel firms like Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, Steel Authority of India Ltd, GMR Energy (IPO-GMRE.BO), Tata group and the Adani group - run by billionaire Gautam Adani.Congestion was higher-than-usual at some other ports too, said Prakash Duvvuri, research head at research firm OreTeam. Total coal traffic across all ports, including shipments within the country, rose 12 percent in August from a year ago. Paradip port, the biggest state-owned port by capacity, handled 16 percent more coal over the period, according to the Indian Ports Association. Source : Reuters
Russia Signs Marine Terminal Agreement with MSC Cruises
While at the XIII International Investment Forum in Sochi last Friday, Nikolay Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad region, Andrei Tarasenko, CEO of Rosmorport and MSC Cruises CEO Roberto Grandi Navi Veloci Mortinoli signed an agreement to build an international marine terminal to receive cruise and cargo ships at the port of Pioneer along the Baltic Sea in Russia’s Kaliningrad region. Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave located on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania and geographically isolated from the rest of Russia. Regional authorities expect that in 2015 it will be possible to start work on the new terminal with the total volume of investment reaching upwards of $240 million including the construction of engineering networks, communications, and roads. The rest of the work being done under the federal target program, “Development of transport system of Russia 2010-2020.” The plans for the construction of the passenger port in the Pionersky became known in early 2013 and thereafter lengthy negotiations were conducted with potential investors. Deputy Prime Minister of the regional Kaliningrad government Alexander Rolbinov reported that “under the most optimistic scenario” passenger terminal for marine ships can be built by 2016. Source: gcaptain.com/russ...
London’s major port, The Port of Tilbury, has secured a new Ro-Ro service with Finnlines, one of the leading shipping operators of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the company said in its press release. The new service, which began operating in August, will be a weekly service calling each Thursday feeding the Baltic states and Scandinavia with cargo including paper and general cargo. The service sees a return to Tilbury for Finnlines who had previously operated a ro-ro service at the Port until the end of 2006. Commenting on the new service, Paul Dale, Senior Asset Manager at the Port of Tilbury said: “We are delighted to welcome Finnlines back to Tilbury. As the largest paper handling port in the UK, Finnlines will benefit from Tilbury’s expertise and connectivity in the South east. We look forward to working with Finnlines to deliver an excellent service for their customer.” Brian Rolfe, Managing Director of Finnlines UK said: “The new weekly connection to/from Tilbury to Helsinki and further to St Petersburg strenghens our position in the South of England and we have received positive feedback from our customers for adding a Southern port to our schedule.”
'A soft opening' for S.F.'s new cruise ship terminal
The newest dock of the bay - San Francisco's handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal - opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.
There was no ceremony - Peter Dailey, the port's maritime director, called it "a soft opening" - but the arrival of the Crown Princess was a big deal.
It marked the end of 25 years of sometimes complicated and contentious planning for the Port of San Francisco. The port hopes the Crown Princess will be the first of many cruise ships to dock at the new terminal, each of them bringing money-bearing passengers.
The cruise business has been looking up in San Francisco, Dailey said. This year, there were 73 ship calls with 250,000 passengers, a record. Next year there will be 81 calls, with an anticipated 300,000 passengers.
"We want to make San Francisco the premier cruise port on the West Coast," Daily said.
That is not likely to happen, since Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, are nearer the popular Alaska and Northwest cruise destinations, and Los Angeles is closer to Mexico. Both ports attract more cruise ships.
However, San Francisco's new terminal, all sleek glass and spanking new, is top of the line.
The terminal is not only modern, but the ships dock in the heart of the city right under Telegraph Hill, with San Francisco's famous sights within walking distance.
It has everything a cruise ship might want. It has electric shore power so the ships don't have to run their engines in port, boarding areas with heating and air conditioning, a specially designed $3 million passenger elevator and a ton of other amenities. www.sfgate.com/ba...
Philippines lifts truck ban as Manila port congestion becomes infamous
THE Philippines has lifted a truck ban which in seven months led to major losses for both importers and exporters, created food shortages and increased costs of basic amenities.
Last week, MCC Transport chief commercial officer Naresh Potty told Containerisation International that Manila was the worst-performing of all of Asia’s key ports.
Manila mayor Joseph Estrada lifted the ban, allowing trucks to enter Manila at any time of day. When the ban was imposed in February, trucks were restricted from entering the city from 5am to 9pm Monday to Friday.
This resulted in port congestion because of the limited time trucks could move. Then the ban was applied to rush hour periods from 6am and 10am and from 5pm to 10pm.
The ban was introduced by Mr Estrada following complaints from Manila residents about lengthy traffic jams they blamed on trucks calling at the port
Shipping ministry for reconsidering security ban on China’s ZPMC cranes
The shipping ministry has asked security agencies to reconsider their decision to deny clearance to Chinese crane maker Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) for supplying cargo handling equipment to India’s 12 state-owned ports. Chinese firms or groups with Chinese links are barred from bidding for Indian port construction contracts. But this is the first time a Chinese equipment maker has been denied security clearance by the Indian government to supply cranes to ports. The development is a big blow to ZPMC—the world’s leading heavy duty equipment maker—as the Indian ports industry is a major market for the state-owned firm. Of the more than 200 Chinese-made cranes operating at Indian ports, as many as 146 were supplied by ZPMC alone, spread across 70 locations. The change in India’s stand on ZPMC cranes first came to light late last year, when security agencies denied clearance to the firm for supplying six quay cranes and 20 rubber-tyred gantry cranes gear to a new private container terminal being built by Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd at Mumbai port.
Subsequently, another private container terminal being built by ABG Container Handling Pvt. Ltd at VO Chidambaranar port (formerly Tuticorin port) had also applied for security clearance to buy three ZPMC cranes for which orders had been placed in November last year; but the clearance has not been given by the security agencies. ZPMC could not be reached immediately for comment.
China Merchants Holdings, Partners To Invest US$601 Million In Sri Lanka Port Project
Chinese ports investor China Merchants Holdings (International) Co. Ltd. (0144.HK) said it agreed to develop a container port project in Sri Lanka with partners for a total investment of US$601 million.
A joint venture between China Merchants and China Harbour Engineering Co. entered an agreement with Sri Lanka Ports Authority to develop the container terminal at the Hambantota Port Development Project, the Hong Kong-listed China Merchants said in a statement.
The joint venture will invest US$391 million out of the total investment of US$601 million in the project, China Merchants said.
China Merchants, the nation’s biggest port operator by container-shipping volume, has been stepping up investments in recent years to boost its port portfolio in China and abroad. In 2013, for example, the company spent US$701 million on two acquisitions that expanded China Merchants’ presence in ports as far-flung as the U.S. to Morocco.
For the Sri Lanka deal, details of the investment ratios of China Harbour Engineering and China Merchants in the joint venture have yet to be determined and the final terms of the agreement are still being discussed, the company said.
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The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure.
Lower sections of the hollow steel posts beneath the wharf are covered in corrosion caused by bacteria, silt and salty water. Steel sleeves used to cover cracks and holes have begun corroding as well.
Port Engineer Todd Cowles called this a temporary fix.
“You can spend 15 years fixing 100 piles a year only to have the ones you started with starting to fail. These are not 75-year solutions. These are 10- to 15-year solutions,” he said.
So the municipality of Anchorage and the engineering company CH2M Hill are designing possible long-term solutions, with the basic idea to use steel piles filled with reinforced concrete, KSKA reported (bit.ly/1wo4SOr) . If the steel corrodes in 20 years, the concrete remains.
Port managers also want to replace aging equipment and make the port better able to withstand earthquakes. And they want to redo two older terminals. They do not plan to add new berths.
Construction and demolition will change where companies off-load goods, Cowles said.
The project is a shift from the failed expansion that began in 2006 and resulted in more than $300 million in costs, unused materials and lawsuits.
“I think what we did better this time is really involve our primary stakeholders in kind of kicking the tires on the concept,” he said of the new approach.
Video: Canada’s Prince Rupert Port Sees Shipping Increase
Engineers, pilots and port users met late last month. Designs will be developed thoroughly enough to estimate their cost, placement and possible risks and presented to the municipality in November.
Each year, 4 million tons of goods pass through the port, a major gateway to Alaska, along with much of the cement and jet fuel used in the state.
Source: Associated Press