Subic gets official title as Manila extension port
The Port of Subic has been officially designated as an extension of the Port of Manila in line with efforts by the national government to decongest the latter and ensure the smooth flow of waterborne commerce in the conduct of international and domestic trade
Holland America calls in EdenHalfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the cruise season in Eden for 2014-2015 remains consistent, with ships such as the L'Austral, Funchal and Pacific Pearl calling. “When we have the new wharf extension we expect there to be a large spike (in traffic) when cruise ships can come alongside,” said Gale Ward, coordinator, Cruise Eden. “Removing the tender barrier will see significant growth in 2016 and beyond.” That expansion will happen in early 2016. “We are excited to see the first of the Carnival P&O vessels arriving,” Ward continued. “The region has worked tirelessly with the support of Carnival to extend our wharf to allow larger ships to come alongside.”
Port of Maputo, Mozambique, undergoes maintenance dredging
Dredging operations to maintain the docks in the port of Maputo are due to begin this month, under the terms of a contract signed last week, the company Port of Maputo Development Company (MPDC) said in a statement.The contract was signed in the port of Durban by the MPDC and the Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of Transnet Limited responsible for managing South Africa’s eight commercial ports.The agreement to use Italeni, a vessel equipped with a grab dredger with a capacity of 750 cubic metres, is part of the memorandum of understanding signed with TNPA in June 2013, in which the two institutions agreed to strengthen their relations, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.The memorandum with TNPA resulted in employee training employees at the TNPA Maritime School of Excellence, acquisition and refurbishment of the Ntwanano tug (already underway in Maputo), and this dredging work, with Italeni setting off for the port of Maputo in two weeks’ time.
The port of Maputo management company last year dredged the port’s access channel and some mooring docks. This work increased the depth of the port from 11 to 13.7 metres, allowing ships weighing over 65,000 tons to enter the port.As a result, the port of Maputo increased its operating efficiency and exceeded the 17 million tons of cargo that had been set as a goal for 2013.The port of Maputo was offered under concession to MPDC in 2003, a partnership between Mozambican state port and rail manager CFM and Portus Indico, a consortium of South African group Grindrod, DP World from the United Arab Emirates and Moçambique Gestores. Source : macauhub/MZ
The Skuld Association has been advised that the Government is planning to undertake a nation-wide curfew from 19 September to 21 September 2014 as part of a Ebola control exercise.
The local office of Messrs. Budd has advised that during this period the nation’s ports will also be closed as everyone will be obliged to stay at home. The military will assist to enforce this curfew.
As members will appreciate this is likely to significantly impact on any vessel that has already come alongside in Sierra Leone, and will also have a back log effect on vessels waiting to come in. During this period it may be that no port services will be available at all and vessels should prepare for such a 72 hour cessation of all services and facilities.
Sohar Port sees progress in tackling cargo traffic
Sohar Port and Freezone says it has seen encouraging progress in its efforts to deal with disruptions in the flow of container cargo in and out of the port during the past month, while the port’s other terminal operations have remained largely unaffected by the delays.
While the handling of containers has seen steady improvement, Sohar Port is gradually expected to reach full international container terminal standards by the year-end, according to a top official at the logistics hub.
“Most importantly, we have seen all parties involved communicating regularly and working together positively to resolve the situation. I can confidently say that the worst is now behind us, although it will still need some more time for the total container supply chain to normalise,” said Andre Toet, Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Port and Freezone. He continued: “We are listening attentively to all sides involved, importers and exporters to Oman, and giving a helping hand wherever we can.”
That situation erupted soon after the Eid holiday, when consignees and shippers complained of long delays in the loading and discharge of containers at Sohar Port. Worse, it happened in the run up to the August 31 deadline for the relocation of all commercial shipping and cargo from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar. Source: Oman Daily Observer
Nicaragua Canal construction to begin in December with port, says official
The construction of the 287km-interoceanic canal through Nicaragua should begin in December with the construction of a port on the Pacific coast, Temaco Talavera, president of the National Universities Council, who serves as a spokesman for the government’s Canal Technical Advisory Commission, told local media.
The port would be located at Britto, in the Rivas department on the Pacific coast and “would create all the necessary work to move forward,” he said,In June of last year, a parliament controlled by President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front approved the project with scarcely a debate.
They handed a 100-year concession controlling a vast area of Nicaragua to Chinese magnate Wang Jing, giving him broad powers as he and his newly formed Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND) build and manage the 286km-waterway.
The Canal would be three times the length of the Panama Canal with a channel draught of 22m, the locks having 466 m length, being 64 m in width and its cost is estimated at $40B\bn although most experts consider the cost largely under estimated.The project would include two ports, an airport, an artificial lake, two locks, a resort, an area of free trade, roads and cement and steel, according to the Chinese firm HKND Group, concessionaire of the project.
Three months away from the planned start date of construction, there are still no international tenders called neither for the port nor for any infrastructure works or information released about land expropriations required along the canal.
Panama President Juan Carlos Varela during an official visit to Spain said that he did not see the “economic viability” of the project. Panama Canal expansion is well advanced and should begin operations in 2016. Source: Seatrade Global
Grant to Port will boost capacity for ‘super post-Panamax’ ships
The Port of Seattle has won a $20 million grant to rehab and expand one of its busiest container terminals downtown, one of two projects from Washington that successfully competed for a piece of $600 million in federal grants set aside for critical transportation needs around the nation. Source: hellenicshippingnews