Bengpu Container Terminal commences new river service to Shanghai
THE Bengpu-Taicang-Shanghai container freight service has commenced its maiden voyage from Bengpu port international container terminal, marking a new era of the container shipping service in the Huaihe River, a river to the north of Yangtze, reports Xinhua. Huaihe River has achieved its goal of providing river-sea intermodal service with the opening up of the Bengpu-Taicang-Shanghai container service and the operation of the Bengpu New Port Phase 2 Container Terminal. Port of Bengpu plans to launch domestic container services such as the Bengpu-Yangzhou and the Bengbu-Lianyungang line in the near future to further promote the development of the export-oriented economy in Bengpu and northern Anhui province.
Evergreen fulfils vow to shift Hutchison ports - Thamesport to Felixstowe
HUTCHISON's Port of Felixstowe has docked its first ship call on Evergreen's China Europe Shuttle service, which had only called continental ports before the Taiway shipping line joined the CKYHE Alliance on the Asia-Europe trade.
This also fulfils Evergreen's promise last year to switch from Thamesport to Felixstowe, both owned by the Hutchison group, before it announced it would join the CKYH Alliance of Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin, making it the CKYHE..
Recently DP World's London Gateway and Southampton announced that they had won services from the rival G6 Alliance, noted Lloyd's List.
Crimea seaports seized by Russian separatists, cargo volumes plunge
CRIMEA's seaports are being seized by Russian separatist authorities, as well as harbour and pilotage services now under new enterprises called "Crimean Ports" and "Pilot-Crimea".
In March 2014, the port of Evpatoria volumes by 31.4 per cent, Sevastopol by 35.2 per cent, Yalta by 81.9 per cent, Theodosia by 25.6 per cent and Kerch by 72.5 per cent, according to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.
It has not been decided yet which Crimean ports will be placed under the authority of the federal authorities of Russia, and which will remain under the authority of Crimea, reports New York's Maritime Advocate.
On March 28, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Rosmorrechflot" appointed harbour masters of sea ports in Crimea. On March 31 the Crimean and Sevastopol branches of Rosmorport were established.
Apparently, Russia will take all responsibilities related to the safety of navigation in Sevastopol and other ports of Crimea, the report said.
It is expected that the 15 million tons of cargo handled in the Crimean ports in 2013 now will henceforth be processed in other Ukrainian ports.
Crimean ports may be closed to the rest of the world. On April 15, the Ukrainian parliament adopted the law, which declares the Crimean peninsula as "temporary occupied territory, said the report.
"It is possible to speak in terms of a banning of the ships calling at Crimean ports, from entering the ports of Ukraine. This kind of ban was tested in Cyprus in connection with the occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974," said the Maritime Advocate.
"Despite the progress in resolving that political conflict, until recently the masters of vessels calling at the ports of Northern Cyprus were subject to criminal penalties, including imprisonment.
"It is commonly known that tracing the route of a ship is not particularly difficult today given the use of AIS and other services'" the report said.
Kalmar to stretch three ship-to-shore cranes for Barcelona terminal
KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to raise the height of three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes by six metres for Terminal de Contenidors de Barcelona in Spain to meet rising container traffic as more large ships call.
The work on the project is expected to begin in the third quarter with completion for all three cranes by year end.
The terminal has an annual handling capacity of 2.3 million TEU, making it a main logistics platforms in the Mediterranean region.
Its focus is the "development of intermodal container traffic throughout South Europe, where increasing its front line ship-to-shore crane capacity is an important strategic development for the business and its competitive positioning in the market", a company statement said.
The cranes, originally provided by another supplier, will be heightened by Kalmar's crane team in the region. The scope includes complex engineering works and coordination of the project through to completion.
Heightening an STS crane, which weighs up to 2,000 tonnes, involves the use of a specialist jacking device to insert heightening construction and raise the whole crane by six metres, reaching 47 metres under spreader.
Rotterdam port expects LNG bunkering infrastructure to be operational by 2015
The port of Rotterdam expects LNG bunkering infrastructure to be in place and operational by 2015, said its director of oil storage, refinery and shipping Roland E Van Assche at a meeting with journalists Wednesday in Rotterdam. With developments for the LNG terminal already in place and gas pipelines from Germany to Rotterdam's port, LNG bunkering could be operational by 2015, with supply operations possible, he added. The port already has the Gate terminal which provides E.ON Ruhrgas with some 3 billion cubic meters of annual LNG regasification capacity. Dutch companies, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and Royal Vopak. The Gate terminal started operations in 2011. In addition, the port also already has gas pipelines connecting the port to supplies in Germany, and this is another factor that places the port in a good position for LNG bunker supply, said Van Assche.
APM Terminals is investing $1.2bn in Lázaro Cárdenas, with up to $300m provided by the International Finance Corporation. According to Mr Martínez, it makes sense to expand Mexican port facilities, because it is significantly cheaper to move cargo from Asia to the US via Mexico. Source : portstrategy
Port infrastructure in Mexico is going to double in capacity over the next six years, according to Ricardo Martínez of the Ports and Merchant Marine. The expansion will begin at the port of Veracruz, which is investing $1.77bn, during which it will double its existing size by partially reclaiming land from the sea. A tender will be issued shortly. Finance for the project will come from the concessionaires of terminals handling containers, finished vehicles and grain, as well as from service providers. According to Mr Martínez, it makes sense to expand Mexican port facilities, because it is significantly cheaper to move cargo from Asia to the US via Mexico. Source : portstrategy
WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD to take over EstaleirosNavais de Viana do Castelo
WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD, a privately owned company,commenced its activity in May 2014, taking over the facilities of EstaleirosNavais de Viana do Castelo, SA (ENVC, SA), recently closed. Facilities include two dry docks with 200 x 30 m and 127 x 18 m, 700 m of fully equipped berths and several cranes with a lifting capacity up to 180 tons. Under the previous ownership, the shipyard has successfully built, during almost 70 years, more than 250 vessels including barges, tugboats, ferry boats, fishing vessels, general cargos, bulk carriers, container ships, oil and chemical tankers, LPG's, cement carriers and war vessels. ENVC, SA has also offered a full range of services for conversion and ship repair. The high skilled project department and production areas were very important for a good performance of this activity. Complex and diversified conversion and repair works were carried out in the yard for the most renowned companies. WestSEAVIANA SHIPYARD retained many of the professionals who worked for ENVC, SA, bringing the extensive experience, high quality levels and good collaboration with them, but now more flexible and competitive. The Yard will follow the core business of ENVC, SA, offeringshipbuilding, conversion and ship repair services for all vessel types up to dwt 40.000 and is committed to continue the excellence in its shipbuilding and repair services. WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD is strategically located in the northern coast of Portugal, very close to the port of Leixões and Vigo and on the route to Africa, Europe and America.
Queen Victoria uses new anchorage point at Newhaven
Queen Victoria, a cruise liner operated by Cunard, to the River Forth for the first time last weekend (May 28/29) when over 1800 passengers were brought to its new anchorage point. The passengers came ashore at Newhaven Harbour for onward bus tours around the East of Scotland and Fife coast and then onto the city centre. The photos show the ship at anchor and the passengers coming ashore at Newhaven Harbour near Leith. Source : The Edinburgh Reporter
Port Klang Authority To Deepen South Channel Entrance To 18 Metres Deep
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) is to deepen the South Channel entrance at Pintu Gedong in Port Klang from its current depth of 16.5 metres to 18.0 metres to cater to demands from shipping lines for round- the-clock access to the country's premier port. General Manager Capt Datuk David Padman said the dredging project to cater for the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) carrying more than 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) would be undertaken by Integrated Marine Works Sdn Bhd, the government appointed concessionaire company for dredging works in the major federal ports.