Port managers expect 3 months to clear LA-Long Beach cargo congestion
Congestion at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will be cleared in three months, officials told the 15th annual TPM Conference in Long Beach.
"We need to get our feet back under us in the first month," said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, reported Newark's Journal of Commerce.
The ports are becoming more involved, said Long Beach port CEO Jon Slangerup, and not just play the role of passive landlords, reported American Shipper.
"We're going to be enablers of efficient operations. We need to facilitate improvements in the supply chain. The key word is velocity. We need to drive containers through our ports at velocities that are world class," said Mr Slangerup.
Said Mr Seroka: "Today, we first dipped under 30 vessels at anchor in the breakwater," he said. "This morning we are working 33 vessels between LA and Long Beach. Last night we had 88 gangs working (ships), and this morning, 101 gangs" of nearly 3,000 dockers.
"By the third month, I hope, by working in concert with the liner companies, we can work on how to get the vessels back in a normal order of rotation," Mr Seroka said.
San Pedro port to seek $300 mln in roadshow next month
Ivory Coast’s second largest port of San Pedro will hold a roadshow in France and Britain next month as it seeks to raise 180 billion CFA francs ($300 million) to fund upgrades, the port’s director said.
San Pedro is already the world’s leading port for cocoa exports, shipping more than half of total output from Ivory Coast, the top producer of the chocolate ingredient. It also exports coffee, palm oil, timber and cotton.
However, it is hoping to broaden its activities with upgrades including an expansion of its container terminal and the construction of a new mineral ore terminal.
Hilaire Lamizana told Reuters in an interview the projects would require overall investments of 900 billion CFA francs between 2015 and 2020.
“Of this amount, the port will raise 180 billion CFA francs in loans and direct financing,” he said. “As for the remaining 720 billion, we’ll tender Build, Operate and Transfer agreements in the framework of public-private partnerships.”
Lamizana said Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which already operates San Pedro’s existing container terminal, had been attributed the concession for the new container terminal expansion.
Construction of the project is due to begin in September and expand the container terminal from its current size of five hectares to 23 hectares at a cost of 400 billion CFA francs.
Concessions for other expansion projects, including a nickel and iron ore terminal and a petroleum products hub, will be attributed separately, Lamizana said.
“At the end of the work, we are aiming for annual traffic of 25 million tonnes by 2020 compared to 4.7 million this year,” he said.
Virginia’s Richmond inland port closes after heavy snowfall
The Port of Virginia closed its port in Richmond after unexpected snowfall hit the James River facility Thursday afternoon. The port closed at 2 p.m. Thursday “as a result of accumulating snow and deteriorating road conditions
Seago Line Starts West Mediterranean-Maghreb Service
Seago Line is launching a new weekly, fixed schedule Intra Maghreb service, dedicated to develop the short sea markets with special focus in the Maghreb area. Transit times from/to Casablanca and Tunis will be seven days, with connections to Valencia, Spain and Marsaxlokk, Malta as West Mediterranean hubs.The service will start with a first ship calling at the Port of Valencia on March 20.
Seago Line is an independent entity within the Maersk Group, assigned to handle the Intra-European container activities.
The Port of Gothenburg is planning a new Energy Port at Risholmen to the west of the present freight terminals on the Hisingen side of the river. The new port will be 600,000 square metres in size. This can be compared with the Container Terminal, which is 800,000 square metres, the company said in its press release. Source: PortNews
Waalwijk has far-advanced plans for the construction of a container terminal outside the dykes on the Bergsche Maas. As a result, it should be possible to handle vessels of up to 135 metres. The call for tenders for this project is planned for May or June of this year, Port of Rotterdam said in its media release. The current terminal, which handles about 45,000 TEU a year, is situated behind a lock, which limits the capacity of the vessels to 89 metres with a capacity of around 40 TEU per ship. It is not possible to enlarge the current lock, for technical reasons. The costs of the new terminal are estimated at €25 million. The municipality of Waalwijk will pay part of this itself. In addition, recourse will be made to European subsidies. Entrepreneurs currently involved in container handling have promised to contribute annually via a port fund. Negotiations on a contribution are still under way with the province of Noord-Brabant. Tenders will be invited via the ‘Design, Build, Finance and Maintain’ method. This means that the costs will be spread over 25 years, including the maintenance. The financiers therefore only need to pay their contribution during the course of the contract. Source: Portnews
Houston Ship Channel reopened after ship collision
The U.S. Coast Guard Houston VTS reopened the Houston Ship Channel to all traffic yesterday afternoon (5 March). Vessel movements had been halted between LT26 and LT42 in the Channel, following a collision between a chemical tanker and a container vessel. The collision is under investigation.
LNG terminal in Puthuvype (Kochi) to fuel marine vessels
The LNG terminal of Petronet LNG Limited, located at Puthuvype here, is set to gain additional revenue by means of bunkering.
The terminal has successfully provided LNG to a marine vessel which berthed at the terminal a few days ago.
The procedure could be replicated, effectively adding to the capacity utilisation of the terminal. The LNG terminal is utilising less than 10 per cent of its capacity of 5 mmtpa (million metric tones per annum) now.
Modifications had been incorporated at the terminal to supply LNG to marine vessels, a top official of Petronet LNG Limited told The Hindu on Friday. The bunkering operation is the first of its kind in the country and the Asian region, according to him. Petronet is now optimistic that its Kochi LNG terminal can cater to about 40-50 vessels in a year without affecting the regular unloading /reloading of routine LNG vessels, thus providing an additional stream of revenue to the Cochin Port and to the government of Kerala by way of VAT.
DP World announcement on Port of Vancouver Container Fire
DP World on March 5, 2015 announced that on 4 March 2015 the Company experienced a fire within a container stack at its terminal in Vancouver, Canada, at 13.15 local time. Emergency services were contacted immediately and the authorities alerted. All employees and contractors, apart from the DP World Emergency Response Team, have been evacuated.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire. The source of the smoke visible from the container stack fire has been attributed to the chemical Trichloroisocyanauric acid, commonly used as an industrial disinfectant and bleaching agent. Potential side effects from long term or sustained exposure to the chemical are lung, eye or skin irritation. Any members of the public concerned or who require more health related information are advised to contact their nearest medical facility.
The DP World Emergency Response Team is working with and assisting the relevant authorities to control and contain the situation. The Company has brought an Occupational Hygienist to the site to assess and assist with the necessary control measures which may be required to minimise impact of the fire.