Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) will invest Dh20 million to carry out essential maintenance work at Zayed Port and its neighboring Freeports to repair the quayside wall enhancing the ports’ facilities and services.
The city center Zayed Port, which was established in 1968 and inaugurated in 1972 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has been the main gateway for trade in the emirate for many years. The port covers 535 hectares and contains 21 berths with depths ranging from 6 to 15 meters and a total berth length of 4,375 meters.
Zayed Port remains the gateway for general cargo vessels, RORO (roll-on/roll-off) and is emerging as a destination for international luxury cruise ship tourism, while the nearby Freeport and the new Freeport are used by smaller vessels, tugs, barges and service crafts that serve offshore oil fields as well as lay-up and vessels that require minor repairs.
Monday, 03 March 2014 Efforts to boost capacity at Ghana’s largest sea port signal the government’s willingness to invest in transport infrastructure as it looks to keep up with increasing volumes of commodity exports and processed imports. In early February, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) said it had received seven bids for the expansion project at Tema Port, the country’s busiest port. The authority first called for expressions of interest from contractors last March, with more than 50 firms responding, of which 21 – including two domestic firms – were pre-qualified to submit tenders. Shipments through Tema have increased significantly in recent years. According to GPHA data, total cargo traffic jumped 31% between 2008 and 2012, from 8,727,049 tonnes to 11,451,005 tonnes.
A major revamp of Liberia's four seaports is pointing the way to an economic transformation that aims to definitively put the ravages of this west African nation's civil wars behind it.
A decade after the end of the hostilities that brought it to its knees, Liberia, a poor but mineral-rich country, is seeing an expansion of its industrial and manufacturing sectors on the back of strong economic growth which hit 8.9 percent in 2012.
The transformation began in 2009, when the government took on Matilda Parker, a US-educated private sector management specialist, to become what remains the world's only female port authority head and asked her to turn around the fortunes of the underperforming, inefficient Freeport of Monrovia.
APM Terminals Completes Purchase of Shares in Callao (Peru)
APM Terminals and fellow Dutch-based global terminal operator, Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) revealed the completion of the purchase of a 29% share in APM Terminals Callao by TIL through the acquisition of Callao Port Holding B.V. APM Terminals assumed operational control over the Callao facility in July 2011 under a 30-year concession together with the Unimar Group of Peru holding 20%, and is currently performing a major $749 million upgrade and expansion to create a new major hub port on South America’s west coast.
Monday, 03 March 2014 Dockworkers announced that they were ending their strike and lifting the overtime ban.
The workers met with officials from the finance and transport ministries to discuss their demands. Both sides reaffirmed their deal to meet next week to start a round of negotiations regarding their demands for a overtime increases on weekdays at a ratio of 1:1.3 and on weekends and holidays 1:1.75 from the previous 1:1 on weekdays and 1:1.3 on weekends. The dockworkers refused to work overtime since February 15, finishing all loading and unloading services at 1.30pm. Any ship arriving at port after that time could not depart, resulting in hundreds of thousands in lost income for shipping companies and import-export companies, according to Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry general secretary Marios Tsiakkis and Shipping Association general manager Lefteris Kouzapas. The dockworkers overtime ban was lifted on Wednesday after representatives of the workers union agreed with finance ministry officials to begin a new around of negotiations.
Although an agreement was reached, the port authority workers union backed down and declared a one-day strike for Thursday, joining workers from other semi-governmental organizations, EAC and CyTA, to protest the proposed privatisation plan.
The union, despite the previous deal, announced that dockworkers would reinstate the overtime ban and refuse to service ships that came in over the three-day weekend.
However on Friday they decided (with 30 votes in favour and three abstentions) that they would overrule the union’s decision and give ministry officials one week to come up with a counter-proposal.
The government was elated after the dockworkers decision. Transport Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos tweeted that “despite interventions, workers at the port authority decided to lift the ban. Cypriot ports are open”.
The decision to keep the overtime ban in place over the weekend was never very popular among dockworkers, with SEK union voicing its disagreement from the start.
Source: Cyprus Mail
Two of Manila's largest ports are struggling with backlog created by an expanded truck ban enforced by the government on Monday, and worsened by truckers' protests. The ban was put in place to stop trucks and other vehicles weighing over 4,500kg from entering and traversing the city between 5:00am and 9:00pm. Now, the government has agreed on a window period from 10:00am to 3:00pm when the trucks are allowed to enter for the next six to eight months.