Dredgers from the fleet of Boskalis Westminster have completed a program of capital dredging to deepen and widen the approach channel linking international shipping lanes to the ABP Port of Southampton, UK.
The £40m dredging project's scope of works included widening at Marchwood to improve navigation safety for vessels accessing the container terminal. The channel was widened by 30m at the existing maintained dredge level of -12.6m CD over a length of about 0.9 km
Improvement of the port main access channel included widening of the channel from the existing maintained dredge level of -12.6m CD to -13.6m CD over a length of about 5.4 km between Dock Head and Fawley and between Hook and Hamble Spit, in order to allow crossing of vessels and improve traffic management and safety, in a phased dredge programme.
Outer channel deepening improved the tidal window for accessing the port, with the Thorn channel deepened from -12.6m CD to -13.8m CD, and the Nab channel deepened from -13.3m CD to -14.8m CD.
The work ensures ships with a draught of up to 15.5m – the biggest container vessels currently in service – will be able to access the Port’s container terminal.
The dredging is the final piece of the project to enhance capability at the container terminal that is operated by DP World. The SCT 5 berth has a 500m deepwater quay and is purpose built to cater for the largest ships in the world. As well as deepwater access, it is also equipped with the latest cranes, capable of reaching across vessels 24 containers wide.
Shanghai port takes again crown as busiest container port with 35.29m teu in 2014
China’s Shanghai has taken the crown as the world’s busiest container port for the fifth consecutive year as the port authority announced a 2014 throughput of 35.29m teu. Last year’s box volumes rose 4.5% compared to 33.77m teu recorded in 2013, according to data from Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG).
APM Terminals equipment investments continue at Algeciras
APM Terminals placed an order for 12 new advanced Rubber-Tire Gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of an ongoing program of upgrading and expanding container handling capabilities and capacities throughout the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network. Twelve of the high-performance RTGs are scheduled for delivery to APM Terminals Algeciras, in Spain.The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tons, and the ability to maneuver containers into stacks five containers high.
APM Terminals Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Western Mediterranean market, has recently completed upgrading cranes and quay infrastructure to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) of 18,000+ TEU capacity, some of which now call the terminal weekly. In addition to heightening four existing cranes in 2014, four new Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes were delivered last May. The Port of Algeciras, located at the Gibraltar Strait, is the largest in Spain, having surpassed Valencia in 2013, and is the 28th busiest globally. APM Terminals Algeciras was ranked fifth among European container terminals for the first half of 2014 by the JOC Group Productivity Study, with 81 crane moves per hour with a vessel alongside.
Transit delays at Kiel-Canal continue - 14 hrs waiting time at Kiel-Holtenau
Vessels wishing to transit the Kiel Canal continue to face delays, with current waiting times of 14 hours at Kiel-Holtenau and 4 hrs at Brunsbuttel for ships with LOA over 125m and/or draft greater than 6,50m. (According to WSA Authority Jan. 13 at 08.00 hrs)
The Italian Coast Guard ruling banning cruise ships over 96,000 tons from sailing through Venice’s signature channel has apparently been lifted, according to Italian media reports.
The degree banned big ships from sailing through the Guidecca channel.
The lifting of the ban may not affect traffic this year, as itineraries and deployment are already planned, but could play a factor starting in 2016.
Due to adverse weather conditions, vessels wishing to transit the Kiel Canal are facing waiting times of about 12 hours at Kiel-Holtenau and about 12 hours at Brunsbuttel - according to WSA Jan. 12, 2015 at 08.00 hrs).
Guyana Awaits $60M From India to Buy Ferry, Build Highway
Guyana's president says India has pledged $60 million to help the South American country buy a large ferry and build a four-lane highway. President Donald Ramotar says the highway is to connect Guyana's main international airport to a large highway near the capital of Georgetown that runs to the coast.He said late Thursday that $10 million of the amount pledged will be used to buy a passenger and cargo ferry that would operate between Port Georgetown and remote jungle communities near the border with Venezuela. India and Guyana have collaborated on other projects in recent years, including a cricket stadium and a hospital. About 44 percent of the 736,000 people who live in Guyana are descendants of people from India who came as indentured workers. Source : abcnews
Konecranes has won another order from Lomé Container Terminal SA in Lomé, Togo, this time for 10 RTGs. They will be identical to the 12 already delivered during 2014. Delivery is scheduled for end-2015 and 2016. With this delivery, Lomé Container Terminal will operate 22 Konecranes RTGs.
Skangass starts LNG loading operation at Zeebrugge
On 2nd January 2015 LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) was loaded aboard Coral Energy, the Skangass time chartered ship, at the Fluxys’ LNG Terminal in Zeebrugge. This was the first Skangass loading at Zeebrugge under the recent concluded agreement between Skangass and the energy company Eni, the company said in its press release. The recent agreement entered into between Skangass and Eni is one of the largest small scale agreements for LNG. It secures the small scale LNG availability in the Nordic markets and supports EU programs for clean industry.