Conhexa to re-boost activity in Port of Sète fruit terminal
Through the Port of Sète’s new operator, the Conhexa group, the port wants to reposition itself in the traffic of refrigerated produce, a sector that is growing worldwide.
Following a call for proposals by the Port of Sète in June 2016, the Conhexa group, which is a major player in this type of traffic, was chosen to manage the 23,000m2 fruit terminal. www.freshplaza.co...
Marseille Fos has joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and is now set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations.
From July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among the 236 container carriers and cruise vessels – a 60/40 percent split – that call at the port. Other sectors will be added in 2018.
The WPCI features the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), which scores atmospheric pollution on a zero to 100 scale. Currently only around 50 ports worldwide offer reduced call charges based on the ESI. Marseille Fos reductions will apply from a score of 35 - the level attributed to ships equipped for the so-called ‘cold ironing’ facility to take shoreside electrical power at berth instead of using onboard diesel generators. www.maritimeprofe...
Durban port authority defends harbour pilots, launches new tug
Concerns that fast-tracking the training of harbour pilots may have contributed to recent quayside crashes in Durban were unfounded, Transnet said on Friday.
Transnet National Ports Authority chief executive, Richard Vallihu, was speaking on Friday on the sidelines of the launch of Durban’s newest tug, the locally built Umbilo.
Vallihu said boards of inquiry were scrutinising the two incidents, which together caused millions of rands in damage.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company’s vessel, the Benedetta, struck a gantry crane at the container terminal, the Mercury newspaper reported this week, while on April 30, the bulk carrier Julian smacked into a ship loader while berthing at Bulk Connections on the Bluff. Umbilo, which is named for the Durban river, was built by Southern African Shipyards for the authority and its home port will be Durban.
It is the sixth tug completed by the Bayhead company as part of a R1.4 billion order for nine tugs.