Cargo handling at the port of Kiel in HI’17 up 20 % to record 3.7 million tons
The port of Kiel says it is very much on target for growth and has posted its best half-year results to date. In the first six months of 2017 the port’s varied facilities handled 3.7 million tons of goods, topping the total in the same period of the previous year by 20 %. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “the taking into service of the SCA Logistics Centre in Kiel’s Ostuferhafen has already shown it is having a lasting impact on growth and providing the planned impetus which justifies our investment.” Some 400,000 tons of high-value timber products were handled and stored for new customers Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) and Iggesund Paperboard in the first half of the year. “This very good result is all the more significant because Kiel was also able to post increases in its other handling sectors – ferry traffic and bulk goods”, said Dirk Claus. Even without taking the SCA traffic into consideration, Kiel’s handling performance still rose by a remarkable 7.6 %.
According to the port’s press release, in the first half year of 2017 bulk goods handling rose by a gratifying 18.7 % to well over 550,000 tons. Alongside fuels like coal and oils, significant increases were also posted in the handling of building materials, grain and scrap metals. In the ferry sector, the Stena Line in particular upped turnover – by 12.8 % - and is ranked number two on the list of Kiel’s most important freight customers after DFDS. Surprisingly, trade with Russia, which has been severely disrupted in the past few years by trade restrictions, also showed a slight revival. “We are now creating additional warehousing capacities in the Ostuferhafen, in order to stabilise the positive development in trade with Russia”, said Dirk Claus. Currently taking shape in the immediate vicinity of the berth used by ships on the St Petersburg route, is the 5,000 m² Shed 12, planned as a warehouse for sawn timber. In container business, which is of only minor significance in Kiel, 13,400 TEUs were handled – an increase of 19.3 %.
Congestion at the Mexican Port of Veracruz has now become so bad that some consignments are being diverted to other domestic ports, claims Leobardo Saldívar, president of the National Chamber of Cargo Carriers (Canacar).
He said that the port lacks available capacity, particularly in respect of containers, with shipments therefore flowing through other ports and generating extra work for the road haulage community.
The Port of Altamira has been a particular beneficiary, where traffic has increased by 25% and is expected to continue growing given buoyant demand.
According to Mr Saldívar, Altamira is benefiting from a traffic boom that is expected to continue into the second half of the year.
He added that the situation at Veracruz is so bad that neither terminals nor customs officials have any spare capacity left to accommodate further vessel calls and that Altamira remains the main alternative. Source: Port Strategy
Greenock Welcomes Its Largest Ever Container Vessel
Scotland’s deepest container terminal last week welcomed the largest container vessel ever to berth at the port.
Greenock Ocean Terminal hosted the 267m MSC POHORJE, which has a capacity of 4,045 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), for 28 hours. The stopover saw the Clydeport team load 500 TEUs of Scottish spirits destined for Le Havre, France. Andrew Hemphill, Port Director, Peel Ports Clydeport said: “This is a fine example of how our connections with Liverpool are adding real value to our customers who are experiencing an increase in export demand.
“The new deep-water Liverpool2 container terminal is opening up a lot of exciting options for importers and exporters. As part of the Peel Ports Group we’re ideally placed to offer those benefits to businesses in Scotland.
Goods estimated at several billions of naira are trapped in hundreds of containers at Apapa seaport, as trucks can no longer access or exit the various terminals inside the ports due to the current logjam in Apapa.
This has resulted in the return of vessel queues last seen 11 years ago, with sources at the ports claiming no fewer than 20 ships are waiting at sea to berth, even as already berthed vessels are unable to discharge their cargoes and leave. Port operators say if this persist, ships will soon start charging a premium to bring goods into the country, which would translate into higher cost of goods on the streets.
Manufacturers are already complaining that the Apapa gridlock is delaying arrival of raw materials to factories across the country, warning that if nothing is done, it could further delay production timelines, hitting hard on margins and causing heavy losses in terms of time, cost and jobs.
“Anything that affects the ports, affects our members,” Frank Udemba Jacobs, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), told BusinessDay.
Ede Dafinone, chairman of MAN Export Group, said: “I am sure many members are affected. This is getting painful.”
Another source said the situation was the worst seen in about 11 years and portends grave danger for the Nigerian economy. www.hellenicshipp...
Vessel workers’ strike may increase Chittagong port congestion
A vessel workers’ union has announced a countrywide strike for an indefinite period from July 24 which is likely to worsen the recent congestion of vessels at Chittagong port.
Bangladesh Vessel Workers’ Federation (BVWF) made the announcement at a press conference at National Press Club on July 15.
“We have been compelled to go for the strike as our 21-point demands were ignored. The strike will continue for an indefinite period until our demands are fulfilled,” said BVWF Joint Secretary Khorshed Alam, adding that all types of vessels except for fishing trawlers would fall under the purview of the strike.
Their demands include lifting the restriction imposed on plying 53 decade-old oil tankers, immediate release of 16 vessel workers who are languishing in Indian and Bangladeshi jails and stopping the corrupt practices of the Directorate General of Shipping. www.hellenicshipp...
The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) is preparing to welcome the latest generation of mega container ships as it continues with its investment and modernization plans.
Namely, the Authority said that it would invest up to EUR 18 million to increase the maximum depth at its three terminals to 17 and 18 meters in an effort to accommodate 20,000 TEU-ships.
Expected to be finalized by the summer of 2018, the upgrades would include removing up to 690,000 m3 from the sites. The extracted land would be used in the phase 1 landfill of the new container terminal that will be located in the northern extension of the port of Valencia.
When completed, the upgraded port is set to feature 1,900 meters of dock and be capable of accommodating up to four mega container ships at the same time. worldmaritimenews...
Boskalis Awarded Contract For Stockholm Norvik Port
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Ports of Stockholm to construct the quay wall for the new Stockholm Norvik Port in Sweden. The contract value amounts to approximately EUR 60 million. The project will commence in the autumn of 2017 and should be completed in the spring of 2020. Stockholm Norvik Port, the new freight port for rolling goods and containers, will be constructed in Norvikudden located 60 km south of Stockholm. The port will have seven berths for container ships and RoRo ferries. Boskalis will construct 1,100 meters of quay wall according to the design of the Port of Stockholm. The depth of the quay wall will vary between 16.5 and 10.5 meters. Part of the quay wall will be constructed by installing heavy precast concrete elements produced by Boskalis with the assistance of a large crane. ource: ShippingHerald
Manta Port to build a new cruise passenger terminal
Terminal Portuario de Manta, a subsidiary of Chilean terminal operator Agunsa Group, is to manage and develop Ecuador’s port of Manta for the next 40 years, and will invest US$177 million to improve its facilities.
Part of this US$177 million will be invested in building a new cruise passenger terminal, while the remaining funds will go towards extending the international pier by 100 metres, dredging the access channel to 12.5 metres (and then later to 14.5 metres), and purchasing cranes and other container and cargo handling equipment. Work will start this August and continue until July 2018.
Manta handled 19 cruise calls and 18,065 passengers last year, and expects to handle an increased number of calls and cruise guests in 2017. Visitors will include vessels from Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Holland America Line, Phoenix Reisen, Crystal Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. www.cruiseandferr...
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), one of the world's leading transportation companies, has included port MSCC Bronka (Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex Bronka, Big Port St. Petersburg) in the list of handling terminals at the port of St. Petersburg, says Fenix LLC, operator of MSCC Bronka.
The first containers of the line Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) with imported cargo arrived at port Bronka on 7 July 2017.