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 Mumbai
6 days ago by arnekiel

JNPCT wins “Container Terminal of the Year” Award
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded “Container Terminal of the Year” Award for the above 0.6 million TEUs category at The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port owned JNPCT won the award for its proactive strategies to ease congestion, smooth delivery of containers and revamping of infrastructure to support trade amidst adverse conditions, the company said in its press release. The Gateway Award was instituted to recognise and promote best practices, innovation and motivation in the Indian Maritime industry. The tenth edition of the Gateway Awards showcased the outstanding achievements and exceptional accomplishments of individuals and organisations in the Indian Maritime industry.

 Gdansk
6 days ago by arnekiel

DCT Gdansk handles first American military armoured brigade to be delivered directly to Poland
On 12th September 2017, at 10:00 a.m. the vehicle carrier Endurance of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) berthed at DCT Gdansk terminal carrying the first direct deployment of a US Military armoured brigade to a Polish port, DCT Gdansk said in its press release. The vehicles that arrived in Poland include 87 M1 Abrams tanks, 103 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin self-propelled Howitzers, along with other trucks and equipment. Almost 1000 pieces of equipment in total. As the marine part of the operation finishes, the military equipment will be loaded onto 21 trains each requiring specialist handling and lashing, also about 150 trucks and then transported to several military units in Poland within 7-10 days, with some final destinations further afield. Endurance was built in 1996. The total length of the ship is 265 meters, with a Gross Tonnage of 72,708 tons.

 Kiel
6 days ago by arnekiel

Kiel Port Prize goes to Jörn Grage of SCA Logistics
The 2017 annual Port of Kiel Prize has been awarded to Jörn Grage, Managing Director of SCA Logistics GmbH, Port of Kiel said in its press release. The award was presented on Thursday evening, September 14th, by Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) as part of celebrations to mark the “Sprottenback” – the traditional annual social get-together of companies in the port business community. The new SCA Terminal was erected on a site of well over 16 hectares in the northern sector of the Ostuferhafen and has a hall storage area of more than 50,000 m². A total of 25 million Euros were invested and 80 new jobs created. SCA cargo ships call at the Ostuferhafen twice a week from Sundsvall in northern Sweden and offload up to 160 pallets of paper products each trip. Products range from cellulose through newsprint to kraftliners and cartonage products for high-quality packaging - all destined for the German and European markets. In addition overseas containers are packed for shipment out of Hamburg to the Far East. On the return journeys to the Swedish east coast, the SCA ships carry a range of cargo such as vehicles, breakbulk, steel or materials for recycling.

6 days ago by arnekiel

When will the Eastern Caribbean ports like St. Maarten reopen?
The short answer is: Nobody knows. Some of the lesser damaged ones will hopefully reopen next month or in early November, but the damage sustained to the BVIs, which includes Tortola; St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as St Martin/St Maarten, was so severe that they may be closed for much longer. But my October cruise was supposed to stop in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Will it still go there? Probably not. Both ports, as well as other cruiser favorites like Key West, St. John, St. Bart's and Tortola, as well as Havana, received serious damage from the storm. It could be weeks or months before these islands are ready to accept visitors. https://www.cruisecritic....

6 days ago by arnekiel

When will the Eastern Caribbean ports like St. Thomas reopen?
The short answer is: Nobody knows. Some of the lesser damaged ones will hopefully reopen next month or in early November, but the damage sustained to the BVIs, which includes Tortola; St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as St Martin/St Maarten, was so severe that they may be closed for much longer. But my October cruise was supposed to stop in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Will it still go there? Probably not. Both ports, as well as other cruiser favorites like Key West, St. John, St. Bart's and Tortola, as well as Havana, received serious damage from the storm. It could be weeks or months before these islands are ready to accept visitors. More at https://www.cruisecritic....

6 days ago by arnekiel

When will the Eastern Caribbean ports like Tortola reopen?
The short answer is: Nobody knows. Some of the lesser damaged ones will hopefully reopen next month or in early November, but the damage sustained to the BVIs, which includes Tortola; St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as St Martin/St Maarten, was so severe that they may be closed for much longer. But my October cruise was supposed to stop in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Will it still go there? Probably not. Both ports, as well as other cruiser favorites like Key West, St. John, St. Bart's and Tortola, as well as Havana, received serious damage from the storm. It could be weeks or months before these islands are ready to accept visitors. More at https://www.cruisecritic....

7 days ago by arnekiel

100th Mega Ship Of 2017 Arrives At The Port Of Felixstowe
Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe will welcome its 100th 18,000+ TEU vessel of 2017 on Thursday this week as the UK’s maritime industry celebrates London International Shipping Week (LISW). The 18,270 TEU Matz Maersk is operated by Maersk Line on the 2M Alliance’s AE10/NEU2 service between Europe and Asia. Commenting on the milestone, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports and a member of the LISW Board of Advisors, said: “The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of choice for the largest mega-vessels. We were the first port in the UK to handle this latest class of vessel and continue to handle more of them than any other UK port.

7 days ago by arnekiel

Jamaica Container Hub Suffers Extended Operational Disruptions
For almost the entire month of August, vessel interests using the Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd (KFTL) container transshipment hub in Jamaica have suffered lengthy turnaround delays due to problems in transitioning to a new terminal operating system (TOS). Mainline and feeder schedules have been disrupted, subsequent arrival windows have been missed and ships have been forced to speed up and spend more on fuel, services have been diverted to other hubs, and customer confidence in KFTL – an entity majority owned by CMA CG – has been shaken. The question now being asked by terminal users is whether current problems, which are not yet fully resolved, represent a one-off event or an ominous sign of things to come.

7 days ago by arnekiel

Planned Extension For Dunkerque Multibulk Terminal
DMT is planning to set up a factory to produce construction materials in the Eastern Port of Dunkirk. The President of Dunkirk Urban Community and the representatives of DMT and Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque met this week to discuss the plan to build a new industrial facility on land belonging to Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque, where DMT plans to set up a factory to produce construction materials. The project represents a total investment of €40 million over two years, and will lead to the creation of 70 direct jobs at startup. This new business will also have very positive impacts in terms of shipping traffic for the Port, at both import and export, and orders for subcontracting to industrial service companies. Building this new factory within the port of Dunkirk was an important criterion for DMT in its planning. The location offers definite logistic advantages, both at import for supplying the site with raw materials, and in shipment of the finished products by sea and rail to clients and partners in Europe.

7 days ago by arnekiel

Post-Harvey Galveston port status update (13 September)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Houston/Galveston, United States Galveston Bay Entrance Channel, Outer Bar Channel, Inner Bar Channel and Bolivar Roads Channel are all open 24/7, as are Galveston Harbor and Texas City. Bolivar Roads Anchorages are open 24/7 for short duration use for bunkering, inspections and other husbandry. The Houston Ship Channel is open 24/7 with draft and other restrictions: – Entrance Channel to Baytown Highlines – maximum 42′; – Baytown Highlines to Shell – maximum 41′; – Shell to Houston Cement West – maximum 40′; – Houston Cement West to Sidney Sherman Bridge – maximum 36′


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