First Alternative Energy Hub with LNG for Inland Navigation and Road Transport in Belgium
The Antwerp Port Authority and ENGIE have signed a 30-year concession agreement for the development of an Alternative Energy Hub at Quays 526 and 528 in the Port of Antwerp. The Alternative Energy Hub will consist of a bunker and filling station with liquefied natural gas (LNG) for inland navigation and road transport. The site will also feature a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station and rapid chargers for electric vehicles. With the development of the Alternative Energy Hub, the Port of Antwerp and ENGIE are taking a major step forward in the energy transition and promoting sustainable energy consumption in the transport sector. The concession takes effect on 1 October 2016 and the first phase of the hub will be operational by the end of 2017. www.newswiretoday...
Cruise company says dredging only choice for big ships in Cairns
DREDGING is the only way Royal Caribbean International will bring its larger cruise ships into the Cairns harbour.
The operator has ruled out putting three of their bigger liners through computer simulations to ascertain whether they can safely traverse the shipping channel.
A company spokeswoman said their liners were quite simply far too big without dredging the shipping channel.
Earlier this week Princess Cruises announced that the 161m long and 77,400-plus tonne Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess would no longer have to anchor off Yorkeys Knob and would dock at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal from June following new simulator exercises.
The Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said Rhapsody of the Seas currently held the record for largest ship to dock in Cairns and frequently visited the port until 2015, following the tests. www.cairnspost.co...
€1.9 bln in 25 years for Limassol port “more than expected”
The consortium of Eurogate International GmbH (majority participant), Interorient Navigation Co. Ltd and East Med Holdings S.A received the concession for the container terminal, and the consortium of DP World Ltd (majority participant) and G.A.P Vassilopoulos Public Ltd received two separate concessions for the operation of marine services and of the multi-purpose terminal.
“Our country’s economy has gained a new gateway for future growth. A new era begins for Limassol Port,” Demetriades said on Monday at the signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace, just ten months after the process was launched. www.hellenicshipp...
Cargo vessel owners vow to continue countrywide strike
The cargo vessel owners vowed to continue their countrywide wildcat strike for an indefinite period which commenced from Wednesday demanding revision of the newly declared wage structure for the vessel workers.
The owners under the banner of Bangladesh Cargo Vessel Owners Association (BCVOA) have already stopped operating lighter vessels all over the country to press home their demands.
The BCVOA operates as many as 2,100 lighter vessels all over the country. Costal Ship Owners Association (COAB) and Khulna Jahaj Malik Group which operate around 2,000 vessels also suspended vessel movement on different sea and river routes of the country.
The association’s senior vice-president Khorshed Alam told the Dhaka Tribune that they sat in an emergency meeting at the association’s Dhaka office on Wednesday.
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Nine Kalmar's diesel-electric Straddle Carriers for HHLA CTB
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured an order for nine diesel-electric straddle carriers from the leading European port and transport logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). The order was booked in Cargotec's 2016 first quarter order intake, with delivery taking place during the fourth quarter of 2016. Established in 1968, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) is the largest and oldest facility for container handling in the Port of Hamburg. The terminal has an annual capacity of more than 3 million TEU.
First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban
One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.
Having been selected by TNPA as a development candidate in 2001, Zungu is one of a growing number of women who have been promoted into senior positions through their hard work and dedication, who are changing the face of the male dominated maritime industry. www.maritimeprofe...
Sri Lankan Colombo container port to expand capacity
Sri Lanka’s Colombo container port is planning a major 33% expansion in capacity to 9.6 million TEU by the end of next year, from the current 7.2 million TEU, as it transforms into a major global transshipment hub, a senior port official said.
PD Ports’ further expansion of container terminal capacity with £10m investment
As part of its continued growth, £3.2m has been invested in three 24.6m tall rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) which each weigh 141 tonnes and can lift containers weighing up to 40 tonnes and stack them five-high.
The new cranes join an additional four RTGs which have been operational since the expansion of Teesport Container Terminal 2 in 2011.
Manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes at its factories in Ireland and Spain, they were transported in several sections by sea.
To further increase capacity at Teesport and position it as market leader in UK port logistics, an order worth more than £6m has also been placed with Liebherr for a ship to shore crane at Teesport to complement the two already in operation. www.hellenicshipp...
The ban on movement of cargo on certain routes by the Railway Board, as part of ‘route rationalisation’, has proved to be the bane for cargo movement through Visakhapatnam.
According to the route rationalisation, freight trains from Visakhapatnam to Nagpur have to travel through Vijayawada and Ballarshah, instead of the shortest route via Raipur. This is a huge burden for exports and imports through Visakhapatnam Port. Though Visakhapatnam Port is closer to Nagpur than JNPT, exporters and importers are forced to move their cargo through the latter port due to the extra cost and time.
For cargo coming from South East Asia, Visakhapatnam is the convenient port of call.
Otherwise, the ships have to travel for at least three more days to reach the West Coast to unload their cargo. www.hellenicshipp...
Panama Canal to Hold Lottery to Pick First Vessel Through Expanded Canal
The Panama Canal is set to hold a lottery to select the first vessel to transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26.
The Panama Canal Authority has invited its top 15 customer to participate in the drawing, which is to be held April 29 at an administration building in Panama.
Those participating are required to indicated which Neopanamax vessel they would like to make transit, and include the name, type, dimensions. The proposed vessel is required to not surpass a maximum beam of 49 meters and a maximum overall length of 366 meters, or exceed the maximum draft of 12.5 meters. For security purposes, gas carriers will not be considered for the inaugural transit. https://gcaptain.com/panama-canal-to-hold-lottery-to-pick-first-vessel-through-expanded-canal/