Turkey expects to open its largest container port by June, The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI) reported.
The Asyapor port in Tekirdag, Turkey, will be limited to cargo shipping. It covers 320,000 square feet, with 25.6-foot-deep wharfs that will each be a little over a mile long. In an effort to protect the environment, the port will have 33 rubber tire ship-to-shore gantry cranes, with an additional 11 cranes powered by electricity.
The port is expect to be the third largest container port in Europe with a capacity of 2.5 million 20-foot equivalent units.
It is expected to share traffic with the busy Ambarh Port in Istanbul and will add approximately 1,200 jobs to the Thrace region.
The port is a joint venture between the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the Turkish Soyuer Group.
Ghana Maritime Authority warns sea vessels against non-communication
The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) has warned that captains of vessels operating in Ghanaian waters and beyond who switch off their communication gadgets do so at their own risk.
Mr Peter Azumah, the Director General, GMA, said “help would only come when we know where you are when you are in distress.”
“For some strange reasons, some vessels just put of their gadgets and we cannot hear from them and these are the same vessels which often fall prey to pirates and discomfort,” he said
Mr Azumah was interacting with executive members of the Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana.
According to him GMA, which oversees security of Ghana’s ports and waters, has the capacity to arrange for the safety of any distressed vessel and therefore called for cooperation of vessel owners to safeguard lives at sea.
On port security, he said the Authority was in control thus making Ghana’s harbours very secure and added “if we ever fail to meet the international standards on port security and safety, no ship would call at out ports.”
Mr Samson Asaki, Executive Secretary, Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana, called for financial and logistical support for the GMA to ensure port security among other roles. www.gbcghana.com/...
There were complaints from several vehicle importers that their brand new vehicles which were imported to the country through the Hambantota port were badly damaged due to the negligence and irresponsibility of the port drivers while offloading the vehicles from the ships.
The accidents had occurred mainly due to irresponsible driving at speeds ranging from 70 to 90 km per hour when the vehicles were offloaded to the dock. Since there is no proper insurance coverage and since the harbour authorities do not accept the responsibility for the damages caused, there is an increase of such accidents day by day, complained several car importers.
Mediterranean Shipping Company makes first regular service call to Bell Bay
Tasmania has a new international freight shipping service, with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) beginning its promised fortnightly run last week.
MSC’s Antigua-flagged containership Hohebank left Bell Bay on February 27.
The service moves freight from Bell Bay to Sydney and Melbourne, with the option to then connect with international freight services or stay with the same ship to New Caledonia and then New Zealand.
The fortnightly loop is concluded with the service moving back across the Tasman to Melbourne and then Bell Bay.
The new route across Bass Strait was announced in January.
It came after the Tasmanian state government selected Swire Shipping to create a new direct Tasmania to Asia service. www.fullyloaded.c...
Lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court against Port of Seattle
A coalition of environmental groups has sued the Port of Seattle to block it from leasing 50 acres to Foss Maritime to homeport Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.
The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council and the Seattle Audubon Society sued Monday in King County Superior Court, alleging violations of the State Environmental Policy Act and Shoreline Management Act. They allege the project would damage water quality.
The lease, which the Port approved in February, is expected to generate $13.7 million in revenue for the Port. Foss would use the area to service Shell’s Arctic fleet. www.westseattlehe...
GrainCorp opens liquid storage terminal at Port Kembla
Australia's largest agribusiness GrainCorp has opened its latest expansion into liquid terminal storage. The $20 million storage tanks at Port Kembla in New South Wales will hold imported lubricant for blending with oils. The silos at Port Kembla will hold 13,000 cubic metres of chemicals.
Work begins on $350 million Jawaharlal Nehru container terminal
PSA International kick-started work on its $350 million expansion of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust after signing a contract related to dredging and reclamation work for a fourth container terminal at India’s largest container gateway. PSA, through its wholly owned subsidiary PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd., in February 2014 won a 30-year concession to build and operate the new terminal, which will have three container berths with a total quay of 1,000 meters (3,281 feet), a 16.5-meter (54-foot) draft, a 90-hectare storage yard, 12 quay cranes and a designed capacity of 2.4 million 20-foot-equivalent units per year in the first phase. The contract, worth Rs. 2,168, was awarded to leading domestic engineering group ITD Cementation India Ltd. The new facility, named Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Pvt. Ltd. (BMCT), is set to open in early 2018. The $1.3 billion public-private partnership project will eventually have six berths with a 2,000-meter (about 6,562 feet) long quay, a 200-hectare backup area, 24 quay cranes and an annual capacity of 4.8 million TEUs, allowing JNPT to accommodate deep-draft ships and to handle a projected significant growth in volumes.“PSA will work along with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to develop this very important terminal in India to cater to the increasing demand for container handling capacity, and facilitate maritime trade in India,” the Singapore-based terminal operator said.
Swissterminal plan to build a container terminal with an annual capacity of 100,000 in the port of Weil
The Basel based terminal operator Swissterminal and the shipping companies Danser Switzerland and Ultra-Brag want to join forces to build a container terminal with an annual capacity of 100,000 in the port of Weil; an investment of €15 to 20 million, Port of Rotterdam said in its media release. Urban expansion is planned in the current port area of Basel. The logistics companies are expected to move to “Basel Nord“, where a large new container terminal and a new port basin can be built. Swissterminal in particular has been affected by the relocation plans and the company is convinced that it has found the right business location in Weil am Rhein (just over the Swiss border in Germany, a stone’s throw from Basel). The involvement of two important players from the port of Basel adds a lot of dynamism to the plan.Based on how the port of Rotterdam is expanding, the sector expects to see a sharp increase in container traffic on the Rhine in the coming years. The location in Weil offers enough possibilities to adapt the scale of the terminal flexibly to suit market demand. Before building can start, a number of infrastructural measures will have to be taken in Weil. The connection to the motorway, for example has been the subject of discussion for 20 years. There will have to be environmental compensation and Customs will also have to be involved if border traffic is to proceed smoothly with non-EU member Switzerland. Source : PortNews
Tourists rescued from stranded boats off Fujairah coast
Over 40 tourists had to be rescued by local fisherman after the boats they were in encountered rough seas off the coast of Fujairah The boats, which had 43 passengers on board between them, issued a mayday call at 2pm on Friday, February 27 after engines on both boats became flooded due to high winds and choppy waters. Sulaiman Al Khadim, manager of Dibba Fishermen association, told The National newspaper that the weather began to change after the boats left port. “The cruise ships took off from Dibba port carrying 43 passengers, stopped in Birds Island near Dibba shores and at 1pm the weather started to change, so the captain decided to cancel the cruise and head back to the port. On their way back, the sea became rough with high waves so the captain changed the direction and instead of going to the port he headed to the shores in order to save the passengers’ lives,” he said.“We appreciate the ships captains’ efforts by taking the right decision in cancelling the trip and sailing to the shore instead of going back to the port. They sacrificed their boats for the sake of saving the passengers’ lives,” Al Khadim added The passengers, which include people from India, Egypt, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, were taken to Dibba Hospital as a precautionary measure, but none were injured. Source: arabianbusiness
New sea terminal of Angola’s Sonangol ready in 2015
The new sea terminal of Barro do Dande (north of Luanda), a project costing an estimated US$1 billion, will be completed this year, the chairman of national oil company Sonangol said in Luanda.
Francisco de Lemos José Maria said that the terminal will be able to store 640,000 cubic metres of oil, gas and lubricants and added that the company this year starts construction of areas for storage of fuels in Soyo, Lubango and Namibe, taking into consideration disruptions to supply that sometimes occur.
The company also plans this year to begin construction of Sonangol’s delegations in Cabinda, Soyo, Malanje, Lobito, Huambo and Lubango, among other investments, such as the Lobito Refinery, which should be completed by 2017.
Also this year, according to the company’s investment timetable presented Wednesday, construction of the new Ocean Terminal in Soyo, Zaire province, is due to begin at an estimated cost of US$220 million.
In the shipping area, the Sonangol group has commissioned a South Korean shipyard to build two ships for transporting fuels, to be delivered from 2016 onwards.
“With this investment programme Sonangol seeks to generate savings by reducing costs, improving systems and processes,” said Francisco de Lemos.