Royal Caribbean Set to Launch Terminal Dedicated for Quantum in New Jersey
On Oct. 24 Royal Caribbean and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey dedicated the new cruise terminal at a small gathering at Cape Liberty Cruise Port, which will be the home for Quantum of the Seas starting on November 10.
BBC Chartering with dedicated project terminal in Houston
The global project carrier BBC Chartering is pleased to announce that Manchester Terminal in the Port of Houston is the carrier’s new dedicated hub in North America. Managed through Gulfstream Marine, BBC vessels and their customers can now enjoy priority berthing and 24/7 serviceability in the Port of Houston.
Oryx to start Las Palmas, Canary Islands, bunker operations
Bunker supplier Oryx will begin bunker operations in the Canary Islands in November, a company source said Wednesday. “Bunker operations are to start soon…sometime in November,” the source said. “They bought a 45,000 mt HSFO cargo from Brofjorden for October 25-30 loadings,” a Canary Island bunker source said, while a second source said Oryx had .
Romanian port of Constanta to become Europe’s grain hub
Grain trader Cargill and freight handler Transport Trade Services more than doubled grain capacity at their Canopus Star terminal at Constanta in August this year. Meanwhile, grain volume through the post was up by almost a third year-on-year, thanks to wheat and corn exports to Middle East countries, according to port spokeswoman Monica Velicu
Poland’s PGNiG and Polskie LNG, the company building a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, signed a letter of intent on building a third gas storage unit on the site, they said in a joint statement.
Import Delays due to Shipside Operations suspension in Southampton
23/10/2014 - As a result of high winds at DP World Southampton, shipside operations were suspended for much of yesterday.
Many units, mostly from the OOCL Korea, were not discharged in time to make their planned train slots. This may result in delays/cancellations of Import deliveries in the next couple of days and we will be contact with those customers affected.
A major £6 million quay upgrade for Montrose Port Authority has now been completed and hopes to attract more energy companies to the area.
The move will enhance the harbour’s capacity for handling larger cargo and oil and gas ships, enabling it to broaden its scope of vessel services.
The upgrade of berths six and seven on the north side of the port has provided deeper water for berthing than before (8 metres depth) with the facility also offering much greater quayside operational working space.
The 260 metre long facility received its first vessel on October 11, the Danish Maersk Lifter, as featured in last week’s Review.
The first cargo ship at the new quay was the German-owned, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged general cargo ship Carolin G on October 13.
According to Montrose Port Authority (MPA) chief executive John Paterson, the refurbished quay forms an important component of the port’s ongoing strategy to meet the needs of a diverse range of modern cargo and oil and gas vessel sectors
Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68
Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyze shipping. Workers at Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals, which handle about 80 percent of Costa Rica’s foreign trade, went on strike to protest a $1 billion expansion concession granted to APM Terminals, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk. The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this month against the union’s efforts to block the concession. The union says the concession, which was first agreed in 2011, threatens public sector jobs.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis ordered the docks to be re-opened and some 150 police officers broke the strike, arresting 68 men and women in both terminals.
Security Minister Celso Gamboa said police would remain at the terminals for an indefinite period to keep them open.
Costa Rica’s government says the expansion plan would quadruple the amount of cargo that the Caribbean port can handle. Costa Rica has some of the worst-rated port infrastructure in the region, according to World Bank data.
Somalia’s Mogadishu Port In For Major Facelift With Turkish Help
Oct 23 (Reuters) – The Somali government’s grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises.
Outsourcing port operations to Turkey’s Albayrak Group is one more sign of Somalia’s slow rehabilitation, a dramatic shift from more than two decades of war when clans battled for control of Somalia’s most valuable asset and let its facilities decay.
Yet the award of the 20-year contract has highlighted other challenges facing the government, which has been struggling to build public confidence after years of chaos and has been trying to reassure donors worried about corruption.
In the wake of the deal, members of parliament have accused the government of making the award without proper oversight, while labourers, fearing they will lose their jobs, have staged frequent protests.
“If you come to the Mogadishu port at the moment, you will wonder if it is a market or a port,” said Abdirahman Omar Osman, an adviser to the Somali presidency, describing how porters rush to dhows and ships as they tie-up, seeking cash to help unload.
“The Turkish company will improve the infrastructure, maximize the income of the government and bring the port to international standards,” he said.
An efficient port is vital for the government, as it is the state’s biggest single source of revenue, and essential to building a functioning economy in a nation that is still battling an Islamist insurgency and which the West and African neighbours fear could yet tip back into anarchy.
The deal might also help change the reputation of Somalia, which has become notorious as a jumping off point for pirates preying on sea lanes in the Indian Ocean, although hijackings have dropped sharply since 2012.