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4 hours ago by arnekiel

North America's largest drydock floats first ship
SWAN ISLAND, Nov. 17, 2014. After almost two years in the works, Swan Island based-Vigor Industrial finally got to try out its new $50 million investment: A massive floating drydock called The Vigorous. The first vessel introduced to the 960-foot long behemoth, was the SS Algol, a 936-foot vehicle cargo ship built in the Netherlands in 1971. More and video at www.oregonlive.co...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Jebel Ali the World’s Most Productive Port, says JOC
DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port is the world’s most productive according to the latest port productivity report from the highly respected US-based JOC. The rankings are based on the average moves of containers per ship, per hour, in 2013 as reported by shipping lines themselves, representing more than 75 percent of glob al vessel capacity. Jebel Ali Port led the industry with an average of 138 moves per vessel hour (MPH). According to the report, Jebel Ali Port beat 483 ports world-wide, and topped the list of the world’s top 25 ports after analysis of more than 150,0 00 port calls. Importantly, given the move to larger and larger ships, Jebel Ali also tops the list of ports handling ships with capacity of more than 8,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units), with an impressive 163 MPH.HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Bintulu Port to gain from press metal plant expansion
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (Bintulu Port) is expected to benefit from Press Metal Bhd’s (Press Metal) increase in production at its Samalaju aluminium smelter. To recap, Press Metal had announced that it will double the capacity at its Samalaju aluminium smelter plant to 640,000 metric tonnes (MT) under a Phase 3 expansion programme. According to AmResearch Sdn Bhd (AmResearch), Press Metal could utilise two-thirds of the additional 320,000MT capacity by 2016, and the remainder by early 2018. It noted that land clearing works have begun on the site. “This is positive news for Bintulu Port, which is already benefiting from Press Metal’s plant in Samalaju,” the research house said. AmResearch noted that currently, Bintulu Port’s throughput include about 860,000MT and 18,000 TEUs of alumina, aluminium, anode carbon and other cargo from Press Metal.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Chinese Transform Greek Port, Winning Over Critics
When state-controlled China Overseas Shipping Group Co. arrived here five years ago, it was met with a month-and-a-half-long dockworkers’ strike and a banner along the waterfront: “Cosco Go Home.” Today, a new Cosco-built container terminal here has created 1,000 jobs, silencing most union unrest. After pumping in a billion dollars and promising another half billion, it has also transformed the port, just outside of Athens, into one of the biggest and fastest-growing in the Mediterranean. The investment now ranks as one of the most successful Greek privatizations in recent decades. It is also been a rare public-relations victory for Beijing. Critics have accused China-backed firms of overpaying for a number of big resource plays in the developed world—from oil fields in Canada to mines in Australia—and then bungling their management. Industry watchers say Cosco probably overpaid in its Greek gambit, too. But its transformation of the Piraeus container terminal is being hailed an operational success so far, for both the company and the port. Cosco, founded in 1961 amid China’s Great Famine, bet big on Greece after a decade of minority investments in a handful of foreign ports—in Singapore, Suez and Antwerp. Its investment in Piraeus has helped catapult the company into the major leagues of global port operators, alongside giants like Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S unit APM Terminals, and Dubai-based DP World. The investment has also been a boon to Piraeus, a struggling port scarred by decades of industrial decline and the country’s protracted debt crisis. The port’s proximity to Athens makes it the busiest passenger harbor in Europe, a leading cruise-ship terminal in the Mediterranean, and unofficial home port to the biggest merchant fleet in the world. But before the Chinese investment, the container port was mired in inefficiency and outdated infrastructure. In 2008, the year before Cosco came to town, Piraeus moved just 433,582 containers. Last year, that number had grown more than sevenfold to 3.16 million containers—80% of that thanks to Cosco. “We are successful in Piraeus,” said Fu Cheng Qiu, chief executive of Cosco’s Piraeus subsidiary. Things didn’t look promising back in 2009, when Cosco first arrived, he said: “There was the financial crisis; we had no business.” After a few years of talks between Greek and Chinese officials, Beijing committed to making Greece a hub for Chinese exports. In 2008, Cosco put in a €490 million ($620 million) bid for a 30-year concession. Some industry and government officials familiar with the deal said the offer was about five times the market value of the concession. Cosco has since tried to revisit the terms of the deal. The concession has been extended to 35 years, and the current government recently consented to an agreement that would allow Cosco to expand its operations. It has granted it the rights to build a third wharf at the container terminal, without going through a competitive tender. In October of 2009, when Cosco took control of the container terminal, Greece’s militant dockworkers union, emboldened by the incoming socialist government that would win elections a few days later—launched a six-week-long strike that crippled the port. The strike left some 4,500 containers stranded at the terminal for weeks, and dented Greece’s already wobbling economy. The Greek government, Cosco and the Piraeus Port Authority agreed to a deal that helped restore labor peace on the docks. Cosco was allowed to operate its part of the container terminal unfettered by the union wage scales. Most of Cosco’s workers are now hired through a third-party, nonunionized employment agency. They earn around €1,200 a month, a better-than-average wage in Greece, but roughly a third of what unionized dockworkers earned five years ago, and less than what workers still earn at the rival PPA-controlled wharf abutting the Cosco docks. The new jobs have helped reduce labor unrest. But some powerful opponents still complain about the deal. “They have created a workers’ ghetto,” said Panagiotis Lafazanis, a senior member of parliament withhe main opposition, radical-left Syriza party. Meanwhile, Cosco has further plans to expand—moves that the company expects will boost volumes to more than six million containers by 2016. Cosco has installed 11 new loading cranes that will put Cosco’s Piraeus operations roughly on equal footing with capacity at Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg, Europe’s three busiest container ports. “They are excellent at long-term planning,” said Athanasios Christopoulos, secretary-general of ports and investment policy at Greece’s shipping ministry. Source: Wall Street Journal

1 day ago by arnekiel

EU Extends Somali Counter-Piracy Operation Through 2016
The European Union’s counter-piracy EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta, has been extended by two more years as the threat of Somali piracy remains even as the number and boldness of incidents has decreased dramatically. Operation Atalanta’s main focus is the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering humanitarian aid to Somalia, as well as the deterrence, repression and disruption of piracy off the Somali coast. In addition, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. The extension will ensure the Operation continues until at least 12 December 2016. EU NAVFOR says that despite the significant progress that has been achieved off the coast of Somalia since the operation was launched in 2008, it is widely recognized that the threat from piracy remains.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Cosco and CSCL mull quitting Hamburg, check out Wilhelmshaven instead
COSCO and China Shipping are considering switching to JadeWeserPort near Wilhelmshaven from Hamburg because of capacity constraints, according to Lower Saxony Premier Stephan Weil. "Both have confirmed to me that they are very seriously considering JadeWeserPort, as they see that the Elbe and Hamburg have reached their natural limits," said Mr Weil. Although it initially was no decision or firm commitments, the provincial premier was confident that the JadeWeserPort could get freight from China, and said that a deal was more likely than not. However, one possibility is that the Chinese companies could use the threat of quitting Hamburg to strengthen their bargaining position in rates negotiations, commented Lloyd's List. JadeWeserPort is 70 per cent owned by the Eurogate joint venture between Eurokai and BLG Logistics Group. APM Terminals, the ports division of AP Moller-Maersk, holds the remaining stake. Dogged by technical problems throughout its construction, it has since its opening in December 2012 found it difficult to win business, and is largely unused, handling only a low single digit percentage of its capability.

2 days ago by arnekiel

COSCO and China Shipping are considering switching to JadeWeserPort from Hamburg
COSCO and China Shipping are considering switching to JadeWeserPort near Wilhelmshaven from Hamburg because of capacity constraints, according to Lower Saxony Premier Stephan Weil. "Both have confirmed to me that they are very seriously considering JadeWeserPort, as they see that the Elbe and Hamburg have reached their natural limits," said Mr Weil. Although it initially was no decision or firm commitments, the provincial premier was confident that the JadeWeserPort could get freight from China, and said that a deal was more likely than not. However, one possibility is that the Chinese companies could use the threat of quitting Hamburg to strengthen their bargaining position in rates negotiations, commented Lloyd's List. JadeWeserPort is 70 per cent owned by the Eurogate joint venture between Eurokai and BLG Logistics Group. APM Terminals, the ports division of AP Moller-Maersk, holds the remaining stake. Dogged by technical problems throughout its construction, it has since its opening in December 2012 found it difficult to win business, and is largely unused, handling only a low single digit percentage of its capability.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Khorfakkan Container Terminal strengthens operational efficiency with addition of new equipment
Gulftainer , a privately owned, independent terminal operating and logistics company, has taken delivery of four state-of-the-art Ship to Shore (STS) and 12 Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTG) cranes at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), which will significantly strengthen the terminal’s operational efficiency and increase overall productivity.

2 days ago by arnekiel

ECT orders three new cranes for handling ULCS vessels
ECT ordered three new quay cranes again, to handle ULCS container vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU and more. The cranes, with an outreach of 24 containers, will be delivered in the course of 2015. According to the Rotterdam daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, they are scheduled to be operational Summer 2015.

 Dublin
2 days ago by arnekiel

Burke Shipping Group Invest in New RTG for Dublin Port Container Terminal
A new rubber tyre gantry crane (RGT) for Burke Shipping Group’s container terminal in Dublin Port is currently been assembled and is due to be operational in a fortnight, writes Jehan Ashmore. The investment by BSG in the quayside infrastructure is to facilitate growing demand and increase capacity at the container terminal located in Alexandra.


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