Tanzania says construction of China-funded port at Bagamoyo to start in 2015
Construction of a Chinese-funded port and special economic zone in Tanzania worth at least $10 billion will start in July 2015, the president’s office said in a statement on Monday, for the first time setting a start date for the delayed initiative.
Tanzania aims to build a huge port at Bagamoyo, 75 km (47 miles) north of commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the site of the country’s main port, where shippers complain of congestion and inefficiencies.
A construction agreement for the port and associated zone was signed on Sunday and follows a framework deal signed last year. An official said a start date for building work had taken time to set because of other negotiations about infrastructure to link the port to national transport networks.
The planned Bagamoyo port, new investment in Dar es Salaam and other spending on roads and railways are part of Tanzania’s efforts to become a transport hub that could challenge the dominance of Mombasa in neighbouring Kenya
BP puts Pernis storage terminal in Rotterdam up for sale
BP has put its Pernis storage terminal in Rotterdam up for sale as part of a broad push to sell assets, a company spokesman said. The 90-acre Pernis terminal is connected via pipeline to BP’s 400,000 barrel-per-day Rotterdam refinery and is used for storing and loading oil products such as gasoline and diesel onto barges
Israel starts work on new seaport, Haifa port workers on strike
A Chinese construction firm began work on a new Mediterranean port in Israel, prompting a strike at Haifa docks further up the coast where the workers oppose the new competition.
Israel’s government, looking to break up the monopoly of two state-owned ports in Haifa and Ashdod through which nearly all exports and imports pass, recently approved creating private ports adjacent to the current ones.
The move, it says, will bring down the cost of goods across the board.
A subsidiary of China Harbour Engineering Co is building the 3.3 billion shekel ($876 million) port in Ashdod, which is due to be completed in 2020. The port’s operator has not been chosen and the contract for Haifa has yet to be awarded.
The new ports will eventually be able to receive the large container ships that presently cannot dock in Israel.
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony in Ashdod, workers in Haifa left their posts — for the second time this month — complaining that the new competition would hurt their jobs.
They called on the government to reach a deal with unions about any moves it makes in the port sector.
“You have rights,” Netanyahu said of the port workers in a speech. “But eight million Israeli citizens also have rights — the right to have competitive, modern, efficient port services.”
Netanyahu said the project was a “further expression of the strengthening ties between Israel and China”.
The port unions in Israel are known for frequently disrupting operations and a labour court usually orders the workers to return to their jobs within a day.
The Finance Ministry has also announced a three-year privatisation plan for state-owned companies that calls for selling off Ashdod port in 2015 and Haifa port in 2016.
Terror chiefs have called on militants to destroy tankers bound for the west by ramming them with boats laden with explosives or by hijacking the ships and running them aground.
An attack would cause “phenomenal” reaction around the world and help ramp up oil prices, shipping rates and maritime insurance as well as military spending.
British oil workers in the Middle East are also legitimate targets according to the new Al Qaeda magazine, Resurgence, released last week.
A spokesman for the Government of Gibraltar told the Sunday Express: “This is not the first time that threats have been made to target merchant shipping passing through the Straits of Gibraltar.
“Defence and security in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters is the responsibility of the United Kingdom Government and not of the Government of Gibraltar.
“Having said that, it is only to be expected that those responsible for security in the region will take every precaution possible.”
The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night it was aware of the threats and would act accordingly.
Every year 106,000 ships, including 5,000 oil tankers bound for the West, pass through the Strait.
Saint Lawrence Seaway Workers Threaten Strike on Friday Oct. 31
(Reuters) – Union workers on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, have given notice of a possible strike, which could start on Friday afternoon, Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, said on Tuesday.
The not-for-profit St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp could not immediately be reached for comment. During another dispute with the same union in 2008, the corporation said a strike could close the Seaway.
Unifor has five locals and 460 members along the waterway, which stretches from Montreal to Lake Erie. All five locals have given 72 hours’ strike notice. The union said the two sides are in talks.
The Seaway has been retrofitting locks to operate automatically, and eliminating staff that run them. Unifor said that is a key contract issue, and it is arguing that some staff should be kept at the locks to respond to emergencies.
(Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson and Richard Chang)
Cruise Vessels Can Now Plug In For Shore Power At Port Of Halifax
The air may be a little less polluted over the Halifax waterfront now that the port authority is wired for cruise ships. Until this fall, all cruise ships that docked in Halifax used diesel-powered auxiliary engines to run their electrical systems during their stay. But a new, $10-million shore-based power system at Pier 22 will reduce diesel use for ships wired to hook up to land-based power.The Halifax Port Authority doesn’t have numbers on how many litres of diesel fuel the power will save per ship per visit but said the systemcan provide nine to 13 megawatts an hour, or about enough to run a homefor a year.George Malec, the authority’s vice-president of operations and business development, said at the announcement Sunday that besides cutting emissions, the move could boost traffic to the port because of the cost-savings. Source : thechronicleherald
Aberdeen Harbour has welcomed the largest vessel to have docked in the city, as its latest plans for the proposed expansion at Nigg Bay continue on public display. The MV PACIFIC ADVENTURE, a general cargo and container vessel, which is 160m in length and 27m wide, now holds the record at the port with a gross tonnage of 19,128 tonnes, beating previous record holder, the diving support vessel, SKANDI ARCTIC, by 488 tonnes. The Hartmann Project Lines vessel, under the agency of Euroline Shipping, recently arrived with a cargo of oilfield materials from Mauritania. Aberdeen Harbour chief executive Colin Parker said: “Our ability to accommodate vessels of this size is thanks to a programme of strategic engineering work, completed in 2012, which widened and deepened the navigation channel.It illustrates a trend towards bigger, more efficient vessels requiring access to Aberdeen and further reinforces the need for the development of a second, deeper port facility at Nigg Bay, if the North East of Scotland is to remain economically competitive.”
Abu Dhabi welcomes first ship of the new cruise season
Abu Dhabi Ports Company’s (ADPC) Zayed Port has welcomed the first cruise ship of the 2014/2015 season. The MS Rotterdam which called on Saturday 25 October kicks off the new season which will see 93 ships and 220,000 passengers visiting Abu Dhabi, the company said in its press release.