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2 hours ago by arnekiel

Dredging in the port of Maputo, Mozambique, allows it to receive larger ships
The dredging of the access channel to the port of Maputo has allowed the port to receive a large ship, the MV Mineral Belgium, which is 289 metres long and 45 metres wide, according to a statement from the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC). The statement said the ship, carrying 90,000 tonnes of ferro-chrome and chrome, left the port of Maputo on Thursday, which was only possible because of the deepening of the access channel from 11 metres to 14.2 metres at high tide. Dredging of the Maputo port channel began in May this year and is scheduled for completion in January 2017. It is being carried out by Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East FZE, an international company that was awarded the project and is using three dredgers to complete it. www.hellenicshipp...

2 hours ago by arnekiel

Ukraine’s Kernel to build new Black Sea export terminal
Ukrainian agricultural company Kernel plans to build a new Black Sea export terminal with a capacity of 4 million tonnes per year, news agency Latifundist reported on Tuesday citing the head of Kernel’s board of directors. The terminal is due for completion in 2018 and will be built in the southern region of Odessa, Kernel’s Andriy Verevsky told Latifundist. Grain export capacity at Ukraine’s sea ports could jump to around 157 million tonnes by 2020 from 58.5 million currently, Vyacheslav Voronoy, a senior official for logistics at the state-controlled Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, said last month. Some 36 new port facilities are likely to be constructed in the next four years, Voronoy said. One of the world’s top three grain exporters, Ukraine plans to increase its exports to around 41 million tonnes in the 2016/17 (July-June) season from around 39 million in 2015/16. Source: Reuters

2 hours ago by arnekiel

DP World opens advanced logistics center in Peru raising capacity to 1.4m TEU
DP World has recently opened the first smart logistics center in Peru connected through optical fibers to Callao Port. This will help deliver full data to the port and customs, and will enable clients to control their goods using their own devices. DP World develops and operates the container terminal in this port, located near the Peruvian capital, Lima. The center’s inauguration ceremony was attended by Fiorella Moulinilli, the Peruvian Vice Transport Minister, David Burger, Mayor of Lima and a number of senior officials in Peru. DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, commented: “DP World is reinforcing its global network of marine and inland terminals and logistics centers with the opening of the new logistics center in the republic of Peru. The new platform is designed to drive trade flow in the surrounding area, west of South America, with focus on making customers happy through providing smart logistics services that ensure time saving and cost efficient cargo movement and management between the logistics center and the port of Callao. www.hellenicshipp...

2 hours ago by arnekiel

Traffic halted after engine failure
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey - Transit taffic in the Bosphorus was halted at 12:25 hours local time today (8 December) after a 225M bulk carrier suffered an engine malfunction around the Kurucesme area during her northbound transit. Coastal safety tugs were deployed to assist the vessel and it was escorted to the Southern Bosphorus Anchorage. Traffic resumed at 15:40 hours local time.

2 hours ago by arnekiel

Nassau Port Operator Mulls $65m Haiti Bid
The Nassau Container Port’s (NCP) operator is evaluating whether to bid on a $65 million port redevelopment project in Haiti, as it targets “material financial benefits” from expanding into the Caribbean. Michael Maura, Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) chief executive, told Tribune Business yesterday that the BISX-listed port operator would seek to joint venture with “a large global partner” if it proceeded with a Cap Haitien bid. “The US State Department’s USAID (US Agency for International Development) has committed to a $65 million redevelopment of Cap Haitien Port,” he explained in an e-mailed reply to Tribune Business’s questions. “Haiti’s National Port Authority (APN), with the assistance of the World Bank’s investment division, IFC, have undertaken a Terminal Operation RFQ/RFP for Cap Haitien port. “APD is undertaking a business analysis of the Cap Haitien terminal operation to determine if the project makes sense to us. If APD determines the project has potential, we would partner with a large global port operator in an effort to minimise risk.” www.hellenicshipp...

2 hours ago by arnekiel

Royal Caribbean, NCL Win Approval for Cuba Cruises
U.S cruise operators Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line said on Wednesday that they had received approval from Cuba to begin sailings to its ports. Norwegian Cruise Line said its first ship would set sail to Havana from Miami on March 7, while Royal Caribbean did not specify a date. The approval comes nearly seven months after Carnival Corporation's Adonia, a small ship carrying 700 passengers, reached the Cuban capital. The Adonia was the first U.S.-owned ship to sail to Cuba from the United States since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. Cuba said in April it would lift a ban on Cuban-born citizens entering and leaving the country on commercial vessels, paving the way for cruise operators to begin offering itineraries from the United States. maritime-executiv...

2 hours ago by arnekiel

Sri Lanka and China to Develop Southern Port
Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone. The cabinet approved a plan under which Sri Lanka will lease 80 percent of the Hambantota port to Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Company for 99 years for $1.12 billion, a government document showed on Wednesday. China Merchants Port Holdings Company will make a $5 million payment as a security deposit upon signing the agreement, which the government expects to do on January 7. The company will pay 10 percent of the $1.12 billion within one month, and the remaining 90 percent within six months of signing the transaction documents. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had offered during a visit to China in April to swap equity in Sri Lankan infrastructure projects against some of the $8 billion in debt the Indian Ocean island owes to China. The port was built with the help of Chinese loans and contractors in 2010 under former, China-friendly president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as part of efforts to develop the country's infrastructure after ending a 26-year war in 2009. maritime-executiv...

1 day ago by arnekiel

Gadani ship-breaking yard reopens after month halt
Ship-breaking activities at Gadani, housing the world’s third biggest ship-breaking hub, resumed this week after a provincial court ordered reopening of the yard that was on halt following the November’s tragic incident that killed at least 26 workers. Officials said the High Court of Balochistan ordered the resumption of activities at Gadani ship-breaking yard, setting aside an earlier order of the provincial government to cease ship-breaking following a fire accident on November 1. Officials said the provincial court ordered the removal of section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in an area. Ikhlaq Memon, acting chairman at Pakistan Ship Breakers Association said the association received the court order. “The fullfledge activities will resume in a couple of days.” Last week, the association urged the federal and provincial governments to allow resumption of the ship-breaking activities. It also filed 22 appeals in the local court against the section 144.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Huanghua Port becomes China’s largest port for coal transportation
Huanghua Port in northern Hebei province has become China’s largest port for coal transportation, according to a press conference. The throughput of the port reached 204 million tons in the first 10 months of the year, a year-on-year growth of 49 percent, Zhao Zhenqing, chairman of the Gangzhou Port Group told the press conference. With total investment of more than 60 billion yuan ($8.7 billion), a sea channel capable of taking 200,000-ton ships, with 33 berths for ships weighing more than 10,000-tons, has been built at the port. The port launched its first freight train bound for Duisburg, Germany, in June. It also opened its first international direct flight to Southeast Asia in September. So far over 20 ship companies have opened 13 container shipping lines starting from the port. The rapid development of the port will support the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional integration and the Belt and Road Initiative, said Zhang Guodong, director of the administration for Bohai New Area in Cangzhou City. Source: Xinhua

1 day ago by arnekiel

TCP Invests R$25 Million in New Navis Terminal System
TCP, the company responsible for managing the Paranaguá Container Terminal, one of the largest container terminals in the country, has implemented a new integrated port operation system to increase terminal productivity, reduce costs and improve the interface with its customers. As part of the new system, the company has adopted Navis N4, a market leader in Brazil and worldwide, acknowledged as a complete solution for port terminals. The investment for the overall system implementation reaches R$25 million. The migration to the new system is due to the evolution of the infrastructure and processes of the Paranaguá Container Terminal. “Navis is the world’s most widely used operating system and should generate increased efficiency and productivity for the terminal. With that, we are able to integrate port information into the system, generating even more speed and reliability to the work developed by TCP,” explained Alexandre Rubio Teixeira Pinto, CFO of TCP. According to the executive, the modernization of the management system is in line with the terminal’s growth plan, which provides for an increase in capacity from 1.5 million TEUs to 2.5 million TEUs by 2018. “With Navis, TCP will achieve improvements over the previous system, including optimizing yard management with the use of automated processes, promoting a more efficient allocation of trucks that transport the containers between the equipment and the ships, and better segregating containers in the yard,” he emphasized. www.hellenicshipp...

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