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13 hours ago by arnekiel

Mitsui to participate in new container terminal development in Jakarta jointly with Ipc, Nyk Line & Psa
Mitsui & Co, Ltd., jointly with PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) ("IPC"), PSA International Pte Ltd ("PSA") and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha ("NYK Line") have agreed to participate in the construction and operation of a new container terminal at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, Indonesia. This new terminal will be developed and operated by the newly established project company PT New Priok Container Terminal One ("NPCT1"), the company said in its press release.

13 hours ago by arnekiel

Port Workers in Argentine Grain Hub End Strike
Port workers in part of the Argentine grains hub of Rosario lifted a work stoppage on Friday, only a day after they went on strike over demands for higher year-end bonuses, a union official said. The strike briefly halted activity at the ports of Timbues, San Martin and San Lorenzo, all part of the Rosario shipping complex along the Parana River. "We just signed a deal with the export companies, which has allowed us to end the work stoppage," Edgardo Quiroga, spokesman for the CGT labor organization told Reuters. Argentina is the world's No. 3 soybean exporter and top supplier of soymeal livestock feed. It is also a major producer of wheat, shipped mostly to neighboring Brazil, and corn. Labor relations are touchy in Argentina, where pay increases lag the country's soaring inflation rate, which some private economists estimate is around 40 percent, far higher than official estimates.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Safety Zone for New Year Fireworks
To mitigate the risks associated with a fireworks display, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, GAC reports. The safety zone will be effective on December 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56.17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin bridge. Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety zone is active. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port's representative will be on scene and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative. Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus closure for work on bridge on Dec. 20
The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions today, 20 December, from 06:00 to 15:00 hours, due to works on 3rd Bosphorus Bridge. Masters of vessels trading must act in line with VTS instructions and take all related precautions.

1 day ago by arnekiel

APM Terminals set to begin construction in 2015 on $1 billion Costa Rica port
A makeshift beach hut frames a cargo ship waiting to dock at Costa Rica’s Moín Port. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times After years of lawsuits, appeals, and a strike in October that paralyzed the ports in Limón, APM Terminals is finally set to start construction on a new $1 billion terminal on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The green light comes after the National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) announced Wednesday afternoon that it had approved the project’s environmental impact study, one of the last major hurdles. The Dutch company APM Terminals already had won several appeals by the Atlantic Port Authority’s union to block the project from moving forward. Advocates of port modernization, which likely will begin in 2015, say it will create hundreds of jobs and serve as a catalyst for development in the Caribbean province, the poorest in Costa Rica. Environmentalists vowed to contest SETENA’s decision. The environmental assessment’s approval is valid for two years.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Nidera Acquires Terminal in Port of Constanta
Nidera has fully acquired the USA/USC Terminal in the port of Constanta, Romania. With the full ownership Nidera secures its position in this strategic port at the Black Sea. The port of Constanta is a traditional partner for Central and Eastern European countries with high agricultural production. It plays a key role in the export of these products from the inlands of Romania and the Balkans. Throughout the past years Nidera has already been using this terminal for the export of various grains and oilseeds. However, with an ever increasing market share as a result of improvements in our origination program, full ownership of such a terminal in the port of Constanta is essential for the realization of our growth strategy in this region. The terminal is a welcome addition to the two currently owned inland silos and the two planned silos in Romania. This new network of facilities will allow us to further increase our origination capacity and optimize our logistics. The current USA/USC Terminal is known to be the most efficient in the port of Constanta. Marc Kwakkelstein, Executive Vice President Europe of Nidera: "This acquisition fits perfectly in our growth strategy. It is a great opportunity for Nidera to establish and sustain a leading position in the origination and distribution of agricultural commodities in Central and Eastern Europe." The terminal has a total storage capacity of 250,000 metric tons and is able to load two Panamax vessels at the same time, with loading facilities for trucks, trains and barges.

1 day ago by arnekiel

New APMT Rotterdam terminal will have zero-emission footprint
APM Terminals said one its nw Rotterdam terminals will be the first in the world to have a zero-emission footprint, thanks to a two-year contract to buy wind-generated electricity. The two-year, $6.2 million contract with NV Nuon Energy to power APMT’s new Maasvlakte II terminal takes effect Jan. 1. Maasvlakte II began landside operations on Nov. 26, and will begin receiving regular services in February. APMT said the 212-acre fully automated terminal is the most technologically advanced container facility in the world. “We are very proud of our technological advances in making this the world’s first zero-emission terminal operation to improve the port environment and set the industry pace in sustainability” APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Managing Director, Frank Tazelaar, said in a press release.The entire terminal runs on electricity and battery power, from electric quay and yard cranes to electric, battery-operated lift vehicles. The wind-power will make Maasvlakte II completely environmentally sustainable, APMT said. The terminal has an annual capacity of 2.7 million TEUs. Source : journal of commerce

1 day ago by arnekiel

Svitzer extends contract with Egyptian LNG Terminal
Svitzer has extended its contract with Egyptian LNG, the operator of the LNG terminal in Idku, Egypt. The new contract will keep Svitzer’s four tugs and three pilot boats servicing the terminal until 2020. Svitzer and Egyptian LNG have worked closely together to identify the best operational solution for Egyptian LNG’s current gas export requirements, providing Egyptian LNG with full operational flexibility at a competitive cost level. Commenting on the extension, Torsten Holst Pedersen, Managing Director at Svitzer AMEA, said: “We are very happy to continue the successful partnership with Egyptian LNG. For nearly 10 years we have been able to operate efficiently and with a supreme safety standard at the terminal. We are confident that the cooperation will be beneficial for both parties during the next 5 years as well.” Source : LNG Industry

2 days ago by arnekiel

New cranes to help develop Dammam Port
Three giant gantry cranes arrived this week at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, the highest technological devices ever to be had at a Saudi port so far. These crate’s state-of-the-art technology, which includes remote control of up to one kilometer, has a total cost of SR90 million, and will help develop the port, according to authorities. “They will help push further our goal to provide operating companies with the highest and best services for their customers,” Director General of King Abdul Aziz Port Naim Al-Naim, told the media. Over the past five years, the port’s container terminal increased its work volume, reaching 17 million TEUs last month, according to Al-Naim. However, this surge also translated in a bigger effort to keep up increased vessel size, which rose from 5,000 container ships to the current 11,000. Jay, CEO of the International Ports Services Ltd, KAP containers’ operating company in Dammam, praised the port’s new purchase. “The new cranes are a great leap to improving KAP’s port services in the Kingdom and to help continue our commitment and ability to provide the fastest possible service to the shipping lines operating in the port of Dammam.” The new cranes can reach up to 44 meters high and access over 60 meters and can be operated either from a control room at the top of each one, or remotely. It features computer screens in air-conditioned rooms, closer to the central planning department. These gigantic cranes operate in a small number of stations around the world, and are used to handle the largest freight ships at ports. Operators in charge of handling these cranes will have to undergo intensive training at ports in different parts of the globe. Source: Arab News

3 days ago by Timsen

Wind blew containers from ship into harbour
On Dec 11, 2014, high winds gusting at 35 to 40 knots blew 10 empty containers into the Durban Harbour from a ship a berth 108 at the Durban Container Termina at about 4.30p.m. All the containers sunk in the vicinity of berths 105, 107, 108, 200 and 202 and are estimated to be about 11 metres down. Subtech’s divers have located and marked all sunken containers with buoys. Transnet National Ports Authority has mobilized its floating crane and MSC mobilized a mobile landside crane to recover the containers. It was estimated that this could take between 15 and 20 hours depending on the weather. A ship that had finished loading containers at berth at 105 had to first sail to enable the container recovery process to start at 3 p.m. The divers have to attach the submerged containers to the crane lifting gear. Each was then slowly raised so that the water could drain out of it before it was returned to the landside.

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