Ship queue at PWCS Australia coal terminals climbs back to double figures
The number of vessels queuing to load cargoes at the Port Waratah Coal Services terminals at Australia’s Newcastle port continued to rise for the second consecutive week from a seven-month low to 10 ships this week, up from eight ships a week ago, logistics coordinator Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator said Monday.
The queue shrank to just three ships in the week of June 12, and the queue of 10 at June 26 is the first time it has hit double figures at the eastern Australian terminals since the beginning of May, according to port data.
It is expected to grow further in the coming days, with HVCCC forecasting 13 vessels at the end of the month for the 140 million mt/year combined capacity terminals.
In its latest performance report for Newcastle port dated June 27, the port authority of New South Wales said 17 ships had been allocated an arrival time at the port’s vessel berths and were on their way to the port, down from 19 the previous week.
In the week ended June 27, there were a total of 29 ships received at Newcastle’s three coal terminals — the two PWCS facilities and one Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group terminal — down from 40 the previous week, according to the report.
A total of 3.36 million mt of coal exports were delivered to the three coal terminals at the port in the week ended June 26, the latest available reporting period, up from 3.09 million mt in the week to June 19, the HVCCC report said. www.hellenicshipp...
Visakhapatnam, which has been designated as the second port of call for Nepal after Kolkata-Haldia, will be the ideal gateway port for exim cargo from that country and the port authorities will provide all facilities to the Nepalese trade and government for the purpose, said Visakhapatnam Port Chairman MT Krishna Babu.
He was participating in an interactive meeting with a seven-member delegation from Nepal headed by Nepal Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi in the Visakhapatnam container terminal on Friday.
A container shipment bound for Nepal was flagged off on the occasion. Krishna Babu said it had been a long wait for Vizag port to be designated as the second gateway port for Nepal and it had taken five to six years. www.hellenicshipp...
Video: Panama Canal Expansion Construction in 2 Minute Time-Lapse
It’s been nearly nine years and more than $5 billion in the making, but come hell or high water the Panama Canal Expansion is finally ready to open this weekend with hopes of ushering in a new era of trade.
To mark the occasion, the patient people over at EarthCam have released this 5-year time-lapse video showing construction of the Third Set of Locks (aka the new “Neopanamax” locks) at the center of the historic project. The time-lapse used EarthCam’s robotic construction cameras capturing HD images from more than 140 angles and resulting in over a terabyte of image data that was then hand-edited down to this 2 minute video.
ABP orders Two Gottwald cranes for Port of Immingham
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Associated British Ports (ABP) for two electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant. The leading British port operator has ordered the two machines for its terminal in Immingham, located on the North Sea estuary of the Humber. The cranes have been adapted to the individual conditions of the terminal and are particularly efficient as they are driven with power from the terminal’s own electricity supply. From the middle of next year, they will significantly increase handling capacities for professional loading and unloading of bulk products. More at www.marinelink.co...
Preparations underway for deepening of Nieuwe Waterweg
Every year, over 15,000 sea-going vessels move through Nieuwe Waterweg. But for some ships, the canal is too shallow. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority has started its preparations to deepen Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek basin. When you take in the majestic expanse of Maasvlakte 2, you’d almost forget that further inland, Rotterdam has a number of other important port areas. www.hellenicshipp...
Jakarta to extend ban on coal exports to Philippines amid hijacking fears
Troubles in the Southern Philippines continue with Indonesia vowing to extend a moratorium on coal exports to the Philippines until Manila can guarantee security in its waters, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi was quoted as saying in local media.
This is a result of a spate of hijackings targeting Indonesian vessels, the most recent of which saw seven Indonesian sailors being kidnapped, allegedly by Abu Sayyaf militants, from an Indonesian tug boat towing a coal barge in the southern Philippines this week.
The Indonesian Navy in April instructed that all commercial vessels avoid piracy-prone waters around the southern Philippines. Meanwhile at the beginning of this week, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing the hijacking-prone maritime zone.
Nearly 20 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crews have reportedly been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf militants this year, and fears have been expressed that the problem could become as bad as it was off the coast of Somalia previously. www.seatrade-mari...
London and Grangemouth Container Terminals weighing solution launched for exporters
Forth Ports confirms that from next week (w/c 27 June), the company is ready to launch its weighing solution for export customers to determine the VGM (Verified Gross Mass) of containers arriving at its terminals in Tilbury and Grangemouth to ensure compliance with the updated provisions of SOLAS VI (Safety of Life at Sea)*.
Through significant investment in its straddle carrier fleet and the upgrade of IT development, both ports are now ready to receive export cargo with a solution in place to comply with the new regulations. www.hellenicshipp...
France’s CMA CGM makes Kingston a key hub in wake of widened Panama Canal
French shipping giant CMA CGM has made Kingston, Jamaica, its strategic Caribbean hub in anticipation of an expanded Panama Canal, the company announced Friday.
“A widened canal will bring new opportunities for world trade…modernization works will allow the group to operate all larger vessels sailing in the area, and make Jamaica a transshipment hub for the whole sub region,” said CMA CGM director of studies, projects and development Luc Portier.
Centrally located in the Caribbean Sea, just one day away from the Panama Canal, Kingston is set to become a transshipment center connecting the US East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and northern Brazil, the company said.
The shipping group secured the Kingston Containers Terminal concession on April 7 last year.
The Panama Canal is a strategic route for CMA CGM. The group was the canal’s second client for containerized transport last year, with one vessel a day passing through the canal, and more than 835,000 of TEUs (twenty foot equivalent) carried through the canal.
Container transfers between different Maasvlakte terminals Rotterdam soon to become easier
In the near future, you will no longer require a physical Customs document to transfer containers from one Maasvlakte terminal to the other. The participating terminals (APMT, ECT and RWG) have made agreements to this end with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. This so-called ‘paperless transfer’ system considerably reduces the administrative workload – particularly for shipping lines. The initiative simplifies the exchange of containers between terminals. www.hellenicshipp...
Ports of Auckland fined $35,000 over stevedore’s fall
New Zealand’s Ports of Aucland has been fined NZD49,980 ($35,400) and ordered to pay NZD12,000 in reparations after a stevedore fell off a ledge onto a ship deck, local reports said.
The worker was working on a containership, Spirit of Independence, on 11 October 2014 when the accident happened.
The fall of nearly three metres from the edge of a hatch lid onto the ship deck had knocked the stevedore unconscious and fractured his elbow. www.seatrade-mari...$35000-over-stevedores-fall.html