Quantum of the Seas to Homeport in Shanghai in Summer 2015
Royal Caribbean International on April 16 announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China. The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean. In China,
Panama Canal expansion covered by global insurers and reinsurers
Major global players in the insurance industry are providing coverage for the pivotal Panama Canal expansion project. Munich Reinsurance Co., the primary insurer, and Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. are leading the Autoridad del Canal de Panama's (the Panama Canal Authority) insurance program. Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. is the broker. None of the parties involved in the coverage would disclose limits or other terms of the policies. The insurers conduct regular site visits to keep up to date with the project's progress, said Joachim Pawellek, a senior engineering underwriter at Munich Re in London and risk engineer for the project.
Mining production has been halted ceased at Hunter Valley after two men were killed and two injured in a coal mine collapse yesterday (15 April). Production has stopped at the sight pending further investigations. Coal from the mine is exported through the port of Newcastle.
Senate wants fixed tariff for Nigerian ports operators
Mr. Obadara said a fixed tariff regime would result in a raise in the revenue profile of the organisation.
The Senate Committee on Privatisation has directed the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to introduce a fixed tariff for terminal operators at the nation’s ports.
The Chairman of the Committee, Olugbenga Obadara, said this during a visit to NPA headquarters in Lagos.
He said a fixed tariff regime would result in a raise in the revenue profile of the organisation.
“The committee wants to know what is being generated either quarterly or half yearly because the space at the ports belongs to the Federal Government.
“The committee is inspecting not only the ports, but also all the government agencies so that there will be a progression in revenue and not a drop,” Mr. Obadara said.
He said the visit affords them the opportunity of listening to the complaints of some of the terminal operators including Josepdam Service Ltd and Five Star Logistics operating at Tin Can Island Port.
Antwerp Port Authority acquires General Motors site
Antwerp Port Authority is excited to announce that it can now purchase the Opel site, the location of the former General Motors production plant in the Antwerp port area. The Port Authority plans to develop the entire 96-hectare site so as to attract manufacturing industry in the heart of this vast industrial, (petro)chemical, logistic and maritime complex
Both the size of the site and its location in the heart of Europe’s second-largest port make this opportunity unique. Such sites are invaluable because they make it possible to attract new industry and generate additional employment. In this particular case Antwerp Port Authority will focus on integrated development, as the size of the site and its location present a rare opportunity. With this in mind each project proposed for the site will be considered in terms of the added value that it can create for the region. The site located on the right bank of the Scheldt has excellent links with the hinterland thanks to direct connections to the road, rail and inland waterway networks. The port of Antwerp is also connected to the main European pipeline networks.
Antwerp Port Authority will therefore issue invitations as soon as possible for potential investors to submit expressions of interest and proposals for projects.
Limassol port will be out of commission from April 15 as porters have announced they will stage an indefinite strike. The workers have been protesting pay-cuts and accuse the ports authority of having reneged on their collective labour agreements. A 24-hour warning strike saw the port employees gather outside the port in protest, but port operations were not disrupted as the few scheduled tasks were performed by the shareholders of the Limassol Licensed Porters’ Association.
Similar strikes two months ago halted all commercial activity in and out of the island as trade unions objected to government plans to proceed with the privatisation of semi-government organisations, including the Cyprus Ports Authority, over the next four years.
In an effort to avoid escalation this week, the Labour Ministry informed the unions of its mediating proposal, which was unanimously rejected by the porters who reaffirmed their intention to strike indefinitely.
It is expected that seven commercial ships will not be serviced, while a total 1,400 containers will remain unloaded.
SEK union spokesman Titos Timotheou said that despite the concerted effort to address the dispute, the association was not receptive and the conflict escalated. He apologised to everyone who would be impacted by the strike, and said that the porters will insist on their positions until their demands are met.
Source: Cyprus Mail
CCCC Fourth Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd. has recently won the bid for construction of Berths 2-7 in Phase 2 of the container terminal project in Gaolan zone of Zhuhai Port, with construction period of 48 months. The project involves construction of six professional container berths and auxiliary facilities such as three container yards, a break bulk yard and a warehouse. The project will boost economic trade on the west coast of Pearl River Estuary and promote regional economic development. Source: Zhuhai Port
Mombasa Port to soon handle larger vessels (with cap. of 6,000 TEU)
Kenya Ports Authority ( KPA) and German experts are scheduled to work on a simulation exercise to gauge the port’s capability to handle vessels with capacity of 6,000 twenty equivalent units ( TEUs). Currently, the Port of Mombasa handles vessels of up to 4,500 TEUs but is expected to handle bigger vessels upon completion of the dredging at Likoni Channel, cargo handling modernisation and construction of Berth 19.
Skuld advises its Members that at present Port restrictions have been put in place at the Port of Bejaia, Algeria.
Specifically the Association understands that the following restrictions are in place:
185 meters for bulkers, and
140 meters with a draft of 09 meters for cargo vessels.
Members are advised that in case they are planning on fixing to Bejaia, to first check with local Shipping Agents, the precise permissible dimensions allowed at that time. It may also be worth considering a liberty to divert in the fixture in case Bejaia becomes unreachable.
For Members with vessels under way, and uncertain as to whether their vessel may exceed the restrictions, we would recommend that the appropriate Business Unit is contacted as a precaution. Source: Skuld
Construction of new coastal centre at Bulgaria Burgas port to begin
Construction of a new coastal centre for vessel traffic monitoring and management and information services for the maritime transport will begin at Burgas port, the press centre of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications announced.
Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Petar Kirov is to announce the beginning of the construction at 11 am at Iztok 1Terminal of Burgas port.
The coastal centre is a part of the project for development of a vessel traffic monitoring and information system (VTMIS) - phase 3 and is financed under OP Transport 2007 – 2013. Source: Focus News Agency