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15 hours ago by arnekiel

Skangass granted permission for LNG Terminal
The Swedish Government has granted Skangass permission to build and operate a new Terminal for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) within the harbour in Gävle, Sweden.

15 hours ago by arnekiel

Kalmar to supply four all-electric RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015,

15 hours ago by arnekiel

Hamburg 5/6 berth ready for18,000-TEUers with Shanghai mega cranes
THE Port of Hamburg has opened berth 5/6 at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) with the gantry cranes that can handle 18,000-TEU ships, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHL) has announced. "We are able to handle the world's largest containerships quickly and efficiently. The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads from the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships," said HHL terminal chief Stefan Behn. Berth 5/6 is now equipped with five Shanghai ZPMC gantry cranes with their 74-metre jibs can span 24 rows, well able to traverse the 23 container rows on a 18,000-TEUer. One hub makes it possible to move two FEUs or four TEUs. Each gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle of 110 tonnes. Berth 5/6 is 595 metres long with more than 1,400 metres of quay and 15 container gantry cranes available at CTB's port of Waltershof to handle mega-ships, HHL said. Modern, semi-automatic block storage facilities increase capacity two and a half times that of a traditional straddle carrier yard, said HHL. Every one of the 380-metre long storage blocks has a capacity of up to 2,200 TEU. Eight storage blocks were already in operation since the end of 2012.

15 hours ago by arnekiel

Port Metro cargo continues rebound in wake of truckers strike
Buoyed by a rising tide of trans-Pacific cargo and shipper concerns over potential longshore labour disruptions at West Coast ports in the United States, container traffic and other cargo shipped through Port Metro Vancouver continues to rebound from the 28-day truckers’ strike earlier this year. But a couple of red flags were also raised in PMV’s mid-year numbers released today. According to those numbers, the port’s overall tonnage grew 3.6% to more than 69 million tonnes in 2014’s first six months compared with the same period last year. Container traffic volumes were up 4.6%. Foreign (54.6 million tonnes) and domestic (14.5 million tonnes) cargo were up 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively, compared with 2013’s first six months. Peter Xotta, PMV’s vice-president of operations and planning, said the biggest growth in resource shipments such as coal and forest products was to China, South Korea and Japan.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus to close to transits on Sept. 01
The Bosphorus will be closed to transits on Monday (1 September) during the northbound passage of the platform Castoro Sei to Burgas.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam congestion eases as 5 ECT quay cranes are now operational
ROTTERDAM harbour congestion, the subject of complaints, ship diversions and surcharges, is ending and restoring normal cargo flow as a big terminal upgrade that caused the trouble becomes less of a problem. A spokesman for Rotterdam’s troublesome Europe Container Terminals (ECT) said waiting times for both barge and feeder vessels have been minimised. The complex ECT upgrade involved installing five quay cranes, which are now up and running. "Of course we still have our peak periods, but as far as we are concerned operations have now returned to normal," he said. Said the port authority's break bulk director Joyce Bliek: "I have good hope that from now on the situation will only get better." Source : PortNews

3 days ago by arnekiel

Ebola in Nigeria's Oil Hub
A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell ill after treating a patient who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola in Lagos after flying in from Liberia last month. The death in Port Harcourt brings the number of Ebola fatalities in Nigeria to 6, all of whom were direct or indirect contacts of Sawyer. The man who infected the doctor in Port Harcourt had "evaded our surveillance team in the last week of July" in Lagos, Chukwu said. He has since recovered and has been discharged after testing negative for the virus. However, a World Health Organisation official told journalists in Geneva on Thursday that it was not confirmed that the doctor died of Ebola and that a WHO team flew out two days ago to Port Harcourt to assess the case.

3 days ago by arnekiel

Kiel Port Growth Continues
Cargo and passenger handling rise by 3%. Handling in the Port of Kiel continued to grow in the first half of the year. A total of 3.24 million tons of cargo were handled in the first six months of 2014 which is an increase of 3% over the same period of last year. In the passenger sector, about 900,000 ferry and cruise ship passengers – a rise of 3.1% - embarked or disembarked. The main pillar of growth was once again ferry traffic, which accounted for 80% of all handling. Routes to and from Scandinavia recorded above-average development while services to the eastern Baltic were at about the same level as last year. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co KG) said, “We can record overall positive development, but this is however being depressed by trade restrictions on Russia”. Exports of foodstuffs to Russia have fallen off, while imports from Russia have been less affected due to a depreciated Rouble”. In the first half of 2014 not only ferry traffic increased in Kiel: the handling of bulk cargo rose as well. Along with fuel (coal), the turnover of building materials (gravel) in particular showed significant growth. This handling increase has been made possible by the expansion of the open-air storage depot in the port’s Scheerhafen at the start of the year. “Road construction in Schleswig-Holstein continues to stimulate the handling of building materials in Kiel”, added Dirk Claus. For example, expansion work is taking place on the A21 motorway and work on the A7 is about to begin. “This motorway expansion in turn is proving advantageous for the port”, he said.

3 days ago by arnekiel

Long Beach Cargo Operations Resume
Repair work begins after storm surges subsides The Port of Long Beach resumed full cargo-handling operations Thursday, Aug. 28, after a lessening of storm surges from Hurricane Marie that had battered south-facing piers and interrupted the loading and unloading of four vessels a day earlier. With swells down to 8 to 10 feet, from a peak of 15 feet or more on Wednesday, Total Terminals International on Pier T went back to work on two Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ships. Crescent Terminal on Pier F also resumed the unloading of Mercedes-Benz automobiles and wind towers from two vessels. All other terminals at the Port of Long Beach remained open for vessel operations during the storm surge, and trucking operations at all terminals, including at TTI and Crescent, were unaffected.

4 days ago by arnekiel

Storm Surge Halts Vessel Operations at Long Beach
Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they were suspending vessel operations for the day because 10- to 15-foot high wave surges powered by Pacific Hurricane Marie endangered longshore workers. Total Terminals International on Pier T, with two Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ships at berth, and Crescent Terminals on Pier F, with two break-bulk ships including a MOL roll-on, roll-off vessel at berth, stopped working the ships late Tuesday. There was flooding reported at Crescent. All other terminals at the Port of Long Beach remain open for vessel operations, and trucking operations at all terminals, including at TTI and Crescent, are also continuing and unaffected by the wave surges. The worst of the surges were expected at high tide shortly before 11 a.m. and again at 11 p.m.

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