Containerships being diverted to avoid congestion at port of Shanghai
Readjusted shipping schedules and higher-than-expected export volumes have exacerbated congestion at the world’s busiest
container terminal, Shanghai. Although fog caused initial delays at Yangshan, one forwarder in Shanghai told The Loadstar the
new alliance schedules had resulted in long delays and crowded quaysides. As they readjusted to new timetables, ships had
failed to call at port at the correct times, said the forwarder, resulting in a logjam of vessels and containers. “Readjusting
alliance shipping schedules is comprehensively to blame. Space was not properly adjusted to account for this, and continued
overbooking by carriers has resulted in a build-up of containers waiting to be exported.” Another source confirmed there had
been a higher number of overbooked containers than normal being delivered. According to the forwarder, the chaos caused has
left ships stranded at outer anchorages until berths become available, with some reports suggesting delays of more than 50
hours. “One ship, Hyundai Forward, was wandering around for two days,” said the forwarder. “This is only worsening issues
with equipment storage as containers wait to be loaded.” In a statement to customers, Norman Global Logistics said inbound
container trucks were being limited to two of the four lanes feeding into the port. “An update from our Shanghai office has
confirmed that vessels are waiting more than a week, a situation made worse by dense fog which presented additional
operational challenges,” said the company. “While many of these issues are entirely out of our control, we are working closely
with the port and shipping lines to try and minimise the impact of these delays on our customers.” Shanghai International Port
Group (SIPG) attributed the congestion to “imbalanced business volumes from major container shipping routes following the
regroup of major shipping alliances”. A Maersk spokesperson told American Shipper it was working closely with Chinese ports to
address operational challenges and was “maintaining a dialogue” with its terminal partners. Forwarder Ligentia informed
customers that, to address issues surrounding vessel berthing programmes, the port authorities had temporarily shifted services
around the terminals. It added: “Port authorities announced that the port would be back to normal operating times by the end
of May.” According to SIPG, it has rescheduled calls in April and May from its Guandong and Shengdong container terminals at
Yangshan to its Hudong, Pudong and Waigaoqiao terminals. Source : the Loadstar
The Moroccon trawler “Abou Al Wafa”, 431 gt (IMO: 8820987), caught fire in the morning of Apr 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. at dock no. 6 Agadir during maintenance works. Fire fighters were soon on scene and trying for two hours to control the fire which was thought to have started during a welding operation. But it subsequently spread to the whole vessel. The other ships which were docked next to the ship were removed to avoid the spread of the fire. The vessel became unstable and started tilting to starboard side and leaned onto the quay. Two firefighters and one worker were seriously injured and taken to the provincial hospital Hassan II at Agadir. The trawler capsized and sank, still ablaze.
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Westports plans to invest RM800mil for port expansion
Port operator Westports Holdings Bhd is allocating over RM800mil for its port expansion, including the construction of its Container Terminal 8 (CT8) Phase 2 wharf and container yard, this year, said its chief executive officer, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam.
“All these additional facilities are expected to be completed and begin operations towards the end of this year,” he told reporters after the company’s AGM in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday.
He said the allocation also included the construction cost of a 600-metre wharf at CT 9, to be completed by year-end. www.thestar.com.m...
Bayonne height restriction removed ahead of bridge raising
Authorities on Tuesday April 25 removed the height restriction on certain ships going under the Bayonne Bridge in the Port of New York and New Jersey — a change they said would make scheduling ships easier and enable them to carry slightly more cargo — as the project to raise the bridge advances.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there would no longer be an air draft height limit of 149 feet on ships smaller than 9,800 TEU, the size of the largest ship that to date has gone under the bridge. Beth Rooney, assistant director of the port authority’s port division, said the change would enable the ships to carry more containers through better “utilization of the vessel.”
The removal of the restriction comes as the port gets closer to completing a $1.3 billion project to raise the elevation of the road bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet, so that ships up to 18,000 TEU can get to all of the port’s four main terminals. At present, mega-ships can only get to one terminal — GCT Bayonne — that is reachable without going under the bridge. The bridge is too low to enable large ships to pass under and get to the other three terminals. www.joc.com/port-...
First shiploader delivered to Vostochny Port’s Phase 3
The first shiploader has been delivered to Phase 3 of Vostochny Port’s coal terminal (Primorsky Territory) today, 25 April 2017, says press center of Vostochny Port JSC (Russia’s largest coal stevedore, part of the holding run by Port Management Company LLC).
The company says it is the first of two shiploaders that will load coal into the holds of bulkers of different capacity.
The shiploader is acquired in the framework of an agreement with Marubeni Corporation (Japan) for the delivery of equipment to the dedicated coal terminal. en.portnews.ru/ne...
CMA Terminals joined forces with APSEZ for new container terminal in Mundra port
CMA Terminals, which is part of the CMA CGM Group, and the Indian port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) have signed an agreement on the creation of a joint-venture in operation of the new CT4 container terminal in the Mundra port. The agreement is for a period of 15 years with the option of extending for another 10 years. The container terminal CT4 is equipped with four Rail Mounted Quay Cranes of 65 tonnes and can handle vessels with a capacity of 18,000 TEU and has annual capacity of 1.3 million TEU. According to the both companies, the opening of the new terminal makes the port of Mundra to become the largest container port in India. www.maritimeheral...
First Units of Grain Arrive at Port of Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - West Plains LLC received its first grain of the season April 25, 2017 at the Port of Brownsville with the arrival of 109 rail cars of corn from Nebraska.
West Plains entered into an agreement with the port in 2016 to restore and operate the grain elevator, with capacity to store three million bushels of grain. Since restoration efforts began, West Plains has invested more than $5.5 million in preparation of Tuesday’s shipment, the first at the port in more than seven years. Eventually, West Plains expects to receive 220 rail cars monthly.
The corn will be stored for less than 30 days before being trucked to feed lots north of the Rio Grande Valley and parts of the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. www.rgvproud.com/...
Deutsche Invest highest bidder for Greece’s Thessaloniki Port
German private equity firm Deutsche Invest Equity Partners was the highest bidder for a majority stake in Greece’s Thessaloniki
Port with an offer of 231.9 million euros ($251.8 million), privatisation agency HRADF said on Monday. The sale is a key part of the country’s international bailout signed in 2015 and comes less than a year after China’s COSCO Shipping bought a 51 percent
stake in Piraeus Port, Greece’s biggest, for 280.5 million euros The bid for Greece’s second-largest port by Deutsche Invest
Equity Partners, which has teamed up with France’s Terminal Link SAS, represents a premium of about 70 percent over the
stake’s current market value of 136.5 million euros HRADF received three bids in March for a 67 percent stake in the port. The
other two bidders were Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS) and Dubai-based P&O Steam
Navigation Company (DP World). The agency had asked the suitors to improve their offers by April 21 and unsealed them at a
board meeting on Monday. Deutsche Invest Equity Partners and Terminal Link SAS will also take over the operation of the port
for the next 34 years under a separate lease agreement that Greece expects to bring in more than 170 million euros in
additional revenue. Thessaloniki Port had a throughput of 344,277 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2016. The winning
consortium will need to invest 180 million euros to upgrade the port in the next seven years and raise throughput to 550,000
ΤΕUs. The agreement needs approvel by a Greek court of auditors and other relevant authorities. Source: Reuters
Port development will make Luleå big in north Scandinavian shipping
More than €310 million of investments will make the port capable of handling up to four times bigger ships and capture a share of the extensive regional shipments of ore.
A court decision this week paves the way for the launch of a grand north Swedish port development project. The so-called Malmporten project includes dredging in the waters leading to the city of Luleå and port development on the city waterfront.
This will make the local port to an important infrastructure object in the whole Baltic Sea region and an attractive alternative to the Norwegian port of Narvik for out shipments of iron ore from mining giant LKAB, regional newsmaker Affarer i Norr reports.
Currently, the port on the Botnia Bay coast only handles ships with a deadweight up to 55,000 tons. In few years, up to 160,000 tons vessel can enter the Luleå port, the Swedish Maritime Administration informs.
The project is supported by the EU and will cost 3 billion SEK (€311 million). Construction works are due to start this year.
Source: The Barents Observer
Shanghai port, world’s busiest, grapples with traffic congestion
The world’s busiest container port, Yangshan in China’s business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.
More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week, according to shipping software provider CargoSmart.
CargoSmart said the fog started in early April and the congestion had worsened in the past few days, with few clues to when it might ease. Average delays for ships arriving at the port jumped more than 42 percent to 53 hours between April 16 and 18 from the start of the month, it said.
“We are making efforts to adjust and coordinate the entire port’s resources and making every effort to provide customers with the fastest service,” said a spokeswoman for Shanghai International Port Group, which first flagged the situation last week in a statement on its website.
German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd told customers in a notice on Thursday that it was monitoring the situation closely and working with the port to minimize delays.
Denmark’s Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk , also confirmed that some of its vessels had been affected by the congestion. www.hellenicshipp...