California ports congestion 'worst-ever on record'
One shipping analyst calls the congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach the "worst-ever on record."
For months, both shippers and longshoremen have accused each other of intentionally slowing operations to gain leverage in contract negotiations that began last May. Congestion was already building due to more ships, larger ships and a lack of maintained truck trailers to move cargo off the docks.
However, gridlock intensified in November. The Pacific Maritime Assocation, which represents employers, claimed longshoremen began holding back crews after Halloween in order to pressure employers, while the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing dockworkers, claimed the opposite, saying that employers are asking for only half the normal work crews. www.cnbc.com/id/1...
Vancouver terminal operator invests to handle more US cargo
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — GCT Global Container Terminals plans to spend several hundred million dollars in the next few years to increase its Vancouver terminals’ capacity and fluidity in anticipation of handling more U.S.-bound cargo and Canadian volume.
C. Steinweg Oman, operator of the multipurpose cargo terminal at Sohar Port and Freezone, has bolstered its ground handling capacity following the arrival of a 100 metric tonnes lifting capacity Gottwald HMK 6407 crane. With the new arrival — delivered by SAL Heavy Lift — the terminal operator now boasts three mobile harbour cranes
Two New Post-Panamax cranes for Adelaide Container Terminal
South Australia's container terminal operator, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, has welcomed the arrival of two new Post-Panamax Liebherr cranes as part of the terminal's strategic plan.
The ship-to-shore cranes, ordered in January 2014, are 65 metres high and capable of reaching heights of 105 metres with the boom raised. They represent a $24 million investment for Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, and are due to be deployed for active service in April 2015 following a rigorous commissioning process.
It is expected that vessel turn-around times at the facility will ultimately become up to 25% faster than at present due to the new cranes.
The container terminals are ready, tankers are transferring oil between each other and the world’s biggest ship has arrived - Port of Rotterdam Authority’s flagship development Maasvlakte 2 is ready for service
MJ has been reporting on progress with the construction of Maasvlakte 2 since early 2009 and as important as these latest developments are, they are just one step of a journey which, if images of the finished product are reflected upon will see the story continuing until at least 2030. The two recently completed container terminals should be viewed in the context of just part of the whole 2,000ha site behind a 4km long seawall.
Rotterdam World Gateway’s (RWG) first container cranes were delivered ready assembled to Prinses Amaliahaven in November 2013, less than a year later the terminal boasted eleven deepsea quay cranes, three barge/feeder cranes, two rail cranes, 50 automated stacking cranes and 59 automated guided vehicles. Testing is now all but complete, commercial services due to commence by April or May 2015. www.maritimejourn...
Following the announcement that some Costa Crociere shoreside services will be consolidated in Hamburg, trade unions and employees at Costa are planning a four-hour strike on Monday, February 2.
According to Italian news reports, up to 161 Costa employees may be affected, across four departments including hotel, marine/technical, purchasing and medical.
Earlier on Thursday Costa announced the establishment of a central Marine Operations Center in Hamburg.
Under the name of Carnival Maritime, Costa will create a new division for its 25 ships, which includes the Costa and AIDA brands. The division will be headed by Jens Lassen, currently senior vice president of marine operations for AIDA.
The wreck of the sunken "Ninive" was pumped out on Jan 28, 2015, by forces of the THW and the "Stadtwerke". Draining works started at 2 p.m. , and a tractor pulled the galeas upright with a towing wire at the mast. Around 4 p.m. the THW arrived with 17 men and eight more mobile pumps with a capcity of 6000 liters per minute each. At 5.15 p.m. the ship which sank in the night of Jan 21, was floating again.
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Environmental Groups Take On Port of Seattle Over Shell Oil Lease Agreement
Environmentalists turned out in full force Wednesday to voice their opposition to a Port of Seattle agreement allowing Shell Oil to base its 26-ship Arctic drilling fleet in West Seattle.
A coalition of state and national groups is threatening to sue the Port over its agreement to lease the currently-vacant Terminal 5 to the oil company for up to four years.
Though commissioners say the deal could generate hundreds of jobs, coalition leaders say the port rushed through its approval process with little notice or public discussion. www.kplu.org/post...
Polish Port to Receive EU Funds to Prepare for LNG Bunkering Facility
The Port of Świnoujście in Poland will receive funding from the European Union (EU) to prepare an area for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility, the European Commission's (EC) Innovation and Networks Executive Agency has announced.
Plans to prepare grounds for an LNG facility at the port are part of a larger €2 million ($2.3 million) project which will also see infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Trelleborg in Sweden.