OOCL launches competitive China New Zealand Service in November
Following the announcement on the new joint service to the market dated on August 22, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is pleased to announce further details of the service branded as the China New Zealand service (CNS).
In cooperation with CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), the new service will commence from Shanghai on November 06, offering customers direct, reliable, and competitive services that will help improve supply chain management efficiency and productivity with our comprehensive southbound and northbound network connections.
Covering major markets in China and New Zealand, the CNS offers weekly sailings and a turn-around in 49 days which includes competitive transit times from Shanghai and Chiwan to Auckland within 22 and 18 days respectively, from Tauranga to Hong Kong within 13 days and from Chiwan and Shanghai to Brisbane within 12 and 17 days respectively. The first northbound sailing will begin from Port Chalmers on December 02.
Namibia Rail Company Abandons Freight at Port as Capacity Curbed
Namibia’s state-owned rail utility said it’s abandoning about 10,000 metric tons of cargo daily at the nation’s Walvis Bay port, failing to cope with demand because of a lack of locomotives. While TransNamib Holdings Ltd. operates 23 trains, it needs at least 15 daily and only has four available for mainline and switching services per day, Dantagos Jimmy-Melani, a member of the company’s board, told reporters today in the capital, Windhoek. “To compound the problem, the locomotives regularly fail in the section, leaving further tonnages behind,” Jimmy-Melani said.
The government is planning to make Port Klang among the world’s top 10 ports in five years, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said. It is banking on a RM100 million project to deepen the port’s South Channel from 16.5m to 18m to meet the target, he added. The project can accommodate container vessels with cargo capacity of 18,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit). Liow said the project is expected to begin on November and be completed by April next year.
CARGO clearance at the Dar es Salaam port is set to improve further after the arrival of seven heavy duty cranes for the Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS).
The new heavy-duty equipment include two SSG (Ship to Shore Gantry) and seven RTG (Rubber-Tyred Gantry) cranes according to a statement by Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) which acted as port and discharging agent for the order.
TICTS placed a $20 million order for five cranes with a Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) last year for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The equipment will have the ability to handle vessels with containers stacked 13 rows across and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes, said TICTS, which is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH).
The operator further said the hybrid RTGs would help optimise energy use, reducing both fuel costs and the terminal’s carbon footprint.
Shenzhen, bordering on Hong Kong, is constructing its cruise terminal project at Shekou district’s Prince Bay. In June, the terminal’s land reclamation and road work had been completed with the facility calling for two berths, one capable of handling a mega-ship and one for smaller luxury vessels. The port is part of a larger integrated transport, commercial, and recreational services buildup. Shenzhen will be one of many Chinese ports at the upcoming China cruise trade show.
Transport Minister Satisfied With Tema Port Expansion
Mrs Dzifa Ativor, Minister of Transport, has expressed satisfaction on the expansion works at the Tema Port to improve its operations and meet international standards. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport The expansion projects, which started in 2013 at the cost of 120 million dollars, is being executed by Amandi, an international construction engineering firm and expected to be completed in November 2015. The project comprise of provision of basic port infrastructure such as breakwater, quay wall foundation trenches, and dredging to adequate depths. In an interview with the Ghana News ...
Aqaba’s APMSco signs LNG tanker deal with Turkey’s Sanmar
The Aqaba Port Marine Services Co. (APMSco) has signed an agreement in Istanbul with Turkey’s Sanmar Co to provide marine services for LNG tankers arriving at the Aqaba LNG Terminal and a tug jetty to be located to the north of the terminal.
The deal, signed in the presence of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Chief Commissioner Professor Kamel Mahadin, will make it possible to serve LNG tankers and to provide a rapid response station in case of emergencies, along with another marine harbor to be established to the south of the Aqaba New Port.
New portal crane for Schwedenkai intermodal handling
A new portal crane has arrived at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Intermodal Terminal, meaning that trains involved in rail-ship cargo handling in future will be loaded and unloaded using the new unit instead of two Reach Stackers. The crane, built by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, arrived in Kiel on September 25th from Gdynia in Poland aboard the heavy load vessel “Meri”.
The unloading took place under the crane’s own power via a ship ramp. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) commented: “the new portal crane is our contribution to moving more cargo onto environmentally-friendly rail services”. It is planned to take the new crane into service at the end of the year after final fitting, tests and acceptance procedures have been carried out. “The new portal crane will become a new scenic landmark at the Schwedenkai, just like the old port cranes used to be for bulk cargo handling”, said Dirk Claus.
The new 140 ton portal crane, a rubber-tyred gantry crane (RTG), is 29 m wide and straddles three track widths and the corresponding rail terminal loading lanes. Its lifting height below the spreader is 14 m and its overall height is 21 m. The RTG is suitable for handling trailers, containers and swap bodies and has a lifting capacity of up to 40 tons. Its movement alongside the rail tracks is GPS supported. The new unit represents an investment of 1.55 million Euros and was funded by the Government under a programme to promote intermodal handling facilities. “Because of the new crane and the expansion of train services to and from northern Italy, I am convinced that we will this year pass the 25,000 consignment mark in intermodal rail-ship cargo traffic”, said Dirk Claus.
The Port is linked to the national rail network by shuttle trains which connect Kiel with Hamburg’s Billwerder Marshalling Yard five times a week in both directions. In addition there are complete block trains serving the Ruhr and northern Italy. The direct train link to and from Duisburg was opened at the start of 2014 and since then has operated two round trip services a week. The connection between Kiel and Verona in northern Italy has been in existence for two years and was expanded at the start of September this year to three round trips a week. “Schwedenkai may be only a relatively small operation”, said Dirk Claus, “but growing rail cargo traffic there represents a challenge which we want to take up with our fast and high-capacity new portal crane”. In the first eight months of this year a total of 16,300 trailers and containers were loaded onto the railways at Schwedenkai and in the Ostuferhafen. That’s an increase of 1.5% over the same period of last year.
Source: Port of Kiel
Carnival Corporation and the Port of Livorno have signed a new agreement for long-term collaboration between the Italian port and all European and North American Carnival brands.
The agreement was signed by Giora Israel, Senior Vice of President Global Port and Destination Development for Carnival Corporation & Plc, and Roberto Piccini, the President and CEO of Porto di Livorno 2000. The Livorno Port Authority was represented by the General Secretary, Massimo Provinciali.
Carnival is already a client of the port of Livorno with some 127 calls for 2015 scheduled already.
Carnival Vice President of Global Port and Destination Euromed, Michel Nestour, who handled the agreement, said: “Thank you to the Porto di Livorno 2000 and the Livorno Port Authority for all their hard work and willingness to find solutions and move forward over the last year. We trust that with this agreement in place we will continue to improve the quality of the services to our passengers.”
Porto di Livorno 2000 President, Roberto Piccini, said that “the satisfaction concerns the concreteness of the agreement, which favors the customer retention in our port, with significant potential for the future. The berthing guarantee, the Alto Fondale Terminal building and the work still in progress, together with the commercial consideration, were fundamental instruments to successfully completing this initiative.”