APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Begins Landside 24/7 Operations
The new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II container terminal, designed to be the world’s safest, most technologically advanced and automated container handling facility, began landside commercial operations with the opening of the high tech truck gates, launching a new era of automation to improve trucker efficiency and reduce turntimes. The 86 hectare (212 acre) terminal includes a 500-meter barge quay, 1,000-meter deep quay and an ondock rail terminal with four tracks of 750 meters. Two barge quay cranes and two rail cranes are part of the landside investment in the 2.7 million TEU annual capacity deep-water terminal.
From 24 November 2014, the Suez Canal accommodates only one convoy at a time from each side. Convoys enter the Canal only once the opposite convoy has exited, GAC reports. This is believed to be a temporary system until the completion of the expansion project, after which a new traffic system will be declared.
The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December, which will help to alleviate congestion at the docks.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on Pier S for temporary storage of empty shipping containers. The temporary depot will help put back into circulation more chassis -- the wheeled trailer-frames that trucks use to haul cargo containers. Because many terminals are congested due to the current peak in cargo volume and have no room to accept empty cargo containers, more space is needed to temporarily store those empties. The temporary empty container storage depot will provide a location for truckers to deliver empty containers and remove them from a chassis, and then use the chassis to pick up loaded containers and haul them to their destination.
Australia bans dredger deposits near Great Barrier Reef
Australia this week adopted a bipartisan policy banning the placement of any capital dredged material off the coast near the Great Barrier Reef.
"The ban on capital dredge spoil being dumped in the World Heritage Area is an immediate measure that will reduce the pressure on the Great Barrier Reef," Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Anthony Albanese said in a statement on 10 November. www.ihsmaritime36...
Egypt hires German firm to bore 4 transport tunnels under Suez Canal
Egypt will use machines made by a German firm to bore at least four tunnels under the Suez Canal, part of an $8 billion project to expand the waterway that the government hopes will raise revenues and foreign currency reserves. Unlisted Herrenknecht AG was discussing contract details, a spokesman for the company said.
Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium. Monday’s (24.11.) protest action targeted measures by the nation’s business-friendly government to cut into employees’ income, extend working time and restrict social services.
On their first of three Mondays of regional strikes, the unions targeted Antwerp, with Europe’s second biggest port, and made sure no ships could enter of leave the docks. Port workers have been particularly angered by measures to extend the start of pensions by two years.
Port worker Frank Verhulst complained it would force them to work until the age of 67. “But it is a very hard job here,” he said.
Labor action is to culminate in a nationwide strike on Dec. 15.
Source: Associated Press
Seaborne cargo throughput of 110 million tons sets new record for Port of Hamburg
With total throughput of around 110 million tons, the Port of Hamburg set a new record in the first nine months of 2014. Almost all throughput segments contributed their share to this growth, which at 5.7 percent was outstanding compared to the same period of the previous year. Container handling, which dominates in Hamburg as a universal port, also achieved a record mark of 7.4 million TEU (20-ft standard containers). Gaining 6.4 percent here, Hamburg is growing faster than competing ports in Northern Europe. These reported average growth of 1.9 percent in total throughput and of 4.0 percent for container handling. The Port of Hamburg accordingly enlarged its market share of container traffic for the period January to September from 26.1 percent to 26.7 percent. www.hellenicshipp...
DP World ships banned ZPMC cranes to Jawharlal Nehru port
When a ship carrying four quay cranes manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) docks at Jawaharlal Nehru (JN) port near Mumbai on 29 November, it is bound to raise eyebrows because China’s state-owned port crane maker is barred from supplying gear to Indian ports by the country’s security agencies.
The four cranes were ordered last year by Dubai’s DP World Ltd for its new container terminal coming up at JN port, India’s busiest container gateway. JN port, which is aware of the ban on ZPMC cranes, is not blocking the arrival of the gear by refraining from seeking clearance from security agencies, a procedure typically followed by other state-owned ports. “When ports including Mumbai port which is just across the channel of JN port and VO Chidambaranar port in Tuticorin had sought security clearance for ZPMC cranes ordered by public private partnership (PPP) operators (the clearance was denied), why is JN port not seeking such a clearance?” asked a port industry executive. The new terminal is expected to start operations in 2015. JN port, one of the 13 owned by the Union government, is expected to handle 11 million standard containers by 2016 and 23 million standard containers by 2020, as per a 10-year plan for ports unveiled by the shipping ministry in 2011. Source: Livemint
Great Northern Lock closure for repairs after allision
En route from Muuga to Gijon the "Vectis Eagle" allided with a gate of the locks of the Kiel Canal in Holtenau while entering on Nov 24, 2014, short before noon. The gate was blocked after the ship hit, and it will have to be exchanged. The great Northern Lock thus was thought to remain closed until Nov 26. The damage was estimated to be some 100.000 Euro. The ship was towed into the East Shore Port by the port tugs "Holtenau" and Kitzeberg short before 2 p.m.
Port of Colombo has welcomed its first mega box ship when Mediterranean Shipping Company's newbuilding, the 16,650 TEU MSC New York, berthed at Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT).
The terminal operator said it aims to attract more ships of this capacity on a regular basis to bring the port closer to realising its goal of becoming a regional hub.
The state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by Hong Kong's China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) is the only deepwater terminal in South Asia capable of handling the largest vessels afloat, reported Colombo's Daily Financial Times.