Yantian still lone chinese port that can handle fully-loaded 18,000-TEUers
Todays problem with Maersk's 18,000-TEUers is that there are only two ports in the world - Shenzhen's Yantian terminal and Malaysia's Tanjung Pelepas - that can handle them fully loaded, but still not one port in Europe.
"We can fill ships at Tanjung Pelepas but the problem is that we cannot take the goods off in Europe," said Maersk Asia-Pacific chief Thomas Riber Knudsen.
That's why they can only load 15,00-16,000 TEU into an 18,270-TEU vessel, said Mr Knudsen, reported Lloyd's List.
"Wherever we cannot operate cranes at the full height and full length, we cannot fill the ships," he said, adding that he hopes Algeciras, Shanghai and Rotterdam will be able by the end of the year.
Maersk Line is due to take delivery of another seven 18,270 TEU vessels, bringing its megaship fleet to 14.
Mr Knudsen said cascading would eliminate vessels smaller than 6,000 TEU. "Panamax ships are too small to operate in long-haul trades and many not small enough for feeder ports," he said.
With current overcapacity, he expects rates to continue to be under pressure, though anticipates improvements in volumes this year.
Vladimir Putin orders construction of Kerch bridge to be completed in 2018
RF President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Government determine the amount and the sources of the financing for the construction of a transport passage across the Kerch Strait having foreseen the completion of the project in 2018. According to the list of orders on transport development published at the website of Russian Government, the order is to be implemented by July 1, 2014. Besides, By June 1, 2014, RF Transport Ministry jointly with the interested federal executive authorities are to submit proposals on the mechanisms to be applied for the long-term development of port facilities in the Crimean Federal District considering the existing plans on the development of port facilities in the Azov-Black Sea Basin.
Klaipeda Seaport (Lithuania) plans dredging up to 17 m and becoming a hub
Klaipeda Seaport (Lithuania) plans dredging up to 17 m by 2018 and becoming a hub, IAA PortNews cites Arvidas Vaitkue, Director General of Klaipeda Seaport, as saying yesterday at the International Transport and Logistics Conference TransRussia 2014. According to him, the port plans becoming a container hub. In 2014 container terminal of MSC and Maersk is to start operation. It will handle container carriers with the capacity of up to 6,500 TEUs. Klaipeda State Seaport is the northernmost ice free port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. It is the most important and biggest Lithuanian transport hub, connecting sea, land and railway routes from East to West. The port’s throughput (including Butinge terminal) made 33.42 mln t in 2013.
Port of Hamburg (Germany) set to develop container transshipment
Port of Hamburg (Germany) is set to develop container transshipment, IAA PortNews journalist cites Marina Rimpo, Project Manager of "Amber Coast Logistics" with Port of Hamburg Marketing, as saying yesterday at the International Transport and Logistics Conference TransRussia 2014.
According to her, this will become possible with the handling of container carriers of up to 18,000 TEUs in capacity.
Port of Duqm undertakes successful ship to ship transfer
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 Port of Duqm undertook its first ship-to-ship transfer in a further demonstration of its capabilities as Oman’s newest maritime gateway. A shipment of soya bean meal was successfully transferred from the bulk carrier, MV Sila, to another commercial vessel, MV Ocean Fortune’, in a well-coordinated and seamless exercise that underscored the port’s ability to undertake even challenging commercial operations of this nature.
Anflocor invests P2.7B for Davao container terminal
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | The Board of Investments has approved the P2.653 billion expansion project of San Vicente Terminal and Brokerage Services Inc. (SVTBSI), a unit of the Floirendo-owned Anflocor Group of Companies, as new operator of container terminal in Davao del Norte bringing Mindanao’s seaport terminal capability to international standards. Based on its application, the company is engaged as new seaport operator of Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) located in barangay San Pedro, Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Based on its application, the containerized terminal will have a capacity of 400,000 FEUs (forty-foot equivalent units) per year. The state-of-the-art facility can cater up to 300 container vans the only container terminal in Mindanao which can cater to such number of container vans simultaneously.
Pelindo II picks Japanese Mitsui to operate Kalibaru terminal
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 State-run port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Pelindo II), also known as the Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC), has finally opted for Japanese conglomerate Mitsui Co. Ltd. as its partner in jointly operating the first container terminal at Kalibaru Port in North Jakarta, which is expected to begin operations in mid-2015. The two companies will soon establish a joint venture to operate the terminal, which will be the first of three container terminals to be built at Kalibaru Port as part of the expansion of Tanjung Priok Port.
Vizag General Cargo Berth Pvt. Ltd. (VGCB) , a 74:26 joint venture between Sterlite Industries (Vedanta) and Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt. Ltd., is set to become a premier coal handling terminal.
The berth was developed under BOT with an investment of Rs.680 crore and a capacity to handle 10.7 million tonnes.
By adding VGCB terminal , the Visakhapatnam Port further strengthens the cargo throughput. In the days to come, the port will be the hub for handling imported coal and shall be the gateway in the east coast corridor, says VGCB CEO D. K. Manral in a interview.
Liverpool2 to Become UK’s Largest Transatlantic Deep-Sea Port
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Peel Ports Group has awarded a multi-million pound contract to Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) to supply state-of-the-art ‘mega’ container cranes for its new Liverpool2 development.
ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) for phase 1 of the contract, and a further 3 STS cranes and 10 CMRGs in phase 2. The £300 million investment program by Peel Ports to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool will see Liverpool2 become the UK’s largest transatlantic deep-sea port and container terminal. Once completed in late 2015, it will be able to accommodate most of the world’s current fleet of container vessel types and will offer shipping lines a unique opportunity to connect ships of up to 13,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) directly to the heart of the UK.
Kiel’s new cruise terminal at Ostuferhafen takes shape
Steady progress is being made with the Port of Kiel’s new passenger ship handling pavilion in the Ostuferhaven, on schedule to receive its first cruise ship visit in June.
The new pavilion will allow Kiel to accommodate three large cruise ships at one time, instead of two as previously. The steel support framework for the pavilion is almost complete and the next step involves cladding of the 1,670m2 structure with a transparent plastic covering. The new pavilion will allow handling of both passenger exchange and cruise turnarounds on three large cruise ships.
The new passenger pavilion is more than 110m long, 14m wide and 10m high, passenger check-in and waiting areas covering 1,560m2. Directly dovetailed into the building is a further hall space of around 3,000m2 with luggage and control areas. The project to upgrade the Ostuferhaven for the cruise shipping sector has been divided into two phases.
During 2013, new fendering was installed along the 400m long berth, further work ensuring a constant water depth of 10m alongside. It is planned to inaugurate the new pavilion on 2 June this year when Costa Crociere’s 114,288gt, 3,780 passenger cruise ship Costa Pacifica departs from Kiel at the start of a ten-day Baltic cruise.