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9 hours ago by arnekiel

Dredging work at Jurong Port, Singapore
Dredging work will be carried out at Keppel Shipyard Benoi Road, off West Jurong Channel, from 28 July to 30 September. As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.98 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily - including Sundays & Public Holidays - More at www2.marinelink.c...

10 hours ago by arnekiel

Kamarajar Port draws up expansion plan
Kamarajar Port Ltd. (KPL), formerly Ennore Port, has chalked out a Rs.20-crore expansion plan to facilitate increased export of cars. As a new entrant, KPL is facing competition from the Chennai Port Trust, which exports about 3 lakh cars annually against 2.02 lakh units by KPL. KPL Chairman-cum-Managing Director M. A. Bhaskarachar said that the port was developing a 58,500-sq. metre car parking yard adjacent to the existing one to accommodate 4,000 cars. The work order would be issued next month, and the yard would be ready within 15 months. On completion, 17,000 cars can be parked at any given time, he said. KPL handled 39,000 cars and 8.9 million tonnes of cumulative cargo so far up to July 25 in the current fiscal against 7.67 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Israeli transport minister proposes offshore port for Gaza
Cairo: Israel’s transport minister has proposed building an offshore port for Gaza. The suggestion follows on from recent calls by the Qatari foreign minister to build a port in Gaza to help alleviate the suffering there. Israel’s transportation minister Yisrael Katz has said Gaza should have its own airport and port. “We should open the Rafiah crossing between Gaza and Egypt for an intermediate period, for goods and people to pass through, with supervision,” he said. “At the same time, we should initiate the creation of an artificial island at sea, under international supervision and with international funding, roughly 4.5 km off the Gaza coast,” he continued. A model for the project has already been created, he said. “On the island there will be a port, a power plant and water treatment plant, and eventually an airport. There could be hotels there, too. The island would be connected to Gaza by a bridge, which would have a security checkpoint in the centre. “[The checkpoint] would be under full international control for 100 years, and under Israeli control at sea,” he suggested. “The Palestinians would be part of operating the port and airport, and staffing the hotels.” [23/07/14]

2 days ago by arnekiel

Grain Export Terminal Shut in U.S. Dispute
Mitsui's United Grain Corp has shut its export terminal at the Port of Vancouver - among the largest on the U.S. West Coast - because the state government withdrew grain inspectors amid an ongoing labor dispute, an export shippers' group said on Friday, July 25. "We've managed to get one ship out this week after getting waivers from the customer and USDA, but that's an exceptional case - and costly," said Pat McCormick, spokesman for export trade group Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, which includes United Grain Corp (UGC), a unit of Japanese trading company Mitsui. The outbound vessel held 2 million bushels of grain. The shutdown comes as the United States braces for a bumper grain harvest with prices languishing. Nearly half of U.S. wheat exports and about a quarter of all grain and oilseed exports exit the country via the Pacific Northwest. The Vancouver facility is one of nine bulk grain terminals in the region.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Truck Operators Return to Work at Apapa Port
Truck operators have returned to work at Nigeria’s premier port, Apapa Quay. The truck owners had abandoned work following the lingering gridlock into and out of Apapa in the last one month. The resumption of work was sequel to a meeting APM Terminals Apapa Limited, one of the concessionaires in the nation’s seaports, had with the truck owners. The meeting addressed the challenges they encounter in accessing the port as a result of the gridlock being experienced in Apapa. The situation was attributed to the worsening road conditions leading into and out of Apapa.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Strike canned, Sydney ferries run as usual
Sydney ferries will operate normally Monday morning(July 28) after unionised staff cancelled a planned strike. The members of three unions, the Australian Maritime Officers Union, Maritime Union of Australia and Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, were to stop work during Monday morning peak hours to discuss conditions offered in a new enterprise bargaining agreement. But they have now decided not to go through with industrial action. "There is a very good offer on the table and we would like to finalise this agreement and get back to business," Harbour City Ferries boss Steffen Faurby said. "The service disruption to our customers is not productive and we are pleased they have withdrawn the action." Ferry workers have base salaries between $80,000 and $115,000, 10 weeks of annual leave, 12.5 per cent superannuation, a 10.5 per cent pay increase over four years and can't be forced to take redundancies during the next two years. More than 30 meetings have been held between HCF, a joint venture of Transdev and Transfield Services, and union representatives during the eight months of negotiation. Source : dailymail / mailonline

2 days ago by arnekiel

Abu Dhabi selects new Zayed Port cruise passenger terminal design
Abu Dhabi selects new cruise passenger design His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, has selected the architectural concept for the new permanent cruise terminal building, which will be built at Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi, ADPC said in a news release. The winning architectural concept was selected from four competition entries which were presented to HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his consideration. The competition, which was organized by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), invited leading architectural practices from around the world to enter their proposals for a new world class permanent terminal building at Zayed Port.

2 days ago by arnekiel

Siemens Builds The First European Onshore Power Supply For Cruise Ships
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has commissioned Siemens to build a turnkey onshore power supply at the Hamburg Altona cruise terminal. The system will supply electricity to cruise ships of all common sizes and electrical system designs, allowing them to turn off their own diesel generators and reduce harmful emissions during their lay days. The first European onshore power supply system of this type has a capacity of 12 megavolt amperes (MVA) and works with a patented, mobile robot arm designed specifically for the tidal range. The heart of the system is a frequency converter with control software that adjusts the frequency of the local distribution grid to the ship’s electrical system. The scope of supply for Siemens, in its capacity as general contractor, includes the medium and low voltage switchgears, the transformers, the fire safety system and the building’s air conditioning and ventilation system. Commissioning is scheduled for the spring of 2015. The order volume will run to around €8.5 million. The onshore power supply system from Siemens meets the required international standards IEC/ISO/IEEE 80005-1 (cable connection between shore and ship on the medium voltage side) and IEC 62613-2 (connectors and sockets). The modular system from Siemens covers all power ranges required in the shipping industry and is suitable for the world’s common ship frequencies (50 and 60 Hertz) as well as all necessary voltage levels for shipping. Voltages of 6 or 10 kilovolts (kV) are provided in the 50-Hertz range and 6.6 or 11 kV in the 60-Hertz range. In principle, for example, 50 Hertz AC current is converted to 60 Hertz AC current during frequency conversion. Reference: siemens.com

3 days ago by arnekiel

Sri Lanka: East Container Terminal Project on Right Track
24/07/2014 The construction of Sri Lanka Ports Authority owned single berth of the Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) is known as the East Container Terminal (ECT) and with the completion of its Phase I soon, it is expected to cater the shortfall in the capacity of container handling in the Port of Colombo. The quay wall of the ECT is designed to allow the container vessels of 230,000 DWT to berth. The quay is designed to support a 65t ship to shore crane (STS), a 30 meter rail span, a back reach area and roads. This project consists of two phases of the harbour infrastructure works such as construction of breakwaters, dredging for new harbour basin and navigation channel and rerouting of crude oil pipe line. The other component includes construction of terminals and other related services. Source: Sri Lanka Ports Authority

3 days ago by arnekiel

Fed. Government declares 28-29 July as public holidays, affects all ports
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday and Tuesday (28-29 July) Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration. Normal work will resume on Wednesday 30 July.

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