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 Kiel
1 day ago by arnekiel

Only 1 lock chamber at Kiel for 12 weeks in April, May, June and July .....
Kiel-Canal authorities have announced that due to maintenance work only one new big lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau locks will available during following periods: 18.04.2017 until 30.05.2017 and 06.06.2017 until 18.07.2017

1 day ago by arnekiel

Kalmar to supply new generation empty container handlers to DP World Jebel Ali Port
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded an order to supply DP World’s flagship terminal, Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, with the new generation empty container handlers. The order for 13 units has been booked into Cargotec’s 2016 fourth quarter order intake. The deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2017.

1 day ago by arnekiel

Hyundai Merchant to buy stake in Hanjin’s port terminal in U.S.
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., a major shipping line here, said that it has decided to buy a stake in local troubled rival Hanjin Shipping Co.’s port terminal operator in the U.S., as part of efforts to save costs. In a regulatory filing, Hyundai Merchant said its board of directors decided to buy a 20-percent stake in Hanjin Shipping’s Total Terminals International LLC (TTI) and equipment-leasing firm HTEC, as well as the debt owed to its shareholders, for a combined US$15.6 million. On Wednesday (local time), a U.S. court gave its approval to Hanjin Shipping to sell its stake in TTI, which operates container terminals at ports in Seattle and Long Beach, California. Hyundai Merchant, if the deal goes smoothly, will become the No. 2 stakeholder in TTI after Geneva-based shipper MSC. www.hellenicshipp...

 Kiel
2 days ago by Timsen

Port of Kiel celebrates record 2016 cruise season
The Port of Kiel celebrated a record cruise season in 2016, handling 6% more passengers (485,000) and an 11% increase cruise calls, from 132 in 2015 to 147 last year. In 2017, Kiel is set to host 440,000 passengers who will arrive during 133 calls from 28 different cruise ships. The season will open on 9 April with a call from AIDA Cruises’ AIDAcara and close on 21 October with a visit from AIDAvita. This year, the port will also handle three simultaneous cruise calls on five occasions, and four cruise vessels on both 3 June and 12 August. Meanwhile, 15 ships will be in port during the Kieler Woche sailing regatta from 17-25 June, and TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 will sail her maiden voyage roundtrip from Kiel on 3-14 June. MSC Cruises’ 3,970-guest MSC Fantasia will also start homeporting in Kiel on 29 April and offer 21 departures from the port. www.cruiseandferr...

3 days ago by arnekiel

ADT welcomes 3 new STS quay cranes at Khalifa
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has announced the arrival of three of the largest ship-to-shore quay cranes in the world to accommodate growing volumes and demand at Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT). Transported from China on specially-built vessels , the latest additions complement the current 9 STS cranes already operational at the facility. The Super Post Panamax cranes, commissioned from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZMPC), were delivered on November 10 and follow ADT’s recent milestone of 5 million TEUs being handled at KPCT since its establishment in 2012. The STS cranes are designed to the highest industry specifications; capable of handling the world’s largest container ships (VLCCs) and will provide an additional capacity of 600,00 TEUs per annum to complete Phase 1 of 2,5 mio TEU’s of capacity at the world-class port facility.

 Azov
3 days ago by arnekiel

Moldova-flagged dry bulk carrier refloated at Port of Azov
Moldova flagged MV USF-6 (owned by IBFS LTD) on January 16, 06:43 am ran aground in the basin of the Port of Azov, Russia. The ship laden with 4,569 tonnes of coal was en route Rostov-on-Don, Russia – Martha, Turkey with a pilot on board, the Rosmorrechflot's salvage and coordination centre told IAA PortNews. The same day (11:50) the icebreaker Kapitan Harchikov (owned by Azov branch of FGUP Rosmorport) assisted and refloated the coal carrier which then headed for Rostov-on-Don.


Free Port Kamchatka company to build multi-functional transit cargo hub in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Free Port Kamchatka, resident of PDA Kamchatka, is going to build a multi-functional transit cargo hub in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for handling of cargoes going from Kamchatka to other regions of Russia, SEA countries and Europe through the Northern Sea Route and for reduction of time needed for cargo transportation between the Far East and Central Russia, says the Kamchatka Territory Agency of Investments and Entrepreneurship. According to Victor Laevsky, Director of Free Port Kamchatka, the project provides for construction from scratch of a refrigerating terminal, a terminal for transshipment of dry bulk and general cargo as well as a passenger terminal for local water tourism. The facilities in the area of the Avachinskaya Bay estimated at RUB 4 bln are to be put into operation in 2019-2020. en.portnews.ru/ne...

3 days ago by arnekiel

Al Ruwais Port likely to become operational this year
After the inauguration of Hamad Port last month, Al Ruwais Port is likely to become operational as commercial port this year and will also house a market to sell products from neighbouring countries. Currently, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is working on the second phase of Al Ruwais Port in the north of Qatar. An official yearly-brief of 2016 on the performance of the Ministry of Transport and Communications has revealed this. “The ministry is currently working on completing the second phase of developing Al Ruwais Port. The process, scheduled to take less than a year, will see the capacity of the port expanded,” the document says, adding that a new storage facility would be built and a market would be established at the port to sell products of neighboring countries. www.hellenicshipp...

3 days ago by arnekiel

Seychelles’ port expansion means bigger ships, better technology, security
Authorities plan to expand Port Victoria in Seychelles to serve more — and larger — vessels, a top official of the Seychelles Port Authority said. The existing quay of Port Victoria, currently 270 metres long, will be extended an additional 330 metres and will be able to accommodate two boats measuring up to 250 metres in length at the same time. The chief executive of the Seychelles Port Authority, Andre Cisseau, told SNA that, “The expansion followed a decision by the authority and the government to ensure that Seychelles remain the favourable port of call in the region.” Ciseau said that the development will allow the authority to serve a greater size and capacity of vessel entering the port. The project will cost around $107 million and is expected to start in late 2017 and be completed by 2021.

 Kiel
3 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Kiel posts record cargo with Handling up 5.3 %
Kiel posted record cargo and passenger handling figures in 2016. For the first time some 6.5 million tons were loaded or unloaded last year – an increase of 5.3 % over the previous year and the port’s best-ever result so far. Ferry services to Scandinavia and the Baltic region showed above-average growth, while trade with Russia continued to decline. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) comments: “Kiel has achieved a record result. Increases of as much as 7.6 % were posted at the public terminal facilities operated by the PORT OF KIEL.” The port was able to win two important new customers in the past year – SCA and Iggesund Paperboard – and to open a new forest products terminal in the Ostuferhafen. “Investment in the paper business means we will continue to grow and can now set our sights on a seven million ton handling figure”, says Dirk Claus. “It is also of decisive importance that we have been able to expand the port’s logistics competence”, he added.


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