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380 days ago by arnekiel

Port Authority hopes staff will return to work after strike at Limassol and Larnaca
Monday, 17 February 2014 The hope that port employees will return to their posts on Monday so that business activity can resume was expressed on Saturday by Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) head Alecos Michaelides. The ports remained closed for business on Friday due to a 24-hour strike by CPA employees protesting government plans to privatise the authority and port employee unions’ decision to abstain from overtime employment after the “employers’ side unilaterally amended the terms of employment” – the authority’s latest budget included reductions in shift and overtime allowances. The strike and stopping overtime mean the Larnaca and Limassol ports’ effective shutdown for business on Friday will continue throughout the weekend, affecting a total of nine ships – five fuel tankers and four cargo ships, some of which carry perishable goods for export. Limassol port manager Giorgos Ppouros said that “most ships heading to Cyprus during this time have changed direction, meaning imports will be delayed by at least one week.” In an effort to bridge the gap, Michaelides said that the issue will be discussed with the finance ministry and employee unions.

380 days ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Port Authority hopes staff will return on Monday at Larnaca and Limassol
Monday, 17 February 2014 The hope that port employees will return to their posts on Monday so that business activity can resume was expressed on Saturday by Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) head Alecos Michaelides. The ports remained closed for business on Friday due to a 24-hour strike by CPA employees protesting government plans to privatise the authority and port employee unions’ decision to abstain from overtime employment after the “employers’ side unilaterally amended the terms of employment” – the authority’s latest budget included reductions in shift and overtime allowances. The strike and stopping overtime mean the Larnaca and Limassol ports’ effective shutdown for business on Friday will continue throughout the weekend, affecting a total of nine ships – five fuel tankers and four cargo ships, some of which carry perishable goods for export. Limassol port manager Giorgos Ppouros said that “most ships heading to Cyprus during this time have changed direction, meaning imports will be delayed by at least one week.” In an effort to bridge the gap, Michaelides said that the issue will be discussed with the finance ministry and employee unions.

 Nador
380 days ago by arnekiel

New container terminal planned at Nador
The company Tanger-Med, which gives it’s name to the port, and the National Port Agency have a project for the construction of a new container port in Morocco, in the city of Nador, just a few kilometers away from the border with Algeria. The idea for the project came up three years ago, but development has not started yet. “It will be a port for containers and also to receive oil that comes from the Middle East and goes to Europe,” stated Abkari. According to him, it is a 7 billion dirham investment (US$ 847 million), for the first phase alone, including infrastructure, wharf construction and safety works. The invitations to bid for the construction work, according to him, should be starting soon. Source: AnBa

380 days ago by arnekiel

Coal terminals near New Orleans expanding despite drop in coal exports
Despite a drop in coal exports off the Mississippi River in 2013, several New Orleans-area terminals say they are increasing capacity as they eye improved markets in the long-term. Foresight Energy's Convent Marine Terminal in Convent, Louisiana, is installing two stacker-reclaimers, roughly doubling its annual capacity to 25 million st, according to a review of state permits. A company employee confirmed an expansion is underway, with a completion date targeted for the end of 2014, but declined to discuss the expansion further. Foresight, which operates a number of low-cost long-wall mines in the Illinois Basin, purchased the terminal in 2011 from Canadian National, which continues to deliver coal to the terminal.

382 days ago by arnekiel

Kalmar to convert gantry cranes to electrification at Port of Felixstowe, UK
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a contract to convert four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to full electrification for Hutchison Ports UK (HPUK) at the Port of Felixstowe, UK. The project is the first of its kind in Western Europe. The contract was signed in September 2013 and installations will commence in the second quarter of 2014, the company said in its press release. Effectively a pilot project, Kalmar's specialist Crane Upgrades team will handle the complex engineering task which includes provision of the electrical services infrastructure for two RTG container blocks, each with a length of 217 metres. A full turnkey project, Kalmar will handle the RTG modifications, integration of an automatic drive-in collector unit, operator controls, conductor bars and the steel structure installation. Additionally, two 217-metre container blocks will be converted to house the electrical infrastructure, including substations required to connect the cranes to main power grid. The objective of the electrification is to reduce the fuel costs and lower the emissions of the RTG fleet.

382 days ago by arnekiel

Tangermed Port: Goods Traffic Grows Of 40%
These positive results are due to the work of dealers of the port's goods traffic: Eurogate and APM Terminals. The transfer of goods on trucks has determined a traffic of 198.000 trucks, growing of 11% compared to 2012. It must be underlined the data concerning the terminal dedicated to vehicles which in 2013 has handled 181.500 vehicles (+81% compared to the previous year), produced in the Renault facility in Tangeri. The traffic of hydrocarbon in 2013 was of 4.1 million tons, and almost half of which concerned the operations of refuelling on board of ships). In terms of passengers, the Tangeri port registered a smaller traffic of 2.15 million passengers and 700.000 private vehicles, with increases of 2% and 3% each compared to the previous year. Source: Greenmed

 London
382 days ago by arnekiel

Thames Oil Port to open 2014
Significant investment is being spent to create a state of the art import and distribution terminal for oil products. Thames Oil Port is a strategic consortium and signifies Shell Bitumen’s continued commitment to the UK market and customers. The depots represent a major step in the implementation of Shell Bitumen’s European supply strategy, aimed at ensuring the reliability and quality of service expected by its customers in an increasingly-complex business environment. Shell Bitumen has a long-standing history in the UK. Bitumen was imported on a small scale over 100 years ago, but it was the opening of Shell Haven refinery in 1920 that really made bitumen production take off in the UK. Following the closure of Shell Haven, our strategic investment in Thames Oil Port means we can reconnect with our Thames Estuary heritage, and importantly, we will be able to react more effectively to customer demands in the South East, with local facilities backed by local logistics infrastructure. Source: Hub4

383 days ago by arnekiel

Bengal Tiger Line starts new import connection from Colombo to Krishnapatnam
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT) has sailed in to a new frontier with the addition of Bengal Tiger Line’s (BTL) new Colombo feeder service (BOX-2) from KPCT. This new fixed day weekly service has a port rotation of Colombo - KPCT - Chennai and had its maiden call on February 7, 2014 with vessel M.V. Tiger Bridge.

 Xiamen
383 days ago by arnekiel

Xiamen Yuanhai container terminal to start trial operation this November
The YuanHai Container Terminal, in the Haicang Free Trade area of the city of Xiamen, Fujian province, will be China's first fully automated container terminal when it goes into trial operation this November, news.xmnn.cn reported, on Feb 7. The terminal's entire work flow is controlled by an intelligent system, giving it a greater degree of efficiency than most other ports. It is expected to have an annual throughput of 780,000 - 910,000 TEUs, an increase of 20 - 40 percent. Yan Yunfu, executive vice-president of Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), the world's biggest port machinery manufacturer, with about a 70-percent market share, had this to say about the development: "Because Haicang has a favorable investment environment, Shanghai ZPMC would like to provide the terminal's equipment as a cooperative partner." Yan went on to say that ZMPC has provided a detailed design of equipment for the terminal, and, "We're confident that the quality of the machines we provide will get the job done reliably and efficiently." Spending on the terminal amounts to 658 million yuan ($1.08 million), in a joint venture with the China Ocean Shipping Co (COSCO), China's largest global shipping, logistics group, which also handles ship-building and repairs. Source: China Daily

383 days ago by arnekiel

Backlog in coal exports continues, still 28 ships on anchorage
Power restored to Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Coal exports through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) have resumed and progress is being made to return the rail system to normal, RBCT management said in a statement yesterday. This follows after a power failure on 31 January paralysed the terminal for a week, costing the country about R200 million in exports per day. With 28 ships at anchorage as well as the normal arrival of vessels, the backlog will only be cleared by 31 March. Power was restored early on Saturday 8 February and terminal operations started 24 hours later. In the past 24 hours 22 trains were offloaded and 259 177 tons of coal was loaded onto vessels, with 4 vessels alongside and 28 at anchorage RBCT said on Wednesday morning. Stocks at 6am on Wednesday morning were at 3,94 million tons. Source: Money Web


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