Maersk Line first to call at ICTSI's new Mexico Manzanillo terminal
International Container Terminal Services Inc’s (ICTSI) new terminal in Manzanillo, Mexico has received its first call on August 5th, 2013. The 5,500 teu Maersk Kalamata was the first vessel to call at Specilaised Container Terminal 2 (SCT 2) at Manzanillo. The call marked Maersk’s return to the Mexican port. The service will call weekly at the terminal on a trade that runs Yokohama-Manzanillo - Lazaro Cardenas – Balboa – Buenaventura – San Antonio – San Vicente.
New Container Terminal Planned at India's Port of Kandla
As JOC reports, India’s Kandla Port Trust has issued a request for qualification from interested bidders for the construction and operation of a new container terminal under the public-private partnership model. “Kandla has emerged as the biggest cargo handler among all major ports of India and to continue holding the same position, it has been at the forefront to take up a series of initiatives for the development of port infrastructure facilities. One such initiative is setting up of a Mega Container Terminal at Tuna-Tekra on build-operate-transfer basis,” the port said. The project, to be developed in three phases, is estimated to cost Rs. 5,992 crore (about $983 million).
Plans comprise the construction of 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) of quay, dredging of the access channel to widen the turning basin, adequate container storage space, surface transportation connections and modern service equipment, allowing the terminal to handle six mega-ships simultaneously. The contract will be awarded on a 30-year operating concession, offering an annual throughput capacity of 4.19 million 20-foot-equivalent units when the project becomes fully operational. The first phase is scheduled for completion three years after the award of the concession. More at www.joc.com/port-...
Hapag-Lloyd informs about a terminal change (Thamesport to Southampton) intended for October
Hapag-Lloyd will transfer the UK call of its Gulf Atlantic Express (GAX), Gulf Mexico Express (GMX) and Pacific Atlantic Express (PAX) Service from Thamesport to Southampton, said in the company's press release.
The last Thamesport calls are intended for October. Vessel and schedule details will follow as soon as available.
New rotation in Europe will be:
Gulf Atlantic Express (GAX)
Antwerp • Bremerhaven • Southampton
Gulf Mexico Express (GMX)
Southampton • Antwerp • Bremerhaven • Le Havre
Pacific Atlantic Express (PAX)
Southampton • Antwerp • Hamburg • Rotterdam
After delays last month, Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited began supplying bunker fuel at eastern China's Zhoushan port Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, Platts reports.
Citing an unnamed company source, Platts said the company delivered 850 mt of 380 cst grade bunker fuel to the port.
"Since it is a new port, we are quite cautious for the first order," said the source. The company had planned to start deliveries in the first half of July but delayed them until August.
Euroports Italy handling the largest bulk cargo vessel ever to enter the Port of Venice
On August 2nd 2013, Euroports Italy’s terminal in Marghera, Venice welcomed the largest seagoing vessel ever to enter the port of Venice for handling operations, said in the company's press release. The MV TEN JIN MARU, a bulk carrier, departed from South America on July 8th, with a record of 65.000 tons of Agribulk products to be handled at the Piemonte berths of Molo B. Both for the company and the Venice Port Authority, this is the largest cargo handling operation ever done in the port, after the recent draft increase to 11,50m. Dredging works for the draft increase were recently completed by the Venice Port Authority.
Marco Cobellini, Euroports Italy Managing Director stated that “We are proud that the handling of this vessel and the 65.000 tons of Agribulk cargo was entrusted to Euroports Italy. We see this both as a recognition of our terminal handling expertise and the good reputation of the Port of Venice.”
Strike of labour union may occur from Aug. 14 a.m. impacting all Kiel-Holtenau canal Locks
As per official information from the Kiel-Canal Operations the local labour union VERDI plans to perform a strike of Kiel-Canal Locks (at Kiel) from Wednesday 14.08.13 AM for about 4 to 5 days. This action is expected to have severe impact on the network while most services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
All Brunsbüttel Canal locks out of service due to strike from Aug 7 until Aug 11
All Brunsbüttel Canal locks have been put out of service due to labour union strike from Aug 7 until Aug 11 24:00 hrs. This action is expected to have severe impact on the network while most services will have to be diverted via SKAW.
Tianjin port strengthens heavy equipment handling ability
The northern bulk cargo centre, Tianjin port, started construction of a heavy equipment terminal at Dagukou port area on August 4, 2013. This project aims to solve the current bottleneck for handling large-size equipment at Tianjin port by improving the port’s function and layout. The whole project includes four 50,000 dwt fitting-out berths and a major cargo berth, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year. [05/08/13]
New lock gates for Panama Canal to arrive in August
The Panama Canal Expansion is moving forward to achieve its goal of enhancing the waterway's capacity in order to provide a better service to customers. To date, the Program registers a 60.4% progress, the ACP said in a press release. The Expansion Program has achieved many important milestones. Both entrances of the Panama Canal are ready for bigger ships, since the deepening and widening of the Atlantic and Pacific access channels have been completed. The dredging of Gatun Lake is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The Pacific Access Channel has reached the design depth and the dam that will divide the new channel from Miraflores Lake is under construction.
The Third Set of Locks project registers a 50 percent progress. The new lock complexes in the Pacific and Atlantic sides will feature three chambers, three water-saving basins per chamber, a lateral filling and emptying system and rolling gates. The first four new lock gates will be arriving in the country this upcoming August, signaling a very important milestone for the Third Set of Locks project. Each one of the 16 gates required will weight an average of 3,300 tonnes. Constructed in Italy by subcontractor Cimolai S.p.A, the giant new gates will be unloaded in the Atlantic side of the Canal and rolled off the ship to a specially-constructed reception dock. Unlike the current Canal, which uses miter gates, the expanded Canal will have steel rolling gates.
Largest ever boxship 'Cap San Nicolas' calls APM Terminals’ Buenos Aires Terminal 4
On July 25th, 2013 the largest vessel to ever call the Port of Buenos Aires, the 332 meter-long Hamburg Süd Cap San Nicolas, discharged approximately 800 containers at the APM Terminals Terminal 4 facility, the Group said on Friday. The 9,700 TEU capacity vessel is equipped with 2,100 reefer plugs, making these the largest reefer capacity ships in the global fleet. “We are very pleased with the success of this vessel call, which is a major milestone for South American port operations” said APM Terminals Latin American Head Joe N. Nielsen. The Cap San Nicolas is the first of six of the Cap San class vessels which will be introduced into Hamburg Süd’s Asia/South Africa/East Coast South American route, with its sister vessel, the Cap San Marco, due to arrive in mid-August. Two more Cap San class vessels are scheduled for delivery this year, with the final two set to enter the fleet in January 2014.