Congestion at container terminals in the Port of Rotterdam
Vessels and operators are experiencing significant delays at a container terminal in the Port of Rotterdam. While there are a number of factors in play, the resulting delays can be significant and may endure for an extended period of time. The effect has been to delay both long haul vessels and local feeder traffic. Long term the underlying issues are expected to resolve themselves and further capacity will be added when the first terminal on Maasvlakte 2 opens later this year. This being a new operation of DP World / New World Alliance and CMA CGM. In the meantime, however, shippers calling at Rotterdam should be prepared for the present situation
A consortium made up of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu, and Mizuho Information & Research has been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012. At present, the construction of the three-column semi-sub as part of the second phase has been successfully completed.
Construction work in the second phase includes setting one 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbine and undersea cables.
In addition, the completion of construction of the three-column semi-sub floater and mooring was completed at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works.
Regarding the wind turbine, parts procurement and construction of 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbine in progress at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works.
Port of Long Beach Offers Discounts to Attract Cargo
June 13, 2014 - The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has given preliminary approval to two incentives that officials expect will bring additional cargo to the Port while also encouraging the use of air pollution-reducing shore power and on-dock rail.
The incentives are designed to help the Port compete with other West Coast ports that have already cut fees to grow their business. By encouraging the use of shore power or another approved system for cutting at-berth ship emissions, and by bringing more cargo via on-dock rail, the Long Beach programs seek to increase trade while also reducing air pollution. In one incentive, the Port will waive "dockage" charges payable to the Port of Long Beach – essentially giving free parking – for cargo ships that both slow down near the Port and plug into shore power or use another approved pollution-cutting technology at berth. The Vessel Dockage Waiver Program augments other Port and state programs that require and encourage slow-steaming and shore power. Also given preliminary approval was a $5-per-container unit incentive that shipping lines can earn for each new loaded container they bring through Long Beach. The requirement is that each container must travel inland by “on-dock rail,” which helps to eliminate truck trips on local roadways by rail-hauling the containers from the wharf. Source: Press Release Port of Long Beach
At the beginning of June the Budgetary Committee of the German Federal Parliament allocated 265 million euros for the widening of the Eastern section of the Kiel Canal. In April, the committee had already approved 485 million euros for construction of a fifth lock in Brunsbüttel.
Szczecin Sail 2014 - Days of the Sea in Szczecin 13-15.06.2014
During this festival of the sea, a parade of the denizens of the deep like Neptune with his retinue, pirates and privateers, sailors and fishermen, mermaids, octopuses and water flowers, minstrels and acrobats walk through the streets of Szczecin. It is colourful, loud and fun. In June the streets of Szczecin look like Rio de Janeiro during Carnival time.
There are tempting stalls with handicrafts, paintings and jewellery in the Aleja Artystow. The most beautiful yachts and sailing boats from around the world can be seen in the port of Szczecin. An artistic vision of the white fleet is presented an exhibition of photographs.
"Old-Timers on Wheels" gather along the Chrobry Walls in Szczecin. Classic Mercedes, Fords and Fiats glide in a dignified parade. The Classic Car Rally should not to be missed in Szczecin and it attracts huge crowds of car lovers. Visitors can get close to these magnificent machines and reminisce about what they were like to drive and share their experiences with younger enthusiasts. These Kings of the Road also go through Szczecin in a noisy parade.
"Old-Timers", all built before 1950, also drop anchor in the port, some with traditional sails and some are motorised. The ships, standing as proud as swans, with their fluttering sails and creaking timbers that tell of their adventures on the high seas. A submarine emerges from the depths of the harbour which allows visitors to go inside to observe fish through its portholes.
At night the illuminated Chrobry Walls look stunning and fireworks light up the sky above Plac Bialego Orla in a stunning light show involving fire.
A tradition of the Days of the Sea Festival in Szczecin is the "launching" new books about the sea. This year, the honour went to the book with the title "The Salty King", about fishing and traditions relating to the herring. An "Old Sea Dog" sets competitions with prizes for children and there is also the Waldemar Malicki's Academy of Wit.
When Szczecin celebrates the Days of the Sea Festival, musicians can be heard everywhere and there is no end of balls and dances. Above all, the Festival of the People of the Sea is about music. As part of the event, visitors can listen to a concert by the choir at the Maritime Academy in Szczecin or in honour of those that did not return from the sea, Mozart's Requiem resounds at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin every year.
For the finale of Szczecin's Sea Festival a big, open-air concert annually attracts huge crowds. Szczecin does not asleep. Szczecin enjoys itself to the rhythms of the sea. Shanties and folk songs are performed at a concert entitled "Sail Szczecin – We are sailing to Szczecin".
Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) to ramp up capacity for bigger ships
BEST, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), has started the next phase of expansion to be completed early next year. "Today's ceremony signifies the extraordinary progress of BEST since its official opening in 2012," said HPH European chief Clemence Cheng.
"The productivity levels it has achieved in such a short period of time gave us optimism about its future potential. Despite some initial teething issues," he said.Said Port of Barcelona president Sixte Cambra: "This semi-automated terminal is the most advanced and productive in southern Europe and instrumental in projecting the Catalan economy to international markets." BEST managing director Guillermo Belcastro said the terminal has one of the most modern entry/exit gate complexes in Europe and one of the largest rail terminals with an eight-track railway facility with mixed gauge (Iberian and UIC), connecting the port to Spain and southern Europe
Completion of third and final phase of CICT expansion boosts container throughput
Colombo is expected to move up the league table from 32nd to 21st spot in the Top 50 World Container Ports this year with the new berths of the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), reported Lanka Business Today. It said the completion of the third and final phase of CICT will have a dramatic effect on container throughput at the island nation with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEU being added to the Colombo shipping hub. At present, the throughput at Colombo has a capacity of 4.26 million TEU.
According to the list, Port Bremen/Bremerhaven in Germany currently occupies the 21st spot with volumes of 6.12 million TEU, while Xiamen is in 20th place with 7.20 million TEU.
The new CICT terminals, developed over three stages, opened the third phase of its facility recently in the reclaimed south area of Colombo port. The terminal began operations last year.
Finnish ports were at a standstill On June 11/12 after dockworkers walked off the job in response to alleged threats to a union official by the representative of a Russian vessel. The 24-hour strike by around 2,000 dockworkers ended on June 12 at 6 a.m. Finnish time.
The second of four shipments of new rolling gates for the Panama Canal Expansion Program arrived at the canal on June 11 afternoon after nearly one month at sea. The gates left Trieste, Italy, on the STX Sun Rise in mid-May.
APM Terminals boosts Gothenburg rail capacity by 50 percent
APM Terminals said container rail capacity at its Gothenburg facility will increase by 50 percent when a new rail track and two specialized rail cranes start operations in the fall. The new facilities are part of a $120 million investment program by the Maersk Group’s port arm which won a 25-year contract recently.