Oakland Officials Vote to Ban Coal Handling and Storage at New Shipping Terminal
City officials in Oakland, Calif. late Monday moved to block a proposal that would have made the city a gateway for Utah coal to be shipped overseas, after the issue became a political flashpoint between environmentalists and a longtime political ally to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Oakland City Council voted to ban the handling and storage of coal and coke at the city’s terminals and bulk material facilities. The unanimous vote came after a long, packed city council meeting; advocates and opponents of the ban demonstrated outside. A second, largely procedural, vote is expected in July.
The ban aims to derail a proposed deal that would have granted four coal-producing counties in Utah rail access to a major commodities shipping terminal under development on city land, adjacent to the Port of Oakland. www.hellenicshipp...
Kalmar delivers eight diesel-electric straddle carriers to Port of Tauranga in New Zealand
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won an order to deliver eight diesel-electric straddle carriers to the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2015 fourth quarter and 2016 first quarter order intakes, with delivery taking place during 2016.
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced that the Noorderzijlvest district water board intends to award the contract for the Eemshaven-Delfzijl dike reinforcement project to a consortium consisting of Boskalis & KWS Infra. The contract carries a value of more than €60 million, of which Boskalis' share is more than €40 million.
The project involves raising and widening the Wadden Sea dike between Eemshaven and Delfzijl over a distance of 12 kilometers, as well as making the dike earthquake-proof. The operations will be carried out from the end of 2016 until the end of 2019. The dike reinforcement project is part of the Dutch Flood Protection Program. www.marinelink.co...
Hanjin Shipping hands over entire Busan Int’l Terminal stake to Sinokor Merchant Marine
Busan International Terminal reported on June 28 that Hanjin Shipping (117930) has sold all of its 1,466,892 shares (33.3 percent). It also reported that Sinokor Merchant Marine now owns 1,466,892 shares (33.3 percent) of the company.
Source: The Korea Herald
MSC Partners With Peel Ports For Liverpool2 Trials
Marine-based commissioning work is now underway at Liverpool2, with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) committing vessel support to Peel Ports to help make the trial a success. Berthing and marine trials began last week with MV MSC Nederland and will be followed by a variety of cargo handling tests throughout July and August.
As well as 3,007 TEU MV MSC Nederland, four other MSC vessels will be used during the trials – 2,668 TEU MV MSC Santhya, 2,768 TEU MV MSC Koroni, 4,340 TEU MV MSC Sandra and 4,355 TEU MV MSC Alyssa.
The five vessels operate on the two MSC services currently calling at Liverpool – the North West Continent feeder service, carrying containerised cargo between Liverpool and worldwide destinations via Antwerp and Le Havre, and the Montreal Express service linking Liverpool and NWC hub ports with the Canadian port. Source: PeelPorts
Port authority budget includes $47 million to begin river dredging
A controversial dredging project inched forward Monday with the inclusion in the Jacksonville Port Authority budget of $46.6 million to deepen the St. Johns River to allow larger cargo ships. The capital and operating budgets for the 2017 fiscal year approved on Monday by the authority's board include money to begin the $684 million project to deepen the river channel from 40 feet to 47 feet. The money for deepening includes $31.6 million from the state and $15 million in port financing. Chief Executive Officer Brian Taylor, who was in Panama over the weekend for the ceremonial opening of the expanded Panama Canal, has said he expects construction to begin next year. There are legal challenges that could delay the work.
Ship queue at PWCS Australia coal terminals climbs back to double figures
The number of vessels queuing to load cargoes at the Port Waratah Coal Services terminals at Australia’s Newcastle port continued to rise for the second consecutive week from a seven-month low to 10 ships this week, up from eight ships a week ago, logistics coordinator Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator said Monday.
The queue shrank to just three ships in the week of June 12, and the queue of 10 at June 26 is the first time it has hit double figures at the eastern Australian terminals since the beginning of May, according to port data.
It is expected to grow further in the coming days, with HVCCC forecasting 13 vessels at the end of the month for the 140 million mt/year combined capacity terminals.
In its latest performance report for Newcastle port dated June 27, the port authority of New South Wales said 17 ships had been allocated an arrival time at the port’s vessel berths and were on their way to the port, down from 19 the previous week.
In the week ended June 27, there were a total of 29 ships received at Newcastle’s three coal terminals — the two PWCS facilities and one Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group terminal — down from 40 the previous week, according to the report.
A total of 3.36 million mt of coal exports were delivered to the three coal terminals at the port in the week ended June 26, the latest available reporting period, up from 3.09 million mt in the week to June 19, the HVCCC report said. www.hellenicshipp...
Visakhapatnam, which has been designated as the second port of call for Nepal after Kolkata-Haldia, will be the ideal gateway port for exim cargo from that country and the port authorities will provide all facilities to the Nepalese trade and government for the purpose, said Visakhapatnam Port Chairman MT Krishna Babu.
He was participating in an interactive meeting with a seven-member delegation from Nepal headed by Nepal Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi in the Visakhapatnam container terminal on Friday.
A container shipment bound for Nepal was flagged off on the occasion. Krishna Babu said it had been a long wait for Vizag port to be designated as the second gateway port for Nepal and it had taken five to six years. www.hellenicshipp...
Video: Panama Canal Expansion Construction in 2 Minute Time-Lapse
It’s been nearly nine years and more than $5 billion in the making, but come hell or high water the Panama Canal Expansion is finally ready to open this weekend with hopes of ushering in a new era of trade.
To mark the occasion, the patient people over at EarthCam have released this 5-year time-lapse video showing construction of the Third Set of Locks (aka the new “Neopanamax” locks) at the center of the historic project. The time-lapse used EarthCam’s robotic construction cameras capturing HD images from more than 140 angles and resulting in over a terabyte of image data that was then hand-edited down to this 2 minute video.
ABP orders Two Gottwald cranes for Port of Immingham
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Associated British Ports (ABP) for two electric Terex Gottwald Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant. The leading British port operator has ordered the two machines for its terminal in Immingham, located on the North Sea estuary of the Humber. The cranes have been adapted to the individual conditions of the terminal and are particularly efficient as they are driven with power from the terminal’s own electricity supply. From the middle of next year, they will significantly increase handling capacities for professional loading and unloading of bulk products. More at www.marinelink.co...