Tanzania: Govt Pushes for Improved Port Efficiency
01 May 2014 The Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, has underscored the need for Tanzania to exploit fully its strategic geographic location.
He said there was no reasons why Tanzania failed to benefit from its advantage of being a gateway to several landlocked central African countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
The minister said this in Kibaha recently after making a 2,000-km road tour from Dar es Salaam to Tunduma to Lubumbashi, through a highway widely used by businessmen in DRC, Tanzania and Zambia.
He also visited several Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and weight bridges and vowed to solve problems being encountered by traders in the three countries.
"Tanzania is surrounded by six landlocked countries and possess a coastline of 1,500 kilometresÉ this is a blessing that should be utilised," the Minister told journalists after touring Maili Moja weight bridge in Kibaha, Coast Region.
The minister's delegation included the Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Peter Serukamba and a member of the committee, Ms Zarina Madabida.
At Mikese Weigh Bridge, Mr Serukamba told journalists that the government should review the number of road-blocks and other barriers to trade.
"We are facing serious competition, we must change as a nation," he said. Also in the delegation were officials from the Tanzania Port Authority and Surface and Marine Transport Authority.
Available statistics shows that cargo passing through the port of Dar es Salaam to all six landlocked countries increased from 3.55 million tonnes in 2011/12 up to 4.05 million tonnes in 2012/13, an increase of 14.2 per cent.
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Peru awards $182 mln port (near Pisco) contract to Brazilian-Spanish consortium
01 May 2014 | Peru awarded a $182.4 million contract for the construction and operation of a maritime port to a consortium of Brazilian and Spanish companies, the government said. Consorcio Paracas beat out two other bidders on the project, including a local unit of APM Terminals, owned by the Maersk Group, state investment agency Proinversion said. The winning consortium was formed by Spain's Servinoga and Brazilian companies Pattac Empreendimentos e Participacoes, Tucumán Engenharia e Empreendimentos and Fortesolo Servicios Integrados.
The terminal port near Peru's southern coastal city of Pisco, which the consortium will manage through a 30-year concession, is expected to speed up mineral shipments from the Andean country's southern mines. Source: Reuters
Ravenna Container Terminal commissions new container cranes
Ravenna Container Terminal (TCR) is this week celebrating the commissioning of its second new giant quay crane as part of an €8 million investment program.
The Italian terminal is currently being expanded to accommodate 8,000 TEU vessels – a significant improvement given that the largest ships currently calling the facility have a capacity of 3,000 TEU
The crane commissioning project was undertaken by OMG-MGM and Control Techniques (Emerson Group), in close cooperation with TCR’s technical department, and was completed in just over a year.
The new cranes have an outreach of 17 containers across, 35.5 metres under spreader, and a lifting capacity improved up to 55 tonnes. Furthermore, the cranes cabins are both equipped with a dynamic control station, provided by Brieda Cabins, a technical solution designed to improve the ergonomic conditions for the crane operators. New electronic solutions will also provide a 30 percent energy saving, resulting in better operational performances and lower fuel consumption.
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority to build new port
Friday, 02 May 2014 The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, GPHA, is to build a new Port to adequately take care of the increasing cargo and render efficient maritime services to importers, exporters and passengers. The Port which the site is yet to be announced will further strengthen Ghana’s position in the maritime industry, address issues of congestion, and ensure adequate use of the country's sea resources. The Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the GPHA, Paul Ansah Asare, announced this at a Port stakeholders seminar organised by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, GRA, in Tema.
Friday, 02 May 2014 | The Port of Hamburg is taking measures to improve the traffic situation at its largest container terminal Burchardkai (CTB).
The work to create a better environment for the users of the terminal involves a series of measures including bringing forward a number of construction projects originally planned for the medium term. In this way, CTB are also preparing for further growth in the volume of trucks handled.
Trucks are seen as a key mode of transport and throughout at CTB in the Port of Hamburg, a situation expected to remain into the future. In recent weeks it has been recognised that the container terminal as a whole can only operate at full capacity with optimal truck handling conditions. The bringing forward of the series of measures are designed to provide the optimisation required.
The key measure relates to the truck parking area at the CTB. In future it is planned for 81 parking spaces to be made available for trucks instead of the current 50: the terminal exit road is to be moved to free up space for this additional parking. In addition, self-service terminals will be installed at the southern end of the parking area to reduce walking distances for drivers.
Meanwhile, the current terminal exit road will be used as a fourth entry lane and fitted with an optical character recognition portal removing the need for manual data input, shortening the registration process for drivers.
Dubai Ports World aims to expand its investments in Algeria
Friday, 02 May 2014 Dubai Ports Word ( DPW ) currently manages container freight at Algiers and Djendjen ( Jijel ) ports aims to expand its investments in other Algerian ports, said this week in Algiers the Chairman of administration of the company, Sultan Bin Salim.
After a meeting with the Minister of Transport, Amar Ghoul, Ben Salim said he had proposed a number of projects to be achieved by DPW Algeria, seeking an agreement without giving further details. He said that his company which has a "good" experience in the field of port management aims to develop its services in "strategic" ports including Djendjen which can, as he said "become a hub port in the Mediterranean and in Africa."
The director of the company that manages 65 ports around the world said that its experience will help reduce Algeria import/ export operation costs by facilitating services and reducing the length of stay of ships in the harbor and the operations of loading and unloading of goods.
Libya's eastern Zueitina oil port received late on Thursday its first tanker of crude since reopening after nearly ten months due to protests, state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) said.
The tanker would load one million barrels of crude, NOC spokesman Mohammed El Harari said. According to shipping sources, Austria's OMV had chartered the Ottoman Tenacity.
A second tanker would load crude on May 5 and a third one after that, Harari said.
NOC lifted force majeure on the port on April 28 following a recent deal with federalist protesters to reopen the smallest two of four blocked eastern ports.
Port Newark Container Terminal gears up for Super Post-Panamax cranes
The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has announced the addition of three super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the terminal. These cranes will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will improve the terminal’s capacity, creating economic growth within the region. PNCT President James Pelliccio described the purchase and capability of the new cranes. “PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September,” said PNCT President James Pelliccio. “These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the U.S. trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-ton twin 20’ lifting capacity.” In addition to the cranes, PNCT currently is undergoing major improvements, including the development of additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment. PNCT has completed the upgrade of its entire fleet of container-handling equipment. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT is investing more than $500 million in its expansion before the year 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility.
The Port Authority also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by April 2015.
Two million tonnes of iron ore exported in 24 hours
For the first time, the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) has facilitated the export of more than two million tonnes of iron ore in just 24 hours. The milestone was achieved on the morning and evening tide on 28 April 2014, resulting in a total of 2,028,105 tonnes exported. As a result, the Port managed 24 vessel movements in the 24 hour period.
The morning tide saw 1,025,962 tonnes exported on five vessels, with the first outbound vessel at 06.40am.
The evening tide saw 1,002,143 tonnes sailing out on six vessels, with the last outbound vessel leaving the port at 10.15pm.
The month of April also saw a new record achieved for the largest amount of product exported on a single tide, with 1,111,109 tonnes on 6 April 2014.
Source: Port Hedland Port Authority