Jebel Ali Retains Crown As Best Seaport In The Middle East
DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has retained its leadership position by winning the Best Seaport – Middle East Award for the 21st year in a row at the prestigious Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) 2015 in Hong Kong.
The award was received on behalf of the global marine terminal operator by Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World Asia Pacific Region.
Asia Cargo News magazine, the organisers of AFLAS, picked the winners through a nomination and voting process where more than 15,000 readers and e-news subscribers determined the leading companies in the market and then chose the winners.
Kalmar and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries celebrate the ground breaking of new jetty in Taicang, China
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co., Ltd (RCI) celebrate the ground breaking of a new jetty at RCI’s facilities in Taicang, China today.
RCI is a joint venture established in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2012 between Cargotec Corporation and Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries. It is responsible for the production of Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and ship-to-shore cranes (STSs) for global markets.
Kalmar has decided to invest in a new jetty to increase RCI’s import and export capacity with shorter shipping time, higher efficiency, and lower logistics costs. In addition, the new jetty will enable fully erect STS crane deliveries from RCI, which supports Kalmar’s STS business growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chinese companies set eyes on Turkey’s third largest port
Two Chinese port companies, China Merchants and China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), and the country’s largest state fund, China Investment Corp. (CIC), have signaled their intent to buy Turkey’s largest private port, Kumport, according to sources familiar with the issue.
The majority stakes in the port, which was privatized in 2007, is owned by Fiba Holding, and the remaining 35 percent is owned by the Oman State Fund, which has the option to buy all the stakes.
Chinese and Turkish parties are now waiting for approval from the Omani company, according to sources.
The Chinese consortium is reportedly ready to pay $1.5 billion, sources added.
COSCO owns a minority stake in Greece’s Piraeus Port. The company, which has over 800 ships, conducts operations to around 1,600 ports in 160 countries, according to sources. COSCO is also known as the fifth largest company in China.
The China Merchants Group, based in Hong Kong, has around $131 billion worth of assets, while CIC manages assets worth around $750 billion.
Kumport, located on the European side of Istanbul, succeeded in growing container shipping volume by 23 percent between 2007 and 2013, according to the company’s website. Handling 16 percent of the country’s total container shipping volume in 2013, the port has become the third largest port in Turkey with around 1.3 million TEU in volume.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Explosion In Bangladesh Shipbreaking Yard Kills Four
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform calls for urgent action to stop dangerous working conditions after four workers died following a gas cylinder explosion in a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The condition of four more workers is still critical, after suffering severe burn injuries in the blast. The accident happened on 5 September 2015 at the Shital Ship Breaking yard, a yard that was only established in 2011.
“This terrible accident and the deaths of the workers are painful reminders of the dangerous working conditions that are prevalent at the shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh,” said Muhammed Ali Shahin, coordinator of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform in Bangladesh. “Continued lack of proper procedures, adequate infrastructure and equipment, and sufficient training, are the root causes for such deadly accidents. We demand that all yard owners and the relevant authorities push for drastic change and ensure a safe and sound working environment in the yards. The yard management must be held responsible.”
According to the yard management, the eight workers were hit by the cylinder blast when they were getting ready for work, reported local media. www.marineinsight...
Cargo Losses from Tianjin Explosions Will Hit At Least $1.5 Billion
(Reuters) – Explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin last month would lead to cargo losses of at least $1.5 billion, and were having a “significant impact” on the marine insurance sector, a trade body said on Tuesday.
“We are expecting to see cargo losses of at least $1.5 billion, with some reports stating that the final figure could be as high as $6 billion,” Nick Derrick, chairman of the International Union of Marine Insurance’s cargo committee, said in a statement.
The incident should provide a “substantial wake-up call to all cargo insurers”, he added.
Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter, a unit of Marsh & McLennan , said earlier this month that insurance losses for buildings, cargo, containers and property as a result of the explosions could total up to $3.3 billion.
Credit Suisse had estimated losses of between $1 billion and $1.5 billion days after the blast in August.
German cruise ship on Great Lakes tour docks in Milwaukee
It wasn't your typical Milwaukee sunrise this morning — the sky lightening over the Hoan Bridge as a massive German cruise ship passed underneath. Welcome back, MS Hamburg. The six-deck ship carrying 400 passengers is operated by Plantours, and it docked Monday morning at the Port of Milwaukee, part of a grand tour of the Great Lakes www.jsonline.com/...
Finland's three big trade union federations plan industrial action on Friday against the government's labor reform program.
Hence, Finnish ports, already suffering from container traffic declines, are set to shut on Friday 18 September.
Transport Workers Union (ATK) head Marko Piirainen told state broadcaster YLE that the country will "virtually come to a standstill", reports JoC. Work is expected to halt beginning at 8:00 a.m. local time, with day-long demonstrations set to start at 11:00 a.m.
The strike is aimed at safeguarding entitlements to paid holidays, overtime pay, and sick leave.
According to YLE, stevedoring company Steveco is expected to announce negotiations over potentially shedding all its 700 workers at Kotka port. The overall traffic slipped 5% year on year in August.
This is the second strike at Finnish ports this year. The nation’s ports have been reporting declining volumes for a number of years. www.marinelink.co...
Port of CharlestonCHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — The Army Corps of Engineers declared the Port of Charleston's deepening project to be economically and environmentally feasible on Monday, clearing the way to the project to move ahead pending the securing of needed federal and state funding.
Lagos truckers strike over enforcement of daytime truck ban
Lagos’s truck owners started an indefinite strike on Wednesday (9 September) to protest against the State government restricting truck movement in the city during the day.
The strike followed the Lagos State Government’s warning that it would get tough on any trailer and long vehicle contravening Section 2 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012, which forbids trailers to travel within the city of Lagos between 6am and 9pm.
The catalyst for the changing attitude towards the enforcement of this law was a fatal accident involving a container-laden trailer which killed three people on September 2 2015.
After this, Oluseyi Whenu, permanent secretary at Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said that vehicles contravening this law would be impounded and fined.
The strike, which is headed by the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and National Association of Road Truck Owners (NARTO), is likely to cause congestion as cargoes cannot be evacuated from APM Terminal Apapa.
On Thursday 11 September, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents said its members may also go on strike over the issue.
Lagos is not the only city to have recently implemented a law restricting truck movement in the daytime. container-mag.com...
Oslo’s Yilport-operated container terminal will receive two new STS gantry cranes
Turkish port operator Yilport Holding has announced that two new environmentally friendly ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes made by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes will arrive at its container terminal at the Port of Oslo in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The cranes have twin-lift operation for maximum handling capacity, a lifting capacity of 64 tons, and an outreach of 40 m for 15 row wide vessels, and will allow for two large vessels to be worked simultaneously at the same berth.
Eryn Dinyovszky, Yilport Holding’s regional general manager, said: “The new STS cranes allow Yilport Oslo to service larger vessels which we see as the future trend for the region.
“There is also a regional trend towards consolidation of ports and we are looking to offer direct rail connections from Oslo Port to Swedish rail hubs in the near future.”
The new STS cranes have been fabricated and erected in Finland, and are equipped with the Ship Profiling and Trim/List/Skew, which help to improve safety and efficiency, and LED lighting for improved eco-efficiency.
Juha Aatola, general manager of STS Cranes at Konecranes, said: “Silence is golden: our goal is to deliver the world’s most silent STS cranes to the Port of Oslo.
“We have applied the most advanced noise reduction knowledge and technology in order to meet very tough requirements.”
According to the port operator, the company is working to bring new cargo to Oslo by offering container freight station (CFS), warehouse and rail solutions at the port.
By the end of 2015, Oslo is expected to be able to handle larger and more efficient vessels. container-mag.com...