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383 days ago by arnekiel

Asciano to develop new freight terminal
The company plans to develop the terminal on 17 acres at St Marys in western Sydney. It will have capacity to handle up to shipping containers. The investment is the largest in a broader plan that includes the ongoing upgrade of an existing intermodal terminal at Sydney’s Chullora, and developing a new freight terminal at Parkes in NSW to connect Port Botany to a planned inland rail line. The strategy will help move freight efficiently to south and western Sydney, reduce road congestion and minimise double container handling, chief executive John Mullen said. He was speaking at the opening of Asciano-owned Patrick’s new automated Port Botany container terminal.

383 days ago by arnekiel

Green groups challenge planned Oakland coal export terminal
Four environmental groups have urged a state court to block construction of a major coal export terminal in Oakland, California until the city undertakes further environmental review of the project. The groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit on Friday in the Alameda County Superior Court in California. They argued that Oakland is required by state law to more closely study the impact of the project, which has been proposed for a former U.S. Army base site. Source: Reuters

383 days ago by arnekiel

Durban Harbour Gears Up for Megaships
The Durban Harbour will undergo major maintenance to its docking sites to handle its increasing traffic of megaships, the Transnet National Port Authority has said. With massive ships now entering Durban Harbour, the ports authority said ongoing efforts had been made to address “shallow spots”. In a statement, Durban Port Manager Moshe Motlohi said: “The vessels calling at our ports have gotten bigger and therefore require deeper draughts. But they also cause challenges for ports because of the manner in which they more aggressively displace material from the sea bed, thus causing shallow spots. “Shallower berths can cut into the vessel payloads of ship owners because it means they cannot sail into the port with their vessels fully laden and have to wait for high tide to sail or berth.” Motlohi added that Transnet will also be taking delivery of a new suction hopper dredger, the Ilembe, in December. It will be used to dredge larger areas such as the entrance channels. “Transnet has also received approval to build a new grab hopper dredger dedicated to the port, which should be delivered by the end of 2016.” The challenge presented by megaships calling at ports is presently a global phenomenon. www.hellenicshipp...

383 days ago by arnekiel

Port Panama City breaks tonnage record; service to Veracruz added
Port Panama City handled a record 2.03 million tons of cargo during the 2015 fiscal year, trumping its previous high set before the Great Recession. “We did, for the first time in the history of this port, exceed 2 million tons of cargo,” Port Director Wayne Stubbs reported during a board meeting Thursday. “It’s been a goal, a milestone.” The record haul, which exceeded 1.8 million tons set back in 2006, was driven by increases in almost all of the port’s imports and exports year over year, with the exception of container cargo, which declined by about 20 percent. However, port officials are optimistic container cargo will see a strong boost this fall as Panama City shipping company Linea Peninsular announced a new weekly service to Veracruz, Mexico, beginning Nov. 1. The service will complement Linea’s existing service between Panama City and Progreso, Mexico, and accommodate various types of container cargo, also opening up access to larger cities in Mexico. “Veracruz serves the Mexico City market, which is 20 million people as well as an industrial and an agricultural area,” Stubbs said. One of the largest tonnage increases in 2015 came from steel plate imports, which surged from about 84,000 tons last year to 348,000 tons in 2015, a reflection of record-breaking orders for one of the port’s major tenants, Berg Steel Pipe Corp. Berg received its largest order in company history last year and is now close to completing the project, which called for the production of 600 miles, or 480,000 net tons, of large-diameter pipe. To complete the project, along with other major orders secured last year, Berg hired about 140 new employees and increased operations in Panama City from one shift to two. The company imports steel plates to its plant primarily by ship from shareholders in Germany and ships its finished product to customers via the Bay Line Railroad. Berg sales director Jonathan Kirkland attributed the company’s recent success to continued support from the port, the company’s local vendors and its dedicated employees. “The activity at both Berg and the port will remain strong as we are booked well into 2016 on a two-shift operation,” Kirkland said. “We have a positive outlook on the large-diameter pipe market and continue to see interest in natural gas pipeline projects as far out as 2017 and 2018.” Berg is one of three major tenants at the port, along with Oceaneering, which manufactures steel umbilicals used in oil and gas drilling, and Enviva, formerly Green Circle, which exports wood pellets produced at its plant near Cottondale. The port’s bulk cargo exports of wood pellets also increased last year, rising from 720,000 tons to 783,000 tons. Additionally, Port Panama City saw a revival in copper shipments this year, one of its largest imports, after a slow year in 2014. Copper imports grew from 252,000 tons last year to 348,000 tons in 2015, rebounding to trump 2013 copper imports, which came in at 335,000 tons. Source: Panama City News Herald

384 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Gothenburg freezes port charges
The Gothenburg Port Authority has decided to leave the Port Tariff unchanged. As a result, the Port Tariff for 2016 will remain at the 2015 level. Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive, said: "Our aim behind this move is to reinforce the growth of industry, shipping and the port." All ships calling at the Port of Gothenburg pay a port charge based on the ship's gross weight and classification. The port charge is used to finance, for example, fairway maintenance, traffic information systems and safety at the port, the Port Authority said Thursday in a news release."Shipping costs become transport costs for industry. By doing our utmost to keep the port charge down, we can contribute to maintaining a strong cluster of shipping companies in Gothenburg and a broad range of services to key markets," said Magnus Kårestedt. en.portnews.ru/ne...

384 days ago by arnekiel

GPHA constructs new refrigerated terminal
THE Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has put up a new refrigerated terminal with the capacity to hold 800 20-footer equivalent unit (TEU) containers. The facility is a one-stop terminal for all refrigerated imported goods such as frozen foods and essential medicines. The refrigerated terminal is part of the GPHA’s $2.5 million investment for the Tema and Takoradi ports’ 2020 port redevelopment agenda and has been fully automated to hasten processes and make them efficient for port users. It will replace the existing facility which has inadequate holding space for refrigerated imports. The new facility, which is outside the main Tema Port, will also lessen the decongestion at the port.

384 days ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Port workers call off strike
Staff employed by Limassol porters decided to call off strike measures to press for €1.5 million in voluntary redundancy compensation be paid to them now and not next year when the port will be privatised. The decision came after the workers were threatened with dismissal, state broadcaster CyBC reported

384 days ago by arnekiel

Ivory Coast begins construction of Abidjan port upgrades
Ivory Coast began construction of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan.

384 days ago by arnekiel

Cargotec’s Kalmar receives significant port equipment order of 23 RTG cranes and 79 terminal tractors from Colombia
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a significant order from its long standing customers Sociedad Portuaria Region de Cartagena S.A. (SPRC) and Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena S.A. (Contecar) in Cartagena, Colombia. Both terminals are owned and managed by Port of Cartagena Group. The order includes a total of 23 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and 79 Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. Kalmar will deliver five RTGs and 9 terminal tractors to SPRC and 18 RTGs and 70 terminal tractors to Contecar. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 45 million, and the order has been booked into Cargotec’s 2015 third quarter order intake. The deliveries will take place between July and December 2016.

384 days ago by arnekiel

Carnival Corporation Adds Third Berth to Cozumel Pier
Carnival Corporation on Oct. 8 officially opened an expansion of its operations in Cozumel, Mexico, adding a third berth to the company's pier at Puerta Maya. With an investment of more than $20 million, the all-new "arm" was added to the company's existing pier to allow three ships to be moored at the terminal at the same time. To mark the occasion, three of the company's ships – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Triumph – arrived today and became the first trio of ships to use the new three-berth pier. The pier will accommodate any ship across Carnival Corporation's 10 brands, including its next-generation ships. With 3.3 million cruise guests annually, Cozumel is the busiest cruise destination in the Caribbean. Carnival Corporation's extra capacity with the expanded pier will allow more ships to call on Cozumel, increasing the number of guests who can visit the destination while also providing a significant economic boost to the local economy. In 2014, about 1.5 million Carnival Corporation guests visited Puerta Maya on 25 different ships originating from eight homeports and two countries across six of the company's brands, and the company expects this to grow over the years with the added capacity at the port. www.cruiseindustr...

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