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395 days ago by arnekiel

Evergreen unveils Panama terminal expansion
Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal in Panama has completed the third phase of an expansion that will allow the terminal to handle the largest ships that will transit the Panama Canal’s soon-to-open larger locks.The terminal expansion added a fourth berth that, combined with the adjacent Berth 3, will provide an overall quay length of more than 2,100 feet. The new berth has a water depth of 54 feet and three gantry cranes that will span 23 rows of containers.The expansion increases CCT’s annual capacity to 2 million 20-foot-equivalent units from the previous 1.5 million TEUs. An additional expansion of Berth 3 will increase annual capacity to 2.4 million TEUs by early 2017, and allow Berths 3 and 4 to simultaneously handle two 12,000 to 14,000-TEU ships.The new Berth 4 is scheduled to begin operation in the first quarter of 2016. The completion was marked in a ceremony Thursday attended by officials including Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Maritime Authority Administrator Jorge Barakat Pitty.The Panama Canal Authority is targeting April for the opening of new locks that will accommodate vessels of 13,000-14,000 TEUs, nearly triple the maximum capacity of container ships transiting the canal’s existing century-old locks. Source: Journal of Commerce

395 days ago by arnekiel

MSC Cruises Signs Deal For $100m Private Island
The Mediterranean Shipping Company yesterday committed to the construction of a $100m private island cruise port, set to get underway at Sandy Cay in early 2016. The development is expected to create 600 construction jobs and employ more than 300 permanent employees. Prime Minister Perry Christie, along with MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, signed a heads of agreement on Wednesday, with both sides hailing the moment as a major economic thrust for the northern Bahamas. According to Mr Christie, the agreement paves the way for the construction of the “self-sustaining operation and environmental management” of a cruise port, the likes of which the country has never seen. Additionally, Mr Christie said the cruise destination, set to serve 369,000 guests annually, is expected to feature shopping, dining, retail and recreational spaces, an amphitheatre and a ship-based infirmary. The development’s plans also call for a marine reserve at Sandy Cay, offering a unique diving experience for guests. Mr Christie noted that historically, MSC’s cruise activities in the Bahamas have in recent years generated around $17m of direct expenditure. www.hellenicshipp...

395 days ago by arnekiel

Three drown off Indonesian coast after ship gets in trouble
Two children and an adult have drowned off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia after a ship got into trouble in rough seas. Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Team Agency has rescued 37 passengers and continues to search for remaining survivors from the boat, which had more than 100 passengers onboard. The agency's operation chief at Makassar, Deden Ridwansyah, told Fairfax Media search and rescue teams were now searching for six people wearing life jackets who were spotted during a flyover at noon. He said the search would continue until 6pm at the latest. More than 20 boats are involved in the hunt. At the time of writing it was still unclear whether the ship had sunk. Mr Ridwansyah said the ship did not appear to have been overloaded and he believed the disaster had been due to weather conditions. "The waves were five metres high at the time of the accident," he said. The National Search and Rescue Agency began searching after port authorities reportedly lost contact with the ship after its engine broke down. Read more: www.smh.com.au/wo...

397 days ago by arnekiel

Workers walk out at Malta Freeport
Activity at parts of Malta Freeport has been halted after workers walked out in protest last night (Dec. 16) over scheduled annual pay rises that were less than expected. Many workers said the salary increases were lower than what was outlined in the collective agreement, The Times of Malta reports. A meeting between port management and Malta’s General Workers’ Union (GWU) is reportedly being held today. The strike was not ordered by the union, which told press it would continue to safeguard workers’ interests. splash247.com/wor...

397 days ago by arnekiel

GCT Deltaport Big Ship Ready with ZPMC Megamax Cranes
Following breaking ground on its CAD$280 million GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project in Port Metro Vancouver, GCT Canada has confirmed the order of two high-efficiency “megamax” ship-to-shore (“STS”) cranes from the industry’s largest crane manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“ZPMC”). Boasting a 23+ container wide outreach, the STS cranes will be capable of handling the largest vessels in service worldwide. Upon commissioning, the state-of-the-art cranes will be among the largest in the Americas, standing over 137 metres (450 feet or 45 stories) high, with a lift capacity of 65 tonnes (145,600 pounds).

397 days ago by arnekiel

Ship transit back to normal levels in Panama Canal
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the waiting time for ships ready to transit recovered to normal levels with a total of 45 ships in a row, representing a two-day wait. This reduction in the queue of ships waiting is due to improvements in weather conditions, but mainly to the increase in resources devoted to transit and the efforts of employees of the waterway, said the ACP. Ship transit back to normal levels in CanalIn October, when the transit delay started, the canal had accumulated some 107 vessels due to climatic reasons: fog and decreased levels of Gatun Lake, which feeds the waterway. The backlog is down 80 percent from its peak. After the execution of strategies to expedite ship transits, on November 19 the ACP reported decreased waiting times from 10 to four days or less. Source: The Bulletin Panama

397 days ago by arnekiel

Fire at Mozambique grain terminal
On 13 December 2015, there was a fire and explosion at the STEMA grain terminal in Matola, part of the Maputo port complex in Mozambique. As a result of the fire, the grain unloading and transport system at the terminal was severely damaged. The club understands that investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the incident however it is suspected that illegal activities including attempted fuel theft from the terminal stores may have been the primary cause. It has been reported that there have been several fatalities including those involved in the theft. No injuries have been reported to any terminal staff or any crew on nearby vessels. The club is advised that the known damage will render the terminal’s grain ship unloading capability unserviceable for the foreseeable future until repairs can be effected. The club will continue to monitor developments. In case of any queries, members are invited to contact the authors of this web-alert or your usual club contact. Source: The Standard Club

397 days ago by arnekiel

Last Ship of 2015 for Vancouver as Ruby Princess Calls
The last cruise ship of the 2015 season for the Port of Vancouver, the Ruby Princess, will depart Canada Place today, marking the end of an extended cruise season. Passenger volumes for the 2015 Vancouver cruise season remained strong, on par with 2014, with more than 800,000 passengers travelling on 228 calls by 32 different vessels, said the port in a prepared statement. The 2015 season began early and ended later than usual this year due to the addition of new itineraries to Hawaii and the California coast by Princess Cruises, in addition to Alaskan itineraries and associated re-positioning options offered by various cruise lines out of Vancouver. www.cruiseindustr...

398 days ago by arnekiel

Davao Sasa port upgrade project shot down
The PHP18.99bn ($401m) Davao Sasa Port Modernisation project in the southern Philippines has been shot down as the city government approved a resolution to stop the bidding process amid claims stakeholders were not consulted in the public-private partnership (PPP) deal, local reports said. The local business community apparently welcomed the decision. “This unnecessary project was being forced upon Davao without the proper consultation. This resolution will now enable Davaoeños to contribute meaningfully toward defining the correct need and use of Sasa Port,” Alexander Valoria, president of Anflocor Management and Investment Corp and a member of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said in a statement. www.seatrade-mari...

398 days ago by arnekiel

DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority sign feasibility study agreement
DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have announced an agreement to study further expansion of the Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert . The agreement was signed by DP World Canada Group General Manager, Maksim Mihic , and Prince Rupert Port Authority President & CEO, Don Krusel, further strengthen ing the commitment of their respective organizations to the development and growth of the Port of Prince Rupert. DP World is the operator of the Fairview Container Terminal and construction is currently underway for the Phase II North expansion. Government of Canada approval has been received for the Phase 2 South expansion of the terminal further to the environmental assessment (Comprehensive Study Report) completed on terminal expansion in 2012 in accord ance to the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

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