Lend Lease wins £300M contract to build Liverpool2 container terminal
Peel Ports has named infrastructure group Lend Lease as principal contractor for Liverpool2, its new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool.
The terminal, which will bring some of the world's largest container ships to the Mersey, is due to open for business in 2015. Built at Seaforth in the River Mersey, the new structure will avoid vessel size restrictions of the current container terminal, which is located within a closed dock system accessed by locks.
Venice local protesters delay sailings of three cruise ships
Cruise ships sailing from and to Venice don’t seem to be very popular with the locals, who have been protesting against the huge vessels that usually make the city look tiny. The No Grandi Navi group (which translates to No Big Ships) organised protests on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. This saw about 70 small boats go onto the water around the port in a call for the big cruise ships to be banned from the city’s port for environmental reasons. During the protest on Sunday three cruise liners were prevented from leaving the port due to safety reasons, with the small boats taking over the water. The ships affected were – the MSC Musica, MSC Opera and Costa Fascinosa. This follows a similar protest in April when dinghies and motor boats took to the water to warm around one of the ships, blaring their horns. news.carrentals.c...
MSC Adds Israel port of Haifa to its Golden Gate Rotation
As JOC reports, Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding a port call at Haifa in Israel on both legs of its Golden Gate Service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal. MSC said the first call at Haifa will be by the MSC Anchorage, sailing from Ningbo in China on Oct. 9 and arriving in Haifa on Nov. 9. www.joc.com/conta...
To promote its shipping, logistics and tourism industries, Xiamen, a special economic zone in East China's Fujian province, is laying the groundwork for a global shipping hub. The establishment of the Southeast China International Shipping Center was initially proposed by the Fujian provincial government in 2010. The goal for the center is to gather important shipping resources and create a comprehensive shipping services system at the Port of Xiamen. As planned, the center's core framework and services will be in place by 2020. By then, the shipping center will be able to deal with a variety of businesses, such as international transit, purchase, allocation and distribution, ship leasing, customs clearance, and offshore outsourcing. www.chinadaily.co...
Shanghai: The latest report from shipbreaking analysts GMS shows that China’s continued inability to pay top dollar has seen Turkey surpass it for business.
“The Chinese market showed few signs of picking up this week - indeed even slipping further into the mire - as the Indian sub-continent markets continued to operate some USD 100/LT LDT ahead,” GMS noted. The Turkish market has now become the fourth market behind Bangladesh, India and Pakistan with rates there some $20-30 per ldt ahead of China. [20/09/12]
Cosco Pacific to launch Piraeus container terminal in 2013
Cosco Pacific, the terminals offshoot of China's largest shipping company, is on course to start container stevedoring operations at terminal three at Piraeus port in Greece next year, reported the South China Morning Post.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port cancels tender to develop fourth terminal
As JOC reports, India’s port privatization program suffered a serious blow Monday when the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (Nhava Sheva), the country’s largest container handler, cancelled a global tender to develop its long-awaited fourth container terminal project.
The decision was expected after the top bidder, Singapore’s PSA International, failed to sign a concession agreement with the port authority within the stipulated deadline that ended last month. “The board has decided to terminate the letter of intent issued to the PSA-led consortium and also forfeit the bidder’s bond amount [$12.5 million]. The port will call for new bids for the project. There was no other option,” a port official said. www.joc.com/ports...
DP World Dubai orders 19 new Ship To Shore (STS) quay cranes for Jebel Ali
DP World on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 signed agreements with local and international companies for the supply of 19 Ship To Shore (STS) quay cranes and 50 Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes for its 4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity Terminal 3 development at the flagship Jebel Ali Port. The new container terminal will be 1,860 metres long, with a depth of 17 metres to handle multiple next generation container liners simultaneously, and a 70 hectare yard. Total capacity at Jebel Ali will reach 19 million TEU when Terminal 3 opens for business in 2014.
Taiwanese Premier instructs construction of cruise ship terminals
Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Premier Sean Chen instructed government agencies Wednesday to plan cruise ship terminals at the ports of Keelung in northern Taiwan and in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, as a follow-up to the previous day's official launch of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project focustaiwan.tw/Sh...
All Portuguese ports hit by strike action as workers protest against austerity cuts
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, is warning of a series of strikes at all Portuguese ports during the remainder of September as workers protest against the government’s austerity measures. The strikes are expected to severely affect vessel movements in Portuguese ports.
The strike action follows the government’s move to reduce port workers wages by seven per cent and cut two additional salary payments each year as part of its austerity package.
The strike action will comprise:
From 00:00 hrs 17/09/12 until 00:01 hrs 19/09/12
From 00:00 hrs 25/09/12 until 00:01 hrs 27/09/12
From 00:00 hrs 19/09/12 until 08:00 hrs 21/09/12 (except Leixoes)
Stevedores are due to meet as from 08:00 hrs 21/09/12 to evaluate the strike
From 00:00 hrs 25/09/12 until 08:00 hrs 29/09/12
Port Administration workers:
From 00:00 hrs 21/09/12 until 00:01 hrs 22/09/12
From 00:00 hrs 24/09/12 until 00:01 hrs 25/09/12
Port Administration workers also stopped working overtime from 10/09/12 for an undisclosed period, but this has not affected port movements to date, except at Portimao, where port movements are being affected.
ISS Iberia will continue to monitor developments and keep clients advised accordingly. Further updates will be posted on the ISS website www.iss-shipping.com