No More Traffic Jams in the Port of Hamburg: HPA and NXP Unveil Intelligent Traffic Light
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and NXP Semiconductors jointly unveiled the first intelligent traffic light for the port of Hamburg today that optimizes the flow of truck traffic and guides drivers through the increasingly heavily used port more quickly and safely. The smartPORT Traffic Light is another project realized by the HPA to prevent traffic congestion and emissions and is part of the HPA’s overall effort to increase use of IT in these future-oriented measures.
Vessel queue at Australia’s Newcastle coal port falls to 39 from 55
The vessel queue at the three terminals for coal exports at Australia’s Newcastle port fell to 39 vessels this week from 55 a week a week ago, with no maintenance on the Hunter Valley rail network this week, the Port Authority of New South Wales said in a report Monday, June 1.
Port Metro Vancouver not seeking to ship LNG on the Fraser River
A recent article described documents obtained by activists as evidence Port Metro Vancouver intends to ship LNG through the Fraser River. To be clear, as a federally mandated port authority, our role is to ensure whatever Canada, or the province, wishes to ship through the port is done so efficiently and safely. We do not determine what goods are traded, nor do we decide government trade policy. More at www.surreyleader....
Cruise Ships Prevented from Docking Overnight Until Emissions Regs Come Into Force
Cruise ships can no longer berth overnight at Sydney's White Bay Terminal, local media reports.
The Port Authority of New South Wales will reportedly continue to prevent overnight docking until regulations come into effect to address community concerns over vessel emissions and noise.
Leichhardt Council also suggested that the terminal install shore power systems.
"The temporary suspension and the anticipated regulation of sulfur fuel, which needs to happen urgently, are both welcome steps," Rochelle Porteous, mayor of Leichhardt Council, said in a statement. shipandbunker.com...
Chinese Cruise Ship Sunk By Tornado - Over 400 People Still Missing
At least five people are dead and over 440 people are still unaccounted for, after a tourist boat capsized on the Yangtze River in central Hubei province on Monday night. Rescue attempts are continuing, and officials said Tuesday morning that divers had heard sounds from within the ship’s hull, which may have been signs of life.
By afternoon on Tuesday, 17 people, including the ship's captain, had been rescued, according to a report on CCTV, while authorities have so far recovered five bodies, Reuters reported. Frogmen from the Chinese navy, local troops and helicopters are aiding the rescue efforts, Xinhua, China's state-run agency, reported in a post on Twitter while another report from the agency said that the ship was not overloaded and was equipped with enough life jackets for those on board.
The boat, the Eastern Star, was carrying 458 people, including 406 mainly elderly Chinese tourists, on a river cruise from the eastern city of Nanjing to Chongqing, when it was hit by a tornado. Reports say the accident occurred as many of the passengers were going to bed, and the vessel overturned within just one or two minutes, leaving the crew no time to sound a warning signal. More and photo at www.ibtimes.com/l...
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), the Philippines’ largest port operator, has announced that it has acquired Mexico-based container terminal operator Terminal Maritima de Tuxpan SA de CV (TMT) for $55.4m from Mexico’s logistics and transportation company Grupo TMM SAB and its subsidiary Inmobiliaria TMM SA de CV.
TMT has a concession to construct and operate a container terminal in the Port of Tuxpan, Mexico and is the owner of the real estate where the terminal will be constructed.
APMT starts laying off striking workers in Callao port dispute
APM Terminals (APMT), operator of the strike-hit Callao port in Peru, has started laying off workers involved in the industrial action, according to claims by the union on Thursday.
The drastic step comes just a day after an APMT spokesperson denied that the dispute was having any impact on port operations.
Union workers began the action on May 13 when about 700 personnel went off the job to protest the introduction of an electronic rostering system. That, in turn, had been part of talks about collective working conditions. splash247.com/apm...
The U.K.’s largest container port has a masterplan that includes doubling its capacity by 2030, JOC reports. Felixstowe’s owners, Hutchison Ports UK, awarded the lead contract to expand its berthage to VSBW, a consortium of Volker Stevin and Boskalis Westminster. The extension will increase the combined lengths of berths 8 and 9, which opened in 2011, to 3,018 feet. This will give Felixstowe the ability to simultaneously berth two container megaships in use and on order from the world’s major liners.
Those vessels, capable of holding up to 21,000 20-foot-equivalent unit containers, according to the latest new orders, are each about 1,312 feet long, 193 feet wide with 23-wide container rows and a maximum draft of 52.5 feet. The port made headlines in January when the then world’s largest box ship, the 19,100-TEU CSCL Globe, made its European maiden call at Felixstowe. That was trumped in March when the 19,224-TEU MSC Oscar berthed
The first phase development at berths 8 and 9 included 10 twin-lift ship-to-shore cranes from ZPMC each with an outreach of 203 feet and capable of handling ships with 24 containers in each row. When the current expansion is complete, these will be joined by three additional ZPMC STS cranes, also capable of spanning 24 rows. The quay is constructed with tubular piles in a design similar to the existing berths 8 and 9. Source and more at www.joc.com/port-...
U.S. ports dispute forced farmers to dump US$100M worth of apples
A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on apple growers in the northwestern state of Washington.
Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the most productive U.S. apple region. The apples are being left to rot and compost in the hot sun, an unusual occurrence for an industry that has found ways to market ever-growing crops.
“If we wouldn’t have had the port slowdown, we wouldn’t have needed this,” Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission in Wenatchee, said of the dumping.
He estimated that apple exporters lost at least three weeks of their season because of labour problems at West Coast ports. Along with a record supply of apples, that created surpluses that could not be shipped profitably to markets or processors, Fryhover said.
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association estimated $95 million in lost sales because of apples that could not ship, a figure Fryhover considers low. More to read at www.canadianmanuf...
Trinidad Dry Dock: Caribbean repair facility nearly ready to be built
A Caribbean ship repair business looks to be finally getting off the ground, in no small part aided by the imminent opening of the expanded Panama Canal.
The Caribbean region suffers from a paucity of drydocking options, claims Etienne Mendez, the chairman and CEO of the Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL).
TDDCL was founded 11 years ago. Its first yard construction is likely to get underway in the second quarter of next year with dredging, sheet piling and the creation of the 75 ha Sullivan Island and its 4km causeway link to connect the Port of Spain Dry Docks to Trinidad’s highway network..
“We anticipate completion of the core facilities and the docking of our first vessel by 2020,” Mendez says. The completed facility will have a total capacity of 1.4m dwt across five graving docks of varying sizes, and possibly two floating docks of smaller size. The largest of the graving docks is 440 m x 80 m and the smallest is 220 m x 40 m. The site will also have 3,650 m of berthing quay. More to read at splash247.com/tri...