Busan Port Authority (BPA) says it’s ramping up development at the world’s fifth largest port – both to make it the logistics hub of Northeast Asia and keep up with projected demand.
The port handled 17.68m teu in 2013 and this has been increasing each year since Busan New Port opened for business in 2006 so the port’s present total capacity of 15.5m teu is being surpassed.
Busan’s New Port operates 23 berths with a total capacity of 9.23m teu. But BPA plans to develop up to 22 new berths at both ports to add a further 6.6m teu overall by 2020 and this is being completed in phases.
When added to the current capacity at North Port, this should give the port the total capacity of around 22m teu by 2020.
As part of the development, a new ITT container handling system will be installed to better streamline the handling of increased cargo volumes. A large distripark and a Class II Dangerous Cargo storage facility will also be created. The existing three logistics parks will also be amalgamated next year creating a space that is 5.1 million square metres.
Meanwhile, US$8.5bn of work is underway at Busan North Port to create a new residential waterside development and a brand new cruise facility – one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in South Korea. Source: Port Strategy
Lagos Ports Face Congestion As Agents Threaten Industrial Action
A strike threat by clearing and forwarding agents associations operating in Nigerian seaports may mean more than imagined for the country’s economy as a few days of not moving cargoes out of the Lagos seaports can cause the level of congestion that spells economic doom.
Another implication is a non accessible commercial city of Apapa in which thousands of man hours are already being lost to traffic gridlock daily.
This is imminent following a court reversal of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) approved container storage and other charges.
Importers and clearing and forwarding agents associations have called on the presidency to intervene or have the country face a nationwide withdrawal of their services if port concessionaires held on to the former charges.
The NSC, last week, made a major cost pruning move since it assumed its new role as the seaport’s economic regulator, by cutting various costs charged by terminal operators and shipping lines against which the clearing and forwarding agents have continued to complain since the ports were concessioned in 2006. The council had published an advertisement announcing the reversal of storage charges at the ports to that which was in force as at May 1, 2009. It also ordered an increase in the free storage period at the ports from three days to seven days and also directed shipping companies to reduce their shipping line agency charges from N26,500 to N23,850 per 20ft equivalent unit (teu) container and from N48,000 to N40,000 per 40teu. The NSC further directed shipping agencies to refund container deposits to importers and agents within 10 working days after the return of the empty containers.
But the council has been described as toothless by stakeholders who said it lacks the enabling legal instrument to enforce these orders. The NSC became the port regulator by a presidential direction which is yet to be backed by the law. The Ports and Harbour Bill, expected to give the council powers for its new role, is still laced with executive delay.
Importers had maintained that shipping lines, largely foreign owned, owe them over N7 billion container deposit which were never refunded. With concerns that their earnings would be halved by the directives of the NSC, the terminal operators went to court which immediately annulled and stopped the new costs approved by the NSC. This was sequel to the ruling on an ex-parte motion brought by the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) before the court presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, and resulting in its securing an injunction restraining the NSC and/or its agents from implementing the reversal order, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Not happy with the court decision, the clearing agents on Monday shut down the Apapa Port in protest of the court reversal of the new charges. The protest took a worse dimension yesterday as the three leading agents’ associations, the Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA), National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), and Association of Registered Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (AREFFN) threatened a total withdrawal of their services from the ports. The agents said a meeting of their associations’ National Executive Council (NEC) members has been scheduled for Wednesday next week to secure the go-ahead to withdraw their services nationwide in protest against the court action.
“The Shippers’ Council, which is the commercial regulator in the industry, is being arm-twisted and rendered impotent by (terminal) operators who are hell bent on ensuring that its efforts on reducing cost of doing business in Nigerian ports fails,” the associations said in a joint statement signed by the president of the ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, and the NAGAFF president,
Worker Slowdown at Nation’s Busiest Port Prompts Plea to Obama
(Bloomberg) — U.S. retailers appealed to President Barack Obama to intervene in contract negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and maritime companies after a work slowdown spread to the nation’s largest container hub ahead of the holiday shopping season.
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, asked Obama to step in and ensure that tensions between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, representing terminal operators and shipping lines, don’t “escalate to a complete shutdown of West Coast ports.”
Goods destined for holiday shoppers are being unloaded at 29 ports from San Diego to Bellingham, Washington, by workers who have been without a contract since July 1. The maritime association said a slowdown that began in Seattle and Tacoma spread to Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest port complex in the U.S. Those ports already face congestion from equipment shortages and rail delays.
“This is adding to the already substantial list of issues contributing to congestion,” Bruce Chan, associate transportation and logistics analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., said yesterday by telephone from Baltimore. “We’re OK as far as items on the shelves are concerned. What we’ll probably see is some cost pressure for shippers and retailers potentially filtering down to consumers.” gcaptain.com/work...
Two new pilot boats and three tugs for Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi: ADPC Marine Services, part of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), is adding two new pilot boats and three new pull tugs to its fleet at Khalifa Port.
The first heavy-duty fast pilot boat, Al-Safeer-2, has just been delivered from Singapore; the second is expected to be delivered in June 2015. “These ultra-modern pilot boats will enhance our fleet and pilotage services for vessels calling at our ports. The new boats have been built to withstand heavy seas. They are high in power and thus both very quick and durable,” says Hamad Al Maghrabi, general manager of ADPC Marine Services.
The 15-metre-long aluminium pilot boats are fitted with heavy twin 490-horse-power engines and twin pitch propellers. They have a maximum speed of 25 knots (46.3 km per hour).
Two new 85-tonne bollard pull tugs and one 30-tonne pull tug will join ADPC Marine Services’ fleet next year, increasing the tug fleet to nine vessels of various capacities. [5/11/14]
Westports Holdings plans to expand Container Terminal 8 (CT8), Port Klang, from its current capacity of 11m TEU to 13.8m TEU, in what will be a RM 1bn ($300m) investment.
The Malaysia-listed container terminal operator said the plans come in response to increasing container volumes and a high terminal utilisation rate at Port Klang.
Expansion work will commence in early 2015 until mid-2017. Capital expenditure in the first year will be RM 400m ($120m), Westports says.
The project will add a 600-metre-long wharf and supporting container yard to the existing CT8 terminal, plus 14 ship-to-shore cranes; rubber-tyred gantry cranes, terminal tractors and trailers.
Back-of-terminal facilities will also be added, comprising a second container terminal gate, marshalling centre and container freight station facilities.
Westports recorded a 12% surge in its container volume throughput to 6.18m TEU during the first nine months of 2014. [6/11/14]
The Port of Baltimore is the largest auto port in the United States, handling 750,000 cars in 2013 and almost 800,000 in 2014. In order to deal with the rising number of import cars arriving at the port, the Port of Baltimore recently opened a new auto berth at its Masonville/Fairfield Marine Terminal.
At almost 360 metres long and 40 metres wide, the new berth is 90 metres longer and 6 metres wider than the current berth. The new structure is also equipped to handle rail transport. More importantly, the new layout should improve the operational efficiency of cargo operations. Increased berth strength offers the capability to shift heavy cargo pier side without waiting to call the other terminal. Additionally, the new berth allows for a reduction in non-steaming time, which will permit vessels to steam slower down the coast and across the Atlantic and burn less fuel, reducing emissions.
(Bloomberg) — Tugboat engineers at Australia’s Port Hedland will strike next week, risking disruption to iron ore shipments through the world’s largest bulk export terminal.
The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers gave notice that workers will stop for four hours on Nov. 12, starting at 6 a.m. local time, according to an e-mailed statement. The action will be taken by members employed as marine engineers by Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty, it said. Teekay is contracted by BHP Billiton Ltd. to run tugboats at the port, located 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) north of Perth.
Enroute to Visakhaptanam the Indian torpedo recovery vessel "A-72" sank off the east coast of India on Nov 6, 2014. The incident occurred at 8 p.m. local time some 30 nm south off Visakhapatnam and resulted in at least one victim. Four sailors were still missing. The "A-72" was on a routine torpedo recovery exercise with 28 mariners onboard, 23 of them were rescued by nearby warship of the Eastern Naval Command after water suddenly flooded the steering gear compartment, which finally led to the sinking of the TRV. The vessel was on a routine mission to recover torpedoes fired by fleet ships during a routine exercise. The 110-tonne TRV A-72 belonged to the Astravahini-class of auxiliary vessels. The mission of the class is to recover practice torpedoes fired by battleships to ensure their re-usage. She was built by the Goa Shipyard and was commissioned in February 1983.
APM Terminals to retain full ownership of Port Elizabeth facility
APM Terminals announced today that it will not pursue the proposed joint venture for the ownership and operation of APM Terminals’ Elizabeth, New Jersey facility.
Eric Sisco, President of APM Terminals North America, stated: “APM Terminals and Brookfield worked closely with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey to address the needs of each party. Despite the good faith efforts of all involved, a commercially viable solution was not achieved”.
APM Terminals will continue to operate its Elizabeth facility under its long-term lease with the Port Authority.
“Our Elizabeth terminal is our premier U.S. east coast facility”, commented Sisco.
“We have operated in the port since the beginning of containerization and we will continue to operate here for many years to come.”
Source: APM Terminala