Townsville Regional Harbour Master has advised the Navigational Depths for Townsville Port have changed with immediate effect. The Sea Channel depth is now 11.50m and the Platypus Channel depth is now 10.50m. Any vessels with a draft over 9.20m will result in tidal window calculations.
There will be a six-day outbound shutdown for maintenance at Port Kembla Coal Terminal from 0700 today (31 July) to 1900 on Tueasday 5 August. During this period there will be no vessel loading operations or receivals at the terminal.
Labor floats plan for giant pier out into Port Phillip (near Geelong)
Australias Labor’s proposal to build an 8km pier near Geelong to cater for large container ships and reduce the need to dredge the port has been labelled as ridiculous by Minister for Ports David Hodgett.
Labor is considering building a giant, hook-shaped pier stretching about eight kilometres into the sea as a way to make good on its proposal to build a new container port in the west of Port Phillip Bay near Geelong.
The pier would extend at least three kilometres out to sea into deeper waters, which would reduce the huge amount of dredging needed to build the port, then run parallel to shore for about five kilometres. Large ships carrying up to 10,000 containers would dock at the offshore terminal to unload their cargo, which would be moved to land by rail.
Chinese firm starts work on Mexico’s Tuxpan terminal
China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) started work on 8 July to build the second phase of SSA Mexico’s new Tuxpan terminal with at a cost of $53m. SSA Mexico, a subsidiary of SSA Marine of Seattle-based Carrix Group Holdings, the world’s largest private-owned port operator, has started the development of the second phase of port installations for the handling of containers and general cargo in Tuxpan at a total cost of $130m. SSA Tuxpan will have a capacity of 710,000 teu and is expected to begin operations in December 2015. Also for this second stage, SSA Mexico has committed $81m to purchase four super post-panamax cranes and automated stacking cranes (ASC). The first phase of the works is close to being concluded. The new installations and port infrastructure in Tuxpan Port will benefit shipping companies, importers and exporters that will handle their merchandise through the Gulf of Mexico, and that added to the conclusion of the Mexico-Tuxpan highway, it will mean an important development for the Tuxpan Port and the Valley of Mexico. Source: Seatrade Global
Port Freeport announced the arrival of their two Post Panamax Cranes. “The Gantry cranes departed from Shanghai, China on May 7th and arrived at Port Freeport on July 19th,” Executive Port Director/CEO Glenn Carlson said.
The Zhen Hua 28, delivered the two 100-foot gauge container cranes completely erect for Port Freeport. Being approximately 80 feet wide each, both cranes will occupy a portion of Berth 7 at Velasco Terminal. They stand just less than 300 feet from the ground and can lift up to 75 tons.
“This commitment from the Commissioners demonstrates that Port Freeport will make the financial investments to support the petrochemical industry in our region. For these companies to be able to ship directly from the port will allow them to reduce their supply chain costs and have access to the world-wide markets,” Carlson said.
Following landing, the cranes will be taken through a detailed commissioning process, which will take around four to six weeks, before a formal hand over. “The cranes will allow us to attract new services and business to Port Freeport which will lead us in a new strategic direction that we are very excited about,” said Carlson.
Facing growing port congestion, the port of Hamburg is implementing a far-reaching plan to better manage truck traffic of containers moving in and out of its terminals. The system, called the Port Road Management Center, is designed to create an overall, real-time perspective of traffic jams that can help guide truckers.
Exxaro has doubled its ability to export coal through the privately owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal through its $472m acquisition of Total Coal SA, it announced.
Exxaro is a major supplier of coal to Eskom, which bought 30.7-million tonnes of the group’s total thermal coal sales of 38-million tonnes last year. It exported 3.9-million tonnes of thermal coal.
But coal exports are potentially a far higher margin business than Eskom sales, and encourage investment in multiproduct mines.
Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi said on a conference call on Monday the purchase of Total Coal would immediately double Exxaro’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) allocation to 8-million tonnes a year. This would rise to 10.3-million tonnes once RBCT had reached its expanded capacity of 91-million tonnes a year.
Exxaro at present leases export allocation from other miners to meet its export needs.
The deal requires various regulatory approvals, including from the competition authorities. Mr Nkosi said it was unlikely they would oppose it on the basis of Exxaro increasing its RBCT allocation, which would be only 13% of the total available.
Recent media reports were confirmed that tugboat deckhands at Port Hedland, Australia, have approved labour action in a continued dispute over pay and conditions. This could have a significant impact on one of the most significant iron ore export terminals in Australia. There has not been any immediate action, but the labour concerned are able to implement such action quickly should they choose to do so. Source: Skuld
Third time this year that APM Terminals has been granted extension to achieve required building permits Work on the construction of APM Terminals’ new US$1bn container terminal in Moin, Costa Rica has been delayed due to difficulties in obtaining the required building permits. This is the third time that the Dutch company has been granted contract extensions on beginning the building work. The contract was originally awarded in March 2012 and work was due to begin in early 2014, with the project scheduled to open 36 months later. However, extensions have been provided to 24 April, 24 July and now 24 October, according to a report in the Costa Rican Times. APMT has reportedly been asked by the Costa Rican authorities to provide further clarification on certain environmental aspects relating to the project. The new terminal has been mired in controversy since the project was announced, with the union of the Port Management Board of the Atlantic Coast (Japdeva) repeatedly resorting to obstructionist measures in a bid to halt its construction. Japdeva has argued that it would give APMT the monopoly of container handling in Costa Rica and accuses the Dutch company of not meeting the necessary environmental, legal and financial requirements set out by the state. The new Moin Container Terminal will have an initial annual throughput of 1.3m TEUs, rising to 2.7m TEUs at full build-out. With an eventual depth of 18 meters, it will be able to accommodate the 12,000 TEU vessels that will pass through the widened Panama Canal once the lock expansion project has been completed in 2015. At present, the port is limited to vessels of 2,500 TEU capacity. Source : Fruitnet