Port privatisation of Ennore suffers another setback as CT bidder backs away
Privatisation at the Port of Ennore, 24 kilometres north of Chennai on India's east coast, has suffered a setback after the consortium awarded the concession to build and operate the new container terminal decided to withdraw. The consortium, which was granted the concession in August 2010, cited escalating costs, the depreciation of the Indian rupee and slow growth in container traffic as its reasons, reported London's Port Technology International. Read more at www.seanews.com.t...
Hong Kong could be first port in Asia to run LNG ferries
Hong Kong, as usual among the first movers, may see its ferry and other marine transport operators becoming the first in Asia to adopt LNG-powered vessels, Seatrade Asia online reports. Local reports quoted Australian aluminium fast ferry shipbuilding specialist Austal as saying there has been interest from local ferry operators and they have been having initial talks with Hong Kong ferry companies.
Austal was quoted as saying that Chu Kong Shipping, which operates mainly fast ferries linking Hong Kong and mainland cities in the Pearl River Delta, would be the most likely to adopt the new technology.
DP World says Brazil's Embraport in Santos to start operations in Q1 2013
Dubai-based DP World said operations at the Embraport terminal in Brazil are expected to start in the first quarter of 2013, Dow Jones reports. DP World's chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview operations at Embraport, which will require an investment of 2.3 billion Brazilian reais ($1.13 billion), are on track to reach full capacity by the end of next year. Embraport is located in the port of Santos, which is Brazil's biggest. It is being built by DP World along with Brazil's Odebrecht Transport and the Coimex Group. The terminal will have a capacity to handle two million 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, and two billion liters (520 million gallons) of bulk liquids.
DP World is the third-biggest port operator in the world. It operates more than 60 terminals on six continents. The company says container handling generates about 80% of its revenue.
Guangzhou Port to invest $2.02bn for new cruise terminal at Nansha
Guangzhou officials have outlined a whopping $2.02bn of port upgrades to the city’s myriad terminals including details of a brand new cruise terminal.
The cruise terminal project is to be located in the fast developing port complex of Nansha, 54km south of downtown Guangzhou and will occupy an area of 134,700 sq m and a quay length of 790 m, comprising of one 100,000-tonne and one 250,000-tonne cruise ship berths. RMB2bn has been earmarked for the project.
Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, will have plenty of neighbouring cruise terminals by the time it completes its own, with Shenzhen and Hong Kong both building big new facilities. [03/10/12]
£150 million construction of new berth at Southampton's container terminal starts
BBC News Online reports that the £150 million construction of a new berth at Southampton's container terminal has begun with the first paving slab lifted into place on Sept. 27, 2012. The ceremony marked the start of a project which will allow ultra-large container carriers to dock in the city. Two existing berths originally commissioned in 1972 will be combined to make a new deep sea berth. Peter Jones, chief executive of Associated British Ports, said it would also help to develop the port's international reputation. BBC News said the quay will be 500m long with five cranes and a depth of 16m.
Spotlight on Hong Kong port Vessel Traffic System VTS after Hong Kong ferry disaster
As SinoShip reports, the vessel traffic system (VTS) of Hong Kong port is likely to come under intense scrutiny following the fatal collision yesterday of two ferries in the busy Lamma Channel which has resulted in 36 fatalities so far. One of the ferries was carrying more than 120 people to a fireworks display on the first night of two days of bank holidays when it half-sank following Monday night's collision near Lamma Island. Twenty-eight people were pronounced dead at the scene. About 100 others were taken to hospital, eight of which were later said to have died. Combining radar, AIS transponder information and other sensors to create live traffic images Hong Kong’s vessel traffic system, run by the local Marine Department, is among the most advanced in the world. How two ships were allowed to collide in spite of this technology will form an important part of the investigation, which is already underway. [02/10/12]
Dubai Port Company withdraws from Aden container port
s a prelude to its departure from Yemen, the Dubai Port Company – now-former operator of Aden’s container port – has withdrawn all signs and visual reminders of its period of ownership from port buildings. The global marine operator and Yemeni parties earlier reached an amicable settlement to end their business arrangement, National Yemen reports. The agreement to end the contract was signed by Transport Minister Dr. Waed Abdullah Batheb and Minister of Legal Affairs Dr. Mohammed Al- Mikhlafi. This agreement served to end protests by local communities who felt the business arrangement with the Dubai Port Company failed to serve Yemeni interests. More at en.portnews.ru/ne...
Strike at Chile''s port of San Antonio feared to extend to others
The labor strike at the port of San Antonio, the most important of cabotage cargos in Chile, would extend to other marine terminals and export-related sectors, due to the authorities' refusal to respond to labor demands.
According to the Secretary of collective bargaining and conflicts of the Central Confederation of Workers, Cristian Cuevas, there have been talks for other ports to join the strike through solidarity actions such as slow work, paralysis of hours and pressure to satisfy other demands.
Workers in San Antonio, in the region of Valparaíso, have maintained the port terminal totally paralyzed for five days as the process of privatization of ports obstructs their retirement before 65 years of age.
Cuevas criticized the Government's position, and especially that of the Sub-secretary of the Interior in charge of negotiations, Rodrigo Ubilla, who "In his opinion, should make a greater effort to resolve the problem as soon as possible, and do not blame the employees".
The spokesman of San Antonio port, Sergio Vargas, said that historically the workers of the industry have retired early because the intensity of work is very debilitating, and they are susceptible to various types of accidents, chronic back injuries and even cancer.
The workers claim that pensions are given after 55 years with double basic salary, and that they should be inherited by widows.
The death toll of a ship collision took place on Monday, Oct. 1 2012, in Hong Kong rose to 36 as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Hong Kong's Information Services Department said in an updated statement. Twenty eight were confirmed dead at the scene while eight others certified dead upon arrivals at hospitals, the statement said. More than 100 people were transferred to five hospitals, with nine severely injured, said the statement. A ferry and a pleasure craft collided off the Lamma Island on the southwest of the Hong Kong Island at about 8:23 p.m. Monday, Oct.1. news.xinhuanet.co...
Qingdao 400,000 dwt iron ore terminal to be ready late 2012
As SinoShipNews reports, Qingdao port has said its giant 400,000 dwt iron ore terminal located in Dongjiakou will be ready this year. Qingdao has repeatedly been linked with Vale’s VLOCs. Beijing barred the Brazilian miner from establishing a hub in Qingdao for its slew of VLOCs – a move that pushed Vale to open distribution hubs in Malaysia and the Philippines. Thus far, just one Vale-linked VLOC has called in China, at Dalian at the start of the year. Vale is now in discussions about building a third transshipment facility in Asia, at an unspecified location. [01/10/12]