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374 days ago by arnekiel

Transport Minister Satisfied With Tema Port Expansion
Mrs Dzifa Ativor, Minister of Transport, has expressed satisfaction on the expansion works at the Tema Port to improve its operations and meet international standards. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport The expansion projects, which started in 2013 at the cost of 120 million dollars, is being executed by Amandi, an international construction engineering firm and expected to be completed in November 2015. The project comprise of provision of basic port infrastructure such as breakwater, quay wall foundation trenches, and dredging to adequate depths. In an interview with the Ghana News ...

374 days ago by arnekiel

Aqaba’s APMSco signs LNG tanker deal with Turkey’s Sanmar
The Aqaba Port Marine Services Co. (APMSco) has signed an agreement in Istanbul with Turkey’s Sanmar Co to provide marine services for LNG tankers arriving at the Aqaba LNG Terminal and a tug jetty to be located to the north of the terminal. The deal, signed in the presence of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Chief Commissioner Professor Kamel Mahadin, will make it possible to serve LNG tankers and to provide a rapid response station in case of emergencies, along with another marine harbor to be established to the south of the Aqaba New Port.

374 days ago by arnekiel

New portal crane for Schwedenkai intermodal handling
A new portal crane has arrived at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Intermodal Terminal, meaning that trains involved in rail-ship cargo handling in future will be loaded and unloaded using the new unit instead of two Reach Stackers. The crane, built by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, arrived in Kiel on September 25th from Gdynia in Poland aboard the heavy load vessel “Meri”. The unloading took place under the crane’s own power via a ship ramp. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) commented: “the new portal crane is our contribution to moving more cargo onto environmentally-friendly rail services”. It is planned to take the new crane into service at the end of the year after final fitting, tests and acceptance procedures have been carried out. “The new portal crane will become a new scenic landmark at the Schwedenkai, just like the old port cranes used to be for bulk cargo handling”, said Dirk Claus. The new 140 ton portal crane, a rubber-tyred gantry crane (RTG), is 29 m wide and straddles three track widths and the corresponding rail terminal loading lanes. Its lifting height below the spreader is 14 m and its overall height is 21 m. The RTG is suitable for handling trailers, containers and swap bodies and has a lifting capacity of up to 40 tons. Its movement alongside the rail tracks is GPS supported. The new unit represents an investment of 1.55 million Euros and was funded by the Government under a programme to promote intermodal handling facilities. “Because of the new crane and the expansion of train services to and from northern Italy, I am convinced that we will this year pass the 25,000 consignment mark in intermodal rail-ship cargo traffic”, said Dirk Claus. The Port is linked to the national rail network by shuttle trains which connect Kiel with Hamburg’s Billwerder Marshalling Yard five times a week in both directions. In addition there are complete block trains serving the Ruhr and northern Italy. The direct train link to and from Duisburg was opened at the start of 2014 and since then has operated two round trip services a week. The connection between Kiel and Verona in northern Italy has been in existence for two years and was expanded at the start of September this year to three round trips a week. “Schwedenkai may be only a relatively small operation”, said Dirk Claus, “but growing rail cargo traffic there represents a challenge which we want to take up with our fast and high-capacity new portal crane”. In the first eight months of this year a total of 16,300 trailers and containers were loaded onto the railways at Schwedenkai and in the Ostuferhafen. That’s an increase of 1.5% over the same period of last year. Source: Port of Kiel

374 days ago by arnekiel

Livorno and Carnival Corp Ink New Deal
Carnival Corporation and the Port of Livorno have signed a new agreement for long-term collaboration between the Italian port and all European and North American Carnival brands. The agreement was signed by Giora Israel, Senior Vice of President Global Port and Destination Development for Carnival Corporation & Plc, and Roberto Piccini, the President and CEO of Porto di Livorno 2000. The Livorno Port Authority was represented by the General Secretary, Massimo Provinciali. Carnival is already a client of the port of Livorno with some 127 calls for 2015 scheduled already. Carnival Vice President of Global Port and Destination Euromed, Michel Nestour, who handled the agreement, said: “Thank you to the Porto di Livorno 2000 and the Livorno Port Authority for all their hard work and willingness to find solutions and move forward over the last year. We trust that with this agreement in place we will continue to improve the quality of the services to our passengers.” Porto di Livorno 2000 President, Roberto Piccini, said that “the satisfaction concerns the concreteness of the agreement, which favors the customer retention in our port, with significant potential for the future. The berthing guarantee, the Alto Fondale Terminal building and the work still in progress, together with the commercial consideration, were fundamental instruments to successfully completing this initiative.”

374 days ago by arnekiel

Dutch court rejects ECT's $1 billion claim against Rotterdam
A Dutch court has rejected a claim by ECT, Rotterdam’s largest container terminal operator, that the port authority acted unlawfully in awarding concessions for two giant terminals about to start operations to its rivals. The company, which is owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holdings, initiated legal action three years ago, claiming over 900 million euros [$1.2 billion] in future lost earnings over the decision to award concessions to APM Terminals and a DP World-led consortium for the new terminals on the Maasvlakte 11 site.ECT alleged it faced stricter conditions in the tendering process than other bidders. It also claimed the new terminals would increase capacity by 50 percent, depressing handling rates and leading to major economic and social problems at Europe’s largest container port.The Rotterdam District Court ruled the port authority “did not abuse a position of economic power” in awarding the concessions. “ECT was not denied a fair change in the tendering process,” the court said. The court also threw out ECT’s claim that the port authority acted unlawfully in promoting greater competition between container terminals. “It was inevitable that there would be temporary overcapacity,” the court said. But, it concluded, the Port Authority served the interests of long term development of Rotterdam and took measures to limit the negative consequences of overcapacity. “The terms and conditions of the agreements the port authority made with ECT are no less favourable than those made with its rivals,” it said. The Port Authority said it regretted the issue had led to legal action. “Now that this clear ruling has been issued, we hope to be able to bring this matter quickly to a close,” it said. ECT said it found the ruling “very disappointing and unexpected” and is “considering taking further steps,” suggesting it might appeal to a higher court. The company, which currently handles around two thirds of Rotterdam’s traffic, which totalled just over six million TEUs in the first half of the year, has suffered congestion at its ECT Delta and Euromax terminals for several months, prompting ocean carriers, short-sea and feeder lines and inland waterway firms to impose surcharges up to 75 euros per container.The APM Terminals facility is due to open in November with an initial annual capacity of 2.7 million TEUs, and the Rotterdam Gateway Terminal, owned by a consortium of DP World and ocean carriers CMA CGM, APL, Hyundai and Mitsui OSK Lines, will start operations in early 2015 with a first phase capacity of 2.4 million TEUs. The two terminals will eventually have an annual capacity close to 8.5 million TEUs. Source :JOC

375 days ago by arnekiel

Warplane Attacks Libya's Benghazi Port
A war plane attacked a port in Benghazi on Wednesday in a strike claimed by forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar, bringing their battle against Islamists to the heart of the eastern Libyan city. A Reuters reporter near the port, which is not an oil installation, saw a warplane open fire several times, although it was unclear whether any harbor facilities were hit. The port is the main gateway for wheat and fuel imports into eastern Libya, a country struggling with anarchy three years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. Saqer al-Jouroushi, head of Haftar's air defense unit, has said an umbrella group of Islamist fighters, Majlis al-Shura, was using the port to bring in supplies and weapons. "We warned the port manager that we will not allow ships to dock to supply Majlis al-Shura with weapons," said Jouroushi, whose unit controls several planes from Libya's air force. He said the plane had deliberately missed the quay and had been issuing a final warning, but added that it would hit next time if another ship tried to offload weapons. Clashes in Benghazi have so far been mainly limited to the suburbs. Source: Reuters

375 days ago by arnekiel

Strike hits Safaga
Dozens of trucks coming from various Gulf states have all backed up at the Egyptian Safaga Port, due to a strike by brokers and shipowners demanding the General Customs Director quit. Businesses are being hindered due to harmful decisions taken by the General Customs Director, stated Rahim Kamal, owner of one of the shipping companies in the area.He also added that there are about 250 shipping companies operating at Safaga port , each having about 20 employees, all are striking for the Director's leave. Source : Gulfship News

375 days ago by arnekiel

Agreement marks new era for dockers in Morocco
‘Dynamic economic and social objectives’ are the aim of a new collective bargaining agreement just made between an ITF-affiliated union in the Port of Tangiers, Morocco and global network terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT). The agreement follows two years of ‘difficult’ negotiations between the Moroccan National Union of Port Workers and the local APMT management, accompanied by an international campaign supported by ITF dockers’ unions worldwide.

375 days ago by arnekiel

Armed naval team seize €100m in cocaine from yacht off Irish coast
The Irish Naval Service has seized cocaine with a street value of up to €100m on a yacht off the Irish coast after a major intelligence-led operation Two naval vessels, the LE Niamh and the LE Roisin, are now escorting the yacht Makayabella to naval service headquarters in Haulbowline in Cork Harbour where they are expected to arrive amid tight security later this evening. An armed boarding party stormed the yacht on Tuesday 200 miles (320km) off Mizen Head, soon after it entered Irish waters. The vessel had been tracked as it sailed from the Caribbean. The operation was kept secret while investigations continued. They found up to 40 bales of cocaine stashed on board, with a potential street value of up to €100m.

376 days ago by arnekiel

Chinese President to inaugurate Port City project at the Colombo International Container Terminal
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jingping will inaugurate the proposed Port City project at the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) today, Sri Lanka Ports Authority said in its press release. The work on the breakwater for the project commenced last October with a total investment of USD 15 billion. Sri Lanka Ports Authority has invested more than USD 3 billion on all present port development projects which include Colombo Port Expansion Project, Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda. Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota, Galle Port Development, Oluvil Port Project, Trincomalee and KKS Port Development Project. Nearly 230 hectares (about 575 acres) of water front sheltered by the new breakwater will be reclaimed at an investment of approximately USD 900 million by a foreign investor. The plan has been given approval by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Review Committee (SCARC). According to SLPA Chairman Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama the area developed as a port city with roads, water, electricity, communication facilities to set up shopping areas, water sports area, mini golf course, hotels, apartments, recreation areas and with a lot more additions that would turn the area into a modern city. "These innovations will not only change the geography and outlook of Colombo but also extend immense strength to the government’s efforts to ensure continuity and dedication towards realizing the goal of making Sri Lanka, the most competitive and preferred maritime and logistics centre in the Asian region," the SLPA said.

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