José Llorca, president of Spain's National Ports Authority, on July 14, 2013 has said that the organisation is looking into ways of modifying legislation to reduce berthing and cargo handling costs. Port charges for the use of infrastructure and fixed costs paid by the concessionaire for the private use of public land need to be reduced, he acknowledged. Mr Llorca has suggested that the link between land values and annual interest rates to be cut, financial incentives should be offered for transit traffic, and simplified rates be made available for finished vehicles traffic. He also wants it to be easier for the private sector to invest - so that ports can reach 75% occupancy levels - and concession periods need to be extended to a maximum of 50 years to reflect modern operating conditions.
In May, overall tonnage handled by Spanish ports grew by 0.9%, following six months of continuous decline.
The National Ports Authority celebrated by announcing that unions have provisionally agreed to extend the existing collective bargaining agreement for a further four years. However, organised labour at Algeciras is still pushing for a 20% pay hike, according to box terminal, TTIA, which is now being hit by a series of partial strikes, having offered its workers just 10%.
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Workers at Gadani ship-breaking yards abandoned to their fate
GADDANI: Despite eight fatal accidents within a month, work at the ship-breaking industry at Gaddani goes on as usual. The labourers here, all daily wage earners, have witnessed so many accidents that they get confused when asked about the recent casualties involving two labourers who fell to their death. dawn.com/news/102...
Tianjin likely to follow Shanghai as free trade zone
Tianjin in northeast China is likely to become China’s second pilot free trade zone after Shanghai. The Tianjin municipal government has submitted its proposal to the State Council in Beijing to turn the bonded area of Dongjiang, located in the Binhai New Area on the city's eastern coast, into a free trade zone. [Sino ShipNews 12/07/13]
Foshan Sanshui Port Development taken over by Keppel
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation announced that its subsidiary Keppel Logistics (Foshan) had entered into a conditional share purchase agreement with Guangdong Sanshui Development Investment Holding to purchase 60% of the shareholding interest in Foshan Sanshui Port Development Co for RMB165.73m. Sanshui Port Development Co is engaged in port development and operations of a port in Sanshui District in Foshan. Sanshui Investment Co had put 60% interest in Sanshui Port Development Co for sale through an open tender process and Keppel Logistics Foshan won the tender. Upon the completion of the Acquisition, Sanshui Port Development Co will be a subsidiary of Keppel Logistics (Foshan). [Sino ShipNews 15/07/13]
Pasir Gudang will soon be served by new Wan Hai service
Wan Hai Lines is about to boost its Straits – Japan ‘New Super 3′ service (#905) with the addition of four ports and the deployment of an additional vessel to maintain to weekly frequency of the service, despite the extended turnaround time.
Sailing from Tokyo on 23 July, the 2,646 teu WAN HAI 313 will make inaugural calls at Osaka on 27 July, Keelung on 30 July, Pasir Gudang on 8 August and Singapore on 11 August.
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The world’s first floating LNG plant off West Australian coast is taking shape
Shell said the development of the world’s first ever floating LNG project is taking shape, with the company confident production will begin in 2016. Shell is behind the $12 billion Prelude project off the West Australian coast. Once constructed it will be the largest floating structure ever built and will be permanently moored about 200km from the coast during its 25 years of production. Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG, as well as volumes of condensate and liquefied petroleum gas. www.logisticsmaga...
The owners of the Dutch liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Rotterdam are studying the possibility of opening a third jetty to accommodate small LNG ships after a surge in interest in using the fuel for transport, a spokesman said on Friday, July 12, 2013. The Dutch Gate terminal is one of a handful of shipping hubs worldwide which are testing the demand for infrastructure needed to transport LNG that can be used to fuel ships and trucks. Experts estimate that as much as 30 percent of new vessels will be fuelled by LNG by 2020 and that its share of global bunker fuel demand could rise to 8 percent by 2025. See more at www.maritime-exec...
Ports of Auckland Completes Terminal Deepening Project
The Terminal Deepening Project has been completed early July 2013 after 2 years of work. As a result, the terminal can now serve two large ships simultaneously.The maximum vessel draught at the lowest of low tides at the northern berth has been increased from 11.7 meters (38.4 feet) to 42.7 feet; the maximum vessel draught at the lowest of low tides for the inner berth is 41.0 feet."The deepening of the northern berth ensures we can continue to accommodate our customers evolving requirements, which include a move to larger vessels," said Tony Gibson, chief executive of the New Zealand port, in a written statement.
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The interior of La Goulette Cruise Terminal has been given a makeover ahead of the upcoming peak season. In addition to the freshly painted Village and shore excursion terminal, new signage has be added.
230,784 passengers visited La Goulette in the first six months of 2013. For the second half of the year 130 ships are due to call bringing about 300,000 passengers. Regular callers include MSC Splendida, MSC Preziosa, AIDAblu, Sovereign and amongst new arrivals Norwegian Jade, Silver Wind, Saga Sapphire, Artania, Island Sky and Black Watch.