Konecranes Wins Rtg Order For Gct Deltaport In Vancouver
In March 2015, Konecranes received an order for four Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from GCT Canada Limited Partnership for its GCT Deltaport facility located in Port Metro Vancouver, Canada. Destined for the country’s flagship container terminal, this will be Konecranes’ first RTG delivery to the West Coast of Canada.
China’s Yantai Port Group, together with three other firms in China, Singapore, and Guinea, invested an undisclosed amount in the port in Boke, Guinea,(aka Port Kamsar) in West Africa to further develop Guinea's bauxite trade.
Up to 400 illegal migrants died after their vessel capsized off the Libyan coast on Sunday, said survivors who were brought to Italy, where tension is mounting over a surge in boat arrivals from North Africa.
The Italian coastguard on Monday said they had managed to rescue 144 of the people on the sunken vessel, while nine bodies were also recovered.
The International Organization for Migration and the charity Save the Children said between 144 and 150 survivors arrived at Reggio Calabria, on Italy's southern tip, on Tuesday morning.
"There were 400 victims in this shipwreck, which occurred 24 hours after (their vessel) left the Libyan coast," Save the Children said in a statement, citing survivors.
Eurogate warns of ULCS gridlock at Hamburg and Bremerhaven ports
Container lines will face increasing bottlenecks in Germany's main ports, Hamburg and Bremerhaven, as they upgrade Asian and European services to ultra-large containerships (ULCSs) of 19,000 to 20,000 teu.
Further delays to the ports' channel deepening projects will prevent improvement to the operating conditions of the largest boxships in the two ports, perhaps for several years, warned the country's largest terminal operator, Eurogate, at a press conference in Bremen on 14 April.
Bidirectional traffic constraints for big ships on the river Elbe will create delays to sailing and arrival times in Hamburg for which carriers will have to build additional buffer times into their schedules, Eurogate's co-chairman, Emanuel Schiffer, said.
Furthermore, load factors for the largest containerships will continue to be limited at Bremerhaven and Hamburg as maximum permissible drafts can be raised only to 13.9 m after the planned deepenings of the Elbe and Weser are completed. This is because ship size developments have outstripped all expectations since planning commenced for the river deepenings over a decade ago.
Eurogate itself expects significant productivity losses at its Hamburg terminal due to equipment downtimes as ULCS calls become more frequent. Schiffer explained that during every arrival and departure of a 19,000 teu vessel in Hamburg's Waltershof port area (home to HHLA's Burchardkai and Eurogate's Eurokai facility), all gantry booms must be lifted upright so ships get enough air clearance and manoeuvring space.
"This costs us a lot of time and a lot of money," he said. www.ihsmaritime36...
Oakland port plans Saturday hours, other steps to cut delays
Port of Oakland officials say that as cargo recovers from winter disruptions, they’re developing proposals to accelerate containerized trade flow through their five marine terminals and reduce waiting times for harbor truckers, JOC reports.
The plans include Saturday operations every week to alleviate weekday crowding inside terminals, off-terminal locations for after-hours drop-offs or pickups, electronic monitoring to measure wait times at gates, and a “gray chassis” fleet allowing harbor truckers to use any chassis at any terminal to haul cargo over the road.
All four plans could be implemented, or at least pilot-tested, within two months, the port said. www.joc.com/port-...
Coal ship queue at Australia’s Newcastle port below 30 for third week
The vessel queue at Australian Newcastle port’s three terminals for coal exports remained below 30 for the third week in a row at 29 ships this week, well below the average over the past 12 months of 36, the port authority said Tuesday.
The combined queue for the two Port Waratah Coal Services or PWCS terminals and the BHP Billiton-led Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group or NCIG terminal stood at 29 Monday, the port authority said in a report.
The queue averaged 39 ships over March, and the decline since suggests Asian demand for Newcastle’s mainly thermal coal shipments has softened.
Hapag-Lloyd on Monday, April 13, 2015, announced it has joined Shenzhen's voluntary Green Port Initiative aimed at reducing emissions from ships berthed at the city's port.
Under the agreement, Hapag-Lloyd has agreed to burn only bunkers with a sulfur content lower than 0.5 percent while its ships are docked at the Port of Shenzhen.
"By joining the Shenzhen Port Green Convention, Hapag-Lloyd has once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental and health protection on a voluntary basis that goes beyond national and international requirements, thus emphasising how important this is to our Company," said Hapag-Lloyd COO Anthony Firmin. shipandbunker.com...
UAE accuses Iran of breaching international sanctions at Khor Fakkan port
A ship insurer has warned that oil cargoes loaded ship to ship at Khor Fakkan port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may contain Iranian crude disguised as Iraqi barrels, and that it cannot insure these volumes as they are in breach of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
Insurer West of England sent a letter to its members this week stating that Iranian crude labelled as Iraqi oil was being transferred ship to ship (STS) by smugglers at the Khor Fakkan port in the UAE.
“It appears that such oil may routinely be described as being of Iraqi origin and as having been loaded on board the transferring vessel at Basra some time before the proposed STS operation,” the insurer said in a letter dated Jan. 13.
The insurer said it “cannot provide insurance to vessels which load Iranian cargo in such circumstances and cover will cease in its entirety if such cargo is loaded”.
The report comes as U.S. lawmakers, keen for Washington to take a harder line with Tehran on its nuclear program, press ahead with a plan for more sanctions on Iran. customstoday.com....
Italy rescues nearly 6,000 migrants in a single weekend
Italy’s coastguard and navy have rescued nearly 6,000 migrants since Friday, as warm weather and improving sea conditions prompted an even higher number of boats than usual to set off from north Africa.
Rescue operations are still under way and at least nine migrants have died after their boat capsized about 80 miles off the coast of Libya, according to reports on Monday morning. About 144 people were saved in that operation.
Concerns have already been raised about the logic and morality of Europe’s decision to cut back maritime rescue operations in the Mediterranean last autumn. The EU is expected to announce a review of its policies in early May.
The new arrivals bring the total number of migrants who have entered Italy to more than 15,000 since the start of the year, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which tracks the figures closely. www.theguardian.c...
Brazil’s Santos port unable to export 400,000 tonnes of soybeans and soymeal
Brazil’s Santos port has been unable to export 400,000 tonnes of soybeans and soymeal as firefighters battle a week-old blaze that has restricted truck access to much of the country’s largest export hub, soy industry association Abiove said.
That is about four days worth of typical shipments for April, which averages about 3 million tonnes for the month, Abiove General Secretary Fábio Trigueirinho said, adding that costs to hold a ship idle run roughly $25,000 a day. Santos moves a third of the country’s soybean exports.
Spread out over the seven ships required to haul 400,000 tonnes of soy, the delay could cost exporters almost $700,000.
The timing is particularly crucial as the world’s No. 2 soybean producer harvests a record crop and exporters prepare to fill orders to China, which consumes about 70 percent of the country’s output. customstoday.com....