South Africa's RBCT confirms coal export operations resume after power outage
South Africa's 91 million mt/year Richards Bay Coal Terminal confirmed that its export coal loading operations were back up and running after a week-long power outage.
It said in a statement that power -- which had been out since January 31 due to faults in the cables feeding the uMhlatuze Municipality Hydra substation -- was restored to RBCT Saturday morning, as expected.
RBCT said it was currently running a three ship loader operation, but would return to four ship loader operations once railings had stabilized in two or three days.
"At this time trains are receiving priority and rail operations are expected to be normalized within the next 48 hours," the terminal said.
Transnet Freight Rail spokesman Mike Asefovitz told Platts Monday that the state-owned operator railed its first coal train to the terminal Saturday evening.
RBCT coal stock levels were said to be at 3.83 million mt, with 28 ships waiting to load 3.1 million mt of coal, according to the release.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Operations at Dar es Salaam port will go on uninterrupted for 24 hours every day including Saturdays and Sundays, as Ministry of Transport targets meeting Big Results Now (BRN) cargo volume by 2015.
Under BRN, Dar es Salaam port is supposed to reduce the number of days to clear containers from five days last year to three days by end 2015, as well as time taken for containers to move from the port area to inland container depots from three to two days which would increase cargo handled from the current 12 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes.
10 February 2014 Ireland’s Port of Cork Company has revealed its proposed redevelopment plans for Ringaskiddy to overcome berthing and landside capacity constraints and enable it to service larger and deeper vessels. The proposed developments under consideration form an extension to the existing facilities that the Port of Cork currently operates at Ringaskiddy and include a multi-purpose berth that will accommodate a variety of cargo vessels, a 180m extension to the existing deepwater berth, a new public slipway and an additional 200m berth which will be used for port container traffic.
“Our needs as a port of national significance have not changed,” said Denis Healy, manager engineering services, Port of Cork. “This European Policy positions the Port of Cork as a priority TEN-T Core Network port, the foundation blocks of which, will drive the Port to meet future connectivity needs and will support the development of the wider regional and national economy. This TEN-T funding is of key importance to the port.”
Mombasa receives its largest container vessel so far
Monday, 10 February 2014 | Trade in the East African region got a major boost after the the port of Mombasa received its largest container vessel so far. MV Maersk Cairo called at the port of Mombasa docking at the newly commissioned berth 19. The 249 meters long and 37.5 meters wide Wafmax commercial vessel, is the biggest ship in terms of capacity to ever dock in the East African shores. The vessel has the capacity of 4,400 TEUs. Speaking when the Kenya Ports Authority management received the port yesterday, KPA chairman Danson Mungatana said the move is a good indication of the global appreciation of the port of Mombasa.
Cyprus: Part of Port’s Authority activities to be leased
Monday, 10 February 2014 Cyprus plans to lease some of the Cyprus Ports Authority’s (CPA) commercial activities, Transport Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said on Feb. 10. “The state will remain the owner of the Ports Authority. What is under discussion is a lease agreement for a specific period to a private investor for some of the Authority`s commercial activities, if there is interest,” Mistsopoulos said.
He was speaking after a meeting with the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the government`s plans over the ports, shipping and public transport. As part of the conditions for a €10 billion financial assistance granted by the EU and the IMF, Cyprus has undertaken a privatisations plan covering the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, the Cyprus Electricity Authority and the CPA.