Syrian war helps Beirut port boost Lebanon economy
At the Port of Beirut, three trucks hauling yellow and orange containers wait for cranes to load their cargo onto a Liberian-flagged ship recently arrived from the Saudi port of Jeddah and headed for Greece.
About 2,200 such vehicles enter the port daily, twice the number at the start of the year, and the multicolored containers are stacked up five high rather than three. While Lebanon’s growth has suffered during the 2 1/2 year conflict next door in Syria, port traffic has risen as traders avoid risky overland transit. Domestic demand also is increasing as Lebanon absorbs 1.2 million Syrians fleeing their war-torn country.
“Compared to the many negatives of what’s happening in Syria and the impact on the Lebanese economy, the increase in port activity is one of the positive consequences,” said Jihad Azour, a former Lebanese finance minister who’s now vice president of advisory firm Booz & Co. in Beirut.
The port, which services carriers including AP Moeller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest container line, Mediterranean Shipping Co SA and CMA CGM SA, saw a 24 percent jump in revenue during the first six months of this year from 2012, according to its website.International Port Management, the group overseeing the company running the terminal, will complete an expansion by November, lifting capacity by as much as 60 percent.
“The port is severely congested,” Chairman Ammar Kanaan said in an interview in Beirut. “It’s like placing 20 people in a car that fits five.” More at www.yalibnan.com/...
Maersk Line and its sister company Seago Line are to cease acceptance to and from Iceland as of 1 October.
The Danish A.P. Moller-Maersk group’s carriers so far offered connections to Reykjavik through slots on Eimskip’s and Samskip’s respective North Europe to Iceland services.
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Royal Caribbean International is dropping Marseille as a turnaround port next year.
Liberty of the Seas, based in Barcelona, will continue to call at the southern French port on Western Mediterranean itineraries for 17 transit stops in 2014.
The cruise line said it will carry on working closely with Marseille port authorities but based its decision on not wishing to ‘compromise on quality’ as well as avoiding a price war for ex-Marseille cruises.
New Santos Terminal Portuário BTP receives first container ship
The MSC Challenger on the Gulf Service became the first container ship to call Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), the newest terminal at the Port of Santos, when it berthed August 14 th and the 5,700 TEU MSC Adriatic on the Ipanema service called the following day with 535 moves handled for load and discharge, said in the APM Terminals's press release.
China’s largest inland logistics port project, Chongqing Guoyuan Port, has started trial operation.
The RMB10bn project has a designed annual handing capacity of 30m tons. Currently it has put four berths into operation with another 12 berths starting operation by the end of this year.
According to Chongqing port, currently it is building a railway which will connect Guoyuan port to the Chongqing-Europe railway by 2014, and it will become an important gateway port on the Yangtze River to Europe and the largest inland intermodal port in China. [SinoShipNews 26/08/13]
World's oldest clipper ship to be transported to Australia
Final plans are being made to transport the world's oldest clipper ship to Australia from a yard in Ayrshire.
The City of Adelaide, which was built in 1864, had been salvaged to the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine after sinking in the Clyde.
However the museum could not afford to refurbish the vessel and had applied to demolish it.
The Scottish government accepted a recommendation that the ship should be relocated to South Australia.
Its journey should begin in early September. www.bbc.co.uk/new...
Effective last week, Maersk Line has merged two of its South East Asia feeders, the Straits – Sihanoukville loop and the Straits – Penang loop, into a single butterfly service.
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Carnival makes Shanghai home port of Sapphire Princess in 2014
Carnival announced that the company is to introduce its Princess Cruises brand to China next year, taking China’s biggest cruise port, Shanghai, as the home port of Sapphire Princess. The new roundtrip cruise voyage is to launch next May which will bring a brand-new premium cruise service to Chinese consumers. “We’re excited to bring a new premium cruise travel experience to China’s shores,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. “Though we have carried thousands of Chinese travelers on our ships over many years, we think the time is right for a premium cruise experience that offers a new type of vacation experience for the Chinese passengers.” [22/08/13]
Following the operation of the 250,000 dwt class channel at Fujian Meizhouwan, the port is planning to build a 400,000 dwt class facility, possibly ushering in the Valemax era into China finally.
Meizhouwan port plans to build fifteen 50,000-400,000 dwt class dry bulk berths to achieve a total handling capacity of 117m tons. [23/08/13]
Port of Long Beach eliminates 81% of diesel air pollution since 2005
The Port of Long Beach has cut diesel particulates by 81 percent since 2005. The results for 2012 mark six straight years of improving air quality in the harbor area thanks to the Port's focused efforts to reduce air pollution caused by goods movement. See the Emissions Inventory Fact Card, said in the company's press release.
The reasons for air quality improvements include bigger ships carrying cargo more efficiently, newer ships with cleaner engines, the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for full implementation of the Clean Trucks Program, increasing use of shore power, and a new low-sulfur fuel rule for ships that started in August 2012.
Compared to 2005 emissions levels, all of the key air pollutants from port-related sources were reduced in 2012. In addition to the drop in diesel emissions, smog-forming nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides have been cut 54 percent and 88 percent respectively. Greenhouse gases were lowered by 24 percent. The reduction in pollutants far outpaced a 10 percent decline in containerized cargo activity in the same period.