Container Traffic of Port of Busan Dropping at a Rapid Pace
It has been found that the container traffic of the Port of Busan is being affected by international shipping companies’ course rearrangement ahead of the launch of new shipping alliances scheduled for next year.
The Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries of South Korea announced on May 25 that the Port of Busan’s container traffic totaled 1.583 million TEUs last month, down 5.2% from a year ago, while the combined container traffic of all South Korean ports fell 2.5% to 2.148 million TEUs. During the same period, the 10 largest ports in the world recorded an average decline of 0.9% in container traffic. The amount increased by 7.4% for the Port of Guangzhou, 3.9% for the Port of Qingdao and 0.7% for the Port of Shanghai.
This can be attributed to a rapid decline in transshipment via Busan by shipping companies associated with the Ocean Alliance, which is a partnership led by China and France and slated to be launched next year. Last month, the transshipment via Busan to Europe dropped by no less than 34.3% or 16,000 TEUs with CMA-CGM, a French shipping company constituting the Ocean Alliance, altering its transshipment route. It is said that more than 90% of the decrement is attributable to its route adjustment. www.hellenicshipp...
New Panama Canal set to open - handover of the completed project on May 31
The Spanish-led consortium working on the expansion of the Panama Canal is planning to hand over the completed project on May 31, after suffering major delays and cost overruns.
But the Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) consortium, which is headed by Spanish company Sacyr, still does not now how much money it will receive for what it terms “the biggest engineering project in the world.”
That is because a legal battle is still underway to decide the price of the construction work. Depending on what a Miami arbitration court decides, the project could mean losses for the builders.
Consortium leaders told a group of Spanish journalists in Panama that “it is going to be very difficult for this project to make money.”
The expansion of the century-old waterway was awarded to GUPC in 2009. The project had an initial budget of $3.2 billion (around €2.85 billion), but Sacyr says that the costs have spiked to €5.58 billion, triggering company demands for more money from Panama Canal authorities.
BC Ferries adds more sailings in June on its three busiest routes
In response to significantly increasing traffic levels, BC Ferries is maximizing the number of sailings available during busy periods for the month of June on its’ three busiest routes. On the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route, 46 additional sailings have been scheduled during the month of June. These extra sailings are scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays, and during the last week of June. Also, starting on June 21, the sailing schedule on the Langdale route will be adjusted for the summer to allow BC Ferries to better meet the increased demand in traffic, the ferry operator said Wednesday in a press release.
Service between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay has been further increased by adding 32 more sailings during June on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays.
Eleven additional trips have also been added to the schedule on the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay route on Thursdays and Fridays during the month of June.
Lisbon dockers’ strike costing industry €100,000 a day
That is despite the fact that shipping companies have been able to divert some cargoes through other of the country’s ports, she explained.
“So far as the reduction in the turnover of [shipping] operators at the port of Lisbon goes, the estimate that has been put forward is of 300,000 euros a day,” Vitorino said in a break from a conference in Lisbon. “However, we have done the sums at the national level, with the transfer of cargo and increase in costs of other ports and, considering some of the direct losses for companies that use the ports, we have reached the conclusion that the loss at the national level is at least 100,000 euros.”
Arguing that the strike – which, she noted, forms part of a conflict that has been going on for four years – brings into question the “sustainability of the port of Lisbon” and “affects the national economy”, the minister said that “all right is never on one side but there are limits that cannot be overstepped.”
The new board of the state-owned company that runs the port, she said, has been tasked with restoring its viability by all legal means.
The striking dockers gathered in the port on Tuesday as police officers moved in to facilitate the withdrawal by shipping operators of containers trapped in the facility for about a month, since the current strike started.
The president of the Dockworkers’ Union described the announcement by the port company of mass redundancies and the presence of police officers as “psychological terrorism” and an “attack on the rule of law”.
The redundancy announcement came after the union on Friday rejected a fresh proposal for a new collective employment contract for the dockers.
Source: Portugal News
Nearly two dozen oil tankers backed up at southern French port due to strike
Nearly two dozen vessels were queued outside the French oil import terminal in Fos, southern France on Thursday, May 26, 2016, held up by a strike organised by the hardline CGT and FO unions over planned labour reforms. A spokeswoman for the port of Marseille told Reuters that yesterday 29 oil, LNG and chemicals vessels were waiting between the wharf and harbour on Wednesday. This morning, 21 vessels including 12 carrying oil, LNG or chemicals, were waiting. During normal busy operations, about 5 vessels would be waiting, the port authority said.
CGT port workers and dockers joined the nationwide rolling strike on Thursday and Friday. The stoppages hitting the power, fuel and transport sectors is aimed at forcing the government to withdraw the planned labour reform bill. CGT oil refinery and oil depot workers at Fos-Lavera have been on strike since Monday and have blocked oil terminals, preventing some fuel deliveries and leading to shortages. The terminals supply PetroIneos Lavera, Total’s La Mede and Exxon’s Fos refineries on the southern coast. Source: Reuters
PD Ports set to launch newly constructed £35m quay at Teesport
PD Ports is set to announce that its 550m deep water quay at Teesport is open for business following a £35m redevelopment.
The ports and logistics company now owns and operates some of the deepest general cargo berths in the UK. Number One Quay is being officially unveiled at Breakbulk Europe later this week.
The investment has created the capability to accommodate two fully laden 235m long panamax vessels simultaneously in water 14.5m deep. One major advantage of this is the ability to take bigger vessels – both for import and export – therefore driving down freight costs for customers.
The quay design also has the capacity to further deepen the berth pockets in the future as customer requirements dictate, and rail links to the quay edge and substantial warehousing on site have been maintained. www.hellenicshipp...
Police help Lisbon port move cargo amid dock workers’ strike
Riot police have held back striking Lisbon dock workers while port operators remove ship containers stranded for several weeks by the walkout over pay and labor rights.
Dozens of striking stevedores gathered outside gates at Lisbon’s port Tuesday and shouted at what they said were strike-breakers helping to load the containers on trucks.
The dock workers and shipping companies operating at the port failed to break the deadlock in their latest talks on Friday, and seven companies said would begin lay-offs to compensate for lost income. The companies say they have lost around 10 million euros ($11 million) so far due to the strike.
The Stevedores’ Union is demanding greater job security and automatic promotions every three years, as well as higher pay. Union leaders said the strike would continue.
AAL Delivers ‘Mobile’ Grain Shiploader To Port Metro Vancouver
Leading multipurpose heavy lift operator AAL has completed a series of shipments to Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) of an innovative ‘mobile’ grain shiploader to be installed at the Port’s Pacific Terminal run by Canada’s largest grain handler Viterra. The largest component was over 66m long and weighed 250mt and, once assembled and operational, will increase the Terminal’s shipping capacity and allow for the loading of post-Panamax sized vessels. The shiploader was transported from China along AAL’s Pacific Service between Asia and North America and aboard its 31,000 dwt A-Class vessel, the AAL Singapore. Responsible for logistics and planning was Ontario-based Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd. (CLP), appointed by bulk material systems expert EMS-TECH who designed and commissioned the shiploader.
Port of Seattle wants to ready Terminal 5 for big ships
A glimpse of the future of the marine cargo business came in February, when the Benjamin Franklin arrived in Elliott Bay.
The largest cargo ship ever in Puget Sound called at Terminal 18 on Harbor Island, which can hold two mega ships.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance wants to be able to dock two more at Terminal 5.
On Monday, the Port of Seattle released a draft environmental impact statement for the modernization project, and opened about a month’s worth of public comment.
Creighton said modernizing Terminal 5, at a cost of roughly $200 million, is crucial to keep up with an industry trending toward fewer, bigger ships.
“It’s a constant arms race in the industry,” Creighton told KIRO 7.
The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma now collaborate, as Puget Sound ports face increasing competition from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and even the East Coast, as a wider Panama Canal means bigger ships will be able to go there directly.
The port proposes dredging by Terminal 5, strengthening the pier and upgrading the power to handle larger cranes.
The port does not yet have a contract with a company to run the terminal.
Work has begun in Cuxhaven on the construction of a new €36 million handling terminal on the Elbe which officials have said is part of “urgently needed” business expansion at the German port.
For completion in 2017 the new facility will ease pressure on the adjacent multi-purpose Cuxport terminal and its three berths which officials said have been operating at full capacity for years. Construction has been made possible by a deal in February between port operator Cuxport and NPorts (Niedersachsen Ports) and all of the cost is being put up by the German state of Lower Saxony.
The new terminal, due to be completed in just 21 months, will be of 85,000 m2 and boast a new Berth 4 - 240m long on deep Elbe water and be capable of handling ships drawing 14.5m. Like its neighbour it will be multi-purpose and handle a wide range of commodities.
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