Australia coal ports shut on Jan. 30 as cyclone intensifies
Industrial ports have closed along Australia's Queensland coast as a cyclone strengthens offshore, bringing some of the world's largest coal shipping operations to a halt, port officials said on Thursday, Jan. 30. Tropical Cyclone Dylan has formed off the north Queensland coast and is expected to continue moving in a general southwesterly direction and to gradually intensify, before hitting land early on Friday, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. It was too early to determine how long ports will remain closed, but traders said a short interruption in shipping would have little impact on markets. At around 0300 GMT, Dylan was classified as a category one cyclone, the lowest on a one-to-five scale. The Hay Point terminal, used to ship coal mined jointly by BHP Billiton and Mitusbishi Corp, has been shuttered, along with the nearby Mackay port, a ports spokeswoman said. In addition, the Abbot Point coal terminal used by Glencore Xstrata and the Dalrymple Bay terminals are shut.
The Port of Townsville, used by Queensland Nickel to import ore and export refined nickel has cancelled all ship movements, said the port's chief executive, Ranee Crosby.
Fresh hope for Nhava Sheva as longest container vessel ever, MSC Susanna comes calling
On Monday morning, Nhava Sheva container terminal celebrated the arrival of MSC Susanna — the longest ship to call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port. The event is seen as a new beginning for the terminal, which has been facing drop in container volume for the last two years following constant labour unrest and the steep cut in terminal handling rates by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports. Operated by DP World, Dubai, the terminal — generally knows as NSICT — is the first port terminal built under the PPP model in the country. Accounted for more than one third of JN Port’s throughput till a couple of years ago, the terminal had cut volume by more than 25 per cent last fiscal following the Tariff Authority’s order to reduce rates. This got the terminal negative publicity accusing it of diverting cargo to its Gujarat port. “Handling of MSC Susanna could be a new beginning for NSICT as it would be handling larger vessels at its new 330-meter terminal under construction,” said Capt. Deepak Tiwari, head of MSC India, the agency handling the vessel Susanna. MSC Susanna is 336.66 metres long and can carry over 9,000 standard containers. JN Port had earlier handled vessels of similar capacity but this is the first time the country’s largest container port it is handling a ship of over 300 metres.
“Susanna is the longest vessel to traverse the Mumbai channel.
The Lengeh Port Authorities have announced a plan to increase the capacity of this port from current 1.5 million to 4.5 million tons per year. In order to achieve this, the dredging operations are on the agenda. Mr. Esmail Makizadeh, the Lengeh Port manager, said that with the completion of dredging program, the accommodation of the 5000-ton vessels will be possible in Lengeh. He added that the number of applications for operation of the shipping lines and investment in the port have considerably increased. Source: PMO
A shipping firm that brings in supplies from South America and Asia has decided to keep faith with Bermuda. The move by Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd comes just days after Atlantic Container Line (ACL) pulled out of the Bermuda market. Zim announced its decision on Monday and will now continue to ship in Bermuda-bound goods to New York.
From March the firm’s supplies will be transported up to Philadelphia where they will be loaded on to the Oleander and brought to the island. Howard Pitcher, VP of Commercial Operations for Container Ship Management — Zim’s local agent told the Sun: “CSM is quite happy to see Zim committing to the Island even with the added logistical problems the move to Philadelphia will add.
Port of Amsterdam announces $100M terminal expansion plans for larger vessels
The Port of Amsterdam has announced plans to invest Eur100 million over the next 10 years in terminal expansion projects to adapt to emerging shipping trends in ARA that are increasingly seeing the arrival of larger vessels with deeper draft requirements.
Speaking at the Platts European Oil Storage conference in Amsterdam, Lex De Ridder, cluster energy manager of the Port of Amsterdam said "We are going to see ship sizes grow, particularly with imports of diesel in bigger ships. We planned 6-7 years ago to deepen the draft of our port."
"We expect Aframax and Suezmax size vessels, which is more than Amsterdam can handle. We are talking with several terminals...We foresee a new lock in 2019, and new lightering port before the lock in 2018. In the next 10-12 years we expect tonnage capacity expansion of 40-50 million," he said.
Panama Canal Authority plans to expand further for megavessels like Triple-E
The Panama Canal Authority has a drawing-board plan for further expansion of the canal should ship lines start routing megavessels through the legendary passageway, the agency's deputy administrator said. Manuel E. Benitez told the SMC3 annual winter meeting last week in Atlanta that the Authority has designs in the works to build a fourth set of locks to handle vessels holding up to 18,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the largest containerships in the trades. The current $5.25 billion expansion creates a third shipping lane with new locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides. The project will also widen and deepen the existing channels. Once these expansions are completed, the canal's passages will be wide enough and deep enough to handle vessels with between 13,000 and 14,000 TEUs, well more than twice the 5,500 TEU capacity of those ships that can currently transit the waterway.
Union ordered to pay damages for strike at the port of Baltimore
A local longshoremen's union has been ordered by the federal arbitrator to pay about USD 3.8 million in damages after their three-day strike in October last year led to lost revenue at the port of Baltimore.
ICTSI takes on France's CMA as Nigeria port devt partner
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) on Monday said it has partnered with CMA Terminals of France, which is a part of the Marseille-based CMA-CGM Group. CMA Terminals is the world's third largest container shipping lines, with which ICTSI Capital BV – a unit of the Razon-led ICTSI – entered into a share purchase deal. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, ICTSI treasury director Arthur Tabuena said the deal called for ICTSI Capital to sell a 25-percent interest in Nigerian subsidiary Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise.