IJM Corporation, the operator of Kuantan Port, will invest around RM2bn to build a terminal capable of handling ships of up to 200,000 dwt. The terminal will start construction early next year and take two years to complete at which point Kuantan’s handling capacity will stand at 52m tons.
The expansion of Kuantan Port is part of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), in which Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group will invest more than RM7bn directly or via joint ventures with Malaysian companies. [SeaShip News 03/07/13]
European Commission Approves EUR 114 Million Aid for Extension of Piraeus Port
The European Commission has found a €113.9 million Greek support for an infrastructure project of €120 million at the Port of Piraeus to be in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the project will further the objectives of EU transport policy and cohesion without unduly distorting competition in the internal market.
In September 2012 Greece notified plans to support an investment project by OLP, the port authority, to extend existing infrastructure for cruise ships at the Port of Piraeus by 2 docking stations. The project is co-financed with €96.9 million from EU Structural Funds. More at www.seanews.com.t...
Jebel Ali Terminal 2 opens, ready to accommodate 18,000 TEU ships
JEBEL ALI Port extension of its Terminal 2 (T2) quay wall extension foundation has been officially opened, allowing for an additional capacity of one million TEU and the simultaneous handling of six next-generation 18,000 TEU. Its inaugural opening was marked by the arrival of the 14,000-TEU MSC La Spezia on June 4, 2013 to the expanded terminal which now boasts a quay of 3,000 metres from original 400 metres.
TCV’s fourth Super Post Panamax crane arrives at the Port of Valencia
TCV Stevedoring Company, a Grup TCB company managing the transport of goods at the Levante and Llovera docks in the Port of Valencia, has received its fourth Super Post Panamax crane for operating large vessels up to 22 containers wide, said in the company's press release. Developed by Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery (ZMPC), the acquired gantry crane weighs 1,600 tonnes, is capable of lifting 65 tonnes and is 44 metres high under the spreader. Its speed is 180 metres per minute hoisting empty containers and 90 metres per minute in the case of fully loaded containers. The new crane has a reach of 62.5 metres on the sea side and 20 metres on the land side, while the distance between rails ascends to 30.48 metres.
Acquisition of the new Super Post Panamax crane forms part of an ambitious investment programme developed by TCV Stevedoring to consolidate the Valencian facilities as a point of reference for productivity and efficiency in western Mediterranean ports. Four new RTGs will be added in the coming months, allowing TCV to increase and improve its service to its customers.
Egypt Military Steps Up Suez Patrols to Secure Global Trade Link
Egypt’s military increased patrols of the Suez Canal, Mohab Mohamed Hussien Mameesh, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, is coordinating a “high-alert” military response, Tarek Hassanein, a spokesman for the organization, said by phone yesterday. The army and navy stepped up patrols of the 190-kilometer (118-mile) canal linking the Red and Mediterranean seas about a week ago, he said. While conflicts halted canal traffic in the 1950s and 1960s, a stoppage is unlikely now because the waterway is too important to Egypt’s economy, Barclays Plc analysts including Helima Croft said in an e-mailed report yesterday. The army yesterday gave Mursi two days to respond to protesters, who say the president has done too little to improve their lives since taking office a year ago. Source: Bloomberg
Vroon’s BISON EXPRESS was a tight fit in the Lyttelton dry-dock and possibly the longest vessel to have used it since it was completed in 1883. While in the dock end of June 2013 the ship was undergoing repairs to her rudder and controlable pitch propellor.
The Netherlands to finance cruise ship terminal in Cape Verde
The Netherlands plans to provide 12 million euros to fund the economic feasibility study for the Sao Vicente Cruise Ship Terminal, a project that is expected to be operation in August 2015, under the terms of a protocol signed Monday (July 1, 2013) in Praia. Signed by Cape Verde’s Foreign Relations Minister, Jorge Borges, and by the Netherlands’ ambassador to the archipelago, Pieter Jan Zwaan, the protocol stipulates that the Netherlands’ contribution will be provided through the ORIO programme, which provides donations for development projects in selected countries.
The Sao Vicente Cruise Ship Terminal is expected to cost 35 million euros, according to Minister Jorge Borges. The project is considered important as current facilities are not adequate to receive cruise ships properly. More at www.macauhub.com....
Ust-Luga Container Terminal commenced handling of Hapag-Lloyd AG vessels
Ust-Luga Container Terminal has commenced handling vessels of Hapag-Lloyd, says press center of National Container Company (incorporates ULCT). The vessels will call every Saturday to link ULCT with the largest European ports – Hamburg and Bremerhaven. The first call was made on June 28, 2013 by 1,000-TEU container carrier ANINA which delivered automobile components. The containers will be taken away from the terminal by the railway.