Sri Lanka is looking at boosting China’s stake at the Colombo Port and in the process increase the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s (SLPA) ownership in the new harbours.
Currently, discussions are underway between the SLPA and the China Merchant Holdings (CHM) on getting the latter to come in as an investor for the East Terminal under construction, Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said at a media briefing held in Colombo n Friday. He explained that since the Colombo South Harbour’s revenues generated by the government amount to only 15 per cent the CHM, under the present arrangement, gets the rest of the majority stake in the terminal.
In this respect, the minister said the government was looking at increasing its stake in the South Harbour as it believes the state should have a majority share of the revenue.
The new policy of the government as per joint ventures is for the state to own 51 per cent as a result of which the East Terminal would be given out on this basis to any investor.
In a bid to turnaround the agreement already entered into with the CHM by the Rajapaksa administration, discussions are underway to work out a deal with the Chinese company. Source: The Sunday Times
Development work begins at Cuba’s container terminal in Mariel
A little more than a year after the official inauguration of the Containers Terminal in Cuba, the first projects to be approved by the food industry are underway there, local daily “Juventud Rebelde” said.
The terminal, officially operated since January 2014, is located in the Special Economic Development Zone of Mariel (ZEDM), some 45 km to the west of Havana.
A port terminal in the Mariel mega-project is able to store up to 800,000 20-foot containers per year and receive Post-Panamax vessels.
Idalmis Gonzalez, a spokesperson for ZEDM, said a space for storing 10,000 square meters of dry cargo and 5,000 cubic meters of refrigerated cargo has been completed.
Gonzalez said that another priority was the rail network, with the construction of 21-km railway lines and the renovation of almost 60-km others planned to facilitate the transportation of goods and workers.
The first business center in the ZEDM is also under construction. Source: Shanghai Daily
In an attempt to ease congestion caused by lorries that deliver and collect cargo from the city sea ports, the State government is planning to create a container terminal in Ennore.
Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority will develop the terminal on a vacant piece of land where Tamil Nadu Housing Board once had its cellular concrete plant, official sources said.
Though there are 37 container freight stations around the city fringes, the container lorry drivers park their vehicles along roads leading to Chennai Port, resulting in traffic pile ups. Lorries use only the service lane of Ennore High Road, but in the event of even a minor accident, motorists suffer, said S. Purushothaman, a government employee and an Ennore resident.
The last cruise ship of the season has been turned away from Port of Tauranga today, May 24 due to high winds. The luxury liner Oceania's Insignia was scheduled to arrive at 8am today, before departing at 6pm the same day. The cruise ship can carry 684 passenger and 400 staff.
A Port of Tauranga Spokesperson confirmed the cruise ship was turned away due to high winds. He says it has not been rescheduled to berth at Mount Maunganui after being turned away.
On its arrival, the Insignia would have been the 79th and final cruise ship out of a scheduled 83 since last October – an itinerary that was readjusted due to weather conditions, which has brought ship numbers down 1.6 per cent on the 2013/14 season.
A severe weather watch is currently in place for Western Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.
28 workers evacuated from burning oil platform off Louisiana
A fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caused the emergency evacuation of 28 personnel on Friday.
All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform onto a nearby supply vessel and then to the shore. No one was hurt, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).
The incident, in shallow waters near Breton Island, 20 miles offshore New Orleans, Louisiana, was on a rig owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co, based in Houston.
Fire crews were fighting the blaze into Friday evening.
The well was shut and production closed down.
After initially estimating a possible release quantity of 4,000 barrels of oil into the water, the USCG scaled back its number to 130 barrels while also reporting from aerial observation that there was a visible 1.4 nautical mile “rainbow sheen” on the water.
A spokesman for Texas Petroleum Investment said the platform can produce up to 2,200 barrels per day of crude oil from up to 60 wells. That’s relatively modest by industry standards.
It was unclear what caused the incident, which happened in waters overseen by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources because of its relative proximity to the shore. splash247.com/28-...
Vancouver’s economy could suffer a $1.2-billion blow in the case of a major oil spill caused by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, concludes a new report released by the city.
The report, conducted by the University of B.C.’s Fisheries Economics Research Unit, examined the potential economic costs of a 16-million litre spill in Burrard Inlet, the body of water bordering to the city that is busy with industrial use, cruise ships and float planes.
Researchers looked at the performance of five ocean-dependent activities closely linked to the marine environment, including commercial fishing, port activities, inner harbour transportation, tourism and recreation.
The report found these activities directly employ four per cent of the city’s population and contribute more than $3 billion in gross domestic product to Vancouver’s economy every year. A spill could cost these industries hundreds of millions of dollars, it said. globalnews.ca/new...
Woman chains herself to Shell support ship near to Seattle
Seattle: A woman protested against Shell’s planned Arctic drilling campaign on Friday by chaining herself to one of the company’s support ships near to Seattle. The action showed that while the big-ticket appeal of last weekend’s “Shell no” events in the city’s harbour may have passed, the spirit behind the “Festival of Resistance” continues. The woman latched on to the Arctic Challenger while it was anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle. A police spokesman said that officers talked to the ship, the port and the woman and won’t be trying to remove her.
Sogester of Angola to manage cargo terminals at the port of Namibe
Sociedade Gestora de Terminais (Sogester) of Angola will invest more than US$21 million in buying machinery and cargo trucks for the port of Namibe, in the south of Angola, according to the legal director of the company. Alexandre Bala Toto said Sogester would manage the cargo terminals of public company Porto de Namibe, under a partnership with two foreign companies, one from the United Arab Emirates and one from Denmark. The company’s plans for the cargo terminals involve refurbishment of infrastructure and the introduction of management methods to achieve cost reductions and a better use of available resources. Bala Toto, who spoke after a session to sign an investment contract with the National Agency for Private Investment (ANIP), said the port of Namibe operated shifts that are unusual in the current management of port companies, because work was carried out between 7 am and 3 pm, which led to almost zero productivity. Sogester also found the port had defective machines and conducted four moves per ship per hour, as well as the fact that, in terms of safety, everyone had access the port facilities.Sogester is the result of a partnership between Danish company APM Terminal, of the Maersk group and Angolan company Gestão de Fundos, which since 2007 has had the concession on container Terminal II of the port of Luanda. ANIP is the government body responsible for implementing the national policy on private investment, its promotion, coordination and supervision, created in 2003 and is stipulated by the Private Investment Law that all private contracts with monetary amounts exceeding US$1 million are under its jurisdiction.The investment contract with Sogester was the highest of a group of nine involving over US$34 million in the sectors of trade, services and industry in the provinces of Luanda, Bengo and Benguela (Lobito).On the occasion, the president of ANIP, Maria Luisa Abrantes said that in the first quarter of 2015 investment agreements had been signed totalling US$800 million, a figure that increased to US$1.1 billion by last Friday, 15 May. source : macauhub/AO
South Korea's Mokpo New Port seeking terminal operator
As South Korea's Mokpo New Port opens a new car carrier terminal in June, the port will be choosing a terminal operator through a competitive bidding process.
In a press statement, Mokpo regional maritime affairs and fisheries office said: "In the land area of 96,000m², the terminal will have a 30,000-tonne ship berth with a quay length of 240 m. The chosen operator will sign on a five-year contract worth an estimated KRW427 million (USD290,954) of annual rental."
Local major logistics companies such as CJ Korea Express, Daehan Logistics, Dongbu Logistics, Sebang, and Sun Kwang took part in a pre-bid meeting on 13 May.
The office concluded that the port would consistently support improvement of the terminal by adding yards with an aim of handling 1 million vehicles per year.
All applications must be submitted by 17 June. www.ihsmaritime36...
Kalmar to deliver turnkey heightening of three ship-to-shore cranes for DP World Antwerp
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. The order was signed into Cargotec's first quarter of 2015 order intake, with the completion of the project scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2016, the company said in its press release.