China Shipping signs Zeebrugge terminal development agreement
China Shipping Group announced that it has signed an agreement with APM Terminals, the ports arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk, in Brussels on the development of Zeebrugge terminal. China’s president Xi Jinping attended the signing ceremony. China Shipping Terminal Development acquired 24% equity in Zeebrugge terminal from APM Terminals in 2013. According to the agreement, China Shipping Group and APM will negotiate the possibility to cooperate on other container terminal projects. Source : SinoshipNews
Chile Port of Iquique Still Shut Following 8.2 Quake
As the aftershocks from a massive 8.2 magnitude quake that rattled northern Chile entered a third day, basic services were still out in the port city Iquique nearest the epicenter and residents fearful of tsunamis were fleeing into the hills.
Iquique, an important port for freight travelling between Asia and South America, is shut for now. Even when ships are allowed to resume docking, it may struggle with a labor shortage, as many of its workers are holed up in Alto Hospicio, the port head told Reuters on Thursday.
Icebreaking assistance at Big Port St. Petersburg to be over from April 10, 2014
The period of icebreaking assistance of 2013-2014 winter navigation will be over within the water area of Big Port St. Petersburg and its approaches from 00:00 of April 10, 2014 according to the order of port Harbour Master Makhail.
Iquique port authority launches international expansion tender
In a bid to harbour international interest, Empresa Portuaria Iquique (EPI), Iquique’s port authority, has launched a tender for a series of expansion works to help serve the upcoming generation of new Panamax vessels expected at the Chilean port. The tender includes the construction of a third berthing facility and/or the enhancement of the current quay, requiring an investment of up to $350 million.
Ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven receive high environmental recognition
On 28 March, ESPO was delighted to congratulate the ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification. 2014.03.28 espo news pers certificate 3ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost handed over the PERS certificates to the port representative Mr Jochen Kress (Bremen/Bremerhaven). The Port Environmental Review System (PERS) is the only port sector specific environmental management standard and the flagship product of EcoPorts. The certification ceremony took place during an ESPO/EcoPorts workshop on waste reception facilities, which was hosted by the Piraeus Port Authority and which gathered more than 60 experts in the field. The ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven joined the network of PERS certificate holders in 2011 and are now successfully recertified after the positive evaluation of their application by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. Source: ESPO
The Hong Kong government plans to deepen ports in the region to prepare for and attract mega-container ships, says the Daily Shipping Times. The Transport and Housing Department is working on the schedule with other departments, but projects are not expected to commence until 2014, said Jessie Chung, Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Terminal Operators Association. Kwai Tsing Container Port (KTCP) also plans to expand and modernize its existing terminals to handle growing demand, including development of additional barge berths at three waterfront sites. Chung expects the projects to boost KTCP's capacity by 4 million 20-foot-equivalent units, equal to three or four terminals, Chung said. KTCP handled 17.1 million TEUs in 2013 and expects two per cent growth this year and next. Source: Maritime Executive
Jamaica signs deal for China-built cargo shipping hub
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 The Jamaican government has signed a preliminary agreement with one of China's leading construction companies for the development of a controversial transshipment hub off its southwest coast, Jamaica's state information service said. The framework agreement with China Harbour Engineering Co(CHEC) seeks to develop the Portland Bight Protected Area southwest of the capital, popularly called the Goat Islands, which are inhabited by insects and small reptiles and covered with wild vegetation. The area surrounding the islands serves as a breeding ground for fish and other marine species, which has led to stiff resistance to the project from local environmentalists.
Security considerations for ships transiting the Suez Canal
The USCG recently issued ‘Marine Safety Information Bulletin 04-14’ (MSI 04-14), the bulletin details a number of incidents in which threats and an alleged act of sabotage were perpetrated by Suez Canal Port Authority workers against the crews of ships which refused to provide them with cigarettes during their transit. Whilst the provision of cigarettes as a gratuity to Suez Canal workers is a well-known custom, threats and acts of sabotage are a new development. In the alleged incidents crew were threatened with harm and a fire was set onboard. To date no action has been taken in connection with these incidents due to the length of time elapsed between the alleged events and their reporting. Members should ensure that vessels transiting the canal are advised of these developments and that vigilance is maintained throughout the passage. MSI 04-14 advises a number of precautions which may be taken to help minimise the risk of such an incident occurring and provide a level of accountability for Suez Canal Port Authority workers, they include:
Logging of all employees in the gangway log with full name and ID number if possible
Take a picture of each port employee before allowing them onboard
Immediately notify the Suez Canal Port Authority though the pilot and via radio
Notify the ship’s local shipping agency to request assistance
Source: Standard Club