When it comes to exploiting the coming boom in ship-breaking, the UAE is in the right place at the right time, according to Bob Hawke, the managing director of the Abu Dhabi-based marine contractors Khamis Al Rumaithy. Khamis Al Rumaithy envisions a facility that will be fully compliant with all the ecological requirements for a "green" recycling process. "We are looking at a number of coastal free zone sites," said Mr Hawke. "What we need is water depth to build a quay and a large adjoining onshore site where we can remove and then break down the engines and separate any hazardous material for later removal. That leaves the hull still intact for fast breaking.
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Sydney's White Bay cruise terminal welcomes with P&O’s Pacific Pearl first ship
Sydney’s controversial $57 million White Bay Cruise Terminal received its first cruise vessel on April 15, 2013 with P&O’s Pacific Pearl docking with 2,000 passengers aboard. New South Wales Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said the arrival was a milestone, that could give “unprecedented growth” for the industry. “Its vast arrivals and departures hall is designed to cater for 2,400 passengers at a time," he explained. Mr Gay added that the terminal access road would minimise traffic disruption on roads around Balmain and Rozelle, a win for locals. "The public will also have pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront adjacent to the terminal when there are no ship activities,” he said.
"That's the first time in 45 years the public has been able to access this waterfront."
HIT strike talks fail to reach agreement - strike on 15th day - 120,000 TEU stacked up
The striking workers at HIT had the first round of talks with contractors and the port operator on Apr. 10; however, the relevant parties have failed to reach any consensus.
Representatives from two contractors, Everbest Port Services and the Global Stevedoring Service Company attended the meeting which only lasted three hours.
"We've only talked about the work conditions. We haven't even had a chance to discuss the salary," Union of Hong Kong Dockers representative Wong Shiu-cheung said to the public after the meeting. The spokesperson for Everbest Port Services said the company was trying its best to solve this problem quickly. The Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics estimates 120,000 teu have stacked up during the strike, which is now in its 15th day.[11/04/13]
Panama wants PSA to double size of its container terminal at Balboa
Panamanian authorities are in touch with Singapore’s PSA International to significantly expand its terminal on the west coast of the Central American country. With the canal’s expansion to allow post-panamax ships to sail through now more than 50% complete, the Panama Canal Authority is aware of a possible capacity crunch on its west coast where Hutchison Port Holdings operates at Balboa, and PSA-Panama has been operating from just across the waterway since the middle of 2011. On the Pacific side Panama has around 5m teu in port capacity, it is trying to position its terminals as transshipment hubs for the Americas.
Hong Kong Port Strike Continues on 12th Day - Container traffic diverted
A strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in the Port of Hong Kong has entered a 12th day, with no negotiations planned to resolve the dispute, BBC reports. Dockworkers and crane operators are requesting a pay increase of nearly 20 percent to keep up with inflation over the past decade. The port operator, Hongkong International Terminals, has distanced itself from the dispute, saying that it does not directly hire the workers and therefore cannot negotiate with them. Meanwhile, large volumes of container traffic are being diverted away from the world’s third-busiest container port as ships face delays of up to 60 hours for unloading. More and Source: www.joc.com/port-...
DP World completes the largest dredging programme at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in 10 years
DP World announced that it has successfully completed the largest dredging programme at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in 10 years, allow ing the port to handle more big vessels at the same time by deepening the draught, said in the company's press release.
The dredging added to the expansion work currently underway, adding 1 million TEU of new capacity to Container Terminal 2 later this year and another 4 million TEU capacity Container Terminal 3 by 2014, once completed, will enable Jebel Ali Port to handle up to 10 of the next generation 18,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) mega vessels at the same time – the only port in the region able to do so. In total, 477,000 cubic metres of soil ha ve been dredged from 2900 metr e s of quay wall at the roll - on roll - off (roro) vehicle carrier terminal, the tanker terminal and three container berths.
The dredging deepened the draught of the roro and tanker berths from - 10.5 to - 11.5 metres while container berths 14, 16 and 17 were extended from - 14 to - 16 metres.
Vale obtains operating permit for Pier IV in the Ponta da Madeira maritime terminal
Vale informs that it has been granted the operational license (LO) of Pier IV in the Ponta da Madeira (PDM) maritime terminal in the state of Maranhão, Brazil, issued by the state environmental authority (SEMA). The LO encompasses the onshore and offshore parts of Pier IV, said in the company's press release.
The onshore part comprises two car dumpers, two stockyards, one stacker, two reclaimers and conveyor belts. The offshore part contains the South berth of Pier IV, an access bridge (1.6 km), a ship loader with the respective loading line (16,000 tons per hour), environmental monitoring system, a tugboat pier and other equipment.
Sydney ports hinder Celebrity operations due to lack of infrastucture
The lack of cruise ship berths in Sydney hampered the creation of Celebrity Century's Australian cruise program with the deployment described as "sub optimal" by senior executives. Royal Caribbean yesterday (April 8, 2013) announced that Century will operate alongside Celebrity Solstice in Australia in 2014/15, with the number of cruises rising 50% from the 2013/14 season. Celebrity regional vice president and managing director Gavin Smith used the announcement to again press government authorities to address the lack of infrastructure at Sydney Harbour. More to read at www.travelweekly....
Miami-Cuba seaborne shipping stops after big start
The freight service was launched in July by International Port Corp. to significant fanfare. It was the first direct maritime shipment of humanitarian goods between Miami and Havana since the U.S. economic embargo began against Fidel Castro's communist government five decades ago. Less than a year later, however, the service has ground to a halt, The Associated Press has learned. The ship had mechanical problems, the International Port Corp. was sued for allegedly not paying its bills and the Cuban government's package delivery company provided slow service.
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Shipping connectivity between Oman and the Far East is set to be significantly enhanced with the launch of a new container service by Japanese shipping giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to and from Port of Sohar on April 9, 2013. MOL-owned containership MOL Tyne arrives at Sohar Port’s Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) on a maiden port call as part of its newly unveiled China — Middle East Express (CMX) service. The service, which provides fast connectivity between Oman and the Far East, has been launched in partnership with American President Lines (APL). More at www.omanet.om/eng...