Port Newark Container Terminal gears up for Super Post-Panamax cranes
The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has announced the addition of three super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the terminal. These cranes will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will improve the terminal’s capacity, creating economic growth within the region. PNCT President James Pelliccio described the purchase and capability of the new cranes. “PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September,” said PNCT President James Pelliccio. “These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the U.S. trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-ton twin 20’ lifting capacity.” In addition to the cranes, PNCT currently is undergoing major improvements, including the development of additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment. PNCT has completed the upgrade of its entire fleet of container-handling equipment. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT is investing more than $500 million in its expansion before the year 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility.
The Port Authority also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by April 2015.
Two million tonnes of iron ore exported in 24 hours
For the first time, the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) has facilitated the export of more than two million tonnes of iron ore in just 24 hours. The milestone was achieved on the morning and evening tide on 28 April 2014, resulting in a total of 2,028,105 tonnes exported. As a result, the Port managed 24 vessel movements in the 24 hour period.
The morning tide saw 1,025,962 tonnes exported on five vessels, with the first outbound vessel at 06.40am.
The evening tide saw 1,002,143 tonnes sailing out on six vessels, with the last outbound vessel leaving the port at 10.15pm.
The month of April also saw a new record achieved for the largest amount of product exported on a single tide, with 1,111,109 tonnes on 6 April 2014.
Source: Port Hedland Port Authority
Strike at L.A., Long Beach ports costs millions, officials say
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | About 100 union dockworkers and clerks joined striking nonunion truck drivers to briefly shut down Long Beach Container Terminal Inc. in the Port of Long Beach as drivers escalated their battle for better wages and benefits. The brief disruption caused millions of dollars in lost revenue at the terminal, where dockworkers and others are involved in the loading and unloading of containers from ships at berth, trucking and port officials estimated. The strike represented a major effort by an estimated 100 nonunion truck drivers, about a quarter of the total number working at the Long Beach port and the Port of Los Angeles, to bring the fight for better compensation to the terminals.
It was the first time driver pickets have been placed at terminals at the ports, which together make up the largest ports complex in the United States.
China's Cosco and five other suitors express interest in Piraeus Port
China's Cosco Group and five other investors have expressed interest in a majority stake in Piraeus port (OLP), the largest in the country, Greece's privatisation agency HRADF said. Cosco Group's initial interest for a 67 percent stake in OLP, is further highlighting Chinese investors' appetite for Greek assets as the state sells off parts of its businesses to go some way to balance the bailed out country's books. Greece last month picked a Chinese-backed bid to develop a prime seaside property at the former Athens airport Hellenikon. Cosco's subsidiary, COSCO Pacific, the world's fifth largest container terminal operator, sealed a deal with Greece five years ago to run and upgrade two of the state-owned Piraeus port's piers for 35 years, aiming to turn OLP into a regional hub.
Last year it agreed to invest an extra 230 million euros to boost the port's handling capacity over seven years and in return, it would stop paying fees to OLP. HRADF said the largest U.S. terminal operator Ports America; Dutch container terminal operator APM Terminals; private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group; Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services and close-ended investment company Utilico Emerging Markets Limited had also submitted non-binding bids for OLP.
Last cruise ship of the season sails from Zayed Port
2013-2014 Cruise Season was busiest ever
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The last cruise ship of the 2013/2014 season has sailed from Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi. The MV Europa 2 left Abu Dhabi accompanied by an ADPC Marine Services tugboat which put on an impressive water display for the ship's passengers to mark the occasion.
The 2013/2014 cruise season, which runs from November to April, has been the busiest yet, with a record ten maiden calls (first time visits) and 189,709 passengers visiting Abu Dhabi on 14 ships, which made 75 calls into Zayed Port.
'Gaza's Ark' Protest Ship Sunk by Mysterious Explosion
Gaza's Ark, a "protest" boat that was preparing to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the terrorist organization Hamas, was sunk in a mysterious explosion on Tuesday, April 29. The blast occurred in Gaza City's port, and was preceded by an anonymous telephone call warning the guard of the ship that it was about to be blown up, organizers of the "protest" project told AFP. "We blame Israel because we have had very bad experiences with them in the past when they destroyed several solidarity boats," said project manager Mahfouz Kabariti.
Libya's state oil company said Monday it was lifting force majeure on the Zueitina oil terminal after an eight-month blockade, paving the way for a rebound in exports from the country's embattled oil industry.
Libyan rebels occupying eastern oil ports had agreed to reopen two terminals three weeks ago, including the 70,000 barrels-per-day Zueitina, but Zueitina's reopening was delayed because of technical problems.
In a statement on its website, Libya's National Oil Co. said Zueitina was no longer under force majeure, making it legally possible for shipments from the terminal to resume. The port is exporting oil produced by a joint venture between Libya, Austria's OMV AG and the U.S.'s Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Another terminal, the 110,000-barrel-a-day Hariga, restarted exports mid-April following an agreement between the government and rebels led by militia chief Ibrahim al-Jathran who are seeking greater autonomy for eastern Libya. Two larger ports--Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider--have yet to be reopened.
Waiting time at port of Luanda reduced to three days
Two new cranes have been installed at the port of Luanda, Angola’s most important port, which has reduced the waiting time for ships by around 80 percent to three days, said the Luanda Port Company’s commercial, safety and environmental director. Alberto António Bengue said that waiting time had fallen from 16 days in 2008 to three days last year, which compared well with the 2.5 days average wait at the container port in Durban, South Africa. “Investments in modern loading and unloading facilities, in training human resources and an additional dock,” Bengue said, adding that the port’s management company expected the number of containers handled to exceed 1 million by the end of 2014.
Hapag-Lloyd to cease its service to / from Muscat as of July 1
Based on the Omani Government’s decision pertaining to the closure of Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, we would like to inform you that Hapag-Lloyd will cease its service to/from Muscat starting July 1, 2014 and will be shifting operations from Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ), Muscat to Oman International Container Terminal (OICT), Sohar, the shipping company said in a press release.
The last vessel to call Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat is expected to be no later than June 30, 2014. There will be no further Hapag-Lloyd operations in Port Sultan Qaboos after this date. The first vessel call to Oman International Container Terminal, Sohar is expected to be during the first week of July 2014.
Container acceptance/release at Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat: all empty containers must be returned to Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat latest by July 30, 2014.