Shipping companies at ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles stop crews from unloading at night
A labor dispute between terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their workers took another turn Tuesday, with operators being ordered to completely stop loading and unloading ships at night, starting Tuesday night.
The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies operating West Coast port terminals, said their members will not be assigning any vessel gangs or crews to move cargo off of and onto ships at night, to focus on reducing an ever-expanding pile of cargo containers they contend is the result of an intentional work slowdown tactic by the dockworkers union.
Crane operators who would normally work with the vessel gangs will instead be moving containers out of the shipping yards and onto trucks, which will take the goods to their destination, PMA officials said.
“It’s designed to get containers that have been stranded moving,” PMA spokesman Steve Getzug said.
Daytime vessel gangs, and some night workers on the yard and at the gates, would not be affected by PMA’s order, he added. www.presstelegram...
VPT inner harbour to handle Panamax vessels by March
From March this year, Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) will be able to handle Panamax vessels with an average capacity of 90,000 DWT (deadweight tonnes) even in its inner harbour once dredging operations are completed, VPT chairman MT Krishna Babu said. The major port’s inner harbour currently has a capacity to handle only Handymax vessels.
Over 700 Dhaka-bound containers have been remained stranded for last several days at the yards of Chittagong Seaport due to slow delivery in the backdrop of indefinite blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
However, the port authority has claimed that the container handling activities are not being hampered at the port due to piles of stranded containers at the yards. The container delivery service is normal in Chittagong city and it’s adjoining districts.
An official said, “We are sending containers to Dhaka at night as result there is no case of piling”.
According sources, the port always has a capacity to handle 22/24 thousand TEUs of containers. There are currently 26,443 TEUs containers at the port, of which most are goods laden containers.
Meanwhile, a large number of containers with export cargoes have remained stuck up at private container depots, causing a serious uncertainty over shipments.
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Dredgers from the fleet of Boskalis Westminster have completed a program of capital dredging to deepen and widen the approach channel linking international shipping lanes to the ABP Port of Southampton, UK.
The £40m dredging project's scope of works included widening at Marchwood to improve navigation safety for vessels accessing the container terminal. The channel was widened by 30m at the existing maintained dredge level of -12.6m CD over a length of about 0.9 km
Improvement of the port main access channel included widening of the channel from the existing maintained dredge level of -12.6m CD to -13.6m CD over a length of about 5.4 km between Dock Head and Fawley and between Hook and Hamble Spit, in order to allow crossing of vessels and improve traffic management and safety, in a phased dredge programme.
Outer channel deepening improved the tidal window for accessing the port, with the Thorn channel deepened from -12.6m CD to -13.8m CD, and the Nab channel deepened from -13.3m CD to -14.8m CD.
The work ensures ships with a draught of up to 15.5m – the biggest container vessels currently in service – will be able to access the Port’s container terminal.
The dredging is the final piece of the project to enhance capability at the container terminal that is operated by DP World. The SCT 5 berth has a 500m deepwater quay and is purpose built to cater for the largest ships in the world. As well as deepwater access, it is also equipped with the latest cranes, capable of reaching across vessels 24 containers wide.
Shanghai port takes again crown as busiest container port with 35.29m teu in 2014
China’s Shanghai has taken the crown as the world’s busiest container port for the fifth consecutive year as the port authority announced a 2014 throughput of 35.29m teu. Last year’s box volumes rose 4.5% compared to 33.77m teu recorded in 2013, according to data from Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG).
APM Terminals equipment investments continue at Algeciras
APM Terminals placed an order for 12 new advanced Rubber-Tire Gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of an ongoing program of upgrading and expanding container handling capabilities and capacities throughout the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network. Twelve of the high-performance RTGs are scheduled for delivery to APM Terminals Algeciras, in Spain.The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tons, and the ability to maneuver containers into stacks five containers high.
APM Terminals Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Western Mediterranean market, has recently completed upgrading cranes and quay infrastructure to accommodate Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) of 18,000+ TEU capacity, some of which now call the terminal weekly. In addition to heightening four existing cranes in 2014, four new Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes were delivered last May. The Port of Algeciras, located at the Gibraltar Strait, is the largest in Spain, having surpassed Valencia in 2013, and is the 28th busiest globally. APM Terminals Algeciras was ranked fifth among European container terminals for the first half of 2014 by the JOC Group Productivity Study, with 81 crane moves per hour with a vessel alongside.
Transit delays at Kiel-Canal continue - 14 hrs waiting time at Kiel-Holtenau
Vessels wishing to transit the Kiel Canal continue to face delays, with current waiting times of 14 hours at Kiel-Holtenau and 4 hrs at Brunsbuttel for ships with LOA over 125m and/or draft greater than 6,50m. (According to WSA Authority Jan. 13 at 08.00 hrs)
The Italian Coast Guard ruling banning cruise ships over 96,000 tons from sailing through Venice’s signature channel has apparently been lifted, according to Italian media reports.
The degree banned big ships from sailing through the Guidecca channel.
The lifting of the ban may not affect traffic this year, as itineraries and deployment are already planned, but could play a factor starting in 2016.
Due to adverse weather conditions, vessels wishing to transit the Kiel Canal are facing waiting times of about 12 hours at Kiel-Holtenau and about 12 hours at Brunsbuttel - according to WSA Jan. 12, 2015 at 08.00 hrs).