Australian State May Sell Top Coal Terminal at Newcastle
The world's biggest coal-export terminal may be put up for sale in the latest privatization of state property in Australia, and a further test of global investor appetite for infrastructure assets Down Under. Australia's New South Wales state government said Tuesday it was considering selling a 99-year lease on Newcastle Port. It hopes to fetch as much as 700 million Australian dollars (US$666 million) for the asset, which handles more than 105 million metric tons of coal annually, mostly bound for China and Japan, a person familiar with the matter said. An auction of Newcastle Port would add to a string of assets sales planned by Australia's most populous state as it attempts to plug a budget deficit and protect its AAA credit rating ahead of A$60 billion of proposed investments over four years in roads, schools and hospitals. online.wsj.com/ar...
Mina Khalifa will soon have direct link to Qingdao and Korea
Carrier trio makes further revision to Korea – Middle East service
As of 14 July, the port of Qingdao will be added to the Korea – Middle East service (#631) jointly operated by Hanjin (four vessels, ‘FMX’), CSAV (two vessels) and UASC (one vessel, ‘AGX2′).
The Hvide Sande port is now ready to receive ships and goods to and from central and western Jutland after a port expansion of 148 million Danish crowns has just been completed. The port was expanded by a new south jetty of 700 meters and an extended north pier, which together improve the service. At the same time, the water depth was increased to six meters. The West Port is now offering a quay length of 150 meters, with a capacity of up to 10 tonnes per square meters and a storage areal of over 20,000 square meters. The port is now ready to receive large quantities of bulk goods such as chips, wood, grain, feed products and project cargo such as turbine parts, larger machines and oversize cargo according to the Hvide Sande Service Group which was founded by 31 companies in Hvide Sande companies which were associated with the port expansion. The new commercial port will be officially opened on June 30, 2013, by the Transport Minister Henrik Dam Kristensen.
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Dar es Salaam is now called on weekly basis by MSC on SAF EAF service
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a revision of its weekly South Africa – East Africa service (#2265). As of this month, a new call at Dar es Salaam will be added to the service’s port rotation.
Lloyd's Maritime: Togo added to piracy risk areas list
Togo has been added to the Joint War Committee's listed areas where additional war risk premiums are charged by London underwriters, according to a bulletin published by the Lloyd's Maritime Association this week. The Joint War Committee has added Togo to the "Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism and Related Perils" list, which includes Nigeria, Benin and parts of the Gulf of Guinea, in response to attacks on ships and a growing piracy threat in the region. This follows news last week from the International Maritime Organization that West African heads of state will meet at the end of June to adopt a code to fight growing piracy in their coastal waters that would include the use of arrests, prosecutions and seizures of ships. According to data from the International Maritime Bureau published earlier in the year, there has been a growing trend for piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea including in the Togo area.
30 rescued after amphibious tourist bus sinks in Liverpool
Jun 16, 2013 - LIVERPOOL, England - A rescue operation has been carried out after an amphibious tourist bus sank with 30 people on board in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. A number of people were taken to hospital after the Yellow Duckmarine vessel went under just before 4pm today. A "multi-agency investigation" has been launched into the sinking. A rescue operation - involving police, ambulance, coastguard and the RAF - was mounted by the emergency services and 31 people were helped out of the water. Of those, 17 people were taken to The Royal Liverpool Hospital for treatment, mostly for shock, but all were well enough to be discharged. Nobody was trapped inside the vessel, the fire service said. More at www.eturbonews.co...
Port of Zeebrugge welcomes largest cruise ship ever in BENELUX
The Independence of the Seas has 15 decks and is 339 meters long and 56 meters wide. The cruise vessel brought 3.540 passengers and 1.376 crew members to Zeebrugge on June 13, 2013. With a maximum capacity of 5752 people, this is the largest cruise ship to ever visit a Belgian port, even in the Benelux, said in the company's press release.
New terminal starts trial operation at Jiangyin port
Jiangyin port in Jiangsu province has started trial operation of a new terminal which is jointly invested in by Citic Group and China National Coal Group.
Total investment on the project is RMB1.28bn. Phase one project will include two 50,000dwt berths, one 5,000dwt berth and three 1,000dwt berths. The terminal will have an annual handling capacity of 23m tons.
“This is an important breakthrough of the port logistics development of Jiangyin, and it will enhance Jiangyin port’s position as an important trade port and logistics distribution port along Yangtze River,” said a government official from Jiangyin. [13/06/13]
APM Terminals increases stake from 25% to 33% at Ningbo port
Shanghai: Ningbo Port has announced that APM Terminals, the ports arm of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, has risen its stake in its jv at Ningbo Meishan from 25% to 33%.
The jv set up by Ningbo port and APM is for operation of berths 3-5 of Meishan container terminal phase one, with a total investment in the project of RMB4.29bn.
The Chinese port said in an statement that, the stake increase is attributable to the confidence of APM in Ningbo port, which could further prompt growth in container throughput and the development of Ningbo port as the centre for Maersk Line in Northeast Asia. [14/06/13]