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434 days ago by arnekiel

Holcim plans terminal at Timaru port
Holcim New Zealand has chosen the Port of Timaru to be the site of a 30,000 tonne import terminal. A second terminal will be built at Waitemata in Auckland. The new terminals will be operational within two to three years and complement the $5 million new silo capacity project which is nearing completion at Lyttleton.

435 days ago by arnekiel

Thick ice could end shipping season early
The frigid start to December is causing concerns for the shipping industry at the Port of Green Bay. The cold temperatures means ships entering the Fox River have to plow through thick ice. And that could mean an early end to the shipping season. Port director Dean Haen says they need some help from ice breakers to get the last remaining vessels of the year into port. Haen tells WBAY-TV that shipping companies are hiring private companies to break the ice. If they can't do it, the U.S. Coast Guard steps in. And Haen says that cost is on the taxpayer. He says ship captains determine when the season closes, which could be any day now. www.620wtmj.com/n...

436 days ago by arnekiel

Shanghai's Baoshan District firms ties with Costa
Key officials from Shanghai's Baoshan District, home of the large Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, visited Costa Crociere's Genoa headquarters Friday to cement ties with the line as it expands in Asia. The delegation, led by District Mayor Fang Shizhong, called on Costa Group ceo Michael Thamm and other executives at the cruise line's Piazza Piccapietra head office. By year's end the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal will have chalked up more than 900,000 passenger movements since starting operations in 2011. Some 1.15m passenger movements are forecast in 2014.

436 days ago by arnekiel

Sharjah based Gulftainer plans global expansion
Sharjah-based Gulftainer has laid out plans to triple port throughput by 2020 to become a top six global container terminal operator. Gulftainer unveiled a new brand and vision yesterday, outlining plans to invest in a total of 35 terminals across the world, which together could handle around 18m teu. Currently, it has invested in 11 terminals with an expected 2013 throughput of 6m teu. Gulftainer, which will now go via the brand GT, aims to boost revenues by 500% by 2020. [16/12/13]

437 days ago by arnekiel

Essar Ports to develop three iron ore berths with Visakhapatnam Port Trust
Essar Ports Ltd. (Essar Ports), part of the $39 billion Essar, today announced that Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has entered into a concession agreement with Visakhapatnam Port Trust for development and operations of three iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam Port on BOT basis over a period of 30 years. These three berths (two outer harbor berths and one inner harbor berth) will have a combined capacity of 23 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA), the company said in its press release.

437 days ago by arnekiel

Kenya Port Authority orders 12 hybrid RTGs from Kalmar for Mombasa Port
Kalmar is to supply 12 of its E-One² hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) as part of a €17m order. The hybrid RTGs, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 45 tonnes, set to boost container handling capacity for use at the yard of the recently commissioned new container handling berth 19 at KPA in Mombasa. - See more at: www.portstrategy....

440 days ago by arnekiel

Cyprus: Larnaca Port privatisation dispute
Disy president Averof Neophytou and unions representing workers at the Port Authority agreed to disagree on the issue of privatisation of the semi-government organisation. Speaking after a meeting at Disy HQ in Nicosia, Neophytou explained that the government will continue to own the assets of the Port Authority but will try to find a strategic investor to manage the ports, adding that the majority of port services are already managed by the private sector. He pointed out that shipping agents, porters and dockers have been in charge of managing the ports for decades and that all three belong to the private sector. The Port Authority currently employs 280 people and the government has decided --based on the privatisation roadmap -- it will remain a public organisation responsible for the control and supervision of the management of the ports. Neophytou said that Cyprus has also chosen strategic investors to manage both the island’s airports, where quality services are offered and thousands of people are employed. The decision to find a strategic investor for Larnaca Port was made by the Clerides government despite reaction by the Papadopoulos and Christofias administrations that succeeded it. “Therefore, already one of the two ports has adopted the policy of a strategic investor, regardless of the problems that exist today to fund the project,” Neophytou said. With regards to the workers at the Port Authority, Neophytou stressed that between 80% and 90% of the staff will retire normally, while 20% will constitute the workforce a new investor will need. “I believe that since the Port Authority will maintain its supervisory role of the management of the ports of Cyprus, the staff that will be around at the time when a strategic investor is found may not be enough to carry out all the work related to the control and supervision. “Therefore, I estimate that the most likely scenario will be that there is no employment issue to handle, but even if there is, there is good will to find a solution.”

440 days ago by arnekiel

€3.6m upgrade for Swedish port of Lulea
The European Union is investing €3.6m in a series of studies for the upgrade of infrastructure at the Swedish Port of Luleå. The studies, which were selected for funding under the 2012 Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Annual Programme, will analyse certain aspects ahead of the works to double the loading capacity at the port from nine to 20m tonnes. They will also look at solutions to deepen the port and improve its maritime access, as well as other basic infrastructure such as quays and rail access. The port says modernising its facilities will boost Sweden’s export of iron ore and yield significant socio-economic benefits for the region as a whole. Source: Maritime Journal

440 days ago by arnekiel

Cargill buys minority interest in Russian seaport
Cargill Inc. is expanding its Russian business by acquiring a minority share in a deep-sea port in Novorossiysk for undisclosed terms. The port, on the Black Sea in southwestern Russia, is majority-owned by DeloPorts Ltd. Cargill has acquired 25 percent ownership plus one share of indirect interest as a way to add shipping capacity to its Russian business, which has been in operation since 1991. The Black Sea is connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas. Buying a minority interest in the port follows Cargill’s September announcement that it was building a new sunflower oil crush plant in southern Russia. “We have invested more than $900 million across our portfolio of businesses in the country, making Cargill a leading investor in the agricultural sector” of Russia, Natalia Orlova, Cargill’s country representative and head of its food business in Russia, said in a statement. Source: Star Tribune

441 days ago by arnekiel

Agreement signed for construction of coal terminal in Primorsk Territory
On December 6, within the framework of the Transport Week – 2013, FSUE Rosmorport and Port Vera LLC signed an agreement on construction of a specialized coal terminal near Otkryty Cape and Bezzashchitnaja Bay (Primorsk Territory), IAA PortNews journalist reports. The document was signed by Rosmorport Director General Andrey Tarasenko and Port Vera Director General Evgeny Diyev. The project implies the construction of a coal transshipment complex with the capacity of up to 20 mln t per year. The terminal is supposed to handle vessels with deadweight of 40,000 – 150,000 t. Coal is to be delivered to the terminal by railway.

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