APM Terminals is investing $1.2bn in Lázaro Cárdenas, with up to $300m provided by the International Finance Corporation. According to Mr Martínez, it makes sense to expand Mexican port facilities, because it is significantly cheaper to move cargo from Asia to the US via Mexico. Source : portstrategy
Port infrastructure in Mexico is going to double in capacity over the next six years, according to Ricardo Martínez of the Ports and Merchant Marine. The expansion will begin at the port of Veracruz, which is investing $1.77bn, during which it will double its existing size by partially reclaiming land from the sea. A tender will be issued shortly. Finance for the project will come from the concessionaires of terminals handling containers, finished vehicles and grain, as well as from service providers. According to Mr Martínez, it makes sense to expand Mexican port facilities, because it is significantly cheaper to move cargo from Asia to the US via Mexico. Source : portstrategy
WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD to take over EstaleirosNavais de Viana do Castelo
WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD, a privately owned company,commenced its activity in May 2014, taking over the facilities of EstaleirosNavais de Viana do Castelo, SA (ENVC, SA), recently closed. Facilities include two dry docks with 200 x 30 m and 127 x 18 m, 700 m of fully equipped berths and several cranes with a lifting capacity up to 180 tons. Under the previous ownership, the shipyard has successfully built, during almost 70 years, more than 250 vessels including barges, tugboats, ferry boats, fishing vessels, general cargos, bulk carriers, container ships, oil and chemical tankers, LPG's, cement carriers and war vessels. ENVC, SA has also offered a full range of services for conversion and ship repair. The high skilled project department and production areas were very important for a good performance of this activity. Complex and diversified conversion and repair works were carried out in the yard for the most renowned companies. WestSEAVIANA SHIPYARD retained many of the professionals who worked for ENVC, SA, bringing the extensive experience, high quality levels and good collaboration with them, but now more flexible and competitive. The Yard will follow the core business of ENVC, SA, offeringshipbuilding, conversion and ship repair services for all vessel types up to dwt 40.000 and is committed to continue the excellence in its shipbuilding and repair services. WestSEA VIANA SHIPYARD is strategically located in the northern coast of Portugal, very close to the port of Leixões and Vigo and on the route to Africa, Europe and America.
Queen Victoria uses new anchorage point at Newhaven
Queen Victoria, a cruise liner operated by Cunard, to the River Forth for the first time last weekend (May 28/29) when over 1800 passengers were brought to its new anchorage point. The passengers came ashore at Newhaven Harbour for onward bus tours around the East of Scotland and Fife coast and then onto the city centre. The photos show the ship at anchor and the passengers coming ashore at Newhaven Harbour near Leith. Source : The Edinburgh Reporter
Port Klang Authority To Deepen South Channel Entrance To 18 Metres Deep
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) is to deepen the South Channel entrance at Pintu Gedong in Port Klang from its current depth of 16.5 metres to 18.0 metres to cater to demands from shipping lines for round- the-clock access to the country's premier port. General Manager Capt Datuk David Padman said the dredging project to cater for the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) carrying more than 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) would be undertaken by Integrated Marine Works Sdn Bhd, the government appointed concessionaire company for dredging works in the major federal ports.
Shipbuilder Namura to buy rival Sasebo Namura Shipbuilding Co.
Japan’s fourth-biggest industry player, said it will acquire 10th-ranking Sasebo Heavy Industries Co. in October. The acquisition will make Namura the nation’s third-biggest shipbuilder in terms of production volume. The move aims to help the firms survive compe-tition from domestic rivals as well as those in South Korea and China, officials said. Sasebo shareholders will receive 0.128 Namura share for each of their shares in Sasebo, which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Namura. In the year ended in March, Namura earned a consolidated net profit of ¥12.6 billion, on sales of ¥124.5 billion. Sasebo was in the red for the second straight year, with sales totaling ¥30.9 billion. “It was difficult to survive on our own,” Sasebo President Yoshifumi Yushita told a news conference, noting excess capacity in the industry. “We will prevail in the cutthroat competition by strengthening our development capabilities and rationalizing our procurement operations,” Namura President Kensuke Namura said. Source : The JapanNews
SOHAR Port's new container terminal, OCIT, has docked its largest containership of 10,000-TEU APL SAVANNAH at its Terminal C with its 18 metre depth alongside. The OICT, a US$130 million joint venture between Hong Kong's Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the government of Oman, Steinweg of Netherlands and a number of Omani investors, has increased the port's annual capacity to 1.5 million TEU. The maiden call of the APL SAVANNAH arriving from Abu Dhabi, spent around 17 hours at the terminal for the loading and discharging of boxes, then going to Singapore.
New Abu Dhabi cruise terminal to ‘preserve’ the history of Port Zayed
A permanent cruise terminal at Port Zayed will be ready in about two-and-a-half years’ time, according to Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC). “We have identified a location for the permanent cruise terminal. We have conducted a competition among four architectural firms to design an iconic building. We are evaluating the designs and will soon announce the winner,” Mr Al Shamisi said. ADPC intends to transform an existing warehouse within the port for this purpose. The plan is to be able to handle at least three vessels simultaneously that can carry up to 2,500 passengers. “The terminal will aim to preserve the tradition and history of Port Zayed. And as it is the first experience of tourists entering Abu Dhabi, we intend it to reflect the spirit of the city as well,” Mr Al Shamisi said. Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector has been growing steadily since it first started receiving ships in 2006. The 2013-14 cruise season ended late last month when the final ship, MV EUROPA 2, sailed away from Port Zayed. Fourteen ships made 75 calls bringing in 189,000 passengers. Although Mr Al Shamisi would not reveal projections for the upcoming season, there are plans to attract more operators and increased cooperation with ports within the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar, which is showing a keen interest. Royal Caribbean International, one of the world’s leading cruise line, said in March that it would return to the region for the 2015-16 season and would deploy its SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS. It expects to bring in more than 32,000 tourists.
One person has died and two others have been taken to hospital after an accident at a Humberside port. The police said was called to an industrial accident on board a ship at Goole Docks on May 26, 2014, at 07:10 BST. Associated British Ports, which owns Goole Docks, was working with the relevant authorities. While the police investigation was in its early stages, the Health and Safety Executive may be involved.
Cruise ship Amsterdam starts Anchorage cruise season on Sunday May 25th
A cruise ship will dock four times at the Port of Anchorage this summer, in the industry's first visits to the city since 2012, tourism officials said this week. A Holland America ship, the Amsterdam, first docked in Anchorage on Sunday for a 16-hour visit, and returns once in June and twice in August, according to a schedule posted on the website of an industry group. The ship can carry up to 1,380 passengers and 600 crew members, and each arrival should give local businesses a boost, said Andrew Halcro, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.