Guangzhou: Beihai Port Company announced that the board has decided to change the company’s name to Beibuwan Port Company after a restructuring among three ports in Guangxi province.
Beihai Port, Fangchenggang Port and Qinzhou port, the three major ports in Guangxi province, have merged together at the lead of Beihai Port in order to optimize operations and avoid intra-industry competition. [SinoShipNews 17/04/14]
Sanmen Maple Leaf Shipbuilding charters dry dock from Haoyou Shipyard
Shanghai: Sanmen Maple Leaf Shipbuilding & Repairing Co, a wholly-oened subsidiary of Taizhou Maple Leaf Shipbuilding Co, plans to charter a 50,000dwt dry dock from Zhejiang Haoyou Shipbuilding for its ship repair business.
Zhejiang Haoyou Shipbuilding is an affiliated shipyard of Zhejiang Materials Industry International Co, a multi-sector enterprise with businesses in steel, energy, shipping and shipbuilding. [18/04/14]
Le Havre receives 18,000-TEU Magleby Maersk on maiden voyage
THE French port of Le Havre's HAROPA terminal that serves north Europe has received the 18,000-TEU Magleby Maersk, one of the Triple E class of newbuildings, fully laden on its maiden voyage.
Port authorities said the choice of Le Havre demonstrates that the Norman port is fully suited for "managing the increase in ship size and their specific needs in terms of performance".
This comes as Port 2000 accommodated 300 containerships of above 10,000 TEU last year, an increase of 27 per cent compared to the previous year.
In total, 20 "Triple-E" container vessels will be delivered to Maersk Line company by 2015. They will be operated on the Asia to Europe route and they will connect eight Asian ports with six European ports
DP World London Gateway was able to enhance supply chain reliability by taking ad hoc vessel calls while other UK ports faced closures and congestion during extreme winter weather.
Ten vessels made diversionary calls to London Gateway after Christmas as weather conditions impacted other ports’ landside, waterside and rail terminal operations while London Gateway remained open throughout.
Dean Hawkridge, head of international supply chain at B&Q said: “Importers order stock months in advance with an expected date for goods to be on the shelf. It is difficult to predict if and when weather issues may cause delays, but the impact can generate problems along supply chains, with backlogs taking days to clear after a port’s operations are halted.
“DP World London Gateway’s ability to continue operating when other ports have stopped operations is welcome news as shippers are seeking reliability for deliveries to go as planned.”
DP World London Gateway has become the first UK port to use a quad lift system on its quay cranes, which can pick up four twenty foot containers in a single lift. The system is also capable of a tandem lift of two forty foot containers, effectively doubling the number of containers that can be unloaded from a ship at a time. Source: www.maritimejourn...
New Drydock Officially Opens for Business in Tampa
Hendry Corporation, a leading shipbuilding and repair company located at Port Tampa Bay, hosted a traditional christening ceremony Thursday for the Capt. F. M. Hendry drydock. The event celebrated the structure’s official opening, the completion of the wastewater treatment facility, the A. W. Hendry Training Facility and the naming of the 30-acre area “Port Hendry”.
Hendry Corporation’s Barbara Hendry smashed a champagne bottle against the side of the 2,500 ton drydock – as is customary – to commemorate the dock’s completion before staff, maritime professionals and local community leaders.
“To christen this drydock is an honor not only for me, but for everyone at Hendry,” said Aaron Hendry, President of Hendry Corporation. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work that has gone into this facility and am looking forward to the new opportunities this drydock will bring for our company and for this community.”
The Capt. F. M. Hendry drydock, named for the company’s late founder, cost $3.5 million to build and is expected to have a long-term and positive economic impact. Funding for the structure was made possible in part by a $1 million federal grant under the Assistance to Small Shipyard Grant Program, which was designed to help shipyards modernize facilities, increase productivity and make them more competitive.
Expansion at the Cuxport terminal in Cuxhaven has moved a step closer with the signing of a memorandum of understanding confirming the construction of berth 4 at the terminal. The memorandum of understanding was signed recently between Olaf Lies, the Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, and Dr Andreas Schmidt and Hans-Peter Zint, managing directors of Cuxport. With completion of the planned work in the spring of 2017, Cuxport will have at its disposal a further 290m of pier with deepwater access and around 85,000m2 of space for port handling operations.
The Lower Saxony state government are fully aware of the huge significance of the port industry and construction of berth 4 at Cuxhaven is seen as a move that will create conditions for further growth in the port sector of the North Sea coast. Commenting on the development, Cuxport report that they urgently need more handling and storage space in order to continue developing the business site at Cuxhaven, utilisation levels currently not permitting any further growth in terms of volumes
Iron ore exports at Port Hedland hit a record ~90 million tonnes
Australia and Port Hedland.Western Australia produces over one-quarter of the world’s iron ore, and its exports volumes account for 42% of global shipments, excluding domestic use. Meanwhile, Port Hedland exports 24% of the total global iron ore exported by sea, which is expected to rise to 27% in 2014. March 2014 exports to China were recorded at 27 million metric tonnes, indicating a 27% and 41.4% increase from February 2014 and March 2013, respectively. Meanwhile, total shipments from Port Hedland increased 24%, to 34.4 million metric tonnes from February. In the first quarter, almost 90 million tonnes of iron ore shipped from Port Hedland. That’s about 34% higher the first quarter of 2013 and 61% above the same period in 2012. Source: Market Realist
Petrobras, Mitsui to study LNG import terminal in Brazil's south
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Japanese trading house Mitsui Corp will study building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the country's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, to supply more fuel for local manufacturers and power generators.
Petrobras, as the company is known, announced the plan in a statement late on Tuesday after signing a memorandum of understanding on the project with Mitsui and the government of Rio Grande do Sul. Petrobras, Mitsui and the government have 12 months to conclude their work.
If built, the plant would be Petrobras' fourth LNG import terminal and make it easier for the company to supply gas to power plants in the country's south. The plants are usually turned on to complement hydroelectric power during peak use periods and during dry seasons or drought.
Brazil is in the middle of one of the most serious droughts in decades and has been forced to shut several gas-fired power plants for a lack of natural gas.
PSA gets green light for Panama terminal expansion
Panama government has given PSA-Panama International Terminal (PPIT) a 20-year concession that will allow the Singaporean company to expand its operations, according to Panama’s Official Gazette.
The terminal operator will invest $350m in the project that is located in the former Rodman Navy base, on the Eastern bank of the Panama Canal.
The existing terminal will add a total of 32 hectares for the development, construction, operation and management of the container terminal whose capacity will grow from the present 450,000 teu to 1.8m teu facilitating container movements, bulk cargo and vehicles.
The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) will receive, at the end of the concession, in monthly fixed fees the sum of $17.6m, in addition to the rates for container units movements negotiated in the contract.
PSA-Panama International Terminal has been fully operational since July 2011. In 2013, it moved 123,808 teu, up 131.5% over the previous year. During the first two months of 2014, the terminal grew 366.5% compared to the same period in 2013 and moving 36, 691 teu, according to the PMA statistics department.
Source: Seatrade Global
Iran to boost economic ties with littoral countries via Anzali port
Iran plans to boost trade and economic ties with the Caspian littoral countries via the Anzali port in the Gilan province.
Deputy Governor of the Gilan province Mohammad Hossein Asgharian said the potentials of this northern province should be mobilized for an effective presence in regional markets, Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
Asgharian made the remarks at the meeting of Iranian exporters with the Gilan province officials.
Asgharian went on to say that completing the Qazvin-Rasht-Anzali railway project, construction of a new port in the Caspian Sea, and development of the Anzali port are among the administration's plans for boosting the province's transit capabilities.