Vietnam builds $1.7 billion port Cai Mep-Thi Vai, and now it lies waiting for ships
More than six years since its opening, a VND40-trillion (US$1.75 billion) deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity.
Statistics from the province’s transport department showed that a total of 1.16 million TEUs were handled at Cai Mep-Thi Vai last year, or just 17 percent of its capacity, even after freight growth averaged 20 percent a year, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Although all its seven ports are designed to handle container ships of up to 85,000 DWT, just a few of them receive enough large vessels , Tran Van Danh, chief of the province’s customs office, was quoted as saying.
The others are now handling small boats carrying farm produce, iron and steel products, and one of them was almost neglected, Danh said.
Cai Mep-Thi Vai has also failed its mission of becoming a key transshipment port for long distance ships.
Initially 16 vessels left the ports for the US and Europe every week, but by 2012 shipping lines had reduced them to eight ships, the newspaper reported.
One of the two busiest ports within the complex, CMIT currently sees three ships sailing to the US every week. www.hellenicshipp...
A widespread anti-austerity strike in Finland has shut down ports and disrupted flights in the country, news agencies have reported.
Finnair, the national carrier, has cancelled 16 domestic flights and delays are expected.
Trains and city buses have stopped running, but ferries, including those to Sweden and Estonia, are operational.
Strikers are protesting against government cutbacks, including limits to benefits and overtime pay.
Talks on a collective agreement on wages and working hours collapsed, leading to the strike, Associated Press reported.
Last week, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila announced plans aimed at reviving the eurozone member’s economy after three years of recession.
The plans included cutting back holidays, reducing pensioners’ housing allowances, and reductions in employees’ overtime and Sunday pay.
“The Finnish state has contracted debt at a rate of almost a million euros (£370,000) per hour for seven years, day and night, every day of the week. We cannot continue like this,” Mr Sipila said.
Police and organisers expect thousands of people to demonstrate in Helsinki, the AFP news agency reported.
Gladstone Ports Corporation has concluded Port Services Agreements (PSAs) with LNG exporters, paving the way for a ramp up of LNG shipments from Curtis Island off Central Queensland. The PSAs are a contractual framework for allocating port capacity and charging for access to the Port of Gladstone’s main shipping channels and other supporting infrastructure.
Krishnapatnam Port to install coal conveyor system
Krishnapatnam Port, 180 km north of Chennai, is investing Rs.780 crore for installing a direct coal conveyor system to speed up movement of the fuel and cut environmental pollution. About seven thermal power plants with a capacity of 8,760 MW are proposed to be set up north and south of the port.
Brazil agricultural agents strike; action seen slowing exports
Brazilian federal agricultural agents, many responsible for approving import and export shipments at the country’s ports, airports and border crossings, began a strike for higher wages and against proposed government budget cuts.
The strike is expected to most affect Brazilian exports as striking agents will not be issuing international certificates needed to guarantee the origin of Brazilian farm products and their legal exit from the country, said Mauricio Porto, president of the union, known as Sindicato Nacional dos Fiscais Agropecuários.
“With the strike the certificates won’t be issued and goods won’t be able to leave the country,” he said.
The strike adds another blow to Brazil’s giant, but troubled agricultural sector which has seen prices fall from record highs in recent years as China’s growth slows and the world economy remains sluggish. Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee, orange juice, sugar, frozen chickens, beef and in a near tie with United States as top soybean exporter.
The union is seeking wage increases that cover losses they believe they have suffered as a result of Brazil’s stubbornly high inflation rate which was 9.53 percent in August, more than double the government’s target of 4.5 percent plus or minus two percentage points.
The union said it will maintain services that are needed to ensure public and animal health and that it will not block the exit or entry of perishable and live cargos that cannot be warehoused.
The union, though, did not say how many members were on strike or how their strike is affecting work at the government offices where their members have walked off the job.
Poland’s LNG terminal likely to hit full capacity by 2018
Poland’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal should finally be ready for commercial use next May and is likely to reach full capacity by 2018, its operator said. The terminal, being built in the Baltic city of Swinoujscie, is Poland’s flagship project to diversify gas supplies and reduce dependence on Russia.
The Port of Felixstowe is creating an environmental corridor as part of the Go Green campaign launched by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and a number of other global port operators.
The initiative at Felixstowe will include the refurbishment of part of a system of dykes within the port. The work will include the improvement of habitats for wildlife as well as enhancing green areas within a busy industrial complex by planting a mixture of trees, grasses and wild flowers. www.hellenicshipp...
Saudi naval cargo inspections slow food flow into besieged Port of Aden
Shipping to Yemen is slowing as Saudi-led navy inspections hold up cargoes, depriving the country of desperately needed fuel and food as aid groups warn of famine.Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have intervened in March to try to restore Yemen's president to power and roll back the Iranian-allied Houthi forces who now control the capital. Yemen imports more than 90 per cent of its food, mostly by sea and food is needed as much by Houthi forces as it is by hapless civilians, whose city of Aden is threatened.While Saudi Arabia has managed air strikes its ground forces are not meaningfully engaged, leaving Houthi enemies holding the capital Sana'a with the guns to take the food from those who have it on shore. Since then, many shipping companies have pulled out. Those still willing to bring cargo face incalculable delays and searches by coalition warships ostensibly hunting for arms for the Houthis.Around 23 ships, carrying cargoes such as wheat, rice and fuel, waited to discharge at Hodaida and Salif ports along the Red Sea, ship tracking data on Thomson Reuters Eikon showed. The two ports are still controlled by Houthis."The siege is killing us from every direction as prices for just about everything have risen in a crazy way,Mohammed Ibrahim, an airport employee told Reuters by phone from Hodaida, 443 kilometres from Aden on the coast road. An official at Hodaida port confirmed that vessel traffic had dropped significantly due to inspections."Also the destruction by the alliance of cranes used to lift goods has also led to a decrease in the ship numbers, he added. A humanitarian aid and food report compiled this week by the US Navy, seen by Reuters, also showed over 20 ships stuck. The paralysed ports and damage to flour mills threatened to create more shortages, it said. "This shortfall could leave up to 14 million people without staple wheat/bread products, said the report. An international commodities trade source familiar with Yemen: "The inspections regime is holding up many ships and there is no clear explanation for all of this given many of the cargoes originate in Europe, the United States and Australia."Cargo operations anywhere in the country are not functioning on even the most basic level given fuel shortages, power cuts and also the disruptions caused by the inspections, which have become even more unpredictable,the source added.The United Nations said last week that it will set up an inspection regime to increase the flow of commercial goods into Yemen. The new inspection regime, which the Saudi-led coalition has accepted, is awaiting funding. Source: Schednet
Broekman opens its fully modernised Offshore & Heavy Lift Centre on Waalhaven
Broekman has opened its fully modernised Offshore & Heavy Lift Centre at the Broekman Breakbulk Terminal on the Waalhaven in Rotterdam.In addition to a massive renovation, the Centre on the former RDM site has been expanded to cover 16,000 square metres. Broekman now has at its disposal four modernised high halls equipped with overhead travelling cranes with a hoisting capacity of between 75 and 700 tonnes. The overhaul of the Centre was performed in cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In addition to storage facilities, it is possible to assemble, modify and pack all types of heavy and complex cargo in the four halls.
Panama Canal not satisfied with contractor's response over leaks
In a brief statement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has said that it was not satisfied by the response given by the consortium building the third set of locks, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) on the leakages in the Pacific Cocoli locks. “Regarding the localised seepage in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the expanded Canal’s Pacific Locks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has not yet received a response that satisfies the information requirements made to the contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC),” the statement said. “The contractor has sent two letters outlining the possible causes of the issue. However, it does not provide accurate information about the cause of this seepage.”From the moment the failure was detected, the ACP requested GUPC to submit in writing a comprehensive and detailed diagnosis and cause, as well as a proposed solution and estimated time for correction, among other key elements. The most recent formal communications made by GUPC do not answer the questions raised,” it stated. Source: seatrade-maritime