Panama Canal Completes Culebra Cut Dredging in Expansion
he Panama Canal Authority has completed the dredging to deepen and widen the navigational channels along Culebra Cut as part of its expansion program.
A total of 3.2 million cubic meters were removed during the deepening of Culebra Cut, which is the narrowest portion of the canal’s navigational channel, making it a difficult area to access. The dredging began in May 2008.
Ennore Port to Build Three Terminals Instead of One
As JOC reports, India’s Ennore Port has decided to split its container terminal project into three separate terminals, after an earlier attempt to build the terminal with private funds collapsed last year, according to M.A. Bhaskarachar, the port’s chairman and managing director, Livemint reports.
“We have decided to split the project into three separate terminals to promote competition among different operators within the port,” said M. Gunasekaran, the port’s general manager of finance.
The port will award contracts to private firms to build the container terminals by December, Bhaskarachar said. The port will also shortly hire a consultant to structure the projects.
Each terminal will have a berth length of 700 meters (about 2,297 feet), designed to load 1.5 million standard containers per year. The previous project had comprised one terminal with a berth of about 3,280 feet and capacity of 1.5 million containers per year. Grup Maritim TCB, a Spanish port terminal operator, dropped the deal in September 2012 after failing to arrange funding for the project.
Zhangjiagang gets first international car ro/ro route
Shanghai: Zhangjiagang port in Jiangsu province has opened a car ro/ro service to Brazil, its first international car ro/ro route, operated by Coscol’s subsidiary NYKCOS Car Carrier Company, using two of its car carriers Cosco Tengfei and Cosco Shengshi. Zhangjiagang port is one of largest trading ports and the only finished automobile import and export port along the Yangtze River. [SinoShipNews 07/03/13]
ST PETERSBURG's Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT), a part of Russia's National Container Company (NCC), has commenced round-the-clock operation from March 1 to meet the rising demand of the increasing ship calls and cargo volume.
ULCT's first phase was put into operation in 2011. Terminal's annual capacity is 440,000 TEU with a yard area of 40 hectares and quay length of 440 metres with 13.5 metre depth along side.
Plans call for an annual capacity of 2.85 million TEU at the terminal by 2025. ULCT is managed by NCC and Eurogate, a German container terminal and logistics group.
RUSSIA is pressing ahead with plans to sell its stake in Black Sea port of Novorossiisk as part of a privatisation drive that will one day include much of the state-run transport sector.
The disposal of the Novorossiisk Commercial Sea Port may involve a stock placement or a sale to a strategic investor, said Olga Dergunova, head of State Property Agency.
"We will propose both options to the government - a stock exchange placement as well as a sale to a strategic partner," she said.
In 2010 Russia announced plans to raise US$50 billion in five years from selling stakes in big companies, reported Reuters.
Hutchison acquires Asia Container Terminals (Container Terminal 8 West)
Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing linked Hutchison Port Holdings Trust has acquired Asia Container Terminals Holdings, a container terminal operator in Hong Kong, for about US$408 million.
In a filing to the Singapore Exchange, Hutchison Port said the acquisition would increase its handling capacity of container terminals in Hong Kong, reported Dow Jones Newswires.
Asia Container Terminals owns and operates Container Terminal 8 West, located at Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, under a lease from the Hong Kong government for a term expiring on June 30, 2047. The throughput from the terminal was one million TEUs last year.
Kiel Canal Brunsbuettel lock closure to last at least two weeks
Both new big locks and one small (old) lock in Brunsbuettel in the Kiel Canal are closed since yesterday evening(March, 6) until further notice. For at least two weeks, only vessels with a maximum LOA of 125m, beam of 20.50m and freshwater draft of 6.50m, depending on the tide, will be able to transit the Canal. One of the big locks could be reopened in 14 days.
Both Brunsbüttel Big New Canal locks plus one small lock out of service
Beide großen Schleusen und eine kleine Schleuse in Brunsbüttel ab sofort bis auf weiteres außer Betrieb! Aufgrund der aktuellen Schäden an den Toren der großen Schleusen (Tor 1/ Nordkammer und Tor 6/Südkammer) werden beide großen Schleusenkammern in Brunsbüttel ab sofort außer Betrieb genommen. Zusätzlich muss wegen eines Hydraulikschadens die Südkammer der kleinen Schleuse ebenfalls ab sofort außer Betrieb genommen werden. Quelle: WSA Brunsbüttel
Port dredging at Tauranga set to start by year end of 2013
The dredging of Tauranga Harbour is likely to start by the year's end.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith has given final approval to dredge but says he is disappointed the process has taken so long.
His resource consent sign-off, announced yesterday, will allow the port to widen and deepen its shipping channel, making the port accessible to much larger ships.
Port chief executive Mark Cairns said he was pleased and dredging would likely start by the year's end.
The first stage of dredging will cost $40 million to $50 million and be finished in between six months and a year, Mr Cairns said.
The second stage will allow the port to accommodate container ships carrying 8200 TEU's (twenty-foot equivalent units) and cruise ships of up to 347 metres in length. www.bayofplentyti...