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443 days ago by arnekiel

Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20
Ice navigation limitations come into effect at Big Port St. Petersburg from January 20 provided that ice is 10-15 cm thick, says the port authority’s headquarters for icebreaking operations. Tug and tow trains are prohibited from ice navigation. Vessels without ice reinforcement (non-ice-class vessels) are allowed for ice navigation only with icebreakers’ support. Vessels with category of Ice 1 and above are allowed for navigation in ice-covered waters either independently or with icebreaking escort.

443 days ago by arnekiel

Bintulu Port expects positive growth from port expansion
Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (Bintulu Port) is poised to see growth via liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its major cargo handled for the total cargo throughput in 2013 and 2014, the company said in its press release. The port handler is also expected to see steady growth of palm oil products cargo this year, which is estimated to continue in line with the increase in palm oil plantation in Sarawak. In addition, the dry bulk sector is set to see encouraging growth for the next two years and is expected to contribute positively to Bintulu Port. “For 2013 and 2104, the outlook seems to be promising with overall modest growth in cargo throughput with certain cargo sector showing strong growth potential,” the port operator said in an interview with The Borneo Post.

443 days ago by arnekiel

Douala port heavily congested
The Cameroonian port of Douala has again been congested, blamed on the slow clearing and removal of goods and renovation work being carried out on quay no 14, PANA reported here, quoting port users. Customs clerk, Didier Tizeum, said that the situation in the port in Douala “has again become unbearable”. According to him, clearing and removal of goods that took a day earlier now take more than a week. Users also complained of the long and complex clearing and removal of goods, saying that the consequences are enormous for importers, clearing agents, customs clerks and other service providers. Source: African Manager

443 days ago by arnekiel

Four ZPMC cranes ordered for Tanzania’s largest port
Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has ordered two ship-to-shore (STS) and two hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Chinese crane manufacturer ZPMC. The four units will be commissioned at the Port of Dar-es-Salaam container terminal, the largest in Tanzania, during the fourth quarter of 2014. Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) won the concession to manage and operate Tanzania’s largest container terminal port at Dar-es-Salaam in 2000. In 2001, HPH entered into an agreement with ICTSI and certain financial investors to acquire ICTSI International Holdings Corp, the overseas port development and holding subsidiary of ICTSI. Source: Port Technology

443 days ago by arnekiel

Container Terminal Operator Invests over N70 bn on Seaport Facilities
Foremost terminal operator, the Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) has said it has invested over N70 billion on seaport amenities since the inception of its operation in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 2006. Akinbosotu, TICT manager, said the terminal had also improved in its service delivery, as over 1000 containers are recorded daily, adding that such development has enhanced profit generation for the federal government. ‘’For last month the terminal recorded 48,000 TEU’s which has never been achieved in the history and when you multiply it by twelve you will notice that we are going up to about 600,000 TEU’S per annum and it has never happened before.’

443 days ago by arnekiel

Nassau Container Port rated #1 in the Caribbean
Nassau Container Port (NCP) has beat out 24 ports in the Caribbean to be rated number one in productivity by the powerful Florida Shipowners Group, who handles the majority of the trade in the region. “The Nassau Container Port’s reputation as a first class facility is spreading. Since operations began in 2012 the Nassau Container Port has welcomed representatives from the Port Authorities of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Haiti. These Port Authorities share a passion for excellence and have found their visit to NCP to be of great value,” Maura said. NCP, Nassau’s newest port, is a 56-acre port facility is located on Arawak Cay, just two miles west of Downtown Nassau. The port provides facilities for both domestic and international bulk, break bulk, container and project cargo clients.

445 days ago by arnekiel

OW Bunker launches operations in Cartagena, Colombia
OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading resellers and physical distributors of marine fuel, announced the launch of a new operation in Cartagena, Colombia. The move into the Colombian bunker market builds upon OW Bunker’s presence across the region with existing offices in Chile, Uruguay, Panama and Brazil. OW Bunker’s Colombia office is located in Cartagena – the country’s most active port - on the region’s northeast coast along the Caribbean Sea. Providing customers with a full range of high quality products as well as risk management solutions and related services, the office is ideally located as a hub for serving the wider Caribbean marine fuel market as well as vessels transiting the Panama Canal, particularly container vessels, tankers, bulk carriers and cruise ships.

445 days ago by arnekiel

Arctic weather causes delays at Canadian ports
The arctic weather conditions sweeping North American have caused heavy delays to shipping at some Canadian ports according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). Delays have been happening since 4 January primarily due to heavy ice build up between Lanoraie and the Three Rivers (St Lawrence River). ISS said despite three icebreakers working around the clock no vessels had been able to depart outbound from Montreal and five vessels docked at the port were waiting to depart. “In addition, there are currently twelve ships tied up at Three Rivers and Quebec awaiting favourable ice conditions in order to transit to Montreal. More at www.seatrade-glob...

445 days ago by arnekiel

Hanjin Shipping decides this week whether to drop Portland
Longshore workers have not boosted container movement at the Port of Portland in the last month, according to the terminal operator, casting doubt on Hanjin Shipping Co.'s decision expected this week on whether to pull its vessels. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a Port deal Dec. 12 in which union electricians gave up the equivalent of two jobs at the terminal to longshoremen, in hopes that dockworkers would increase productivity, inducing Hanjin to continue weekly calls. But the International Longshore and Warehouse Union never publicly agreed to increase the number of containers moved per hour by its members. www.oregonlive.co...

445 days ago by arnekiel

San Antonio port union declares strike “indefinite”
In an act that feels like déjà vu for Chile’s fruit industry, workers in the Port of San Antonio have been striking since Friday, Jan. 3 in a push for retroactive lunchbreak pay, in the terminals of STI, the Central Port and the Panul Port. While last year’s crippling stoppages were in solidarity with the Port of Angamos, this year the issue relates directly to the port at hand; the largest fruit exporting hub for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fruit exporter. To better understand the situation, www.freshfruitpor... caught up with port union president Sergio Vargas. Vargas confirms that the strike is of an indefinite nature as he is still waiting to hear from the government to propose a solution to the problem.

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