Modernisation of port of Nacala, Mozambique due to begin in April
Work to modernise the port of Nacala, a US$300 million project funded by Japan, is due to begin in April the Mozambican Minister for Transport and Communications, Gabriel Muthisse said.
Also known as the Port of Nacala Development Project, the modernisation work, which is scheduled for conclusion in 2017, will be phased and include repairs and construction of new facilities.
According to a publicly-announced schedule, work will focus on the north quay, paving of the container parking area, installing equipment to modernise fuel handling, widening gateways and construction of a rail terminal, amongst other activities.
Work will be carried out by Japanese company Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd and the contract for the project was signed in January by company representatives and the Mozambican Transport and Communications Ministry.
Container truck drivers reach tentative deal at Vancouver port
Container truck drivers at Canada's largest port reached a new deal, narrowly avoiding an expanded job action that would have seen some 400 unionized drivers join about 1,200 non-unionized drivers who walked off the job last week.
The tentative agreement, which addresses demands made by both unionized and non-unionized drivers at Port Metro Vancouver, came after a morning of intense discussions with a government-appointed mediator and could help get hundreds of millions of dollars worth of products back on the roads.
"We have now secured a deal that will hopefully get things back to normal at the port by early next week," said Gavin McGarrigle, British Columbia area director for Unifor, which represents the unionized drivers. "Our members, as a sign of good faith, are holding off on raising a picket line for now." Unifor's drivers, who were in a position to strike on Thursday, will vote on the proposed deal on Saturday.
Accommodation Platform for DanTysk Wind Farm Near Completion
A five and a half-storey house of steel, sitting 20 metres above the sea, measuring 20 metres high and weighing 2500 tonnes, is starting to take shape in Kiel. The Schleswig-Holstein shipyard Nobiskrug is currently building the accommodation platform for the DanTysk offshore wind farm, commissioned by Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM).
Kalundborg to Squeeze Out Copenhagen as Cruise Port
The port of Kalundborg in Denmark wants to replace Copenhagen as a turn-around port, claiming to be 12 hours and 214 miles closer to the Baltic (and thus saving fuel). Kalundborg is also one hour and fifteen minutes from the Copenhagen airport.
According to a statement from the port, it is undertaking a market study to assess interest in its
DP World London Gateway proves reliability during bad weather
DP World London Gateway is aiding supply chain reliability as it takes ad hoc vessel calls while other UK ports face closures and congestion during bad weather. Ten vessels have made diversionary calls to London Gateway since Christmas as weather conditions impact other ports’ landside, waterside and rail terminal operations while London Gateway has remained open throughout.
06 March 2014 Today sees the start of a new regular service operated by Contargo Container Escaut Services SAS (CCES) between Valenciennes and Dunkirk: the DV1 (Dunkirk – Valenciennes 1). The rotation will initially involve one barge a week. This new CCES service will supplement Dunkirk’s waterway links in the region following the startup of the Nord Port Shuttle (NPS) serving Lille and Dourges at the end of 2013. The first rotations will be carried out by the ENAXOR barge that can carry 28 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), although the capacity of the barges can be altered to suit requirements. This service offers a transit time of Day A - Day B with schedules set to synchronise with the Asia/Europe container services calling at the Port of Dunkirk: MSC’s LION service and the FAL 7 service of CMA CGM.
LCT, MSC and Zeta System to establish new feeder service UK East Coast – Rotterdam
Forth Ports-owned London Container Terminal (LCT) has reached agreement with shipping line MSC Geneva and container provider Zeta System to establish the new UK East Coast feeder service including the Port of Rotterdam. Zeta System has recently invested in its own fleet of 45ft containers for this service, the company said in its press release. The new service will see MSC work with coastal feeder ship company BG Freight to deliver a new weekly shipping link which will call at the major sea port at Rotterdam in the Netherlands as well as Grangemouth on the Forth, Immingham on the River Humber, the port of Felixstowe and at LCT’s base at Tilbury on the Thames. Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container terminal, currently handles around 150,000 containers per year, representing approximately nine million tonnes of cargo. Around 2.5m tonnes of that figure is made up of ‘dry’ goods, a term used to describe raw materials imported for use in Scottish industry and outgoing finished product
Private firm may be inducted by India Gov. into JV to develop Chabahar port
India may induct a private firm into a planned joint venture between two Union government-owned ports to develop a port at Chabahar in Iran, three people briefed on the plan said.
India and Iran will shortly sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing Chabahar port, they said.
Chabahar is an important port along Iran’s Makaran coast and offers Iran easy access to the Indian Ocean. India has decided to invest some $100 million (around Rs.619 crore today) in developing Chabahar port, which is considered strategically and economically important for the country’s exports to landlocked Afghanistan. It will be the first overseas venture by ports owned by the Indian government.