China and Malaysia are in talks to build a third terminal at Port Klang.
A report in crienglish.com, the official English-language website of China Radio International said the project was needed to enable Port Klang to handle an increase in shipping.
The project had also been proposed in response to China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, it added.
The Belt and Road initiative is China’s attempt at connecting China to Europe via sea through Asia, a maritime silk route, and Africa and through an inland route cutting into central and western Asia.
The report quoted the Oriental Daily News as saying that up to 80 per cent of the ships sailing through the Straits of Malacca were bound for China. www.hellenicshipp...
New forest products handling centre goes into service: Kiel’s Ostuferhafen now part of the SCA logistics chain
Kiel, July 7th, 2016: Kiel’s new forest products handling and distribution centre has gone into operation in the Ostuferhafen. This means that the port has now become an integral part of the logistics chain operated by the Swedish concerns Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) and Iggesund Paperboard. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) said: “We have created a terminal in the Ostuferhafen which is tailor-made to the requirements of our customers. In addition to that, Kiel’s geographical location fits very well into the SCA liner network”. SCA cargo ships from Sundsvall have been calling at the Ostuferhafen once a week since the beginning of the month, offloading 6,000 tons of forest products with each visit. The products range from newsprint to light cardboard for high-value packaging. From Kiel these products are being transported further – not only into Germany itself but also to markets in central Europe. On their return journeys to the Swedish east coast, the SCA ships can transport different types of cargo such as steel, vehicles, building machinery, general or specialised cargo and even materials for recycling. www.portofkiel.co...
Maersk Line is launching a new ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America.
"We are pleased to launch our new weekly ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America. Starting from July 2016, Australian and Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of a market exclusive gateway to a number of strategic ports in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico," says a statement from the company.
With unmatched transit times, this superior product is tailor-made to offer the customers fast and seamless service connections to the West Coast of South America.
Maersk claims the speed is ‘Best-in-class’ transit times on the fastest service to the West Coast of South America; 13 days Tauranga to San Antonio; 22 days Brisbane to San Antonio. www.marinelink.co...
India's biggest shipping company Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will resume sailing to Iran this month after a hiatus of about four years, reports Reuters.
The company says it will accordingly use one of its Suezmax-sized tankers to ship an oil cargo for state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) from Iran.
"It is not yet decided ... which SCI-owned vessel is going to Iran," said SCI Chairman B.B. Sinha.
SCI stopped sailing to Iran in 2012 when sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear programme prevented the company obtaining insurance cover for oil and other shipments.
SCI had contracts with HPCL, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd to ship crude from Iran, he said. www.marinelink.co...
The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $307,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will provide multi-functional applications protecting critical port and regional infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency as well as enhance the response capabilities of our regional law enforcement partners. www.marinelink.co...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed Lock and Dam 25 due to diesel in the water on the upper Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, Wednesday, July 6
An estimated 2,074 gallons of diesel was reportedly released by the towing vessel Jerry Jarrett while transiting the lock and dam, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The lock and dam is closed to river traffic to keep the diesel contained. Environmental Restoration has been dispatched by the responsible party and is en route.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. www.marinelink.co...
The sales process for Port of Melbourne, Australia’s second-busiest port, has now entered its second round, with at least two local bidding consortiums ushered through to the latest stage, potentially along with a Chinese suitor.
It comes as a Chinese buyer — thought to be China Huadian — is believed to remain in talks to buy the bulk of Alinta Energy from TPG Capital, with the listed AGL Energy in the box seat to secure the remaining retail component of the $3 billion-plus business.
It is understood that letters outlining details for stage two of the process for the prized $6bn-plus Port of Melbourne were sent out to parties on Friday. www.hellenicshipp...
Sri Lanka seeks large bunker player, oil major for Hambantota port
State-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority is seeking an experienced bunker player to operate out of Hambantota Port, after its own efforts to make use of a Chinese built oil terminal ended up in losses.
SLPA said it is seeking an active player engaged in physical bunkering on an “oil major, bunker broker, major bunker supplier” or a firm with experience in operation of a marine bunker terminal with barges.
The firm should have handled at least 750,000 metric tonnes of bunker fuel a year.
Hambantota, located in the Southern tip of Sri Lanka is close to the main East-West shipping route on the Indian Ocean. Over 200 ships are estimated to be by-passing the port each day.
The ships are playing the route and now supplied from the UAE and Singapore.
The deadline has been extended till August 23, 2016.
Chiquita reverses course, will return to Port of Gulfport
Chiquita Fresh North America LLC issued a release to the Mississippi Business Journal on Tuesday saying it will leave the Port of New Orleans and return to the Port of Gulfport next month.
The release was short on details. At stake, according to earlier published reports, are about 350 jobs.
Chiquita President and Chief Executive Andrew Biles said in the release: “We are pleased to return our port operations to Gulfport where our Chiquita ripening and distribution facilities are located. We believe that Gulfport is optimally situated to service our customers most efficiently with both North and Southbound vessel services.”
Television station WLOX of Biloxi reported Tuesday night that the Mississippi State Port Commission approved late Tuesday afternoon a 40-year lease to bring Chiquita cargo ships back to the port.
European Bulk Services (EBS) substantially expands its closed storage on the Laurenshaven terminal. The new warehouse, which will be suitable for various types of dry bulk goods, is expected to be operational in March next year. Construction will start during the summer. The investment, which increases the storage capacity by 60,000 m3, is supported by a long-term contract.
In addition, the subsidiary of HES International reports that there are advanced plans for expanding the closed storage capacity for agricultural products at its Europoort terminal.