10 February 2014 Ireland’s Port of Cork Company has revealed its proposed redevelopment plans for Ringaskiddy to overcome berthing and landside capacity constraints and enable it to service larger and deeper vessels. The proposed developments under consideration form an extension to the existing facilities that the Port of Cork currently operates at Ringaskiddy and include a multi-purpose berth that will accommodate a variety of cargo vessels, a 180m extension to the existing deepwater berth, a new public slipway and an additional 200m berth which will be used for port container traffic.
“Our needs as a port of national significance have not changed,” said Denis Healy, manager engineering services, Port of Cork. “This European Policy positions the Port of Cork as a priority TEN-T Core Network port, the foundation blocks of which, will drive the Port to meet future connectivity needs and will support the development of the wider regional and national economy. This TEN-T funding is of key importance to the port.”
Mombasa receives its largest container vessel so far
Monday, 10 February 2014 | Trade in the East African region got a major boost after the the port of Mombasa received its largest container vessel so far. MV Maersk Cairo called at the port of Mombasa docking at the newly commissioned berth 19. The 249 meters long and 37.5 meters wide Wafmax commercial vessel, is the biggest ship in terms of capacity to ever dock in the East African shores. The vessel has the capacity of 4,400 TEUs. Speaking when the Kenya Ports Authority management received the port yesterday, KPA chairman Danson Mungatana said the move is a good indication of the global appreciation of the port of Mombasa.
Cyprus: Part of Port’s Authority activities to be leased
Monday, 10 February 2014 Cyprus plans to lease some of the Cyprus Ports Authority’s (CPA) commercial activities, Transport Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said on Feb. 10. “The state will remain the owner of the Ports Authority. What is under discussion is a lease agreement for a specific period to a private investor for some of the Authority`s commercial activities, if there is interest,” Mistsopoulos said.
He was speaking after a meeting with the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the government`s plans over the ports, shipping and public transport. As part of the conditions for a €10 billion financial assistance granted by the EU and the IMF, Cyprus has undertaken a privatisations plan covering the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, the Cyprus Electricity Authority and the CPA.
New pollution control device eyed for ships in the Port of Long Beach
Harbor officials on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 could approve a $2-million contract for testing the latest technology for capturing pollution spewing from vessels in the Port of Long Beach. The contract with South Coast Air Quality Management District would demonstrate Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc.’s Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, which is a version of Advanced Cleanup’s previously demonstrated “sock on a stack” exhaust capturing system at the Metropolitan Stevedore facility at Pier F, according to a staff report. If approved by the commission and AQMD, which is expected to consider its part of the contract in March, the two-phase demonstration would happen sometime in the spring, on 25 or 26 vessels and taking at least a thousand hours over six months.
The demonstration would test a new version of a design that links to each smoke stack instead of the previous “bonnet design.” This new system would be operated from a barge instead of from a wharf.
Suez Canal Sets New Daily Vessels and Cargo Record
Egypt's Suez Canal has set a record on the number of vessels and the cargo passing through it, the Suez Canal Authority Chairman has said. A total of 54 vessels carrying four million tons of cargo crossed the canal on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, chairman Mohab Mamish stated. This is a glimmer of hope in the improvement of the conditions of Egypt's national economy, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported Mamish as saying. This record is a certificate of merit for the Suez Canal Authority, he added.
Heavy delays at Richards Bay after power cable failure, 23 ships waiting on anchorage
Business earlier reported that RBCT, the single largest export coal terminal in the world with a design capacity of 91m tons per annum, has been paralysed since last week Friday ( Feb. 7) after two electrical cables supplying power from the uMhlathuze local municipality failed. Allen Waller, spokesperson for RBCT confirmed yesterday morning that the first cable is expected to be restored by 6pm on Friday. After a 24-hour start-up, the terminal should be operation again by Saturday night. He said it would take more than a month to clear the shipping back-log. Economist Mike Sch?ssler calculated that the country may lose R200m in coal exports for every day the terminal is paralysed. He said it may turn December’s trade surplus into a deficit in January.
Waller told Business Transnet had loaded as many trains as possible to feed the terminal as soon as it became operational. Mike Asefovitz, Transnet senior communications manager, earlier said Transnet operated 28 trains per day to and from RBCT. He would not disclose the current loss of revenue for Transnet. Waller said there were five ships alongside ready to load which was quite normal, but a further 23 sitting at anchorage, which was highly unusual.