Ports America to operate intermodal transfer service at Seagirt Marine Terminal
Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals announced a new agreement designed to immediately enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Baltimore and position it to capture additional freight business through more efficient service. The new agreement transfers operational responsibility for the intermodal container service at the port from CSX Intermodal Terminals to Ports America Chesapeake, consolidating management of the operation and enhancing service through Ports America’s on-dock handling and operational expertise. www.ajot.com/news...
An IOTC official has said with the implementation of a new descaling scheme on Iranian oil export storage tanks, the volume of country’s oil on water will reduce to a minimum.
The Operating Director of Kharg Oil Terminal at Iranian Oil Terminals Company (IOTC) Kumars Karami Moghadam said “the overhaul of strategic reservoirs at Kharg oil terminal, as the largest oil export terminal in the Persian Gulf, is carried out on a regular basis to prepare them for emergencies.” www.hellenicshipp...
Abu Dhabi Ports sets annual cargo volume record for 2015
Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, set a new annual cargo-volume record in 2015, surpassing the previous record set in 2014. Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports – handled 32 per cent more containers. The terminal moved 1,504,293 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units/containers), up from 1,137,679 TEUs in 2014.
Roll-on-roll-off (RORO) traffic had 27 per cent upturn with 134,272 vehicles, up from 106,071 vehicles previous year. General and bulk cargo saw 20 per cent upswing to 15,310,847 million freight tonnes (FT) from 12,804,248 million FT in 2014. www.hellenicshipp...
Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd (APSEZL), part of the Adani Group, on Wednesday said it will expand its existing terminal Adani International Container Terminal Pvt Ltd (AICTPL) at its flagship Mundra port to make a transhipmen hub.
AICTPL is a 50:50 joint venture with Terminal Investment Ltd, an arm of Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), S.A, the second largest shipping liner in the world.
The expansion is being carried out to create a transhipment hub for West Asia, South Asia and India, a company spokesperson said here.
Upon completion, AICTPL will emerge as India’s largest container terminal with a total quay length of 1,460 meters and cargo handling capacity of 3.1 million TEUs. It will be equipped with 15 super post panamax quay cranes, capable of handling 18,000 TEU container vessels at the terminal. www.hellenicshipp...
New Algerian cargo port project will cost US-$ 3.3 bln
The Algerian cabinet has approved a project for the construction of a huge new sea port at El Hamdania, near the city of Cherchell, which Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has described as “the biggest infrastructure project since independence” from France.
The area stretching over some 2000 hectares, less than 100 km from Algiers, the capital, was chosen because of its position as a sheltered natural bay with waters as deep as 20 Metres allowing the biggest container vessels to dock there.
It also will be the centre of an ambitious industrial development project well connected to the railway network and motorways that will serve as a hub for international trans shipments and as a national gateway for Algeria.
It will feature 23 docking quays with an overall capacity of some 25.7 million tonnes of general cargo.
The programme approved by the Algerian government envisages investment of some dlrs 3.3 billion and its completion in two phases through a public-private partnership with foreign firms able to take part in the tender competition.
Algeria hopes the complex will allow the north African nation to reach a total cargo movement of 35 million tonnes compared to the 10.5 million currently handled by the ports of Algiers and Ténès, officials say. Source: ANSAmed
Islamic State Hits Storage Tanks at Libya’s Biggest Oil Ports
(Bloomberg) — Libya’s National Oil Corp. issued a “cry for help” as Islamic State militants attacked oil storage tanks in the region of Es Sider, the country’s biggest oil port which has been closed for more than a year.
Political leaders in the divided country should quickly form a unity government and establish a unified force to restore peace and protect natural resources, Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the state-run NOC, said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. NOC is committed to its partnership with foreign oil companies and has taken measures to help protect oil workers and facilities, according to a statement on the company’s website.
Islamic State militants attacked oil storage tanks in Es Sider and the nearby Ras Lanuf oil port over the past few days, engaging in deadly clashes with members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard. Two guards were killed and 16 others wounded on Tuesday, Ali al-Hasy, a spokesman for the force, said by phone. Four tanks in Es Sider caught fire on Tuesday, and a fifth one in Ras Lanuf the day before, he said. gcaptain.com/2016...
Hambantota to Restart Bunkering to Assist with Debt Repayment
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) says it will restart bunkering at the Port of Hambantota and increase vehicle transshipment activities in an effort to help repay debt accrued through loans taken for the port's construction, Sri Lankan media reports.
"It is expected to minimize the pressure to the financial flow at the Port of Colombo through these procedures," the SLPA was quoted as saying.
It is reported that loan installment and interest charges for Hambantota's first stage, as well as interest and commitment charges for the port's second stage, are both due to be paid this year. shipandbunker.com...
Tug boat crews in eastern Australia plan strikes next Tuesday and Wednesday for 12 hours, halting all coal carriers, fuel carriers and bulk container vessels into the ports of Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Botany, Melbourne and Geelong.
The strike action will effectively shut down Australia's eastern ports for 12 hours from next Tuesday, January 12, in the first of a series of planned strikes.
The strike threat is likely to be taken to the Fair Work Commission this weekend by the company running the container tugs.
Tug boat crews plan to strike in Brisbane and Melbourne ports on Wednesday, January 13, while they plan to strike the day before in Sydney, Botany, Geelong and Newcastle ports.
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