Aqaba authority urging terminal operator to scrap congestion fee on containers
he Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority is working to reverse a decision by Maersk, the company managing Aqaba’s container terminal, to impose a $200 “congestion fee” on imported or exported containers as of July 15, ASEZA Chief Commissioner Hani Mulki said.
“Maersk imposed this fee in December but after several efforts I exerted as a regulator, the company went back on its decision,” Mulki told The Jordan Times over the phone.
The company recently decided to impose $200 as a congestion fee, he said.
APM Terminals (APMT) has closed its operations at the port of Jacksonville in Florida because of the knock-on effects of the economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Branded the Americas’ scaled down version of Greece, Puerto Rico is wrestling with $72-bilion debt load and no clear path to repaying it.
A recommended $73 million plan to deepen the Redwood City Harbor and San Bruno Shoal channels, the navigation corridors essential for commerce and the Port of Redwood City, has been issued in draft by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' San Francisco District. The draft called the plan "technically sound, economically justified, and socially and environmentally acceptable."
The port is conducting a public hearing on what is called the "Redwood City Navigation Improvement Project" August 10 at 7 p.m. at Redwood City Hall to allow public comment and recommendations on the project's Draft Feasibility Study and Environment Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.
The draft recommended plan consists of deepening the Redwood City Harbor (known as Redwood Creek until 1949) and San Bruno Shoal Channels from -30 feet MLLW to -32 feet MLLW and slightly realigning the Redwood City Harbor channel to avoid sensitive environmental features of Bair and Greco Islands. www.marinelink.co...
Two new ship-to-shore container cranes have been fully commissioned at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Outer Harbor.
The new cranes, which cost $24 million, are essential for South Australia to secure the direct shipping services needed for the State's exports to remain competitive on the world stage.
Weighing in at 950 tonnes each, the cranes stand 65 metres high and are capable of reaching heights of 105 metres with the boom raised. Their efficiency is expected to improve vessel turn-around times by up to 25%, and they have a number of innovative safety features. www.marinelink.co...
Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli
Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters. “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT) on July 12, a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures,” the Army command said in a statement, without elaborating.
A security official said the pilotless aircraft crashed into the sea. www.marinelink.co...
China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday.
Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to hit China in decades, packed winds of 162 kph (101 mph) as it landed on the coast of Zhejiang Province but soon veered back to sea and toward the Korean peninsula.
Meteorological agencies in China, South Korea and Japan downgraded Chan-hom to a tropical storm on Sunday, warning it would continue to lash surrounding coastal areas with heavy rainfall and gales as it moved across the Yellow Sea.
No casualties had been reported by midday Sunday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
While the storm's detour spared eastern China from a bigger disaster, heavy rains in recent days have forced the evacuation of 1.1 million people and flooded cities in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. www.marinelink.co...
Typhoons threaten bunkering activities across North Asian ports
Bunkering activities across ports in Japan, South Korea and Shanghai, in China, are expected to be disrupted over the next few days by approaching typhoons, traders said Thursday. Typhoon Chan-hom is forecast to head towards Shanghai, South Korea and Japan’s Okinawa prefecture in the next few days.
The Brazilian port of São Sebastião is to put out to tender a new terminal requiring investment of $317m as part of a second tranche of concessions being put together by the central government. The concession consists of an area of 250,000 square metres, accessed by two berths, with alongside draft of 18-19 metres.
A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said. The first of the new hires are arriving this week and more will be brought in through September, port officials said in a news release.