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413 days ago by arnekiel

Hamburg rated second best port in the world
In a new review of 15 leading maritime cities, Singapore has retained its No.1 position followed by Hamburg, Oslo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Norwegian consulting company Menon canvassed a group of experts for their views based on five criteria: shipping centers, maritime finance and law, ports and logistics services, maritime technology and attractiveness and competitiveness. Noting its "business friendly policies" and strategic location, the Menon report acknowledges Singapore "has gained a position in the global economy few would have predicted 40 years ago". While Oslo is strong in maritime finance and technology, it takes third place overall behind Hamburg because of the latter's importance as a European port city. Meanwhile, China's position as the world's largest trading nation is confirmed by Shanghai joining Hong Kong to make up the Menon list of top five cities. www.freightweek.o...

413 days ago by arnekiel

Singapore still best port in the world
In a new review of 15 leading maritime cities, Singapore has retained its No.1 position followed by Hamburg, Oslo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Norwegian consulting company Menon canvassed a group of experts for their views based on five criteria: shipping centers, maritime finance and law, ports and logistics services, maritime technology and attractiveness and competitiveness. Noting its "business friendly policies" and strategic location, the Menon report acknowledges Singapore "has gained a position in the global economy few would have predicted 40 years ago". While Oslo is strong in maritime finance and technology, it takes third place overall behind Hamburg because of the latter's importance as a European port city. Meanwhile, China's position as the world's largest trading nation is confirmed by Shanghai joining Hong Kong to make up the Menon list of top five cities. www.freightweek.o...

 Durban
413 days ago by arnekiel

Durban’s billion dollar port project takes advantage of its strategic spot
Stretching for nearly 3,000 kilometers, South Africa’s coastline encompasses both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Dotted along the shore are eight commercial ports which play a vital role in the country’s economy. They are responsible for shifting 96% of South Africa’s exports, and receive trade from both the western and eastern hemisphere. The largest among them is Durban, Africa’s second busiest harbor after Egypt’s Port Said. Its strategic position on the world shipping routes means it’s South Africa’s premier port, handling roughly 60% of the country’s cargo. Massive growth Durban’s container traffic has long been steadily rising, growing 18% in the course of last year alone. This has led the country’s authorities to commit to an ambitious multi-billion dollar project to expand the port, which could turn it into southern hemisphere’s largest. Under new plans, the harbor will be wider, deeper, and able to handle more than four times the number of containers than in its current capacity. The municipality hopes that this will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and go some way to alleviate youth unemployment, which in South Africa stands at a staggering 51.3%. Expansion plans also include catering to tourist cruise liners that make Durban a stop in their itineraries. Presently, the congested traffic means that once ships reach Durban movement along the lanes is slow, but authorities think that expansion will help solve the problem. Source: CNN

413 days ago by arnekiel

Ship arrives at Sharpness with the largest cargo discharged at the port since 1972
The coastal vessel NARWA arrived at Sharpness on Saturday with the largest cargo discharged at the port since 1972. Chris Witts, an expert on the River Severn, was there to see it arrive and said the ship arrived with 5,714 tons of cement from Barcelona, Spain. Read more: www.gloucestercit... Follow us: @GlosCitizen on Twitter | GlosCitizen on Facebook

413 days ago by arnekiel

Bangladesh to launch cruise service
Bangladesh is to launch its first luxury cruise service in October this year. The Bangladesh Shipping Corporation will cooperate with Afroz Shipping Lines to operate luxury cruise ships in the Bay of Bengal. The cruise service will be available for routes to Malaysia and Thailand at the initial stage, and will be extended to other Southeast Asia destinations and the Middle East in the future. [03/06/15]

413 days ago by arnekiel

China mulls control on air pollutants emitted by shipping
Source:Xinhua The Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Monday it is seeking public feedback on a regulation to control pollution from boats and ships. The regulation, if passed, will be the first of its kind to specifically target emissions from the shipping sector. Currently, regulations exist on the discharge of water and solid waste from ships. The regulation will be in line with international standards. In a separate regulation on the control of industrial waste from the shipping sector, the ministry included emissions from volatile organic chemicals generated during the ship building process. Xiong Yuehui, an official with the ministry, said China had some 172,600 vessels with net deadweight of 244 million tonnes as of 2013. It also has eight out of the world's 10 largest ports in term of cargo handling capacity. It is estimated that the shipping sector accounted for 8.4 percent of China's sulfur dioxide emissions, and 11.3 percent of nitric oxide in 2013. Xiong said the new regulation, which also includes provisions on marine fuel oil usage, will benefit coastal cities, riverside cities and port cities.

 Varna
413 days ago by arnekiel

Massive Fuel Oil Spill Noticed Near Bulgaria's Varna
A massive fuel oil spill has been spotted near Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna. Employees of the yacht harbor in town have noticed the spill and started calling local institutions immediately. Several fo them have said that similar events are not uncommon. The yacht harbor is located immediately next to the Ship Authority Port, where luxurious passenger ships anchor. Meanwhile, the Marine Administration has assured people that all the necessary information has been passed on to the Regional Inspectorate on Environment and Waters. They added that all measures are being taken for the source of the pollution to be established and eliminated. - See more at: www.novinite.com/...'s+Varna#sthash.h6w4B3i6.dpuf

 Callao
416 days ago by arnekiel

Workers at Peru's Largest Port to Continue Strike
A 23-day long strike at Peru’s largest port is generating losses of up to US$5 million a day. An indefinite strike at Peru's largest port in Callao, has caused the country economic losses of more than US$100 million, the main exporters association said Tuesday. The 23-day strike in the city, which borders capital city Lima, began after operators of APM Terminals introduced a new electronic system for selecting shifts that aims to help police investigate drug smuggling. The union previously picked shifts. APM Terminals, the operator of the port's North Pier since April 2011, operates the northern terminal, which handles 75 percent of Callao's capacity. In response to workers demands, APM Terminals fired 130 striking workers, which the company claims was legal under Peruvian labor laws. The latest industrial action, which involved over 700 workers, marks the sixth strike at the port over the last nine months. Peruvian Ollanta Humala’s continues to be undermined within the unions – which were part of his support base at the beginning of his mandate – as demands for higher wages and better working conditions increasingly become topics of debate in the country. Meanwhile, labor leaders from various sectors across the country will meet later this month in order to discuss the possibility of launching a national strike. Source : telesurtv

416 days ago by arnekiel

Evergreen & Turkey's Arkas to launch Mediterranean service
Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Line and Turkey's Arkas Line are launching a new collaborative West-East Mediterranean Service.The new service will connect the Aegean Sea, the Near East and the Western Mediterranean. Four vessels will be deployed into the service, one Evergreen and three Arkas vessels. The WEM service has a port rotation of Valencia, Castellon, Barcelona, Fos, Cagliari, Piraeus, Beirut, Mersin, Iskenderun, Latakia, Alexandria, Izmir, Piraeus and Valencia within a 28-day schedule.Evergreen currently has four weekly, line-haul, Asia-Mediterranean-Europe service calls at Piraeus, a key network hub for the carrier in the Mediterranean. Demand in the Asia-Mediterranean lane has been weak in recent months. In March, cargo volumes hit their lowest point this year, dropping 20 percent from the month prior, according to Container Trade Statistics. Evergreen also plans to launch two additional feeder services: a Levant service 2, linking Piraeus to Mersin, with a slot exchange agreement with Arkas/Emes, and the Piraeus-South Italy shuttle service connecting Piraeus to Bari in Southern Italy.

417 days ago by arnekiel

Westports to increase container-handling capacity by 2m teu
Malaysian port operator Westports is expected to increase its container handling capacity to 13m teu from the current 11m teu following the completion of its Container Terminal 8 (CT8) by the middle of 2017, according to Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, ceo of the company. “Our focus is always skewed towards a supply-driven approach to meet our customer demand. With CT8, we will be able to handle big vessels while continuously maintain the highest level of productivity,” Gnanalingam said in a speech yesterday. Westports said earlier that it would invest RM1bn ($269.4m) from 2015 to 2017 for the development of CT8. The budget for the project in 2015 is RM400m ($107.7m).


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