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409 days ago by arnekiel

Planned jetty shut down
Grangemouth Jetties No.2 and 3 at Grangemouth will be shut down during a period yet to be confirmed but indicatively to be between Monday (25 August) and 2 September.

409 days ago by arnekiel

DP World invests in the development of the container terminal Trilogiport at Liège Port
Following previous investments in the Beverdonk Container Terminal at Grobbendonk, now DP World takes over all shares owned by Euroports in Trilogiport (Liège container terminal). With this, the international terminal operator takes full responsibility for the development of Trilogiport. DP World thus confirms its confidence in Belgium as a logistics hub and base for the hinterland. Trilogiport is the planned container terminal at Liège Port, which is yet to be developed: a project that is part of the Marshall Plan of the Walloon Government, a key objective of which is the development of Liège as a logistics hub. Louis Bertrand, Director-General of the Liège Port Authority explains: “DP World supports our strategy to connect Antwerp and Rotterdam to Germany, the Netherlands and France via Liège.” The project, set to be completed in 2015, is expected to create more than 1,000 associated jobs in the long term.

409 days ago by arnekiel

Box port of Ningbo hit by truckers’ strike
SEVENTY per cent of container truckers using Ningbo – the world’s sixth-largest box port – have joined a strike that started last Monday over pay scales that have not changed since 2005. Picket lines were established in front of various large container depots in the area, which prevented the movement of equipment and freight in and out of the yards. Many major roads connecting the port terminal and container yard were also blocked. The government and truckers association did not reach an agreement when they met, reported the American Journal of Transportation. Marine carriers are re-routing freight to different terminals when possible, but traffic bottlenecks, equipment shortages, and missed vessel loadings continue. “There are around 13,000 trucks working in Beilun and 70 per cent are participating,a senior official of Ningbo Port Association (NPA) told Lloyd’s List. Other sources say container transport to and from the Ningbo Beilun International Container Terminals, was chiefly affected. The NPA official said owner-operator trucker also went on strike because of stringent environmental regulations, “unreasonable” port entry fees, and shipper payment terms. In Ningbo, owner-operators and drivers who work for them negotiate rates with cargo agents and shippers through transport companies, which act as their agents. Rates published by Ningbo Transportation Association Container Branch (NTACB), an industry group representing transport firms, forms the basis of pricing talks, said the report. The NTACB website announced early this month that the guideline rate would increase 12 per cent, partially meeting demands of truckers. The organisation said it had gained consent from cargo interests to impose the higher rate and asked striking truckers to resume operations. But the NPA official was pessimistic, saying, “simply increasing rates is not enough. Their demands are multifaceted? Ningbo Beilun International Container Terminals, run by Hong Kong’s Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH) and Ningbo Port Group, accounts for 180 sailings a month. An email to HPH seeking comment won no response, said Lloyd’s List. Ningbo Port Group also declined comment. Source: Schednet

409 days ago by arnekiel

Russia to build oil hub for 750 million euro in Rotterdam
Earlier, a number of Dutch MPs and members of city council urged the port’s authorities to ban or at least freeze the project for a while as Netherlands-Russia relations have worsened Russian constructors will build an oil terminal, estimated at 750 million euro, in the Dutch port of Rotterdam despite the protests of several Dutch politicians, Netherlands’ daily Algemeen Dagblad reported on Friday. The sanctions have not hit this project. Moreover, the construction of such oil terminal is of strategic importance for the country and the global oil industry in general”, vice mayor of Rotterdam port, member of D66 democratic party, Pex Langenberg, said. Earlier, a number of Dutch MPs and members of city council urged the port’s authorities to ban or at least freeze the project for a while as Netherlands-Russia relations have worsened because of sanctions. However, this initiative is unlikely to be supported by city authorities, the daily’s statistics say. The oil hub with a capacity of 3.1 million cubic meters will be finished in Rotterdam port by Russian Summa construction company by the year 2016. Source : ITAR-Tass

412 days ago by arnekiel

$100 million a day strike: Tugboat crews warn iron ore industry
Tugboat crews, including deckhands paid more than some New York bankers, are threatening to disrupt shipments from the world’s biggest iron ore port as they negotiate for increased wages and improved conditions. Australian iron ore miners may collectively lose about A$100 million ($93 million) a day as a result of stoppages at Port Hedland, according to BHP Billiton ltd. (BHP), the world’s largest mining company. The port exports about half of the nation’s shipments, forecast to reach A$76.5 billion in the year through June 2015, according to government forecasts. Unions have discussed possible industrial action since March and, depending on the results of voting, rolling stoppages could stretch to November. The deckhands earn at least A$137,000 a year, which can rise to about A$211,000 with benefits and allowances, according to BHP. A junior banker on Wall Street typically makes a base salary in a range of $70,000 to $90,000, with bonuses bringing total pay to as much as $140,000, according to New York-based compensation consultant Johnson Associates Inc.

412 days ago by arnekiel

Sohar to build rail freight terminal
Oman’s Port of Sohar announced on Aug. 21 that it plans to build a rail freight terminal – described by executive commercial manager Edwin Lammers as “vital in accelerating national growth”.

413 days ago by arnekiel

New Orleans expanding intermodal terminal
The Port of New Orleans is revamping its Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal to the tune of $21 million after a bid was awarded to a Louisiana-based construction company.

413 days ago by arnekiel

Brazil’s Sudeste port slated to begin operations in Q4 2014
Operations at Brazil’s Port of Sudeste in Rio de Janeiro will begin early in the fourth quarter, the port’s part owner Trafigura said. Trafigura, a Dutch commodities trading company, and Mubadala Development, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign fund, completed the acquisition of 65% of the port from MMX in February. “Porto Sudeste … is in the final stages of construction and is on track to begin operations at the beginning of the last quarter of 2014,” the port’s chief operating officer, Eugenio Mamede, said. More than 3,500 people work at the construction site of the port, which will have an initial capacity of 50 million mt/year of iron ore, he added. It will be able to berth Panamax, Capesize and Wozmax vessels. The announcement of the start of operations at Sudeste is in response to rumors in the market concerning a potential delay in the opening until 2015. The announcement does somewhat curb the enthusiasm of Brazilian steelmaker and mining company Usiminas that the export of iron ore could resume in Q3.

413 days ago by arnekiel

Non-cargo vessels to pay higher berth rates at Chennai port
20/08/2014 - The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) will levy separate berth hire charges on non-cargo vessels engaged in research and survey calling at the port. In certain categories, such as offshore rigs/supply ships, the additional levy could be quite huge, according to sources. Charges could increase multifold for non-cargo vessels. For instance, going by current rates, an offshore tug/supply vessel which paid ₹12,794 will now have to pay nearly ₹1 lakh as the new levy, according to information in the order. At present, the berth hire charges are uniform for all vessels, depending on the gross registered tonnage (GRT). Non-cargo vessels occupy cargo berths but pay less by virtue of their lower GRT, causing financial strain on the port. There is no space to create separate berths for such vessels, sources said. In financial year 2012-13, of the total 2,053 ships handled at the port, 1,928 were cargo and 124 were non-cargo vessels. This includes 54 supply vessels, 48 research craft, eight survey/ navy ships, ten repair vessels and four bunkering ships. Despite efforts to plan for the berthing of non-cargo vessels without affecting cargo vessels, sometimes the berthing of cargo vessels result in shifting of existing vessels. It is proposed to levy separate berth hire charges for different types of non-cargo vessels. This is one of the measures to increase revenue streams for the port, which is facing pressure due to stoppage of handling conventional cargo such as coal and iron ore. The Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) last month approved the proposal of ChPT for the new tariff for non-cargo vessels, sources said.

413 days ago by arnekiel

Trial Container Ship Call to Nanaimo Provides Options for Island Exporters
The arrival of the M/V Westwood Pacific at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal on August 19th is the first container ship to berth at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia. Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have been evaluating the Vancouver Island market for some time. This trial call, with express service to Japan, Korea and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service, providing Vancouver Island manufacturers the option to ship their goods from Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has been working with our terminal partner, DP World Vancouver, to create a direct competitive connection for Vancouver Island customers to Asia Pacific markets and the arrival of this container ship is one step closer to realizing this goal. The NPA recently received $4.5 million from the federal government as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative Program. These funds are intended to upgrade the Port’s container operation at the Duke Point Terminal. “The trial call from the M/V Westwood Pacific is an exciting time for Vancouver Island importers and exporters and will prove that the NPA can offer competitive deep-sea connections to global markets. We are sure that Westwood Shipping Lines will be pleased with the service, efficiency and potential volume of business that can be provided from Vancouver Island, and will hopefully announce a regular containerized liner service from Nanaimo as part of their global operation” commented Bernie Dumas President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority. “DP World Vancouver will first load two ships, but we expect the frequency of these shipments will increase and each departure will add 150 TEUs to 300 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container throughput to Vancouver Island’s container terminal,” says Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Vancouver. “This gives customers the option of now having direct access between Vancouver Island and major Asian ports as well as using the container barge service DP World Vancouver operates from the same facility to ship to Vancouver.” “Through the Port of Nanaimo gateway to Asia at Duke Point, Westwood Shipping Lines can provide consistent container/break bulk service designed to meet the needs of Vancouver Island. We have every expectation that our first two ship calls will demonstrate that the region will support continuation of the service. The Port of Nanaimo, ILWU Local 508, and DP World Vancouver have been very supportive in promoting this service” says Guy Stephenson, President and CEO of Westwood Shipping Lines, Inc. The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for Cargo Operations. Source: Nanaimo Port Authority

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