APM Terminal has invested over $350 million on facilities at the Apapa, Lagos port. It has also received an award from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the “Most Environmentally Conscious Port Operator” in Lagos region.
The award, according to its Managing Director, Andrew Dawes, was in recognition of the terminal’s achievements in safety and operational best practices.
Dawes said: “This achievement is made possible through the safety culture of personal responsibility which we practice and embrace, and through the personal commitment of our staff and business partners working together for a safe work place environment,” he said.
On a company-wide basis, APM Terminals’ Lost-Time Incident Frequency (LTIF) rate declined from 2.53 in 2013 to 1.81 per million man-hours worked in 2014 across the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, in facilities managed by APM Terminals. The APM Terminals Apapa LTIF rate for 2014 was 0.47 per million man-hours worked.
He said: “APMT is the largest container facility serving Lagos. With a container throughput of 700,000 TEUs in 2014, APM Terminals Apapa is the busiest container terminal in the West African Region, handling 50 per cent of the nation’s inbound containers.”
The company, according to him, invested $350 million in the port when it started its expansion programme in 2006.
CMA CGM starts MEDGULF Service from Mediterranean to the US Gulf and the Caribbean islands
Portnews - The CMA CGM Group announces the launching of MEDGULF Service linking the Mediterranean to the US Gulf and Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Jamaica). This new service will offer: Weekly sailings from the Mediterranean to US Gulf and Caribbean A unique and direct rotation from Houston to Tangiers The best transit time on the market between Mexico and Houston, to Spain and Italy, that represent a strong advantage on the Reefer market MEDGULF completes the AMERIGO service that has already been operating between the Mediterranean and US East Coast.The MEDGULF service will deploy a fleet of 6 1,700 TEU vessels on the following direct weekly rotation: Tangiers, Livorno, Genoa, Barcelona, Valencia, Caucedo, Kingston, Veracruz, AlTamira, Houston and Tangiers. The first voyage will start from Livorno, on April 24th 2015
CMA CGM implements an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge from all origins to Douala
The port congestion at Douala has been increasing over the last weeks, reaching up to 30 days and affecting EURAF 4 line, the company said in its press release. CMA CGM will consequently implement an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge.
Waterways of Saint-Petersburg are open for navigation from April 9
By the Order of the Transport Committee, waterways and water bodies of Saint-Petersburg will be opened for self-propelled vessels and small-size vessels from 00:00 Moscow time of April 9, 2015, says press center of the Transport Committee under the City Government. According to earlier statements, navigation at the federal waterways on the Neva river (from the Blagoveshchensky Bridge to the Bolshoi Obukhovsky Bridge) and on the Malaya Neva river (from the headwaters to the Tuchkov Bridge) opened on April 4, 2015. Primorsk line of aquabus service in Saint-Petersburg is to start operation from May 29, 2015. Waterways of Saint-Petersburg include the Admiralteysky canal, Bumazhny canal, Dudergofsky canal, Zimnyaya kanavka, Izhorsky pond, Griboyedov canal, Kronverksky strait, Kronverksky protok, Kryukov canal, Lakhtinsky razliv, Matisov canal, Obvodny canal, Razliv lake, Volkovka river, Glukharka river, Ekateringofka river, Yemelyanovka river, Zhdanovka river, Izhora river, Karpovka river, Krestovka river, Moika river, Monastyrka river, Okkervil river, Okhta river, Pryazhka river, Slavyanka river, Smolenka river, Tarakanovka river, Fontanka river, Chernaya river (from Kolomyazhsky bridge to Bolshaya Nevka), Shkipersky canal. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Draft limitations at Santos force box ships to reduce capacity
New draft restrictions on containerships calling at Santos in Brazil, supported by warnings from pilots that shallow channels pose dangers to navigation, is hurting the bottom line of ocean liners and terminal operators and affecting their services.
For every 500 centimetres of draft lost, the 10,900-TEU CMA CGM Tigris, which was built for the east coast of South America market, must reduce its load by 1,458 TEU, according to Sindamar, the Santos ship agents association. A manager at one of Santos's five box terminals told Newark's Journal of Commerce that since the end of last year the Santos pilots and their union, called Conapra, have been interpreting the official permitted drafts in a "way that they have never done before." "And this is causing massive headaches for all concerned, shipowners, shippers and for us in the terminals," the terminal manager said. "What they have done is to reduce the official draft at high tide." According to a senior executive of a global carrier with several services operating out of Brazil, all major shipping lines were "operating with severe and unnecessary draft restrictions" to the number of containers that their ships are being permitted to handle.
India’s Alang will suffer if EU ship breaking law passed
European, Turkish and Chinese ship breakers are set to benefit from strict new EU laws on scrapping old ships, potentially significantly impacting South Asian beach scrap yards.
Of 1,026 ocean-going ships scrapped in 2014, 641 were broken up on beaches in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, according to figures from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
Cargo ships and cruise liners that have reached the end of their useful life are driven at full speed onto beaches and stripped down by hundreds of unskilled workers using simple tools with little health and safety measures or environmental protections.
Chemicals routinely leak into the ocean when the tide comes in and there is a huge human cost, according to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, which estimates that during the last 20 years 470 workers have been killed in Alang-Sosiya, the world’s largest stretch of ship-breaking beaches.
Almost half of all scrapped ships are sent to the beaches of Alang, known as the graveyard of all ships.
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment and Maritime Affairs, says “the shameful practice of European ships being dismantled on beaches” will be ended with the introduction of the new law.
The measure will require that EU-registered ships be scrapped only at sustainable facilities with proven safeguards for the environment and its workers.
An approved list of ship breakers is expected to be published next year and is likely to include yards in China, Turkey, North America and the European Union, but not South Asia.
Oil spill shuts part of Mississippi River after vessels collide
About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River, forcing authorities to close part of the waterway after a ship collided with vessel offloading crude in southern Louisiana, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The bulk carrier Privocean broke free from its mooring near Convent at around 4 p.m., hit a towing vessel and then collided with the tank ship Bravo which was carrying the oil, officers added.
“The Mississippi River is closed from mile marker 163 to mile marker 154,” the statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Eight refineries along the Mississippi in that region account for about 12 percent of U.S. refining capacity, according to the U.S. energy information administration.
The plants have said they usually have least a few days’ crude supply on hand to carry through periods when tankers cannot reach them.
Refinery officials were not available for comment.
No injuries were reported and there were no details on when normal river traffic would be resumed.
Libya’s biggest crude oil export terminal could reopen in two weeks
Al Mabrook Bu Seif, the chairman of state-run National Oil (NOC), told Bloomberg over the weekend that his team will start contacting existing clients to coordinate crude exports from oil ports.
Seif told the news agency that force majeure could be lifted in two weeks on loadings at Es Sider, Libya’s largest export terminal and at neighbouring Ras Lanuf, the third-largest, as Islamist militias pulled out from the region.
Truck access at Brazil’s Santos port limited after fuel tank fire
Truck access to the Port of Santos, Brazil’s largest, was further restricted early on Monday as a result of a fire that has raged for five days in a fuel depot near the port.
While the restrictions are slowing new deliveries, they are not affecting export volumes of soybeans and other grains as the port has ample stocks, industry representatives said. Santos handles a third of Brazil’s soybean exports, half its of corn exports and much of the country’s coffee and sugar shipments.
“Anything that happens at Santos is cause for worry, but the fire has not altered anything with regard to the April export outlook,” said Sergio Mendes, executive director of the National Cereals Exporters’ Association, Anec.
Trucks heading to the “right”, or City of Santos, side of the port on the Anchieta Highway were prevented from entering at midnight on Monday, highway operator EcoRodovias said.
The Santos mayor’s office later said it planned to keep the entrance closed to trucks until Friday while firemen finished containing and cleaning up the blaze.
Trucks heading to Guaruja, another city on the “left” side of the channel that provides access to the port, are being allowed to proceed, Sao Paulo’s transport regulator said.