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515 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM upgrades Ethiopian services with direct calls in Djibouti
CMA CGM develops its Ethiopian intermodal service by linking Djibouti to 6 inland key destinations (Addis Ababa, Mekele, Nefas Meewcha, Gibe, Shashemene and Jinga) CMA CGM adds 2 strategic calls in Djibouti, the Ethiopian market gateway, on its MEX1 and REX2 services www.hellenicshipp...

515 days ago by arnekiel

Kochi Port gets ready to receive cars from Gujarat thru sea route
In line with the Shipping Ministry’s move to promote coastal shipping, Cochin Port Trust is toying with the idea of offering facilities for passenger car movement by Ro-Ro service. Leading logistics players focussing on passenger car movement from Gujarat production units are in touch with the port management to use the facilities in Willingdon Island. These companies intend to move vehicles from Gujarat to dealers in Kerala using the coastal route to reduce the cost. At present, these vehicles are moved in non-standardised vehicles through highways. www.hellenicshipp...

515 days ago by arnekiel

Powerful Panama Canal tugs ready for the opening of the expanded waterway
Powerful Panama Canal tugs that attend other much larger ships, are ready for the opening of the expanded waterway, scheduled for the second quarter, reported the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). The new locks will operate without locomotives, so it will be the tugs that will lead in the transit of ships in the new locks. The total fleet of tugboats is 46 units to assist the transit of ships and four for dredging operations. The first group of 23 will operate regularly supporting ships passing through the canal, said the ACP. Nine vessels are to be held in reserve for the inauguration of the works, so that “they are used to maintain and do remedial work required for the fleet to be available,” the ACP source said Saturday. On October 9, 2914 the ACP completed the purchase of 14 tugs that will be used in the new locks. Since 2000, to date, the authority has invested about $372,872,424 in acquisition of these vessels for replacement and addition of equipment to the fleet, the source said. The Vice President of Canal Operations, Esteban Saenz said proper maintenance has allowed all tugboats to serve until they reach double their normal life, making it vital to give them fair treatment, the ACP said in a statement. The Authority has said it estimates that the expanded Canal will begin operating during the second quarter of 2016. Source: The Bulletin Panama

515 days ago by arnekiel

Striking dockers shut down port of Limassol
Shipping Herald: Dockers in Cyprus’s second city of Limassol went on strike Monday in protest at government privatization plans, effectively shutting down the island’s largest port. Trade unions voted to stop work indefinitely until port employees receive cast-iron guarantees that their jobs will be secure under the government’s plans to hand over its operation to private firms. The plans are part of a raft of reforms that the government pledged to carry out in return for a 10-billion-euro bailout by international creditors. The necessary legislation is due to be put before parliament on Thursday. The dockers’ unions urged lawmakers to postpone the debate until their demands have been met. Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said he was “surprised” by the strike action, which he called unnecessary, because employees have been assured their job rights will not be violated. “All those employed now will keep their rights… There is no reason to strike,” Demetriades told state radio CyBC. The island has a smaller container terminal in Larnaca to the east but the one in Limassol is much the bigger and a key point of entry for imports to the island. [AFP]

515 days ago by arnekiel

Panama Canal announces draught restrictions because of El Nino
he Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a ‘circular to shipping’ establishing certain temporary restrictions on vessel draught for all agents, owners and operators of the waterway. This temporary and preventive action is taken due to the effects of El Nino, which results in the periodic warming of ocean waters in the tropical Pacific, the ACP said in a statement. When this happens, El Nino changes the pattern of rainfall in many regions of the planet, with the consequent drought in the watershed of the canal, which has caused Madden and Gatun Lakes to be below their average levels for this time. The circular states that the maximum allowed draught of 11.89 metres (39 feet) in tropical freshwater will be effective from 18 April 2016. The maximum authorised draught is defined by the deepest point of immersion specific to each vessel in Gatun Lake. These measures are applied to ensure the continued safe operation of the waterway. Vessels with a greater draught to 11.89 metres before or on 21 March will not have to follow the draught restriction, subject to security considerations. Vessels loaded after 21 March must comply with the measure. www.seatrade-mari...

516 days ago by arnekiel

Container volume at Batangas terminal rises
Listed Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said container volume at the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) jumped by a third last year on higher flow of commodities that support South Luzon industries. The terminal handled more than 130,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of international containers in 2015, up from the 98,000 TEUs reported a year before.

516 days ago by arnekiel

All Mexico’s Gulf Crude-Loading Ports Closed By Bad Weather
All Mexico’s crude loading ports on the Gulf Coast have been closed to shipping since early Sunday, the ministry of communications and transportation said. Also closed Sunday were the petrochemicals port of Altamira and the products port of Tuxpan. One of the crude-loading ports, Pajaritos, is also the nation’s leading petrochemicals port. The bad weather was caused by a seasonal cold front generating high winds and heavy seas in the region. However, Salina Cruz, the only oil port on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, was operating normally. Salina Cruz supplies leading customers of state-owned Pemex in Asia, including India, Japan and South Korea. Source: Platts

516 days ago by arnekiel

Hyundai Merchant Marine to sell Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal stake at $85.7 mn to Singaporean port authority
South Korea’s cash-strapped Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. is selling 40 percent plus one share in Hyundai Pusan New-Port Terminal Co. in southern coastal city of Busan with annual capacity to handle 2.47 million twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) of cargoes to the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) at about 100 billion won ($85.7 million) to solve some of its immediate liquidity woes. The shipping company owns 50 percent plus one share in the port terminal.

516 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Salalah in deal with Iran to boost trade
Port of Salalah has signed a deal with Shahid Rajee Port and Chabahar Port through the Port and Maritime Authority (PMO) of Iran, accoridng to a report. The memorandum of understanding seeks close co-operation in a range of activieties that will facilitate growth in shipping, trade and commerce for both nations, said the Times of Oman report. “With multiple main line services already providing a comprehensive and reliable global connectivity via Salalah, and strong interest shown by all shipping lines in catering to the growing Iranian economy, this pioneering agreement will act as a facilitator and a platform for the three ports to work together to provide best in class logistics and supply chain solutions for multiple stakeholders,” Ahmed Akaak, deputy chief executive officer of the Port of Salalah, was quoted as saying. Under the MoU, the three ports will develop joint marketing strategies, work together to enhance trade opportunities and promote an all water route between Bandar Abbas, Chahbahar and Salalah, he said. The deal will also provide for leveraging the knowledge and experience of Port of Salalah to help modernise and improve the infrastructure of the two Iraninan ports, in addition to offering support and expertise in training and skill development for the Iranian work force, the report added. Source: Times of Oman

516 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk adds Kakinada to India-Africa service
Kakinada Port, India’s new alternative east coast gateway that began container-handling at the end of last year, got its first break from a mainline customer with Maersk Line introducing a direct port call at the minor privately-operated facility as part of what the container line said was "moving closer to shippers and seeking new growth areas."In a customer advisory, the Danish carrier said its Mesawa service connecting the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa will offer regular, weekly calls at Kakinada.The expanded Mesawa rotation is as follows: Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Mundra, Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) and Kakinada, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Durban, South Africa; Luanda, Angola; Pointe Noire, Congo; Apapa and Tin Can Island, Nigeria; Cotonou, Benin; Port Elizabeth and Durban, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius and back to Jebel Ali. “We are excited to announce the addition of Kakinada in the list of our port of calls with a fixed vessel schedule. This is a continuation of our belief to be closer to our customers and grow with the market in a profitable manner,” Maersk said. “By providing our services in Kakinada, we are not only giving customers control of their cargo, but also helping them expand their businesses globally."Kakinada Container Terminal is a joint venture between Singapore’s PSA International and two local groups: Kakinada Infrastructure Holdings and Bothra Shipping Services. The Kakinada port complex, which is located between Visakhapatnam and Chennai, is under the control of Andhra Pradesh State Authority.“At present, no container facility is available at the port. By providing such facilities, Maersk Line is helping to create a dynamic business platform,” Maersk said. “Convenience of stuffing and de-stuffing operations within the port area will promote operational efficiency.”The Kakinada container facility comprises a quay length of nearly 1,000 feet and a set of cargo-handling equipment like harbor cranes and reach stackers, with an annual capacity of about 200,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units.Port statistics compiled by JOC.com show Kakinada Port handled about 18 million tons of cargo in fiscal year 2014-15, which ended March 2015. Source: The Journal of Commerce

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