Shipbreaking yards in India demolish 527 vessels in 2012, breaking all records
India makes history in terms of maximum number of ships beached this year, with 527 vessels making an average of 1.4 ships beached per day. With 5.2 Mil Metric Ton being recycled from ships, Ship Recycling in India contributed to 9 Pct of total steel manufactured in India.
International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) made the decision to terminate its business in the Syrian Arab Republic through subsidiary, Tartous International Container Terminal (TICT), due to the ongoing civil war.
The company says that political unrest and violence made operations dangerous and unsustainable for TICT personnel. Prior to the announcement, all Filipino employees had already been pulled out of the country. www.portstrategy....
First Main Line Vessel of the season calls At NMPT
Main Line container vessel of M/s Pacific International Lines(PIL) – M.V. KOTA HAULS from East Africa (Port Matwara) called at New Mangalore Port on 26-12-2012. This is the first main line vessel which called at the Port during the current financial year. The vessel commenced its operation by unloading 306 Boxes of Raw cashew for distribution among various cashew processing units situated in and around Mangalore and after completion sailed out on 27th morning. The entire operation took a record time of only 11 hrs due to the efficient handling by the stevedores and cargo handling workers. The advantage of Main Line vessel directly calling at the Port is the reduced transit time and economical handling cost. The voyage from East Africa to Mangalore will be only 9-10 days whereas vessels via Colombo will take 28 days. “Main Line vessels directly calling at the Port has resulted in upward growth of container traffic” says Dr. P. Tamilvanan, Chairman. While requesting all the MLOs and Users to make use of the advantageous position of lesser transit time and lesser handling cost. The Main Line operators while expressing their happiness over the performance of the vessel at NMPT is keen in calling more main line vessels and few more main line vessels are expected to call NMPT shortly. M/s Seamaster Shipping Logistics (Seaways group) are the agents of the vessel and M/s Delta Marine Logistics, Ltd. the Stevedores . The traffic at the Port during the current year shows upward trend. The Port has so far handled 27.01 million tonnes of cargo as against 24.23 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year with a growth rate of 11.49%. It is significant to note that NMPT is among few ports which is showing upward traffic growth during the current year. The container traffic is also gaining momentum with the arrival of mainline vessels and is expected to grow further with the onset of the forthcoming coffee season. So far 35,282 TEUs are handled during the first 9 months of the current fiscal year and has recorded a growth rate of 3.26%. Dr. P. Tamilvanan, Chairman has appreciated the sincere efforts of the Officers, employees, cargo handling workers, trade union leaders, trustees Port Users and all the stake holders for bringing laurels to the Port and also wished them a happy and prosperous New Year 2013.
Aegis Logistics plans to boost liquid terminal facility
Aegis Logistics Ltd plans 60,000 KL Liquid Terminal facility at Haldia to become operational in Q1 FY14 along with the upcoming expansion - 120,000 KL Liquid Terminal facility & 2,700 MT Gas Terminal facility at Pipavav. Meanwhile the company is getting positive results on its bunkering business because of its relationships and leverage existing tank farm infrastructure and waterfront operations management at various ports. Kochi Terminal Facility falls in South East Asia China en-route. The company has terminals located at Strategic Ports —Mumbai, Kochi, Haldia & Pipavav and it owns 20-acre land in Mumbai on which it operates a large tank farm connected to 3 jetties at Port.
Mr. M L Bellani, General Secretary of Transport & Dock Workers Union, Kandla has been nominated as Labour Trustee by Ministry of Shipping, Government of India on the Board of Kandla Port Trust for the 7th consecutive block of 2012-14. For his nomination, the workers of the union cheered Mr. Bellani on the eve of Board Meeting of Trustees of Kandla Port Trust Board held on 26th December. The large number of members from Kandla Port and many retired employees and officers of union conveyed their best wishes and distributed sweets. Comm. M L Bellani while thanking members and employees for their sincere wishes assured his best efforts for the betterment of workers of Kandla Port Trust.
Throughput at Port of Rotterdam grew 1.7 percent in 2012
Throughput at the Port of Rotterdam grew 1.7 percent in 2012, to 442 million metric tons, as growth in liquid bulk commodities outweighed a drop in steel-related dry bulk cargoes. Container volume was flat at 11.9 million 20-foot-equivalent units, although overall tonnage of containerized cargo edged up 2 percent to 126 million metric tons, as economic weakness in Europe favored heavier exports over lighter imports. The port saw a drop in feeder cargo, but an increase in short-sea containers. Roll-on, roll-off cargo increased 3 percent, but other general cargo dropped 23 percent, primarily because of a significant decline in steel imports. Overall, breakbulk throughput was down 5 percent to a total of 24 million metric tons.
Paranagua Container Terminal Cleared to Handle Larger Ships
As JOC reports, Brazil's Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua (Paranagua Container Terminal) has received permission to allow unrestricted access by vessels at the new Panamax dimensions (368 meters in length, beam of 51 meters).
Vessels entering Port Rashid face risk from sunken dhow wrecks
Two sunken dhows, large enough to be a danger to passing ships, have been discovered in the waters at Port Rashid, the National newspaper reported on Jan 2, 2013.
The vessels, each about 20 metres long, rise about five metres from the seabed of the harbour were discovered by HMS Enterprise, a British Royal Navy ship on a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, and her new survey motor boat, Spitfire, during two days of surveying work off Dubai.
After surveyed the wrecks, they passed the data to Dubai's port authority and other mariners have been alerted to the presence of the dhows.
The dhows Commander Derek Rae, the commanding officer of the Enterprise, said the chance to carry out the survey training, granted by the authorities in Dubai, was "invaluable". www.arabiansupply...
Qingdao to build major container port at Aoshanwan between 2015-20
The second largest port in China for foreign trade, Qingdao, plans to develop Aoshanwan port area into the key component of the Qingdao major international container ports between 2015 to 2020, and a new mega port area, reports Xinhua. Qingdao is estimated to expected to have a throughput of 410 million tonnes with a year-on-year increase of 7.8 per cent, 14.5 million TEU in containers with an 11.4 per cent increase and 287 million tonnes of foreign trade, a 7.4 per cent increase year on year growth at the end of 2012. At the meantime, its Aoshanwan port area is expected to finish building two new 10,000-tonne berths, which will bring the port an extra capacity of 29 million tonnes. The port's full-year investment will reach CNY4.08 billion (US$650)
Chongqing builds largest steel port on Yangtze River
Chongqing Xingang Changlong Logistics Company has commenced operation of the third steel terminal at Chongqing Iron & Steel Group’s port terminal project. The three terminals combined will now have a total annual capacity of 3m tons which makes it the largest steel port on Yangtze River.
Chongqing Iron & Steel Group said the port terminals will provide strong support to the company’s operation and it will decrease logistics costs and improve transportation efficiency.
Chongqing Iron & Steel Group signed an agreement with CSSC Group in December under which it will supply 1m tons of ship steel plate to CSSC in 2013 and become the major ship steel plate provider of CSSC Group.[SinoShipNews 31/12/12]