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546 days ago by arnekiel

Costa Rica begins construction on $96 mn oil terminal in Puerto Moin
Construction has started on a $96 million oil terminal in Moin, a port on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, the government said. The new oil dock will be able to handle tankers in the 40,000 ton to 80,000 ton class. President Laura Chinchilla laid the cornerstone for the terminal during a ceremony this week in Moin, which is in Limon province. The oil dock is expected to begin operating by the end of 2014, officials said. The oil terminal's expansion is being funded by state-owned Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo, or Recope, and the dock is being constructed by Mexican-Costa Rican consortium MECO, which won the bidding for the project. Tankers arriving at the new terminal will be able to unload their oil 24 hours a day. Costa Rica's oil tab totaled $2.175 billion in 2012 and $2.172 billion 2011, Recope said. Source: EFE

546 days ago by arnekiel

DP World London Gateway to receive three giant quay cranes in early March
DP World London Gateway, Britain’s new deep-sea container port, will take delivery of three giant quay cranes in early March when the vessel Zhen Hua 26 floats up the Thames on the final leg of the cranes’ three month voyage from China. The biggest ever to be delivered to the UK, the cranes are 138 metres tall – two and a half times the height of Nelson’s column – and are upright on the ship. Weighing 2,000 tonnes, it would be possible to roll the London Eye under the lifting arm. These will be just the first quay cranes destined for London Gateway. A further 21 will be delivered once construction on the six main berths is completed. The quay itself – where the cranes will sit – will be over 2.5 km in length once the port is fully operational. Source: DP World London Gateway

546 days ago by arnekiel

Sohar Container Port, Oman, to be fully operational by January 2014
Construction of the new 70-hectare container terminal at Port of Sohar begins shortly, operational in 2014. As part of the expansion deal, container-terminal operator Hutchison Whampoa has signed an agreement for developing the 70-hectare container terminal for Oman International Container Terminal which will raise capacity from 800,000 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 1,500,000 TEU's. Port of Sohar is a deep sea port in the Middle East situated in the Sultanate of Oman, 220km northwest of its capital Muscat. The management of this industrial port lies with Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC), a 50/50 joint venture between the Government of Oman and the Port of Rotterdam.

546 days ago by arnekiel

Major Shipping lines divert cargoes from Port Said to Eilat
Three of the region’s largest maritime shipping lines; CMA-CGM from France, COSCO from China and MAERSK Line from Denmark, have redirected their cargoes from Port Said to the Israeli port of Eilat, according to a source at the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). This came as the result of operations in Port Said having been shut down for the last four days, the source said. Abd al-Khaleq Ayad, President of the Board of Directors of SCCT, revealed in a public statement that losses for the Suez Canal Container Company and the Port Said Port Authority had risen to $3m in the last 4 days. The SCCT has the management and operation rights for the East Port Said port concession. It still has ongoing contracts with these companies, said the source, who could not say whether the decision was temporary or permanent.

546 days ago by arnekiel

Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2 ready by end 2013 - operational mid 2014
The port of Rotterdam expansion – Maasvlakte 2- will be completed by the end of this year with terminals operational in mid-2014. Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaled told Seatrade Global that the Euro3bn terminal built on reclaimed would increase the total area of the port by 20%. Aboutaled said Rotterdam World Gateway and APM Terminals MV2 would begin operations by mid-2014. The two terminals represent an investment of Euro1.5bn euros in their first phase, and a further Euro500m second phase resulting in 4.5m teu total capacity. Over the past seven years, the private sector had invested around Euro2.5bn euros every year in the port. “Maasvlakte 2 will be able to receive super post-panamax 19,000-teu vessels, as well as the Vale’s huge ships bringing iron ore to Rotterdam,” he said.

546 days ago by arnekiel

Toyota to export via Port of Brunswick
Global carmaker, Toyota Motor, has announced that it will begin exporting US-assembled Venza crossover vehicles to Russia and Ukraine via the Port of Brunswick in Georgia. Toyota, which is a new client for the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), will begin Venza shipments this year. Production will begin at Toyota’s Georgetown plant in April 2013. The company expects to export around 5,000 Venza vehicles per year to Russia and Ukraine. - See more at: www.portstrategy....

546 days ago by arnekiel

Port Hedland reopened on Feb. 28 after cyclone Rusty passed
Australia’s Port of Dampier, Port Walcott and Port of Hedland have all experienced closure this week in the wake of tropical Cyclone Rusty – meaning more delays for operators and vessels. The cyclone caused winds of up to 35 knots with thunderstorms and squalls to 90 knots, which placed the ports on yellow alert. The cyclone moved in a southerly track this week and crossed the east coast of Port Hedland as a category 4 system yesterday. The all clear was given for Port Hedland to reopen in stages on Feb. 28 after port inspections were undertaken. But Rusty has cost the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) a total closure time of 3.5 days this week. A port spokesperson confirmed that there is some minor superficial damage to signs and non-essential structures, with the main item of concern being potential damage to one of the lines boats. This is the third time in two months that Hedland has been affected by cyclones. Last month, Cyclone Petra shut the port for nearly a day and a half. - See more at: www.portstrategy....

547 days ago by arnekiel

New pier for cruise ships visiting Palma de Mallorca
The port in Palma de Mallorca has extended the Pier Ponent so it can accommodate larger cruise ships that are visiting the city. The new pier is 359 metres long and 30 metres wide and took two years to build, beginning in 2010. The current pier extends to 443 metres which means that the combined space will now be able to dock four large cruise ships. Around one million passengers come to Mallorca by cruise ship each year and Palma's port is expecting around 449 cruise ships to visit the city in 2013. www.seemallorca.c...

548 days ago by arnekiel

Strike planned on Thursday, Feb. 28 2013
Employees of the WSA Brunsbüttel plan a 24-hrs strike at Brunsbüttel Kiel-Canal locks lasting from 06.00 a.m. until 06.00 a.m. of the next day March, 01.

548 days ago by arnekiel

'Mega cruise ship' terminal planned for Brisbane
A controversial neighbourhood plan and a draft development blueprint, which gives the green light for another cruise terminal in Brisbane, has passed at the Brisbane City Council meeting. In a rare move, Labor and LNP councillors united in their support for the draft Pinkenba/Eagle Farm neighbourhood plan at Tuesday's meeting, voting to approve a document outlining a new shape for a district dubbed Brisbane's “economic heart”. That heart will beat through six different development precincts contained within the industry-focused plan, with “mega cruise ships” supported by provisions for a new terminal at the Myrtletown Precinct. Brisbane's existing cruise ship terminal at Portside Wharf is capable of welcoming ships up to 270 metres in length, including the P&O Aurora and the Oriana, but unable to handle mega ships the size of the 345 metre-long RMS Queen Mary 2. www.maroondahweek...

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