Port of Savannah to receive four super post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes
The Port of Savannah is getting a longer reach for loading and unloading some of the world's largest container ships now that four giant cranes standing 185-feet-tall have arrived from China. A ship delivering the towering cranes to the port Wednesday literally stopped traffic on the Talmadge Memorial Bridge spanning the Savannah River. The bridge was closed for about 30 minutes as a safety precaution while the ship squeezed beneath it.
The new cranes are capable of lifting up to 65 tons of cargo to a height of 136 above the dock. They bring the total number of electric-powered cranes at the port's Garden City container terminal to 25, the most of any shipping terminal in the nation. Savannah has the fourth-busiest container port in the U.S.
PIL to offer direct link from Manila to Long Beach
Pacific International Lines (PIL) will start a direct service between Manila and Long Beach on its existing China Transpacific (CTP) service from 20 June. The maiden voyage from Manila (North Habour) to Long Beach will commence with a 1,300-teu boxship Kota Wangi from Manila on 20 June and reaching Long Beach on 12 July.
More than 300 business guests were due to attend a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2013 to mark the official start of work on site for Peel Ports' £300m deep water container terminal which will enable the world's largest container vessels to port. A dredging operation to remove one million cubic metres of material from the seabed was being launched by Sir Bobby Charlton and Kenny Dalglish. The two footballing legends were invited to symbolise the benefits that Liverpool 2, along with Peel Ports' investments in facilities along the Manchester Ship Canal, will bring to Liverpool and Manchester.
Government urged to solve Indonesia port strike - Pelindo II back to normal
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has urged the government to settle a major strike this week at Tanjung Priok Port- Indonesia’s busiest port, caused by a dispute between state port operator PT Pelindo II and private businesses at the port. Suryo Bambang Sulisto, chairman of Kadin said yesterday that the government must develop a new management system for the port business. He suggested that Pelindo focus on providing port facilities, while leaving other services, such as routing and shipping to the private sector and market mechanisms. “A port is the vein of thousands of port service supplier companies, but the state-owned port operator still monopolizes it. We need to have a clear mechanism to keep healthy competition. That includes increasing the role of the port authority as the regulator and the government’s representative at the port to have a strong and neutral role,” Sulisto urges.
PT Pelindo II have since said on June 05, 2013that port operations were back to normal. [05/06/13]
Maersk Line adds Khor Fakkan to its Med – Middle East ‘ME2′
Maersk Line today announced the addition of a Khor Fakkan call to its West Med – Middle East ‘ME2′ service (#1720). The UAE-port is added after the Middle East Gulf rotation Jebel Ali, Dammam, Jubail, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali. At the same time, the present double call at Salalah, Oman, is reduced to a single ‘eastbound’ call.
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Jakarta: A total of 588 cargo shipping companies which operate a total fleet of 18,000 vehicles and manages 54,000 workers, launched a strike on June 3, 2013 against state-run port operator Pelindo’s alleged attempt to take over their businesses through some of its subsidiaries at Tanjung Priok Port, Indonesia’s largest and busiest port.
The strike lasted 12 hours yesterday and it will continue if Pelindo fails to cater to protesters’ demands to stay away from the logistics and transportation businesses at ports.
However, Pelindo claimed that Tanjung Priok Port was operating normally despite the strike staged by the companies.
Ten other ports managed by Pelindo also suffered from strikes on the same day. [04/06/13]