China mulls control on air pollutants emitted by shipping
Source:Xinhua The Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Monday it is seeking public feedback on a regulation to control pollution from boats and ships. The regulation, if passed, will be the first of its kind to specifically target emissions from the shipping sector. Currently, regulations exist on the discharge of water and solid waste from ships. The regulation will be in line with international standards. In a separate regulation on the control of industrial waste from the shipping sector, the ministry included emissions from volatile organic chemicals generated during the ship building process. Xiong Yuehui, an official with the ministry, said China had some 172,600 vessels with net deadweight of 244 million tonnes as of 2013. It also has eight out of the world's 10 largest ports in term of cargo handling capacity.
It is estimated that the shipping sector accounted for 8.4 percent of China's sulfur dioxide emissions, and 11.3 percent of nitric oxide in 2013.
Xiong said the new regulation, which also includes provisions on marine fuel oil usage, will benefit coastal cities, riverside cities and port cities.
Massive Fuel Oil Spill Noticed Near Bulgaria's Varna
A massive fuel oil spill has been spotted near Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna. Employees of the yacht harbor in town have noticed the spill and started calling local institutions immediately. Several fo them have said that similar events are not uncommon. The yacht harbor is located immediately next to the Ship Authority Port, where luxurious passenger ships anchor.
Meanwhile, the Marine Administration has assured people that all the necessary information has been passed on to the Regional Inspectorate on Environment and Waters. They added that all measures are being taken for the source of the pollution to be established and eliminated.
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A 23-day long strike at Peru’s largest port is generating losses of up to US$5 million a day. An indefinite strike at Peru's largest port in Callao, has caused the country economic losses of more than US$100 million, the main exporters association said Tuesday. The 23-day strike in the city, which borders capital city Lima, began after operators of APM Terminals introduced a new electronic system for selecting shifts that aims to help police investigate drug smuggling. The union previously picked shifts. APM Terminals, the operator of the port's North Pier since April 2011, operates the northern terminal, which handles 75 percent of Callao's capacity. In response to workers demands, APM Terminals fired 130 striking workers, which the company claims was legal under Peruvian labor laws. The latest industrial action, which involved over 700 workers, marks the sixth strike at the port over the last nine months. Peruvian Ollanta Humala’s continues to be undermined within the unions – which were part of his support base at the beginning of his mandate – as demands for higher wages and better working conditions increasingly become topics of debate in the country. Meanwhile, labor leaders from various sectors across the country will meet later this month in order to discuss the possibility of launching a national strike. Source : telesurtv
Evergreen & Turkey's Arkas to launch Mediterranean service
Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Line and Turkey's Arkas Line are launching a new collaborative West-East Mediterranean Service.The new service will connect the Aegean Sea, the Near East and the Western Mediterranean. Four vessels will be deployed into the service, one Evergreen and three Arkas vessels. The WEM service has a port rotation of Valencia, Castellon, Barcelona, Fos, Cagliari, Piraeus, Beirut, Mersin, Iskenderun, Latakia, Alexandria, Izmir, Piraeus and Valencia within a 28-day schedule.Evergreen currently has four weekly, line-haul, Asia-Mediterranean-Europe service calls at Piraeus, a key network hub for the carrier in the Mediterranean. Demand in the Asia-Mediterranean lane has been weak in recent months. In March, cargo volumes hit their lowest point this year, dropping 20 percent from the month prior, according to Container Trade Statistics. Evergreen also plans to launch two additional feeder services: a Levant service 2, linking Piraeus to Mersin, with a slot exchange agreement with Arkas/Emes, and the Piraeus-South Italy shuttle service connecting Piraeus to Bari in Southern Italy.
Westports to increase container-handling capacity by 2m teu
Malaysian port operator Westports is expected to increase its container handling capacity to 13m teu from the current 11m teu following the completion of its Container Terminal 8 (CT8) by the middle of 2017, according to Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, ceo of the company.
“Our focus is always skewed towards a supply-driven approach to meet our customer demand. With CT8, we will be able to handle big vessels while continuously maintain the highest level of productivity,” Gnanalingam said in a speech yesterday.
Westports said earlier that it would invest RM1bn ($269.4m) from 2015 to 2017 for the development of CT8. The budget for the project in 2015 is RM400m ($107.7m).
DP World Antwerp to get major crane upgrade from Kalmar
Three Kalmar STS cranes operated by DP World at the global port operator’s Antwerp Gateway are to be heightened by 6m to allow the port to accommodate larger container ships.
The project is to be undertaken by Kalmar, which will carry out all planning and engineering, including the installation of leg extensions underneath the portal beams in the existing flange junctions of the cranes.
The cranes have been operational at the port since 2005, but need to be extended to keep pace with the growth in the size of container ships in the last ten years.
The cranes are not just being heightened, according to a press release from DP World Antwerp, installations of consequential structural reinforcements in crane travel and trolley travel direction will also be carried out. Source: Arabian Supply Chain
Incheon New Port starts operation with 8,000 teu capacity
South Korea’s Incheon New Port has commenced operations on 1 June with an initial 8,000 teu capacity, since construction of the port started back in 2007. Incheon New Port, located at the southwestern part of Song-Do International district, boosts 1.6 km linear length of quay with 8,000 teu capacity.
IPA said that the largest vessel that the port will welcome will be the 6,800 teu Hyundai-Tokyo boxship scheduled to arrive on 7 June.
In April 2011, APM Terminals purchased Poti Sea Port, the largest port in Georgia, a multi-purpose facility with 15 berths for cargo and RoRo service, with total quay length of 2,900 meters and more than 20 quay cranes. Since assuming operations, APM Terminals has invested over USD 70 million upgrading the outdated port infrastructure and service facilities, including the construction of a new Customs Center, as well as new rail and truck facilities.
A grain processing terminal with potential of 500,000 ton annual capacity was opened in May 2013, opening an alternate route for Central Asian wheat exports to the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions. In 2014, total container throughput of Georgian ports was approximately 480,000 TEUs, with Poti’s container volume 80% of this total, or 385,000 TEUs. In 2015, the current Poti Seaport is expected to handle over 8 million tons of cargo and 400,000 TEUs, with more than 1,300 vessel calls. The next phase of the expansion plan, with projected completion in 2018, includes two new deep water berths able to accommodate vessels of 9,000 TEU capacity and an annual throughput capacity of one million TEUs.
The planned new quay to be constructed in front of the existing Inland Container Terminal, will enable full integration of the terminal yard, road and rail infrastructure into the expanded deep-water Mega-Port facility. At completion, the fully built-out mega-port will have an annual cargo throughput capacity of 50 million tons and 2 million TEUs. Source: APM Terminals
Port Canaveral Cargo Terminal Set to Begin Operations
GT USA’s new Canaveral Cargo Terminal (CCT), the only dedicated container terminal at Port Canaveral, will open for business on June 12, 2015, with an unveiling ceremony and cargo terminal tour showcasing the arrival of a vessel from CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s leading container shipping companies.
GT USA executives, along with Canaveral Port Authority officials, will welcome local, state, national and international public officials as well as industry leaders to the grand opening event.
GT USA is investing $100 million in the new state-of-the-art container terminal, infrastructure, equipment and people. Canaveral Cargo Terminal, initially developed on 20 acres with two berths and two gantry cranes, begins operations with capacity of 200,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to serve large cargo vessels. Source: GT USA
Chiquita could keep their ripening facility at the Port of Gulfport. Port officials tell us an article featured on freshfruitportal.com indicates the company may keep its business in the Magnolia State. As WLOX News previously reported, Chiquita moved operations to the Port of New Orleans, but kept a temporary storage and handling agreement with the Port of Gulfport.
The port welcomes Chiquita to continue operations in Gulfport.
“Though we have not spoken directly to Chiquita, we are pleased to hear they will be keeping their ripening facility in Gulfport,” Port of Gulfport Executive Director Jonathan Daniels said in a statement Tuesday. “Anytime we can maintain a business in Mississippi is good news for the state.” Though the company does not have vessels that dock in the port, some of its containers do still come to the Port of Gulfport. Source: WLOX