Congestion at India’s Dhamra, Gangavaram ports delays unloading of coal
Capesize, Panamax and Supramax dry bulk ships waiting to unload coal at the key Indian east coast ports of Gangavaram and Dhamra are experiencing delays of up to a month due to congestion and bunching of vessels, shipping agency and market sources said. Dhamra, which receives coking and thermal coal, is witnessing delays of 28-30 days, while at Gangavaram ships have to wait for four to five days before they can berth to discharge their cargoes, an India-based shipping agency source said.
“The buying [into] both ports has gone down to record lows because of the enormous amount of [coal] cargoes sitting at the port,” a shipbroker said.
Most of the sources attributed the delays to lackluster demand for coal in India. Port officials at Dhamra and Gangavaram were not available to comment.
“We have a vessel which was supposed to go to Dhamra, but the charterers just told [us] that she was diverted to Paradip,” another shipbroker said.
Dhamra and Gangavaram had been facing congestion since June 18 and June 27, respectively, sources said.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised on July 10 that port workers in Chile have been on strike since the afternoon of Tuesday 8th July in respect of a dispute over a new law which affects workers’ lunch and rest breaks. The strike, organised by the Union Portuaria, is affecting a number of ports and disrupted operations are primarily impacting container and dry cargoes. The strike will be indefinite until ongoing negotiations between the Union and the Chilean Government can be resolved. All port operations in the following ports are currently affected:
- San Antonio
- San Vicente
- Puerto Montt
South Korean ports reopen as Typhoon Neoguri veers away
The South Korean ports of Yeosu, Gwangwang, West of Ulsan and Onsan reopened at 9 am local time Thursday (July 10) after Typhoon Neoguri veered off the Korea Straits, port officials in the country said.
Typhoon Neoguri, one of the worst typhoons Japan has faced, slammed into the country’s southern main island after lashing the Okinawa island chain.
Bunker suppliers in Korea said the storm had minimum impact on the South Korean bunker market, with the ports closed for only a relatively short period.
Bunker activities are set to return to normal and availability of bunker fuel dates is expected to improve, market sources said.
Coal deliveries to the port of Gladstone will be affected by a 60-hour shutdown of the Aurizon Rail network on 14, 15 & 16 July. The Coal Terminal will continue to schedule and load, where possible using existing stockpiles, however all suppliers on this rail network will be affected by this closure.
Banque Atlantique, SocGen and Afreximbank have raised 200 million euros ($272.81 million) to start a second container terminal at Abidjan port in Ivory Coast, a banking spokesman said on Thursday.
The new terminal contract, awarded to a group led by France's Bollore last year, should boost capacity at one of Africa's busiest ports - a gateway for landlocked nations to the north and a transit point for beans from the world's top cocoa grower.
Port traffic is booming and total tonnage surpassed 21 million metric tons in 2013.
Banque Atlantique has raised 100 million euros and Societe Generale and Afreximbank gave 50 million euros each, Souleymane Diarrassouba, director general of Banque Atlantique, told Reuters. His bank is a subsidiary of Banque Populaire du Maroc.
n order to improve their capacity, Melita Marine Group of Malta has purchased a new floating dock with 5,000 tonnes lifting capacity, an overall length of 102 metres, an inside width 20 metres and draft over keel blocks of 6 metres.
The dock was transported to Malta by OHT's semi-submersible Vessel MV Eagle and has now safely arrived to Melita Marine Group's facilities at Grand Harbour, Valetta. First docking with the 5,000 tonne dock at Malta was the 73 metre long Superyacht 'Plan B'.
Ukraine to Close Ports in Crimea for International Shipping
The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is moving from Eastern Ukraine, where the rebels are on the back foot, to the Black Sea.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure released a note on Monday morning, saying that the country is about to close the ports located on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Evpatoria, Kerch, Sevastopol, Feodosia, Yalta and Sevastopol) for international shipping.
‘The corresponding decree of 16 June, 2014 № 255 “On closing of the seaports,” registered in the Ministry of Justice on 24 June, 2014, № 690/25467, will come into force after its official publication,’ Kiev said.
The Port of Tauranga is poised to become the New Zealand hub for big ships, taking business away from all its competitors.
The Australian investment research company, Morningstar, says Port of Tauranga is the most productive port company in Australasia.
Morningstar says barring any downturn in the Chinese housing market, or significant slowdown in global trade, the port will continue to strengthen its dominant position in both the North and South Islands.
Analyst Nachi Moghe said the company had made all the right decisions in positioning itself for future growth.
He said the port has a dominant position for logs and is growing in the container business. Mr Moghe said it is also the lowest cost operator in the business as far as containers and logs go.
He said it is a well run and well managed company which thinks ahead and so is proactive.
Mr Moghe said it was likely that in the future there would be consolidation of cargo in New Zealand and Port of Tauranga was best suited to be the hub port in New Zealand.
New liquids terminal to be built at Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla
A new, 528,000-barrel refined products and crude oil storage terminal is to be built at the Port of Barranquilla, Colombia.
Latin American terminals group Grupo Coremar and midstream energy company Zenith Energy have been awarded a construction contract for the first phase of the terminal.
Included will be a new 50,000 dwt ship dock, 6-lane truck racks, as well as accompanying infrastructure.
Palermo Tanks will hold a permitted storage of up to 2.5 million barrels for third party merchant storage, allowing for the acceptance of clean products, crude, asphalt, vegetable oil, and petrochemical streams, to and from a 50,000 dwt dock with approximately 12.5m of draft alongside.
The facility is being constructed within Grupo Coremar’s 426-acre Palermo Port Society development; the Port offers a variety of dry, break bulk and liquids services. The Palermo Port Society development is located alongside the Magdalena River, with quick access to Colombia’s national highway network.
Strike at US West ports: Teamster walkout could disrupt economy ‘far and wide’
08/07/2014 - About 120 truck drivers for three transport companies have walked off the job at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The drivers claim the companies are treating them unfairly and have intimidated them.
The Southern California ports are among the busiest in the world. A wider, prolonged work stoppage could have a significant impact on the economy because the ports are responsible for more than 40% of imports coming into the United States. “Everybody uses those ports… retailing, manufacturing, agriculture,” said Jonathan Gold, a supply chain expert for the National Retail Federation, a trade group.”They are very important ports and disruptions will be felt far and wide.” The drivers, considered non-unionized independent contractors, are backed by the powerful Teamsters union. They say the strike will go on until their demands are met. Union spokeswoman Barbara Maynard said the three transport companies being targeted are Total Transportation Systems, Pacific 9 Transportation, and Green Fleet Systems. A statement from Justice for Port Truck Drivers — a group that’s part of the Teamsters — said port truck drivers receive pay that’s below minimum wage. They “are on the front lines of the fight for a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work,” the statement said.