Having helped shape the green image of Chinese ship recycling, Maersk is now looking to transform Alang, home to the world’s most concentrated area of shipbreakers.
“The Maersk Group is determined to use its leverage to create more responsible recycling options and is thus announcing a commitment to help selected ship recycling yards in Alang to upgrade facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards,” Maersk said in a statement yesterday.
The market for ship recycling is dominated by practices unchanged for decades, Maersk noted. Out of the total 768 ships recycled globally in 2015, 469 – representing 74% of the total gross tonnage scrapped – were sold to facilities on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with challenges to workers and the environment, the company added.
The company reckons only yards in China and Turkey meet the Danish firm’s exacting recycling standards – by choosing these places the company is losing up to $2m a ship.
Four yards in Alang are now certified to the standards of the International Maritime Organization and Hong Kong Convention, a big advance in the last couple of years. splash247.com/mae...
Abu Dhabi Ports Invest In New Equipment To Improve Efficiency of Port Operations
Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, has procured a range of new advanced equipment this year as part of an ongoing upgrade to all of the general cargo and Roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) handling equipment at Khalifa Port and Zayed Port. The new equipment, including forklift trucks, terminal tractors, roll trailers and truck-mounted mobile cranes, will significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of port operations, and reduce vessel turnaround time.
These acquisitions are part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ continuous investment in equipment to better handle the increasing general cargo and RoRo volumes. The state-of-the-art equipment will ensure sustainable and reliable services and continue to improve customer satisfaction – one of the core objectives of Abu Dhabi Ports. Sixteen forklift trucks (FLTs) were the first equipment to arrive at Zayed Port. The new trucks, which have a lifting capacity ranging from three tons to fifteen tons, bring the total FLT fleet to over 30. Sixteen new terminal trucks are expected to arrive in February. With new additions, there will be over 30 terminal tractors in the two ports for general cargo and RoRo operations
Abu Dhabi Ports will also take delivery of 37 roll trailers. The new roll trailers will take the total number available to over 60. The new trailers will have the loading capacity of 80 tons and 120 tons. Eight truck-mounted mobile cranes are expected to arrive in April. This first batch of truck-mounted mobile cranes for Abu Dhabi Ports – four with lifting capacity of 100 tons and four with 70 tons – will offer improved mobility and manoeuvrability. They can be deployed at any port in the Abu Dhabi Ports portfolio. www.marineinsight...
Port of Hamburg box traffic down by 9.3% on the previous year’s total
Port of Hamburg reported container traffic for 2015 of 8.8m teu, down 9.3% on the previous year’s total, contributing to a 5.4% drop in overall cargo throughput. The drop in container throughput was said to be “primarily attributable to lower volumes handled with China, Russia and Poland” which together accounted for some 800,000 teu less than in 2014. Container traffic with China was down 14.4% and with Russia by 34.4%, the port said in a statement, which “could not be offset in volume by growth in container traffic with other countries such as Malaysia, India, the UAE or Mexico.”
Maersk Line provides 3 containers for the new Logistics Museum
Maersk Line, the biggest container shipper in the worlds, supported the “Logistics – In motion!” projects realized by the Logistics Museum. In accordance with the agreement between the museum and Maersk, the company will donate three 40-foot containers to the museum. The containers will be retrofitted and used for showcasing museum exhibits that are currently located on the territory of the State University of Sea and River Transport n.a. Makarov. The idea to place the museum into mobile containers came from the creators of the first Logistics Museum in Russia, founded in St. Petersburg in 2011. In 2015, the “Logistics – In motion!” project won a grant for the “Changing museum in a changing world” contest held by the Potanin Foundation. This mobile exposition will be the first of its kind museum in the world made out of sea containers, which have themselves become a symbol of today’s global trade. en.portnews.ru/ne...
BMW’s processing facility at the Port of Galveston due to open in April 2016
BMW’s soon-to-open processing facility at the Port of Galveston, Texas, in the United States will have the capacity to handle 2,000 cars daily and has a target to process 32,000 cars annually, WWL said in its press release. The facility, which includes more than 44,000 square feet (4,100 square metres) of processing space covering 20 acres (eight hectares) of land, will be dedicated to servicing imported BMW and Mini cars from Europe and making them ready for distribution to the carmaker’s dealer network in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Ports of Auckland Limited has signed a conditional agreement to purchase 33 hectares of land at Northgate Business Park for development as a freight hub, the company said in its press release. The site has excellent road and rail connections and is located at Horotiu, 8km north of Hamilton in an area with growing manufacturing, warehousing and logistics businesses. The development will adopt strong environmental principles, such as storm water treatment, rain water recycling and low energy use.
Ports of Auckland is now working through the conditions attached to the sale and is aiming to complete the deal by March 31. en.portnews.ru/ne...
(SCA) Logistics AB orders six mobile harbour cranes for Sundsvall port at Terex
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has secured an order for a model six mobile harbour crane in the G HMK 6507 two-rope variant from Swedish dry bulk goods manufacturer Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) Logistics AB. The mobile harbour crane is to be used within the terminal in Sundsvall, approximately 400 kilometres to the north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The mobile harbour crane is expected to help SCA Logistics AB in the Port of Sundsvall to meet the constantly increasing demand in the container segment. The crane offers SCA a maximum lifting capacity of 113 t[MO1] onnes, a radius of up to 51 metres and achieves lifting speeds of 120 metres-per-minute. https://www.porttechnolog...
Felixstowe jumps on container weighing service offering
The Port of Felixstowe will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with the new SOLAS container weight regulation that will be enforced from July 1, and to avoid potential export disruption
In Nicaragua, the National Port Company (EPN) is planning to build a new terminal at Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, to accommodate cargo from the north of the country that is currently handled by the ports of Limón, in Costa Rica, and Cortés, in Honduras.
At present, just three shipping lines make use of Caribbean ports while Pacific ports have calls from 15 lines. Bilwi will be expanded to allow it to accommodate some 4m tons of cargo annually, said EPN executive president Virgilio Silva, who estimates investment needed will be in the order of $400m. Once operational, he concludes that significant time savings will accrue. In addition to this project, the government is to invest $224m in modernising existing port, including construction of phase IV of Salvador Allende port, which has absorbed $35m; finishing San Juan del Sur port; and dredging 7km of the port of Bluefields to improve navigation for merchant vessels.
In 2015, Nicaragua’s ports handled 4m tons of cargo and are predicting a 20% rise in 2016 to 5.3m tons. Source: Port Strategy
Immediate construction of New Cebu International Container port pushed
The House Committee on Transportation is recommending plenary approval of a resolution seeking the immediate construction of the New Cebu International Container Port to further maritime trade and commerce in the Visayas region. www.hellenicshipp...