Hapag-Lloyd Urges Shippers to Reroute From NY-NJ, recommends Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk
Hapag-Lloyd is recommending that shippers to reroute cargo from the Port of New York and New Jersey to avoid delays that the carrier said it expects will continue until mid-September.
It was the strongest public statement yet by carriers in response to two months of operational delays that have forced truckers to endure almost-daily waits of up to several hours at New York-New Jersey container terminals.
In a letter to customers, Hapag-Lloyd cited marine terminal system updates and rollouts, trucking shortages accompanying new hours of service regulations, vacation-season shortages of ILA labor, and construction and bunching of ship calls at marine terminals.
“Both local and rail cargo are affected,” Hapag-Lloyd told customers. “In efforts to minimize commercial exposure to NY/NJ and restore our service to our customers, we strongly suggest rerouting cargo where possible.”
Hapag-Lloyd recommended using Montreal, Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from Europe and the Mediterranean; Halifax or Norfolk for cargo to and from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and Norfolk, Baltimore or Savannah for Latin America cargo
Dalian port opens first international rail container service
Dalian: Dalian port has opened its first international rail container service which will start from Dayaowan port area to destinations in Russia and Mongolia via Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia, according to an announcement from Ministry of Transport.
The Brazilian Institute of Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) has issued an operating license to Brasil Terminal Portuario (BTP) effective 19 th , July 2013, marking an important milestone in the new port project and officially opening the terminal, said in the APM Terminals's press release. BTP has been one of Brazil’s highest profile and most important port projects serving Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populated city and 7th largest city in the world. The terminal is the closest port in the harbor to the business centers and commercial markets that rely on the port. The brownfield project is a global success story that entailed taking an old, contaminated , industrial site which was a major liability for the city and turning it into a clean, safe, eco - friendly and job - generating economic engine of a p ort. The terminal boasts a quay length of 1108 meters, eight STS cranes, 2 6 RTGs, 40 terminal trucks, and an automated 18 lane gate to serve the trucking community safely and efficiently.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is planning a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering facility for Hambantota port in the southern part of the country, business news site Lanka Business Online reports. A strategic plan from the SLPA outlining improvements to be made through 2020 calls for an LNG terminal that would include a gas-fuelled power plant as well as LNG bunkering
Auckland's new primary cruise ship terminal was opened on July 31, 2013in a 103-year-old wharf shed. In the coming season thousands of passengers are expected to pass through Shed 10, on Queens Wharf off Quay St and opposite Queen Elizabeth II Square, with the first cruise ship due in October. The two-level restored building, almost the size of a football field inside, will be the city's primary cruise terminal from the start of the 2013/14 cruise season. On October 11, the P&O liner Sea Princess will berth there.
Egypt-Turkey shipping line operational, Egyptian official says
he shipping line that transports Turkish products to the Gulf via Egypt is operational, Mohamed Abdel-Qadir, chairman of Egypt's General Authority for Red Sea Ports, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
"The shipping line between the Iskenderun Port in Turkey and Egypt's Damietta Port is working at full capacity," he said. He added that the line was being used to transport Turkish products to Adabiya in Port Said, which are then shipped to the Saudi port of Dabba. "There has been a 25% increase in Turkish exports to the Gulf countries via Egyptian ports," Abdel-Qadir said.
Both the Egyptian government and maritime sources confirmed that a 2012 Turkish-Egyptian agreement to ship goods to Gulf countries remained in effect.
Abdel-Qadir said Turkey was transporting products to the Gulf via a second shipping line between the ports of Mersin and Port Said.
Greek court convicts 9 over cruise ship sinking of "Sea Diamond" in April 2007
A Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago.
The Piraeus court imposed suspended sentences Wednesday ranging from six months to just over 12 years, and acquitted another four defendants.
Louis Hellenic Cruises' Sea Diamond, carrying some 1,600 people, hit rocks off Santorini's cliffs in April 2007 and sank hours later. Two French passengers were never found and are presumed drowned.
The court imposed the strictest sentence, 12 years and two months, on the ship's captain for causing an accident, negligence that led to manslaughter, and marine pollution.
Lawyer Stelios Papandreopoulos, who represented Santorini local authorities, said the accident could have led to hundreds of deaths.
New ship to help port refuel vessels in Cochin Port
Giving a big boost to the bunkering operations from Cochin Port, a bunkering ship with a capacity of 1,100 tonnes is being brought to the port to supply fuel to foreign and domestic vessels travelling through the international route off the Cochin shore.
The ship, Shree Krishna XV, an Indian Registry of Shipping certified Class-I vessel, which will be arriving on Tuesday, will be an answer to one of the major ills of bunkering in Cochin. The barges currently carrying fuel from the shore to the ships find it difficult to operate at night and also during monsoon which usually goes up to October. www.deccanchronic...
One hour strike a day extended until Aug. 19, 2013
A strike called by dockworkers at the Port of Lisbon on June 25, is to be extended by a further month. As of July 22, the port will be paralysed for one hour every day – between 15.00 and 16.00 - until August 19 as stevedores down tools in support of jobs. - See more at: www.portstrategy....
The Port of Oakland has chosen to end a dispute with one of its tenants by making it the operator for the majority of its terminals - creating the third largest terminal on the US west coast.
SSA Terminals and SSA Terminals (Oakland), collectively known as SSAT, will become the operator of four out of seven of the port’s terminals in the creation of a new “mega terminal” in a move to achieve long term stability for both revenue and jobs.
Isaac Kos-Read, Port of Oakland, said to Port Strategy: "The benefits for the port are significant. Operationally it creates a more efficient operation able to handle the new generation of ultra-large container vessels and therefore will help us attract more cargo including more first port-of-call services. The agreement solidifies this new terminal long-term for us to market as an ultra large and modern terminal and it gives us greater revenue stability over the long term. It is also positive to be settling litigation with one of our terminal operators."
The four terminals involved in the agreement are located along the Inner and Middle Harbours: Howard Terminal (Berths 67-68); Global Gateway Central terminal (GGC; Berths 60-63); Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT; Berths 57-59); and Total Terminals International terminal (TTI; Berths 55-56).
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