A new container terminal concept is reportedly being considered for Canada’s Port Alberni – if constructed it would be the largest of its kind in the country.
The Times Colonist says that the idea behind the proposed $1bn 120-hectare facility is that freighters can offload their cargo on the west shore of Vancouver Island and containers can be transhipped through the Haro Strait cutting three days off the usual round trip.
Port Alberni says that this would reduce congestion at port facilities in the lower mainland because unlike container ships, barges can navigate the Fraser estuary, dropping cargo further inland.
It also says that the new terminal would bring significant economies of scale - at present the largest terminals in the Port of Vancouver handle 2,400 containers per day, the new facility would have more than twice that capacity.
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Shanghai: China’s deepest artificial channel, Ningbo-Zhoushan port’s Sheyimen 400,000dwt class channel has started construction and is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2015, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Foreign trade volumes of iron ore in the Yangtze river delta will reach 230m tons by 2015, and Zhoushan will build a 410,000dwt super large iron ore terminal with an annual handling capacity of 50m tons. [03/01/14]
Dubai: Plans to develop the port of Chabahar in eastern Iran are developing. The port, which Afghanistan and India have both backed, is seen as an alternative to Gwadar in Pakistan some 70 km away for south Asian countries to transit goods to Europe overland. Gwadar has been built with Chinese money and is now being operated by a Chinese company. Landlocked Afghanistan has identified Chabahar as a more ideal maritime conduit for its goods and further details of the port’s development are likely to be revealed when Afghan president Hamid Karzai visits Tehran in the coming weeks. [02/01/14]
Mombasa: Seafarers Call for Increased Safety At Port
THE Seafarers Union of Kenya has condemned increased ships accidents docked at the Mombasa port and at the container terminals. SUK secretary general Andrew Mwangura yesterday told the Star there is an average of 50 accidents at the port everyday. He called for review of health and safety services at the port. Mwangura said they have lost more than 1,100 workers between 1983 and 2013. He said more than 300 have been seriously injured while working on board sea vessels. Mwangura said the KPA safety department should work closely with the Operations Department and the Commercial Department. "The safety department has expressed concern in the working practices particularly in the container operations, steel cargo operations and car carriers, but nothing is done until accidents occur," he said. Mwangura said in the month of October only, three fatal and other minor accidents were reported at the port. The most recent incident was on October 30, aboard German flagged ship, MV Zella Oldendorf where a day worker lost his life following a fatal accident while in the line of duty at berth number 11. "Details concerning the death of this worker are still scarce," said Mwangura. Other three seafarers are currently nursing wounds on wheel chairs following an accident while working on board MV Star Zeta and MV Tasane, Singapore flagged ships during the same month. He said it is unfortunate that MV Tasane sailed out to the sea without notifying the Kenya Maritime Authority neither offer medical assistance to the Kenyan worker who was injured while working on it.
Two people were killed and another two injured in a shipyard explosion in Shanghai on Monday, local work safety authorities said. The explosion occurred at about 7:40 a.m. at the Huarun Dadong Dockyard Co., Ltd. in Chongming county, the Shanghai Administration of Work Safety said in a statement. The explosion was triggered by natural gas leak during cutting operations of the shipbuilding process, it said. A further investigation into the cause of the accident is under way. Source : ECNS
Rizhao port invests in iron ore jv located at Lanshan
Northeast Chinese port operator, Rizhao port, announced that the company is to set up a jv with Shandong Iron & Steel and Shandong State-owned Assets Investment Holdings to develop iron ore terminal projects at Rizhao port. The project will engage in the construction, operation, management of iron ore terminal and logistics business of bulk cargos with a total investment of RMB100m. The new jv will be located at Lanshan port area of Rizhao port, and will add around 20m tons iron ore handling capacity per year when completed, Rizhao port said in a statement. Source: Sino Ship News
The republic of Somaliland is finalizing a huge port investment, boosting its efforts to serve as a trade hub between the African and Arab worlds. Somaliland is finalising a multi-million dollar deal with a leading international operator to develop a port at Berbera, on the Gulf of Aden, bolstering the breakaway nation's bid to position itself as an export gateway for landlocked Ethiopia. The identity of the port operator has yet to be made clear.
Source: Gulf Ship News
Fujairah is seeking investors to extend the port by 500 m into the sea to to construct further oil-related infrastructure.
Under a plan that would add another 2.5m sq m to the emirate’s land mass, land would be reclaimed from the navy base to the Vopak oil products storage terminal near the Port of Fujairah.
Source: Gulf Ship News
Port of Antwerp sets new freight volume record in 2013
The port of Antwerp is expected to have handled a total freight volume of 190.6 million tonnes over the year as a whole. This represents an increase of 3.5% compared with 2012 when the volume came to 184.1 million tonnes, making 2013 a new record year for Antwerp. The previous record dates from 2008, the last year before the global financial crisis.
Tianjin Port annual cargo throughput surpasses 500 million tons
Tianjin Port said Sunday its annual cargo throughput crossed the 500 million tons mark for the first time, while remaining as the world's fourth-largest harbor by cargo throughput. Located on the coast of the Bohai Sea, the Tianjin Port follows the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, the Port of Shanghai -- both in East China -- and the Port of Singapore in terms of cargo throughput volume. Improved infrastructure and steady goods flows from the inland have contributed to the rapid growth in the port's throughput, with coal, oil products, ores and steel being the main goods delivered by the harbor, said officials at the Tianjin Port (Group) Co. The largest comprehensive port in North China, the Tianjin Port has established trade ties with more than 500 ports in 180 countries and regions around the world. Source : China Daily