The second phase of a €100 million (about US$135.3 million) modernization program at Conakry Terminal in Guinea is still on schedule, and when completed, will allow the container terminal to accommodate large cargo ships and expand docking capacity, JOC reports.
Conakry Terminal recently hosted Philippe Labonne, managing director of Bolloré Africa Logistics, the container terminal operator at Port of Conakry, to assess the state of progress on the container terminal extension project.
The first phase of works, which began in 2011 and was conducted in partnership with the firm Vinci, included building a 5 hectare (about 12.4 acre) embankment in the water along with a 2.7 hectare earthen platform. The second phase of works, currently being carried out jointly with crews from China Harbour Engineering Co., is still on schedule, despite a “challenging” rainy season, according to Bolloré Africa Logistics. www.joc.com/port-...
Bermuda Pier Work Won't Be Completed until December 2013
In a story that was unfolding last week, it's becoming obvious that the government of Bermuda has been promising what they cannot deliver in the way of a completed pier at which Norwegian Breakaway can dock during the island's summer cruise season.It seems to be part of the attitude we are detecting from the island that despite the lip service about delivering an upscale product to visitors, as long as visitors continue to come, the government really doesn't care what the visitors experience. That attitude now seems to be extending toward the cruise lines which call there.
Manila: Foreign ships calling the Philippines are set for some tax perks. Under new guidelines foreign vessels calling at the archipelago will be exempt the 12% value added tax as well as the 2.5% gross Philippine billings tax, a de facto income tax levied on airlines and shipping firms. “These are intended to facilitate the movements of goods and services and to attract more foreign tourists and investments,” said Kim Henares, the head of the nation’s Bureau of Internal Revenue. [01/10/13]
Shanghai’s free trade zone (FTZ) was opened on Sept. 30 with commerce minister Gao Hucheng on hand for the ceremony. The 29 sq km area would help "implement a more active opening-up strategy", Gao said.
Among key initiatives at the FTZ are the easing of restrictions on foreign investment, getting interest rates set by the markers and allowing the renminbi to traded freely with other currencies. 18 sectors including shipping have been allowed to set up in the FTZ.
Jefferies in a note to investors yesterday reckoned that the FTZ may eventually improve the financial infrastructure for trading but volume of trading will be driven by end demand of the cargoes not infrastructure.
Foreign carriers hoping that the FTZ would allow them to tranship in China are in for a disappointment.
“Vessels will still have to be owned by Chinese interests to be allowed to operate same country transhipment,” Jeffries noted. [01/10/13]
Cuba offers incentives to develop the port of Mariel
In an effort to attract investor to develop an economic free zone around the new port of Mariel, the Cuban government is offering tax and custom breaks.
The government has published regulations that enter force 1 November and include significant tax and customs breaks for foreign and Cuban companies while maintaining restrictive policies, including for labour.
The first phase of the new Mariel terminal, located north of the island, is near completion and should be open for business in early 2014. Brazil ‘s Odebrecht construction company began building the 800,000 teu facility in 2011, funded by a $900m loan from Brazilian development bank BNDES. More at www.seatrade-glob...
APM Terminals Gothenburg Orders STS Gantry Cranes from Liebherr
Liebherr Container Cranes has received an order from APM Terminals Gothenburg in Sweden for two ship-to-shore cranes and two rail-mounted gantry cranes, JOC reports.
The STS cranes have an outreach of 65 meters (about 213 feet), allowing them to work on container vessels with up to 24 containers wide across the deck, a back reach of 25 meters and a rail span of 30.48 meters. The cranes will have a safe working load of 65 tons under twin-lift spreader. Additionally, the rail-mounted gantry cranes will stack 1-over-5 high, have a span of 30.6 meters and feature a wide leg and narrow leg outreach of 14.5 meters. www.joc.com/port-...
Boskalis to Dredge for New Bronka Port Channel at St. Petersburg
Royal Boskalis Westminster has won a €130 million (about US$175.3 million) contract from CJSC Baltstroy for the dredging and construction of the Bronka Port shipping channel in St. Petersburg, Russia, JOC reports.
The project involves the construction of a 6 kilometer (about 3.7 mile) long shipping channel, turning basin and berth pockets for the new port facility. A total volume of 16 million cubic meters of clay, silt and sand will be dredged using a variety of equipment, including medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredgers, cutter suction dredgers and backhoe dredgers. The project is due to commence in the spring of 2014 and is expected to be completed by late 2015.
Bronka is a new port facility currently being constructed to increase the container throughput capacity in the St Petersburg region. This contract comes in addition to the Bronka Port land reclamation contract that was awarded to Boskalis in June 2013, which is currently being executed. www.joc.com/port-...
India’s Mumbai Port Authority has awarded Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors a contract for maintenance dredging of port berths to help alleviate draft restrictions, JOC reports.
“Dredging work is expected to start in mid-October,” port officials said.
The move follows vigorous efforts by the Mumbai-Nhava Sheva Ship Agents’ Association, which has been spearheading the cause of port users. The association represents the entire ship agents’ community at the ports of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru).
Draft limits, coupled with other infrastructure issues, currently prevent bigger ships from calling at Mumbai Port. A $300-million offshore container terminal project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, will enable the port to handle ships of up to 6,000 20-foot-equivalent units. The offshore terminal will offer an estimated annual throughput capacity of 800,000 TEUs in the first phase. More at www.joc.com/port-...
APM Terminals Algeciras Prepares for Triple E Vessels
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries has commissioned Kalmar to increase the operating height of four ship-to-shore cranes for APM Terminals Algeciras in southern Spain.
The increased height will provide APM Terminals with extra capacity to handle Maersk Line's new Triple E vessels arriving at the port. The project started in June, and the cranes are expected to return to full operation next month.
The STS cranes, originally provided by ZPMC, will each have their height increased by 5.8 meters (about 19 feet) by Kalmar, which is a subsidiary of Cargotec. The modifications will be undertaken by Kalmar’s specialist crane services team located in Algeciras.
Port of Valencia tests usage of LNG powered terminal equipment
The Port of Valencia is piloting the use of LNG powered terminal equipment in a new pilot scheme at Noatum Container Terminal.
The initiative will involve comparing the use of an LNG tractor against a brand new diesel stage IV engine tractor to decide which way to go in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
It will also help to verify the capacity as well as the autonomy and consumption of the tractor unit under the real demanding work conditions of a port container terminal, with intensive work shifts and maximum cargo loads.
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