Arrival of MSC Esha signals start of Barcelonas new Muelle Prat testing phase
Terminal Catalunya (TERCAT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, welcomed its first vessel at its new Muelle Prat container terminal last week.
The arrival of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Esha at Muelle Prat, located in the Port of Barcelona, also signified the start of the facility’s testing phase which will cover all equipment and IT systems. In a statement, TERCAT said that the unloading of containers from MSC Esha ran smoothly demonstrating the successful integration of the terminal equipment with HPH’s proprietary terminal operating system nGen. A total of 436 containers were handled, achieving an average productivity rate of 30 moves per crane per hour.
What is thought to be the longest ship ever to visit Port Nelson made a brief call today (July, 10, 2012) - and gained the unofficial record by just 29cm. The Maersk container ship Algarrobo measures 225.09m. The previous longest ship the port can confirm was the much bigger Blue Marlin, the world's biggest heavy transport ship, which is 224.8m long but also 53m wide, and presented special challenges to pilots as it traversed the Cut at the entrance to the port in mid-2008. A special exclusion zone was set up for its arrival and departure, and crowds lined Wakefield Quay and hillside vantage points to watch it. www.stuff.co.nz/n...
Port Hedland holds title as world's biggest bulk export port
A record 247 million tonnes of product was shipped in 2011-12, up 23 per cent from the previous year according to figures released by the Port Hedland Port Authority.
The boost is closely linked to the upswing in production for iron ore miners like BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group.
It’s not the only record the port broke last financial year with PHPA also breaking the record for the number of vessels and weight of cargo on a single tide.
Last month six vessels transported 1.04 million tonnes of cargo on one tide. www.heraldsun.com...
Port of Wuhan begins terminal construction at new Shamao port area
The port of Wuhan has begun construction of a RMB390m $61.4m) terminal at the new Shamao port area, on the western end of the Yangtze River's Wuhan section, Seatrade Asia online reports.
The 330-metre quay length terminal will have three 3,000-tonne berths and a warehouse. Annual throughput is expected to reach 2.33m tonnes.
The project is part of wider plans to develop another four new terminals in Wuhan, altogether costing a total of RMB1.5bn. The projects will result in 18 new berths at Wuhan, fifteen of 3,000-tonne and three with 5,000-tonne capacity. These terminals are expected to be able to handle 20 million tonnes a year, making up 20% of total throughput of Wuhan.
Lack of port equipment affects productivity of the ports of Beira and Nacala
As Macauhub reports, a lack of cranes, tractors, tugs and other port equipment is affecting the productivity and efficiency of the ports of Beira and Nacala in Mozambique.
The local newspaper said that despite this, the two ports were gradually positioning themselves as regional ports and attracting an increasing amount of traffic from East and West Africa.
As a result of the dredging the port recovered its original depth of 8.5 metres, which allows ships weighing up to 60,000 tons to moor at the port, reports Macauhub.
The study, carried out this year by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recommended that a more succinct assessment be carried out on the causes of the high waiting periods at the ports of Beira and Nacala and its effects on profitability, capacity, and port operations. www.seanews.com.t...
CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Wins Yuedong LNG Terminal Contract
On June 28, CCCC Second Harbour Engineering Co., Ltd. won the bid for the hydraulic terminal works of CNOOC Yuedong LNG project, with a contract value of 394 million yuan and a construction period of 14 months.
Located in Huilai County, Jieyang City, Guangdong Province, the project consists of LNG station, LNG terminal and transmission trunk line. The hydraulic terminal works undertaken by the company involve a handling terminal that berths LNG vessels, a LNG transmission terminal, a 1000t heavy cargo terminal (service vessel terminal) and a dedicated access channel with a length of 2.4 kilometers, an effective width of 345 meters and a designed water depth of -14.7 meters. www.seanews.com.t...
Japanese shipowners call for scrapping of Panama Canal toll increases
The Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) has called for Panama authorities to scrap planned toll increases for the Panama Canal after a three month delay in implementation was given, SeaTradeAsia reports.
Following complaints by shipowners organisations the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) delayed the introduction of new toll regime by three months. JSA has now called for the scrapping of the new toll regime altogether. www.seatrade-asia...
Water transport workers on countrywide indefinite strike
The countrywide indefinite strike called from Sunday, July 8, 2012 midnight by water transport workers to press for their various demands was called off following their two fruitful meetings with the authorities concerned in the afternoon, reports UNB.
Bangladesh Watercraft Workers Federation (BWWF, Bangladesh Ship Workers Federation (BSWF) and Bangladesh Lighterage Workers Union (BLWU) jointly called the indefinite strike at a press conference last weekend to realise their various demands including pay hike and fixing their minimum wage, issuing appointment letters to them, assurance that payments to be made regularly, reinstatement of retrenched workers, an end to harassment by mobile court and withdrawal of false cases filed against leaders and workers of the three organisations.
On July 1, 2012, MV Mandarin Glory made history by becoming the first vessel to call on Sohar Bulk Terminal for export of stone aggregates (Ghabro) to Qatar. The consortium of Khimji Ramdas Shipping and TM International Ltd (TMIL), a subsidiary of TATA Steel India has signed the contract with Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) to establish operations for the handling of dry bulk minerals. The first shipments of 54000 tonnes of high quality Ghabro rocks have been dispatched from Oman to Qatar by sea on July 6, 2012. More at www.timesofoman.c...