Busan prepares for maiden call of Maersk Triple-E vessel on July 15
The Port of Busan has announced that it is set to welcome the maiden call of the Maersk McKinney Moller – the worlds’ largest containership. Maersk’s 18,270 TEU giant is scheduled to dock at the Korean port on July 15 handling as many as 10,000 TEU on arrival. To celebrate this historic occasion, the Busan Port Authority will hold a ceremony, inviting dignitaries and VIPs from the government, civic groups, media and academic sectors as well as key players in the shipping industry.
Shanghai: Although the cruise industry is getting hot in China, the five major Chinese cruise ports are all in the red, according to the information from the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association. China has five cruise terminals under operation, two in Shanghai, one in Tianjin, Xiamen and Sanya, with the number of cruise passengers and voyages increasing in recent years, but the operation of the terminals are in red, Zheng Weihang, deputy president of the association said. Meanwhile, many cities such as Dalian, Qingdao, Haikou, Nanjing etc. are accelerating or planning for the construction of cruise terminals, which will send the market into overcapacity, Zheng added. [SinoShip News 05/07/13]
Rongsheng admits payment delays to suppliers and workers
Rongsheng Heavy Industries have admitted that it has delayed payments to suppliers and workers through an official announcement today, in response to a worker protest in its shipyard earlier this week.
“Demand in the global shipbuilding market has continued to decline and prices for new vessels have failed to rebound. Throughout the shipbuilding industry, banks and other financial institutions have tightened credit facilities available to shipbuilders, and many shipowners have delayed, renegotiated or defaulted on payments to shipbuilders. These factors have caused higher pressure on the group’s working capital in recent months, and the group has tightened cash outflow by delaying its payment to its suppliers and workers,” Rongsheng said in the release.
Rongsheng said it is currently in discussions with a number of banks and financial instituations for renewing exisiting credit facilities while it is also actively seeking financial support from the government and the substantial shareholders of the company.
It has entered an agreement with a company controlled by Zhang Zhirong, a major shareholder and the former chairman of the company on July 3, to secure an interest-free and security-free loan of RMB200m to finance its working capital. [05/07/13]
Four workers die at Gadani ship-breaking yard in two days
Four workers met accidental deaths at the Gadani ship-breaking yard in two days (June 30-July 1) owing to the absence of any first aid and medical facility there, The News learnt on Wednesday.
Sarzameen slipped from a ship’s deck and fell to death in the tank while working at plot numbers 23 and 24.
On June 30, a gas cylinder exploded with a huge bang at another ship at plot number 32 while being dismantled, which claimed the life of a worker, Naseebzada, and left two others, Ashraf Lohar and Fayyaz, seriously injured. Both the injured workers expired last Monday (July 1) at a private hospital in Karachi.
According to their colleagues, the explosion was so powerful that it hurled Naseebzada off the ship into the sea from where his body was recovered. More at www.thenews.com.p...
IJM Corporation, the operator of Kuantan Port, will invest around RM2bn to build a terminal capable of handling ships of up to 200,000 dwt. The terminal will start construction early next year and take two years to complete at which point Kuantan’s handling capacity will stand at 52m tons.
The expansion of Kuantan Port is part of the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), in which Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group will invest more than RM7bn directly or via joint ventures with Malaysian companies. [SeaShip News 03/07/13]
European Commission Approves EUR 114 Million Aid for Extension of Piraeus Port
The European Commission has found a €113.9 million Greek support for an infrastructure project of €120 million at the Port of Piraeus to be in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the project will further the objectives of EU transport policy and cohesion without unduly distorting competition in the internal market.
In September 2012 Greece notified plans to support an investment project by OLP, the port authority, to extend existing infrastructure for cruise ships at the Port of Piraeus by 2 docking stations. The project is co-financed with €96.9 million from EU Structural Funds. More at www.seanews.com.t...
Jebel Ali Terminal 2 opens, ready to accommodate 18,000 TEU ships
JEBEL ALI Port extension of its Terminal 2 (T2) quay wall extension foundation has been officially opened, allowing for an additional capacity of one million TEU and the simultaneous handling of six next-generation 18,000 TEU. Its inaugural opening was marked by the arrival of the 14,000-TEU MSC La Spezia on June 4, 2013 to the expanded terminal which now boasts a quay of 3,000 metres from original 400 metres.
TCV’s fourth Super Post Panamax crane arrives at the Port of Valencia
TCV Stevedoring Company, a Grup TCB company managing the transport of goods at the Levante and Llovera docks in the Port of Valencia, has received its fourth Super Post Panamax crane for operating large vessels up to 22 containers wide, said in the company's press release. Developed by Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery (ZMPC), the acquired gantry crane weighs 1,600 tonnes, is capable of lifting 65 tonnes and is 44 metres high under the spreader. Its speed is 180 metres per minute hoisting empty containers and 90 metres per minute in the case of fully loaded containers. The new crane has a reach of 62.5 metres on the sea side and 20 metres on the land side, while the distance between rails ascends to 30.48 metres.
Acquisition of the new Super Post Panamax crane forms part of an ambitious investment programme developed by TCV Stevedoring to consolidate the Valencian facilities as a point of reference for productivity and efficiency in western Mediterranean ports. Four new RTGs will be added in the coming months, allowing TCV to increase and improve its service to its customers.