New ship-to-shore container crane arrived at Patrick Fremantle terminal
A new ship-to-shore crane was unloaded at Patrick’s Fremantle terminal after its arrival in port on May 15, 2013.
It is one of four new cranes aboard the semi-submersible, Zhen Hua 21 arriving from China. Of the remaining cranes, one will then be unloaded in Brisbane and the other two in Melbourne.
Aden welcomes CMA CGM ship as part of new REX 3 service
Aden port received on May 15 a vessel belonging to French shipping line CMA CGM, which is working with Taiwan’s Evergreen on a route connecting Malaysia with South Asia and the Middle East. The 2,800 teu ship offloaded 477 containers at Aden on its weekly call to the port as part of the new REX 3 service. Aden is anxious to make itself bigger on the international shipping map now that piracy appears to be on the wane. Source: Gulf Ship News
Newport News coal terminal to dredge berth to handle giant ships
Houston energy giant Kinder Morgan submitted a proposal to dredge a berth at its Newport News coal terminal to 52 feet from its current 45 feet, which would allow larger "Panamax" ships to dock on either side of its pier.
Kinder Morgan's Pier IX terminal and Dominion Terminals Associates' terminal sit side by side by the mouth of the James River in a portion of the river that's deep enough to handle Panamax ships that can traverse the Panama Canal at its current depth, as well as larger Capesize vessels that have to get between oceans via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa or Cape Horn in South America.
Slight growth in Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo handling in first quarter of 2013
The Port of Hamburg has reason to look to the future with optimism. At 32.8 million tons, total seaborne cargo throughput for the first three months of 2013 put the Port of Hamburg back on a growth course. The trend in bulk cargo handling, especially, fuelled the increase in seaborne cargo handling: In the first quarter of the year a total of 10.1 million tons of bulk cargoes were handled in Hamburg, corresponding to an increase of 6.3 percent. At 2.2 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), the container handling that dominates in Hamburg as a universal port reached almost the same level as in the first quarter of 2012.
On seaborne container services with Asia, at 1.2 million TEU almost as many boxes were handled in the first quarter of 2013 as in the comparable period of last year. In the first three months of the year, the trend in container throughput with the Baltic region and the other European countries linked with Hamburg by feeders was also positive. At 541,000 TEU, the volume of containers transported between the Port of Hamburg and the Baltic region was up by 2.0 percent on the same period of last year. More at www.hellenicshipp...
Labor action set to intensify at PWCS' Newcastle coal terminals in Australia
Union-affiliated workers have endorsed more strikes lasting for periods of 12 and 24 hours at Port Waratah Coal Services' coal export terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia over the next fortnight, a union official said Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Around 220 PWCS employees unanimously decided on this course of action in a meeting held during a four-hour strike between 10 am Sydney time (0000 GMT) and 2 pm Wednesday. But the exact timing of the industrial action is to be decided at a meeting of union representatives, expected in the coming days.
"Today, we had a four-hour stop work meeting and as an outcome of that, the vast majority of members of all [five] unions unanimously decided firstly, to continue to negotiate with the company next week, and secondly they are prepared to engage in further protected action in order to progress these negotiations," said Mick Forbes, the Newcastle sub-branch secretary for the Transport Workers' Union. "We are looking at 12 hour and 24 hour stoppages. It is for a meeting of the single bargaining unit to decide [on the timing of any industrial action]," he said, and adding that unions were required by Australian law to give 72 hours' notice of any strikes. More at www.hellenicshipp...
Brazil Dock Strike Adds Pressure Against Ports Reform Bill
Stevedores at Brazil's three main ports walked off the job to protest last-minute changes to legislation aimed at modernizing the country's port system by opening up to more private initiative. The strike began at 1 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) at the ports of Santos, Paranagua and Rio de Janeiro, as the reform bill was being debated in the lower chamber of Congress in Brasilia. Stevedores say legislators are breaking an agreement to allow direct negotiations for hiring of workers with their unions or through a centralized hiring agency known as the OGMO. "They are interfering with the agreement we had and left it out of the bill," the president of the National Stevedores Federation, Wilton Ferreira Barreto, said by telephone.
Another top stevedore union representative, Cesar Rodrigues Alves, told Reuters the strike was likely to persist until a favorable outcome was found. An evening congressional session could still resolve the issue on Tuesday, he said.
Ningbo-Zhoushan port now accessible to world's biggest 18,000-TEUers
THE 150,000-tonne navigational channel project in Meishan port area at eastern China's Ningbo-Zhoushan port has opened to world's largest containerships of 18,000 TEU, or 150,000 tonnes, to sail on the channel to the port after its completion in the early half next year. Among the berths at Meishan Bonded Port Area's container terminal, No 1 and 2 has been in operation, the rest three will become operational by the end of year. With five berths in operation, the port will have enough capacity to accommodate containerships of 150,000 tonnes. Nos 6 to No 10 berths, which are now built to handle these ships.
But the navigational channel at the port area can only allow ships of 100,000 to sail through. Hence the need for further dredging. The project, costing CNY30 million (US44.88 million), will enhance Ningbo-Zhoushan port's container handling capacity and attract more international services, said Xinhua.
Half the ships docking at Long Beach must use shore power on January 1, 2014
LONG BEACH has warned that half the ships docked in port must stop using their own engines to generate electricity and plug into local Southern California Edison power grid starting January 1.
Port officials said terminals and shipping lines are spending millions to plug in to local power at berth to cut air pollution ahead of the enforcement of state regulations next year.
Speaking at a "Shore Power Summit", officials said the use of shore power for lights, pumps, communications, refrigeration cuts air pollution by 95 per cent.
The port is completing US$100 million in dockside power hookups, vessel operators are retrofitting older ships for shore power and building new ones as well as installing transmission systems.
Containership Scrappage Rates to Break Previous Records
Containership scrappage rates are expected to exceed previous records this year, but cellular capacity removed due to demolition will still be surpassed by a ratio of one to three by newbuilding deliveries, reported Lloyd’s List citing Alphaliner. If the current recycling trend of boxships continues, the total capacity consigned to breakers’ yards in 2013 could reach 450,000 teu – exceeding the previous record of 381,000 teu set in 2009. This acceleration in scrapping is mainly attributed to the rush to remove redundant panamax ships where charter hire rates for a 4,200 teu unit are at depressed levels, averaging below $10,000 per day.
This compares to a 12 – year average of $24,000 per day and a January 2005 peak of almost $45,000 per day, Alphaliner said. Moreover, the average age for scrapping of containerships has fallen to 22 years, versus the historical level of 25 to 30 years, but there is also an increase in the number of so – called ‘ teenagers ’, ships under 20 years, being sold for scrap, Alphaliner explained.
MMC Corp to increase container handling capacity at Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP)
MMC Corp is spending RM2.21bn to upgrade its ports in Johor. Group managing director Datuk Hasni Harun said the company is expected to spend RM1.6bn on Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) to increase its handling capacity to 10.5m teu a year next year from 7.7m currently.
RM421m has been earmarked for Johor Port to increase its capacity by around 30% by 2015.
PTP will remain focused on containers while Johor Port’s growth will increasingly focus on the oil and gas sector.
“We are redesigning our Johor Port so that we can do more business in the oil and gas sector,” Hasni said. [14/05/13]