China has approved a plan for expanded customs service and international trade in the northern major port of Tianjin, the world’s fourth-largest harbor by cargo throughput.
Under the plan, the water area of Tianjin Port open to the world will increase by 1,120 sq km to reach 1,590 sq km, said an official of the Port Service Office of the Tianjin municipal government on Sunday.
It also includes construction of 71 new berths, raising the total number of berths to 146. The expansion will serve Tianjin’s goal of building an international port city.
“To achieve effective and convenient opening up, coordination is needed between government departments and port authorities in customs services,” the official told Xinhua.
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.
The port’s cargo throughput exceeded 500 million tonnes in 2013. Located on the coast of the Bohai Sea, the Tianjin Port is exceeded only by the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port and the Port of Shanghai in east China and the Port of Singapore in terms of cargo throughput volume.
Belgium’s BESIX to construct a new deepwater berth in Gdansk
DCT Gdansk has finalized the tender process for the design and construction of a new berth and the adjacent container stacking yards. The winning bid came from the N.V. BESIX company, DCT Gdansk says in its press release. The BESIX Group is Belgium’s largest group operating in the construction of infrastructure, environmental projects and roads. N.V. BESIX is the BESIX Group’s biggest subsidiary. Among other projects, the BESIX Group carried out such big infrastructure and marine projects as: The Ras Laffan Port expansion in Qatar, the construction of quay walls and dredging in Sohar, Oman and in Port Amazone Rotterdam in the Netherlands as well as the expansion of the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge. As a joint venture member, N.V. BESIX was responsible for the modernization of the South Hook LNG Terminal in the United Kingdom. This project, worth over 250 million euros, consisted of the quay’s renovation and modernization, building a 200 meter long extension of the existing berth and the construction of new mooring and berthing facilities. In addition to the activities of BESIX and its other subsidiaries in Benelux and France, the Group is active in Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Australia. The new 650m long berth, which will be designed and constructed by the tender winner, will increase DCT’s annual handling capacity up to 3 million TEU in the first stage of the construction. The new terminal berth will be ready to operate in 2016. It will be equipped with 5 STS cranes, delivered by Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd., 16 RTG cranes and additional yard equipment. Source : PortNews
The Look East Policy of the Central Government got a boost with the launch of India-Myanmar container shipping service at Chennai port. The service, run by the State-owned Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), was launched by Shipping Secretary Vishwapati Trivedi.
This was a joint effort of three Ministries — Shipping, External Affairs and Commerce. While the feasibility report said that the service was not commercially viable, the service was launched looking at the strategic partnership between the two countries that has a bilateral trade of nearly ₹1,000 crore.
“SCI has the wherewithal to sustain the service in the long run. We cannot expect to make profits from day one. However, in a year’s time, we expect the service will be well received by the trade,” Trivedi said at the launch function.
The Government is looking at starting a similar service to countries such as Thailand and Vietnam as part of the Look East policy, he said at the launch function at the DP World Chennai container terminal.
The dedicated service was started with a commercial consideration but also as a friendly consideration to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.
To begin with, the service will be every 15 days with plans to make it a weekly in future. From India, the export cargo includes cement while in the return direction it is mainly pulses. Once the service is successful, more private operators can chip in the sector, he said.
The service rotation will be Chennai, Krishnapatnam, Yangoon, Colombo and Chennai.
Trivedi said the Government wants to use northern Myanmar to reach in to Mizoram and other North-Eastern States using the Sittwe port. Located in the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar, on the Bay of Bengal, Sittwe is at the mouth of the Kaladan River.
India has financed to build the deepwater Sittwe port as part of the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project — a collaboration between the two countries to develop transport infrastructure in south-western Myanmar and north-eastern India.
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A fire broke out on the Victory II casino ship in Mayport on Friday, and the cruise for Friday night was canceled.
Capt. Timothy Levensaler, of Victory Casino Cruises, said at about 11:30 a.m. the crew detected smoke in one of four engine rooms.
They shut the engine room down and deployed the extinguishing system, which put the fire out, Levensaler said.
He said there were 113 people on board and there was never any danger to any passengers. As a precaution, the ship was brought back to port.
Firefighters said there were large fans brought aboard to clear the smoke
Amy Ernest and her husband have never been aboard the Victory Casino Cruise, and the couple was scheduled to set sail Friday evening.
“We normally do things like this on our vacation, and I thought, 'This is nice to do something like this close to home,' and I'd surprise him and 'Surprise!' We're not going,” Ernest said. Report with video on www.news4jax.com/...
Russia and China to speed up development of Zarubino port
Russia is strengthening its economic and trade cooperation with China amid the sanctions imposed by the West over Ukraine. One such project involves the development of the Zarubino port in the Russian Far East. The ice-free port is only 18 kilometers from the border with China and is connected by road and railway to Hunchun, a county-level city in the Chinese province of Jilin. In May, Jilin signed a cooperation agreement with Summa Group, Russia’s largest transport and logistics company, to jointly develop Zarubino. The deal signed at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia held in Shanghai aims to expand the port’s cargo-handling capacity to 60 million tonnes per year, which would make Zarubino one of the largest ports in Northeast Asia. The first phase of the project is due to be completed in 2018.
Moroccan ports to receive US$8bn to improve infrastructure
Aziz Rabbah, minister of equipment, transport and logistics, said that Moroccan port authorities are allowing public-private partnerships to increase investments in the country’s ports.
In particular, the US$8bn investment would be directed to the ports of Tanger-Med and Casablanca. A third container terminal with new cranes and rubber tyre gantries will be added to the port of Casablanca, said government authorities.
Rachid Hadi, general manager of Casablanca Port for operator Marsa Maroc, said, “This investment will not only deliver a productivity boost from new equipment at container Terminal 3 such as cranes and RTGs, but will help renew and upgrade operations across the whole port.”
In the meantime, Moroccan ports could also benefit from cargo being diverted from Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Sierra Leone, due to the spread of the Ebola virus.
Source: African Review
Dunkerque-Port welcomes building start of the Seine-Nord Canal
On Friday 26 September French Prime Minister Manuel Valls came to announce officially, in Arras, the government’s commitment to the building of the Seine-Nord Canal linking the Greater Paris area with the major ports of northern Europe, including Dunkirk.
The entire port community welcomes the start of this vital and long-awaited project: “Commitment to the Seine-Nord Canal has always been total. The staff of the port of Dunkirk and all the operators of the port community have been working with design offices for many years on the new traffic opportunities offered by this waterway. GPMD has also contributed to the various studies related to this major project, as various routes have been planned and different assumptions considered.
It now intends to continue and develop the partnerships already begun with inland platforms, through Nord Gateway (the Regional Port Businesses Association). In more concrete terms, it is certain that the excavation of this canal will substantially enlarge Dunkirk’s hinterland, make it possible to meet the growing demand for aggregates in the Paris area, to reach many grain ports along the future canal, and to increase container traffic at import and export.”
Source: Port of Dunkerque
Wharfies at DP World’s container ports in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have gone on strike this week as ¬disputes continue over a new ¬pay deal. It is the first time since December 2012 that operations at DP World’s ¬container ports on the east coast will be disrupted by industrial action. The Maritime Union of Australia has received clearance from Fair Work Australia for protected action, stopping work for several hours in Sydney on Wednesday Oct. 1, in Melbourne on ¬Thursday Oct 2, and in Brisbane on Friday, Oct. 3. DP World has been negotiating with the union since January on a new ¬enterprise bargaining agreement. The union has rejected the ¬company’s offers for east coast ¬workers, which have included wage increases in line with inflation and changes to existing conditions, including new rostering systems and the removal of “picnic days”. The union, which has been pushing for 4 per cent annual wage increases, argues the proposed changes will mean more uncertainty for workers, and that DP World has not catered for the introduction of automation at its container terminals in its proposed agreements. DP World defended its proposals to MUA workers in September, arguing the union’s claims stretched to more than 40 items and were “unaffordable”. DP World offered 3 per cent annual pay rises for four years, and an additional 1.5 per cent for delivering productivity and efficiency improvements. The company told workers in July that greater competition, as new entrants like Hong Kong’s Hutchison Port Holdings started running ¬container terminals in Australia, was creating extra capacity. “As a result, conditions will remain tough for some time, meaning it is increasingly difficult to maintain the revenue rates we have historically experienced. “Analysts who follow our industry are predicting weaker growth rates in the foreseeable future resulting in ¬volume growth that is likely to remain relatively flat.” DP World said it “strongly ¬disagreed” with the industrial action and that it was “neither required nor deserved”. “We urge the MUA to withdraw their threat of protected action and return to the negotiating table.” The strikes come as new DP World chief executive Paul Scurrah tries to improve productivity at the group’s ports. Mr Scurrah revealed at a conference in September that only 63 per cent of DP World’s existing yard capacity was being used. He also said that only 47 per cent of its existing quay capacity was being used. DP World Australia claims it ¬controlled 50.4 per cent of the local ¬container ports market in the first six months of 2014. It backed down from a threat to lock out more than 200 employees at its ¬Fremantle container port in July after striking a deal to continue with talks on its Western Australian agreement. Source: Sydney Morning Herald