CMA CGM Increases Port Calls and TEU Capacity to its PCRF line service
French container line CMA CGM has announced imminent changes to its PCRF line service which links Northern Europe with the French West Indies, by adding two new calls at Zeebrugge and Rotterdam and increasing freight capacity on the route.
The company says this will mean customers will benefit from the enhanced import and export cargo opportunities.
During the first quarter of 2016, PCRF line’s capacity which links the French West Indies to Europe will be increased by replacing current 2,200 TEU capacity vessels by 2,800 TEU capacity vessels.
This move supports regional growth of both the French Indies market, currently around 3%, and promotes intra-Caribbean trade developments.
From April 2016, the French West Indies will be linked each week to the ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, on the PCRF line. The new rotation will be: Dunkirk, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Montoir de Bretagne, Pointe à Pitre, Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre, Dunkerque. www.marinelink.co...
New passenger terminal building at port Korsakov (Sakhalin) to be put into operation in 2018
The building of new passenger terminal at port Korsakov will welcome first passengers in two years. Designing will take about a year and one more year is needed for construction. This was announced on February 5, 2016, at the meeting dedicated to the development of commercial seaport Korsakov, says the press center of Sakhalin government. “We suggest building the terminal at the first berth of the port’s southern district. It will cover some 1,000 square meters. About a year is needed for designing and about the same for construction works”, said Vasily Kniglitsky, one of the owners of commercial seaport Korsakov. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Hambantota Port received its first ever biggest cruise ship-MS Rotterdam, belonging to the American Line shipping company yesterday, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. There were1,400 passengers and 600 crew on the vessel. Measuring 238 m in length and comprises of 600 staff, MS Rotterdam is a luxurious Netherland owned cruise ship. The ship left from Cochin harbour of India and arrived at the Hambantota port at 8.a.m.
The MS Rotterdam is renowned as one of the biggest luxurious cruise liner in world and has capability of carrying approximately 1,500 passengers.
The passengers on board toured the Hambantota dry zone botanical garden, historic places of Mulkirigala, Yala, Bundala National Parks and Sanctuary and the Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Only one company interested in management of Cabo Verde’s ports
Portos de Cabo Verde is negotiating to hand over the management of the main ports of the country on a sub-contractor basis with the only interested arty that has not given up on the international tender, Cape Verdean newspaper Expresso das Ilhas reported. The newspaper also wrote that all the other companies that initially expressed interest had dropped out, according to information from Enapor. On Wednesday, the Cape Verdean Official Bulletin published the government authorisation for Enapor to proceed with a sub-concession on the ports of Praia, Porto Grande, Sal-Rei and Palmeira. The president of Enapor, Carlitos Fortes, said in October 2015 that his organisation had received expressions of interest from 11 companies in Europe and Asia, adding that more than half met the technical requirements to proceed to the second stage of the tender. The list had interested companies based in Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Philippines, Turkey, China and Singapore. Source: macauhub/CV
S.Africa’s Transnet to shut down Richards Bay coal line in July for maintenance
South African freight group Transnet said it would shut down its coal line supplying Richards Bay terminal in July for 10 days to carry out maintenance. Lloyd Tobias, the general manager for coal, told an energy conference in Cape Town that the routine shut-down was moved to July from May at the request of exporters. Source: Reuters
UAE plans floating LNG import terminal later this year
State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) plans to start a new liquefied natural gas floating import terminal (FSRU) in the second half of this year, three LNG industry sources said.
The floating import terminal is being supplied by U.S. gas shipping company Excelerate Energy, the sources said. Both ADNOC and Excelerate Energy did not respond to requests for comment.
One of the sources said the terminal’s import capacity will be about 1 million tonnes per annum. The UAE already imports LNG via a floating terminal supplied by Excelerate Energy off the coast of Dubai.
The Port of Tema has been well-positioned in the West African sub-region to lift and discharge any heavy and/or delicate cargo that arrives in Ghana.
Speaking to EyeonPort shortly after discharging a milling shell — which is a factory equipment with tonnage capacity of 156 and meant for the cement industry in the Free Zone Enclave of Ghana — the Mechanical Manager of Tema Port, Stephen Owiah, said two harbour cranes were deployed with a combined capacity of 288 tonnes to discharge the milling shell within 30 minutes. Such an efficient level of loading and offloading heavy cargo is not common among ports in the sub-region.
He said the Mechanical and Stevedoring departments of the Tema Port have over the past few months boosted capacity significantly, and early last year lifted a power generation plant with a capacity of 205 tonnes — which speaks volumes of the port’s capacity to lift heavy cargo.
The Managing Director of SevenLogs said shipping operators have confidence in Tema Port because of its capacity to compete with international ports. Source: GhanaWeb
Importers from Uganda and Rwanda now threaten to ditch Mombasa port
Traders from Uganda and Rwanda who use Mombasa Port have threatened to shift to Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania. The traders accuse the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) of subjecting their goods to verification of cargo at the Container Freight Stations (CFS).
They said this verification should be done at the port instead of transferring the burden to the CFS, such as Portside Container Terminal where KRA has ordered a 100 per cent physical inspection of all cargo. The traders say they do not understand why customs officials cannot inspect the goods inside the port using scanning machines. Yesterday, they said transferring inspection to CFS causes delays. Source: Standard Media
Turkish port operator Yıldırım Holding to construct large port in Ecuador
Yildırım Holding will invest in the construction of a port in Ecuador, and the framework agreement for the $750 million project was signed in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ecuador.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the project, Yıldırım Holding CEO Yüksel Yıldırım noted that the project would be completed in five phases, each with 500,000 TEU capacity, and $240 million would be invested in the first phase, using the holdings equities plus loans. The project will be Turkey’s biggest investment in the country, and once completed, the port will be the largest container port on the Pacific Ocean coast of Latin America.
“This will be a crucial port in the YILPORT network, once we include it in our global port portfolio. Mostly bananas, shrimps, other seafood and mineral products will be exported from the port, known as Puerto Bolivar, which at the same time will support the exports of the country,” said Yıldırım.
The dredging depth will first be 14 meters, and then will increase to 17 meters to allow even the largest vessels to moor. The handover ceremony for the port is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Anadolu Agency