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432 days ago by arnekiel

Hambantota Port gets brand new STS cranes from ZPMC
Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota received two brand new ZPMC Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and one Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Crane from China and would be set up inside the port. The cranes arrived at MRMRP on the vessel MV Zhen Hua 13. Each new STS Crane has a capacity of 50T under speader, with an outreach of 50m, backreach of 16m and a rail guage of 35m. The RTG Crane has a capacity of 41T under speader with a span of 23.47m and a lifting height of 18m. The cranes were received at the port as a part of the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port Development Project. These new ships to shore cranes are much essential for MRMRP as they have arms which are much longer than the usual gantry cranes and could sink ship to the shore. At present Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has made all arrangements for the historic inauguration of the new Tank Farm Complex and Bunkering Terminal, the latest integration to the portfolio of services offered by the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) on 22nd this month with the initiation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. Source: Nation Lanka

432 days ago by arnekiel

DP World’s new Container Terminal 3 makes good progress
DP World said that its new Container Terminal 3 at its flagship Jebel Ali Port is making good progress with the arrival of 5 new quay cranes and half of its 19 automated cranes being tested before the start of initial operations in the next few weeks. The 4 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity of Terminal 3, makes it the world’s largest semi-automated facility once fully operational. Terminal 3 has seen a number of developments since its inauguration by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, in January. Today over half of its 1,860 meter long quay is ready and the 5 new ship-to-shore quay cranes (STS) delivered from Shanghai’s Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) this week, join the 4 cranes, which were installed earlier in December. A total of 20 automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes are also moving on their rails at the 70 hectare yard. When finished, the terminal will feature 19 of the largest and most modern quay cranes, remotely operated from a sophisticated control room by Emirati nationals, including females for the first time. They will also make up the majority of the 50 ARMG crane operations team.

432 days ago by arnekiel

China Harbour Engineering subsidiary to build new port at Ashdod in Israel
Israel said it has selected a subsidiary of China Harbour Engineering Company to build a 3.3 billion shekel ($950 million) port in southern Ashdod on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Under the terms of the tender, the company, Pan-Mediterranean Engineering Ltd., will build new docks, warehouses and jetties, extending deep-water berthing capacities at the site, the Israel Ports Company said in a statement. Israel also plans a second port further north in the city of Haifa but has not yet awarded the contract to build it. Nearly all of Israel’s trade is handled via sea, and the government hopes the two new ports will turn it into a shipping hub for the eastern Mediterranean. Source: Reuters

432 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Felixstowe commissions greener electric rubber tyred gantry cranes
The Port of Felixstowe has taken another step to improve both its operational and environmental efficiency with the introduction of its first electric-powered Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs), the company said in its press release. The four machines, originally manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, have been converted from diesel to electric primary drive in the first project of its kind in Western Europe. The work was undertaken by Kalmar, part of the Cargotec group. Commenting on the initiative, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, owners of the Port of Felixstowe, said: "The Port of Felixstowe is fully committed to providing the highest levels of operational performance whilst at the same time reducing the impact of its operations on the environment. This pilot project to electrify four RTGs will help us achieve both objectives. The greener machines are the latest in a programme of measures which has seen carbon emissions at the port cut by 12% since 2007, keeping us on course to achieving a target reduction of 30% by 2017." The electric RTGs are expected to make a significant contribution to further increase carbon savings. It is estimated that each machine will deliver energy savings of at least 45% compared with conventional diesel machines. With a comparable reduction in emissions, the conversion programme will also contribute to improving air quality in and around the port.

433 days ago by arnekiel

Bermuda dredging work could get under way this year
The Bermuda Sun reports that dredging work on Bermuda’s shipping channels could begin as early as this year, according to Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell. He told the Bermuda Sun Government was also looking at less invasive modification options to Town Cut to bring a cruise ship back to St George’s. A series of surveys and environmental studies of the island’s shipping channels have been undertaken over the last 12 months with a view to accommodating a new era of larger liners. Although Mr Crockwell would not say which of the three dredging models would be followed, he confirmed that work was expected to begin soon. He added: “We know where we want to dredge, but are waiting for studies to be completed. I would expect the dredging to start this year. It has to happen in the off-season. We are hopeful that Bermudian companies will be used during this project and it will act as a job-creation opportunity.” Bermuda recently missed out on the possibility of hosting Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in 2015 because the current shipping channels could not safely accommodate the vessel. But Mr Crockwell said he remains confident that the mega-ship will come to Bermuda in 2016. Source : Dredging News Online

435 days ago by arnekiel

Elengy given licence to build LNG terminal at Port Qasim
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) issued a licence to Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) – a subsidiary of Engro Corporation – to construct a terminal at Port Qasim (PQ) for landing and re-gasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be imported early next year. The issuance of licence for construction and operation of the LNG terminal is one of the most critical stages towards import of about 500mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) LNG originally targeted for November 2014 by the PML-N government. The target has now been revised to April 2015.

435 days ago by arnekiel

Italian terminal merger
A merger has been agreed between Speter SpA in La Spezia, Italy and La Spezia Container Terminal SpA (LSCT), part of the Contship Italia Group. Speter, the main multipurpose terminal operating in La Spezia on Garibaldi pier, Calata Paita, Malaspina and Artom pier, has been a break bulk terminal since 1968. It mainly handles forest and mineral products, zirconium, silicon iron, clay, cement, steel and iron products, coils, lead, copper, sheets of zinc. “There are important synergies to be achieved and to strengthen the competitiveness of La Spezia port,” said Cecilia Eckelmann Battistello, president of the Contship Italia Group. “In a period which reflects strong concentration on the handling demand side. The offer of handling and stevedoring services has to provide tailored solutions to compete on the global arena and guarantee the expected return of investment.” Contship Group acquired, 45% of the Speter company shares back in 2010 and the merger means that Speter can now rely upon Contship know-how and financial security even further. In 2013 La Spezia container Terminal turnover was in excess of €106m.

435 days ago by arnekiel

Port demolition promises better access to bigger ships
The Port of Townsville says a $14 million demolition project will help open up the facility to larger ships. The port’s chief executive, Ranee Crosby, says berths six and seven, built in 1911, have reached the end of their operational life and will be demolished.

435 days ago by arnekiel

Peel Ports’ £300m Liverpool2 back on schedule
Peel Ports’ £300m Liverpool2 scheme is back on schedule – but the ports operator and one of its biggest customers have raised concerns over access issues linked to increased traffic flows. Peel was part of an International Festival for Business debate on Liverpool and its future as a major port and maritime centre, this week. The event, organised by Containerisation International and Lloyd’s List, featured Peel Ports chief executive Mark Whitworth and Atlantic Container Line (ACL) president and chief executive Andrew Abbott as its key speakers. Mr Whitworth revealed that construction of the new container terminal at Seaforth is now back on schedule after winter storms had held up operations. He said: “Liverpool2 is genuinely bang on time. We had one or two hairy moments in the winter, but we’re on plan.” The facility is due to open towards the end of 2015. But concerns have been raised about transport links to the terminal, which will be capable of handling the biggest container ships in the world. More at www.hellenicshipp...

435 days ago by arnekiel

London Container Terminal’s new ship-to-shore crane fully operational
London Container Terminal in Tilbury this week saw the first of its two panamax ship to shore cranes fully operational. The first of the two cranes boomed down onto the Samskip vessel, the Henrike Schepers, with her cargo of containers for the UK market. Spanish company, Paceco Espana S.A., were awarded the contract for two cranes in 2013 which brings the number of Paceco ship to shore cranes at Tilbury to 10, six of which are from Paceco Espana. Tilbury has four post-panamax cranes, two built in 2001 and two built in 2004. The two new 13 box wide ship to shore cranes are now fully operational.

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