Terminals outside Jakarta must be expanded, think-tank urges
Indonesia needs to develop Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra and Bitung Port in North Sulawesi ahead of the start of the ASEAN single market next year, according to the Committee for the Expansion and Acceleration of Indonesian Economic Growth (KP3EI).
“The country’s economic development acceleration should be based on maritime connectivity, and the government should boost economic growth outside Java Island,” a spokesman for the association said.
“By making Bitung and Kuala Tanjung our main gateways, the government would not only evenly distribute economic activity but also help the implementation of the cabotage principle,” he said.
Indonesia’s permanent representative to ASEAN, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, said the country had completed a feasibility study for roro operation connecting Bitung and Santos in the Philippines.
“We see great potential in operating vessels connecting Bitung with Santos as well as with Brunei and Malaysia to support ASEAN as the center of production and distribution,” Ngurah said.
PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) plans to begin the construction of Kuala Tanjung Port in North Sumatra this year while Pelindo IV is currently expanding Bitung. [25/04/14]
Singapore: The new Baku Shipyard, in which Keppel Offshore & Marine has a stake, has secured a contract worth $378m from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz), the operator of the Shah Deniz gas field development, to design and build a subsea construction vessel (SCV).
The shipbuilding yard, which opened last September, was jointly developed by Azerbaijan’s energy conglomerate SOCAR, Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) and Keppel O&M. SOCAR, AIC and Keppel O&M own 65%, 25% and 10% share in the yard respectively. [24/04/14]
Venezuela To Load Big Tankers at St Eustatius Terminal
Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, a PDVSA executive said on Friday, April 25.
PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends, the Venezuelan oil company confirmed after Reuters reported it this week.
The company already started receiving crude tankers at the facility going out from Venezuelan ports.
"We plan to build a new terminal in Araya (at Venezuela's Eastern coast) but meanwhile we are renting some storage centers in Aruba and Saint Eustatius and using our own facilities in Bonaire and Curacao," PDVSA's refining vice president, Asdrubal Chavez, told journalists.
"We used the Bahamas before, but from Saint Eustatius to Asia the trip is shorter, so we are saving time and money after negotiating with NuStar," he added.
China Merchants completes Colombo South Container Terminal project
Shanghai: Colombo South Container Terminal Project, invested and managed by China Merchants Holdings, has been completed following more than two years construction.
Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd (CICT) is a joint venture between China Merchants Holdings (International), Aitken Spence PLC of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). CICT was awarded the tender to construct and operate the Colombo South Container Terminal for a period of 35 years, after which the terminal would be handed over to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
Colombo South Container Terminal has four berths with total capacity of 2.4m teu, and it is the only port in Sri Lanka able to service the mega container ships with over 14,500teu capacity. [23/04/14]
Angola Upgrades Main Port as It Aims to Be Africa’s Busiest Hub
Angola’s main port has installed new cranes and provided more training to reduce its cargo unloading time by 80 percent as the government plans to build a new terminal bigger than Africa’s busiest in Durban.
The port had an average 3-day turnaround to handle vessels carrying 912,900 containers, measured in 20-foot equivalent units, last year from 16 days and 406,700 TEUs in 2008, Alberto Antonio Bengue, port administrator for commercial, safety and environmental affairs, said in an interview at his office.
The average unloading time for a container ship at Durban port was about 2.5 days in the fiscal year through March, when crews processed 2.63 million TEUs, the port’s Business Strategy Manager Marina Petersen said on April 24.
“We have invested in modern loading and unloading infrastructure, human capital and a port pier,” Bengue said. “We plan to increase the number of containers handled to more than a million by the end of this year.” www.bloomberg.com...
Brasil Terminal Portuário Officially Open in Santos
Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) was officially opened on April 23, 2014 with a gala celebration held at the new 1.2 million TEU annual capacity facility at the Port of Santos, featuring Brazilian Minister of Seaports, Antonio Henrique Silveira and 500 invited guests and media representatives. Development of the multi-purpose terminal project in South America’s busiest container port began in 2007, with APM Terminals acquiring a 50% share from Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) in 2010. The terminal represents an investment of over USD 1 billion by APM Terminals, and is operating as a joint venture with the current concession spanning 20 years.
Port of Maputo, Mozambique, launches two more tugboats
The Mozambican Port Development Company (MPDC) last week launched two new tugboats with 1,750 horsepower engines each to improve the port’s operating conditions, the Mozambican press reported. The chief executive of the MPDC, Osório Lucas, said that the two tugs – named Sereia and Bulani – had been specifically built to operate at the port of Maputo and cost US$15 million. The two boats are operated by P&O Maritime, which in 2012 was hired to provide naval service including piloting, mooring and supply of equipment and maintenance services for the tugboats and pilot ships. The two new boats are part of a master plan including investments of US$1.8 billion to increase the port’s processing capacity to 50 million tons by 2033.
Work to expand the Panama Canal -- interrupted earlier this year for a dispute over cost overruns -- halted Wednesday, April 23, this time for a strike by workers demanding higher wages.
"The project to enlarge the Panama Canal ... is paralyzed," said Saul Mendez, secretary general of the construction-worker union Suntracs.
Work had halted for 15 days in February in a row over who would pay for an estimated $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the multi-billion-dollar project to build extra locks on the 80-kilometer (50-mile) waterway linking the Atlantic (Frankfurt: 98S.F - news) and Pacific Oceans.
The project was already running late, and is now estimated to be up to a year behind schedule. It had originally been due to be completed next year.
Now the union is demanding wage increases of 20 percent, which the employers have said is excessive.
Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium running the expansion project, said that Suntracs workers "are heeding the call to strike," which "is impacting the work schedule of this project." Source: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/strike-halts-panama-canal-expansion-195603270.html