The ban on movement of cargo on certain routes by the Railway Board, as part of ‘route rationalisation’, has proved to be the bane for cargo movement through Visakhapatnam.
According to the route rationalisation, freight trains from Visakhapatnam to Nagpur have to travel through Vijayawada and Ballarshah, instead of the shortest route via Raipur. This is a huge burden for exports and imports through Visakhapatnam Port. Though Visakhapatnam Port is closer to Nagpur than JNPT, exporters and importers are forced to move their cargo through the latter port due to the extra cost and time.
For cargo coming from South East Asia, Visakhapatnam is the convenient port of call.
Otherwise, the ships have to travel for at least three more days to reach the West Coast to unload their cargo. www.hellenicshipp...
Panama Canal to Hold Lottery to Pick First Vessel Through Expanded Canal
The Panama Canal is set to hold a lottery to select the first vessel to transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26.
The Panama Canal Authority has invited its top 15 customer to participate in the drawing, which is to be held April 29 at an administration building in Panama.
Those participating are required to indicated which Neopanamax vessel they would like to make transit, and include the name, type, dimensions. The proposed vessel is required to not surpass a maximum beam of 49 meters and a maximum overall length of 366 meters, or exceed the maximum draft of 12.5 meters. For security purposes, gas carriers will not be considered for the inaugural transit. https://gcaptain.com/panama-canal-to-hold-lottery-to-pick-first-vessel-through-expanded-canal/
he Kuching Port Authority (KPA) has seen tremendous changes over the last 55 years in tandem with the development of the State.
From becoming the first organised port in Sarawak, to becoming the first port authority in Malaysia to have its Container Tracking Systems, to its expansion project of Pending Terminal and Senari Terminal, to operate the Biawak Oil Jetty, and to be awarded the Sarawak State Secretary’s Trophy in the Sarawak Civil Service Quality Award, and the launching of its e-Port Community System.
KPA chairman Dato Awang Bemee Pengiran Ali Basah who shared the journey of KPA from its first establishment in 1961, had congratulated KPA for its achievement.
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UAE company - Jan de Nul - wins dredging contract for Maputo port
UAE-based company, Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East, has been awarded a contract for deepening the access channel in Maputo port from its current 11 metres to 14.2 metres. Maputo is the capital of Mozambique in southern Africa.
According to the Mozambique News Agency, AIM, the contract was signed last week by EPDM, a holding company owned by Mozambique’s public port and rail company, CFM, DP World of Dubai and Grindrod of South Africa, the main shareholders in the Maputo Port Development Company, MPDC, which holds the lease on the port. Jan de Nul Dredging Middle East is one of the world’s largest dredging companies.
The cost of the dredging is expected to be in excess of US$100 million, and will be financed by a consortium of banks headed by the BCI, Commercial and Investment Bank. https://www.zawya.com/sto...
KOLKATA, APRIL 27:
In a first for eastern India, car-maker Hyundai is looking to explore the coastal route for movement of vehicles. Talks in this regard have been initiated with the Kolkata Port Trust, its Chairman, MT Krishna Babu, said here on Wednesday.
Finalisation of the project is expected over the next two months with 500 vehicles being moved in the first lot.
“Discussions are on with a domestic car-maker for movement of 500-odd cars. This is a part of the coastal cargo movement plan of the Centre and it aims to decongest the road network,” he told reporters during a press conference.
As of now the vessel, called as roll-on/roll-off, will load cars from Chennai and they will be unloaded either at Haldia Dock or Kolkata Dock.
Details of the project, which include the frequency of such shipments and size of the vessel, are still being worked out.
Currently, a similar initiative has been attempted by the car-maker between Chennai and Pipavav in Gujarat. www.thehindubusin...
Dublin Port’s gearing up for its busiest ever cruise ship season.
113 visits will be made by ships this year, bringing in over 180,000 people.
The first ship into the port will have to reverse up the Liffey to get to it's berth.
Pat Ward from Dublin Port says it'll arrive on Tuesday:
"The season kicking off in earnest on Tuesday the 3rd of May with return of the MSC Splendida, 333 metres long, 4and a half thousand passengers, getting off and spending an estimate of about four and a half million Euro in the course of the day." www.98fm.com/Crui...
2017 is lining up be a good year in terms of cruise ship visits with 30 ships now scheduled to call between February and October. Once again the market is predominantly German operated vessels. AIDAvita, AIDAcara, MS Hamburg, Astor, Artania, Mein Schiff 1, Albatros, Amadea and Europa.
Princess Cruise mega cruise ship Caribbean Princess, 112,000 gross tons, returns to the port after a long absence when she calls at the end of her trans-Atlantic re-positioning cruise from Florida to London to begin a European season. With a passenger capacity of 3,100 the ship will have to anchor south of Black Rock to tender guests ashore.
This year the Caribbean Princess will operate from Southampton making a number of Round Britain cruises with 10 scheduled calls at Cobh, a port that will see nearly 60 ships calling during the season and even more in 2017.
Making inaugural calls here will be the brand new Silver Muse, flagship of SilverSeas Cruises along with another new vessel the Viking Star. Both ships are rated five stars.
Fred Olsen Cruises is a strong contender next year with a total of six calls from the Balmoral, Boudicca, Braemar and Black Watch. www.falmouthpacke...
Manufacturers and producers based in southern Taiwan now have a faster option for exporting their products to China after the maritime express consignment zone at Tainan’s Anping Port (安平港) began operations on Tuesday.
The nation’s first all-cargo shipping service to China, a direct shipping service from Anping to Quanzhou in China’s Fujian Province was also launched on Tuesday.
Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan’s agricultural and industrial products can be exported through Anping Port, which has the only maritime express consignment zone in southern Taiwan, Taiwan International Port Corp’s (TIPC) Anping office manager Lee Yung-mao (李湧茂) said.
Two operators had already begun offering express shipping service to China from Anping prior to the official launch of the maritime express consignment zone, Lee said.
The Shang He Sheng cargo vessel delivers goods to Xiamen via Kinmen, and the Feng Ze Yuan provides shipping services from Anping to Quanzhou, Lee said.
The former can carry 500 containers, while the latter is able to ship 672 containers, he added. www.taipeitimes.c...
Ship queue dips at Australia’s Port Waratah terminals as coal railings halt
Three ships were queueing to load cargoes at the two Port Waratah terminals for coal exports in eastern Australia, down from five ships a week ago, as rail deliveries to Newcastle port stopped for three days of planned rail maintenance, the logistics coordinator for the port’s coal supply chain said Wednesday.
Maintenance to Newcastle port’s extensive hinterland rail system started Wednesday morning and was due to continue through to Friday evening, said the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator in a report.
Shipping activities were continuing at the eastern Australian port’s Port Waratah and Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group terminals as they drew on their accumulated coal stockpiles for the duration of the maintenance.
Stocks available for shipment at the Port Waratah coal terminals Wednesday were 1.6 million mt, and steady on 1.5 million mt a week ago, said HVCCC. www.hellenicshipp...
New Antarctic icebreaker to be operated by Sydney company DMS Maritime
A contract to operate Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker has been signed after two years of negotiations.
$1.1 billion of ship's budget will be spent in Tasmania
Ship to carry passengers and supplies to Antarctic bases
Government to have final say in naming competition
The $2 billion contract has been awarded to Sydney-based company DMS Maritime, which will operate and maintain the ship over the next 30 years, and oversee construction in Romania.
There were no Australian tenders for the specialised ship construction job.
Mark Irwin from DMS Maritime said the vessel would be ready in mid 2020. www.abc.net.au/ne...