The world’s number two container carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will heavily invest in southern Italy in the coming years as Gianluigi Aponte’s group has just emerged as the new sole owner of the container terminal of the port of Naples and it’s interested in operating a new drydock due to be realized in Gioia Tauro. In the transhipment hub based in the Calabria region and where MSC already controls the local Medcenter Container Terminal through a 50-50 joint venture with Contship Italia, the local port authority, in order to face the current crisis of cargo traffic slowdown, decided to invest some €75m ($82m) for purchasing and installing a floating drydock capable of receiving ultra large container carriers at the heart of the Mediterranean. The new infrastructure should be open for work in less than three years and MSC has already sent a letter to the port’s commissioner, Andrea Agostinelli, expressing its interest at managing it alone or with other partners.
Army Takes Over Operation of Ports to Protect Venezuela''s Supplies
Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB in Spanish) took control of ports, warehouses and industries after the start yesterday of a new operation to supply Venezuela with food and other essential products.
According to the Governor of Zulia, Francisco Areas Cardenas, with this plan, which President Nicolas Maduro has called Great Mission for Sovereign Supply, the product safety will be ensured.
In Zulia, in this first operation, the Armed Forces monitored the arrival at the Maracaibo port of three ships, one with 16.000 tons of food, medicines and hygiene products.
Another ship from Panama arrived in Maracaibo port with 482 containers of hardware items, tires, textiles and electrical appliances.
From Anzoategui state (over 200 kilometers east of Caracas), the head of the Strategic Region for the Integral Defense (Redi in Spanish), Major General Sergio Rivero said that forces under his command already began the inspection of food companies. www.plenglish.com...
It’s a new era at Jaxport. The port welcomed the first containership to travel through the newly expanded Panama Canal.
It’s a new era, says Brian Taylor with Jaxport. It all starts with the MOL Majesty Container Ship.
Our cameras got an up close and personal look from the ground and from the sky using Sky Action News Jax, the only news chopper in Jacksonville. It’s a sight, Taylor said you can see more of.
“We’re going to see an increase in number of these vessels in the future,” said Brian Taylor with Jaxport.
Taylor says that future can only happen, if Jaxport takes some drastic measures. Video on www.actionnewsjax...
Visakhapatnam Port Trust inaugurates vessel traffic mgmt system
Visakhapatnam: As part of modernisation of Indian major ports, Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) installed VTMS- Vessel Traffic Management System at Port Signal Station-I (near Fishing Harbour) on Tuesday.
Installed at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore, the main functional objective of VTMS is to ensure safe navigation of all vessel while navigating inside, outside channels, anchorage area, port limits, SBM (single buoy mooring) area and berthing area, thereby helping port authority/management for effective planning, scheduling and other business activities at par with international standards. timesofindia.indi...
Rail strikes force Cosco to shift boxes from Piraeus to Slovenia
China Cosco Shipping’s controversial take over of Greece’s largest port has suffered another setback. Greek politicians finally greenlighted the sale of Piraeus port a fortnight ago to the Chinese conglomerate. Moves to privatise the port had sparked a series of strikes by dockworkers.
However, it is striking rail workers in recent days that have now forced China Cosco Shipping to reroute many boxes from Piraeus to the port of Koper in Slovenia. China Cosco Shipping is using feeder ships to move boxes from the Greek port to Slovenia to counter the rolling strikes.
China Cosco Shipping has stated it wants to use Piraeus as a distribution hub, beefing up rail freight links to Central Europe. It has earmarked more than $500m to develop the port.
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest port, is also slated for privatisation. splash247.com/rai...
China’s Ministry of Transport has announced a list of seven projects that has been selected for the trial operation of shore power.
The seven projects include five port terminal shore power projects at Lianyungang New Oriental International Container Terminal, Guangzhou Nansha Port Terminal Phase 3, Shenzhen Yantian International Container Terminal Phase 3, Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and Ningbo-Zhoushan Chuanshan Container Terminal, and two ship shore power conversions projects which involve seven 10,000teu containerships from Cosco and four 250,000dwt bulk carriers from Shangdong Shipping.
The ministry of transport has requested all relevant authorities to submit assessment reports by the end of 2016.
New cruise ship terminal in the pipeline for Durban
DURBAN will soon boast a new, ultra-modern passenger cruise terminal that will harbour big vessels bringing international tourists.
On Tuesday, Durban port manager Moshe Motlohi said Transnet decided to embark on a multimillion-rand project to build the terminal because the existing passenger terminal, located off Margaret Mncadi Avenue, does not offer a world-class experience for tourists and includes very limited value-added service offerings.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is collaborating with the eThekwini Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to build a new cruise terminal at A and B berths at the Port of Durban. This facility be will be linked to Durban Point Waterfront and uShaka Marine World theme park. www.bdlive.co.za/...
New ferries bought from Turkey to arrive on time in Tallinn
According to TS Laevad, the subsidiary of the state-owned Port of Tallinn that is to take over operation of ferry traffic between Estonia's large western islands and the mainland in the fall, the two new ferries bought from the Sefine shipyard in Turkey will start operating on the route by the deadline of Oct. 1.CEO of TS Laevad, Kaido Padar, told LETA/BNS that there is no reason to panic and it is false information that the ships will not make it on time
According to Padar he has always said that the first ship will depart from Turkey at the beginning of July, adding that the ships need to arrive in Estonia by the middle of September.
Jaanus Karilaid, a Center Party MP, said on Thursday that the first ship was supposed to arrive in Estonia by the beginning of July.
Padar did not want to name the exact date when the ferry will arrive in Estonia.
The Port of Tallinn subsidiary OU TS Laevad won the tender for a ten-year contract to operate subsidized ferries on the main island routes from Oct. 1, 2016 onwards. It has signed contracts for the construction of four brand new ferries with the Turkish shipbuilder Sefine Shipyard and the Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding that are building two ferries for TS Laevad each at their respective shipyards in Altinova/Yalova, Turkey, and Gdansk, Poland.
The 114 meters long vessels will accommodate 150 passenger cars or 12 road trains and have passenger places equipped with safety devices for 700 passengers. The new ferries are designed by the Norwegian company LMG Marin. www.baltic-course...
Bomin Launches Physical Bunker Supply Operation in Mauritius
The Bomin Group today announced effective July 12, 2016 it is launching a physical bunker supply operation in Port Louis, Mauritius.
The new operation, Bomin (Mauritius) Ltd., will supply IFO180 and MGO via the 2008-build double-hulled bunker barge MT Hakkasan, and all deliveries will be provided under a Bomin specific Bunker Delivery Note (BDN). shipandbunker.com...