New coaster service through Manchester Ship Canal adds more calls at Ellesmere Port
THE Manchester Ship Canal is getting a little bit of Monica in its life as a new coaster of that name expands container services along the waterway. The m/v Monica, which can carry 160 containers, will not only boost Peel Ports’ thrice-weekly freight services between Liverpool and Manchester but add more calls at Ellesmere Port. Peel Ports, which owns Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, has also bought a new 40-tonne mobile harbour crane for Irlam Container Terminal, near Manchester.
The ship canal freight service has grown by five-fold in three years, from handling 3,000 containers in 2009 to an expected 15,000 this year.
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4,000 jobs at risk if Portsmouth’s shipbuilding base is closed
ALMOST 4,000 jobs would be lost if shipbuilding was axed at Portsmouth dockyard, according to a report published on June 30, 2012. The study – commissioned by local council and business leaders – examines three alternative futures for Portsmouth Naval Base at a time when its shipbuilding future is in doubt. In the worst case scenario, if BAE Systems was to pull out, it would have a massive knock-on effect on the area – resulting in huge job losses, and a hit to the region’s economy of £370m a year. BAE employs 1,500 ship builders in Portsmouth and a further 1,500 people working on the maintenance and repair work it does for the navy’s surface fleet.
PSC Tema Shipyard To Play Key Role In Oil And Gas Industry
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Transport, has said government would soon adopt a new investment strategic plan that would transform the PSC Tema Shipyard Limited to meet the nation’s strategic objectives. Making the disclosure at the signing of the sales and purchase agreement at the company’s board room in Tema, between government and Penang, a Malaysian Company with 60 per cent majority shares in PSC Tema Shipyard, Alhaji Dauda explained that with the conclusion of the agreement and the transfer of Penang’s majority shares to government, government now becomes the sole shareholder of the company.
Panama Canal delays toll Increase for three months
The Panama Canal Authority said on June 29, 2012 it will delay raising tolls on the waterway for three months after shipping companies objected to the increases. Revised tolls for vessels, including tankers, chemical tankers, will go into effect in October instead of 1st July “in response to industry requests,” the canal authority said in a statement. The Authority will hold further consultations about the changes before submitting them for approval, it said. www.tankeroperato...
Saudi firm to build vessel repair facility in Galle harbour
A Saudi Arabian investor has come forward to build a US$ 44 million worth yacht, boat and pleasure craft repair facility in the Galle Harbour. The BOI said on June 29, 2012, it has already signed an agreement with the Saudi based Hadi Hamad Al-Hammam Group, which will invest on this project. The agreement was signed between BOI Chief M.M.C Ferdinando and Hadi Hamad Al-Hammam, President of the Hadi Hamad Al-Hammam Group of Saudi Arabia. Seagulf Shipyard (pvt) Limited, a newly formed company coming under the Saudi Arabian firm will spearhead the project. Officials say, the main attraction for the Saudi investor was the strategic location of Sri Lanka, which is at the crossroads of many of the world’s shipping lines, which makes the Port of Galle suitable for ship repair and shipbuilding. “One possibility is for the Galle facility to service Maldivian vessels, which currently sail as far as Indonesia and Thailand for their maintenance” added the BOI statement. The project is expected to generate 1500 jobs. www.news360.lk/bu...
New $200-million port facility at Manila International Container Terminal inaugurated
President Aquino III poured champagne on the marker of Berth 6 of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) to signal its formal opening on June 28, 2012. The port facility, operated by International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI), has increased annual capacity of 1.9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 2.5 million TEUs. The berth, whose construction started two years ago, can now accommodate up to seven ships at one time.
Shanghai aims at becoming major cruise port - up to 1 mio. passengers in 2015
SHANGHAI is on its way to having a more highly developed cruise ship industry with the rapid construction of large docks and introduction of additional tour routes. Authorities expect a 15 percent jump in passengers taking cruise liners to and from Shanghai this year. More international cruise ships are expected to make Shanghai a home port, said Zhang Lin, vice director of the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration. Shanghai ports handled over 300,000 passengers taking cruise ships or yachts last year, the immigration police said. The city plans to boost that number to 1 million by 2015, when the city expects to raise its shipping center to the level of other internationally prominent ports, officials said. More at english.eastday.c...
Bahrain could dramatically slash port fees for cruise vessels to offset massive insurance premiums, said sources, adding that authorities may also reduce other charges to ensure the upcoming cruise season goes ahead in October.
Representatives of stakeholders met Culture Ministry officials on June 26, 2012 following revelations that the season could be in jeopardy after insurance companies said they would charge at least $15,000 extra for every vessel that berths in the country.
This would mean each cruise operator could pay as much as $300,000 extra per season. www.tradearabia.c...
First shore-based power connection for sea-going vessels activated
The Dutch Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen on June 19, 2012 activated the first shore-based power connection for sea-going vessels in the Netherlands at Rotterdam's Stena Line terminal.
Stena Line ferries will now be able to obtain their electricity from the mainland and no longer have to run their engines to generate power.
The investment will also improve the air quality considerably in the immediate vicinity of the terminal, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority. www.porttechnolog...
RWG starts construction of its Maasvlakte II container terminal
Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), the DP World-led consortium, has started construction of the first phase of its Maasvlakte II container terminal in Rotterdam. The 108 hectare site with a quay wall of 1,150 metres, a quayside depth of 20 metres and a 550-metre quay has already been built by the Port of Rotterdam. More with plan at www.porttechnolog...