Celebrity Millennium to be first ship at Kai Tak cruise terminal due Saturday (March 16)
Hong Kong’s massive new cruise terminal will welcome its first ship, the 965-foot luxury vessel Celebrity Millennium, this Saturday before the facility is formally opened. Celebrity Millennium, carrying more than 2,000 passengers, will berth at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in the morning. Owned by Celebrity Cruises, the ship is heading to Hong Kong from Halong Bay, Vietnam. The ship will use the apron area for a turnaround operation from Saturday to Monday, the Tourism Commission said. The terminal building and the first berth will be commissioned in the middle of this year.
Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal on Saturday March 9, 2013, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security. They blockade ferries crossing Canal but through traffic not affected. The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming the death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year, when more than 70 people were killed.
Venezuelan Port Operator Orders Equipment for Puerto Cabello and La Guardia
Bolivariana de Puertos, Venezuela’s government-owned port operator, has ordered a large amount of port equipment from Cargotec’s Kalmar.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the exact value of the order.
The order, which is scheduled for delivery starting in May 2013, includes 30 Kalmar reachstackers, four empty container handlers, eight heavy forklifts, nine light forklifts, seven heavy terminal tractors, 41 medium terminal tractors and one zero-emission rubber-tire gantry crane. More at www.joc.com/port-...
Mitsui wins tender to operate Kalibaru’s first container terminal in North Jakarta
Mitsui has reportedly won the tender to operate Kalibaru’s first container terminal in North Jakarta.
Mitsui has committed to bring in its ships from September. Apart from the 6,000-teu ships MOL will run, Mitsui would also bring in other major lines such as NYK, Evergreen, Hanjin and APL, local reports said.
This is aimed at helping Indonesia gain global market and strengthen its position as a maritime country. The first terminal is projected to have a total capacity of 1.5m teu.
Chile’s Puerto Central at San Antonio begins operations
Operations have started at Puerto Central in the port of San Antonio, Chile.
In May 2011, Puerto Lirquen Group won the 20-year concession of the government-owned public pier of San Antonio, renamed Puerto Central. Puerto Lirquen, listed on Santiago’s Stock Exchange, is controlled by Chile’s Matte and Angelini Groups, which own the country’s largest forestry companies, CMPC and Arauco.
Puerto Central has committed to invest a total of $320m for phases one and two that should be completed before 2015 and 2018 and that will include the construction of a 700 m pier in two stages and the dredging of a further 5 m to 15 m draught to reach 1m teu capacity. Last year, a strike by stevedores from former public pier over pension compensation delayed construction works on Puerto Central. seatrade-global.c...
Qingdao Port Group starts operation of its new iron ore terminal at Dongjiakou
Qingdao Port Group has started the operation of its new 400,000-tonne iron ore terminal at Dongjiakou port which is one of the largest iron ore terminals in the world. The iron ore terminal has an annual capacity of 40 million tonnes and Dongjiakou becomes the first Chinese port that would officially have the technical capacity to receive Vale's huge bulkers. “The terminal will further optimize Qingdao port’s industrial layout,” said Chang Dechuan, President of Qingdao Port Group. “Shippers and steel plants will benefit from the terminal as it is likely to lower the iron ore price to a competitive level as the shipping cost is lowered,” Chang added. Qingdao Port earlier announced plans to invest a total of RMB30bn in Dongjiakou port between 2011 and 2015, for developments in coal, oil and iron ore sectors. [11/03/13]
DCT Gdansk to start handling Maersk Triple-E vessels from August 2013
From August 2013, Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk will start handling 18,000-TEU Triple-E vessels of Maersk Line. For the first time this vessel will call at DCT Gdansk during her maiden voyage from Asia to Europe. As PortNews journalist learnt from Marko Mihajic, Communications and Campaign Manager East Central Europe, Maersk Polska Sp. z o.o., Maersk Line launched its regular weekly calls in Gdansk in May 2011 as part of the AE10 weekly service. Last week DCT Gdansk handled E-class Maersk Edmonton container ship. The majority of cargo is intended for Russia.
Estonian, Finnish ministers fail to agree on LNG terminal
Ministers of Economy of Baltic states, Finland and Poland who met with Günther Oettinger, European energy commissioner, yesterday did not reach an agreement on the final location of the LNG terminal, reported ERR.
The main dispute is whether the LNG terminal should be located in Estonia or Finland. Both Estonian and Finnish officials claim that the best location for the regional LNG terminal that may cost between 300m and 500m euros and be co-funded by the European Union is their respective country. Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts said in comment that Estonia’s plan to build an LNG terminal is economically feasible and Estonian developers are more willing than Finnish ones to implement the plans.
“As far as I know, the Estonian project is ahead of the Finnish one,” he said. Jan Vapaavuori, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, said that the best location for the regional gas supplier is Inkoo in Finland. Source: Baltic Business News
Weather suspends Kuwait ports operations on Friday 8, 2013
Kuwait Ports Authority announced, on Thursday March 7, 2013, that seaports operations are on halt at present as a result of extremely poor weather conditions which reduced visibility to just two nautical miles.
Director of marine operations, Shuwaikh Port, Captain Shaheen Tamimi told KUNA that operations at the ports will resume once the weather improves.
He added that some six incoming vessels are currently anchored in a waiting area outside of the port, while three others await departure in the off-loading zone.
Meanwhile, Assistant Director, Shuaiba Ports' Operations, Captain Shuaib Al-Ali said in a similar statement that marine operations at the port also stopped due to low visibility. He noted that five ships are waiting for entry with five others waiting to be allowed exit.
Taicang port tops container throughput among Yangtze River ports
Shanghai: Taicang Port, controlled by Suzhou Port, leads the container throughput among Yangtze River ports in 2012 by completing total container throughput of 4.01m teu, a growth of 38.87% year-on-year. Domestic container throughput increased by 35.88% to 2.659m teu, according to the annual report released by the port.
Suzhou port has been making efforts to develop Taicang port into a container transit hub for both domestic and international trade. In the beginning of this year, Taicang port kept its growth momentum by achieving container growth of 17% and 19% in January and February respectively. [SinoShipNews 08/03/13]