APM Terminals Breaks Ground for US$34.5M Modern Facility
In compliance with its 25 years concession agreement, the management of APM Terminals (APMT) on July 1 broke ground for the construction of its US$34.5m modern terminal in the compound of the National Port Authority (NPA). What he described as the port “modernization project” would include state-of-the-art safety features, a new administrative and operational building, yard pavement, new cargo gates with various channels, and real time updates of container movement.
Other facilities he said, conventional drainage system, biometric access control system, closed circuit television (CCTV) system, and a GPS-based container location system.
When completed, the modern container terminal will have a storage capacity of over 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), well positioned to serve the Liberian economy as well as the transit trade, he added. Source: Liberian Daily Observer
Kaohsiung port to invite bids to operate new mega-ship container berths
Taiwan’s Kaohsiung port is planning to invite bids for the operation of its new mega-ship berths under construction at its Container Terminal Number 7 Project, according to Wang Pai Feng, harbor master of Port of Kaohsiung.
The phase one stage of the Container Terminal Number 7 Project is scheduled to come on stream with two and a half berths (S5 to S3.5) by June 2018, and container terminal operators are welcomed to join an open tender in August this year.
“We are already in talks with some international lines such as those from the G6 Alliance and 2M, and international operators like PSA and DP World,” Wang told Seatrade Maritime. He said Kaohsiung is hoping to attract international players to invest in the port.
A total of five deepwater berths will be built at the Container Terminal Number 7 Project, with the remaining two and a half berths (S3.5 to S1) to be completed under phase two, with a total investment of $1.05bn. Source: Seatrade Global
Mexico adds new bulk terminals to development programme
Two new projects are under study in Mexico and could be added to the 25 already being implemented at a cost of $4.27bn. According to the Transport & Communications Ministry (SCT), a further two bulk terminals are now under consideration in Topolobampo and Veracruz. Source: Port Strategy
Kenya port workers end strike, warn of further protests
Striking workers at East Africa’s biggest port in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa returned to work after being warned they could lose their jobs, but said protests over higher health care costs could resume next week.
The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest in the region, which handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia but the port’s management has said normal services would resume by Monday.
Workers protesting higher deductions for the government’s national health insurance scheme refused to work on Wednesday and Thursday, paralysing operations at the port and prompting port management to advertise their positions in local media.
The port has already lost up to 100 million shillings ($1 million) so far because of the strike, according to its managing director Gichiri Ndua.
Ships and cargo trucks remained stranded for over 24 hours as key entry points to the port remained closed.
Sylvan Mghanga, an official at the port’s communications department, said workers had returned to work fearing they would lose their jobs.
“The management has never made such an announcement before, so it shocked and scared everyone, and that is why they have returned,” said Mghanga, referring to a Friday morning deadline for striking workers to resume duty or be fired.
Union officials said the strike’s halt was only temporary. Source: Reuters
Visakhapatnam Port has added yet another feather to its cap when it received m.v. Han Fu Star, the larges-ever bulk carrier it berthed in its history. Since it was made operational in 1933, the port received largest-ever Cape vessel generating a lot of interest among port community.
Port workers continue go-slow causing havoc in Limassol
ort workers continued to abstain from overtime work as a sign of protest against the privatisation of the Cyprus Ports Authority and said they may even resort to stronger measures.
This, according to SIDIKEK PEO union member Giorgos Epaminondas, is a unilateral decision jointly undertaken by DEOK, SYALK and SYPYALK unions.
“We want MPs to understand our point of view,” he said and although their opinions have been made loud and clear, “it is obvious they don’t agree with us.”
Although Limassol port chief Andreas Pouros said that ships were being serviced, “these measures cannot go on.”
“We did have some problems today but the ships managed to depart. The port will remain closed on the weekend (as this falls under overtime work) and two ships that are expected to arrive from Europe will have to stop over in Beirut and enter on Monday.”
Work is now more rushed and giving an example, he said that a ship that needed to stay in the port longer, loading empty crates, did not have the time to so. “They’ll have to do that another time,” Pouros said.
Epaminondas said he was aware that problems in the ports would continue and worsen if they continued to abstain from overtime work, as ships will come under more pressure since most of the work is often done during afternoon hours – shortly before overtime starts.
On Monday, unions are expected to head to the capital for discussions in parliament with talks continuing on Tuesday.
A growing number of ships worldwide run on liquefied natural gas, LNG. Now they can bunker this cleaner fuel alternative at the Port of Gothenburg. New regulations for LNG bunkering have been introduced by the Gothenburg Port Authority in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam. New bunkering regulations for ships operating on LNG have been drafted by the Gothenburg Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam together with the Swedish Transport Agency. The regulations will allow cargo ships to bunker LNG at a cargo terminal and are the first general regulations to be introduced in Sweden. Major environmental benefits
There are major environmental benefits to be gained from using LNG in shipping. Sulphur and particle emissions are reduced to almost zero, nitrogen emissions are reduced by 85-90 per cent and carbon dioxide emissions by 25 per cent.
The regulations not only cover bunkering from land using a road truck but also from a bunker vessel, what is known as ship-to-ship bunkering. Requirements governing safety zones, weather, bunker vessels, receiving vessels, terminals and other aspects are included in the new operating regulations.
Ten mile tailbacks and chaos at Calais after striking French dock workers shut the Tunnel again
Protesters crippled cross-Channel services for the second time in a week yesterday after striking ferry port workers started fires on the tunnel tracks in Calais.
The Government described the situation as ‘completely unacceptable’ as motorists faced huge tailbacks on both sides of the Channel in temperatures reaching up to 93F (34C).
There were dramatic scenes of roaring flames and black smoke as piles of tyres were set alight on the railway by protesters trying to sabotage the line approaching the Eurotunnel terminal.
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Spanish police seized 15.7 tons of hashish resin on a merchant ship laden with salt near the southern port of Malaga, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
Three Spanish patrol boats and a helicopter intercepted the ship some 50 nautical miles south of Malaga on Sunday and escorted it to the Mediterranean city's port, the ministry said in a statement.
"After unloading most of the salt that it was transporting, a false bottom was found in the bow of the ship, where the traffickers had hidden the drugs in around 500 bales," the statement said.
The ship's nine crew members - six Syrians and three Indians - were taken into custody.
The operation was carried out in cooperation with French and Italian authorities and was coordinated by European police agency Europol.
Spain's proximity to Morocco, the top source of hashish consumed in Europe, have made it the main gateway to the continent for the drug.
The biggest haul of hashish in Spain dates to 2013 when 52 tonnes were seized from an industrial warehouse in the southern city of Cordoba.
The Port of Los Angeles plans to invest $800 million to improve cargo handling capabilities over the next five years.
Work will begin this summer on a two-year, $44.6 million project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC (YT) at the Port of Los Angeles.
The improvements “will enhance YT’s ability to service the biggest ships in the transpacific trade lanes, permit the terminal to simultaneously work three container ships carrying up to 13,000, 11,000 and 6,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) respectively and ensure cargo flows during peak periods when ships call at all three berths,” the port said.
The terminal, which covers 185-acre serving Berths 212-224 at the port, on Terminal Island, the 185-acre terminal typically receives 6,500-TEU ships and works two vessels concurrently. To date, the largest ship to call at the facility is an 8,500-TEU vessel.
Major elements of the project include deepening Berths 214-216 to 53 feet and Berths 217-220 to 47 feet; adding up to four new ship-to-shore gantry cranes and raising some existing cranes to equip the terminal with up to 14 operating Post-Panamax cranes; and extending the wharf crane rail infrastructure that supports lateral repositioning of ship-to-shore cranes by adding 1,500 feet of crane rail at Berths 217-220.