Antwerp Prepares for Construction of LNG Bunker Barge Station
The Port of Antwerp says it is preparing to begin construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker station for barges, noting that a concession agreement is set for signing in the beginning of 2016.
With the Rhine-Main-Danube LNG Master Plan having come to a close on December 16, the Port of Antwerp says preparations for the bunker station reasserts the port's commitment to LNG bunker development. shipandbunker.com...
Tanzania’s Tanga Port has acquired three new barges for US$10mn that will significantly increase storage capacity, reduce operational costs and improve overall port performance.
The new barges have the capacity to carry 3,500 tonnes of general and bulk cargo each at a time or 192 containers of 20 feet each, at a time. Tanga Port is a lighterage port, where vessels anchor off the main quay with an array of lighters and pontoon that shuttle cargo between the quay and stream.
With the barges, port officials are expecting more efficiency in ferrying goods back and forth the main quay, thereby reducing costs. For instance, instead of the usual 10 odd days to offload a ship carrying wheat, the new facilities could help the ship complete offloading in just four days.
Conventionally an agricultural export handling port in East Africa, the Tanga Port is now handling imports of raw materials, machinery and industrial parts. Officials feel the revamp is much needed, as the current capacity has to go up following an increase in traffic. With an annual six per cent increase in performance between 2005 and 2014, imports and exports have grown from 399,516 tonnes in 2005 to 594,122 tonnes in 2014. Conventional cargo went up four times – from 88,253 tonnes in 2005 to 426,317 tonnes in 2014, while containerised cargo went up from 38,120 tonnes in 2005 to 182,960 tonnes in 2013. www.africanreview...
Free disposal of clean plastic waste in ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam
From 1 January 2016 sea-going vessels will be able to dispose of unlimited plastic ships’ waste free of charge in the ports of Rotterdam Rijnmond and the North Sea Channel district. The waste must be presented separated and clean. The port authorities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam agreed on this with the waste collectors in the ports
This action comes under the Green Deal Ships’ Waste Supply Chain that the Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment, Schultz van Haegen, entered into with the sector on 10 September 2014. Participants in the Green Deal are the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Zeeland Seaports, Groningen Seaports, Port of Den Helder, NVVS (ships’ suppliers), KVNR (ship owners), collectors of ships’ waste, ILT and Stichting De Noordzee. www.hellenicshipp...
APM Terminals Gothenburg Welcomes World’s Largest Container Ship: 19,224 TEU MSC Maya
The MSC Maya, the fourth of 20 Oscar-Class Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), arrived at APM Terminals Gothenburg on December 21 from the Port of Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk Line/Mediterranean Shipping Company AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in the 2M alliance. With a published capacity of 19,224 TEUs, Oscar-class vessels are the world’s current record holders in container carrying capacity. These ULCS are 396 meters-long, and require a depth of 16 meters. www.hellenicshipp...
Australia Approves Dredging for Controversial Coal Port Near Barrier Reef
(Reuters) – Australia approved on Tuesday a controversial expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal, which environmentalists fear will damage the Great Barrier Reef but supporters say is needed to protect the sector from decline.
The expansion work will require dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of seabed near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land to make way for what will become one of the world’s biggest export terminals for coal.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt issued the approval only after reengineering reduced dredging by 97 percent from the original proposal, according to a statement from Hunt’s office.
“All dredge material will be placed onshore on existing industrial land,” the spokesman said.
The work still requires approval from the Queensland state government, which is awaiting assurances that a giant coal mine owned by Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises will proceed to the construction phase. https://gcaptain.com/australia-approves-dredging-for-controversial-coal-port-near-barrier-reef/#.VnqjrRXNy9I
New Deepwater Port to Transform Gdansk Into Eastern Europe Mega-Hub
(The Loadstar) — Poland’s Port of Gdansk Authority is to tender for a new container and general cargo deepwater port able to accommodate the biggest ships in the world.
Port of Gdansk president Dorota Raben told The Loadstar tenders on a build, operate, manage concession basis would be invited from companies at the end of next year to develop the Outer Port Construction project.
Ms Raben said the project would, ultimately, ensure the continued development of cargo handling capacity at Gdansk and reinforce its importance as the largest container hub on the Baltic.
She said the port of Gdansk would handle a record 35m tonnes of cargo this year – 3m tonnes more than in 2014 – and that it was the authority’s duty to have a strategic plan for the continued growth in trade predicted from Poland’s booming economy.
The president said there had already been “significant” interest from Chinese investors in the concept of a new mega-port in the Gulf of Gdansk, which she argued would transform it into a major fifth-generation port and a logistics hub for not only Poland, but all of Eastern Europe. https://gcaptain.com/new-deepwater-port-to-transorm-gdansk-into-eastern-europe-mega-hub/#.VnqjRhXNy9I
New CMA CGM reefer service to make a weekly cal in Zeebrugge
As from January 2016, a Caribbean CMA CGM service will make a weekly call in Zeebrugge. The North Europe French West Indies (NEFWI) service mainly imports fruit from the Caribbean. Reefer vessel CMA CGM FORT SAINT LOUIS will make the first call on January 19th 2016. In total, four CMA CGM vessels with a capacity of 2.260 TEU will be deployed, all equipped with 550 reefer plugs. The port of Zeebrugge will be the last European port call in the service.
China’s Cosco Pacific is understood to be the only party interested in the acquisition of the 51 percent stake (plus another 15 percent) of Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), reports Kathimerini.
Alexis Tsipras's government had halted the sale after winning elections in January but resumed the process under the 86 billion-euro bailout deal it agreed with its euro zone partners in the summer. The deadline for final bids was 1700 GMT on Monday.
The Hong Kong-listed firm was the only party to submit a timely binding offer in the context of the tender proclaimed in 2014 by the state privatization fund (TAIPED) by Monday’s deadline, four hours before it expired.
All signs point to the absence of a second offer for the stake, which could have created some competition for the asset up for sale. www.marinelink.co...
Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal in Panama has completed the third phase of an expansion that will allow the terminal to handle the largest ships that will transit the Panama Canal’s soon-to-open larger locks.The terminal expansion added a fourth berth that, combined with the adjacent Berth 3, will provide an overall quay length of more than 2,100 feet. The new berth has a water depth of 54 feet and three gantry cranes that will span 23 rows of containers.The expansion increases CCT’s annual capacity to 2 million 20-foot-equivalent units from the previous 1.5 million TEUs. An additional expansion of Berth 3 will increase annual capacity to 2.4 million TEUs by early 2017, and allow Berths 3 and 4 to simultaneously handle two 12,000 to 14,000-TEU ships.The new Berth 4 is scheduled to begin operation in the first quarter of 2016. The completion was marked in a ceremony Thursday attended by officials including Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Maritime Authority Administrator Jorge Barakat Pitty.The Panama Canal Authority is targeting April for the opening of new locks that will accommodate vessels of 13,000-14,000 TEUs, nearly triple the maximum capacity of container ships transiting the canal’s existing century-old locks. Source: Journal of Commerce
The Mediterranean Shipping Company yesterday committed to the construction of a $100m private island cruise port, set to get underway at Sandy Cay in early 2016.
The development is expected to create 600 construction jobs and employ more than 300 permanent employees.
Prime Minister Perry Christie, along with MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago, signed a heads of agreement on Wednesday, with both sides hailing the moment as a major economic thrust for the northern Bahamas.
According to Mr Christie, the agreement paves the way for the construction of the “self-sustaining operation and environmental management” of a cruise port, the likes of which the country has never seen.
Additionally, Mr Christie said the cruise destination, set to serve 369,000 guests annually, is expected to feature shopping, dining, retail and recreational spaces, an amphitheatre and a ship-based infirmary.
The development’s plans also call for a marine reserve at Sandy Cay, offering a unique diving experience for guests.
Mr Christie noted that historically, MSC’s cruise activities in the Bahamas have in recent years generated around $17m of direct expenditure. www.hellenicshipp...