Gadani ship-breaking yard reopens after month halt
Ship-breaking activities at Gadani, housing the world’s third biggest ship-breaking hub, resumed this week after a provincial court ordered reopening of the yard that was on halt following the November’s tragic incident that killed at least 26 workers.
Officials said the High Court of Balochistan ordered the resumption of activities at Gadani ship-breaking yard, setting aside an earlier order of the provincial government to cease ship-breaking following a fire accident on November 1.
Officials said the provincial court ordered the removal of section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting assembly of more than four people in an area.
Ikhlaq Memon, acting chairman at Pakistan Ship Breakers Association said the association received the court order. “The fullfledge activities will resume in a couple of days.”
Last week, the association urged the federal and provincial governments to allow resumption of the ship-breaking activities. It also filed 22 appeals in the local court against the section 144.
Huanghua Port becomes China’s largest port for coal transportation
Huanghua Port in northern Hebei province has become China’s largest port for coal transportation, according to a press conference. The throughput of the port reached 204 million tons in the first 10 months of the year, a year-on-year growth of 49 percent, Zhao Zhenqing, chairman of the Gangzhou Port Group told the press conference. With total investment of more than 60 billion yuan ($8.7 billion), a sea channel capable of taking 200,000-ton ships, with 33 berths for ships weighing more than 10,000-tons, has been built at the port. The port launched its first freight train bound for Duisburg, Germany, in June. It also opened its first international direct flight to Southeast Asia in September. So far over 20 ship companies have opened 13 container shipping lines starting from the port. The rapid development of the port will support the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional integration and the Belt and Road Initiative, said Zhang Guodong, director of the administration for Bohai New Area in Cangzhou City. Source: Xinhua
TCP Invests R$25 Million in New Navis Terminal System
TCP, the company responsible for managing the Paranaguá Container Terminal, one of the largest container terminals in the country, has implemented a new integrated port operation system to increase terminal productivity, reduce costs and improve the interface with its customers. As part of the new system, the company has adopted Navis N4, a market leader in Brazil and worldwide, acknowledged as a complete solution for port terminals. The investment for the overall system implementation reaches R$25 million.
The migration to the new system is due to the evolution of the infrastructure and processes of the Paranaguá Container Terminal. “Navis is the world’s most widely used operating system and should generate increased efficiency and productivity for the terminal. With that, we are able to integrate port information into the system, generating even more speed and reliability to the work developed by TCP,” explained Alexandre Rubio Teixeira Pinto, CFO of TCP.
According to the executive, the modernization of the management system is in line with the terminal’s growth plan, which provides for an increase in capacity from 1.5 million TEUs to 2.5 million TEUs by 2018. “With Navis, TCP will achieve improvements over the previous system, including optimizing yard management with the use of automated processes, promoting a more efficient allocation of trucks that transport the containers between the equipment and the ships, and better segregating containers in the yard,” he emphasized. www.hellenicshipp...