Kenya’s Mombasa port to install eco-friendly cranes to curb pollution
The Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) is set to launch two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes mid next year at the Port of Mombasa to help mitigate pollution.
KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi told a media workshop in Mombasa on Monday evening that the equipment that were bought at a cost of 8.7 million U.S. dollars are aimed at attaining acceptable standards of green policy practices.
“The cranes will provide dust and spillage-free unloading through a dust control system that minimizes escape of dust during discharge,” she said.
Unlike the mobile harbor cranes currently used at the port which handles one vessel at a time, the new cranes will handle two vessels simultaneously.
The biggest container ship ever to dock in Canada was in Prince Rupert, B.C., last week
The largest container ship to ever dock in Canada was welcomed in Prince Rupert, B.C., last week, marking another victory for the city’s international port which was viewed by many as little more than a pipe dream just over a decade ago.
The COSCO Himalayas, which sails under the flag of Hong Kong, arrived in the northwest B.C. city Nov. 14 and departed Nov. 19 after being worked on at the Fairview Container terminal.
At 366 metres, the ship is longer than Canada’s tallest building, the 298-metre First Canadian Place in Toronto, is high. The 553-metre CN Tower is not technically considered a building.
Prince Rupert Port Authority vice-president of trade Shaun Stevenson said the record-breaking ship “reflects our continued growth and expansion as a container gateway.”
“It really is a validation of where we’re heading,” he said.
Earlier this year, Prince Rupert held a celebration marking 10 years since the first container ship arrived in the city. It also indicated a major turning point in Project Silk: a plan to make the community of 11,000 a major link in trade between North American and Asian markets.
The port is currently completing another expansion, and in October handled a record amount of cargo.
Petronas signs memorandum of agreement with Bintulu Port
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd will offer marine services to support Petronas’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank gassing up and cooling down (GUCD) operations at Sarawak’s Bintulu Port for three years.
Petronas said in a statement today its subsidiary Petronas LNG Ltd recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Bintulu Port Holdings subsidiary Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd.
According to Petronas, the GUCD service aims to bring storage tanks on LNG carriers into a natural environment before the tanks are cooled to cryogenic temperature (minus 160 degrees Celsius).
“The (GUCD) services at the Bintulu Port will commence in 2018, positioning Bintulu as one of the premier LNG hubs and making it one of the few terminals in the world to offer this facility. The LNG for gassing up services will be supplied from the Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu.
“In supporting the GUCD services, Bintulu Port will provide port and maritime services with attractive rates which will provide cost savings to the LNG vessel operators,” Petronas said.
In a separate statement, Petronas said Petronas LNG signed a two-year service agreement with Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd and Eastport Marine Sdn Bhd to provide LNG ship-to-ship transfer services in Labuan.
“The ship-to-ship transfer is the transfer of LNG between two vessels positioned alongside each other. Ship-to-ship transfer allows flexibility of cargo delivery especially for small-scale LNG requirements,” Petronas said. Source: The Edge Markets