Port development will make Luleå big in north Scandinavian shipping
More than €310 million of investments will make the port capable of handling up to four times bigger ships and capture a share of the extensive regional shipments of ore.
A court decision this week paves the way for the launch of a grand north Swedish port development project. The so-called Malmporten project includes dredging in the waters leading to the city of Luleå and port development on the city waterfront.
This will make the local port to an important infrastructure object in the whole Baltic Sea region and an attractive alternative to the Norwegian port of Narvik for out shipments of iron ore from mining giant LKAB, regional newsmaker Affarer i Norr reports.
Currently, the port on the Botnia Bay coast only handles ships with a deadweight up to 55,000 tons. In few years, up to 160,000 tons vessel can enter the Luleå port, the Swedish Maritime Administration informs.
The project is supported by the EU and will cost 3 billion SEK (€311 million). Construction works are due to start this year.
Source: The Barents Observer
Shanghai port, world’s busiest, grapples with traffic congestion
The world’s busiest container port, Yangshan in China’s business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say.
More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week, according to shipping software provider CargoSmart.
CargoSmart said the fog started in early April and the congestion had worsened in the past few days, with few clues to when it might ease. Average delays for ships arriving at the port jumped more than 42 percent to 53 hours between April 16 and 18 from the start of the month, it said.
“We are making efforts to adjust and coordinate the entire port’s resources and making every effort to provide customers with the fastest service,” said a spokeswoman for Shanghai International Port Group, which first flagged the situation last week in a statement on its website.
German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd told customers in a notice on Thursday that it was monitoring the situation closely and working with the port to minimize delays.
Denmark’s Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk , also confirmed that some of its vessels had been affected by the congestion. www.hellenicshipp...
The government has initiated a move to construct a bay container terminal with the Indian credit to enhance the capacity of Chittagong Port which will reduce congestion at the port, officials said.
He said another plan was there to construct a terminal at the proposed Payra Deep Sea Port, modernise Mongla Port, and construct Dry Dock in Chittagong.
Talking to the news agency, an official at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) said such projects were taken to develop the country’s ports under a $4.5 billion fresh third Line of Credit (LoC) from India to be given against 17 projects selected so far.
Another official at the Ministry of Shipping said that the coastal area adjacent to Halishahar, Chittagong was primarily identified for the establishment of the Bay Container Terminal.
The official said an 11km char had emerged about some 800 metres off the coast. It was not visible before 1990 and a channel was also created there where the sea depth in some areas is up to 10 metres. The outer anchorage of the Chittagong Port is also near the area where sea depth is up to 12 to 13 metres. www.hellenicshipp...