Mitsubishi Corporation Enters Container Terminal Business in Valencia, Spain
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Kamigumi Co., Ltd (KG) have jointly acquired a 25% share in TCV Stevedoring Company S.A. (TCV)(1) from Spanish global container terminal operator, Grup Maritim TCB, S.L. (GMTCB)(2). The move allows MC to enter the container terminal business in Spain.
Port Employees on 24 hrs general strike on Wednesday, April 9
On Wednesday, April 9 the port employees will participate in the 24-hour general strike organized by Gsee, with the Olp employees rallying outside the Municipal Theater of Piraeus at 10.30am and marching to the Olp offices. The federation has reacted against the government plans to privatize the country's port, with Omyle stressing that this will have "painful consequences for employees, local communities and critical sectors of the economy, such as tourism, shipping, trade and transports".
Port employees protesting aginst privatization plans with 24 hrs strike
The Greek federation of port employees Omyle and the union of permanent and cadet port officers of the Piraeus Port Authority (Olp) were going on strike on April 7 in response to the government's plans to privatize the country's ports, as daily To Vima online reports. The port employees announced a walk-out between 7am and 11am on April 7, with a demonstration scheduled outside the central offices of the Piraeus Port Authority.
On Tuesday, April 8 the privatization of the Thessaloniki Port Authority (Olth) will be discussed at 5pm in Parliament, with the port employees arranging a 24-hour strike for the day and a 4pm rally at Klafthmonos Square, followed by a march to Parliament.
On Wednesday, April 8 the port employees will participate in the 24-hour general strike organized by Gsee, with the Olp employees rallying outside the Municipal Theater of Piraeus at 10.30am and marching to the Olp offices. The federation has reacted against the government plans to privatize the country's port, with Omyle stressing that this will have "painful consequences for employees, local communities and critical sectors of the economy, such as tourism, shipping, trade and transports".
Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues. Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately while the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.
First cruise ship arrival kicks off new record-breaking season
On Sunday, April 6, a faithful cruise guest will make her way to Gothenburg, Sweden. The arrival of the German cruise ship AIDAcara will mark the start of this year's cruise season. A total of 73 cruise ships, carrying 120,000 passengers, will visit Gothenburg this year – a new record, the Port of Gothenburg press release said.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. on Apr. 7, 2014 announced that it started new car carrier services that transport vehicles produced in Mexico to ports in NAFTA region, the company said in its press release. In recent years, many car manufacturers have been aggressive in building and enlarging plants in Mexico, and it is estimated that automobile production will increase by more than 10% per year for the next several years. Around 3 million vehicles were produced in Mexico in 2013, about 80% of which were exported. As this trend shows signs of continuing, MOL launched the new services from both the East and West Coast of Mexico to the United States, the largest destination of Mexican made vehicles, to meet these increased customers’ needs.
For the service from east coast of Mexico to the east coast of the U.S., Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co., Ltd. and World Logistics Service (USA), Inc., both MOL Group company, have joined forces to provide weekly shuttle services with three car carrier vessels from Veracruz, Mexico, to ports in Jacksonville-FL, Brunswick-GA, Baltimore-MD, Newark-NJ, and Davisville-RI in the United States. The shipment was done by MV Cosmos Ace (46,346 GT; capacity: 4,100 units) which sailed from Veracruz in March 2014, followed by MV Harmony Ace (47,519 GT; capacity: 4,800 units) and MV World Spirit (37,949 GT; capacity: 3,200 units).
Furthermore, MOL will launch new car carrier service from the west coast of Mexico to the west coast of North America to offer transport from Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, to San Diego-CA, Richmond- CA, Portland-OR, and Tacoma-WA in the United States, and New Westminster-BC in Canada which is planned to be a weekly service for some regions.
Yamal LNG Picks Zeebrugge as Possible Transfer Port in Europe
Yamal LNG, a venture developing a project to export liquefied natural gas from the Russian Arctic, agreed to consider the Belgian receiving terminal of Zeebrugge as a transfer point to move the fuel to Asia from Europe.
Yamal LNG and Fluxys, the terminal’s owner, signed an accord today outlining terms for cooperating to transship cargoes of the super-chilled fuel, according to a joint statement. Fluxys, based in Brussels, will start technical, permitting and regulatory processes, it showed. Commercial production at the LNG plant is scheduled to start in 2017.
Mott MacDonald wins Gdansk design role for new $160M quay
Global engineering consultancy firm, Mott MacDonald, has successfully gained a project to carry out construction design services for a new €160 million quay at the Port of Gdansk, Poland.
According to the contract, Mott MacDonald will be responsible for the design of a new deep water quay for Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk (DCT Gdansk), adjacent to the pre-existing one.
They will also be responsible for the design of a new cargo stacking yard, which will facilitate the needs of both quays.
Works will also include; the deepening of the existing harbour basin, construction of new buildings and the re-development of previous buildings.
Furthermore Mott MacDonald will be involved in the construction of an underground utilities instillation, alongside a main electrical substation and any subsequent substations around the port.
Once upgraded, the terminal will easily be able to welcome the world’s largest post-panamax vessels and handle up to three million TEU per year.