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464 days ago by arnekiel

China Shipping to consolidate Hong Kong port resources
Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines is to consolidate its port resources with parent China Shipping Group, and take a 49% and 51% stake respectively in the combined operation. China Shipping Container Lines will receive 2.78bn shares in China Shipping Terminal Development (Hong Kong) valued at RMB3.42bn, while the mother company China Shipping Group will inject HK$4.1bn into the combined company. “The board believed that the consolidation of China Shipping Group’s port businesses and assets into one platform will result in economies of scale as well as a globally integrated port business, the transaction will allow the company to focus on its core business,” the company said. [27/11/13]

465 days ago by arnekiel

First quay cranes arrive from Shanghai to Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG)
Monday, November 25, the first deep sea quay cranes of Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) will complete their two-month journey from Shanghai to Rotterdam, from Shanghai to Rotterdam said in its press release. With this special event, another milestone will be achieved in the development of the highly automated container terminal on Maasvlakte 2 that will open her gates in the second half of 2014. The deep sea quay cranes, built and delivered by Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), will arrive at RWG in the morning, depending on the weather and the tide. With the arrival of these giants, RWG is a step closer to realising one of the safest, most sustainable and most innovative terminals in the world. These 127.5 metres tall Super Post-Panamax cranes will operate on a deep sea quay of 1,150 metres. The cranes are specially designed to handle the newest generation of Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCSs). They have an outreach of 24 rows of containers wide and are equipped with a so-called double trolley system. This system makes it possible to unload a container from a ship onto an AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) in two steps. Subsequently, the AGV will, fully automated, transport the container to a temporary stacking area on the terminal. In the case of the loading of the container ship, the reversed process applies.

466 days ago by arnekiel

Europa 2 makes debut visit to Zayed port and opens cruise ship season
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC welcomed MS Europa 2 yesterday morning at Zayed Port, celebrating a double first: the ship’s maiden visit to Abu Dhabi and the first passenger arrivals of the new cruise season. “Since we moved all of the container traffic to Khalifa Port, we have been investing in and developing the facilities here at Zayed Port, to improve our visitors’ experience and to properly develop the port into a global cruise destination,” said Mohamed Al Shamisi, acting ceo, ADPC. A second ship that arrived yesterday was the AIDAdiva. A total of 75 vessel calls are scheduled to call at Zayed Port until April 2014. [20/11/13]


Yemeni forces foil suicide attack at Port Balhaf
An official in the Yemeni army said that Yemeni forces foiled a suicide attack last night, aimed at the LNG export port in the province of Shabwa in the south east of the country. The official said that a booby-trapped boat approached from international waters, and passed security lines into Yemeni territorial waters in the area surrounding the Port of Balhaf. The port's radars and surveillance cameras spotted the boat when it bypassed the security lines, and naval forces moved immediately towards the boat and opened fire, causing it to explode and sink. The identity and number of those on the boat isn’t yet known. [GulfShip News 21/11/13]

466 days ago by arnekiel

Worker protests threaten to close Moroccan port
Workers at the Port of Mohammedia were organising a protest outside the company's headquarters at the port both on Nov. 21 and continued on Nov. 22. The protests are against the company's administration not having established a serious dialogue on productivity rewards. The General Union for Workers and the Moroccan Labour Union, the two labour unions leading the protests, affirmed that if the administration persists in their policy approach of "deaf ears", then the unions will continue the strikes. The unions are adopting a 'gradual protest escalation' approach, aimed to open dialog before a potential stoppage of the port. [21/11/13]

466 days ago by arnekiel

Unusual - Cruise Ship "Caledonian Sky" refuels at Port Kembla
Anyone down at the port on Nov. 25 would have seen the unusual sight of a luxury cruise ship tied up at a dock more commonly frequented by coal carriers and bulk container ships. Port Kembla harbourmaster Kell Dillon said the ship, the Caledonian Sky, was in port to refuel. But given that its next port of call is Geelong it’s just possible that industrial cities are the latest buzz destination for the cruising crowd. The Caledonian Sky is a boutique cruise ship that caters for a maximum of 114 passengers and has been described as ‘‘spacious, yet intimate’’ and offering ‘‘one of the finest small ship experiences in the world’’.

466 days ago by arnekiel

Ghana Ports Authority to invest $2.5 Billion at Takoradi and Tema
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the state company that runs the nation’s two ports, will award contracts worth $2.5 billion through 2018 to double capacity, handle larger ships and reduce waiting time for vessels. West Africa’s second biggest economy has given 18 companies from around the world a deadline of Jan. 27 to present technical and financial bids for five stages of expansion at Tema and Takoradi ports, Paul Asare Ansah, head of marketing and public relations at the agency, said in an interview on Nov. 18.

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466 days ago by arnekiel

Ghana Seeks $2.5 Billion Investment to Double Capacity at Ports of Tema and Takoradi
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the state company that runs the nation’s two ports, will award contracts worth $2.5 billion through 2018 to double capacity, handle larger ships and reduce waiting time for vessels. West Africa’s second biggest economy has given 18 companies from around the world a deadline of Jan. 27 to present technical and financial bids for five stages of expansion at Tema and Takoradi ports, Paul Asare Ansah, head of marketing and public relations at the agency, said in an interview on Nov. 18.

469 days ago by arnekiel

Five new cranes left Shanghai for ECT Delta Terminal
In the weekend of 10 November, five of the largest quay cranes in the world were put on transport in Shanghai to go to Rotterdam, the company said in its press release. The five cranes built by ZPMC are destined for the ECT Delta Terminal. A sea voyage of approximately two months will see them here around the turn of the year. The new quay cranes have a reach of 24 containers. The acquisition further expands the capacity of ECT Delta Terminal to handle Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS). These ships, which transport 13,000 TEU and more, are growing rapidly in number. The new equipment, combined with other investments including automated guided vehicles, enables ECT Delta Terminal to handle even more of these ships rapidly and efficiently. Source : PortNews

469 days ago by arnekiel

Giant iron ore berth set to open in Dandong in December 2013
A giant 300,000 dwt class iron ore berth is set to open at Dandong Port before the end of the year. The Lioning outpost on the border with North Korea is positioning the dedicated iron ore berth as a facility to cut costs for steel mills with businesses in the northeast provinces. With more than 30 berths Dandong has emerged rapidly in the past three years. On November 8 it celebrated passing the 100m ton mark for the first time in a calendar year. Source : SinoShip News


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