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429 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Tallinn to invest 1.8 mln euros in Paldiski South Harbour
This week (27/06/2014) the Supervisory Board of AS Tallinna Sadam approved the 1.8 million euro investment in bottom dredging of the water area of Paldiski South Harbour, which will allow larger vessels than before – with the gross tonnage up to 75 000 GT – to be docked in the harbour, reported BC port’s press service. The investment aimed at increasing competitive ability of Paldiski South Harbour will support bottom dredging of the turning ring and the channel of the water area of the port from the current 13.5 metres to 14.5 metres. At the moment Paldiski South Harbour is mainly used for handling of ro-ro goods, scrap metal, timber, peat and petroleum products. Another important area of activity is transit and pre-sale service of new cars intended for neighbouring markets. The investment in increase of capacity of Paldiski South Harbour will allow to satisfy future needs of existing customers and to increase attractiveness of the harbour for new customers.

430 days ago by arnekiel

Panama Canal director: New locks to open early 2016
The head of the Panama Canal says the waterway’s much-anticipated new locks will be open by early 2016, Reuters has reported. “In January, 2016, the widened canal will be working,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano told reporters, assuaging fears that a recent labor strike had pushed the project back again. The work stoppage, which began in late April when Panama’s largest construction union walked off the job, lasted more than two weeks. While there could still be some work outstanding, the new locks will still be ready, Quijano said, adding that the project is already between 75 and 76 percent complete. The expansion was originally set to wrap up this year, which is the 100th anniversary of the canal’s opening, but several delays – including a dispute with contractors over $1.6 billion in cost overruns – have pushed the date into 2016. That’s no problem for Georgia Ports Authority, which has seen its share of delays in deepening the Savannah harbor to accommodate the larger vessels the canal expansion will bring. With dredging projected to begin in December, GPA is looking at completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project sometime between late 2017 and mid-2018, according to GPA chief Curtis Foltz.

430 days ago by arnekiel

Ecuador extends Manta port concession bid deadline
Ecuador state-owned Port Authority of Manta has further extended bid deadline for a $951m concession. The original deadline for the prequalified groups to present their proposals was 25 June but the Port Authority of Manta has extended the date until 25 August. The Ecuadorean Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) aims to award the concession contract on 28 October. The original bidding process for the concession in 2012 was cancelled when no bids were submitted. Three groups from France, Chile and Peru are prequalified: Bolloré África Logistics, Cosmos Agencia Marítima and the Neltume Marglobal consortium comprising Chilean firm Ultramar and Ecuador’s Marglobal. The 37-year concession is for the expansion of Manta into a deepwater port with a 16.2m draught capable of handling large vessels.

430 days ago by arnekiel

Lock chamber closure for maintenance works
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that due to maintenance works, the New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service between 1000 and 1700 hours on 1 and 2 July. During these periods, only the New Big North Lock Chamber will remain in service.

430 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Yuzhny now the deepest in Azov-Black Sea basin
In June 2014 the navigable draft at the Port of Yuzhny (Odessa, Ukraine) has increased to 18.5 m thanks to the dredging performed in the operational water area and the approach channel by Mobius GmbH since February 2013. On June 22, 2014, a Capesize KANARIS set the course from the Port of Yuzhny to China carrying iron-ore concentrate produced by Metinvest Holding (SCM, Ukraine). It has been the first Capesize vessel loaded to full capacity at the harbor’s 18.5-meter berth. The next Capesize Blue Cho Oyu with the similar conditions loaded with iron-ore pellets is going to leave the Port of Yuzhny on June 27. Yuzhny is the deepest port of the Azov-Black Sea basin that offers extensive logistics advantages to shippers of iron ore and coal.

431 days ago by arnekiel

Northport aims big with new RM350mil wharf to attract ultra-large vessels
Northport (M) Bhd, the cash cow of NCB Holdings Bhd, is banking on the re-opening of RM350mil wharf 8 to attract more main line operators with ultra-large vessels to call at the port on regular basis. These vessels are up to 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Northport is one of two major ports alongside Westports that has put Port Klang on the world map as the 13th busiest port globally in 2013. Ultimately, Northport wants to be in the loop of the ultra-large vessels network. The terminal could accept ultra-large vessels on an ad-hoc basis currently. “The development of wharf 8 leans more towards capability building rather than increasing capacity. By upgrading wharf 8, annual capacity will increase by 300,000 TEUs, but the main objective is that ships as big as 18,000 TEUs could call at our port anytime. “We have handled 14,000 TEUs ships before but not on a regular basis,” he told StarBiz. Northport’s annual capacity now is 5.6 million TEUs. It handled 2.88 million TEUs in 2013. This shows that Northport has no space issue but is enhancing its capability to broaden its target market.

431 days ago by arnekiel

Hambantota Port gets brand new STS cranes from ZPMC
Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) in Hambantota received two brand new ZPMC Ship to Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and one Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) Crane from China and would be set up inside the port. The cranes arrived at MRMRP on the vessel MV Zhen Hua 13. Each new STS Crane has a capacity of 50T under speader, with an outreach of 50m, backreach of 16m and a rail guage of 35m. The RTG Crane has a capacity of 41T under speader with a span of 23.47m and a lifting height of 18m. The cranes were received at the port as a part of the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port Development Project. These new ships to shore cranes are much essential for MRMRP as they have arms which are much longer than the usual gantry cranes and could sink ship to the shore. At present Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has made all arrangements for the historic inauguration of the new Tank Farm Complex and Bunkering Terminal, the latest integration to the portfolio of services offered by the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP) on 22nd this month with the initiation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. Source: Nation Lanka

431 days ago by arnekiel

DP World’s new Container Terminal 3 makes good progress
DP World said that its new Container Terminal 3 at its flagship Jebel Ali Port is making good progress with the arrival of 5 new quay cranes and half of its 19 automated cranes being tested before the start of initial operations in the next few weeks. The 4 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity of Terminal 3, makes it the world’s largest semi-automated facility once fully operational. Terminal 3 has seen a number of developments since its inauguration by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, in January. Today over half of its 1,860 meter long quay is ready and the 5 new ship-to-shore quay cranes (STS) delivered from Shanghai’s Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) this week, join the 4 cranes, which were installed earlier in December. A total of 20 automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes are also moving on their rails at the 70 hectare yard. When finished, the terminal will feature 19 of the largest and most modern quay cranes, remotely operated from a sophisticated control room by Emirati nationals, including females for the first time. They will also make up the majority of the 50 ARMG crane operations team.

431 days ago by arnekiel

China Harbour Engineering subsidiary to build new port at Ashdod in Israel
Israel said it has selected a subsidiary of China Harbour Engineering Company to build a 3.3 billion shekel ($950 million) port in southern Ashdod on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Under the terms of the tender, the company, Pan-Mediterranean Engineering Ltd., will build new docks, warehouses and jetties, extending deep-water berthing capacities at the site, the Israel Ports Company said in a statement. Israel also plans a second port further north in the city of Haifa but has not yet awarded the contract to build it. Nearly all of Israel’s trade is handled via sea, and the government hopes the two new ports will turn it into a shipping hub for the eastern Mediterranean. Source: Reuters

431 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Felixstowe commissions greener electric rubber tyred gantry cranes
The Port of Felixstowe has taken another step to improve both its operational and environmental efficiency with the introduction of its first electric-powered Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs), the company said in its press release. The four machines, originally manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, have been converted from diesel to electric primary drive in the first project of its kind in Western Europe. The work was undertaken by Kalmar, part of the Cargotec group. Commenting on the initiative, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, owners of the Port of Felixstowe, said: "The Port of Felixstowe is fully committed to providing the highest levels of operational performance whilst at the same time reducing the impact of its operations on the environment. This pilot project to electrify four RTGs will help us achieve both objectives. The greener machines are the latest in a programme of measures which has seen carbon emissions at the port cut by 12% since 2007, keeping us on course to achieving a target reduction of 30% by 2017." The electric RTGs are expected to make a significant contribution to further increase carbon savings. It is estimated that each machine will deliver energy savings of at least 45% compared with conventional diesel machines. With a comparable reduction in emissions, the conversion programme will also contribute to improving air quality in and around the port.

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