Giant cranes arrive in Liverpool after three-month voyage from Shanghai
LONDON, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- A 30,000-km ocean journey between two of the world's greatest ports, Shanghai and Liverpool, ended Monday when a giant vessel bearing five "megamax" quayside cranes arrived in a mist-blanketed River Mersey.
The vessel was carrying the first of eight giant cranes, built in China, and destined for the Liverpool's new 462-million-U.S.- dollar container terminal, known as Liverpool 2.
The voyage started in Shanghai in August, passing southeast Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and Africa via the Cape of Good Hope en route to Liverpool.
The super-structures were produced by Chinese company, Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), the largest heavy duty equipment manufacturer in the world, as part of a contract with Peel Ports worth over 154 million U.S. dollars. A total of eight ship-to-shore megamax cranes and 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes are being supplied as part of Peel's investment program to expand and develop the existing Port of Liverpool to enable it to accommodate the world's largest container ships.
Each crane measures 92 meters high to the top of the frame, approximately the same as Liverpool's most famous building, the Royal Liver building, rising to 132 meters high when the boom is raised. Each crane weighs around 1,600 tonnes. www.globalpost.co...
On October 29, 2015 Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) received the maiden call of the 14,000 TEU m/v CSCL Star, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) of 157,000 DWT, deployed in the Ocean 3 Alliance, marking the first Vietnam/Northern Europe direct service.
Notably, within the last week, two feeder services have also started to call at CMIT to connect both the local Vietnamese export cargo and the international export cargo from Thailand and Cambodia, all transshipped through CMIT.
“This operation fits well into the vision of CMIT to be the first container hub port for domestic and international transshipment,” said Robert Hambleton, General Director, CMIT. “The transshipment operation is also supported by the Vietnamese Government, as Vietnam positions itself within the Cai Mep deep-water container port group to best serve the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement which was agreed to in September.” www.marinelink.co...
United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Gulf Petrochem Group (Gulf Petrochem) has announced the opening of a new liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ) on October 29.
The "state of the art" terminal is reported to have a total capacity of 203,888 cubic metres (cbm), with 37 tanks ranging from 1,700 to 11,200 cbm.
Gulf Petrochem says the facility is intended provide storage capacity needed for the increasing demand in the region, and will also be able to store numerous grades of petroleum products, including fuel oil, gas oil, base oil, bitumen, and naptha.
"Our storage terminal business has become an integral and significant business unit for the Group," said BM Bansal, a Gulf Petrochem board member. shipandbunker.com...
LA City Council backs port truck drivers in their strike action
Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to support the port truck drivers who have been striking since Monday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to Reuters.
Council members passed a resolution backing the truckers against certain trucking firms which have allegedly been misclassifying the drivers as “independent contractors” rather than as “employees”. The distinction costs the drivers in earnings and benefits.
So far the strike and picketing action has had little bottom-line impact on port operations or cargo movement, with only four trucking firms targeted. But participation is growing. On Thursday workers with Gold Point Transportation had joined the action, making it the fourth firm cited for “misclassifying” workers.
That followed Wednesday’s decision by about 40 workers at the California Cartage warehouse in Wilmington, south Los Angeles, to join the strike.
The Teamsters union is backing the strikers who say the trucking firms’ practice of misclassifying amount to “wage theft”. splash247.com/la-...
18 Indian fishermen arrested for violating maritime border
KARACHI (Dunya News/AFP) - Pakistani marine forces have arrested 18 Indian fishermen for violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, police said Sunday.
Pakistan s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) detained the fishermen after they strayed into Pakistani waters, and they were handed over to local police in the port city of Karachi.
"The MSA has handed over 18 arrested Indian fishermen to police who will be presented before the docks police for further investigation," told senior police official.
Such arrests are frequently carried out by both countries, as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined and many fishing boats lack the technology needed to be certain of their precise location.
The fishermen often languish in jail even after serving their term, as poor diplomatic ties between the two arch-rivals mean fulfilling official requirements can take a long time. dunyanews.tv/en/P...
Nigeria targets 100% ISPS Code compliance for port facilities
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, said it had commenced work on a scheme that would enable all port facilities and jetties in the country to fully comply with the requirements of the International Ships and Ports Facilities Security, ISPS, Code.
Director General of the agency and Nigeria’s Designated Authority for the enforcement of the code, Mr. Haruna Jauro, who gave the assurance, spoke against the background of recent security alerts at the seaports.
According to him, more than 80 per cent of the port facilities in the country including private jetties have currently complied with the code fully.
It was gathered that the country met only between seven and eight per cent compliance with the code, a development that prompted the United States Coast Guard to give Nigeria a three-month deadline to have her port facilities or face a major international trade blockade.
Under the sanctions spear headed by the US government, ships that call at the US ports and those of her trading partners in Europe and Asia would not be allowed to berth at any Nigeria’s ports. www.hellenicshipp...
M V. Maersk Serangoon V.1510 becomes the longest ship to call at Chennai Port
Maersk Line India has added another feather to its cap by berthing M.V. Maersk Serangoon V.1510 at Chennai port, making it the longest vessel to call on Chennai port.
Commenting on this development, Mr. Franck Dedenis, Managing Director for Maersk (India and Sri Lanka) said, “The berthing of MV. Maersk Serangoon V.1510 at Chennai port is a historical achievement. It shows our confidence in the south India market. The berthing not only sets the bar for the future but it will also help us in achieving operational improvements through reduction of cost due to economies of scale.”
To mark the occasion, an on-boarding ceremony was organized at the Chennai port in association with DP World, one of the largest marine terminals company. Senior officials from the regional office of Maersk line DP World and Chennai Port Trust graced the occasion.
Petlim container port to be commissioned next spring
etlim container port in Turkey’s Izmir city, which is currently under construction, will be commissioned in spring of 2016, Azertag state news agency quoted Kenan Yavuz, the head of the SOCAR Turkey Enerji, as saying.
Yavuz believes that management of the Petlim port by the Dutch company APM Terminals, one of the world’s leading port operators, is a great chance for the port.
“Petlim will become one of the ports that meet world standards,” he said. “Currently, the port has a storage area of 450,000 square meters, and its expansion is possible in the future.”
Petlim container port will become the third largest port in Turkey and the largest one in the Aegean Sea. It will be able to receive the largest container ships carrying up to 11,000 containers. Some $400 million was invested in the construction of the port, some $300 million of which was invested by Petkim.
The initial capacity of the port will be 1.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), which will be increased to four million TEU in the future. Its capacity will exceed the capacity of Aslandzhak port by about 50 percent.
The Dutch company APM Terminals, one of the world’s leading port operators, will enjoy the right to manage the port for 28 years while the port will belong to Turkey.
Source: Azer News
Damaged lock gate back in Brunsbüttel after repairs
Both large chambers of the Brunsbüttel locks will be open in November after the "Wulf 7" towed the gate which was severely damaged by the "Saint George" in March back from a repair yard in Hamburg on Oct 29, 2015. It was to be inserted in the south chamber and be operating again in a few days.
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DONG Energy announced today it has decided to construct the 660MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometersm off the west coast of Britain.
The final investment decision has been made after securing all necessary consents from authorities, completing site assessments and having signed the majority of the contracts for supply and installation to build the project, DONG said.
Walney Extension is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018, at which time it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners. The wind farm will be constructed and operated under the U.K.'s EMR FID-enabling regime with a fixed price for the first 15 years of production. www.marinelink.co...