Rizhao port invests in iron ore jv located at Lanshan
Northeast Chinese port operator, Rizhao port, announced that the company is to set up a jv with Shandong Iron & Steel and Shandong State-owned Assets Investment Holdings to develop iron ore terminal projects at Rizhao port. The project will engage in the construction, operation, management of iron ore terminal and logistics business of bulk cargos with a total investment of RMB100m. The new jv will be located at Lanshan port area of Rizhao port, and will add around 20m tons iron ore handling capacity per year when completed, Rizhao port said in a statement. Source: Sino Ship News
The republic of Somaliland is finalizing a huge port investment, boosting its efforts to serve as a trade hub between the African and Arab worlds. Somaliland is finalising a multi-million dollar deal with a leading international operator to develop a port at Berbera, on the Gulf of Aden, bolstering the breakaway nation's bid to position itself as an export gateway for landlocked Ethiopia. The identity of the port operator has yet to be made clear.
Source: Gulf Ship News
Fujairah is seeking investors to extend the port by 500 m into the sea to to construct further oil-related infrastructure.
Under a plan that would add another 2.5m sq m to the emirate’s land mass, land would be reclaimed from the navy base to the Vopak oil products storage terminal near the Port of Fujairah.
Source: Gulf Ship News
Port of Antwerp sets new freight volume record in 2013
The port of Antwerp is expected to have handled a total freight volume of 190.6 million tonnes over the year as a whole. This represents an increase of 3.5% compared with 2012 when the volume came to 184.1 million tonnes, making 2013 a new record year for Antwerp. The previous record dates from 2008, the last year before the global financial crisis.
Tianjin Port annual cargo throughput surpasses 500 million tons
Tianjin Port said Sunday its annual cargo throughput crossed the 500 million tons mark for the first time, while remaining as the world's fourth-largest harbor by cargo throughput. Located on the coast of the Bohai Sea, the Tianjin Port follows the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, the Port of Shanghai -- both in East China -- and the Port of Singapore in terms of cargo throughput volume. Improved infrastructure and steady goods flows from the inland have contributed to the rapid growth in the port's throughput, with coal, oil products, ores and steel being the main goods delivered by the harbor, said officials at the Tianjin Port (Group) Co. The largest comprehensive port in North China, the Tianjin Port has established trade ties with more than 500 ports in 180 countries and regions around the world. Source : China Daily
New Mangalore Port will have additional berth soon
Union minister for petroleum and natural gas M Veerappa Moily commissioned the Berth number 13, the new Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL) berth at the Oil Dock Arm to cater to the additional demand of the potential users, at New Mangalore Port here. The minister also laid foundation stone for the proposed Berth number 18 at the Port that would increase the existing handling capacity.
DP World-United Liner JV may get Vizag port’s box terminal project
Vizag port is speeding up the process for extension of the existing container terminal, as it sees demand for container berths surging in the coming months. The port’s board of trustees, which met here today, approved issuing Letter of Award to Visakha Container Terminal Pvt Ltd for execution of the project at an estimated cost of Rs 633 crore. The letter is expected to be handed over the company next week. The company, a joint venture between DP World and United Liners Agencies, had developed the existing box terminal about a decade ago. The terminal handled 2.47 lakh TEUs last fiscal. It had submitted an offer for 11.44 per cent of gross revenue share from the new project, which will be taken up on develop, build, fund, operate and transfer model. Its earlier offer of 10 per cent revenue share was not agreed by the port, which sought a fresh offer.
Others in the race for the project included Adani, Simplex, Welspun and Leighton.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is welcoming a record number of maiden calls at Zayed Port this cruise season. The number of cruise liners visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time has doubled compared to last season, making it a total of ten scheduled debut visits until April 2014. Commenting on the growing status of Abu Dhabi as a popular cruise destination and the record number of maiden calls, Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, acting CEO ADPC, said: “The growing number of tour operators who add Abu Dhabi to their itineraries confirms the emirate’s rising status in the cruise tourism market and supports our efforts to establish Zayed Port as a world class port of call. “The increase in maiden calls is a clear indicator that we are moving in the right direction. And we are honored to welcome the growing number of first-time cruise liners and their passengers to Abu Dhabi and look forward to many more cruise seasons to come.”
The national drive to develop sea transportation has made China's northern-most sea port of Dandong a new hub in the booming northeastern region. The port, located in Dandong, Liaoning Province at the northern extremity of China's coastline, is expected to reach a total cargo turnover of 120 million tonnes this year, exceeding the benchmark of 100 million tonnes for the first time. The volume in 2012 was 96 million tonnes. "Our dream of establishing a giant modern international port is being realized," said Zhang Hongjiang, vice president of the Dandong Port Group. Over the past three years, the group has poured more than 10 billion yuan (1.64 billion U.S. dollars) annually into developing new berths, new sea routes and and other functional facilities, according to Zhang. The group is currently building a dock for 300,000-tonne vessels to be loaded with ore. By 2015, the port plans to have a cargo handling capacity of 400 million tonnes, with 60 deep-water berths to be built.
Australian Iron Ore Ports shut down as Cyclone Christine to Intensify
Iron ore ports in northwest Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of the raw material, are shutting as a strengthening tropical cyclone nears the Pilbara coast.
Port Hedland, the largest ore-export terminal, closed at 1 a.m. local time, the port authority said in an e-mailed statement. The port of Dampier will close at 6 p.m. local time, acting Chief Executive Officer Paul Toussaint-Jackson said in a phone interview on Dec. 30. Category two Cyclone Christine is expected to strengthen to category three tomorrow before making landfall near Dampier, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Port Hedland and 1,200 kilometers north of Perth, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Port Hedland exports iron ore from mines owned by BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest miner, and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. Rio Tinto Group (RIO) ships ore from Dampier and Cape Lambert.