Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is keenly awaiting the outcome of a techno-economic feasibility study to gauge if it is viable to set up a shipbuilding and repair facility at Tuna at Kandla Port in Gujarat.
The idea, the seeds of which were sown by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari during one of his visits to the yard, is being perused ‘seriously’ by the yard, according to sources.
The consultant engaged to carry out the study is expected to furnish its report by the end of the year and follow-up action, in the event of a positive report, will be undertaken immediately thereafter.
The CSL had earlier examined the feasibility of setting up off-campus facilities in the Andamans and on Chennai Port premises, but both had to be shelved for various reasons. “As regards Kandla, there’s availability of 310 acres of land at Tuna’s inter-tidal region which is quite a chunk. But there are technical challenges, which are being examined by the consultant. The yard is pretty serious about it and is open to doing shipbuilding, repair and even breaking, as Alang is not very far — all this subject to viability,” said the sources.
GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis and Wärtsilä are joining forces to offer vessels the option of sailing on biofuel. The three companies started a two-year pilot in the port of Rotterdam: the world’s biggest bio-based cluster. www.hellenicshipp...
Poland Opens LNG Terminal, Pledges to End Russian Dependence
Thirteen days before Poland’s general election, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz opened the nation’s first terminal to import liquefied natural gas and promised “full independence” from Russian gas supplies from next year.
The facility is ready for startup tests and will get a first shipment of LNG from Qatar between Dec. 11 and Dec. 17 to cool the plant, with commercial deliveries starting in 2016, two years later than initially planned. Poland, a key transit country for Russian gas supplies to western Europe, has criticized plans by Gazprom PJSC to expand its undersea pipeline directly to Germany, which bypasses east European countries that rely on Russia for their energy.
“Next year, we’ll be fully independent from supplies from the east,” Kopacz told reporters at the terminal’s site in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, near the German border.
Poland plans to expand its gas grid to enable the transport of fuel from Swinoujscie to its neighbors in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Lithuania. That would also allow it to boost the use of the terminal, which currently only has supply agreements for 30 percent of its capacity.
The Law & Justice opposition party, which leads opinion polls ahead of the Oct. 25 election, said the terminal wasn’t ready and that Kopacz was staging a “show” to woo voters.
Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, the nation’s Poland’s dominant gas company, still has to buy a minimum of about 8.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year (300 billion cubic feet) from Gazprom under a long-term contract signed in 1996. The accord will remain in force until 2022. www.hellenicshipp...
China’s Landbridge Group bought a long-term lease in the Port of Darwin in Australia’s north for 506 million Australian dollars (US$370 million), as the country seeks to capitalize on rising Chinese demand for imported food and overseas travel.
The deal comes after China Merchants Group teamed up with Australian fund-manager Hastings Funds Management in April last year to buy the lease on the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales state, the world’s biggest coal export terminal, for A$1.75 billion.
“Through our significant investment in the Port of Darwin, Landbridge intends to grow two way trade between Australia and Asia, leveraging Landbridge’s existing port and logistics businesses and firmly putting Darwin on the map for Chinese business,” said Landbridge Infrastructure Australia’s director, Mike Hughes.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Northern Territory government will lease the facility to Landbridge for 99 years as the territory seeks to put itself at the forefront of Australia’s mining-to-dining transition to boost the economy as a resources boom fades.
Mr. Hughes said Landbridge plans to make a “considerable financial investment” to expand the port.
“In addition to committing an initial A$35 million of new growth investment expenditure over the first 5 years, we anticipate in excess of A$200 million of capital expenditure over the next 25 years. Given the scope of development opportunities in the Territory, we hope to invest a lot more,” he said.
Colombo International Container Terminal Limited (CICT) will invest US$ 40 million to convert it to be the first Green container terminal in the region. CICT Chief Executive Officer,Nelson Liu speaking to Daily News Business said this will be completed in less than two years.
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Achieves Record Loading on 18,340 TEU vessel
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II operations has set a record loading in Rotterdam on the MADISON MAERSK with 17,152 TEU loaded, including ten high above deck stowage. The vessel sails on Maersk Line’s AE-10 string in the Asia/Europe trade lane.
Hans Van Kerkhof, Managing Director of APM Terminals Maasvlakte II said “This is an important milestone in our journey to help our clients achieve the vessel utilizations needed to optimize their networks and compete in the market. Our operations team worked hard to handle just under 1,000 containers during the 15 hour port call”. The vessel sailed with a high utilization to its next destination, Tangiers, Morocco on 30 September 2015. www.hellenicshipp...
The port of Hodeidah has been officially announced as part of a military operations area and is closed to ships since 16.30 hours local time on Sunday 11 October 2015, until further notice.
The port authority has ordered all ships at berth to leave port and stay at anchorage until further notice.
Mumbai OPL Bunkering Now Fully Underway as Monsoon Restrictions are Lifted
Mumbai, India OPL bunkering is fully underway as of October 1, 2015 following the lifting of restrictions due to Monsoon Season, Gulf Petrol Supplies L.L.C (GPS Bunkers) has said in an emailed note.
"Due to the port restriction and barge restriction at Gulf of Khambat (also known as the Gulf of Cambay, is an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat) Mumbai OPL will be the best alternative to fulfill the bunker requirements of the vessels working cargo there or for the vessels passing by," said GPS Bunkers.
"The prices at Mumbai OPL will be of the range of Mops 380 plus 30 delivered for bigger qty of more than 500 metric tonnes (mt) and can be very competitive for quantities more than 1000 MTs." shipandbunker.com...
Firefighters oppose planned oil terminal in Port of Vancouver, Washington
Firefighters in the US port city of Vancouver, Washington, on Tuesday declared their opposition to a proposal for an oil terminal to be located there.
The view was expressed by a spokesman of the firefighters’ union branch. Mark Johnson told Port of Vancouver commissioners at a public meeting that an oil terminal would pose a potential threat to public safety.
He said that an industrial accident could be disastrous unless there were major manpower, training and equipment upgrades for the fire service.
Several members of the public also expressed their opposition to the plan, citing concerns about potential accident and concomitant environmental and economic consequences. Some spoke in favour of the terminal, emphasizing the employment opportunities it would create.
The proposal is for what would be the largest rail-to-ship oil-transfer terminal in the US.
Vancouver, Washington, is 308 miles to the south of its more famous Canadian namesake in British Columbia.
APM Terminals inks 18-crane contract for Italy terminal
APM Terminals has signed a contract for four ship-to-shore gantry cranes and 14 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes for its Vado container terminal under construction on Italy’s north-west Ligurian coast.
The new terminal, the first major new port construction in Italy in several decades, is due to open in January 2018 with an annual capacity of 800,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units and will be able to handle vessels up to 18,000 TEUs capacity.
The Maersk group’s port arm is investing 150 million euros ($171 million) in the new terminal while the Italian government is spending 300 million euros on civil works for the project.
“This crane and container handling equipment order is a very important milestone in the development of APM Terminals Vado, and the future of the Savona-Vado area,” said APM Terminals Vado’s managing director Carlo Merli.
“This shore side infrastructure is essential to the development of new logistics networks and inland transport possibilities for Italy as the Ligurian coast becomes accessible to the global shipping fleet’s largest vessels.”
The ship-to-shore cranes are scheduled to be delivered in March 2017 and the rail-mounted cranes are due to arrive the following month.
The new terminal, which will handle both containers and liquid bulk cargoes, will be integrated with the existing 275,000 TEUs-a-year Vado Reefer Terminal, which APM Terminals acquired in August. www.joc.com/port-...