Costa Rica Supreme Court ratifies the new Moin Container Terminal
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Costa Rican Government and APM Terminals in an appeal filed by the port workers union against the 33 - year concession contract for the new Moin Container Terminal (TCM) in Limon on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, APM Terminals said in its press release. For Paul Gallie, Managing Director of APM Terminals for Central America, "the new Moin Container Terminal is a project of the Costa Rican State which will promote the country ́s global competitiveness and the socioeconomic development of the province of Limón, which is why this verdict motivates us and strengthens our confidence in the judicial system." "The TCM will be a world class , modern, safe and efficient terminal operating under international standards and procedures, designed to boost Costa Rica ́s international trade by taking full advantage of the economy of scale provided by the new - Panamax container vessels of up to 13,500 containers , vessels of up to five times larger than those which can be serviced in the country today," Gallie said. APM Terminals was contracted by the State and port authority, JAPDEVA , for the design, financ e , construction, operation and maintenance of the new Moin Container Terminal. This project , which is designed with a surface area of 80 hectares , 500 m off the coast of Moin, 1500 m of berth , 9 STS gantry cranes and 39 yard cranes, in addition to a 2.2 km breakwater , allow ing 24 hours / 7 days a week / 365 days a year operation, will be wholly owned by the State of Costa Rica.
NIRAS quadruples the capacity for Kenyan oil terminal
NIRAS won the job to plan and design a new oil terminal in the Kenyan seaport Mombasa. The terminal is to replace the 50-year-old existing oil terminal, which is suffering from decay after a service life of 50 years. The existing terminal has only one berth, accommodating carriers up to 100,000 tons DWT. The new terminal, on the other hand, will accommodate four ships of 150,000 tons DWT. Back in 2012, NIRAS conducted the first relocation study and with Kenya Port Authority it was agreed that the new terminal should be placed off the existing port terminals. Since then NIRAS has been in close contact with Kenya Ports Authority for the further development of the project.
MV Adobia’s Maiden Voyage Opens Up Business In Calabar Port
AT last, hope has come the way of Calabar Port after years of inactivity due to its shallow channel, the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene-Aba and Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja-katsina Ala roads, and the low canopy Ikom bridge that made it impossible for container-carrying trucks to pass to or from the Northern part of the country. Draft at approach of the Calabar channel is 6.4 metres at high tide and 5.4 metres at low tide, whereas the concession agreement stipulated that the Federal Government will take the draft to 9.5metres; and the Bureau on Public Enterprise (BPE) had confirmed that this would be achieved on start of business. But this is not so on ground. Worried by this poor trend, the Federal Government had, on not less than four occasions, organised the dredging of the port to no avail. Bad roads did not help matters, as businessmen in the Calabar Free Trade Zone and Tinapa and cocoa merchants resorted to alternatives, leaving Calabar Port to lie fallow. Source: Nigerian Guardian
China’s Weihai port rejects off-spec copper concentrates from Ecuador
China’s Weihai port in northern Shandong province has rejected a cargo of copper concentrates from Ecuador this month, as the cadmium content has exceed the maximum allowable standard, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website Monday.
This is the first time Weihai port has found copper concentrates with unusually high cadmium content.
Earlier this month, quality tests on a batch of copper concentrates imported from Ecuador conducted by the AQSIQ’s Weihai branch found the cargo contained 0.067% cadmium — exceeding the country’s maximum allowable content of 0.05% — which can be a potential cause of environmental pollution.
The cargo have since been sent back to Ecuador.
Skagen aiming to become Denmarks new shipyard capital
After investing 226 million kroner into a new quay area on its waterfront, Skagen Harbour has set its targets on becoming a hub for the maritime service and shipyard industry in Denmark The investment funds will also trickle down to the harbour’s two modernised innovative shipyards Danish Yachts and Karstensens Skibsværft, according to the head of Skagens Harbour, Willy B Hansen.”There is a lot to build on here in Skagen and we have huge growth plans,” Hansen told Børsen business newspaper. “We have two larger modern shipyards that each have highly specialised niche placements in the market. And the large harbour expansion will allow much bigger ships in the harbour, thus opening up completely new markets for the shipyards and the distributors.”
Reaching out to Sass LarsenOnce the harbour expansion is completed, ships with a draught depth of up to ten metres will be able to dock along the 450m quay extensions. This will permit the shipyards to handle service and reparation tasks on tankers and transport ships over 200m long.Just yesterday, the minister of business and growth, Henrik Sass Larsen, announced that Denmark was in need of a large shipyard to create jobs and fly the Danish flag in maritime technology. It could also go a long way in saving the 50,000 Danish jobs in the national maritime equipment production industry. Skagen – which is located at the very northern tip of the Jutland peninsula – is next to one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors, the entrance to the Kattegat Strait and the Baltic Sea. Additionally, it also has Denmark’s largest fishing harbour and is home to one of the nation’s biggest shipping fleets. Source: Copenhagen Post
AIDA Cruises moved into its new office complex near the port in Rostock-Warnemunde this past week (Oct.6-10). Two hundred employees have moved so far, while there is space for 400 more after completion of the interior work.
The new AIDA Home, as the company calls it, consists of two interconnected buildings, borrowing some design elements from the ships, such as the Theatrium – an atrium in the entrance area extending into both buildings and up two floors.
In other news from the German brand, it has been awarded a German Fairness Prize after a survey by the German Institute for Service Quality and TV channel n-tv. They based their findings on more than 40,000 consumers that rated AIDA highest among 350 companies on price vs. value, including price transparency, product delivery and service.
Hutchison Whampoa To Invest $110 Mln In Top Panama Port Expansion
The Panama Ports Company (PPC), a unit of Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, will invest about $110 million through 2015 to expand Panama's Balboa Port, the company's top executive told reporters on 11th October.
Cyclone Hudhud Blasts India’s East Coast, At Least Three Dead
Cyclone Hudhud blasted India’s eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least three people despite a major evacuation effort.
The port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, was hammered as the cyclone made landfall, unleashing the huge destructive force it had sucked up from the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal.
Upended trees and wreckage were strewn across Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. Most people heeded warnings to take refuge, but three who ventured out were killed, officials said.