Evergreen Marine is newest shipper to call at ATI’s Batangas terminal
A major Taiwan shipping line has added the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) to its cargo network, the terminal’s operator Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said.
Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) has added Batangas as a port of call to its Northeast Asia-Southeast Asia “A” (NSA) freight service.
“NSA covers Batangas-Manila-Kaohsiung (in Taiwan)-Nansha-Hong Kong-Shekou (all three in Southern China)-Osaka-Kobe-Iwakuni-Moji-Hakata (the last three in southern Japan)- Taipei-Taichung-Kaohsiung and docks at BCT on Tuesdays,” the port operator said in a statement on Friday.
The MV Uni-Premier recently made its maiden call at Batangas port to officially commence EMC’s weekly service.
Currently, BCT has four regular weekly services and one fortnightly service connecting Calabarzon shippers directly to Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and other key regional and global markets with the addition of EMC to its port rotation.
BCT facilitated the delivery of over 132,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of international cargoes last year, up by 32%, for its highest annual throughput since starting operation in 2010. Source: BW Online
Suez Canal sweetens rebates for boxships from US East Coast to Asia
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has further sweetened rebates for containerships sailing from the US East Coast to Southeast Asia and beyond as it seeks to stem of loss of business from lines deciding to sail via the Cape of Good Hope on the backhaul to Asia.
On 7 March the canal offered a 30% rebate for containerships bound from US east coast ports from New York southwards, transiting the canal with their first call in Asia being at Port Klang, Malaysia or eastwards. However, according to analysts Alphaliner in mid-May the offer had failed to find any takers after six weeks.
In a new bid to recapture traffic a circular from the SCA said in circular that all containerships coming from ports north of the Port of Norfolk on the US East Coast and heading to Port Klang and ports eastwards would be given a 45% rebate on canal tolls.
For ports south of Norfolk vessels departing and calling Port Klang and eastwards would be granted a 65% rebate in tolls, while those calling Colombo and eastwards would be given a 55% rebate.
Container lines have taken to transiting via the Cape of Good Hope even though the distance is 12,412 nm from New York, compared to 10,117 nm via the Suez Canal due to lower operating costs as a result of low bunker prices.
Source: Seatrade Maritime
Coal loadings resume at Colombia’s Carbosan port after ban is lifted
Colombia’s 7 million mt/year Carbosan port at Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast has restarted coal loadings after the country’s environmental agency lifted a suspension put in place last month, according to a local source Tuesday, June 7. On Friday the national environmental licenses agency (ANLA) reversed its ruling of May 12 that suspended all coal storage and loading operations at the facility due to concerns over environmental threats to wildlife and air and water quality in the surrounding area. According to the source, ANLA carried out inspections on May 31 and June 1 and was satisfied that requested improvements had been made. On Friday, the port started loading trucks with coal. Loading of ships has yet to restart but a preliminary loading schedule is expected to be announced this week. According to shipping data, Carbosan exported 1.17 million mt of coal in the first four months of 2016, up 73% on the year earlier period. Source: Platts
The New Incheon Port Becomes Incheon Port’s New Growth Engine
The New Incheon Port (NIP), which is closely located to the Seoul Metropolitan area, celebrates its first anniversary on June 1.
On June 1, 2015, Sun-kwang Container Terminal (SNCT), a container terminal operator (TOC), opened a new era for the NIP by opening the first half (410m) of its 800 m length of quay. It was followed by the opening of the second container terminal with a 420m pier, which was opened on March 18 this year by Hanjin Incheon Container Terminal (HJIT). Those openings of the two quays have brought the NIP on track within a year.
The NIP was built for specialization in accommodating container cargoes in a bid to keep up with the increase in trade with China and other Asian countries as well as the trend of favoring large-sized vessels. The new port also targeted new sea routes bounding for the North America and Europe. After nine years of construction, the NIP was born with most modern facilities, representing the port infrastructure of the Incheon port. www.hellenicshipp...
French Oil Refineries Prepare for Restart But Oil Ports Still Shut
PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) – Preliminary work got underway on Monday to restart three of Total’s French oil refineries stopped as part of nationwide strikes against planned changes to employment laws, but workers were still on strike at the country’s two main oil ports.
Workers voted to end a strike at Grandpuits near Paris and preliminary work on resuming operations was underway there and at the Normandy refinery, as well as at the Feyzin refinery in the southern Rhone region, a Total spokesman said.
Total operates five of the country’s eight refineries.
The Donges refinery on France’s western coast was still blocked by about 30 members of the hardline CGT union, which is leading the campaign of stoppages and protests in the rail and energy sectors against the government’s labour reforms.
Workers were voting on Tuesday on whether to go back to work at Feyzin, Total’s spokesman said, while La Mede refinery was still working and also ensuring outbound deliveries.
Oil terminals were still blocked, however. https://gcaptain.com/french-oil-refineries-prepare-for-restart-but-oil-ports-still-shut/
Greek Cruise Operators Fret Over Strikes Sparked by Port Sale
ATHENS, June 7 (Reuters) – Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country’s biggest port Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.
Greece in April agreed the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros under a third international bailout.
Port workers have held 48-hour rolling strikes since late May, disrupting cargo operations and services provided to cruise ships docking at Piraeus over fears their jobs are at risk.
“We are very worried,” said Theodoros Kontes, head of the Greek cruise ship owners association. “If they keep striking, we are expecting a 10 million euro impact on our business in Piraeus only for June.” https://gcaptain.com/greek-cruise-operators-fret-over-strikes-sparked-by-port-sale/
DP World to Develop Ecuador’s First Deepwater Port Worth Over $1 Billion
Port terminal owner DP World has won a 50-year concession to build and operate Ecuador’s first deepwater port.
The new port will be located in the city of Posorja about miles miles from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and business center as well as home to its main port of Guayaquil.
DP World says the concession agreement represents an investment of over $1 billion, including a first-phase investment of $500 million. The first phase will involve the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20km access road, and construction of a 400 meter berth with capacity to handle up to 750,000 TEU per year and other types of cargo, including equipment to support Peru’s vibrant banana export industry. The access channel to the new port will allow drafts up to 15 meters, compared to the current 9.75 meter drafts at existing Guayaquil terminals.
DP World said construction on the first phase is expected to start within six to nine months and take around 24 months to complete. https://gcaptain.com/dp-world-to-develop-ecuadors-first-deepwater-port-for-over-1-billion/
The German tug "Jörn - H 4038" (EU-No.: 5117310; built 1926) was in collision with the 18-m-launch "Irma II - 8H 3055" (built 1959) on July 7 at 3 p.m. The accident happened on the Elbe in Hamburg off the dock 10 of the Blohm & Voss Yard. 15 persons were injured, seven of them seriously. The tug hit the launch which was on a harbour tour with 50 passengers, and the impact was so strong, that the windows broke. Both ships were able to berth at a pontoon near the dock where the injured were initially treated before being taken to hospital. The fire rescue and police were on scene with 60 men. Divers did not find leaks in the hull of the launch.
Damen delivers two ASD Tugs 2411 to SAAM S.A., Chile
SAAM S.A., the leading towage company with operations across South, Central and North America, has taken delivery of two ASD Tugs 2411 from the Damen Shipyards Group. These compact yet powerful vessels deliver over 70 tonnes of bollard pull and are exceptionally manoeuvrable and reliable. The two new tugs, named Tordo and Mirlo after Chilean birds, are now on their way to Valparaiso, Chile. Once they are fully commissioned they will begin harbour operations in the port of San Antonio. Damen will also be providing crew training and a range of other support services in their home country.