Govt, Port Operators Lose N40bn To Strike In Apapa Port
The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) said the Federal Government and port operators lost about N40 billion to the 11-day strike which crippled Apapa Port in last month. This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the Public Relations Officer of the association, Mr Simeon Nwonu.
Port Hedland Engineers Approve Agreement, Ending Strike Threat
Tugboat engineers at Australia’s Port Hedland approved a labor agreement, ending the threat of strikes at the world’s largest bulk export terminal. The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers endorsed a new enterprise agreement, Teekay Shipping (Australia) Pty said in an e-mailed statement. Teekay is contracted by BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) to run tugboats at the port, located 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) north of Perth. Unions representing tug masters and deckhands approved four-year enterprise agreements on Nov. 10, according to Teekay.
The approval ends months of negotiations over pay and annual leave between the three unions and Teekay that included threats to strike. Disruptions would have cost suppliers about A$100 million ($85 million) a day, BHP said in May. Exports through Port Hedland represented 55 percent of Australia’s iron ore exports last year and more than 80 percent of cargoes go to China, port and government data show.
Teekay has lodged the new agreement with the Fair Work Commission for its approval, it said in today’s statement without providing details of the agreement.
New $4bn container port to be built for Doha’s NPP
Qatar has awarded construction contracts worth $3.8bn for a new container port, which is to be part of the New Port Project (NPP).
Located in Mesaieed, south of Doha, NPP will be able to handle two million containers when the first phase is complete in 2016.
After the subsequent two phases are complete, Emirates 24/7 reports that a capacity of six million tonnes will be reached.
In keeping with Qatar’s 2030 National Vision, which promotes diversity and sustainability, nearly 53 percent of the awarded contracts had been won by Qatari firms.
Source: Arabian Supply Chain
Port of Gothenburg changes ro-ro traffic to Belgium
Last week, CLdN's new service commenced between Logent Ports & Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg and Zeebrugge in Belgium. It was also announced that the shipping company SOL will take over the transport of Stora Enso's volumes from Gothenburg Roro to Zeebrugge. The Port of Gothenburg now has three ro-ro services to Belgium, Port of Gothenburg said in its press release. Last week the first ship departed on the new CLdN service from Logent Ports & Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg. The route will be served by CLdN's own vessels, Adeline, Celandine and Celestine, which will berth at the Brittanniadok terminal in Zeebrugge. The vessels will carry trailers, containers and cars. There will be six departures each week.It was also announced that the shipping company SOL will take over the transport of Stora Enso's paper exports from Gothenburg Roro.
ONGC subsidiary MRPL has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with STC Mauritius and IndianOil, to set up a Petroleum Terminal at Mauritius. This Joint Venture Terminal, to be constructed with an investment of around USD 130 million, will facilitate re-exporting of Petroleum Products from Mauritius to Indian Ocean Islands and Mainland Africa, thereby making Mauritius into a petroleum hub, besides enhancing the oil supply security status of Mauritius, the company said in its press release.
The European Union is considering construction of a regional LNG terminal in the north of Europe to ensure its energy security. “If the decision on construction of the terminal is approved, it will start working not earlier than 2018, as realisation of such a project will take about five years,” the member of Estonian Parliament, the head of Kazakh-Estonian working group Denis Borodich told New Europe.
According to him, cost of the project could exceed €600 million (it includes construction of a gas pipeline worth €200 million and the terminal – €400 million and more). The European Union will partially fund the project (5-10%). The remaining funds must be private – from investors interested to invest in the terminal.
According to the Chairman of the Board of Silport JSC (Estonian port of Sillamae on the Baltic Sea) Tiit Vahi, his company intends to build a terminal on their own, from which it will be possible to export LNG to any country upon request.
Kenya’s Mombasa to start charging extra taxes at port
Kenya’s port city of Mombasa, a major trade gateway to east Africa, will start charging new taxes on shipping containers, its governor said, defying opposition from the national government in Nairobi. Governor Ali Hassan Joho told Reuters the extra revenue levied by the local authority would be used to repair pot-holed roads and crumbling infrastructure.
Three tons of drugs (worth 960 million euros) seized from Hamburg ship
Authorities in Australia have seized about three tons of MDMA and crystal methamphetamine from a ship that set off from Hamburg, Germany. The bust was the second largest in Australian history. Six men have been charged in what Australian police called Saturday one of the largest drug busts in the country's history, worth some $1.2 billion (960 million euros). Australian Federal Police said the men were charged over their alleged involvement in the attempted importation of almost three tons of the party drug MDMA and crystal methamphetamine into Sydney.