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10 days ago by arnekiel

Lázaro Cárdenas investment key to meeting Mexican trade growth requirements
The Government of Mexico has announced plans to double port capacity over the next six years to meet anticipated trade growth, particularly on the trans-Pacific trade lane. In 2012, APM Terminals signed a 32-year concession for the design, construction and operation of a new deep-water terminal at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas. The project will represent an overall investment of $900 million USD. The first phase of the construction of Terminal 2 (TEC2) will include 750 meters of quay, five ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, 22 automatic stacking cranes and two railway cranes, and will be able to accommodate very large container vessels. A key component of the project will be an intermodal transport corridor linking the Lazaro Cardenas marine terminal with APM Terminals own intermodal facility in Mexico City serving the commercial, industrial and population center of Mexico City and beyond. Use of rail transportation will further reduce emissions associated with freight transportation, as well as safe and secure transportation of containers to inland destinations compared with truck haulage on highways. The first 300 meters of quay are scheduled to be ready in Q1 2015, which will be followed by the installation of the container handling equipment.

10 days ago by arnekiel

BOC, Lithuanian Railways sign contract to ship oil products to Klaipeda seaport
Belarusian Oil Company (BOC) and the Lithuanian Railways signed a long-term contract to ship oil products from Belarus to the seaport of Klaipeda during the Transport and Logistics expo in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

10 days ago by arnekiel

Hong Kong to renew vessel traffic system
Hong Kong has awarded a contract to defence and security company Saab to renew the existing Hong Kong vessel traffic services system.

10 days ago by arnekiel

Geraldton Expects Strong Cruise Season with 10 Calls
Radiance of the Seas in Geraldton, which is generally the first or last port on Western Australia itineraries.Located some 430 km north of Fremantle, Geraldton is generally the first or last port on Western Australia itineraries. This season, the port is expecting 10 calls, up from four last year, said Joanne Brown, cruise ship and visitor information officer, Geraldton Visitor Centre. Among the new ships calling are Holland America’s Amsterdam, and the Pacific Jewel, fitting the port into its Coral Coast voyage. “The Sea Princess is also visiting Geraldton as part of its Northern Australia Explorer cruise,” said Brown. A tender port, Brown still pointed to Geraldton’s warm welcome pierside by a pool of meet and greet volunteers.

10 days ago by arnekiel

Zeeland Seaports Kicks Off Westhofkade Extension
Zeeland Seaports recently made a start on work to extend the Westhofkade. BOW Terminal, Zeeland Seaports will extend the existing 300-metre quay by around 175 metres. The quay is expected to be ready for use in mid-2015. The Zeeland ports occupy a prominent position when it comes to the storage and handling of project cargo for the offshore industry. In the past few years, various large offshore wind projects have been realized from Vlissingen. Several Zeeland companies are active in this market and are continually expanding their operations. As port authority, Zeeland Seaports tries to assist where possible. In order to offer BOW Terminal extra quay capacity, Zeeland Seaports therefore commissioned BAM Infra to extend the quay in the Westhofhaven.

11 days ago by arnekiel

Charleston Harbor to be deepened to 52 feet
On Oct. 8 the US Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening project, recommending that the Charleston Harbor be deepened to 52 feet, the company said in its press release. "The Port of Charleston's ability to handle post-Panamax vessels 24 hours a day without tidal restriction is critical to the future competitiveness of our state port system," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Completion of our harbor deepening project to 52 feet ensures that SCPA will continue to grow above the market average and remain a top ten port, facilitating trade and economic development for our entire state, region and nation. Source: Portnews

11 days ago by arnekiel

Wan Hai launches intra-Gulf service
Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai Lines will launch the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Express service (PSX) beginning 17 October. Two 1,200teu box ships will be deployed for this new service. The port rotation for this route will be Jebel Ali, Bahrain, Damman, Jubail, Jebel Ali, Karachi and Jebel Ali.

11 days ago by arnekiel

Cyclonic Storm HUDHUD
At 0530 hours today [9 October] Cyclonic Storm 'HUDHUD' was over the east central Bay of Bengal, about 770km SE of Visakhapatnam. It is forecast to intensify further and to cross the north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12 October, GAC informs.

11 days ago by arnekiel

Locks closure for bomb disposal
Due to a bomb disposal operation, the Kiel-Holtenau locks will be closed from 15:00 until about 18:00 hours local time today (9 October).

11 days ago by arnekiel

Israel to sell minority stake of up to 49 percent in Haifa port
Tel Aviv’s ongoing struggle with state run port workers over contentious privatisation plans is set to enter a new contentious chapter. Israel plans to issue minority stakes of up to 49% in state-owned companies on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange over the next three years. "This is another step in stopping the politicization of government companies and reducing corruption in the companies," Finance Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. Israel in 2015 will seek to sell a minority stake in Israel Natural Gas Lines and the state postal company and privatize Israel Military Industries, the port of Ashdod, and several smaller companies.Among the companies planned for privatization in 2016 are the port of Haifa and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).Port workers at Haifa and Ashdod have regularly voiced their displeasure at Tel Aviv’s privatization plans, leading to strikes this year. Source : Gulfshipnews

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