At the seminar, “Haiphong Mega Infrastructure Cluster-Gateway of the North of Vietnam”, held last week by the Haiphong People’s Committee and Dinh Vu Industrial Zone JSC, Le Thanh Son, Deputy Chairman of the committee, said that the combination of the mega infrastructure projects about to be constructed in the city, and the local government’s determination to improve the investment environment would turn Haiphong into an ideal location for local as well as international investors.
“The city is aiming to optimise its potential, advantages, and opportunities to make a breakthrough and become a hub of industry and services with superior competitiveness, turning it into a green, civilised, and modern port city. Foreign investment attraction plays a very important role in the achievement of this target,” said Son.
Mega infrastructure projects being carried out in the city include the Haiphong international gateway port, the Cat Bi international airport, the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen bridge, and the Hanoi-Haiphong expressway. The combined investment capital required for these projects is $4.1 billion.
The Tan Vu-Lach Huyen road and the sea-crossing bridge which connects Haiphong with the Lach Huyen port is already 40 per cent completed, and is expected to be operational by May 2017. As of September, the 105-kilometre Hanoi-Haiphong expressway was 70 kilometres towards its final destination, and the remainder is due to be finished by December this year.
Meanwhile, the Cat Bi international airport, if completed – as scheduled – in the third quarter of 2016, will be able to serve six million passengers per year. Direct passenger flights from Haiphong to Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea are planned in the first phase.
Adjacent to the deepest port in the north of Vietnam, accessible for 100,000 dead weight tonnage vessels, an airport with international and domestic flights, and only one hour from Hanoi by car, Haiphong is set to become a transportation hub, according to Son. www.hellenicshipp...
New deal brings Australian workers back to the docks 100 days after mass sackings
Dockers sacked by global network terminal (GNT) operator Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) are set to return to work after an agreement was reached between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and HPA management.
It’s been 103 days since 97 workers were terminated in Brisbane and Sydney, many via text and email. It was strongly felt that the company was using automation plans as a union busting tool.
Now, following several rounds of intense negotiation, an agreement has been made which includes a substantial voluntary redundancy package for workers.
ITF president and national secretary of the MUA Paddy Crumlin led the talks with HPA at the Fair Work Commission. He said the new agreement was testament to a more functional and mature approach to industrial relations than the company’s initial attempts to restructure their operations.
Crumlin said: “Workers are essential to the productivity and good health of any successful enterprise, and have a social and legal right to be treated with respect and decency regardless of commercial cycles. www.hellenicshipp...
Cosco Pacific and China Merchants complete acquisition of Turkish container terminal
China Merchants Group has announced that together with Cosco Group it has signed a share transfer agreement with shareholders of Kumport in Turkey.
Under the agreements, the joint venture established by the two groups will acquire about 65.8% equity shares in Kumport for about for $939m.
Cosco Pacific, China Merchants Holdings International and CIC Captial jointly set up a joint venture in September for the acquisition of the equity.
Cosco Pacific said the board believes that Kumport Terminal, which is the third largest container terminal in Turkey, has good development prospects given the potential business synergy between Kumport Terminal and the company’s existing investment in Piraeus Container Terminal in Greece. splash247.com/cos...
Khalifa Port Wins “Port of the Year Award” of Maritime Standard Awards 2015
Khalifa Port, the flagship of Abu Dhabi Ports―the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has won “Port of the Year” Award of the Maritime Standard Awards.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, received the award at the Maritime Standard Awards night held in Dubai on Monday, in the presence of dignitaries from across the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.
“This esteemed award makes me proud. I dedicate this honour to the wise leadership of Abu Dhabi, whose guidance and support always help us a great deal in our journey towards excellence,” said Captain Al Shamisi. www.marineinsight...
North Korea to connect Russian coal to South Korea-bound ships
Russian coal is to be transported to South Korea as part of a three-way logistics project that takes a detour at a rarely visited transfer point: the North Korean port city of Rajin.
Shipments of Russian coal to South Korea previously have been delivered using the circuitous route in November 2014, and last April. On Tuesday, the three countries are expected to cooperate on the third and final trial shipment of a pilot program, and based on the results, South Korea is to decide whether or not to pursue the connectivity project, Newsis reported.
Major South Korean companies are involved in the logistics project, including the steelmaker POSCO, Hyundai Merchant Marine and national railroad operator KORAIL. Company officers are to travel to Rajin, North Korea from Nov. 17-20 to inspect the container ships, their berthing capacity and to check the conditions of North Korean railways and roads since August, when floods devastated the region.
Yonhap reported the team of 20 South Korean officers had left Vladivostok by train, and was expected to cross the Russia-North Korea border early Tuesday.
The team is expected to stay in North Korea until container ships carrying 120,000 tons of bituminous coal and bottled water from China leave the docks for the South Korean port city of Busan. Two 45,000-ton bulk carriers would be used to make the trip three times from Rajin to Busan, and an 11,000-ton container ship carrying 10 containers would also be part of the trial.
In the first trial shipment in 2014, 45,000 tons of coal were shipped to South Korea, and another 140,000 tons were shipped in the second trial. www.upi.com/Top_N...
River navigation in Saint-Petersburg to be closed from November 30
The end of navigation at the rivers of Saint-Petersburg has been scheduled for November 30, 2015, says the city committee for transport infrastructure development. From that day, bridges will not be raised at the Big Neva and the Small Neva. Navigation at other arms of the Neva river is closed from November 15. From November 30, vessels can pass the Neva and the Small Neva only upon preliminary application approved by the committee. en.portnews.ru/ne...
Panama raised its terror alert level in reaction to the deadly attacks in Paris, ramping up security at its strategic canal and other sensitive locations, the president said.
“Security has been increased at airports, the canal and some diplomatic legations,” President Juan Carlos Varela said a day after terror attacks in the French capital left at least 129 people dead.
The president did not provide further details on the security changes and did not say if there were any specific threats.
The canal, completed in 1914 to offer a short cut and safer journey for maritime traffic travelling between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, is undergoing a refit to triple its capacity.
The 80-kilometre long waterway is heavily used on routes from China, South Korea and Japan to the US East Coast.
Panama’s government relies heavily on income the canal generates – most recently US$2.6 billion (S$3.7 billion) annually.
Livorno to supply vessels with electricity from the shore with anti-pollution technology
Livorno is to become the first port in Italy, and the second in Europe, to supply vessels with electricity from the shore with anti-pollution technology.The shore-connected electricity will replace the burning marine fuel oil in ships that are berthed at the port’s quay.“Vessels berthed at the quay will be able to generate the green electricity, previously they consumed diesel and heavy oil generating both exhaust gasses and noise," said Giovanni Motta, environmental director of Livorno Port Authority.He added: “The land connections produce hundreds of tonnes of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide and solid matter emissions every year. The new technology will reduce both air pollutant emissions and noise.” The first quay to be electrified, Sgarallino, is reserved for cruise ships but Livorno Port Authority has set out a policy to offer electricity connections for all operators in the near future.With each anti-pollution engine costing a total of €3.5m, the state of Tuscany will provide 80% of the funds and the Port Authority will finance the rest. Source: Portnews
BHP axes Port Hedland tugboat operator: A warning for unions?
The world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP), has put unions around Australia on notice after it axed Teekay, the union-dominated tugboat provider, and replaced it with Queensland-based Rivtow.
BHP holds the right to operate all tugboat services in the lucrative port of Port Hedland and provided Teekay with the gift of being the sole tugboat operator for many years. Port Hedland is the world’s largest bulk export port that exported around 60% of Australia’s 700 million tonnes of iron ore in 2014.
Despite the slowdown in the mining and resources sectors, in 2014 the tugboat crews decided salaries ranging between $140,000 – $300,000 per year weren’t enough, launched industrial action and threatened to walk off the job. The action was supported by the Maritime Union of Australia, The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, and the Australian Maritime Officers Union. www.hellenicshipp...
US company to spend more than $200m to construct LNG terminal in Jamaica
American company, New Fortress Energy LLC, will invest more than $200 million to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Jamaica. The facility is expected to generate more than 200,000 metric tonnes of LNG annually, which will initially be supplied to the domestic market.
There are also plans to expand output for delivery to other Caribbean countries, thereby positioning Jamaica as a regional hub for the supply of LNG.
New Fortress was selected from a list of six entities which submitted bids to supply LNG to power the national energy grid, primarily through the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Old Harbour 190-megawatt gas fired power plant.
Chairman of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) Dr Vincent Lawrence noted that New Fortress was chosen as the developer of Jamaica’s LNG project, as the entity was the most competitive for JPS’ requirements.
“New Fortress was not only the lowest evaluated price for the volumes required by JPS, it clearly demonstrated its commitment and capability to supply gas as scheduled by the detailed engineering studies they had undertaken,” he said.
Lawrence said the terminal, which is to be built, owned and operated by New Fortress, is expected to be completed for commissioning by 2017/2018.