Two new ship-to-shore container cranes have been fully commissioned at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Outer Harbor.
The new cranes, which cost $24 million, are essential for South Australia to secure the direct shipping services needed for the State's exports to remain competitive on the world stage.
Weighing in at 950 tonnes each, the cranes stand 65 metres high and are capable of reaching heights of 105 metres with the boom raised. Their efficiency is expected to improve vessel turn-around times by up to 25%, and they have a number of innovative safety features. www.marinelink.co...
Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli
Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters. “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT) on July 12, a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures,” the Army command said in a statement, without elaborating.
A security official said the pilotless aircraft crashed into the sea. www.marinelink.co...
China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday.
Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to hit China in decades, packed winds of 162 kph (101 mph) as it landed on the coast of Zhejiang Province but soon veered back to sea and toward the Korean peninsula.
Meteorological agencies in China, South Korea and Japan downgraded Chan-hom to a tropical storm on Sunday, warning it would continue to lash surrounding coastal areas with heavy rainfall and gales as it moved across the Yellow Sea.
No casualties had been reported by midday Sunday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
While the storm's detour spared eastern China from a bigger disaster, heavy rains in recent days have forced the evacuation of 1.1 million people and flooded cities in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. www.marinelink.co...
Typhoons threaten bunkering activities across North Asian ports
Bunkering activities across ports in Japan, South Korea and Shanghai, in China, are expected to be disrupted over the next few days by approaching typhoons, traders said Thursday. Typhoon Chan-hom is forecast to head towards Shanghai, South Korea and Japan’s Okinawa prefecture in the next few days.
The Brazilian port of São Sebastião is to put out to tender a new terminal requiring investment of $317m as part of a second tranche of concessions being put together by the central government. The concession consists of an area of 250,000 square metres, accessed by two berths, with alongside draft of 18-19 metres.
A buildup of ships and cargo has led Port of Oakland terminal operators to begin hiring 400 new dockworkers, port officials said. The first of the new hires are arriving this week and more will be brought in through September, port officials said in a news release.
Libya Government Will Seize Any Tanker Approaching Main Oil Port
(Reuters) – Libyan security forces guarding the country’s major Ras Lanuf oil port will seize any tankers approaching the terminal without permission after a force majeure was lifted there, the country’s recognised government said on Thursday.
The warning over Ras Lanuf illustrates how the OPEC country’s oil industry is caught up in a power struggle between two rival governments and their armed forces who have each appointed competing figures in the state oil company.
Maersk (APM) Interested in Greek Port Marked for Sale
(Bloomberg) — A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S wants to buy Greece’s two biggest ports after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put them up for sale in his proposal of budget-enhancing measures submitted to creditors.
“We’re interested in the Greek ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki and are pursuing them as part of our growth plans,” Francois-Xavier Delenclos, a vice president at Maersk’s The Hague-based APM Terminals unit, said Friday in an e-mailed reply to questions.
Tsipras’s government had earlier this year put a sale of the ports on standby. In Thursday’s proposal, the government said it will “announce binding bid dates for Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports of no later than end-October 2015.”
APM Terminals, which operates in 58 countries, though not in Greece, has previously expressed interest in buying both.
A planned International Shipping Services Centre (ISSC) in Dublin could catapult Ireland to being a major maritime base to rival London, Hamburg and Singapore, a new report published today has claimed. The report, undertaken by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway, said that the centre would be a "major development" within Ireland's marine commerce sector. The Government is aiming to create 29,000 jobs and an additional €2.7bn in economic growth in the overall Irish marine sector by 2020. The SEMRU report estimates that Ireland's "ocean economy" generated turnover of €4.2bn last year and that the direct economic value was worth €1.3bn, or 0.7pc of gross domestic product. Source: www.independent.i...