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18 days ago by arnekiel

ADM gets final approval for northern Brazil grains terminal use
The Brazilian arm of U.S. commodities trader Archer Daniels Midland Co received final government approval to ship soybeans and corn from its new terminal at the mouth of the Amazon, Brazil’s official gazette said. The terminal outside Belem in Para state will have an initial annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of grain and will expand to 6 million tonnes per year by 2016, taking pressure off Brazil’s crowded southern shipping routes. “The first trucks are already unloading soy,” ADM said in a statement. Of the initial volume, 80 percent will move on waterways, mostly from Porto Velho, Rondonia, in Brazil’s interior. The rest will be trucked in until a railway is finished. The company said the new route will shave 34 percent off its freight costs from shipping out of Brazil’s main port of Santos, thousands of kilometers south. ADM received approval for terminal use from waterway regulator Antaq last month in what it said was the first contract awarded under Brazil’s new port law, which was passed in 2013 in an attempt to draw more private investment.

18 days ago by arnekiel

Kenya launches giant port construction with $480m deal
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a construction deal for the first berths in a proposed multi-billion dollar port, the day after ordering vast tracts of “stolen” land be repossessed. The planned $24 billion (18 billion euro) Lamu port project, due to be finished by 2030, is intended to serve much of east Africa, with oil pipelines to South Sudan and railways to Ethiopia and Uganda from the Indian Ocean coast. But the area has been hit by a recent wave of deadly attacks, largely claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants but which Kenyatta has blamed on “local political networks”. On Thursday, Kenyatta said the massacres had been fuelled by companies seizing land covering a vast coastal zone nearly the size of Luxembourg “under dubious and corrupt circumstances”. The land, stretching over 2,000 square kilometres (800 square miles) was taken by 22 companies between 2011 and 2012, he said, ordering it to be repossessed. “This criminal conspiracy has dispossessed individuals and families living in this region of their land and opportunities for improving their well being,” Kenyatta added. “It has also helped fuel the current insecurity being experienced in the region, and frustrated our efforts in building cohesion in the country.” - ‘Major milestone’ - On Friday, the president said he had approved a $480 million deal with a Chinese company for the first phase of construction of three of the 32 berths planned for the flagship project. “The signing of this contract… is a major milestone,” Kenyatta said in a statement, claiming it would make Kenya the “most attractive transport and logistics hub” in the region. The project, known as LAPSSET — the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor — includes not only a giant seaport to complement Kenya’s hugely overstretched main port in Mombasa, but also a railway, airport and refinery project. Kenya has set aside 4.45 billion shillings (50 million dollars, 38 million euros) “to immediately commence” building by state-run China Communication Construction Company, Kenyatta said. Officials said construction at the port — which has seen little activity since it was formally launched in a ceremony in March 2012 — would begin as soon as September. The port alone is projected to cost $3 billion. Under the plans, the port will be able to handle some 24 million tonnes of cargo a year from giant container ships, as well as provide infrastructure to support oil discoveries made in Kenya’s arid north. “Our country must develop the additional transport and infrastructure capacity to harness the immense mineral wealth that our country is now discovering,” Kenyatta added. The port zone is close by the UNESCO-listed tourist island of Lamu, once popular with high-paying visitors and Hollywood celebrities, but now off limits according to most travel warnings issued by Western nations. Despite Kenyatta’s insistence that local groups carried out the attacks, Somalia’s Islamists say killings were further retaliation for Kenya’s military presence in their country. Last September, militants killed at least 67 people in an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall in which were killed. Over 100 people have also died in the Lamu area attacks. Kenya’s Mombasa port currently serves the landlocked nations of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the port is overstretched and businesses complain of delays to clear cargo, a particular problem as it is facing growing competition from ports in neighbouring Tanzania. Source: AFP

18 days ago by arnekiel

Two Port Terminal berths reopened
The Durban Port Terminal has been brought back to life. Two berths were reopened on Thursday as part of the greater refurbishment of Durban’s Terminal. This is in line with Transnet’s efforts to make it a world class terminal. In a statement, Transnet Port Terminals general manager of KwaZulu-Natal operations, Zeph Ndlovu, said in a pool of over 3 000 ports worldwide, the Durban Container Terminal ranked in the top 50 for the number of containers handled annually. “Efficiency is important in our service offering, and we have undertaken this project with the customer in mind and completed Phase 1 on time.” Ndlovu said that although the refurbishment was completed in record time, it was only a start. He warned there were challenges ahead and they should not be complacent. The South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents welcomed the reopening. Chief executive Peter Besnard said: “What has been promised has been delivered.” He encouraged businesses to let Transnet know what they wanted at the early stages of the refurbishment so that they could make a meaningful contribution to future projects. This was important, as his members used Transnet’s services. Terminal port manager Hector Danisa said: “It is a move forward as we are creating a legacy”. Danisa said the quick completion of the terminal was the result of a successful collaboration between the company’s staff and customers. The Maersk Innoshima was the first vessel to berth at the newly reopened berth. Assistant operations manager at Maersk Emmanuel Ntshangase said: “From the operations point of view, it is good for us. It means that our customers will know where the vessel will berth and they can make plans on where to collect their goods”. He said the constant communication during the refurbishment resulted in Maersk being able to keep its clients updated and preventing a situation where they would have to “put out fires” because of a lack of communication. Source: Daily News

21 days ago by arnekiel

Chennai Port to revive outer harbour project
After a gap of nine months, Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has decided to revive three major projects. First in the agenda is the revival of ‘outer harbour project’. A proposal to this effect will be placed at its board of trustees meeting scheduled for August 6. Known as mega container terminal, the Rs.3,686-crore project was deferred thrice in the last four years due to reasons such as poor response and low revenue share offered by the bidders. The delay resulted in the project cost escalating to Rs.5,090 crore. To make the project attractive, ChPT renamed the project as outer harbour project that would handle different types of commodities. “In the first two rounds, Essar Ports and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone evinced keen interest in constructing the mega container terminal. But they lost interest due to lapse of time. ChPT has to move fast to revive this project as Ennore Port is likely to start the container operations within two years,” said a Trustee. Having failed in its earlier attempt to convert the coal berth of Jawahar Dock into a cargo terminal, ChPT is planning to remodel it. Jawahar Dock has a 12-meter draught and it can be used for handling multi-purpose cargoes such as steel, coil and logs, said a ChPT official. ChPT is also planning to develop dry dock facility at its century-old boat basin and timber pond. Source : The Hindu

22 days ago by arnekiel

HHLA Creates 50 Jobs at Container Terminal Burchardkai
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said it needs 50 additional commercial employees for the container terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The company continues its personnel actions started last year with which they respond to the growing peak loads in container handling.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Alang breakers approach international standard certification
Four Indian ship-recycling yards in Alang in Gujarat have completed the first phase of an international standard certification process, IHS Maritime reports. The yards, belonging to Shree Ram Group of Industries, Leela Ship Recycling, RL Kalthia Ship Breaking, and Priya Blue Industries, are now starting Phase II of gaining full certification from ClassNK, a Japanese classification society. Nikos Mikelis, non-executive director of US-headquartered cash buyer GMS, told IHS Maritime: "I know these four yards and they are among the higher-class yards in Alang. They strive for quality and have been investing." Phase I of the certification examines documentation procedures. Phase II looks at operational procedures, including safety, environmental protection, emergency response preparedness, training, and equipment. Full certification confirms adherence to the standards outlined in the ship-recycling convention (the International Hong Kong Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009), which is yet to be ratified.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Fremantle Port dispute: DP World Australia to hand business to rival Patrick
One of Australia’s largest port operators will indefinitely stop loading and unloading ships through its Fremantle terminal from Thursday afternoon. DP World Australia said it would subcontract its Fremantle vessels out to competitor Patrick in response to a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) organised stoppage over negotiations about a new enterprise agreement. The union describes the plan as a “lock-out” of 215 workers and an “extraordinary overreaction” to stop-work action planned for Thursday at Fremantle. In a statement, DP World said it had received notice of a series of rolling bans on labour, which had the “potential for ongoing disruption to our operations” and would create uncertainty for its customers. The company said its “hand has been forced” to make alternate plans for the loading and unloading of ships in Fremantle.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Customs house strike announced for Argentina ports
A strike has been announced at Argentina’s Customs houses between the hours of 1100 and 2400 today (31 July) and on Friday (1 August). For operations on Friday 1 August from 0000 to 0600 hours, overtime must be ordered before 0800 hours local time on Thursday. For operations from 0000 hours on Saturday 2 August until 0600 hours on Monday (4 August), overtime should be ordered before 0600 hours on Friday.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Changes to port depths
Townsville Regional Harbour Master has advised the Navigational Depths for Townsville Port have changed with immediate effect. The Sea Channel depth is now 11.50m and the Platypus Channel depth is now 10.50m. Any vessels with a draft over 9.20m will result in tidal window calculations.

22 days ago by arnekiel

Six-day maintenance shut down at Port Kembla
There will be a six-day outbound shutdown for maintenance at Port Kembla Coal Terminal from 0700 today (31 July) to 1900 on Tueasday 5 August. During this period there will be no vessel loading operations or receivals at the terminal.

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