As one gigantic cruise ship sat dockside at the Port of Sydney on Wednesday, its thousands of passengers pouring into the downtown area or boarding busses to visit iconic destinations such as Fortress Louisbourg, another cruise ship waited in the distance, its passengers forced to take small vessels before stepping ashore or possibly opting to remain on board.
The scenario was even more chaotic the previous week when three cruise ships visited Sydney on the same day, one of them docked next to the Joan Harriss Pavilion and the other two forced to wait offshore.
So once again we ask what’s the hold up when it comes to building a second cruise ship berth?
Why haven’t the three levels of government already signed off on this $20.1-million project, which, in all likelihood, would pay for itself within 10 years of completion? Read more at www.capebretonpos...
DAR ES SALAAM Port has for the first time received the longest ship, having 261-metre length, to ever dock at the facility. According to the Director General of the Tanzania Ports Authority, Eng Deusdedit Kakoko, Mv Hammonia Grenada has the capacity of carrying 4,256 containers.
"The ship had docked on Wednesday afternoon and offloaded 483 containers and loaded 656 others for transporting them to Thailand," noted Eng Kakoko.
The arrival of the ship at the Port was regarded as true reflection on the ability of the port to handle large vessels which in the past diverted to Mombasa Port.
He has assured customers that the port is fully operational and the arrival of Mv Hammonia has just opened doors for more larger ships. www.dailynews.co....
Zaha Hadid’s New Antwerp Port House Looks Like a Giant Spaceship
Since Zaha Hadid’s sudden death in March, the studio that bears her name has had its hands full finishing the prolific and trailblazing architect’s roster of some three-dozen works in progress. The latest is perhaps one of her most striking creations, the newly inaugurated Port House in Antwerp, Belgium—Europe’s second-largest port—built on the back of a former fire station. The new structure is a headquarters for the port and its staff of 500, who were previously scattered in offices throughout the city. Picture report on www.slate.com/blo...
The Chittagong port is experiencing record container congestion owing to non-operation of long vehicles that carry loaded and empty containers to and from the harbour for the last four days.
If the situation continues for two more days the port would face a deadlock, according to officials of the Chittagong Port Authority.
Covered vans bring the export cargoes from factories all over the country to the 16 private inland container depots in Chittagong for loading into export containers.
The containers are then sent through long vehicles like prime movers or trailers to the port for loading onto the ships waiting at the jetties.
On Monday, Prime Mover, Trailer Malik Sramik Oikya Parishad, a platform of the owners and workers of the vehicles, went on an indefinite strike after the Road Transport and Highways Division launched a crackdown on overloaded vehicles on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
From August 17, if a trailer on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway is found weighing more than 33 tonnes, it is subjected to fines that start from Tk 2,000 and can go up to Tk 12,000. www.thedailystar....
One of the world’s largest shipping lines, Maersk has made a strong bid for the East Container Terminal (ECT) for which international bidding closed last week. This is in conjunction with John Keells Group.
“We have been in Sri Lanka for the past 25 years and have a large stake in the SAGT terminal as well and now we hope to be actively involved in the ECT as well,” Maersk Line, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh MD, Franck Dedenis said.
He said that Sri Lanka is heading in the right direction by concentrating in the development of the maritime sector. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the recently concluded Maritime Conference endorsed this and invited the international business community to invest in this segment. He (Premier) is sincerely keen and has a plan for the future and we too are really impressed on it and want to contribute to this vision. We fully support the Government of Sri Lanka vision to develop Sri Lanka into a maritime hub and are doing our best to ensure its success.”
This is also the reason Maersk Group created history of sorts and sailed one of the world’s largest ships, The Triple - E liner to Colombo recently. At 400 meters in length, the Triple-E is among the largest ships with capacity of 18,000 TEUs to 20,000 TEUs. www.dailynews.lk/...
Venice Is Fed Up With Cruise Ships And Angry Protesters Are Blocking Them
Venice, which this year logged a new low of fewer than 55,000 inhabitants—down from 164,000 in 1931 – registers up to 30,000 cruise ship passengers tramping through the small, ancient city per day. World famous for its canals and gondolas, Venice is a major destination for Mediterranean cruises. More than 600 big ships pass through the Giudecca Canal each year, ferrying millions of passengers to views of the 15th century Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and other architectural and artistic wonders.
The total of visitors per year is calculated to be almost 22 million, an overwhelming number considering the size of the fragile, salt-corroded the city, which has long required constant attention to keep it from sinking, literally.
Per day, the number of tourists is around 60,000 exceeding by 5,000 the number of Venetians which, in the words of UNESCO officials means that “the capacity of the city, the number of its inhabitants and the number of tourists is out of balance and causing significant damage to the city.” Read further at www.forbes.com/si...
Stranded vessel with over 500 people reaches Vizag Port
VISAKHAPATNAM: The 500 and odd people on board the Port Blair-bound ship MV Harshavardhan, after being stranded in the deep sea for almost 26 hours, heaved a sigh of relief as the ship reached the Visakhapatnam Port post Wednesday midnight.
The ship that sailed for Port Blair from Vizag on Tuesday afternoon. It developed a snag in of its generators, off 15 nautical miles off the coast.
With the crew members being failed to fix the snag, the ship master decided to sail back to the Port City on Wednesday night.
The merchant vessel, belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India, has four generators one of which developed malfunction.
It was the decision of the ship master whether to go with three or four generators and the latter was interested to sail with all four generators, Visakhapatnam Port Trust said on Wednesday night.
The ship reached the Vizag Port between 1 am and 2 am post midnight, for which the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) had made the required arrangements. www.newindianexpr...
Chilean logistics company SAAM buys into Costa Rican port
Chilean logistics company SAAM, has signed an agreement to acquire from the company Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura (SPBRUN), which controls two concessions at Puerto Caldera, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
SAAM is paying $48.5m for a 51% stake in Sociedad Portuaria de Caldera (SPC) and of Sociedad Portuaria Granelera de Caldera (SPGC). www.seatrade-mari...
Abu Dhabi awards new container shipping terminal to China’s Cosco
Abu Dhabi Ports has awarded China’s Cosco Shipping a 35-year concession to build and operate a new container terminal at Khalifa Port, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi company told Reuters on Wednesday.
The terminal is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018, Mohamed Juma al-Shamisi said.
It will have a capacity of 2.4 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs), with an option to increase that to 3.5 million TEUs, Shamisi added without giving a value for the investment.
Abu Dhabi Ports is an Abu Dhabi government-owned company that runs Khalifa Port and the Khalifa Industrial Zone.
Sri Lanka attracts major container ship MSC Maya to Colombo
Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) attracted one of the largest container ships in the world ‘MSC Maya’ with a capacity of 19,224 TEUS to the Colombo Port recently.
Switzerland-owned Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Maya made Colombo’s maiden call on 16th September 2016, replacing a smaller vessel owned by MSC.
CICT said it had secured a commitment for a scheduled service by the Panama registered MSC Maya, the largest containership to ever berth in Colombo.
The vessel called on Colombo as part of the Swan service operating on a port rotation of Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Suez, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Xingang, Quingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Algeciras and Felixstowe.