Three dead one missing in Batam Shipyard explosion
Three workers of Batam-based PT Bandar Abadi shipyard, Indonesia died and eighteen were injured in a blast that occurred on Friday, August 29 onboard a ship that was undergoing repairs at the yard, the Jakarta Post writes.
One person is still missing, based on the latest reports.
According to the local police chief Comr. Zainal Arifin, the explosion took place during welding of a pipe in a basement cabin. The heat from the welding is believed to have caused the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas [LPG] canister.
Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
Hapag-Lloyd hits Africa shippers with Ebola inspection fee
Hapag-Lloyd will begin charging an Ebola inspection fee on all shipments to and from West Africa from Sept. 21 as mandatory health checks on ships are expected to cause lengthy delays. Cargo shipments to Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria will be charged $250 per 20-foot container and $350 per 40-foot container. Source: Journal of Commerce
Maersk Line has levied a congestion surcharge on all North American cargo discharged at the port of Sohar in Oman from Oct. 1 as the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to Sohar leads to berthing delays.
The volume of cargo piling up at Hai Phong Port has soared in recent months, following the Ministry of Transport’s efforts to regulate truck-loading procedures, as of April 1.
Statistics released by the Hai Phong Customs Department showed that some 8,000 containers were stuck at the northern port at the end of July compared with only 4,600 units at the end of last year.
The heavy traffic of inbound and outbound container cargo put pressure on the port, while enterprises also suffered losses, a representative from Hai Phong Port said.
The loading and unloading of cargo at ports has slowed dramatically since control over loading procedures was tightened from April 1. Under the new regulation, containers must be divided into smaller parts for transport to avoid overloading.
There is also a shortage of vehicles that are capable of transporting a whole cargo container.
The Hai Phong People’s Committee on July 30 established a group charged with tackling the stockpile of cargo containers at the port.
The large stockpile had also raised concern amongst other ports in the country.
According to Le Tuan Anh, Deputy Director of Sai Gon New Port, as quoted by Tin Tuc newspaper, weighing stations should be placed at reasonable intervals to prevent traffic congestion during the inspection of vehicular weights.
On the issue of out-of-gauge cargo, which currently requires a special shipping licence, an expert noted that these products should not be considered in terms of overloading.
He added that transparency should be ensured in the granting of licences for shipping out-of-gauge cargo to ease the burden on enterprises.
Kalmar to supply four all-electric RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver four E-One2 Zero Emission rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Super Terminais in Manaus, Brazil. The 8 million USD order was signed in August 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015,
Hamburg 5/6 berth ready for18,000-TEUers with Shanghai mega cranes
THE Port of Hamburg has opened berth 5/6 at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) with the gantry cranes that can handle 18,000-TEU ships, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHL) has announced.
"We are able to handle the world's largest containerships quickly and efficiently. The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads from the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships," said HHL terminal chief Stefan Behn.
Berth 5/6 is now equipped with five Shanghai ZPMC gantry cranes with their 74-metre jibs can span 24 rows, well able to traverse the 23 container rows on a 18,000-TEUer.
One hub makes it possible to move two FEUs or four TEUs. Each gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle of 110 tonnes.
Berth 5/6 is 595 metres long with more than 1,400 metres of quay and 15 container gantry cranes available at CTB's port of Waltershof to handle mega-ships, HHL said.
Modern, semi-automatic block storage facilities increase capacity two and a half times that of a traditional straddle carrier yard, said HHL.
Every one of the 380-metre long storage blocks has a capacity of up to 2,200 TEU. Eight storage blocks were already in operation since the end of 2012.
Port Metro cargo continues rebound in wake of truckers strike
Buoyed by a rising tide of trans-Pacific cargo and shipper concerns over potential longshore labour disruptions at West Coast ports in the United States, container traffic and other cargo shipped through Port Metro Vancouver continues to rebound from the 28-day truckers’ strike earlier this year.
But a couple of red flags were also raised in PMV’s mid-year numbers released today.
According to those numbers, the port’s overall tonnage grew 3.6% to more than 69 million tonnes in 2014’s first six months compared with the same period last year.
Container traffic volumes were up 4.6%.
Foreign (54.6 million tonnes) and domestic (14.5 million tonnes) cargo were up 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively, compared with 2013’s first six months.
Peter Xotta, PMV’s vice-president of operations and planning, said the biggest growth in resource shipments such as coal and forest products was to China, South Korea and Japan.
Rotterdam congestion eases as 5 ECT quay cranes are now operational
ROTTERDAM harbour congestion, the subject of complaints, ship diversions and surcharges, is ending and restoring normal cargo flow as a big terminal upgrade that caused the trouble becomes less of a problem. A spokesman for Rotterdam’s troublesome Europe Container Terminals (ECT) said waiting times for both barge and feeder vessels have been minimised. The complex ECT upgrade involved installing five quay cranes, which are now up and running. "Of course we still have our peak periods, but as far as we are concerned operations have now returned to normal," he said. Said the port authority's break bulk director Joyce Bliek: "I have good hope that from now on the situation will only get better." Source : PortNews