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15 days ago by arnekiel

Adani Ports lays foundation stone for Rs 1,270-cr project at Ennore
The Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Nov. 4 laid foundation foundation stone for the Rs 1,270 crore container terminal at Kamaraj Port (Ennore), which will be developed by Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, through its newly floated company. The company has entered into a 37% revenue sharing agreement with the Port management for this project and this is considered to be one of the highest in the industry in the recent times. Kamaraj Port’s Chairman and Managing Director M A Baskarachar said that while ADANI Ennore Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd, company floated by Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, will invest Rs 1,270 crore to construct berths and equipments, the Port will invest around Rs 300 crore in dredging and to create rail and road networks. He added, that the terminal which will come in 36.5 hectares of land will have two berths and first one will be ready in 27 months, while the second berth will be ready in two years. When the terminal goes on full stream, it can handle 1.4 million TEUs (twenty equivallent unit) every year.

16 days ago by arnekiel

L.A. port congestion - 15 ships stacked up in the inner and outer harbour
Presently terminals around Los Angeles / Long Beach are experiencing significant delays and congestion. Indeed on one particular day, the Association’s contacts reported seeing 15 ships stacked up in the inner and outer harbour at long beach, made up of box ships, tankers and bulkers. The delays are particularly affecting box ships and in part this is believed to be due to the increased size of individual vessels calling at the terminals, with an extra 7 to 10 days being taken to shift cargo. There has also been a shortage of dryage, which is believed to be contributing further to the delays being suffered. The timing of these delays is significant because goods intended for the all important holiday season, for the US retail sector, may be delayed and shippers / receivers are already looking to re-route the most time sensitive shipments.

16 days ago by arnekiel

Höegh LNG – Awarded FSRU contract for new LNG import terminal in Cartagena
Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. has been awarded an FSRU contract by Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao S.A. E.S.P. (SPEC) for a new LNG import terminal in Cartagena, on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. The contract is subject to SPEC obtaining necessary environmental licenses for the project, which is expected to start operations mid-2016.

16 days ago by arnekiel

St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Go to Arbitration, Averting Strike
TORONTO, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The union that represents workers along the St. Lawrence Seaway has agreed to take a contract dispute to arbitration, avoiding a strike that would have shut the waterway linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The union, Unifor, announced the news in a statement on Sunday evening. It had previously set a strike deadline for Monday. “We have been meeting night and day the past week to reach a deal, and came to the conclusion that arbitration was the best way to resolve remaining issues,” Unifor National Representative Joel Fournier said in the statement. Some 460 Unifor members work for the not-for-profit St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

16 days ago by arnekiel

Dockworker Slowdown Hits Seattle, Tacoma
Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — Pacific Coast dockworkers negotiating a new labor agreement have begun a work slowdown in Seattle and Tacoma, management said, in the first large job action since their contract expired in July. The slowdown by members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union reduced container movement to 10 to 18 per hour from 25 to 35, the Pacific Maritime Association said today in a statement. The two ports handle an estimated 16 percent of containerized cargo on the West Coast, according to the association representing terminal operators and shipping lines. The 20,000-member longshore union has been negotiating with the association since May on a new contract to replace a six- year pact that expired July 1. Union spokesman Craig Merrilees had no immediate comment when reached by telephone at the organization’s San Francisco headquarters.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Sillamäe container terminal is completed
A container terminal covering around 40 hectares, built on land regained from the sea, has been completed in the North East Estonian Sillamäe Port, the local Põhjarannik newspaper writes, cites LETA. One of the port’s owners Tiit Vähi said that the container terminal is completed in the construction and technical sense. It has 15.5 metres of depth which means that it can receive all ships that come via the Danish straits. “The quay line reaches a kilometre. Next year we will build also a railway station and railcar loading capacities,” he said. Some ships have already visited the terminal for test loading but busier work should start next spring. Vähi said that the port is working on contracts in the European and Russian directions. Vähi believes that the terminal will gear up in April, and they can have around 200 or 300 containers of goods to handle every week. Source: Baltic Course

17 days ago by arnekiel

India to ask for use of Chittagong port to transport grain to Northeast
India is likely to urge Bangladesh to allow it to use the Chittagong port for transportation of food grains to its Northeastern states. The Indian food ministry has asked the External affairs ministry to take up the issue with its counterpart in Bangladesh. But the inadequate infrastructure in Ashuganj river port on the Bangladesh side became evident during the pilot project involving transportation of food grains to Tripura from Andhra Pradesh through the river port. Recently Bangladesh had agreed to allow its neighbours to use the Chittagong sea port which will not only earn foreign currency for Bangladesh but also help its neighbour India in quicker transportation of food grain from Punjab, Haryana or Andhra Pradesh to its landlocked north-eastern states and reduce cost and time of transportation. Sources said that the Cabinet secretariat has also discussed the issue with shipping ministry and New Delhi would take up the proposal with Dhaka shortly. Chittagong is located just 75 km from Tripura southern most bordering town Sabroom which is separated by river Feni and around 250 km away from Belonia which is connected by road. Already work for construction of a bridge on the river Feni has been approved and is being funded by the Indian government to connect Sabroom with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.

17 days ago by arnekiel

Klaipeda’s LNG terminal is operating flawlessly
After the first load of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was pumped into the LNG storage vessel Independence, the specialists stated that its systems operate flawlessly, reports LETA/ELTA. Petroleum company Klaipedos Nafta has informed that around 100 thousand cubic metres of LNG was pumped into the storage vessel, the amount is approximately equal to 60 million cubic metres of natural gas. The cargo was transported to Klaipeda Seaport by LNG tanker Golar Seal on 28 October. 50 million cubic metres of the purchased 60 million cubic metres of gas will be transferred into the gas transmission system during testing. While the rest will be used to satisfy the terminal’s technical needs. LNG tanker Golar Seal brought LTL 500,000 (EUR 14,000) of revenue in levies that are calculated taking into consideration the size of the ship. Source: Baltic Course

17 days ago by arnekiel

VPT plans to strengthen four berths in inner harbour
Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) is planning to strengthen four berths in the inner harbour — EQ 2,3,4 and 5 – at a cost of Rs 400 crore to enable handling of bigger vessels in the coming years. Strengthening of the berths will allow handling of Panamax vessels in addition to the Handymax vessels being handled

17 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Dunkirk begins process to provide LNG Bunkering
On 25 April 2014, following the European directive for a drastic reduction in sulphur emissions from ships, particularly in the Channel and North Sea area, and ahead of the opening of the LNG Terminal, Dunkerque-Port issued a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) for the setup of a marine bunkering and on-land supply chain of small-scale LNG from the port of Dunkirk. This CEI served initially to identify the operators interested in this activity, and the selected candidates were then asked to structure and submit a project file on 8 September 2014. Certain bids were eliminated during the preliminary analysis, and a detailed analysis of the project files is in progress with the Dunkerque LNG – Air Liquide – Exmar consortium. www.hellenicshipp...

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