MSC to offer feeder services to/from Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Effective 1st March, Port Harcourt will be added to MSC’s Lomé feeder service offering importers best facilities and competitive conditions.
We are pleased to announce effective 1st March, Port Harcourt will be added to our Lomé feeder service and will be served using 1,800 TEU self-sustained containerships. As an important industrial centre and home to many multinational firms as well as businesses related to the oil industry, Port Harcourt offers importers significant advantages regarding its convenient geographical location and accessibility to road networks. Port Harcourt is the second largest port in Nigeria; it is well situated to serve customers in urban centres of Aba and Onitsha, as well as offering a gateway to Abuja, Kano and the north of Nigeria. Many importers may have a preference for taking delivery at Port Harcourt over Lagos depending on their logistics requirements. Source: MSC
ABP announces £5 million investment in new Marine Control Centre at Port of Grimsby
ABP has confirmed a £5 million investment in a purpose-built Marine Control Centre at the Port of Grimsby.
The new facility, which will be arranged over four floors, will replace the existing Vessel Traffic Services centre at Spurn Point, which has become increasingly difficult to access by land because of the progressive deterioration of the peninsula.
Konecranes will deliver four more RTGs to TCV in Valencia
In December 2015, Konecranes received an order for four more RTGs from TCV Stevedoring Company S.A. in Valencia, Spain. This will be Konecranes’ seventh RTG delivery to TCV. When the four RTGs on order go into operation, TCV will operate a fleet of 24 Konecranes RTGs. The cranes will be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.
Philadelphia — The SS United States, a historic and record-breaking ocean liner that once hosted royalty and presidents, has escaped the scrap heap and will undergo a rebirth, supporters announced Thursday.
The ship’s conservancy group issued a statement saying it has an option agreement with a redevelopment partner. No further details will be released until a news conference Feb. 4 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York, according to conservancy spokesman Tom Basile.
“At the announcement, an exciting future for the ship will be revealed that envisions the SS United States again as an iconic symbol of America the world over,” the statement said, noting an artistic rendering of the redeveloped ship will be unveiled. More to read at www.vnews.com/new...
In the morning of Jan 29, 2016, the restaurant ship "Nautilus" sank in the fishing port of Travemünde. The ship settled on the shallow bottom after it became flooded. The fire rescue from Kücknitz and the volunteers from Travemünde secured the ship and monitored the site for possible spills. No one was aboard when the ship foundered.
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New strategy for Germany’s ports – Federal cabinet endorses new National Port Concept
German ports face fresh challenges: Cargo handling growth, tougher competition, stiffer demands on environmental protection and security. To enable them to master these, the German cabinet has endorsed the 2015 National Port Concept.
In doing so, the Federal government has implemented one of the points in the coalition agreement for the 18th legislative period: ‘To boost the competitiveness of German ports, we shall further develop the National Port Concept […] and eliminate bottlenecks in the land and sea links of German seaports and inland ports of international significance.’ www.hellenicshipp...
The Kamarajar Port at Ennore is likely to have an 18-metre draught by next year and this could enhance the capacity of the port to handle 60 million tonnes of cargo.
The port’s chairman MA Bhaskarachar told City Express that they have sought the Shipping Ministry’s clearance for the Rs 600 crore project to have an 18-metre draught.
A draught determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate. Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently stressed the need for all major ports to go for an 18-metre draught. As India is planning for more coal imports in the coming years, there is an urgent need for ports to increase its draught to 18 metres to accommodate Capsesize vessels of about 1.6 lakh deadweight tonnage (DWT) instead of relying on smaller Panamax vessels of 75,000 DWT to ship coal. www.hellenicshipp...
Weihai Samjin Shipbuilding restarts operations after successful restructuring
The Chinese Weihai Samjin Shipbuilding restarted operations after successful restructuring. The company was acquired by the investor Xiaoke Holdings, which successfully completed 16-month restructuring process in December 2015 and applied to the local court for restart of the operations. Behind the revival of the former Korean-invested shipyard stays the Chinese businessman Xu Caizhong, who is president of Xiaoke Holdings and one of the founders of Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding. During the previous year, he invested 46 million USD into Weihai Samjin Shipbuilding, repaying its debts and employees salaries. The Chinese businessman plans to deliver six vessels in 2016, as already moved construction of two 6,300 DWT heavy lift vessels and ten 11,000 DWT tankers from Zhejiang Zhongchuan to Weihai Samjin shipyard. www.newsmaritime....
Ningbo Port acquired 85% equity of Zhoushan Port for 457 million USD
Ningbo Port acquired 85% equity of Zhoushan Port for 457 million USD, as part of the merger deal between the two ports. The process of merger started in September 2015 after Zhoushan shelved its IPO plan in 2015 in working towards the merger. The Ningbo Port will issue new shares to its controlling shareholder Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Group at total worth 3.01 billion CNY (equal to 457 million USD), which will be used to acquire the 85% stake in Zhoushan Port from the merged parent firm Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group. The finance transaction put the restructuring of the both port into final stage and will optimize the structures of management, providing more efficient operations and big annual cost reductions.
Ningbo Port and Zhoushan Port have worked on the merger deal since August 2015, before confirming the deal on September 29. Before the merger, Ningbo Port had 5.9% equity stake in Zhoushan Port, but following the completion of the latest proposed 85% share acquisition, Ningbo Port will hold 90.9% stake in Zhoushan Port. www.newsmaritime....
New dock in Halifax’s north end busy with oil & gas industry
The redevelopment and expansion of Richmond Terminals in the Port of Halifax is proving to be a wise investment.
The new-look terminal for breakbulk and general cargo accepted its first shipment in late 2014, some massive cranes from Houston for the Halifax Shipyard, and has been a busy spot ever since.
“We are pleased with the way this facility is finding its place in the market,” said Halifax Port Authority’s Patrick Bohan. “It is definitely lining up with what the vision for it was, and it is nice growth for our business.”
In 2015, the terminal, which underwent a $65-million upgrade, was in use 297 days with a number of days having more than one vessel.
The terminal has 450 metres of new dock with a 13.7-metre draft, 7,000 square metres of shed space and just over two hectares of laydown area. The facility has ondock rail and truck access. More to read at: thechronicleheral...