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11 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Oslo and Turkey's Yilport Holding sign 20-year container terminal deal
Port of Oslo has chosen the Turkish logistics and industrial company Yilport Holding as the new container terminal operator in Oslo in an agreement running for 20 years with an option for a further 10 years. The company won a competition in which four other international companies were bidders. The new operator will take over the operation of the container traffic in the port of Oslo late 2014 or early 2015. Istanbul, Turkey-based Yilport Holding operates two container terminals in Turkey and has a 50 per cent stake in Malta Freeport Terminal. In 2014, they took over the operation of Gavle Container Terminal, one of the most effectively run container terminals in Sweden. Port director Anne Sigrid Hamran said Yilport Holding was the best choice to operate and develop Norway's largest and most modern container terminal, which has a 260,000 TEU capacity that is to increase to 300,000-350,000 TEU by 2015/16.

11 days ago by arnekiel

Darwin port delays costing livestock exporters millions
Delays in getting a berth at the Darwin port are costing live export companies millions of dollars, with some now looking to other northern ports to load cattle and avoid the congestion. Ashley James, from Frontier International Agri, says his company had a shipment last week that was forced to wait 86 hours before it was allowed to approach the Darwin wharf. He says the current delays are the worst he's seen in Darwin. "We have done seven shipments since May and having awful problems just trying to get a berth in Darwin and seem to be spending a lot of time at anchorage," Mr James said. "We had a ship last week that sat outside for a bit over 86 hours, costing over $US150,000 in demurrage, plus the cost of holding cattle in yards for longer. "You always encounter a bit demurrage [costs], but this is far exceeding anything I've seen in the past." AUDIO: Ashley James says getting a berth at the Darwin port is becoming harder (ABC Rural) Mr James says he's worried about the pressure mining, oil and gas industries are putting on the port. More at www.abc.net.au/ne...

12 days ago by arnekiel

Accident at China's Fujian Southeast Shipyard leaves one dead
A worker at Fujian Southeast Shipyard was hit by a falling iron plate during work yesterday, and died on the way to hospital due to severe injury. The shipyard has reported the accident to the safety authority and is currently under investigation.

12 days ago by arnekiel

New bulk terminal in port of Montevideo - Laskaridis family invests 100M dollars
The Greek ship-owning Laskaridis family is investing in a new 100m dollars state-of-the-art grain and wood pellet terminal in Montevideo, Uruguay, adding to the already considerable Greek shipping presence in the country, reports London's Trade Winds. The new facility, currently under construction and due to be completed in April, is being described as Uruguay’s most modern bulk terminal and the local government has high hopes that the project will help boost exports. It is based at the Obrinel terminal, with which Laskaridis has traditionally had strong links through its reefer shipping, fishing and ship agency business. The investment has been made by Laskaridis Group holding company Lavinia via its controlling 51% stake in local ship agency company Christophersen SA.

12 days ago by arnekiel

Carnival inks 5-year deal with Port of New Orleans
At least two Carnival Cruise Lines ships will continue sailing out of the Port of New Orleans year-round through 2019, according to its new five-year contract extension. The new deal, which went into effect July 1, supersedes a three-year extension negotiated in 2013. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (bit.ly/1tnRJXO ) in addition to the five-year guarantee, the pact comes with three, one-year options that could keep Carnival operating out of the port through 2022. "We greatly value the professionalism of our partners at the port, the ease of operating from New Orleans and the tremendous support we receive from the local community," Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival, said in a statement. New Orleans currently serves as the home port for two Carnival ships — the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation. Together, the two ships carry more than 400,000 passengers each year from New Orleans. www.naplesnews.co...

12 days ago by arnekiel

Shanghai Wants Shore Power Like LA
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Shanghai on July 12 signed a formal agreement to exchange information, technical expertise and best practices to expand use of shore power at the Port of Shanghai. The signing ceremony concluded the sixth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The annual conference brings the two nations together to address mutual challenges and opportunities on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed China’s growing interest in reducing vessel emissions as part of its larger efforts to improve air quality. Garcetti said the EcoPartnership strengthens ties established in 1998 under a Los Angeles-Shanghai Friendship Port Agreement. “Los Angeles continues to see the health and economic benefits of green growth, and we are eager to support our No. 1 trading partner as it expands its shore power program,” Garcetti said. “We are honored to share our knowledge and experience with the Port of Shanghai and support this progressive environmental initiative at the world’s largest port,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are especially thrilled to do so under the EcoPartnership Program, which is endorsed by the highest levels of both governments.”

13 days ago by arnekiel

Tilbury wins CMA CGM North Europe-Med service
Tilbury’s London Container Terminal (LCT) will cement its burgeoning position as a UK hub for the shortsea intra-European trades today when it welcomes CMA CGM’s 2,800teu Santa Bettina to the port. The call comes after Tilbury won the UK port-of-call status for the French carrier’s FEMEX1 service, which connects northern Europe with Turkey and the Black Sea, previously hosted by Southampton. The move is the latest in the series of port switches transforming container services in the UK, and follows Tilbury’s new focus on the shortsea business with the acquisition of the intra-Europe specialist 45ft container crane spreaders.

13 days ago by arnekiel

The biggest vessel in the world to be completed in the port of Rotterdam
‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The length, in combination with the massive width, makes this vessel unique. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is intended for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in a single lift. At the bow of the vessel is a slot, where topsides are lifted. The vessel is also equipped for laying large pipelines and, with her capacity, will be the largest pipelay vessel as well. The vessel can lift topsides of offshore platforms weighing up to 48,000 tonnes and jackets up to 25,000 tonnes. Final assembly of ‘Pieter Schelte’ will take place in the Alexiahaven. The inner lake of Maasvlakte 2 currently provides the necessary space. A special pit will be dredged there for the vessel. In the port of Rotterdam, the 65 metre long beams of the topsides lift system will be installed. The lifting beams are being constructed in Italy and will be transported by ship to the Netherlands. “The construction of ‘Pieter Schelte’ means a great boost for the maritime industry. We’re proud that Allseas is responsible for this innovation and pleased that the port of Rotterdam can make a contribution. It’s in line with the Port Authority’s endeavour to develop the port further as a centre of the global maritime industry”, according to Allard Castelein, Chief Executive of the Port Authority.

13 days ago by arnekiel

2014 AIDA cruises to Israel replaced with Santorini
AIDA Cruises has made the obvious decision to cancel all cruises to Ashdod, which is the port in Israel where one of the cruise ships was hit with shrapnel from a rocket. All ships that had intended to visit this port will now go to Santorini instead. This will be a huge blow to the economy around the port of Ashdod, but the safety of passengers come before anything else. Passengers are to be informed immediately in this change of itinerary, although we are sure they will be very happy to visit the Greek island of Santorini. Experts are not sure how long this change will stay in effect for, but some experts say it will be for the rest of 2014 at least.

13 days ago by arnekiel

Port cargo rises, but ship calls fall on truck ban
Cargo throughput in the country grew 4.7 percent in the first four months, despite the decline in ship calls because of the Manila truck ban. Data from the Philippine Ports Authority showed total throughput reached 62.855 million metric tons in the January-April period, up from 60.058 MMT registered in the same period last year.PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said, however, the total picture in terms of containerized cargo movement was not reflected in the increase in cargo volume for the four-month period as movement was affected by the new traffic scheme imposed by the city of Manila, where the country’s top two international container terminals operate. “We need long-term solution to lure those shipping lines to return to the Philippines and the lifting of the truck ban for the entire Metro for six months is a very good start,” Sta. Ana said.

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