In a move likely to lead to more strikes, the Greek government has said it is willing to sell more stakes in its top two ports as it desperately seeks funds.
“The negotiating team wants a deal with lenders and we are willing to sell Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports, 51 percent stakes,” a government official told reporters yesterday, adding: “This has not been decided but in order to reach a deal we may do it.”
The new leftist government had previously vowed to stop selling off key national assets, but such is the paucity of the nation’s finances that the administration is having to backtrack on earlier campaign promises.
Previous port privatisation schemes, such as when Cosco Pacific took over a terminal at Piraeus, resulted in fierce strikes. splash247.com/ath...
Canadian aboriginal tribe offered nearly $1bn to allow LNG export terminal
The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation, a Canadian aboriginal group, has been offered close to $1bn in return for endorsing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast. According to Bloomberg reports on Friday, the offer comes from a group led by Petronas, the Malaysian energy titan. splash247.com/can...
First section of Colombo Port’s South Harbour opened
The 400-metre long first section of the East Terminal at Colombo Port’s South Harbour was thrown open by Minister of Ports and Aviation, and former Sri Lanka cricket captain, Arjuna Ranatunga.
In the absence of container-handling machinery and cranes, which have been ordered and are expected to be delivered by end-June, the East Terminal, owned and operated by the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), will handle large conventional general cargo vessels. SLPA has invested $80m in the terminal, which has a draught of 18 m, and will eventually have a quay length of 1,200 m.
The East Terminal is the second of three such 2.4m teu capacity facilities being created in the U-shaped South Harbour. The first, Colombo International Container Terminal, has been in operation since August 2014, but no work has been started at the third terminal as yet.
When the East Terminal is fully operational by end-2015, the container-handling capacity of Colombo port will go up to 9m teu. splash247.com/fir...
As GAC reports, operations at the port of Saleef are continuing as normal, unaffected by airstrikes on a military base in the region yesterday (30 April). The military base is far from the port. Saleef port still running as normal at Security Level 1. All discharging operations is going well without any stoppages or disruption. Large numbers of vessels are calling at the port.
The Power ships which the government has promised to bring in to help ease the power crisis will arrive in Ghana in August and will become operational in September 2015. This was revealed by The Sales Director of Karpowership, the company building the power ships, Patrick O’drisscoll to GBC’s Abdul Hayi Moomen who was in Turkey to assess the progress of work on the power ships.
Ghanaians had been expecting the first Power ship to arrive in the country by the end of April 2015. However, the company explained that the long process of getting an IPP permit in Ghana coupled with some delays in reaching a financial closure resulted in the delay.
The two power ships requested by Ghana, are expected to supply the country with 450 megawatts of power. Patrick O’drisscoll intimated that “the ships are in the final stages to be deployed to Ghana.” “The first contractual 225MW power ship is scheduled to be delivered in Ghana in August this year and the second one will be delivered at least 60 days earlier than contracted,” he added.The Sales Director of Karpowership indicated that the second power ship will be delivered in Ghana before the end of the first quarter of 2016. gbcghana.com/1.33...
New container service linking India & Oman, GCC to start on May 9
A new container service connecting the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East will be launched in May as Evergreen Line and Simatech Shipping have reached a vessel-sharing agreement, according to the Oman International Container Terminal (OICT). The weekly loop, branded the Chennai-Colombo-Gulf Service, or CCG, will employ four vessels of around 2,000 20-foot-equivalent units' capacity, OICT sources informed Times of Oman.
Darwin exports almost 80,000 cattle in April
By James Nason, 03 May 2015
The rush to supply second-quarter cattle to Indonesia in time for the country’s peak Ramadan/Labaran demand period in mid-July resulted in a massive April for cattle shipments from the Port of Darwin.
Costa Rica on Alert as Ship Carrying Chemicals Sinks off Pacific Coast
SAN JOSE – An alert has been issued for port, fisheries and tourism interests along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast following the sinking of a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that is harmful to people and animals, the National Emergency Management Office said Sunday. The alert covers an area stretching from Puntarenas to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica’s largest Pacific port, as well as the tourist areas of Playa Tambor and Cobano, in the central Pacific region. Residents and visitors have been ordered to stay out of the water and to avoid fishing in the affected areas, the National Emergency Management Office said. The vessel carrying the ammonium nitrate, which is used as a fertilizer, sank off Puntarenas on Saturday.
The ship was owned by the Ferticaque company and went down amid strong waves, emergency management officials said.
MPA Signs $1.83 Billion Singapore Mega Port Project
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a $1.83 billion deal to construct a new port terminal on reclaimed land, WorldMaritimeNews reports.
Once completed, the Tuas Terminal Phase 1 project is expected to have 20 deep-water berths with a capacity of 20 million TEUs per year.
The project will be carried out in part with the Dredging International Asia Pacific-Daelim Joint Venture (DDJV), who will be responsible for reclaiming 294 hectares of land, dredging the fairway and basins, and building an 8.6-kilometre quay wall.
According to reports, the reclamation is estimated to involve more than 80 million cubic metres of reclamation fill.
The quay wall will also reportedly be constructed onsite at a temporary yard before being moved using a floating dock vessel.
The project is expected to be completed in six years. shipandbunker.com...
Durban port authorities on defensive after ships touch sea bed
THE port of Durban is silting up, causing ships to touch the sea bed and prompting concerns about port management.
Durban port manager Moshe Motlohi confirmed industry reports of sand encroaching into the port entrance channel. The news comes amid mounting concern over ship groundings at Durban harbour, which is Africa’s busiest port.
Shipping stakeholders have repeatedly warned about insufficient dredging, despite efforts by Transnet National Port Authority to address the problem.
In a written reply Mr Motlohi said port authorities had alerted mariners by means of a formal notice and a red demarcation buoy — reducing the width of the entrance channel by 40m.
"We can confirm there have been recent grounding incidents in the Port of Durban due to the movement of harbour bed material in basins and at berths, which is exacerbated by the size of vessels calling at the port," Mr Motlohi said. But he insisted the sand buildup at the channel entrance did not affect shipping.
"Monthly sand trap soundings are carried out and we are aware of sand buildup along the toe of the South Pier parallel to the entrance channel. The latest sounding indicates sand has started encroaching into the channel."
Port authorities regularly dredge a sand trap situated just outside the entrance channel. If the sand trap is not dredged, the sand settles in the entrance channel, creating a sand bar.
"This has not had any effect on container traffic because the 180m width of the channel is sufficient for the size of container vessels," Mr Motlohi said. www.bdlive.co.za/...