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 Basra
15 days ago by arnekiel

Iraq terminal welcomes new post-panamax cranes
Basra Gate Terminal (BGT) has taken delivery of two new post-panamax cranes and three RTGs as the first phase of the Iraq port’s $130m greenfield project moves closer to full operation. The Hanjin Pioneer tied up to the new Berth 27 at the International Container Terminal Services Inc- (ICTSI) operated North Port in Umm Qasr with theTerex cranes late Thursday following a 7000nm voyage from Xiamen, China. Commissioning of the ship to shore cranes and RTGs will take approximately four weeks after which BGT will have two containerised berths together with new general and project cargo operations at nearby Berth 19. “BGT is well positioned to take Umm Qasr Port to new levels in the business development in Iraq…this is a proud day for BGT and Iraq,” said ceo Phillip Marsham. www.seatrade-mari...

15 days ago by arnekiel

Four Baltic Sea Ports Pact for Onshore Power Supply
Four Baltic Sea ports, namely Estonia’s port of Tallinn, Swedish ports of Stockholm and Finland’s ports of Helsinki and Turku, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming for a common approach for a new onshore power supply for vessels. The aim of the cooperation is to actively contribute to reducing negative effects on the environment, according to the parties. "The passenger ferry quays in Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Turku are located close to the city centers," Ellen Kaasik, head of the Port of Tallinn's Department of Quality and Environmental Management stated in a press release. "The combination of noise, vibration and other ship emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) can have a negative effect on existing and future living and working areas. The four ports see that one option for reducing or even eliminating all of these negative effects is to connect ferries to the on-shore electricity grid while berthed," Ellen added. Port of Tallinn, Port of Helsinki, Ports of Stockholm and Port of Turku signed Collaboration Agreements on development, cooperation and continuation of efforts for a better environment already during previous periods 2009-2014 and one specific initiative the ports agreed to work on together was electricity connections for vessels. www.marinelink.co...

 Kiel
17 days ago by arnekiel

Kiel Port Prize honours Mibau’s Jos van der Meer
The Port of Kiel awarded its annual Port Prize this evening (September 8th) to Jos van der Meer, Managing Director of Mibau Baustoffhandel GmbH. The award was presented by Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the PORT OF KIEL (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) as part of celebrations at the Ostuferhafen Cruise Shipping Terminal marking the “Sprottenback” – the traditional annual social get-together of the port business community.

 London
18 days ago by arnekiel

Port of London to Implement Discount Programme for Emission Reducing Vessels
The Port of London Authority (PLA) says it is set to implement a programme that provides discounts on port dues to vessels with emission levels that meet an Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) score of 30, or above. "As Custodians of the tidal Thames, introducing this discount is one of the first things we are doing to recognise the uptake of new and green technologies," said Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of PLA. "Our overall goal, set through the Thames Vision project, is to reduce the port's environmental impact and this initiative is the start of that journey." shipandbunker.com...

18 days ago by arnekiel

Colombo port awaits MSC Maya, the largest ship ever to berth
MSC Maya, one of the largest container ships afloat is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka for the first time with 19,224 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (Teu), setting a new benchmark and record for the Port of Colombo, terminal operator, Colombo International Container Terminal announced. At 395.49 meters (1,297 foot) MSC Maya is expected to berth at the Colombo South Terminal managed by CICT on Friday 16th September. She will be the largest container ship to berth in Colombo. The CICT, the first deep water terminal in South Asia had secured a commitment for a scheduled service by the Panama registered MSC Maya “The arrival of MSC Maya in Colombo is a perfect example for the rationale for a deep water terminal of the scale of the Colombo International Container Terminal,” CICT CEO Ray Ren said.

 Busan
19 days ago by arnekiel

MSC Announce ‘Maple’ Service On Transpacific Trade
MSC has announced the introduction of a new service to assist shippers following the recent Hanjin announcement. The Maple service starts on 15th September. MSC is to introduce a new service on the Transpacific Trade from 15th September, 2016. The move is designed to assist our customers, following the announcement by Hanjin on 31st August that it was entering into receivership MSC’s additional sailing will be called MAPLE and will call at Busan, Shanghai, Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan. The service will be made up of six vessels of 5’000 TEU capacity. In order to cover the anticipated high initial demand, the first two sailings will call Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Long Beach. Port rotation: Busan, Shanghai,Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan. Source: MSC

19 days ago by arnekiel

Hanjin Shipping to resume work in Long Beach this week
South Korea’s top economic policymaker says he expects Hanjin Shipping vessels marooned offshore of Long Beach, California, will be able to offload cargo this week. Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said Wednesday that the cargo crisis caused by Hanjin’s slide toward bankruptcy will begin to ease this week. South Korea’s biggest ocean shipping line is seeking protection from its creditors in dozens of countries. A U.S. federal judge has temporarily granted Hanjin’s request for protection from its creditors and scheduled a hearing for Friday. He expects a ruling in Hanjing’s favor. Hanjin, the world’s seventh largest ocean shipper, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, sending retailers and other companies worldwide scrambling to get at cargo on Hanjin vessels that have been stranded outside ports. Source: Associated Press

 Tema
19 days ago by arnekiel

Tema port expansion project to commence 1st October
Construction works on the $1.5billion Tema Port expansion project is expected to commence on the 1st October 2016. The project, which is the biggest investment of the almost 70yrs history of the World Bank, would increase the capacity of the port thrice its current size is projected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2019. Meridian Port Services (MPS) has awarded the contract for the construction of the Tema Port expansion project to the China Harbour Engineering company ltd. and AECOM professional services (Ghana) ltd. This is after officials of the company secured the required financing to execute the Tema port expansion project. The immediate cash flow need of the 1.5 billion port development is $1billion. MPS has signed a $667 million financing package with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, while the MPS shareholders will provide the rest of the funding as fresh equity amounting to $333million dollars. This will however enable the development of an ultra-modern state-of-the-art port facility at Ghana’s primary commercial hub. The project, valued at USD 1.5 billion, in addition to serving Ghana, will also expand trade flows and links across West Africa. www.hellenicshipp...

19 days ago by arnekiel

HHLA orders three more 20,000 TEU container gantry cranes for Tollerort
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has ordered an additional three container gantry cranes to handle the latest generation of mega-ships at its Container Terminal Tollerort. From the end of 2017, CTT will therefore have five container gantry cranes to handle ships with a capacity of 20,000 TEU or more. HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) initially placed an order in June, 2015 for two ultra-modern container gantry cranes which can handle the biggest ships in the world and will begin operating at Tollerort at the end of 2016. The contract with the company Liebherr includes an option for another three container gantry cranes of the same type, which has now been exercised by HHLA. The gantry cranes are expected to go into operation at Tollerort at the end of 2017. The terminal will then have five 20,000-TEU gantry cranes. https://www.porttechnolog...

19 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk Line Opens Transpacific Service Line
Maersk Line has opened a new transpacific service between Asia and the United States West Coast. The first sailing is scheduled for September 15. "We are responding to increased demand in the Transpacific," says Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Maersk Line's East-West Network. The service will be calling Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long Beach. It will have six vessels with a capacity of 4,000 TEU per week deployed. The service will be part of the 2M network. www.marinelink.co...


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