The European Union will co-finance with €3.9 million from the TEN-T Programme a project to extend one of the terminals and renew the intermodal infrastructure of the northern Italian Port of Genoa, INEA said in its press release on Feb. 19, 2014. The project, which was selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Call, concerns works aimed at adapting the Port’s infrastructure to larger ships. The Port of Genoa, as a major national port and southern European gateway, needs to be prepared for the future traffic demand increase and to adapt its port layout to the new market requirements.
Houston Ship Channel vessel boardings suspended for two days; 75 vessels affected
Vessel boardings in the Houston Ship Channel in Texas have remain suspended since early Monday until late Tuesday because of poor visibility caused by fog, dispatchers at the Houston Pilots and Galveston-Texas City Pilots said Tuesday.
The pilots suspended operations at 7:20 am CST (1320 GMT) Monday. A total of 75 vessels, 53 inbound and 22 outbound, were affected by the suspension, said a Houston Pilots dispatcher. "The fog is even worse this morning with visibility close to zero." A dispatcher for pilots covering Galveston-Texas City said their vessel boarding operations have been suspended for about 24 hours.
The ship channel is 52 miles in length, providing access from the Gulf of Mexico through Galveston Bay to various ports in Houston and other cities in the area with many industrial facilities, including refineries and petrochemical plants.
Charleston Port plans to upgrade terminals for bigger ships
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | Some of the Port of Charleston’s terminals are poised for an upgrade as bigger ships head for the East Coast. The S.C. State Ports Authority plans to announce several infrastructure projects over the next 12 months to update its terminals, equipment and facilities in the Charleston region to accommodate larger ships, according to the ports authority’s board. The authority is also considering collaborating with regional ports in the future to address the challenges that accompany bigger ships. Many of the local port terminals are designed for ships that are 5,000 to 6,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, a common industry measurement. The Wando Welch Terminal, for example, was designed in the 1980s and can accommodate roughly 4,000-TEU ships. Local terminals need to be able to handle 14,000-TEU ships to remain competitive, Newsome said.
Ennore Port, on the outskirts of Chennai, the only major one in the country under a corporate form of management, is working towards converting its existing six million tonne iron ore berth into one for coal. It expects to come up with a clearer plan on this by May.
“It is possible to convert an iron ore berth into a coal berth but there are some issues like the concession agreement. The process is on and it is being worked out. By May, we should be able to come up with the solution,” Chairman and Managing Director M A Bhaskarachar told Business Standard on Monday.
Adding: “There is not much hope for iron ore (shipments, given the various legal clamps on its mining and sale), so we are looking at converting the berth to cater to thermal coal, where demand is expected to increase in coming months.”
Conversion from iron ore to coal alone will call for an investment of Rs 150 crore but it is still to be decided if Ennore Port will bear the cost or it would be done by the operator, said Bhaskarachar.
Zeebrugge performs first bunkering of LNG driven tugboat Borgoy
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | The world’s first LNG driven tugboat, the M/T Borgoy arrived in the port of Zeebrugge for a bunkering operation. The ‘truck to ship’ bunkering operation was the first to be performed in the Flemish coastal port. The tug M/T Borgoy is the first tugboat in the world driven by liquid natural gas, LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations, which results in an interest for LNG as a maritime fuel. This tug boat emits nearly 30 percent less CO2 and up to 90 percent less NOx and fine dust than conventionally-powered tugs.
M/T Borgoy is the first of two identical tug boats ordered by the Norwegian BUBE (Buksér og Berging AS). The tug has left the Sanmar shipyard in Turkey and has set sail for Karsto in Norway to begin her long term operational contract for Statoil. To fuel up on LNG for her maiden trip, the ship makes halt in the port of Zeebrugge. The LNG fuelling operation was executed ‘Truck to Ship’. An LNG-filled trailer is then positioned alongside the quay and is connected with the ships fuel tank. For the port of Zeebrugge, this is an absolute premier.
Singapore’s PSA wins container handling deal at Kolkata port
Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd has won a container-handling contract at Union government-owned Kolkata port, which will help the firm boost its presence on India’s eastern coast. PSA, the world’s biggest container port operator, quoted a rate of Rs1,748 for handling a loaded container to emerge the lowest bidder for the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract to handle containers from five berths at Netaji Subhas Dock of Kolkata port. PSA International is fully owned by Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore. India’s tariff regulator for ports owned by the Union government had permitted Kolkata port to charge Rs4,082 from customers for handling a loaded container. Out of this rate, Kolkata port was willing to share up to Rs2,030 per loaded container to the private firm that would run the O&M contract. The private firm quoting the lowest rate for handling a loaded container within the ceiling rate of Rs2,030 set by the port would win the 10-year deal, according to the tender terms. Of the amount collected from customers, Kolkata port will retain Rs2,334 per loaded container, that being the difference between the Rs4,082 allowed by the regulator and the Rs1,748 to be paid to PSA. PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd, a wholly owned unit of PSA International, had placed price bids for the project apart from two other firms. United Liner Agencies of India (Pvt.) Ltd quoted a rate of Rs1,898 for handling a loaded container. The price bid of the other firm, Bollore Africa Logistics, was not opened by the port for reasons it didn’t disclose.
International Companies Drop Out of Israeli Ports Tender
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Three leading international companies have decided to drop out of an Israeli bidding to build private seaports due to concerns over the political repercussions and as a result of the increased boycott pressure on Israel, Haaretz reported. The Israeli government published last week an international bid to build new seaports in Haifa and Ashdod. According to Haaretz, several companies submitted a proposal for the bid, but they dropped out shortly thereafter. The newspaper said that the Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch operator of ports has first dropped out from the bidding, then followed by Italy's Condote de Agua and Jan De Nul from Belgium. Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid related to the boycott issue Monday as saying that if current peace talks with the Palestinian collapse, it will be "nothing less than devastating" to the welfare of Israeli citizens. Source: PNN
Plans by Aberdeen Harbour Board to create additional berthing facilities at Nigg Bay have received a double boost. An independent report, which estimates the economic benefit of the development to the local and national economies to be nearly £1billion per annum, has been published in the same month that the Scottish Government, in their National Planning Process, named the Nigg Bay Development as one of only 14 projects that they consider to be of national importance to Scotland. The independent report, Economic Impact of Aberdeen Harbour Nigg Bay Development, commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and produced by Midlothian-based BiGGAR Economics, studies the impacts of a potential second harbour being constructed within Nigg Bay.
It estimates that under a full development scenario, which includes upgrading the road infrastructure around Nigg Bay, and in particular, an improved coastal road linking through to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), would result in Aberdeen Harbour, as a whole, contributing £2billion annually, to the Scottish economy and supporting 15,000 jobs, an increase of 30% on the port’s current impact. Of this figure the port would contribute an additional £500million directly to Aberdeen City and Shire.
According to findings, failure to expand the harbour would lead to a decrease of £500million per annum to the Scottish economy by 2034, an outcome largely attributed to likely increased competition from abroad.
India offers to build direct shipping route to Iran port
Monday, 17 February 2014 India has offered to establish direct shipping route to Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port in a bid to cut the costs of the transit of commodities between the two countries. The offer was made during a meeting between Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and an Indian delegation of experts in Tehran. Indian Ambassador to Tehran Shri D.P. Srivastava, who was present in the meeting, said an Indian private company is ready to establish a direct shipping link between Chabahar and Indian ports in order to bypass Dubai where Indian container ships have to cross to reach Iran.
The Indian diplomat said the capital investment initially envisaged for the construction of a container terminal in Chabahar stands at USD 147 million. Srivastava described Chabahar as a strategic port facilitating access to Central Asian states.