JaxPort buys three big cranes for $37.6 million to service bigger ships
Three new cargo cranes designed for massive ships will increase the Jacksonville Port Authority’s cargo-handling capabilities for the Blount Island Marine Terminal, port officials said.
JaxPort finalized the purchase — a $37.6 million contract — this week, and the cranes will be in operation by 2016.
The purchase is part of JaxPort’s long-term strategic plan, which calls for ultimately buying 10 of the larger cranes to accommodate mega-ships expected to follow the deepening of the Panama Canal.
It’s one prong of the port’s efforts to keep itself in a competitive position following that expansion. The centerpiece of that push is deepening the St. Johns River from 40 feet to 47 feet.
A $15 million state grant is helping defray the cost of the three new cranes.
The so-called 100-gauge cranes will have a reach of 22 containers across a ship’s deck; the port’s current 50-gauge cranes have a 16-container reach. The new cranes will be electric instead of the diesel-powered cranes in place now.
JaxPort contracted with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries for the manufacturing, delivery and setup of the cranes.
The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are facing their biggest crisis in a decade as container ships idle offshore because cargo can't be moved off the docks fast enough.
The bottleneck blamed on a surge of imports, shortage of truck trailers, and bigger ships hauling more cargo has created a seven- to 10-day delay for retailers anxious to stock shelves for the holiday season.
"This is really a perfect storm," Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka told the Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/1FNkssF ) in a story Saturday.
Retailers are rerouting goods to other ports, and some shoe and clothing companies have begun transporting products by air, said Nate Herman, vice president of international trade at the American Apparel & Footwear Assn.
"The delays are increasing, they are not getting better," he said.
The problem is blamed on a variety of factors:
— Imports increased more than 10 percent last month at both ports compared to a year ago.
— A shortage of truck trailers or truck drivers has left cargo stuck on the docks.
— Terminals built when ships were a third the size of today's cargo behemoths can't unload the ships fast enough.
Other ports are experiencing some of the same problems, but the situation is worse in Southern California at the nation's busiest port complex, which handles 40 percent of U.S. imports. There were seven ships anchored offshore on Friday.
Port officials said the current delays are the worst since 2004 when a new system was created to get truckers to haul loads at night.
The current crunch is expected to ease at the end of the month as peak shipping season tapers off.
Information from: Los Angeles Times
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Royal Caribbean Set to Launch Terminal Dedicated for Quantum in New Jersey
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BBC Chartering with dedicated project terminal in Houston
The global project carrier BBC Chartering is pleased to announce that Manchester Terminal in the Port of Houston is the carrier’s new dedicated hub in North America. Managed through Gulfstream Marine, BBC vessels and their customers can now enjoy priority berthing and 24/7 serviceability in the Port of Houston.
Oryx to start Las Palmas, Canary Islands, bunker operations
Bunker supplier Oryx will begin bunker operations in the Canary Islands in November, a company source said Wednesday. “Bunker operations are to start soon…sometime in November,” the source said. “They bought a 45,000 mt HSFO cargo from Brofjorden for October 25-30 loadings,” a Canary Island bunker source said, while a second source said Oryx had .
Romanian port of Constanta to become Europe’s grain hub
Grain trader Cargill and freight handler Transport Trade Services more than doubled grain capacity at their Canopus Star terminal at Constanta in August this year. Meanwhile, grain volume through the post was up by almost a third year-on-year, thanks to wheat and corn exports to Middle East countries, according to port spokeswoman Monica Velicu
Poland’s PGNiG and Polskie LNG, the company building a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Baltic port of Swinoujscie, signed a letter of intent on building a third gas storage unit on the site, they said in a joint statement.
Import Delays due to Shipside Operations suspension in Southampton
23/10/2014 - As a result of high winds at DP World Southampton, shipside operations were suspended for much of yesterday.
Many units, mostly from the OOCL Korea, were not discharged in time to make their planned train slots. This may result in delays/cancellations of Import deliveries in the next couple of days and we will be contact with those customers affected.
A major £6 million quay upgrade for Montrose Port Authority has now been completed and hopes to attract more energy companies to the area.
The move will enhance the harbour’s capacity for handling larger cargo and oil and gas ships, enabling it to broaden its scope of vessel services.
The upgrade of berths six and seven on the north side of the port has provided deeper water for berthing than before (8 metres depth) with the facility also offering much greater quayside operational working space.
The 260 metre long facility received its first vessel on October 11, the Danish Maersk Lifter, as featured in last week’s Review.
The first cargo ship at the new quay was the German-owned, Antigua and Barbuda-flagged general cargo ship Carolin G on October 13.
According to Montrose Port Authority (MPA) chief executive John Paterson, the refurbished quay forms an important component of the port’s ongoing strategy to meet the needs of a diverse range of modern cargo and oil and gas vessel sectors
Costa Rica intervenes to stop strike at port, arrests 68
Costa Rican police arrested 68 people in the country’s main Atlantic port after a strike over plans to expand the hub threatened to paralyze shipping. Workers at Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals, which handle about 80 percent of Costa Rica’s foreign trade, went on strike to protest a $1 billion expansion concession granted to APM Terminals, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk. The stevedores’ union, SINTRAJAP, launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, leaving three ships stranded and unable to unload cargo after APM Terminals won a Supreme Court decision this month against the union’s efforts to block the concession. The union says the concession, which was first agreed in 2011, threatens public sector jobs.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis ordered the docks to be re-opened and some 150 police officers broke the strike, arresting 68 men and women in both terminals.
Security Minister Celso Gamboa said police would remain at the terminals for an indefinite period to keep them open.
Costa Rica’s government says the expansion plan would quadruple the amount of cargo that the Caribbean port can handle. Costa Rica has some of the worst-rated port infrastructure in the region, according to World Bank data.