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436 days ago by arnekiel

Istanbul based firm U.N. RoRo buys stake in Italy’s port of Trieste
The daily train capacity of the terminal will be raised, enabling Turkish trucks to reach European countries without entering highway traffic. The daily train capacity of the terminal will be raised, enabling Turkish trucks to reach European countries without entering highway traffic. U.N. Ro-Ro, which has been operating for around 20 years in Turkey’s maritime sector, has acquired some 60 percent of Samer Seaports terminal, operating in the Port of Trieste at the north-most point of Italy. The deal was inked in Trieste on Dec. 16, having been the Turkish firm’s first foreign port investment. “U.N. Ro-Ro plans to enlarge the capacity of the port by making some 8.5 million euros of additional investment by the beginning of next year. The daily train capacity of the terminal will then be raised to six trains, enabling Turkish trucks and containers to reach central European countries without entering highway traffic,” said the chief of the company, Sedat Gümüşoğlu via a written statement on Dec. 18.

436 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Amsterdam opens tank location for LNG
As of today, Dec. 23, inland navigation vessels can bunker LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the Port of Amsterdam. Greenstream was the first ship to moor alongside the Amerikahaven quay today to bunker LNG. Built by Peters Shipyards, Greenstream is operated by InterStream Barging and has been chartered by Shell. The LNG was also supplied by Shell. Port of Amsterdam has designed the 'Groene kade' (Green Quay) in Amerikahaven to enable safe bunkering from a tanker truck into an inland navigation vessel or small ocean-going vessel. LNG is a clean fuel which is a promising alternative to marine fuel. The Port of Amsterdam encourages clean shipping in the port. Two Dutch ships currently run entirely on LNG, the Greenstream and the Greenrhine, and one ship - the Argonon - uses dual fuel technology (LNG and gas oil mixed). More ships are under construction. Using LNG as a fuel provides major environmental benefits; vessels emit up to 25% less CO2, up to 80% less NOx, up to 100% less SO2 and also 100% less soot and fine particles than current inland navigation vessels. "Port of Amsterdam is doing everything possible to encourage the use of cleaner fuels, including LNG. As an energy port, we're pleased to contribute to greening marine fuels," says Koen Overtoom, Port of Amsterdam's COO. "We're currently developing plans with our partners to convert green gas into the even cleaner bio-LNG, so that we can reduce CO2 emissions even further." LNG is liquefied natural gas. Natural gas (methane) is liquefied at an extremely low temperature (-162 degrees Celsius), which means that the gas takes up 600 times less volume. This makes the gas easier to transport and use. Its safety has been extensively researched. LNG has very low emission levels of sulphur, nitric oxides and fine particles, and that's good for air quality. Source: Port of Amsterdam

 Suva
438 days ago by arnekiel

NYK to Launch a New Far East-South Pacific Islands Service
NYK will launch a new South Pacific Link (SPL) service between the Far East and the South Pacific islands from January 2014. The vessels in the new SPL service will be operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary company of NYK. The SPL service will be operated using multipurpose semi-container vessels that will make 72-day round voyages at intervals of every 18 days. The vessels will transport a variety of cargo, such as completed cars and container and conventional cargo, to fulfill the needs of customers. In addition, the service will offer safe and secure handling within an extensive global network to provide a quality, reliable liner service linking the South Pacific islands to the world. The first vessel in the SPL service will be South Islander V.101 calling Busan on January 12. NYK will continue to make every effort to further strengthen our service network to best meet the needs of our growing customer base. South Pacific Link (SPL) service Ports of Call: Kaohsiung, Busan, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Tarawa (Kiribati), Honiara (Solomon Islands), Santo (Vanuatu), Port Vila (Vanuatu), Noumea (New Caledonia), Lautoka (Fiji), Suva (Fiji), Apia (Samoa), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Papeete (French Polynesia), Nukualofa (Tonga)

 Koper
438 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Koper Expansion Project Kicks Off
Luka Koper has commenced construction of a 6,840 m2 storage area behind berth 7C, at the head of the Pier I Container Terminal of the Port of Koper. This 8,390,000 euro (inclusive of VAT) investment – referred to as Dilatacija (Expansion) 2 and 3 in the project documentation – shall be capable of storing an additional 672 TEUs. The new construction will rest on 273 load bearing piles which shall be driven to the depth of cca -50 m below ground level. The works are anticipated to be completed in August 2014, whereas the pile driving operation shall last for about five months.

 Koper
438 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Koper Expansion Project Kicks Off
Luka Koper has commenced construction of a 6,840 m2 storage area behind berth 7C, at the head of the Pier I Container Terminal of the Port of Koper. This 8,390,000 euro (inclusive of VAT) investment – referred to as Dilatacija (Expansion) 2 and 3 in the project documentation – shall be capable of storing an additional 672 TEUs. The new construction will rest on 273 load bearing piles which shall be driven to the depth of cca -50 m below ground level. The works are anticipated to be completed in August 2014, whereas the pile driving operation shall last for about five months.

438 days ago by arnekiel

APM Terminals Signs Abidjan Terminal 2 Project
The APM Terminals-led consortium formally signed the agreement with the Government of the Ivory Coast on December 19, 2013 for the construction and operation of a new terminal at the Port of Abidjan. Known as TC2, the terminal will be the second in operation at the port, which handled approximately 600,000 TEUs in 2012, making it one of the busiest container ports in West Africa. The new facility will offer 1,100 meters of quay with a depth alongside of 18 meters, able to accommodate vessels of up to 350 meters in length. The project consortium is comprised of APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics and French-based construction firm Bouygues TP.

 Ashdod
438 days ago by arnekiel

Workers end strike at Israel's Ashdod port
Workers at Israel's southern seaport of Ashdod, the country's main trade hub, ended a brief strike on Friday, Dec. 20 after solving a dispute over the need to wear reflective safety vests. Tensions at the country's two largest state-controlled seaports, Ashdod and Haifa, have been high this year with the government trying to introduce privately-run piers. Nearly all Israel's exports and imports are transported by ship, making the port workers unions among the most powerful in the country. The unions oppose any new competition and have threatened to strike should the government or port management disrupt the status quo.

 Aqaba
439 days ago by arnekiel

New shipping line to link Aqaba and Libyan Benghazi
A new shipping line has been launched between Aqaba and Libyan Benghazi to ship cars to Libyan market on vessels carrying the Jordanian flag. It is the first maritime link connecting the countries. "This represents an important step in Aqaba ports' development as we have been looking forward to opening regular shipping lines with north African ports and we are quite pleased to be inaugurating this line," said the Director General of Aqaba Ports Corporation Mohammad Almubaiden. "Although this line will be shipping cars only, it will play a significant role in developing Aqaba as a logistics and services hub for the Libya reconstruction efforts and consequently have a positive influence on Jordan's economy". The shipping line will operate on regular basis at an average rate of one trip every ten days carrying 600 cars each time. www.ansamed.info/...

439 days ago by arnekiel

Port of Rotterdam 2013 throughput to be on the level of 442 million tonnes
According to provisional figures, goods throughput in the port of Rotterdam will end this year at the same level as in 2012: 442 million tonnes. The top performance came from dry bulk such as coal, iron ore and agribulk. Throughput figures for crude oil were noticeably lower than in 2012, due mainly to the weak fuel market in Europe and maintenance shutdowns at the refineries. There was a slight increase in the throughput of oil products. Container throughput was down due to the economic crisis and because Hamburg won back some cargo, Port of Rotterdam said in its media release.

439 days ago by arnekiel

VSC Terminal at Vostochny receives first container train from China
Port operator Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company LLC (VSC) at its on-dock railyard handled container train No 1212 that arrived from China on its first run, the company's press release said. The train consisting of forty railcars reached VSC terminal from the station of Grodekovo in 10 hours and 40 minutes minutes. The offloaded containers were then moved to a VSC warehouse for further transportation by sea to the Republic of Korea and the southern ports of China. Among the cargo shippers is HuaShen Corp., the largest Chinese exporter of chemical, agri products, paper and industrial products. Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company LLC (part of Global Ports) is rated the largest container terminal in the Russian Far East by cargo volumes (H1, 2013). Cargo throughput of the Vostochny port based terminal is 550,000 TEUs and can be extended by fourfold.


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