Port of Le Havre elected « Best Seaport in Europe » for the 3rd year running
HAROPA groups together the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, thus constituting one of the most efficient transport systems for the maritime gateway to Europe. The 18,000 Asian customers, readers of Cargonews Asia newspaper, the leader of the professional press in Asia, re-elected HAROPA best European seaport for the year 2013. HAROPA was selected among eight major European ports including Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
The Port of Singapore once again clinched the Best Seaport in Asia award at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA), retaining its crown as Asia's port of choice.
The award was presented to Singapore for an unprecedented 25th time at the 27th AFSCA held on May 9 evening in Beijing.
Japanese Mitsui & Co, Ltd. acquires Latvian port of Riga operator
Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co, Ltd has acquired an 80% share in the Latvian port operator SIA Rigas Universalais Terminals (RUT), reported news2biz LATVIA.
The sale was carried out through Mitsui's subsidiary Portek International Pte, and the sum of the deal reached EUR 21m.
RUT is a multi-purpose terminal operating at the Freeport of Riga, which is the busiest port in Latvia. In particular, Mitsui stresses that the port accounts for 70% of Latvian exports of wood products, such as lumber, furniture, wood pellets and wood chips; timber traditionally is the strongest Latvian export. In 2012, main cargo loaded by RUT was timber and wooden granules, although it also lists containers among its main cargo. In 2012, it loaded about 2.5m tonnes of cargo, which makes it the second-largest universal terminal in the port.
Mitsui sees Latvia and Riga as a springboard to the Eastern European market. Latvia has railway connections to Russia and Belarus and, through them, to CIS countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) is set to invest between $1.2bn and $1.5bn in the development of a shipment port in Jamaica, though the location has not yet been determined.
Though the Port Authority of Jamaica and CHEC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) almost a year ago, the Chinese company has suggested its contribution and the project scope be “radically expanded”, rendering the prior site at Fort Augusta too small.
Funded by CHEC and China state construction firm CCCC, Jamaica’s prime minister Portia Simpson Miller was quoted by port finance international as saying: “It will consist of transshipment facilities, a logistics centre, industrial plants, a cement plant and perhaps a power plant.”
The project will be implemented over five years, and employ 2,000 people during the construction period. When completed, the industrial park will employ approximately 10,000 majority Jamaican workers.
The MOU will now be in force for another year to allow for studies and environmental assessments.
Source: Constructionweek Online
Cargo opperations suspended from May 8, morning til May 9, 1400 hrs
The suspension of cargo operations at Genoa's tanker port (MULTEDO TERMINAL) had been extended until 1400 hours(May 9). Operations were halted on May 8 morning after cargo ship Jolly Nero collided with the port's control tower building late on Tuesday night. Seven people have now been reported dead and three are still missing.
Mexico to invest $454m in Gulf ports Altamira, Tampico and Matamoros
Mexico's transport and communications authority (SCT) plans to invest $454m (MXN5.5bn) in the ports of Altamira, Tampico and Matamoros, located in the Gulf of Mexico and in the state of Tamaulipas. SCT said the investments would help improve government-owned terminals and make them competitive with the ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin when the Panama Canal expansion is opened for commercial transits in mid-2015. Projects include the $124m (MXN1.5bn) modernisation of Matamoros Port. Works in Altamira port include dredging, construction of an underpass, new access roads and construction of a new railway line that will make multimodal operations in the port more efficient, according to a release from the port authority.
HIT terminal “is working promptly towards returning to its normal operational capacity”.
Singapore-listed Hutchison Port Holdings Trust has issued a release saying that now that subcontractors have accepted a 9.8% pay rise at subsidiary Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the terminal “is working promptly towards returning to its normal operational capacity”. “As at last week, HIT’s operational productivity has returned to between 80 and 90 per cent of its normal level,” HPH Trust claimed. Most of the dockers who went on strike came back to work on May 9, although there were threats to quit by some who are employed by Everbest Port Services. The Everbest workers fear they would be earning less despite the agreed 9.8% pay rise after the contractor said it would no longer pay them extra for meals and pulling mooring ropes.
The future of more than 100 crane operators, who lost their jobs after Global Stevedoring Service closed down, also remains unclear. Many of the operators are continuing their protest at the Cheung Kong Center, owned by Li Ka-shing, who also owns HIT. [09/05/13]
Hutchison and CMA CGM bid for 99-year license for Melbourne's third box terminal
HONG KONG's Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and French container line CMA CGM are leading contenders to run Melbourne's third container terminal on a 99-year lease.
Other shortlisted bidders include a consortium led by Australian International Container Terminals with International Container Terminal Services and Anglo Ports while another bidder is Australia-based Qube Holdings.
The A$1.6 billion (US$1.6 billion) one million TEU capacity terminal has attracted expressions of interest from local and international bidders after the tender process launched in October 2012.
abah Ports Sdn Bhd, the port operating subsidiary of Suria Capital Holdings Bhd, will invest RM229mil over the next two years to further improve its port facilities and equipment to better serve the port users and shipping communities in Sabah. The company added that Sabah Ports would increase its container-handling equipment fleet at Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP), Sandakan Port and Tawau Port. Source: The Star