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396 days ago by arnekiel

Port Everglades Opens Updated Cruise Terminal 4
Broward County’s Port Everglades completely remodeled its sixth cruise terminal in five years with $24 million worth of renovations and upgrades designed for greater efficiency and guest convenience. Cruise Terminal 4 officially opened today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that also celebrated Broward 100, the County’s centennial year and commitment to the arts. The ceremony was attended by travel agents, elected officials and cruise line executives who toured the modernized cruise terminal and were entertained by grant recipients from Broward’s Cultural Division. “We continuously re-invest in our facilities to keep pace with the today’s customer-service driven cruise industry, to provide our guests with a seamless boarding experience,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. “Our goal when we reconfigured Cruise Terminal 4’s traffic pattern and updated the interior, was to make it easier for the cruise lines to process passengers while providing guests with a bright, comfortable experience.” Port Everglades is one of the world’s leading cruise ports, this year exceeding 4 million passengers and ranking as the second busiest multi-day cruise port in the world.

397 days ago by arnekiel

Frustrated port workers want dispute resolved
Lyttleton Port’s container terminal has been shut for overnight shifts over three consecutive weekends because of safety concerns. Lyttelton Port and a workers’ union remain embroiled in an industrial dispute, with union members increasingly frustrated. The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) said yesterday workers were now tired of the continuing dispute and wanted a resolution. The terminal has been closed for three weekends during midnight and 6am shifts. On Friday the closure started at 4pm as a result of pre-approved staff leave. RMTU South Island organiser John Kerr said the union wanted to engage with the port’s management on several “show stopper” differences. The two sides held different views on pay levels, the formation of a joint industrial council to develop a relationship over health and safety and productivity, and the inclusion of inland port workers in a general collective agreement.

397 days ago by arnekiel

Jaxport welcomes largest container ship yet
The MOL Competence became the largest ship ever to dock at JaxPort when it arrived on Monday night carrying about 4,000 shipping containers full of Asian manufactured goods. The ship has a capacity of 8,100 20-foot-long containers, beating the previous record of 6,700 TEU.

398 days ago by arnekiel

CMA CGM to Develop New Terminal in Angolas port of Lobito
The CMA CGM Group has signed logistics memorandum of agreements with Multiparques Group, represented by its General Manager Leonel Pinto, on December 18, 2014 in Paris, and in the presence of the French and Angola Foreign Affairs Ministers, Laurent Fabius and George Rebelo Pinto Chicoti. The agreements define the two groups association for the terminal operation, and tend to develop logistics platforms in Angola. Alexis Michel, CMA CGM Group Logistics and Reefer Senior Vice President, said, “Lobito is Angola second port, and its location and train transportation connections make it a strategic entry point in West Africa. This not only allows Benguela and Huambo – two major Angola cities - service, but also thanks to the new railroad renovation, to link the city to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia Copperbelt mining region to the sea. Those different elements promise the Port of Lobito to a great intermodal future.”

398 days ago by arnekiel

First RoRo Ship Calls at Khalifa Port
The first scheduled Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) vessel, MV Dream Angel, berthed at the Khalifa Port RoRo terminal on Monday, January 5, heralding the transition of Abu Dhabi Ports’ RoRo cargo, from Zayed Port to Khalifa Port. Operated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier (NMCC), the MV Dream Angel arrived from the Port of Yokohama and Port of Kanda in Japan laden with 164 car units for Abu Dhabi Ports’ key customer Al Masaood Automobiles, one of the region’s main distributors for Nissan and Infiniti. The new vehicles will next be sent to car dealers across the UAE. To mark the first ever visit, the maiden call of the MV Dream Angel to Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi Ports officials welcomed the captain and his crew with an official ceremony and presented a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

398 days ago by arnekiel

Bad Weather Closes 3 Major Mexican Oil Ports
Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday, Jan. 6 Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday. Nearly all of Mexico's crude exports from Pemex, the state-owned oil producer, are shipped from the three ports to Gulf coast refineries in the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana.

398 days ago by arnekiel

Fisherman's Protest in Brazil Stalls Container Port
A protest by fishermen at the container shipping port of Itajai in southern Brazil has prevented several ships from entering or leaving, the local port authority said on Tuesday, Jan. 6,2015. Fishermen started protesting government measures to stop fishing of endangered species on Monday, saying many of the species have commercially viable populations. Itajai does not ship bulk grains but it is an important commercial center for frozen meat. Brazil is the world's No. 1 beef exporter. In addition to three stalled container ships, one passenger boat and a ship that services state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA platforms have also been unable to enter Itajai, a port authority representative said.

398 days ago by arnekiel

West Coast Port Strike Continues Into 2015
With the ongoing disputes between port workers and shipping companies amid contract expirations and labor negotiations, the strike at the West Coast Port is leaving an adverse impact on retailers’ stocking and delivery plans. What started off as a logistical issue arising from lack of transportation at the ports has worsened to create bottlenecks and severe delays in delivery of shipments to stores. The conflict between shipping companies and port workers on the West Coast continues to impact retailers in the country as negotiations between the two parties progress slowly. So far, they have been unable to finalize terms with the dockworkers’ union. The dispute is bogging down not only the retailers in Southern Californian states but the entire country. Almost 40% of all of products in the country are shipped through the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. As a part of the worst shipping crunch since a decade, huge vessels remain loaded with consignments, waiting to be transferred to retail stores. The ships sit idly off the port, waiting for the dockworkers and logistical authorities to clear them. The slowdown in the West Coast comes just as the nation advances toward a greener economic year, with unemployment levels falling to historical lows and sparkles of a more sustained recovery. And yet, the people carrying the goods into the country are involved in an intense internal strife that is impacting retailers nationwide. Retailers including Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) are noting in their earnings calls that prolonged labor mediation talks are hurting their stock-keeping and sales. Delivery and logistics service providers have also been affected by the issue; FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX), UPS, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), along with retailers and manufacturers like Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) have been forced to deal with lack of inventory or to find alternative (and often more costly) approaches to getting their shipment from Asia. Many have even begun to revert their merchandise to other port locations in the Gulf Coast, the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada. Source: Bidness ETC

398 days ago by arnekiel

Maasvlakte II: Automated container terminal produces zero emissions
Because it will be handling the world’s largest containerships, APM Terminals’ brand-new Maasvlakte II container terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was designed for efficiency. Every task that could possibly be done without human intervention has been automated. The terminal includes eight remote-controlled ship-to-shore cranes—the first in the world to be operated without anyone in the cab. The cranes place containers on “lift automatic guided vehicles,” which travel from the dock to the container yard using an onboard navigation system that follows a transponder grid. (Similar technology is in place at Hamburg’s Altenwerder Container Terminal.) Once the containers arrive at their destination, the AGVs deposit them into storage racks. Later, automated rail-mounted gantry cranes move the containers from the racks to the rail terminal, to a waiting truck, or to another area of the yard as needed. The terminal, which opened to landside intermodal business in November and will be fully open for maritime business in February, has another claim to fame: APM says Maasvlakte II is the only container terminal in the world that produces zero emissions on site. Because its entire fleet of ship-to-shore, on-dock, and yard cranes; AGVs; and personnel transport vehicles are battery-powered, the company says, the terminal will produce no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, or particulate emissions.

398 days ago by arnekiel

Russian frost froze Sillamäe LNG terminal
The war of European Union and Russian sanctions put an end to the grand plans of building the Sillamäe gas terminal that would have cost hundreds of millions of euros and could have become an important transit centre for Gazprom gas, LETA/Postimees writes. “The Sillamäe terminal could have become, besides the Ust-Luga port, a Gazprom gas transit project, but now they do not consider it possible to expand in our direction,” said one of the founders of the Estonian transit business Endel Siff, who last year became the head of Sillgas, that planned the Sillamäe terminal. The plan then was to build a 500 million euro terminal that would have processed Gazprom pipeline gas into LNG but also receive it from big ships for storing and selling. The terminal was supposed to handle 2.3 million tonnes of gas a year. Siff estimated that construction of an LNG terminal for Estonian consumers has no perspectives since the government policy favours the use of local fuels, and the excise tax on natural gas that this year increased by 20% reduces the competitiveness of the so-called light-blue fuel further.

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