Westports set to handle 8 million TEU with launch of new terminal
With the launch of container terminal 7 (CT&), Westports Holding expects to handle eight million TEU this year now that it has dominated the Port Klang as market leader, handling 7.5 million TEU last year.
Westports CEO Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said Westports is now achieving 22,000 TEU in a day, more than 150,000 TEU per week.
To date, Westports has handled more than 60 million TEU from a wide variety of vessels from very small barges to the biggest ships since it opened in the early '90s, the New Straits Times reported.
"Today we are proud to be the catalyst behind port Klang's growth by holding 78 per cent of Port Klang's container market share.
"In total, we have grown our volume by 374 per cent from 2001 to 2013 and propelling it to become the 12th largest port in the world," said Mr Gnanalingam during the launch ceremony of container terminal 7 (CT7) and Westport Malaysia Sdn Bhd 20th anniversary celebration.
He said that from being able to handle 140 moves in 1997, Westports now handle 739 moves in an hour starting earlier this year and made their way into CSCL Le Havre a World Record in Container productivity.
"We are also currently owning the largest cranes in the world which stand 52 metres high," he said.
He also expressed his confidence that these cranes along with other parts of CT7 like the yard's rubber-tyred gantries (RTG) crane will bring up capacity to 11 million TEU along the busiest sea trade route in the world, the Straits of Malacca.
Mr Gnanalingam added that with the launch of CT7, Westports will be ready for the latest 19,000-TEU vessels when they are launched by China Shipping this year.
Sixteen Greenpeace activists have been detained after staging a protest at a coal thermal power plant in the Black Sea Province of Zonguldak on Sept. 11.
Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior arrived in Zonguldak after opening its doors to visitors last week in Istanbul. The activists staged the protest at Eren Coal Thermal Power Plant to raise awareness about the impact that coal has on people’s health.
The protesters hung up banners saying, “If there is coal, there is no health” and “Stop coal” on a crane, as well as “Coal kills” on two ships that were carrying coal to the power plant.
Works at the plant have been halted following the protest, while some activists were detained by police.
Greenpeace said their aim was to raise awareness of the damage coal can have on human health by stopping it from being shipped. The organization also urged the Health Ministry to protect the health of its citizens.
Pınar Aksoğan, responsible for Turkey’s Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaign, said poor air quality from these thermal power plants in Zonguldak was threatening human health. She said air pollution has become a nationwide problem and the construction of 80 new power plants across the country will cause further damage to people’s health.
“Diseases such as asthma, cancer and heart problems will increase dramatically if those 80 thermal power plants are built,” she said, adding the Health Ministry should have a voice in projects that threaten the public’s health.
“The planning process for industrial and energy projects should be reconsidered for health reasons ... We want the Health Ministry to be one of the decisive authorities in the planning and auditing processes of projects that threaten [human] life by causing air pollution,” Aksoğan said.
Subic gets official title as Manila extension port
The Port of Subic has been officially designated as an extension of the Port of Manila in line with efforts by the national government to decongest the latter and ensure the smooth flow of waterborne commerce in the conduct of international and domestic trade
Holland America calls in EdenHalfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the cruise season in Eden for 2014-2015 remains consistent, with ships such as the L'Austral, Funchal and Pacific Pearl calling. “When we have the new wharf extension we expect there to be a large spike (in traffic) when cruise ships can come alongside,” said Gale Ward, coordinator, Cruise Eden. “Removing the tender barrier will see significant growth in 2016 and beyond.” That expansion will happen in early 2016. “We are excited to see the first of the Carnival P&O vessels arriving,” Ward continued. “The region has worked tirelessly with the support of Carnival to extend our wharf to allow larger ships to come alongside.”
Port of Maputo, Mozambique, undergoes maintenance dredging
Dredging operations to maintain the docks in the port of Maputo are due to begin this month, under the terms of a contract signed last week, the company Port of Maputo Development Company (MPDC) said in a statement.The contract was signed in the port of Durban by the MPDC and the Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of Transnet Limited responsible for managing South Africa’s eight commercial ports.The agreement to use Italeni, a vessel equipped with a grab dredger with a capacity of 750 cubic metres, is part of the memorandum of understanding signed with TNPA in June 2013, in which the two institutions agreed to strengthen their relations, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.The memorandum with TNPA resulted in employee training employees at the TNPA Maritime School of Excellence, acquisition and refurbishment of the Ntwanano tug (already underway in Maputo), and this dredging work, with Italeni setting off for the port of Maputo in two weeks’ time.
The port of Maputo management company last year dredged the port’s access channel and some mooring docks. This work increased the depth of the port from 11 to 13.7 metres, allowing ships weighing over 65,000 tons to enter the port.As a result, the port of Maputo increased its operating efficiency and exceeded the 17 million tons of cargo that had been set as a goal for 2013.The port of Maputo was offered under concession to MPDC in 2003, a partnership between Mozambican state port and rail manager CFM and Portus Indico, a consortium of South African group Grindrod, DP World from the United Arab Emirates and Moçambique Gestores. Source : macauhub/MZ
The Skuld Association has been advised that the Government is planning to undertake a nation-wide curfew from 19 September to 21 September 2014 as part of a Ebola control exercise.
The local office of Messrs. Budd has advised that during this period the nation’s ports will also be closed as everyone will be obliged to stay at home. The military will assist to enforce this curfew.
As members will appreciate this is likely to significantly impact on any vessel that has already come alongside in Sierra Leone, and will also have a back log effect on vessels waiting to come in. During this period it may be that no port services will be available at all and vessels should prepare for such a 72 hour cessation of all services and facilities.
Sohar Port sees progress in tackling cargo traffic
Sohar Port and Freezone says it has seen encouraging progress in its efforts to deal with disruptions in the flow of container cargo in and out of the port during the past month, while the port’s other terminal operations have remained largely unaffected by the delays.
While the handling of containers has seen steady improvement, Sohar Port is gradually expected to reach full international container terminal standards by the year-end, according to a top official at the logistics hub.
“Most importantly, we have seen all parties involved communicating regularly and working together positively to resolve the situation. I can confidently say that the worst is now behind us, although it will still need some more time for the total container supply chain to normalise,” said Andre Toet, Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Port and Freezone. He continued: “We are listening attentively to all sides involved, importers and exporters to Oman, and giving a helping hand wherever we can.”
That situation erupted soon after the Eid holiday, when consignees and shippers complained of long delays in the loading and discharge of containers at Sohar Port. Worse, it happened in the run up to the August 31 deadline for the relocation of all commercial shipping and cargo from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar. Source: Oman Daily Observer
Nicaragua Canal construction to begin in December with port, says official
The construction of the 287km-interoceanic canal through Nicaragua should begin in December with the construction of a port on the Pacific coast, Temaco Talavera, president of the National Universities Council, who serves as a spokesman for the government’s Canal Technical Advisory Commission, told local media.
The port would be located at Britto, in the Rivas department on the Pacific coast and “would create all the necessary work to move forward,” he said,In June of last year, a parliament controlled by President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista National Liberation Front approved the project with scarcely a debate.
They handed a 100-year concession controlling a vast area of Nicaragua to Chinese magnate Wang Jing, giving him broad powers as he and his newly formed Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND) build and manage the 286km-waterway.
The Canal would be three times the length of the Panama Canal with a channel draught of 22m, the locks having 466 m length, being 64 m in width and its cost is estimated at $40B\bn although most experts consider the cost largely under estimated.The project would include two ports, an airport, an artificial lake, two locks, a resort, an area of free trade, roads and cement and steel, according to the Chinese firm HKND Group, concessionaire of the project.
Three months away from the planned start date of construction, there are still no international tenders called neither for the port nor for any infrastructure works or information released about land expropriations required along the canal.
Panama President Juan Carlos Varela during an official visit to Spain said that he did not see the “economic viability” of the project. Panama Canal expansion is well advanced and should begin operations in 2016. Source: Seatrade Global