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424 days ago by arnekiel

Dockworkers at Piraeus Port again on 24-hour strike
Dockworkers at Piraeus Port held work stoppages on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 from the beginning of their shifts until 11 am local time on Thursday to protest against the decision taken by government and state privatization fund TAIPED to sell stakes in the Piraeus Port authority.

424 days ago by arnekiel

Dockworkers at Piraeus Port again on 24-hour strike
Dockworkers at Piraeus Port held work stoppages on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 from the beginning of their shifts until 11 am local time on Thursday to protest against the decision taken by government and state privatization fund TAIPED to sell stakes in the Piraeus Port authority.

424 days ago by arnekiel

Piraeus Port Has ‘Geostrategic’ Edge as Greece Pushes Logistics
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 The Greek port of Piraeus could become one of Europe’s top five container-shipping hubs as the government spurs logistics activities in a bid to kick-start economic growth, said Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis. Piraeus, now the 11th-largest container-shipping port in the European Union, is expanding as China-based Cosco Pacific Ltd. (1199) operates one of two piers, builds a third and prepares to offer cargo-train shipping to multinational companies including Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ:US) and Huawei Technologies Co. “Piraeus could become one of the four to five biggest ports in Europe very soon,” Hatzidakis said in a Feb. 20 interview in Brussels. Greece’s No. 1 port is the focal point of a logistics push by the Greek government as it tries to steer the country out of a six-year recession, battles 28 percent unemployment and seeks to wean itself off 240 billion euros ($329 billion) of international emergency aid.

424 days ago by arnekiel

Third gantry cranes shipment arrives at Colombo CICT
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 Mega vessel, Zhen Hua 11 recently shipped a large consignment of gantry cranes and container trailers for the newly built Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT). The consignment consisted of three gantry cranes, 10 rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) and 26 container trailers. This was the third shipment to arrive at the CICT. The two previous shipments that took place last year also discharged the same amount of equipment. Two more ships are to arrive in the coming few months. CICT is the only terminal that can handle mega container carriers in the South Asian region.

424 days ago by arnekiel

Fujairah's $100mn oil terminal inaugurated
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 | His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, has opened the $100mn Horizon Fujairah Distribution Terminal. The new oil terminal, built by Horizon Terminals Limited (HTL), a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), has a storage capacity of over 240,000m3 and is directly linked to the oil tanker berths in the Port of Fujairah. Commencing its soft operations in 2013, the oil terminal is the 11th in the portfolio of HTL, and has 10 bays of tanker truck loading racks, associated facilities, an advanced maintenance workshop, and marine receipt and loading pump house. It is fully equipped to meet the growing demand for storing bulk liquid oil products such as fuel oil, naphtha, gasoline, gas oil, jet fuel and LPG, among others.

424 days ago by arnekiel

New Port Rules to boost Gibraltar Port
Minister for the Port, Neil Costa has announced changes to the Port Rules, which regulate the\\ amount of discount on passenger dues for cruise ships calling at Gibraltar. Changes to these rules will be officially announced in the Legal Notice to be published on Thursday. These changes to the Rules follow hard on the heels of the recent announcement by Royal Caribbean International that its megaship, Anthem of the Seas, will call seven times at the Rock in 2015. The measures will be publicised to coincide with the next series of meetings with cruise company executives in Miami later in the year. The amendment allows ‘repositioning’ calls from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean or vice-versa to benefit from a 100% markdown on passenger dues. There will also be further reductions applied, depending on the number of passengers on-board the individual cruise ships, calculated cumulatively in respect of vessels belonging to a particular maritime line.

 Kiel
424 days ago by arnekiel

Kiel Canal Lock chamber to be taken out of service for repairs
The New Big South Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service for repairs from next Monday (3 March) until about 14 March....

 Sochi
425 days ago by arnekiel

Cruise ships leave Sochi
Сruise ships leave the port of Sochi one by one starting from February 25, 2014. According to the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot), the meeting on the schedule for departure of vessels has been recently held by the Agency head Aleksandr Davydenko on board the command ship of Rosmorrechflot. During the Winter Olympics the services of the cruise ships were provided to 52,000 persons. The head of Rosmorrechflot has thanked the captains of cruise ships for the support of the Olympics. Deputy Transport Minister of Russia Victor Olersky, who attended the meeting, noted that the ships were occupied by 90%. Cruise ships were chartered by FSUE Rosmorport for accommodation of the guests and the participants of the XXII Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Games in Sochi.

425 days ago by arnekiel

Icebreaking assistance provided to 467 vessels in the Gulf of Finland
From the beginning of the winter navigation, icebreaking assistance in the Gulf of Finland has been provided to 467 vessels. According to the data provided by the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency as of February 24, 2014, 14 icebreakers are located in the Gulf of Finland today including 5 icebreakers involved in escorts: 2 icebreakers operate at Big Port St. Petersburg (Semen Dezhnev, Yury Lisyansky), 1 icebreaker – at ports of Vyborg and Vysotsk (Kapitan Izmailov,) Saint-Petersburg at Ust-Luga and Yermak at Primorsk. Ice navigation restrictions have been changed for ports Vyborg, Vysotsk and Primorsk (up to Ice2 class). As for vessels calling at Big Port St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga, thy should have ice class Ice1 and above.

425 days ago by arnekiel

Hong Kong port loses out to bigger berths in Shenzhen
Hong Kong port could lose further business to Shenzhen because an alliance of three shipping companies would need bigger berths for their large vessels and more space at their docks. The consolidation of Maersk, CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), which has been dubbed P3, would lead to a cut of 10 sailings per week from 18 at the Kwai Tsing container terminal, said Sunny Ho Lap-kee, the executive director of the Hong Kong Shippers' Council, quoting a report by shipping consultant Alphaliner. The packed layout of berths and shorter berth lengths at Kwai Tsing, which opened in 1972, means only 15 of the 24 berths in Hong Kong can accommodate large container ships or vessels carrying 11,000 to 18,000 20-foot equivalent units (teu). The port facilities in Shenzhen are newer and can handle large vessels. "The area of hinterland per berth at Hong Kong is just half of the international standard because of the acute shortage of land," Ho said. "Bunging (congestion) is very serious in Hong Kong even though our throughput was down last year." A port operator in west Shenzhen said its business would increase after P3 was up and running. "The number of calls to Shekou will increase according to the new rotations deployed by P3," said David Deng, a vice-president of China Merchants Holdings International. "Some ports will face call cuts while others will benefit from the consolidation." Shenzhen overtook Hong Kong as the third-busiest container terminal in the world last year by handling 23.3 million teu. Hong Kong, which handled 22.3 million teu last year, saw shipments diverted to Shenzhen during a strike at the dock last summer.


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