Seven ships were waiting to load export cargoes at the two Port Waratah Coal Services terminals in Newcastle port, eastern Australia, down from 10 ships a week ago, said the logistics coordinator for the Hunter Valley coal supply chain in an operating report Sunday.
The shipping queue, a reflection of demand for exports at the Australian coal port, has stayed under 10 ships since early March, according to Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator port data.
This is despite a recent surge in the number of ships with a notified arrival time for the port rising to almost 50 at the end of April, from under 10 ships in early April, showed data from New South Wales port authority in its last published report of April 25.
Port Waratah’s shipping queue is expected to remain under 10 ships for the duration of May, said HVCCC.
The terminals operator has received permission from arriving ships to load 7.8 million mt of coal this month.
“At PWCS there were seven vessels in the offshore queue at the end of the week. Based on terminal demand the PWCS queue is estimated to be five [ships] at the end of May,” said the HVCCC report.
Shipments from the PWCS terminals and railings into Newcastle port both recovered last week, after the port’s rail supply chain for export cargoes was closed to traffic for three days over April 27-29 for planned maintenance. Source: Platts
A new report says Japan seeks to play a part in the development of the southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar.
Tokyo hopes to team up with India in the development of the regional logistics hub in southeastern Iran, according to the Nikkei Asian Review citing its sources.
The report said Tokyo wants to be part of a project on the construction of a site, which is set to include a port and an industrial complex in Chabahar.
It said Tokyo is keen to build stronger ties with Tehran and that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to reach a deal on the port during a planned visit to the Iranian capital later this year.
In April, the Indian government announced plans to invest some $20 billion to build fertilizer and petrochemical plants at Chabahar.
Turkish Yilport acquires 100% shares in Port of Gävle
Yildirim Group subsidiary Yilport Holding has acquired 100% shares of Gävle Container Terminal and Baltic Sea Gateway, claiming the rights to operate container, bulk, general cargo, rail and CFS services in Port of Gävle terminals as part of a 40-year concession. Yilport currently operates 22 terminals across seven countries, mostly located in Europe.
Source: Port Strategy
Arrival of six new cranes marks near-completion of £300m Liverpool2 container terminal
The arrival of six specialist cranes from China signals the ramp up towards a summer opening for Liverpool2, the £300m in-river container terminal at Seaforth. Liverpool2 will be able to handle the biggest container ships in the world. The latest delivery from Chinese cranes manufacturer ZPMC, near Shanghai, will be the workhorses of the container terminal. The cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CMRG) cranes will straddle storage areas 12 containers wide and six containers high on the quayside, which has been reclaimed from the River Mersey and is the size of five Goodison Parks.
Five Megamax ship-to-shore cranes, built by ZPMC, are already in place. Source: LiverpoolEcho
Swedish Supreme Court: Yes to the Stockholm Norvik port
The Swedish Supreme Court has ruled not to allow permission for an appeal for the planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port.
This means that construction of the port, just north of Nynashamn, can begin this year which is important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the region. “The Stockholm Norvik Port, with its natural depth, short approach lanes and close proximity to the market is an important piece in the goods supply jigsaw puzzle.” It is expected that the first vessel will enter the port three years after the start of construction.
Source: Port Strategy
Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso Goes Live with N4 Terminal Operating System
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading terminal operators, today announced that Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso (TPSV), part of the Ultramar Group, has successfully gone live with the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS). Upgrading to N4 from a legacy, in-house TOS will help the terminal achieve key operational goals, such as improving the safety of yard workers and increasing terminal productivity by managing resources in a more efficient way. www.hellenicshipp...
Dreyfus may sell stake in new Brazil grains terminal
Agricultural commodity trader Louis Dreyfus may sell a stake in a new northern Brazil grains terminal to book profits from its early participation in the project, a company source said.
The Tegram terminal, at Itaqui port in Maranhão state, is one of the new terminals under development in north-northeastern Brazil that put cargoes closer to some export markets.
Dreyfus, along with its local grains trading partner Amaggi, has a 25 percent share in the project. Swiss trading house Glencore PLc and local companies NovaAgri and CGG Trading control the remaining three-fourths of the project. Itaqui’s Tegram is nearly 2,500 miles (4,000 km) closer to the Panama Canal than Brazil’s top soy exporting port of Santos, which gives it an advantage in shipping soy and corn to Asia.
The facility receives grains produced in the agricultural frontier area of Matopiba in the northeast and grains coming from the northern part of Brazil’s No. 1 soy state Mato Grosso. www.hellenicshipp...
Port of Qingdao struggles to keep up with Chinese oil imports
Amid low global prices, Chinese oil refiners have been importing record quantities of crude in the first few months of 2016. So much so that the port of Qingdao, which handles a third of China’s oil imports, is struggling to cope.
Gigantic oil tankers line up up outside Qingdao for days. Most of them are the so-called VLCCs – Very Large Crude Carriers – with a maximum capacity of 2 to 3 million barrels of oil.
“Since January, we have doubled the workload of pipelines, and raised the efficiency of road and railway transport, ” Liu Jin, General Manager at the Qingdao Shihua Crude Oil Terminal said.
Even so, the port has been working at full capacity for months, a workload it has never seen before.
It takes nearly two good days to offload a fully loaded VLCC, though the company says they’ve managed to make it 30 percent faster.
The port of Qingdao is importing oil at an unprecedented speed of 2.5 million barrels per day, up by nearly 80 percent, compared to the same period last year. This has raised global speculation of the reasons behind China’s buying frenzy. www.hellenicshipp...
Traffic logjam at JN Port eases as new toll collection system takes effect
The long queue of container-laden trucks, a regular sight on the 13-km stretch of road leading to Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai, has disappeared after the government shifted a toll collection point to the port complex’s gate and entrusted the task of levying toll on cargo-carrying trucks arriving at and departing from the port to the port authority.
The move, designed to decongest India’s busiest container port, took effect on 1 May.
Earlier, the toll was collected at the plaza located some 13 km from the port gate, where National Highway 4B and State Highway 54 converge.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port will collect toll only on port-related traffic, the government clarified, thereby excluding non-port vehicles and other local commuters from the ambit of toll payment.
The port has set the toll at Rs.240 for a twenty foot equivalent unit or TEU (the standard size of a container), Rs.20 per metric tonne (mt) for project and liquid cargo and Rs.5 per mt for cement and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The toll has been approved by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP), the regulator for the 12 state-owned ports in the country. www.hellenicshipp...
The Port of Grangemouth is celebrating 50 years since the first container vessel called at the terminal.
The Sea-land freight service pulled into the port on 7 May 1966, as it transported goods such as Scotch whisky to the US.
Grangemouth was the first UK port to handle a transatlantic ship carrying only containers as part of the Europe and American shipping route.
Since then, it has become Scotland’s largest container port.
Its terminal has handled more than three million containers over the past 50 years.
Today the facility, which is owned by Forth Ports, handles more than £6bn worth of goods each year including spirits, food, steel plate, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry.
According to its owners, as much as 30% of Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) now goes through the port. www.hellenicshipp...