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609 days ago by arnekiel

Port of New Orleans welcomes new direct CMA CGM service to South America
The world’s third largest container shipping company initiated a new direct service from the Port of New Orleans to the west coast of South America this week. Marseille, France-based CMA CGM launched its Med Americas service with the arrival over the weekend of the container ship Pomerenia Sky at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. The new service is wholly-operated by CMA CGM vessels and will offer weekly and direct service to San Antonio, Chile; Callao, Peru; and Buenaventura, Columbia. The new calls are in addition to already established CMA CGM weekly South America direct calls to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Cartagena, Columbia. Primary inbound cargo opportunities for New Orleans include fresh fruits, forest products and containerized copper to be traded on the London Metal Exchange, while export cargo will include fresh poultry and plastic resins for manufacturing. “CMA CGM’s expanded service from New Orleans to the west coast of South America will greatly help New Orleans strengthen its trading position with our partners in South America,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “CMA CGM began calling the Port of New Orleans in 2009 and since has grown its business to and from the Port throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and the Mediterranean.” https://www.ajot.com/news...

609 days ago by arnekiel

HHLA beefs up its gantry cranes fleet to eight
Three additional container gantry cranes for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG's (HHLA) Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) have arrived in Hamburg on 14 August at 9 p.m.. They can handle the latest generation of mega-ships. This means that HHLA now has a total of eight of these gantry cranes at the CTB. As soon as the three new gantry cranes have gone into operation, CTB will be able to handle ships with a capacity of 20,000 standard containers (TEU) and more at two berths, the Port of Hamburg said in a press release. The three state-of-the-art container gantry cranes arrived in Hamburg on 14 August after an approximately ten-week journey from Shanghai to Hamburg. Before taking charge of them from the global market leader, ZPMC, CTB staff on site carried out extensive tests on the container gantry cranes, which were produced in the vicinity of Shanghai. They will be prepared for use over the next few months before the final inspection. They will be put into operation successively at Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) at berth 5/6 from the end of 2016. HHLA will then have two berths for handling the latest generation of mega-ships at the CTB. Dr. Stefan Behn, member of the Executive Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), emphasises the significance of the new handling equipment: "The cranes which have now arrived are a key part of the long-term programme of upgrading the CTB. The number of calls made by particularly large vessels has been on the rise for quite a while. That's why it's important for us to be able to provide our shipping company customers with two berths at the CTB in future, where we can handle the mega-ships. This ensures the high level of productivity that our customers are used to and provides for the flexibility that is necessary for handling these very large vessels." The new gantry cranes from ZPMC are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows. Thanks to their 74-metre jibs, they are very well equipped to handle ships with a loading capacity of 20,000 TEU and more. These ships handle 5,000 to 6,000 containers (70,000 to 84,000 tonnes of cargo) per call in Hamburg. The height of the cranes' jibs has also been optimised and they can now handle nine containers placed on top of one another on deck. And the new gantry cranes can also operate in tandem mode. They can move two 40-foot containers or four 20-foot containers with one hub. Each container gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle a maximum payload of 110 tonnes. The cranes were transported on a converted tanker. This ship - which was originally designed for a load of 80,000 tonnes - had no trouble handling the cranes' total load of around 7,200 tonnes. Dr. Behn on the further programme of expansion at the CTB: "We will put the four additional automated storage blocks that are currently being built into operation in 2017. This will provide us with greater capacity and flexibility, which we can use to absorb the peak loads resulting from the mega-ships. We are also planning the expansion of the rail terminal at the CTB. The CTB rail terminal is the second largest in Europe, and we handle almost as many rail containers there as the entire port in Rotterdam. The programme of expansion at the CTB will help us to further optimise our highly efficient handling processes." A further two cranes are currently being constructed at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort. With this berth and the two at the CTB, HHLA will then have three berths for handling especially large container vessels.

610 days ago by arnekiel

World's largest cruise company extends deal with South Florida port
Carnival Corp. & plc has extended an agreement with Port Everglades that includes preferential use of its multiple terminals until 2030. The agreement makes the Miami company a priority when it comes to five terminals at the port, including Port Everglades' newly renovated Cruise Terminal 4, which recently received $24 million in upgrades. The extension pertains to the 15-year agreement Carnival Corp. reached with county commissioners in 2010.

610 days ago by arnekiel

London Container Terminal welcomes first neo-panamax vessel
London Container Terminal in Tilbury, along with the Port of London Authority (PLA), welcomed the inaugural call of MSC’s neo-panamax vessel to the Thames this week (Aug. 14, 2016) following her transit of the newly enlarged Panama Canal. The MSC operated vessel, Sofia Celeste, has a capacity of over 8,800 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and is the first in a new class of vessels deployed on a reconfigured service connecting the West Coast of South America, East Coast of North America and Northwest Europe. The vessel is the first to call into the UK after having transited the new Panama Canal.

610 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus Strait closed after collision between bulk carrier Tolunay and Coast Guard boat
Bosphorus Strait was closed after bulk carrier Tolunay collided with Coast Guard boat at the southern end of the canal. The coast guard vessel capsized and sank. As result one crew died, three went missing and the rest six people were rescued and transported to the local hospital. The victim was put in water trap into the capsized boat and was found later during search and rescue operation by divers. Later, the missing coast guard crew members were also recovered with heavy injuries and hospitalized. The cargo ship was detained after the accident during the further investigation for the responsible of the collision. The bulk carrier Tolunay left Istanbul port en route to Odessa, Ukraine, but after entering the separation scheme collided coast guard boat. It is not yet clear, which of the participants is responsible for the collision. The investigation for the root cause is under investigation. The bulk carrier did not suffered serious damages, but was detained in Istanbul anchorage. www.maritimeheral...

610 days ago by arnekiel

Environmental groups sue to protect coral in Port Everglades expansion
Three environmental groups and a scuba trade association filed suit Wednesday to protect coral reefs that would be damaged in the expansion of Port Everglades. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to deepen and widen the port's entrance channel to allow it to accommodate larger cargo ships. The work, done in partnership with the Broward County Commission, which runs the port, is expected to destroy 21 acres of coral reef and damage a larger area. A similar project at PortMiami damaged a much larger area than anticipated, and the groups said they fear the same thing could happen at Port Everglades. "The PortMiami project proved that the Corps of Engineers' environmental review process is flawed, and that the dredging could irreparably harm this national treasure," said Brettny Hardy, a lawyer at Earthjustice, which represents the plaintiffs. "Under the law, a proper analysis must be done before further taxpayer dollars are spent on this potentially devastating project." Steve Cernak, the port's chief executive, said the port has retained an independent environmental consultant and is working with regulatory agencies to make sure errors made in the dredging of other ports are not repeated at Port Everglades. www.sun-sentinel....

611 days ago by arnekiel

Canal celebrated anniversary and transit milestone
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama The Panama Canal celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its 100th transit through the expanded waterway. The two milestones punctuate a year for the Canal which has already been marked by a number of notable achievements. Less than two months following the Expanded Canal’s historic June 26 Inauguration, the Neopanamax vessel Hanjin Xiamen became the 100th vessel to transit the new locks, passing through the Canal on the morning of Sunday, August 14. The Panama-flagged containership, which measures 294 meters in length and 40 meters in beam, made its northbound transit from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean, destined for New York. To ensure the continued reliability of the Canal over the past 102 years, constant maintenance of the original locks has been crucial. And, for that reason, the Panama Canal has invested more than $3.3 billion in improvements of the original waterway in the past 17 years alone.

611 days ago by arnekiel

Four Dead in Boat Collision Off Greek Island
Four people, including a nine-year-old girl, died and at least five were injured after a boat with about 20 people on board collided with a speedboat off the Greek holiday island of Aegina on Tuesday, officials said. The child, the captain of the tourist boat – which sank – and two male passengers were found dead, a coast guard official said. Twenty-one people had been rescued, most of them Greek nationals. The circumstances of the collision were unclear. The Athens News Agency reported that the speedboat rammed into the tour boat and its captain had been arrested. The five injured were transferred to Athens, two of them with serious injuries, an official at the local health center told Reuters. Other people were missing, Aegina mayor Dimitris Mourtzis told Skai TV. maritime-executiv...

611 days ago by arnekiel

Petronet LNG Commissions Expanded Dahej LNG Terminal
Petronet LNG Ltd has annouced that the part facilities of the expansion of Dahej LNG Terminal from 10 tlko 15 MMTPA i.e. regasification facility has been commissioned and under stabilization. As such the additional gas send-out from Dahej LNG terminal in the north-west state of Gujarat has commenced. The balance part of the expansion i.e. two LNG storage tanks are likely to be completed by October, 2016. Petronet LNG is one of the leading players in oil and natural gas industry space. It has India’s first and largest LNG supply terminal located at Dahej. www.marinelink.co...

612 days ago by arnekiel

Port Bronka successfully performed operational start-up phase
Port Bronka, the new deepwater port in St Petersburg, which was opened in December 2015, is said to have successfully performed its operational start-up phase. Regular services were started by January 2016 and the port offers a wide range of maritime logistics services including container, RoRo and general cargo handling. Regular container services directly connect Bronka to all main hub ports in North range ports (Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp). Moreover, the Baltic Levant Express service by shipping line CMA CGM offers direct links to Mediterranean Sea ports. The company FENIX LLC, owner and operator of Port Bronka, has signed more than 500 contracts with hinterland clients, including importers, exporters, trucking companies, freight forwarders, etc. Currently, up to three container block trains per day (export and import) arrive at the port, which shows the good acceptance of the port already in the early stage despite actually difficult market environment conditions. On the Ro-Ro side shipping line Finnlines calls the terminal on a weekly basis and adds truck, Mafi, new car and passenger traffic to the terminal. From the very beginning, the general cargo handling developed above expectations. In this respect, the clients benefit from the 302 ton lifting capacity of the new Liebherr mobile harbour crane (LHM 800). Port Bronka regularly enjoys high and heavy cargoes above 150 tons per package. www.hellenicshipp...

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