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431 days ago by arnekiel

Hamburg speeds up container terminal improvements
Friday, 02 May 2014 | The Port of Hamburg is taking measures to improve the traffic situation at its largest container terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The work to create a better environment for the users of the terminal involves a series of measures including bringing forward a number of construction projects originally planned for the medium term. In this way, CTB are also preparing for further growth in the volume of trucks handled. Trucks are seen as a key mode of transport and throughout at CTB in the Port of Hamburg, a situation expected to remain into the future. In recent weeks it has been recognised that the container terminal as a whole can only operate at full capacity with optimal truck handling conditions. The bringing forward of the series of measures are designed to provide the optimisation required. The key measure relates to the truck parking area at the CTB. In future it is planned for 81 parking spaces to be made available for trucks instead of the current 50: the terminal exit road is to be moved to free up space for this additional parking. In addition, self-service terminals will be installed at the southern end of the parking area to reduce walking distances for drivers. Meanwhile, the current terminal exit road will be used as a fourth entry lane and fitted with an optical character recognition portal removing the need for manual data input, shortening the registration process for drivers.

431 days ago by arnekiel

Dubai Ports World aims to expand its investments in Algeria
Friday, 02 May 2014 Dubai Ports Word ( DPW ) currently manages container freight at Algiers and Djendjen ( Jijel ) ports aims to expand its investments in other Algerian ports, said this week in Algiers the Chairman of administration of the company, Sultan Bin Salim. After a meeting with the Minister of Transport, Amar Ghoul, Ben Salim said he had proposed a number of projects to be achieved by DPW Algeria, seeking an agreement without giving further details. He said that his company which has a "good" experience in the field of port management aims to develop its services in "strategic" ports including Djendjen which can, as he said "become a hub port in the Mediterranean and in Africa." The director of the company that manages 65 ports around the world said that its experience will help reduce Algeria import/ export operation costs by facilitating services and reducing the length of stay of ships in the harbor and the operations of loading and unloading of goods.

431 days ago by arnekiel

First tanker docked at Libya's Zueitina port
Libya's eastern Zueitina oil port received late on Thursday its first tanker of crude since reopening after nearly ten months due to protests, state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) said. The tanker would load one million barrels of crude, NOC spokesman Mohammed El Harari said. According to shipping sources, Austria's OMV had chartered the Ottoman Tenacity. A second tanker would load crude on May 5 and a third one after that, Harari said. NOC lifted force majeure on the port on April 28 following a recent deal with federalist protesters to reopen the smallest two of four blocked eastern ports. Source: Reuters

431 days ago by arnekiel

Port Newark Container Terminal gears up for Super Post-Panamax cranes
The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has announced the addition of three super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the terminal. These cranes will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will improve the terminal’s capacity, creating economic growth within the region. PNCT President James Pelliccio described the purchase and capability of the new cranes. “PNCT has acquired three new ZMPC super-post-Panamax cranes, which are scheduled to arrive in early May, with commissioning completed by late August/early September,” said PNCT President James Pelliccio. “These cranes have significantly improved capabilities. They can accommodate some of the largest vessels that will be deployed in the U.S. trades post-Panama Canal expansion. The cranes are capable of handling 14,000+ TEU vessels, are 22 wide and have a 65-ton twin 20’ lifting capacity.” In addition to the cranes, PNCT currently is undergoing major improvements, including the development of additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area and upgrading capital equipment. PNCT has completed the upgrade of its entire fleet of container-handling equipment. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT is investing more than $500 million in its expansion before the year 2030. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will invest up to an additional $100 million in improvements to the PNCT facility. The Port Authority also is expanding Port Newark Container Terminal’s ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by April 2015.

432 days ago by arnekiel

Tugboat strike may halt BHP, Fortescue iron ore exports
Tug boat strike may halt BHP, Fortescue iron ore exports Australian iron ore exports from BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group could be blocked for up to a week in mid-May, if tugboat workers go on strike in a dispute over annual leave and higher pay. Deckhands working on tugboats operated by Teekay Shipping Australia and used by BHP and Fortescue, the world's no.3 and 4 iron ore miners respectively, at Port Hedland in Western Australia are voting on whether to stop work for 24 hours, 48 hours or seven days. Photo : Marijn van Hoorn ©

433 days ago by arnekiel

Two million tonnes of iron ore exported in 24 hours
For the first time, the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) has facilitated the export of more than two million tonnes of iron ore in just 24 hours. The milestone was achieved on the morning and evening tide on 28 April 2014, resulting in a total of 2,028,105 tonnes exported. As a result, the Port managed 24 vessel movements in the 24 hour period. The morning tide saw 1,025,962 tonnes exported on five vessels, with the first outbound vessel at 06.40am. The evening tide saw 1,002,143 tonnes sailing out on six vessels, with the last outbound vessel leaving the port at 10.15pm. The month of April also saw a new record achieved for the largest amount of product exported on a single tide, with 1,111,109 tonnes on 6 April 2014. Source: Port Hedland Port Authority

433 days ago by arnekiel

Strike at L.A., Long Beach ports costs millions, officials say
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | About 100 union dockworkers and clerks joined striking nonunion truck drivers to briefly shut down Long Beach Container Terminal Inc. in the Port of Long Beach as drivers escalated their battle for better wages and benefits. The brief disruption caused millions of dollars in lost revenue at the terminal, where dockworkers and others are involved in the loading and unloading of containers from ships at berth, trucking and port officials estimated. The strike represented a major effort by an estimated 100 nonunion truck drivers, about a quarter of the total number working at the Long Beach port and the Port of Los Angeles, to bring the fight for better compensation to the terminals. It was the first time driver pickets have been placed at terminals at the ports, which together make up the largest ports complex in the United States.

433 days ago by arnekiel

China's Cosco and five other suitors express interest in Piraeus Port
China's Cosco Group and five other investors have expressed interest in a majority stake in Piraeus port (OLP), the largest in the country, Greece's privatisation agency HRADF said. Cosco Group's initial interest for a 67 percent stake in OLP, is further highlighting Chinese investors' appetite for Greek assets as the state sells off parts of its businesses to go some way to balance the bailed out country's books. Greece last month picked a Chinese-backed bid to develop a prime seaside property at the former Athens airport Hellenikon. Cosco's subsidiary, COSCO Pacific, the world's fifth largest container terminal operator, sealed a deal with Greece five years ago to run and upgrade two of the state-owned Piraeus port's piers for 35 years, aiming to turn OLP into a regional hub. Last year it agreed to invest an extra 230 million euros to boost the port's handling capacity over seven years and in return, it would stop paying fees to OLP. HRADF said the largest U.S. terminal operator Ports America; Dutch container terminal operator APM Terminals; private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group; Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services and close-ended investment company Utilico Emerging Markets Limited had also submitted non-binding bids for OLP.

434 days ago by arnekiel

Last cruise ship of the season sails from Zayed Port
2013-2014 Cruise Season was busiest ever Abu Dhabi, UAE: The last cruise ship of the 2013/2014 season has sailed from Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi. The MV Europa 2 left Abu Dhabi accompanied by an ADPC Marine Services tugboat which put on an impressive water display for the ship's passengers to mark the occasion. The 2013/2014 cruise season, which runs from November to April, has been the busiest yet, with a record ten maiden calls (first time visits) and 189,709 passengers visiting Abu Dhabi on 14 ships, which made 75 calls into Zayed Port.

434 days ago by arnekiel

'Gaza's Ark' Protest Ship Sunk by Mysterious Explosion
Gaza's Ark, a "protest" boat that was preparing to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the terrorist organization Hamas, was sunk in a mysterious explosion on Tuesday, April 29. The blast occurred in Gaza City's port, and was preceded by an anonymous telephone call warning the guard of the ship that it was about to be blown up, organizers of the "protest" project told AFP. "We blame Israel because we have had very bad experiences with them in the past when they destroyed several solidarity boats," said project manager Mahfouz Kabariti.

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