China and Pakistan are going to sign an operational agreement for taking over control of Gwadar Port within a month. The previous government of Pakistan signed an MOU with China in 2012, but the final agreement hasn’t been signed.
According to Kamran Michael, Federal Ports and Shipping Minister of Pakistan, a draft agreement is being finalised and the issue will come up for discussion with Chinese authorities during the premier’s trip starting from July 4.
China plans to invest in the construction of port infrastructure to make the port functional and turn Pakistan into a regional trade hub. [02/07/13]
A barge overturned around on July 2 noon after water levels suddenly rose this morning on a river in southwest China's Chongqing city, causing more than 20 people, most of whom women and children, to go missing, China News Service reported. The ship quickly overturned in torrential tides after its cable suddenly broke about 11:10am. Witnesses said several people who were boarding the boat at the time fell into the water. The local police confirmed the accident and said rescue work was still under way.
The 20-plus victims all fell from the ship and went missing. english.peopledai...
Rizhao port in Shandong province is investing RMB3.92bn in total to develop ten more terminals including a crude oil terminal, a coal terminal and a 300,000dwt iron ore terminal in 2013. Rizhao port completed cargo throughput of 284m tons and ranked10th in Chinese ports in 2012. It aims to increase the cargo throughput to 310m tons this year. [01/07/13]
On the 30th June 2013 (Sunday) engineers commenced excavating from the bottom of the Odra river the bomb - explosive remnants of the Second World War.
The City announced the evacuation of more than a thousand people from buildings located within a radius of half a kilometre in Szczecin Old Town and closure of the traffic in the large part of downtown adjacent to the river.
It is the biggest operation of its kind in Szczecin during the past 25 years.
A proposal to build a cruise ship terminal with taxpayer money in Savannah appears to have sunk.
The Savannah City Council voted unanimously Thursday to stop further work on studying where and how to build the estimated $70 million cruise ship dock. They city had already spent more than $250,000 studying the idea.
Public opposition to the project has been growing, with critics saying cruise ships would add to pollution and traffic congestion in Georgia’s oldest city. www.postandcourie...
Jaxport to dredge channel to 14.3 metres (from 12.2 meters)
Port of Jacksonville (Jaxport) board has voted to pursue its own way to dredging to 47 feet (14.3 metres) from today's 40 feet (12.2 metres), despite the US Army Corps of Engineers recommended increase to 45 feet (13.7 metres), which still lacks Washington's approval of funding. "The urgency of the matter is critical," said Trapac container terminal manager Dennis Kelly. "Miami is going to start to dredge this year. Savannah will probably start dredging by next year. We've already got Norfolk at 50 feet [15.2 metres], and Charleston at 45 to 47 feet." The Army Corps has recommended Jaxport's channel be dredged to 45 feet only and the port authority has asked for an additional two feet at its own cost, but Congress has yet to authorise it or fund it. Only lightly loaded 6,000-TEUers can call at Jaxport today. Most ships today need 45 feet of water, he said.
EUROGATE Container Terminal at JadeWeserPort to receive Eugen Maersk in Mid-July 2013
The second mega container ship in Maersk Line’s E-class, the “Eugen Maersk” is to call at EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in July (week 29 - 14-20 July). The “Eugen Maersk” operates on the AE10 service (Far East – Europe) and is planning an unscheduled port call in Wilhelmshaven. On 4 July 2013 and on 11 July 2013, the feeder vessels “Maersk Ohio” (4,544 TEUs) and “Santa Ricarda” (4,112 TEUs) are expected to deliver containers to the terminal for loading onto the “Eugen Maersk”.
Hapag-Lloyd adds Paita call to Centram - WCSA loop 'MXP'
Hapag-Lloyd today announced the addition of a call at Paita, Peru, to its ‘MXP’ (#773) container liner service between Mexico and the northern WCSA. The new port will be served weekly from 8 August.
COSCO inaugurates new container terminal in in Piraeus port
The port operating arm of Cosco, Cosco Pacific, has inaugurated its new port facilities in Piraeus port, Greece on June 26, attended by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Cosco chairman Wei Jiafu. Pier III at Piraeus port will be fully operational after the installation of another two super-post Panamax type cranes as of July 1. Wei said at the inauguration ceremony that his company wants to invest more in Pier III to expand the port's capacity. "We want to turn Piraeus into the top port in the Mediterranean and Europe," he added. [Sino Ship News 06/27/13]
Iceland to build new Arctic port at Finna Fjord (with Bremen Ports)
Iceland has announced its intention to build a new port in north-eastern province Finna Fjord, in cooperation with Bremenports, in order to take advantage of increasing interest from shipping in the Arctic Ocean. Feasibility studies and planning for the new facility are already underway, with Icelandic company EFLA Consulting Engineers and Bremenports having drawn up a Letter of Intent, with personal backing from Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. The new port’s location at Finna Fjord will ensure that the port is free of ice all year round, due to the Gulf Stream. More at www.hellenicshipp...