The Port of Calais has reopened on June 24 after being at a standstill for most of the day due to industrial action by MyFerryLink employees. Protestors also brought Eurotunnel services to a halt after gaining access to the track. Because of the disruption to its Dover-Calais services, DFDS Seaways, which had its bid to take over two of MyFerryLink’s ferries accepted by Eurotunnel, had been running a shuttle service to Dunkerque. Confirming that the Port of Calais had re-opened, the Port of Dover also announced the resumption of all ferry services to and from Calais. However, Port of Dover has further confirmed that freight traffic heading in its direction is advised to use the M20/A20 route and that due to the volume of freight traffic.
Operation Stack will remain in place on the M20, holding freight traffic on the coast-bound carriageway. The Port of Dover is continuing to liaise closely with Kent Police and Highways England.
Port of Dover is advising all those seeking to cross the Channel continue to contact their chosen ferry operator for further information.
MSC starts Expansion of Termont (Viau) Container Terminal in Canada
MSC, in partnership with Termont Montréal Inc. and the Montréal Port Authority has officially begun construction for the first phase of the new Viau container terminal. To mark the occasion, a ground-breaking ceremony featuring nearly 100 customers, partners, and stakeholders gathered on 22nd June to see for themselves the port operations and learn about the development of this important facility.
A new US$158 million biomass terminal is planned for the Port of Liverpool which will see it handle up to three million tonnes of wood pellets a year as part of the decarbonisation of Drax power station.
The terminal is being built as part of Peel Ports’ ambitious growth plans for the Port of Liverpool, with the company already investing $500m to create the UK’s most centrally located deep water container terminal, known as Liverpool2.
The wood pellets are a by-product of the commercial forestry and saw-milling industry and will provide the Selby-based power station with a new, sustainable low carbon fuel source.
The new biomass terminal, which includes a new rail loading facility and storage capacity for 100,000 tonnes, will be built by building and civil engineering company GRAHAM.
Liverpool2 will enable the port to handle the largest container ships in the global fleet while at the same time doubling the port’s container capacity by one million TEU. www.porttechnolog...
A video released by APM Terminals (APMT) shows the details of its plans to develop Poti Seaport in Georgia.
In a previous article by PTI, Joseph Crowley APMT’s Deputy Managing Director at Poti Seaport discussed the advantages of Poti Seaport as a major gateway for the Black Sea.
In the video, APMT shows that the current seaport occupies around 15 berths and handles around nine million tonnes of cargo each year.
The project is aiming to develop around 100ha of land adjacent to the seaport and provide easier access for container ships berthing at the port’s container terminals.
APMT is also planning a new container terminal on this adjacent piece of land, which will have a total throughput of one million TEU, including two berths and 600 metres of quay.
The final stage of development in 2025 will see the container terminal’s capacity extend to two million TEU, four berths and 1200 metres of quay. www.porttechnolog...
On June 11, 2015 the freighter “Meri” was the first vessel handled in the new Russian Baltic Port of Bronka. She delivered the first three of ten RTG cranes from Konecranes in Finland.
Arriving from Hanko in Finland, the Meri was the first merchant ship to transit the new, recently constructed canal providing access to Bronka. It then docked at the already operational Berth 3. Discharge of the three RTG cranes constituted a dress rehearsal for clearance of a vessel at the new terminal in Bronka, in advance of the official start of operations in Bronka in September. Delivered in a state of operational readiness, the RTG cranes rolled ashore from the Meri on their own wheels and will in future be deployed at the Port of Bronka container terminal.
A second batch of three RTG cranes will be delivered by Konecranes in mid-August, 2015.
Alexei Shukletsov, CEO of the Port of Bronka, said: “We are extremely satisfied with the mutually agreed fitting-out of the RTG cranes ordered from Konecranes, and their punctual delivery.
“At our new Port of Bronka, we are installing highly efficient, state-of-the-art equipment. We are convinced that with these RTG cranes from Konecranes, we shall achieve high operating reliability and productivity in container handling at our new multi-purpose port.” www.porttechnolog...
Underwater drones to detect fuel leaks tested in Cartagena
A veritable fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles and aerial drones has assembled in Cartagena this week to take part in an experiment to detect fuel leaks in the area close to the port of Cartagena as part of the European URready4OS Project. The experiment is being coordinated by the Universidad de Cartagena (UPCT), whose contribution to the project is a marine robot which can function independently for up to 8 hours at a time, and will be based on board the maritime rescue ship Clara Campoamor. 20 researchers from various countries are taking part, with five drones being supplied by Spain, Greece and Portugal. More at murciatoday.com/u...
Abu Dhabi’s MICCO to open new logistics centre at Khalifa Industrial Zone
Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) has signed a standard Musataha agreement (SMA) with Al Mazroui International Cargo Company (MICCO) to open a new logistics business centre at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). The development will support MICCO with temperature-controlled storage facilities, bulk storage through open yards, distribution services, and a service centre for its trucking fleet. Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: "Abu Dhabi Ports has enjoyed a long-standing business partnership with MICCO going back to the start of operations at Zayed Port."
"Kizad, Khalifa Ports' industrial, trade, and logistics hub is the ideal location for expanding logistics network and assisting MICCO expand its reach and develop business growth opportunities." Construction of the new facility will run through three phases, where MICCO will initially invest AED35m ($9.52m) for phase one. It is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016, and be fully operational by January 2017.
Sri Lanka to purchase 16 container handling cranes for East Container Terminal at Colombo Port
Sri Lanka is seeking international bidders to procure 16 container handling cranes for the East Container Terminal (ECT) at the Colombo Port. A proposal put forward by the Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga to procure 4 handling cranes and 12 gantry cranes required for this container terminal has been approved by the cabinet. Accordingly, the Ministry will pursue international competitive bidding method as prescribed in Government Procurement Guidelines to procure the 16 cranes.
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has invested US$ 80 million for the construction of the initial 400m of the 1200m long East Container Terminal to increase the container handling capacity and its construction works are in their final stage.
The quay wall of the ECT is designed to cater the container vessels of 230,000 DWT with dimensions of 400m long 24 boxes wide to berth alongside water depth of 18m. The quay is designed to support a 65Ton Ship to Shore crane (STS), a 30 meter rail span, a back reach area and roads. According to SLPA, the terminals will be developed with modern technology such as computerized terminal management systems. The use of latest technology will help to increase the throughput, vessel turnaround, productivity and the revenues of the Colombo Port. Source: Colombo Page
Major coup for DCT Gdansk as G6 alliance carriers announce new call on Asia loop
The G6 alliance members have announced that they are extending their Asia-North Europe Loop 7 service to include a call at the Polish hub port of DCT Gdansk, just months after construction commenced on a second container terminal.
The weekly service, commencing in August, is a major coup for DCT Gdansk’s deepwater terminal, which will now have its second alliance customer and, importantly, six more ocean carrier customers to add to the 2M grouping of Maersk Line and MSC.
The G6 Loop 7 will now call at Rotterdam, Hamburg, Gdansk and Southampton in North Europe and Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore in Asia.
With Asian imports to some other European ports down by as much as 7% in April, compared with the same month in 2014, the four east-west vessel-sharing alliances are urgently reassessing forward demand and the networks to serve it.
Indeed, following the 2M’s vessel downsizing of its AE9/Condor service, effectively cutting loop capacity by 20%, the partners stated that the service was undergoing a schedule revision which aimed to provide a “more seasonal network” for customers.
And no doubt the accelerating growth in Poland was a key driver for the G6 grouping of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM, MOL, NYK and OOCL in adjusting the Loop 7 itinerary.
Moreover, with Russian trade stymied by the nation’s oil revenue collapse and squeezed by economic sanctions, Polish consumers have become the new target for Chinese manufacturers keen to compensate for slack demand into North European ports.
Terminal 2 (T2) DCT Gdansk will have 650 metres of quay and five ship-to-shore gantry cranes and is scheduled to be operational by the third quarter of 2016. theloadstar.co.uk...
New Train Service for Containers from Krishnapatnam Port to Whitefield Depot inaugurated
A new efficient train service commenced its first journey from Krishnapatnam Port to ICD WFD on 19th June 2015, thereby marking a new milestone on the service offerings by the port. The first rake was a full load of import laden containers belonging to the business houses in and around Bengaluru city.