19 Oct 2016 - A new cruise terminal at the Greek port of Piraeus has been officially opened adding to the array of cruise terminals in this busy port.
With the addition of Pier Saint Nikolaos, Piraeus can now accommodate up to 10 cruise ships at any one time, making it one of the premier cruise destinations in the Mediterranean.
This new cruise terminal is the first tangible evidence of development in the port since China's port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited has officially acquired a 51% stake in the Piraeus Port Authority following prolonged talks. The stake was bought for €280.5 million The company also has an option to acquire a further 16% share in the port over a period of five years, for €88 million. www.maritimejourn...
DP World Southampton has received nine new Kalmar machines to strengthen its straddle carrier fleet.
It is also set to purchase two new super post-panamax quay cranes, which will be ready for delivery in 2018, which will allow it to simultaneously handle three of the largest container vessels afloat.
“We are committed to investing in our infrastructure and operational capabilities to ensure that Southampton can continue to meet the needs of our customers now and in the future,” said Nick Loader, chief executive officer at DP World Southampton.
He added: “Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The size of container ships importing and exporting goods around the world has nearly doubled in just under 10 years.” www.portstrategy....
A ship which was to deliver 750 cars at Kochi Port on Saturday has cancelled the visit due to ‘unjustified’ demands raised by local workers.
The ship, which began its journey from Chennai, will thus skip Kochi and sail straight for Kandla to deliver cars meant for Gujarat. The car carrier vessel that can carry an average of 1,200 cars had delivered 522 cars during its two stopovers in Kochi last month, while on the way to Kandla.
Based on a directive issued by the Union Shipping Ministry, Kochi Port had given 80 per cent concession on different charges to encourage car makers to opt for ships than transport them in extra-wide lorries through congested roads to different dealerships in Kerala.
Traffic Manager of the port Jimmy George said that workers (attached to the Kerala Head Load Workers Welfare Board) demanded that they be entrusted with the task of driving the cars out of the vessel. www.thehindu.com/...
After investigative journalists have revealed the severe short-comings of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in Alang, India, the shipping giant blatantly disregards the findings. In an official statement, Maersk defends its new practice of breaking ships on Indian beaches with tooth and nail without even mentioning the grave concerns raised by the Danish journalists. www.marinelink.co...
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APM Terminals has concluded an agreement with China COSCO Shipping Ports for the sale of a minority share in a new joint venture created for the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network’s operations in Vado, Italy.
A similar agreement has been completed with Qingdao Port International Development Co Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qingdao Port International Co Ltd, which shall become an indirect minority shareholder in the joint venture.
The agreements include interests in both the existing Reefer Terminal in Vado and the new 800,000 teu capacity deep-water terminal currently under construction at the Port of Vado. www.portstrategy....
Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd is in talks to sell its stake in the Long Beach Terminal in California to Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.(MSC), reports Reuters.
The court overseeing Hanjin's receivership says the company is negotiating with MSC, it's partner in the terminal and which has first right of refusal.
Hanjin Shipping owns a 54 percent stake in Total Terminals International LLC, which operates Long Beach Terminal in the U.S. MSC owns the remaining 46 percent. www.marinelink.co...
DP World signs MOU to develop logistics in Ukraine
Global trade enabler DP World has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ukraine to collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including the development of logistics capability in the country.
On a recent visit to Ukraine, DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem signed the MoU with the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan and later met with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, senior ministers and officials.
At the meetings, Mr. Bin Sulayem also delivered a letter of intent from DP World for its P&O Maritime subsidiary to develop the tug and pilot boat services of Odessa port on the Black Sea.
President Poroshenko underlined Ukraine’s encouragement of foreign investment and welcomed the agreement between the Ministry of Infrastructure and DP World. Mr. Bin Sulayem said Ukraine’s geographic location on the Black Sea and potential for investment supported by favourable foreign and domestic policies provide a promising environment for the growth of the logistics sector. Source: DP World
Guinea opens container port in $5 bln UAE bauxite complex
Guinea opened a new container terminal, part of a bauxite complex being developed in the West African country by Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala.
Mubadala signed a $5 billion agreement with Guinea in 2013 to develop a bauxite mine, alumina refinery and a port in Guinea to secure raw material for the United Arab Emirate’s aluminium plants.
The terminal in the new port of Kamsar will be used by the complex as well as by third parties as an alternative to container facilities in Conakry.
“This project remains an important milestone for my development programme for Guinea,” President Alpha Conde said in a statement.
Guinea has around seven billion tonnes of bauxite resources, over a quarter of the global total, the statement said. www.hellenicshipp...
Ports of Stockholm inaugurates new pier and passenger terminal
Ports of Stockholm has expanded Stockholm by 85,000 square metres, and built a new pier and passenger terminal. The new Port of Värtahamnen and Värta Terminal were officially inaugurated, the company said in its press release.
Värtahamnen has been under reconstruction since 2013. The rebuilding is part of the development of a completely new city district in Stockholm, the Stockholm Royal Seaport. Ports of Stockholm has built a new pier and passenger terminal, which the ferry operations at Värtahamnen have now moved to. en.portnews.ru/ne...