Taiwan, China Hit by Strongest Storm This Year Globally
Typhoon Meranti slammed into southeastern China on Thursday with strong winds and lashing rain that cut power to 1.65 million homes, but there were no reports of more casualties in what has been described as the strongest storm of the year globally.
The storm, registered as a super typhoon before losing strength after sweeping across southern Taiwan, made landfall in the early hours near the major city of Xiamen.
Dozens of flights and train services have been cancelled and shipping services have been disrupted.
Pictures on state media showed flooded streets, fallen trees and crushed cars in Xiamen as rescuers in boats evacuated people.
About 320,000 homes were without power in Xiamen. Across the whole of Fujian province, where Xiamen is located, 1.65 million homes had no electricity, state television said.
Large sections of Xiamen also suffered water supply disruptions and some windows in tall buildings shattered, sending glass showering onto the ground below, state news agency Xinhua said.
The report said it was the strongest typhoon to hit that part of the country since the founding of Communist China in 1949 and the strongest so far this year anywhere in the world. maritime-executiv...
Cruise Lines Test Baltic Port Reception Facilities
In consultation with the Baltic ports, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is coordinating a simulation exercise in the Baltic Sea this year to identify mismatches between the needs of ships and the actual availability and adequacy of sewage port reception facilities in the ports of the region.
For the exercise, cruise lines are operating a significant number of their ships as if the Special Area provisions are already in effect. Read more at: maritime-executiv...
Ports in northern England are coming together to create what they are terming a “gateway to the world”.
The new Northern Ports Association sees PD Ports in Teesport, and the ports of Tyne, Liverpool and Hull join forces.
Geoff Lippitt, business development director at PD Ports, said: “The launch of the Northern Ports Association is incredibly positive. It will unite us in developing a stronger, more progressive and prosperous northern economy linked to international trade.”
To date, English ports have been dominated by those in the south of the country.
Ports combining forces to better market themselves has become a common trait across the world in the past couple of years. splash247.com/nor...
The typhoon Meranti with gusts of up to 227 km/h wreaked havoc in Kaohsiung Port on Sep 14, 2016. Several fishing vessels were damaged or sank. The Taiwan flagged trawler "Shun Tien 606", (MMSI-No.: 416001500) after being battered against the quay capsized and partially sank. One crew member died, 22 other fishermen from this ship and nearby fishing vessels, which were also severely damaged, have been rescued. The "Yung Hsing Fa No. 168" was blown onto a breakwater and capsized at Sizihwan.
The new built container m/v "YM Wind" broke off the moorings at the CSBC Corp. Shipbuilding Yard and drifted across the bay, landing at the 6th Container Center operated by the Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. The vessel allided with two gantry cranes, crushing them down before several tugs were able to get it under dontrol. The 153,500-gt-ship of 14,000 TEU capacity is to be delivered to 10-year charterer, Canadian Seaspan, in March-April 2017, probably delivery will be postponed due to the damages suffered. The container terminal suffered serious damages, which will hamper scheduled cargo operations.
The "YM Wind" has a deadweight of 145,077 dwt, an overall length of 368m, a moulded beam of 51 m and a maximum draft of 11,20 m. At least 10 freighters anchored on the outer roads dragged anchors, but no groundings were reported so far. Several containers stacked in Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District were also blown over and toppled due to the strong winds.
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More than 230 cruise ships to transit Panama Canal in 2016-17 season
More than 230 cruise ships will transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.
"We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017," said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.
Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal to add to their passenger's experience.
Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.
During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line's Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia's Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.
After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.
Hanjin brings one of world's busiest terminals close to standstill
Hanjin Shipping's container terminal in Busan is at a virtual standstill following the container carrier's receivership. Close to 1,000 tractor drivers are without work in the crucial terminal in South Korea's largest port.
Indonesia president opens Priok port expansion in Jakarta
Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated an expansion of the country's main seaport in Jakarta on Tuesday, a facility upgrade that will cut the time container ships must spend waiting to load or unload "We cannot delay the development of modern ports any longer. This supports trade flows and investment in this country," President Widodo said at the opening of New Priok Container Terminal (NPCT) 1 in Kalibaru, the first of five phases of an expansion of Priok port that are to be completed in 2019. Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta, which handles the bulk of international shipments into Southeast Asia's biggest economy, has been plagued with bottlenecks and long handling times due to years of under investment. The new terminal adds 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to Priok's existing 7 million TEU annual capacity, said Elvyn Masassya, CEO of Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia's state-owned port company that operates NPCT 1 in a consortium that includes Singapore's PSA International and Tokyo-listed Mitsui With 8 cranes that can move 30 containers per hour and berths that can dock ships with a draft of as much as 16 metres, the new terminal will allow Priok to accommodate vessels carrying 10,000 TEUs from Europe and East Asia for the first time, Masassya said. Source : Reuters
Peru’s Public Use Transport Infrastructure Investment Supervisory Body (Ositran) is reportedly not happy with work completed so far by APM Terminals at the North Quay in the port of Callao Ositrán has said that cracks have been noted in some of the completed infrastructure works, while not all the equipment that is in place tallies with what was originally promised and that includes used equipment. APM Terminals has until October 11 to come to an agreement with the Economy and Finance Ministry over the suitability of the work or risk seeing its concession revoked. Anders Kjeldsen, APM Terminals Callao president, said that the work under discussion represents less than 1% of the overall budget. Furthermore, he suggested that such discrepancies are quite normal in such projects, although Ositrán so far remains unconvinced. As a result, APM Terminals has begun dealing directly with the Ministry to resolve the situation. In a statement given to Port Strategy, an APM terminals spokesperson said: “We are confident that any outstanding issues regarding the project completion progress and schedule will be successfully addressed and resolved." The operator went on to say that the company continues to build a positive relationship with the government of Peru. Source: portstrategy
Over the following months, Luka Koper will have seven new RTG cranes, the company said in its press release.
Three new E-RTG cranes (Electrification - Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane) arrived to Luka Koper. These rubber tyred gantry cranes, manufactured by the Finnish company Konecranes, while the welding of supporting structure was performed by the company Radež d.d., Croatia, will serve handling of containers. The cranes were assembled in Split and transported by 90-metre long barge to Koper. Over the following two months, we expect another four cranes.
Each 142-tonne crane uses electricity as a power source hence it is more environment-friendly; it generates less noise and no direct emissions. With a total of 22 RTG cranes, the new will contribute to the productivity of the container terminal. The investments in new equipment and higher capacity machinery are part of a larger project of container terminal modernisation and the increase of container handling capacities, including also the extension of Pier I and additional storage facilities.
Intensive investments in the container facilities began last year with seabed dredging at the container terminal quayside and the increase of handling and storage capacities. By 2020, Luka Koper anticipates to invest 235 million euros just in the container terminal.
Jan De Nul NV is part of a consortium that is responsible for the expansion of the port of Kingston. In 25 months the access channel and the port basin will be deepened, and the berths on the existing quay walls will be reinforced and renovated. Hence, the port will be able to provide access to larger container vessels , which will find their way to the region more easily thanks to the expansion of the lock complex in the Panama Canal, the company said in its press release.
For the dredging activities Jan De Nul NV will mobilize 6 vessels, namely the cutter suction dredger Marco Polo with four accompanying split barges and the trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Alvares Cabrál. It is the fourth project in Jamaica for Jan De Nul. “We are very pleased that once more we have gained the confidence to play an important role in the further development of this port,” says Dominique Bombaert, Area Manager at Jan De Nul Group.