Chinese companies investing $1bn in Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone
Chinese companies have signed agreements to invest $1bn in Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (KPFTZ), Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi Ports and the Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company Limited (JOCIC) announced that 15 Chinese companies had agreed to invest $1bn in the free trade zone in a 2.2 sq m area dubbed the dubbed as the China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation Industrial Park.
Gibraltar: Environmentalists Highlight Air Pollution from Cruise Ships
Environmentalists found high concentrations of pollutants in air samples taken at the weekend at the Mediterranean port of Gibraltar. The samples, which were taken next to cruise
vessels moored in Campo de Gibraltar [an area between the port proper and the mainland], showed "high concentrations of ultrafine particles", according to international environmentalist groups Ecologistas en Acción from Spain and Nature and Biodiversity Union (NABU) from Germany. "Air pollution levels [were] up to 140 times higher than in areas with clean air" from samples taken on Friday, Saturday and Sunday when different cruise ships visited the port, a statement from NABU said.
NABU policy officer Malte Siegert called for the Mediterranean Sea region to be designated a emission control area (ECA) as is already the case in the North and Baltic Seas.
ATHENS, April 18 (Reuters) – Greek ferries remained docked at the country’s ports on Wednesday as seamen, marine engineers and ship cooks walked off the job to protest against planned government reforms which they say will further hurt their labor rights.
The 24-hour strike was organized by Greece’s seamen federation (PNO), which said the leftist-led government was preparing a reform allowing non-European flagged transport ships to sail in Greece, leading to job losses for Greek crews.
The reform is coming on top of pension cuts, rising unregistered labor and work without any insurance, PNO said.
PNO said later on Wednesday that the strike would be extended until Friday morning. “No more blows against our sector,” it said in a statement.
Passenger traffic was slow at Piraeus port on Wednesday morning. Traffic has been picking up as the summer, the top tourism season for the Mediterranean country, approaches.
Marine unions have strongly resisted reforms liberalizing the shipping sector, which along with tourism is a pivotal industry for Greece, a country of proud seafarers and shipowners.
The World’s Biggest Automated Port Terminal Opens In Shanghai
China’s massive new fully-automated port terminal in Shanghai has opened and will soon ship up to 136 million tonnes around the world every year.
Stage four of the Yangshan Deep Water Port began trial operations on Sunday after years of construction and development, and £1.37 billion, aimed at increasing China’s trade dominance.
Once fully operational the new terminal will be able to move 6.3 million standard 20-foot shipping containers a year, with the whole £8.5 billion port handling more than 40 million a year – most in the world.
The giant new addition covers 2.23 million square metres and has a 2,350-metre shoreline south of Donghai Bridge, which was built to service the port.
Automation of nearly all the terminal’s functions slashes labor cost by 70 percent and boosts handling efficiency by 50 percent.
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has sought permission to withdraw a proposal it put forward to create a second container terminal in the Port of Montevideo in Uruguay.
A committee set up by the Administración Nacional de Puertos, or National Ports Administration (ANP), to analyse the project is now having to decide whether the representative of MSC that wants to discontinue is legally the same person that submitted it in the first place, and whether they have the power to withdraw the original request.
The formal submission was made to the ANP on January 17 this year, for what would be a multipurpose container terminal. A technical commission composed of officials from the commercial, legal and operational areas of ANP was then set up to prepare a feasibility study within 90 days, allowing them to say in mid-May whether the project made financial sense or not.
The original move was seen by some as a means for MSC to put pressure on Katoen Natie to sell its existing container terminal at a discount, since the Belgian operator had earlier announced it wished to withdraw from the Port of Montevideo.
Source: Port Strategy
Nanaimo Port Authority planning new hub for importing cars from overseas
New European-built vehicles will be delivered and processed into Canada at a facility being prepared on Nanaimo Port Authority land, in partnership with Western Stevedoring.
“The project has the potential to transform Canada’s import automobile supply chain,” said Ewan Moir, president and chief executive of the port authority.
Instead of loading European vehicles on a train in Eastern Canada for a cross-country trip to the western provinces, ships will carry vehicles through the Panama Canal to Nanaimo. From there, they will be barged across the water to the Lower Mainland or sent to dealerships on Vancouver Island.
“For the first time ever, we will actually deliver European vehicles to Vancouver Island directly,” Moir said Wednesday.
The $18 million project will tackle existing transportation bottlenecks and congestion and is designed to make it easier to deliver vehicles to the west coast.
Nanaimo was chosen because automobile processing centres in the Lower Mainland are already at capacity, Moir said.
Hapag-Lloyd to bring in new business to Mombasa port
A leading global shipping line, Hapag – Llyod which is a multi-national German based transportation company, has began its operations to the port of Mombasa.
Hapag Llyod is the world’s sixth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity.
MV Spero Majura, which is a ship operated by Hapag – Llyod made its maiden trip to the East African region by calling at the port of Mombasa on Thursday 4:00am carrying 1,770 Total Equivalent Units (TEUs).
Captain James Kagaoan, steered the vessel from the port of Jedda, which is the largest and busiest port in the Middle East, to Mombasa before heading to Dar-es- Salaam in Tanzania.
At the port of Mombasa, the vessel discharged 154 TEUs.
Shanghai still world’s busiest container port in 2017
Shanghai was the world’s busiest container port in 2017, according to a report by shipping consultancy service Alphaliner. Shanghai handled a total of 40 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) last year, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year.
Singapore took second place, followed by Shenzhen, which ranked third on the list with 25 million TEU. Ningbo and Hong Kong were another two ports in China that made it into the top 10.
The Alphaliner report also says that, thanks to the recovery in the global economy, the world’s busiest container ports enjoyed a 5 percent increase and recorded a total volume of 600 million TEU in 2017.
Brazil vessel lineup for sugar 60 pct below same period last year
The lineup of vessels to load sugar in Brazil currently is around 60 percent smaller than seen in the same period a year earlier because of lower output and tepid foreign demand, midway through the first month of the country’s new cane crop.
Ten vessels were at Brazilian ports in the first week of April to load 393,500 tonnes of sugar, according to data from shipping agency Williams. At this time last year, 23 ships were at port to take on 950,400 tonnes.
“The main reason for that is the smaller production in Brazil,” said Julio Maria Borges, a sugar analyst at consultancy JOB Economia e Planejamento. “We are going to see lineups smaller than last year during the crop.”
Brazilian mills have been producing much more ethanol as this year’s cane crop begins than seen last year, as the fuel is currently more profitable than sugar and demand for ethanol in Brazil is strong. Source: Reuters
The Panama Canal Authority launched a process to sanction certain tug captains that refused to transit ships through the expanded canal, thus impacting the traffic through the Neopanamax locks, the authority said.
“The decision is based on the fact that these tugboat captains refused to fulfill their duty of assisting the transit of vessels through the Neopanamax locks, which affected the regular operation and caused a negative economic impact on the country as it affected the confidence of our clients and the image of the Panama Canal,” the authority said in a statement.
Source: The Medi Telegraph