DP World Mundra sets crane productivity record on Maersk vessel
MUNDRA International Container Terminal (MICT) has set a new productivity record of 49.5 moves per crane per hour while handling Maersk Line's 8,540-TEU SEROJA LIMA "The latest achievement of 49.5 crane moves per hour exceeded the terminal's earlier productivity record of 48.97 moves per crane per hour which was set in August 2014," the terminal's operator, DP World Mundra, said in a statement. Chief executive officer Sumesh Padmanabhan was cited as saying in a report by Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: "We will continue zealously to keep this momentum going to drive new business and establish strategic partnerships with our clients." The company said MICT's strategic location, hinterland connectivity and on-dock rail facilities have been attractive to shipping lines globally.DP World said with its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, its global terminals' combined capacity of 79.6 million TEU is expected to increase to 100 million TEU by 2020. Source : Schednet
CPEC becomes reality as first Chinese ship docks at Gwadar port
First Chinese ship finally docked on Sunday at Gwadar port that is center of $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project between Beijing and Islamabad.
The project is the beginning of a journey of prosperity of Pakistan. The CPEC is about 3000 kilometres long consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will connect China’s Xinjiang province to rest of the world through Pakistan’s Gwadar port.
The arrival of first Chinese ship comes a day after analysts indicated that China may speed up the construction of CPEC, which passes through Azad Kashmir if Pakistan was isolated and cornered by India. www.hellenicshipp...
The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has announced the commencement of construction at the west African Port of Tema on October 11, 2016.
The $1.5billion expansion will see AECOM lead the construction, alongside the China Harbour Engineering Company, on behalf of Meridian Port Services (MPS).
The project will see dredging improve water depth to 19 metres in the port channel and 16 metres at berths, plus the addition of a new 1,400 metre quay, four berths and 4,000 metre breakwater.
These additions are expected to triple Tema’s container handling capacity by the time of completion in Q4 2019. https://www.porttechnolog...
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has announced it is launching a new Asia-Pacific North West service, China Express Northwest service (CEN).
CEN is the only Pacific North West service which calls at Xingang, offering the fastest eastbound leg available from Xingang, Qingdao and Shanghai, and is expected to become operational on October 25, 2016.
The new service will join the existing Asia-Pacific North West trade services, including the Pacific North Express 1 and the Pacific North West service 3.
The service will run with the following route: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Xingang https://www.porttechnolog...
DP World Australia has ordered four new ZPMC super post-panamax container cranes which are scheduled for delivery on October 2017.
The AU$60m investment hopes to boost productivity and capacity through its east coast operations. Its Brisbane and Sydney terminals will receive one additional crane each, and the Melbourne terminal will receive two new cranes. www.portstrategy....
Mining company Glencore is to sell the shares in its subsidiary Abbot Point BulkCoal Pty Ltd (APB) to the Adani Group.
Adani acquired the Abbot Point Terminal on a 99-year lease from the Queensland Government in 2011 and has since invested more than A$1.8bn (US$13.6m). APB has since had an operations and maintenance agreement with Adani to operate the terminal.
Under the share sale deal, Adani’s Abbot Point Operations Pty Ltd (APO) will take over APB, albeit APB will continue to operate and maintain the terminal.
Glencore says the ownership transfer will not impact on the day-to-day operations of the terminal and Glencore will continue supplying coal for export to Abbot Point from its open cut coal mines at Newlands and Collinsville. Completion of the sale is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals. www.portstrategy....
TraPac, LLC has reached agreement to nearly double its marine terminal size at the Port of Oakland. Wilmington, CA-based TraPac said today it plans to lease an additional 57 acres and two vessel berths on the Port’s Outer Harbor.
If the deal is approved, it would greatly strengthen TraPac’s position as the second-largest terminal operator in Oakland.
TraPac disclosed its plans at a meeting of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners last night. The proposed 14-year lease agreement with the Port becomes final if the Board approves it at a meeting Oct. 27.
Turkish construction firm wins RO 107m Duqm Port contract in Oman
Serka Taahhut Insaat, the engineering construction subsidiary of Turkish conglomerate Abdali Holding, has been awarded a contract to build the infrastructure of the commercial quay at the Port of Duqm, which anchors the world-scale Special Economic Zone at Duqm. The total cost of the package, which includes the construction of roads and the development of a port operation zone, is around RO 107 million. According to officials, the IP2 contract is perhaps the single most important of around seven separate packages into which the construction of infrastructure and facilities at the Port of Duqm has been organised. It entails, among other things, the construction of dedicated terminals along the length of the 2.2 kilometre commercial quay that was completed in 2012 as part of the marine infrastructure development of the port. Significantly, a pair of container terminals of a total length of 1,600 metres will be created as part of the contract. Located adjacent to each other, the container terminals will offer a combined throughput capacity of 3.5 million TEUs per annum, enabling the positioning of the Port of Duqm as a major transshipment and distribution hub in the region. Source: Oman Daily Observer
Ambitious plans to update Davao Sasa port in the Philippines might be cut owing to concerns about costs and capacity, sources have said.
The modernisation, using a PPP, was touted as the way for the Philippines to overhaul its weak infrastructure. The plan was to create a 1.2m teu facility, but these plans may now be scaled back.
“The proposed amount of this project at PHP 18.9bn ($390m) might be reduced as the new government of Pres Duterte is currently reviewing the capacity of Davao Sasa. The costs need to be manageable because of its direct impact in cargo-handling charges,” one shipping industry source told Port Strategy.
The source asked not to be named as did government officials who confirmed that talks on the subject had taken place.
“I visited it and then in the last meeting of the PPA [Philippine Ports Authority] board, I told them to take a look, re-evaluate, and, if necessary, to modernise it on the basis of the previous plan at P4bn, then let’s do it,” Transportation Undersecretary for maritime sector Felipe Judan told the Manila Standard.
Source: Port Strategy
Vietnam is considering building a new port in the currently crowded Da Nang, according to Tediport, a company involved in the port.
A construction period through to 2050 will give the Lien Chieu Port facility an annual capacity of 46m tons for a total price tag of VND 32,861bn ($1.4bn).
The money will come from a public-private privatisation deal weighted 2:1 to private capital.
Currently, Da Nang’s Tien Sa port can handle 6m tons a year which, according to ports and engineering consultancy firm Tediport “is not enough to serve production and business”.
Tien Sa they went on to say it is overloaded with container throughput of 258,000 teu in 2015 and over 3m tons of general cargo.
Da Nang could become an international gateway port similar to Cai Mep and Haiphiong, Tediport added, with Lien Chieu serving containers, general and bulk cargoes and tankers.
Source: Port Strategy