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622 days ago by arnekiel

Colombo port awaits MSC Maya, the largest ship ever to berth
MSC Maya, one of the largest container ships afloat is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka for the first time with 19,224 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (Teu), setting a new benchmark and record for the Port of Colombo, terminal operator, Colombo International Container Terminal announced. At 395.49 meters (1,297 foot) MSC Maya is expected to berth at the Colombo South Terminal managed by CICT on Friday 16th September. She will be the largest container ship to berth in Colombo. The CICT, the first deep water terminal in South Asia had secured a commitment for a scheduled service by the Panama registered MSC Maya “The arrival of MSC Maya in Colombo is a perfect example for the rationale for a deep water terminal of the scale of the Colombo International Container Terminal,” CICT CEO Ray Ren said.

623 days ago by arnekiel

MSC Announce ‘Maple’ Service On Transpacific Trade
MSC has announced the introduction of a new service to assist shippers following the recent Hanjin announcement. The Maple service starts on 15th September. MSC is to introduce a new service on the Transpacific Trade from 15th September, 2016. The move is designed to assist our customers, following the announcement by Hanjin on 31st August that it was entering into receivership MSC’s additional sailing will be called MAPLE and will call at Busan, Shanghai, Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan. The service will be made up of six vessels of 5’000 TEU capacity. In order to cover the anticipated high initial demand, the first two sailings will call Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Long Beach. Port rotation: Busan, Shanghai,Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan. Source: MSC

623 days ago by arnekiel

Hanjin Shipping to resume work in Long Beach this week
South Korea’s top economic policymaker says he expects Hanjin Shipping vessels marooned offshore of Long Beach, California, will be able to offload cargo this week. Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said Wednesday that the cargo crisis caused by Hanjin’s slide toward bankruptcy will begin to ease this week. South Korea’s biggest ocean shipping line is seeking protection from its creditors in dozens of countries. A U.S. federal judge has temporarily granted Hanjin’s request for protection from its creditors and scheduled a hearing for Friday. He expects a ruling in Hanjing’s favor. Hanjin, the world’s seventh largest ocean shipper, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, sending retailers and other companies worldwide scrambling to get at cargo on Hanjin vessels that have been stranded outside ports. Source: Associated Press

623 days ago by arnekiel

Tema port expansion project to commence 1st October
Construction works on the $1.5billion Tema Port expansion project is expected to commence on the 1st October 2016. The project, which is the biggest investment of the almost 70yrs history of the World Bank, would increase the capacity of the port thrice its current size is projected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2019. Meridian Port Services (MPS) has awarded the contract for the construction of the Tema Port expansion project to the China Harbour Engineering company ltd. and AECOM professional services (Ghana) ltd. This is after officials of the company secured the required financing to execute the Tema port expansion project. The immediate cash flow need of the 1.5 billion port development is $1billion. MPS has signed a $667 million financing package with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, while the MPS shareholders will provide the rest of the funding as fresh equity amounting to $333million dollars. This will however enable the development of an ultra-modern state-of-the-art port facility at Ghana’s primary commercial hub. The project, valued at USD 1.5 billion, in addition to serving Ghana, will also expand trade flows and links across West Africa. www.hellenicshipp...

624 days ago by arnekiel

HHLA orders three more 20,000 TEU container gantry cranes for Tollerort
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has ordered an additional three container gantry cranes to handle the latest generation of mega-ships at its Container Terminal Tollerort. From the end of 2017, CTT will therefore have five container gantry cranes to handle ships with a capacity of 20,000 TEU or more. HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) initially placed an order in June, 2015 for two ultra-modern container gantry cranes which can handle the biggest ships in the world and will begin operating at Tollerort at the end of 2016. The contract with the company Liebherr includes an option for another three container gantry cranes of the same type, which has now been exercised by HHLA. The gantry cranes are expected to go into operation at Tollerort at the end of 2017. The terminal will then have five 20,000-TEU gantry cranes. https://www.porttechnolog...

624 days ago by arnekiel

Maersk Line Opens Transpacific Service Line
Maersk Line has opened a new transpacific service between Asia and the United States West Coast. The first sailing is scheduled for September 15. "We are responding to increased demand in the Transpacific," says Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Maersk Line's East-West Network. The service will be calling Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long Beach. It will have six vessels with a capacity of 4,000 TEU per week deployed. The service will be part of the 2M network. www.marinelink.co...

624 days ago by arnekiel

Houston Ship Channel re-opens to some vessel traffic
The Houston Ship Channel re-opened to some vessel traffic on Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, after an early morning tanker fire prompted closure of the waterway. The U.S. Coast Guard Houston Vessel Traffic Service said it would commence with tow vessel transit outbound from Old River and San Jacinto River. That would be followed by inbound movements, it said. The Houston Ship Channel links the busiest U.S. petrochemical port to the Gulf of Mexico. Four Houston-area refineries were unable to receive crude oil from tankers on Tuesday after a portion of the channel was shut by an early-morning fire aboard an empty tanker. The fire began shortly after midnight CDT (0500 GMT) aboard the 810-foot (247-meter) tanker the Aframax River and was extinguished within a few hours. The ship was moved out of the water way to a dock.

624 days ago by arnekiel

Court ends Hutchison Rotterdam US$1,120 fee to free Hanjin boxes
A DUTCH court has ordered Hong Kong's Hutchison container terminal in Rotterdam to stop charging EUR1,000 (US$1,120) - EUR1,500 release fees to enable shippers and forwarders to get their Hanjin boxes off the dock and into their possession. The court ruled in favour of shippers and forwarders against the Hutchison-owned Europe Container Terminals (ECT) for levying fixed release fees, but allowing them a surcharge of EUR25 instead, reported Lloyd's Loading List. In proceedings brought by Dutch logistics, freight forwarding and shipper associations TLN, FENEX, EVO and Fenedex, the court ruled that the fixed fees applied by ECT for Hanjin containers were unlawful.

625 days ago by arnekiel

DP World wins 30-year concession for Port of Berbera in Somaliland
DP World has unveiled the first phase of its $442m plan to transform Somaliland’s Port of Berbera from a port it claims is currently operating without any shore cranes into a modern Horn of Africa trading hub. The Dubai-based global terminal operator has won a 30-year concession with an automatic 10-year option for the management and development of a 4.25sq km multi-purpose terminal at the Gulf of Aden port on Somaliland’s northern coastline. A 400 metre quay and 250,000 sq metre yard extension, complete with gantry cranes and reach stackers to handle containers and cargo, will highlight the first phase of the project which is to be phased in over time dependent on trade volumes. www.seatrade-mari...

625 days ago by arnekiel

APL enhances Latin America service network with new Andino service
APL today announced the launch of the Andino Service (ANS) – a new weekly regional service linking the key markets in Latin America. Via APL global linehaul services at the transshipment hubs of Manzanillo, Cartagena, Buenaventura and Balboa, the new ANS service will enhance connectivity between West Coast South America and major ports in Asia and the United States. The West Coast of South America is a dominant exporter of fresh produce, including seafood, fruits and vegetables, to the rest of the world. To power these exporters’ business growth, the ANS Northbound service will provide priority handling expertise that expedites shipment of these perishable reefer commodities. Commencing from San Antonio on 14 October 2016, the ANS service will call the ports of San Antonio, Callao, Guayaquil, Buenaventura, Manzanillo, Kingston, Cartagena and Balboa.

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