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Mombasa Port Shows Growth, Increased Efficiency

Shipping activity at Kenya's port of Mombasa, East Africa's biggest, rose by 11 percent in the first half of 2015 as vessel wait times fell, the national port authority said on Wednesday.   Gichiri Ndua, Kenya Ports Authority managing director, said the performance reflected progress in the integration of east African countries to ease the flow of trade.   The port, a major trade gateway to east Africa, handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Kenya, which faces increasing competition from other countries like Tanzania and Djibouti in the bid to serve land-locked and rapidly-growing neighbours, said increasing port efficiency is central to its infrastructure plan.   Kenya has begun construction of a Chinese-funded rail line, which will connect Mombasa to the Ugandan capital Kampala, speeding the flow of goods and taking pressure off its congested road network.   In the first half of this year, the port handled 13.21 million tonnes of goods, 1.3 million tonnes more than in the same period a year ago, Ndua said.   Last year, it handled 24.9 million tonnes of cargo - the highest volume in the port's history and an 11.5 percent increase from 2013, he said.   Between 2013 and 2014, the so-called dwell time of cargo ships dropped by a day, to 3.9 days. Average turnaround time remained the same - 3


DHS Publishes Port Security Proposal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a detailed proposal of new rules aimed at preventing terrorist attacks on domestic ports. In late April, DHS implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States. The initial checks were followed by a 275-page proposal detailing the program designed to deter people who pose a security threat from entering U


VTS System Aims to Increase Port Security

The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that it has authorized Lockheed Martin to begin installation of three Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) systems to meet maritime safety and surveillance requirements in major U.S. ports, including New York harbor. Under the Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS) contract, originally awarded by the Coast Guard in 1998, Lockheed Martin will install the VTS systems in New York Harbor, and in the Ports of Houston/Galveston and Port Arthur, Texas


House Vote to Increase Port Security Funding

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives' approval to increase by 14 percent the funding for the Port Security Grant program in fiscal year 2007. By a vote of 389 to 9, the House version of the FY'07 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security would provide $200 million in Port Security Grant program funds, compared to $150 million recommended by the House for FY'06.


WSS Japan to manage Harmony Cruise port calls

Pictured: (l-r):Ryota Matsuo and Takamasa Mori Ships Agency Operators, WSS Japan.

Harmony Cruise, Korea’s newest cruise operator, has chosen Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) to provide ships agency services at ports on its Japan itinerary. Harmony Cruise was launched in February 2012 by Seoul-based Polaris Shipping, offering a variety of three and four-day cruises in the South Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Russian markets. Its Japanese itinerary will include calls at Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Hakata, Nagasaki and Kagoshima


Training Program to Boost Abu Dhabi Port Security

Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports

General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones and Abu Dhabi Ports establish training program to reinforce comprehensive protection standards; MoU to improve ports and ports systems protection, initiating security training sessions at Abu Dhabi Ports later this year   Abu Dhabi Ports informs it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Authority for the Security of Ports


Navy Teams with Army for Joint Humanitarian Exercise

Several units of the recently established Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and Naval Beach Group 2 are participating in the combined DELMAR/Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) exercise on Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Va., in June. The exercise began June 5 and combines active-duty and reserve service members from various Navy and Army commands. The exercise is organized by U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).


AAPA's 'U.S. Port Person Of The Year' Award

 AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle

Award to precede speech on grant opportunities for reducing diesel emissions.   Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will be honored in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 7 as the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) “U.S. Port Person of the Year” at a special luncheon given by the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society.  AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle will present the award in recognition of Sen. Carper’s many contributions toward improving the nation’s


Port of Indiana Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Port of Indiana

 The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon set a new annual shipping record in 2015 by handling over 6.6 million tons for the first time in its 40-year history. This was a 36-percent increase over 2014 and 30 percent higher than the previous record set in 1994. In addition to the record volume, it was also the highest annual increase in total tons handled at the port. "The credit for the record volume rightfully goes to our world-class port companies


CMA CGM Increases Port Calls and TEU Capacity

Photo: CMA CGM

 French container line CMA CGM has announced imminent changes to its PCRF line service which links Northern Europe with the French West Indies, by adding two new calls at Zeebrugge and Rotterdam and increasing freight capacity on the route.    The company says this will mean customers will benefit from the enhanced import and export cargo opportunities.   During the first quarter of 2016, PCRF line’s capacity which links the French West Indies to Europe will be


Hueneme Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

Port puts final touches on Shore Power Project Photo Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme launched the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System, celebrating another next step forward in reducing air emissions and minimizing environmental impact. Among the community leaders attending the ribbon cutting were Congresswoman Julia Brownley


Adani Ports Profit Up

Vizag Terminal. Photo: Adani Group

 Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, has announced the financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2016.    Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was 152 MMT


CMA CGM Announces Emergency Operational Surcharge for Zanzibar

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has announced to its customers that there is increasing deterioration of the port congestion up to 15 days in Zanzibar, Tanzania, which is beyond their control.   CMA CGM will implement an Emergency Operational surcharge in Zanzibar applicable to all shipments until further


Louis Dreyfus, Amaggi Hire HSBC to Sell Terminal Stake

Agricultural commodity traders Louis Dreyfus Co B.V. and Amaggi Group have hired HSBC Holdings Plc to sell part or the entire 25 percent stake they hold in a terminal at the Brazilian port of Itaqui, Bloomberg reported.   The sale process is already underway, Bloomberg reported


Iranian Ships to Make Trips to Europe, Americas

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 Iran all set launch a shipping line to Europe, North and South American countries, as sanctions against Iran’s shipping industry has been recently lifted.   The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has resumed its routes to various destinations across Europe


Stockholm Norvik Port Construction to Start

Stockholm  Norvik Port Image courtesy Ports of Stockholm

The planned freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, just north of Nynäshamn, is extremely important for the establishment of an efficient, eco-friendly supply of goods to the Stockholm region. In accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code


Port of New Orleans Head LaGrange to Retire

Gary LaGrange (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners announced today that port president and chief executive officer Gary LaGrange will retire at the end of his current contract in April 2017.The board is expected to name the port’s current chief operating officer, Brandy Christian


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round


Cosco Pacific Q1 Profit Up

Pic: Cosco Pacific

 Cosco Pacific Ltd.'s  first-quarter  ended 31 March 2016 net profit rose 31.4% from a year earlier on the back of a one-off gain. Turnover sank 2.27% yearly to US$129 million.    On yearly basis,  its net profit shot up 105 per cent to US$702


Essar Ports Hazira Allows Third-party Cargo

Essar Ports Hazira  Photo Essar

Essar Bulk Terminal Limited, Hazira, a subsidiary of Essar Ports Limited, which is a part of Essar, has received an approval from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to handle 15 million tonnes of merchant cargo over three years. Based on this approval, the Hazira Terminal


Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers


India's Highest non-coking coal discharge at Gangavaram Port

Gangavaram Port achieves record by discharging 1,56,339 metric tons of Non-Coking Coal from the vessel M.V. Cape Asia in 24 hours Photo Gangavaram Port

Gangavaram Port, the deepest and the most modern port in the country, has created yet another historical milestone record by discharging 1,56,339 metric tons of Non-Coking Coal from the vessel M.V. Cape Asia in 24 hours. This achievement stands out as the fastest discharge rate in the history of


Lerwick Harbor sees Seasonal Boost

Offshore vessels Bibby Polaris and Viking Neptun at Greenhead Base, currently supporting projects West of Shetland. Photo by Alexander Simpson

The opening of the offshore season in northern waters has seen specialist oil industry vessels return to Lerwick Harbor during April to support subsea development projects. This month has also brought the first cruise ship of the year to the Shetland port for what promises to be a record-breaking


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Jump 170 pct

File Image: a Maersk containership underway (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 170 percent to $732 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. Spot freight rates on the world's busiest routes soared as a


Abu Dhabi Ports Reports Q1 Volume Surge

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi’s RoRo volumes up 31 percent; general and bulk cargo increases 13 percent; container cargo edges up 5 percent   Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate






 
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