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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

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.

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

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

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).

Panama Canal Authority Forms Alliance with Massachusetts Port Authority

With more than 60 percent of Panama Canal traffic originating from or traveling to the East Coast of the United States, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced a historic move to boost trade by striking a strategic alliance with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). The alliance will increase cooperation -- such as joint marketing -- between the Panama Canal and the Port of Boston; it will also seek to boost trade along the "All-Water Route

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 Huename Chalks Up Best Cargo Year Ever

The Port of Hueneme, California, realized the best cargo year it its 76 year history announcing all-time increases in import/export trade. The total tonnage for FY 2012-2013 jumped to 1,438,596 metric tons representing a 9.2% increase over FY 2011-2012, and a 2.8% increase over the Port’s previous record of 1,399,670 metric tons set in FY 2005-2006. This represents a continuing path to economic recovery bringing the Port beyond trade levels realized prior to the economic downturn.

Dredging in Gulf of Finland in Controversy

Image: Port of Bronka

 The massive dredging project, which is under-way on the bottom of the Gulf of Finland in Russia, reportedly a threat to the environment.   But federal environmental protection agency of Russia, Rosprirodnadzor, has affirmed that it does not have a trans-boundary impact on water quality

Long Beach Port Delivers Best Quarter

Courtesy Port of Long Beach

  With the best September in its 104-year history, the Port of Long Beach last month moved enough cargo volume to also achieve its busiest quarter, signaling a return to pre-recession trade levels. Many of the popular Halloween and holiday items on U.S

New Orleans Port, CORBA Join forces‏

L-R Robert Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, Eric Thomas, Executive Director of the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA), Gary LaGrange, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, and Robert Landry, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of New Orleans, sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Port and CORBA to jointly market and share information in an effort to build commerce between the two regions.

  An agreement signed today by Port of New Orleans officials and industry leaders from the Central Ohio River corridor could help spur commerce between the two regions. The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) signed a

Yemeni Port Says First Ship in Weeks Arrives

Press release - Officials at Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah said the first ship to dock there in three weeks arrived on Tuesday, carrying desperately needed fuel, as Saudi Arabia denied it was obstructing aid supplies heading for Yemen by sea.

Kalmar Forklift Trucks for US Market

Kalmar DCG180-330 heavy forklift truck

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the North American launch of its highly acclaimed heavy forklift at the Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston on 7 October 2015. The Kalmar DCG180-330, which competes in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector

Indonesia Plans to Build 22 Ports

Image: PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II

 Indonesia Port Corporations (IPC) or PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia’s state-owned port operator is to build 22 ports in the country in the next five years for an anticipated cost of around $3.5 billion.   “We are targeting to build 22 ports from Belawan to

IRISL Looks West with New Vessels

Image: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) plans to become one of the world's top ten shipping lines. It plans to modernize its fleet and ally with international shipping majors to tap western markets , reports WSJ.   Mohammad Saeidi

Hapag-Lloyd Announce Service Improvement


  For the benefit of increased schedule reliability, Hapag-Lloyd and partner lines have decided to take the following measures: Implementation of a fourth vessel in AT2 Replace the Liverpool eastbound call on AT1 by a Southampton call on AT2

Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Plunge 17 pct

The CMA CGM Bougainville is the worlds largest containership under French flag. (Image: P. Plisson / CMA / CGM)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 17.3 percent to $259 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.

Retailers Well Stocked as Holidays Approach

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers make final preparations for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail

Moody Upgrades Port of Palm Beach

Palm Beach Port

  The Port of Palm Beach District announced that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. upgraded the Port of Palm Beach District senior rating to Baa3 from Ba1, and reported the outlook to be stable. The report, released October 2, 2015, documented the port’s strengths

Malaysia, China to Boosting Port Connectivity

Kuantan Port. Photo: HSS Engineering

 Malaysia and China are working to boost connectivity between their sea ports to raise bilateral trade to achieve a trade volume of $160bn by 2017, says a report in the Star.   Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said  the two countries were also exploring the

Foundation Stone Laid for New PSA CT in Mumbai

Stone laying ceremony

  Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA Bharat Investments Pte Ltd (which is a subsidiary of PSA International) celebrated the laying of the foundation stone today to mark an important chapter in the development of the fourth container

4 STS, 14 ARMG Cranes for APM Vado Terminal

APM Terminals Vado Italy port construction site aerial photo1a

  APM Terminals signed an agreement for the construction and delivery of four Ship-to-Shore (STS) Gantry Cranes and 14 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) for the new APM Terminals Vado terminal now under construction on Italy’s Ligurian coast

Mooring Safety Improved at Port Taranaki

Vessel moored at Port Taranaki using SmartLoad® boss mooring link.JPG

Scotload, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has designed and delivered a solution for the monitoring of mooring line stresses at Port Taranaki, a deepwater port in New Zealand. The company said it utilized its SmartLoad 2Ex technology for Zone 2 hazardous areas to improve safety and significantly

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