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BMT Acquires JFA Consultants

BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy is set to broaden its capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region with the successful acquisition of port and harbour engineering specialists, JFA Consultants Pty Ltd based in Perth, Western Australia.  This acquisition will help to enhance BMT’s offering, whilst complementing its existing expertise and knowledge through well-established subsidiaries already in the region including BMT WBM and BMT Design & Technology. Founded in 1999, JFA Consultants has provided vital support for a number of major port developments in Western Australia, managing numerous other projects at boat harbours and marinas around the State as well as providing specialist technical advice and input on a number of port developments both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region.  Jesz Fleming, Founding Director at JFA Consultants, comments: “We are all very excited by the prospect of joining the BMT group, an organisation which has a rich maritime history, and is passionate about its commitment to helping address the challenges customers face in the maritime industry.  This acquisition will expand our opportunities for growth which in turn, will benefit both our staff and our clients.”  


Port Issues RFI for Future Development

The Galveston Economic Development Partnership issued a Request for Information (RFI) in which the partnership is seeking input and responses to the future long-term development of the Port of Galveston. The RFI is for information purposes only, and the information will be used by the 21st Century Port Development Task Force to assist in their evaluation of available development options for the Port. The RFI is for planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a Request for Proposal


Port of Melbourne Plans Large Expansion

Port growth reaffirms Australia's Coalition Government plans to expand Melbourne's capacity Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Ports Denis Napthine announce trade figures at the Port of Melbourne surged in the 2011-12 financial year with a 9.1 per cent overall increase at Australasia’s busiest container and general cargo port. Mr Baillieu said in the 2011-12 financial year total port trade grew to 87 million revenue tonnes up from 79.7 million revenue tonnes in the previous year


Thailand, Burma, Sign Dawei Port Development Agreement

Presidents of Thailand & Mynamar (Burma) agree on port development for deep-sea port to enable Malacca Strait bypass route. Thailand and Myanmar agree to set up a joint committee to follow up on economic cooperation that includes linking Myanmar's future Dawei deep-sea port with the Thai Eastern Seaboard. The deal came at the end of talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok.


Sohar Port Receives 1,000th Vessel

As Oman celebrated its 42nd Renaissance anniversary, Port of Sohar welcomed its 1,000th vessel of the year The 9,000 metric tonne MV Maria, owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, berthed at the container terminal C Steinweg Oman (CSO). On board was a 300-tonne gas turbine due for installation at a new power plant under construction in the Batinah area.
 The arrival of the 1,000th vessel this early augurs well for a significant increase in ship calls during 2012


Iran-Indian Co-operation in Chabahar Port

Chabahar Port: by PSO - the maritime administration of Iran

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to collaborate more closely with India on the strategic Chabahar port development.  Rouhani made the pledge when India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called on him in Tehran.  The implementation of Chabahar-Zahedan Railway project and expanding Port of Jask to make it an important oil export port, President Rouhani said Iran is ready to cooperate more closely with the Indian private sector.    


Connaughton Gets Hearing for MarAd Post

The Senate Commerce Committee is not expecting any problems approving the nomination of Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Sean Connaughton to lead the U.S. Maritime Administration. At a confirmation hearing, Connaughton said he would focus on relieving congestion of the nation's waterways, maritime and port development, national security and environmental protection. Virginia Senators John Warner and George Allen and Congressman Tom Davis spoke in support of Connaughton


Trelleborg Gets Big Fender Order for Qatar New Port

Trelleborg Engineered Systems contracted to supply fenders to New Port Project (NPP) in Qatar After five years spent working closely with the construction company, Trelleborg has secured the $24.5 million (€19.5million) contract. The deal is approximately three times larger than any other marine fender contract previously placed and is due for delivery commencing at the end of 2012 and completion in early 2015. The $7.1billion (€5


ICTSI Wins Long-Term Montreal Port Contract

Port of Melbourne: File photo

Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) said on Friday its Australian unit would invest up to A$548 million ($508 million) to build and operate port facilities in Melbourne. ICTSI told the Philippine Stock Exchange its Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd unit signed a 26-year contract with the Port of Melbourne Corporation to build, operate and finance a terminal and container park in the city, Australia's largest hub for containerised cargo.


China Shipping Ports Acquires 20% Stake at Busan Terminal

Image: Busan New Container Terminal

 China Shipping Ports Development, the port unit of China Shipping Group, has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in the loss-making Korea Express Busan Container Terminal (KBCT) from parent CJ Korea Express (CJ Korex).   KBCT manages the container terminal in the port of Busan Shinsundae.  KBCT has five container shipping berths spanning 1,500 metres with draft of up to 16 metres. The berths are capable of handling boxships of up to 14,000 teu and moved 2.2m teu in 2014.  


Bigger Ships Call Port of London

Photo courtesy of PLA

The Port of London saw larger ships than ever calling last year as the tonnage of cargo handled at Thames terminals climbed to 45.4 million metric tons (up 2 percent from 2014).   PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said, “Last year a number of operators introduced new


Europort to Partner IRANIMEX

Logo Iranimex, powered by Europort,

Leading maritime exhibition offers gateway to maritime and offshore opportunities in Iran   Europort has become the official and exclusive international partner of IRANIMEX, the leading maritime & offshore exhibition in Iran. The agreement brings together the brand behind the maritime


China's Acquisition of Piraeus Port a Booster for Greek Economy?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras(1st L) meets with China COSCO Shipping Chairman Xu Lirong(2nd R) . Photo: Xinhua

 Greece has formally signed an agreement to sell a 67% stake in the Port of Piraeus to Chinese shipping company China Cosco Holding Co.   Under the deal, COSCO, the fourth-largest container shipping firm and second-largest port operator in the world


Damen Starts Building Two Transshipment Crane Barges

DAMEN Transshipment Crane Barge for Agribulk handling Photo Damen

Damen has commenced construction of two identical Crane Barge 6324 vessels. Designed as a particularly cost effective transshipment platform, the barges are being built on a speculative basis in response to client demands to ensure short delivery times.


China Shipping Merger Erases $900 mln in Market Value

Photo: China COSCO Container Shipping

 Shares of Cosco Group and China Shipping have taken a hammering on the stock markets  as two major companies lost about $900 million in total market value after the government proposed combining its two key ocean liner groups, reports Bloomberg.  


Canada, China Port Cities Reach Collaboration Pact

Photo: Port of Dalian

The Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and the City of Dalian, Liaoning Province in the People’s Republic of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying the ground work for an official sister city relationship between the two regions and port cities


India: New Opportunities Unveiled in Shipping Sector

Image: National Shipping Board

 The Ministry of Shipping has taken many proactive and progressive interventions in the areas of shipbuilding, port development, inland waterways and coastal shipping this year for the development of the maritime sector in the country.   


Dredging Opportunities in Indian Waters

The Dredging Conference organized by Hinode in Kolkata on Thursday, January 21, 2016 will spotlight the vast opportunities that exists for dredging companies and other allied agencies in Inland Waters waters. The event is set to take place at the Park Hotel, 17 Park Street, Kolkata 700016.


Carnival Corp. Appoints Chairman in China

Roger Chen (Photo: Carnival)

25-year veteran Chinese executive charged with overseeing Carnival Corporation’s presence in China and facilitating the company’s long-term growth plans for cruising in the region   Carnival Corporation & plc today announced that Roger Chen has been appointed chairman in


Hong Kong Establishes New Maritime Body

Image: The Hong Kong Shippers Council

 Hong Kong is to establish a new government body - Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board - this year that oversees the local maritime sector, in a bid to enhance the city’s shipping sector.   Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying in his annual policy address for this year


Saudi KAP Ends 2015 with Stellar Feats

Photo: King Abdullah Port

 King Abdullah Port (KAP), the first privately developed and managed port in the Saudi Kingdom and the region, has announced the port’s success in handling 1,307,017 TEUs, says a repot in the Saudi Gazette.   Engineer Abdullah bin Muhammad Hameedaddin


Indian State Maharashtra Unveils New Port Policy

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Photo: Official FB Page

 The Maharashtra state government has given approval to its comprehensive Maharashtra Port Development Policy for creating better facilities around 720 km coastal region of the state.   A decision to constitute the Maharashtra Port Connectivity Corporation has been taken for


Sydney Deep Water Port Project Named NOVAPORTE

The Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) and the Port of Sydney announce the new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE.   “The name reflects the international nature of our project”, said Albert Barbusci


Chennai port, Belgium sign MoU

Photo: Chennai Port

 The Chennai Port Trust has signed a fresh memorandum of understanding with the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium), reports the Hindu.   "Belgium is working towards getting an agreement between the ports of Zeebrugge in Belgium and the port of Chennai as part of its efforts to take part


Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage

Image: Hong Kong Port

 The Hong Kong Shipping Register has  crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.   To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said






 
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