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Lekki Deep Sea Port Hit a Snag

The Layou Map: Tolaram Port@Lekki

 The absence of a plan to construct a rail link that will ease cargo evacuation will create delay in the Federal Government's commitment of $118 million to the construction of Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos, as per a report in Daily Independent.   The deep seaport project is a $1.5 billion public private partnership project among the Federal Government (represented by the Nigerian Ports Authority), the Lagos State Government and the Tolaram Group, a Singaporean investor who are promoters of the project.   Lekki deep seaport, Nigeria’s biggest seaport project estimated to cost over $1.55 billion worth of investment capital, has set 2018 as its business commencement date as well as operational take-off date. This is as the construction work of the port project has been estimated to take a total of 47 months.   Already, the federal government has paid a total of N1 billion to the development of the project, according to the managing director of NPA, Habib Abdullahi. "The total amount of the federal government's stake in this project is $118 million. What we had as at last year was N1 billion and we have already paid that. We have already started making payments on this because there was an allegation that government has not started making payments. That is totally wrong. We have already paid our own dues as at last year." he said.  


Dawei, Burma, Deep Sea Port Offers Investment Opportunities

Logo credit BOI Thailand

Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) says the joint deep sea port will also surge new business & foreign investment into Thailand. BOI believe that the Dawei Deep Sea Port and Industrial Estate in Myanmar (Burma) will become an important drive for economic growth in this region, offering a shortcut for logistics and bringing new business opportunities and foreign investment to Thailand. After conclusion on signing of Memorandum of Understand between Thailand and Myanmar to construct


Bulgaria Tries Again To Sell Shipyard

Bulgaria opened a new tender for an 80 percent stake in the state-owned shipyard in the second biggest Black Sea port of Bourgas and set a March 15 deadline for bids. An agency spokesperson said the agency would not set a minimum price in negotiations with potential investors, but would require a deposit of $400,000. The buyer would also be required to keep the shipyard's core business running for minimum three years


Mexico Plans Huge Air, Rail And Sea Terminal

The Mexican state of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico is planning to build a massive air, rail and sea cargo terminal for international trade, according to state officials. Veracruz officials are in talks with U.S. asset manager Alliance Capital and an international consortium that includes Mexican construction company Grupo Tribasa for the project, the first phase of which would cost $500 million. Working in conjunction with local authorities


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.


Less Kazakh Crude, Pipeline Impacts Black Sea Liftings

Crude oil and refined oil product shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi fell 22.7 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, a senior official at the terminal said on Monday. Bad weather in Kazakhstan, where the oil is produced, lower-than-expected output from the Kashagan oilfield at the beginning of the year and re-routing part of oil shipments to the Baku-Tbilisi Ceyhan pipeline contributed to the decline, said the official, who declined to be identified.


ICS Pushes CO2 Compensation Fund

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ICS Says CO2 Compensation Fund Could Help Sea Ports Adapt To Climate Change.   The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners' associations represent more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has participated at a special UNCTAD (United Nations Committee on Trade and Development) meeting in Geneva (29/30 September) to explore how the world's sea ports should prepare for adaptation to the threat of dangerous climate change.  


Kanoo to Reveal Latest Developments at Services Show

Kanoo Shipping – an offshore and marine services provider in the Middle East, operating throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan – will be present at the Saudi International Marine Services Show -2013 to demonstrate various services provided by the company including marine operations, shipbuilding, ship and rig repair division, engineering and construction services and sea ports operations.


Batumi Oil Liftings Down 25 pct YTD

Crude oil and refined product shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi were down 24.6 percent in the first 10 months of the year from a year earlier, a senior official at the terminal said on Monday. Bad weather in Kazakhstan, where the oil is produced, and lower-than-expected output from the Kashagan oilfield at the beginning of the year contributed to the decline, said the official, who declined to be identified.


Russia Sea Ports Throughput Up 5.7% in 2014

Image: National Association of Commercial Sea Ports

Russia's sea ports (including the ports of Crimea) handled 623.4 million metric tons of cargo in 2014, up 5.7% from 2013, according to the data from the National Association of Commercial Sea Ports.  The total throughput of liquid cargo fell by 0.8% during the period to 331 million metric tons, while dry cargo throughput increased by 14.1% to 292.4 million tons.    Transshipment of dry bulk cargo totaled 292.4 mln t (+14.1%) including 116.3 mln t of coal (+15.1%), 46


Russia to Cut Pipeline Oil Exports, Oil Transit

Photo: Novorossiisk Commercial Sea Port

Russia plans to cut oil exports by pipeline and oil transit by 0.6 percent to 52.5 million tonnes in the third quarter, quarter-on-quarter, trade sources citing a loading schedule said on Tuesday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity


Mega Valemax Enteres China for First Time in Two Years

 Valemax “Yuan Zhuo Hai”. Pic: China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco)

 Mega-ore carrier  Valemax  Yuan Zhuo Hai, which is owned by China Ore Shipping,  has arrived Dongjiakou Port in Qingdao for unloading iron ore. This is the first entry of such a bulk carrier tonnage in the sea port of China for the past two years.  


Egyptian Vessel Sinks

Photo: Egyptian military spokesperson

 Taba, an Egyptian ferry, carrying passengers, cargo and trucks, sank in the Red Sea early on Sunday, according to state-owned news agency MENA.   The 6,600-gt Taba (built 1985) had capsized because the trucks on board the ship were parked mainly on one side


Navis N4 TOS Open in Liverpool Terminal

Photo: Peel Ports

Peel Ports, owners and operators of the Port of Liverpool, has achieved a major milestone in its multi-million investment program to transform the port into Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal. The Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and AutoGates are now live and fully


Wheat Ship Barred from Entering Yemen Port

Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday.  


Yemen Conflict: Shipping Lines Pull Back

Port of Aden. Pic by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation

 The Saudi Arabian-led coalition of anti-Houthi forces attacking Yemen has tightened the blockade on Yemen's ports affecting shipping activity including the delivery and loading of oil and gas shipments.    Ships are unlikely to be able to access ports in areas that the coalition


Cargo Ships Stuck off Yemen as Fighting Worsens Food Security

At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran-allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis.   Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food


Bollore Consortium Misses out on Cameroon's Kribi Port Shortlist

A consortium led by France's Bollore failed to make the final shortlist of firms vying to manage a new container terminal in Cameroon's southern port of Kribi, according to a commission report seen by Reuters on Monday.   The government commission


Med Crude-Urals Stronger in Baltic as Surgut Sells Cargoes

Russian Urals crude price differentials strengthened in the Baltic in a spot tender on Tuesday after loading schedules confirmed scarce export volumes for May.   There was no deals in the Platts window, traders said while adding that trader Talmay won spot tenders by oil firm Surgut to lift


Surgut Awards Glencore Right to Crude Oil in Tender

Russia's third-largest oil producer Surgutneftegaz has awarded Glencore the right to lift 1.2 million tonnes of crude oil from Russian Baltic Sea ports, traders said on Thursday. The cargoes, 200,000 tonnes a month, can be lifted between July and December this year.


European Ports Identify Their Priorities

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

European ports are real “multitaskers”: they combine different functions ranging from gateway to the world, nodes in the transport chain, hotspots for Europe’s industrial activity, safe and secure shelters, the link between Europe’s peripheral regions and islands to the


WFP: Aid Cargo for Yemen will be Delivered After Ship Docks

The World Food Programme will deliver a cargo of Iranian aid for Yemen once the ship carrying it reaches Djibouti's port, the U.N agency said on Friday. Earlier this week Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed


India Okays Deal on Indo-Bangla Coastal Shipping

Photo:  Shipping Corporation of India.

 The Indian government has approved an agreement on coastal shipping between India and Bangladesh for cheaper cargo movements between them.     “The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the agreement on coastal shipping between


APM Terminals Reaffirms Poti Mega-Port Plans

Poti Sea Port

  Speaking at the 4th Annual Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference 2015 on May 29th on the subject of Black Sea Ports as agents of economic growth for the region, APM Terminals Poti Deputy Managing Director Joseph Crowley discussed the advantages of Poti Seaport as the prominent gateway


Ruscon Increases Business in Russian Market

Vladimir Bychkov (Photo: GCS)

Intermodal operator Ruscon reported it has increased its market share in Russia, maintaining a strong position in a country which has seen imports fall by 20 percent in the last 12 months. In the first quarter of 2015, Ruscon handled 32,250 laden containers compared to 28






 
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