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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Antwerp Focuses on India, China and Eastern Europe

Map with international representatives: Port of Antwerp

Malini Dutt, Robert Feng and Martin Hubenack have recently been appointed to represent the port of Antwerp in India, China and Eastern Europe respectively. This brings the number of port representatives to 12, reinforcing Antwerp's presence in its core hinterland and important overseas growth regions. The task of these representatives is to keep Antwerp "top of mind" with local companies, ports, chambers of commerce and other players. With an annual freight volume of 6.4 million tonnes carried between it and the Indian ports, Antwerp is the European market leader for this region.

New Damen Workboat for Bristol Port

Damen Shoalbuster 2308S (Photo: Damen)

The Bristol Port Company has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308S. Modified with several customized options, the vessel will be able to take on a multifunctional role that includes plough dredging, towing, pilotage and survey duties. This is the first contract between Damen and the Bristol Port Company. Construction of the new 23-meter-long Shoalbuster took place at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, in the Netherlands. During the handover ceremony on March 17, the vessel was officially named Graham Robertson.

JSW to Invest USD 1.1bln on Ports

Photo: JSW Infrastructure Ltd

JSW Group will invest INR 7,000 crore (USD 1.1bln) more in the ports sector over next three years to create assets in the country as well as abroad, PTI reported. The company is also looking at diluting up to 15 percent stake in the ports operating company, JSW Infrastructure, to a private equity player soon, and take it public by 2019. JSW Infrastructure Ltd (JSWIL), a 100% subsidiary of Sajjan Jindal led-JSW Group, has  also drawn up a master plan to develop its Jaigarh Port in Konkan as one of India’s biggest ports that could receive big bulk carriers, LNG, LPG and oil tankers.

Rotterdam Port Signs MoU with Brazilian Port of Pecém

Map: The port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam signs a ‘memorandum of understanding’ (MoU) with the State Government of Ceará with the purpose to jointly study a potential cooperation. This may lead to the joint venture Industrial Port Complex of Pecém. The MoU is consistent with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s foreign policy which is focused on creating opportunities in ports abroad that have perspective for growth. Port of Rotterdam has a successful joint venture with the Sultanate of Oman for the management and development of SOHAR Port & Freezone.

Greece Gets 3 Bids for Thessaloniki Port

Pier A. Photo: Port of Thessaloniki

Three foreign investors have bid for the majority stake in Greece's Thessaloniki Port, reports Reuters. Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS), Dubai-based P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World) and German private equity Deutsche Invest Equity Partners had all submitted offers, the report said. The sale of a 67 percent stake in Greece's second-largest port, which was launched in 2014, has been beset by delays and political resistance. Thessaloniki Port has a market value of $211 million and had a throughput of 344,277 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year.

JNPT Gets Radiological Detection Equipment at Exit Gates

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai has become the first major port in the country to install radiological detection equipment (RDE) at all its exit road and rail gates. An official press release said the Marine Department of the port had taken up the project and the work was awarded to the public sector Electronic Corporation of India (ECIL) in 2012 at a total cost of Rs. 23.324 crore. Twenty-eight  Vehicle Monitor Systems have been installed at the Road, Rail, Exit Gates.

Antwerp Port Authority Centralises Operational, Maintenance Departments

Photo:  Port of Antwerp

In order to streamline the Port Authority's technical and nautical departments and improve the service to customers, these departments are being centralised to form a joint cluster. Three large new facilities will be set up at the site on quays 602-612: a central workshop (for the technical services), a nautical building (for the tug, dredging and crane services) and two floating dry docks with widths of 45 and 55 metres respectively. Together the new cluster at quays 602-612 will employ around 500 people. At a later stage the site will also house the Shipping Police.

Thessaloniki Port Workers Plan Stoppage to Protest Port Sale

Photo: Thessaloniki Port Authority

Workers at Greece's second-biggest port, Thessaloniki Port, will walk off their job for a few hours on Wednesday to protest the port's sale, a key condition of the country's international bailout. The sale was launched in 2014 but has been plagued by delays and political resistance. As part of its privatisation drive under its latest bailout, Greece has given investors until March 24 to submit binding bids for a 67 percent stake in the port and taking over its operation for 40 years.

Clean Fortnight Activities in Chidambaranar Port

Photo: V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust

As per the directives of Government of India, the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada” (fortnight-long cleanliness) activities are being executed on priority basis by V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust. As per the scheduled Swachh Pakhwada Action Plan, today, on 20.03.2017, color washing and paintings of residential buildings and structures of Harbour Estate were carried out as per the colour code to ensure healthy environment. Signage boards and posters have also been placed in areas of waste generation and handling.

Model Training for Watch-Keepers

Officers from HMAS Sirius improve their mariner skills at Port Ash Ship Handling Training and Research Centre, two hours north of Sydney. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Nine officers from HMAS Sirius have attended a three-day course at Port Ash Ship Handling Training and Research Centre recently to improve their mariner skills. The centre, which is two hours north of Sydney, uses model ships on a man-made lake to teach ship control at low speeds in open, confined and shallow waters, with and without tug assistance. The manned model ships behave just like full-size ships, experiencing squat, interaction, and shallow water and bank effects in the same manner.

The (Really) Big Lift

Photo: SC Ports

Cranes: much more than just critical equipment. At ZPMC, it means the supply chain itself. In post-Panamax world – that is to say one which includes an expanded, deepened and improved Panama Canal – there are many layers to the logistics onion. These include reinforced and improved berths and bollards, deepened blue water harbors, improved intermodal connections ashore and a reshuffling of ever larger tonnage for ports that can handle those ships. All of that is important, of course…

China-bound Norwegian Joy Sets Sail

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday, March 26 for her approximately 14-hour long conveyance along the Ems River. Measuring 1,094 feet long and 136 feet wide, the ship is the second in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and the first that was purpose-built for China. “We are thrilled Norwegian Joy has officially begun her journey to China…

Potential Maritime Disaster Averted

Photo: TNPA

Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai, a 101 meter long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, March 17, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos. One of TNPA’s new tugs – Shasa – which has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons…

India Upgrades Standards of Major Ports

Pic: Indian Ports Association

Significant improvement in efficiency has been achieved by India's Major Ports in the last two years, said the Minister of State for Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan. With a view to improve further the efficiency and productivity of the major ports and make it comparable internationally, a benchmarking study of Major Ports to international standards has been conducted which has recommended 116 initiatives  out of which 70 have already been implemented. Under the Sagarmala programme…

CMA CGM, PSA Container Terminal JV in Singapore

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group and PSA  have kicked off the second phase of their container terminal joint venture in Singapore. Officiating the event were François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore. The CMA CGM - PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) started operations with two mega container berths at PSA Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Terminal 5 (PPT 5) that had an initial annual capacity of 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in July 2016.

Trinidad and Tobago: Focus on Security Drills and Exercises

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is conducting an Advanced Drills and Exercises Workshop for inspectors and officers responsible for port security in Trinidad and Tobago. The training, underway in Port of Spain (14-17 April), is focusing on the key IMO instrument for enhancing the security of ships and port facilities – the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The Code’s preventive security provisions include the objective of all actors being thoroughly prepared for security incidents and terrorist attacks by regularly conducting regular drills and exercises.

Fast-Track to Operational Service

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Less than six months out of basic training, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Jasmine Lortan is already on the front line of a multi-national operation to counter terrorism and promote maritime security in the Middle East. Seaman Lortan is one of 190 sailors crewing HMAS Arunta, Australia’s contribution to maritime security operations for Operation MANITOU. “I’m excited and thankful that at 20 years old and less than six months out of basic training, the Navy has already taken me to several amazing countries and on operational deployment,” she said.

Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel to Expand

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, India chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday approved fresh estimates of the project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II). The cost of the project will be Rs 2029 crore excluding the Service Tax. The entire project cost will be funded through internal resources of JN Port Trust (JNPT) with market borrowing, if necessary. The project includes the existing channel to be widened from presently 370 m to 450 m for straight reach, channel to be extended from existing 33.5 Kms to 35.5 Kms.

Damen's Mobile BWTS Receives IMO Type Approval

Photo: Damen

Damen said its mobile ballast water treatment system has received type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). An external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily for use in ports and harbors, the Damen InvaSave treats ballast water to the IMO D-2 standard, for ballast water received from inbound ships. It can also deliver water treated to the same standard to outbound vessels. Its mobile, containerized format means that it can be operated from the dockside or from onboard a vessel alongside, receiving or delivering water to a ship.

North Korean Bulkers Stranded as China Enforces Sanctions

At least ten North Korean ships have arrived at a Chinese port after being stranded for the past three weeks following the top global coal consumer's ban on imports of the fuel from its isolated neighbour, a report said on Friday. Six North Korean merchant vessels, including Sai Nal 3 and Jin Hung, entered the port of Longkou in China's eastern Shandong province as of Thursday, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Friday, citing a Voice of America report. Reuters ship tracking data shows that Sai Nal 3 from North Korea has been moored at the port for at least the past three weeks. It is listed at maximum draft, meaning it is likely fully laden with cargo.

Video: Durban Pilot Steers Car Carrier in Rough Seas

Port of Durban marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg (center) with Port of Durban Harbor Master Captain Alex Miya (left) and Deputy Harbor Master Captain Justin Adams (right). (Photo: Transnet National Ports Authority)

Earlier this week, Port of Durban’s marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg safely steered a car carrier vessel into the port as cyclonic weather conditions battered the Durban beach front. On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Rauntenberg steered the ro-ro vessel under adverse weather conditions believed to be caused by a tropical cyclone Enawo, which struck Madagascar last week. A video is available here. As a result of the rough weather conditions, the Port of Durban had to deploy three tugs to steer in the vessel. In normal weather conditions, one to two tugs are used.

India Bags USD 6.22 bln Investment in Ports and Water Transport Sector

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: Official FB Page

Foreign Direct Investment upto 100% under automatic route is already permitted in the Port Sector. This has resulted in several Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects coming up in the Major Ports. At present, a total of 33 PPP Projects with an investment of INR 17817.96 crore (USD 2.8 bln) are operational and 20 more PPP projects with an investment of Rs. 22362.67 cr (USD 3.42 bln) are under implementation. In total it comes to USD 6.22 bln. As regards inland water transport sector…

New Intermodel from Antwerp Port to Rhine-Ruhr-Main

Photo: H&S Container Line GmbH

The rail operator H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp. H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week thanks to financial support from Antwerp Port Authority. The support offered to H&S Container Line is the result of a Call for Proposals (CfP) launched in October last year by the Port Authority to attract projects…

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