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Friday, October 20, 2017

Port Development

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

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.  

India's Sagarmala Moves to Implementation Stage

Image: Ministry of Shipping, India

 The flagship programme of Indian Ministry of Shipping – Sagarmala, has moved from the conceptualization and planning to the implementation stage. The Sagarmala project is introduces to harness India's 7,500-km coastline will promote port-led development in the country.   As a part of the programme, more than 400 projects have been identified across the areas of port modernization and new port development, connectivity enhancement

Huge Potential for LNG in Iberian Peninsula

Fernando Impuesto, CORE LNGas hive project coordinator from Enagas (Left) and Liv Hovem, Senior Vice President, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

 With the global fuel sulphur limit of 0.5% entering into force in 2020, the interest towards LNG as a marine fuel is increasing. One of the main obstacles to the accelerated uptake of LNG, however, is the uncertainty regarding future market volumes for LNG.    DNV GL has addressed this issue in a recent market study on the future LNG market in the Iberian Peninsula, as part of driving the development of an EU-wide network of LNG refuelling points.  

Ghana Ports, IBISTEK JV for Multipurpose Terminal

Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority.

 The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has offered a concession to  IBISTEK Limited, a Ghanaian firm towards the development and operations of a container and multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Takoradi.    This is part of the Port Authority’s Master Plan and development efforts to equip the Port of Takoradi for future demands.    The concession related project works and installations will be executed at a cost of $370million

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Maritime Services

Photo: King Abdullah Port

 Specialized Marine Services (SMS), a JV between the Ports Development Company (PDC), which is the private sector owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, and the National Port Services Company, delivered 1,460 maritime services  in 2016. It expects 30% increase expected by the end of 2017.   SMS is the primary supplier of marine services, such as marine guidance, in King Abdullah Port. Its team includes highly qualified and skilled maritime guides with vast experience in

King Abdullah Port Throughput up by 14% In H1 2017

Photo:  King Abdullah Port

 King Abdullah Port announced the increase of its throughput to 821,694 TEU in the first half of 2017, representing an increase of around 14% compared to the same time last year, where the throughput was 720,483 TEU. The port also announced an increase in the number of vessels received during the same period, reaching 398 vessels compared to 349 in the first half of 2016, also representing a 14% increase.  

Indian Ministry of Shipping Updates on Sagarmala Program

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: PIB, Govt of India

 Sagarmala Programme, an ambitious port-led infrastructure development programme of the government to harness India’s 7,500-km, is now moving from the conceptualization and planning to the implementation stage.    The National Perspective Plan (NPP), for the comprehensive development of India’s coastline and maritime sector, has been prepared and was released at the maiden Maritime India Summit 2016, on 14th April, 2016, by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

Sandahlsbolagen to operate terminal at Gothenburg Port

Vision of intermodal terminal in the Port of Gothenburg. The image shows what the terminal will look like when it is fully built in 2019-2020. Photo Gothenburg Port Authority

The family-owned company Sandahlsbolagen Sweden AB has signed a five-year agreement with Gothenburg Port Authority to operate the new intermodal terminal at the port. Operations will commence by end of this month. "Sandahlsbolagen has for long time shown an interest in running a intermodal terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. We are extremely pleased that one of the most experienced companies in this sector in Sweden has opted to establish operations at the port,” said Arvid Guthed

Sagarmala – Sailing Towards a Vibrant Gujarat

Photo courtesy:  Vibrant Gujarat

 India's Shipping Minister of State  Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the state- of -the -art exhibition display of Sagarmala, Ministry of Shipping at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2017, yesterday (Jan 11).    Gujarat has been at the forefront of the maritime development in India. Under the Sagarmala Programme, More than 40 projects with estimated cost of approximately INR 85,000 Crore have been identified across the four pillars of Port Modernization & New

Eimskip, RAL Order Containerships from China

Images: Eimskip

Iceland’s Eimskip and Greenland’s Royal Arctic Line (RAL) have signed an agreement to share capacity, and together ordered three new ice-class containerships to be built in China.    Eimskip said it has finalized contracts with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. for the construction of two 2,150 TEU container vessels, and RAL also signed a contract for one vessel of the same type from the same shipyard.  

India Seeks Greater Belgian Participation in the Maritime Sector

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo in New Delhi. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 Indian Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari met the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, in Mumbai to discuss bilateral issues concerning the maritime sector.    Gadkari sought greater participation of Belgian companies in Sagarmala projects, inland waterways and development of industrial clusters.    He talked about the immense opportunities that exist in India in the areas of coastal shipping, inland water transport, cruise, new port development

Hamburg Makes More Space for Big Ships

© HHM / Marcus Walter

 Port of Hamburg project to redesign the Vorhafen harbor basin entrance completed, meaning more maneuvering space for big ships, faster berth assignment and improved safety of navigation.   The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) said it has officially completed the project “Redesigning the Entrance to the Vorhafen Harbor Basin”, within the schedule, both in terms of time and money. The widened Vorhafen basin access benefits both container shipping and cruise shipping

India's Sagarmala Program: 415 Projects, $120 Bln Investment

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 Under India's prestigious Sagarmala Programme,  415 projects, at an estimated investment of approximately  INR 8 Lac Crore (USD 120 Bln) , have been identified across port modernization & new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-linked industrialization and coastal community development for phase wise implementation over the period 2015 to 2035.    As per the approved implementation plan of Sagarmala Programme

Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

(Photo: MPT)

Maritime Professional Training 1915 S Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale FL 33316 USA  Tel: (954) 525-1014  Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities. Already fully stocked, MPT added significant weight to its offering in 2016 with investment in 25,000 sq. ft. of new training space and technology.   Overview

Capacity Augmentation in Indian Ports

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari pinning a flag on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the week of National Maritime Day. Photo: Official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Ports development and capacity augmentation is a continuous process in India, says the ministry of shipping.   Government is regularly monitoring the Port projects to modernize and upgrade to increase capacity of the Major Ports and also to bring them to the international standards through construction and modernisation of berths; installation of state of art equipment; mechanisation of cargo handling system at ports and dredging projects to accommodate large-sized vessels.

FMC's Mario Cordero to be POLB Executive Director

Mario Cordero. Photo: Port of Long Beach

 The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is all set to name Mario Cordero, a former chairman and current member of the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC), as the Port of Long Beach’s (POLB) new Executive Director.   Cordero, a Long Beach resident and attorney, served previously as president and as a longtime member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.   “After a comprehensive international search

New Approaches to Inland Infrastructure Renewal

A new engineered repair system for seawalls is based on fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) technology that has been used for several years to repair and strengthen worn and damaged marine piles made of timber or concrete using specialized composites. Pictured here are worn bridge piles being wrapped with FRP laminates in St. Louis

Economical repairs are being applied to rapidly corroding steel and concrete structures in U.S. ports and inland waterways. The new repair systems – PileMedic & SPiRe – might just be what the doctor ordered.  Recent advancements in using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for major structural repair and strengthening of submerged marine piles made of concrete or even timber has led to an economical

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