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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Algeciras Bay News

Cargo Traffic up at Port of Algeciras Bay

The Port of Algeciras Bay handled a total Cargo Throughput volume of 60.8 million tonnes (+ 10.06%) in 2003 – double the figure of a decade ago. As for the evolution of the various traffic-types in the Port of Algeciras Bay, the increase in Container throughput (+12.61%) is especially evident, breaking through the 2.5-million-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) barrier and, in this case, trebling the figures recorded a decade ago. Import and export container throughput grew extraordinarily by 39% and 31% respectively.

Cosco Eyes Spanish port of Algeciras

Photo by Port of Algeciras

Algeciras Bay Port Authority in southern Spain has put up a tender for its third container terminal, and China's Cosco Shipping Ports is already being mentioned as a fore runner candidate, says a report by Caixin. According to port authority, Algeciras is Spain's biggest container port and oil importing dock, and handled 2.3 million 20-foot containers in the first half the year – a 13 percent year on year increase. Cosco Shipping Ports  Ltd., the port operating arm of state-owned China COSCO Shipping Corp., is the world's fourth-largest container operator by capacity.

CMF Operates New Barge in Gibraltar Strait

Photo courtesy Cepsa Marine Fuels, S.A.

With the aim of giving a better service to its customers, CEPSA Marine Fuels, S.A. has put into place a new barge in Algeciras Bay, providing service for the ports of Algeciras and Gibraltar. The double hull barge is the Spabunker Cuarenta, which is new built and holds the most advanced technology. It has been specially designed to supply bunkers in terms of manoeuvres, pumping rates, automatic blenders, radar soundings and meters. It segregates up to five different products, three for fuel, one for MGO and one for MDO, providing a great versatility in everyday operations.

INTERTANKO Records Publicly Reported Tanker Incidents

To obtain a better understanding of tanker safety, INTERTANKO records publicly reported tanker incidents. The number so far this year has followed the positive improvement trend of the last couple of years. The biggest accidental loss of oil occurred in Algeciras Bay shortly after the Prestige incident. A Spanish bunker barge sank with some 1,000 tons of fuel oil, but little pollution was reported on the beaches at the time. Mainly based on information from Informa, INTERTANKO has recorded 86 tanker incidents January-July 2003. Most of the incidents have been minor and pollution has been recorded in 7 cases, the biggest of which, beside the bunker barge spill mentioned, above, were a 125-tonne chemical spill and a 50-tonne diesel spill.

CMF Operates New Barge in Gibraltar Strait

With the aim of giving a better service to its customers, CEPSA Marine Fuels, S.A. has put into place a new barge in Algeciras Bay, providing service for the ports of the Strait. The double hull barge is the Monte Anaga, which is new building and holds the most advanced technology. It has been specially designed to supply marine products in terms of manoeuvres, pumping rates, automatic blenders, radar soundings and meters. It segregates up to four different products, two for heavy products and two for lighter ones, providing a great versatility in everyday operations. The Monte Anaga is 4.335 MT DWT with a pumping rate of 4x250 m3/h for heavy and 2x100 for light products, and with capacity of 3.300 MT for heavy products and 550 MT for lighter ones.

Maersk Offers New Service

Maersk Line announceed a new, direct service between the Far East and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. On January 28, the company said it will introduce a direct, weekly call in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the Far East - West Africa 2 (FEW2) service. Thereby we can serve our customers from Far East to Abidjan and from Abidjan to Far East faster and more reliable. The FEW2 service is one of two direct services linking the Far East and West Africa: FEW1 and FEW2. These coupled with our unmatched product range via Algeciras in Spain ensures that we can continue to support the increased trade between the Far East and West Africa with fast and flexible services. First vessel on the new FEW1 rotation will be Santa Alexandra, westbound voyage 0803, calling Nansha on 23 January 2008.

Hydrex Completes In-situ Repair Job

The Hydrex office in Algeciras is ready to mobilize immediately with their two dedicated dive support catamarans. Both vessels are fully equipped as service stations for a wide range of repair operations. The ideal location of the office allows for a fast response in the bay of Algeciras, Gibraltar and North African ports. As part of the Hydrex group, Hydrex Spain takes advantage of the companies’ 37 years of experience. All operations are carried out by highly certified diver/technicians all of which have been trained in the headquarters in Antwerp and have extensive experience…

UASC Boosts West Africa Services

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched two new West Africa services, WAF2 and WAF3, to enhance schedule reliability and cater to growing demand. The new services, effective September 2015, will operate in addition to UASC’s existing WAF1 service. Lars Christiansen, Chief Trade Officer at UASC commented, “In addition to reduced transit times and enhanced schedule reliability, the new services are designed to improve connections between West Mediterranean and West Africa enabling our customers globally to avail of new opportunities.

DNVPS Opens Lab in Algeciras

DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) officially opened its new specialist fuel laboratory in Algeciras, Spain, as part of the company’s strategy to reduce simple transit time and speed up the release of fuel testing results for ships taking bunkers in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. The sixth fully owned testing facility in the DNVPS network, DNVPS Algeciras caters for vessels calling at Algeciras and nearby ports, such as Gibraltar, Ceuta, Almeria, Cadiz, Huelva and Malaga. Its location helps reduce sample transit time, typically ranging from one to three days, to a matter of hours. DNVPS managing director Rex Lim said that expediting sample delivery is crucial in situations where a vessel has received an off-specification fuel.

CMA CGM Improves NC Levant Service

Map: CMA CGM

CMA CGM has announced the new upgraded service offer NC LEVANT, which directly links the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon) and Northern Europe (Belgium, England, Germany), via Malta, Spain and Italy. The NC Levant service will now provide extended port coverage with a new export call in Tanger Med towards the Levant Sea, and a new import call in Algeciras towards Northern Europe. Transit times offered will be among the best on the market. The upgraded service will also cover the significant ports in the region…

“Super Cranes” Delivered at Algeciras Port

The Zhen Hua 25 at berth in the Port of Alegciras (Credit ISS)

Four STS cranes, the largest in their category, have been brought onshore at Algeciras port in Spain, and ready for to be commissioned. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) was recruited by ZPMC to moderate the break bulk carrier, Zhen Hua 25, and manage the discharge of her cargo in a safe and timely manner. The cranes, which stand at over 100m , are to be used at the APM Terminal, specifically to service new Triple E Class container ships. Algeciras, the busiest container port in the Iberian Peninsula, handled over 4.3 million TEUs in 2013.

ISS Aids Complex “Super Crane” Installation

Four STS cranes, the largest of their type anywhere in the world, have been brought onshore, ready for commissioning, at Algeciras port in Spain. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a world's leading maritime services provider, was drafted in by ZPMC to act as agents for the break bulk carrier, Zhen Hua 25, and to manage the safe and timely discharge of her cargo. The cranes, which stand at over 100 meters, are to be used at the APM Terminal, specifically to service new Triple E Class containerships. Algeciras, the busiest container port in the Iberian Peninsula, handled over 4.3 million TEUs in 2013 and the installation of these cranes will position it as one of the leading container ports in Europe.

Kalmar Expands TTI Algeciras Shuttle Carrier Fleet

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order to supply two shuttle carriers to a long-standing customer, Total Terminal International (TTI) Algeciras SAU. The order has been booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2013 order intake. TTI Algeciras, the first semi-automatic terminal in Southern Europe, will take delivery of these additional shuttle carriers in the fourth quarter of 2013. The new machines will add to the customer's existing fleet of 20 Kalmar shuttle carriers and will handle containers from 20' to 40'. Kalmar's latest generation shuttle carriers feature a modular design for excellent versatility. The SCH250H has been fitted with twin extendable spreaders and has the capability of lifting up to 50 tonnes.

NileDutch Upgrades the Europe-West Africa Trade

Photo: NileDutch

Starting in March, NileDutch, the container carrier specialized in connections to and from West Africa, will upgrade its services from Europe to West Africa by operating two loops. Antwerp - Le Havre - Leixoes by rail to Lisbon - Lisbon - Algeciras - Tanger - Pointe Noire - Luanda - Lobito - Namibe - Abidjan - Tanger - Antwerp. A new service to Dakar and Abidjan will provide extra loading ports. Dunkerque - Tilbury - Antwerp - Dunkerque - Le Havre - Montoir - Tanger - Algeciras - Dakar - Abidjan - Dakar - Algeciras - Dunkerque.

G6 Alliance Announces Port Rotations

After agreeing to expand the successful G6 Alliance to the transpacific trade earlier this year, the six member lines announced the port rotations of their new comprehensive and competitive service portfolio. The new expanded cooperation will start in May with six coordinated services in the Asia-to-North America East Coast trade. It will deploy more than 50 efficient vessels with capacities between 4,500 and 8,000 TEU to connect about 30 ports in Asia, United States and Canada East Coast…

CMA CGM Upgrades Europe-Africa Service

Worldwide shipping firm the CMA CGM Group announced plans to upgrade its services joining Europe to Africa, altering its EURAF 1, EURAF 2 and EURAF 4 services with the goal of providing a more complete service offering to Africa, North Europe and the Mediterranean. The EURAF 1 service, that connects North European to West African markets, will add a call at London Containers Terminal – Tilbury each week. This new call will directly join the United Kingdom to Africa, and the service will provide competitive transit times allowing the export of banana Reefer containers from West Africa to England. The inaugural call of the rotation in Tilbury took place on August 10. Algeciras used to be called only once on the previous rotation.

CMA CGM to Upgrade its EURAF Services

Map: CMA CGM

In a continued effort to provide increased reliability and quality service in a challenging environment, CMA CGM Group is strengthening its coverage of Europe to West Africa with the addition of the direct call in Cameroon on its EURAF 5 service and the EURAF 4 service upgrade connecting Europe to West Africa strategic markets. Direct service from North Europe to Douala with a fortnightly frequency combined with a shortened transit time by 7 days. Therefore, it is one of the best transit time on the market with Douala from Antwerp in 28 days and from Le Havre in 29 days.

CMA CGM to Strengthen its Presence in South America

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM group, a world leader in container shipping, announces the reshuffling of two services in addition to the MERCOSUL buyout project and pursues its development strategy in South America, with SAFRAN and SIRIUS. These two services between South America and Europe are: SAFRAN for Northern Europe and SIRIUS for the Mediterranean. SAFRAN will be starting in Rotterdam on September 27, 2017. With this service, the CMA CGM Group offers the fastest service on the trade to its customers.

Inchcape Expanding in Spain

Michael van Hemert, Senior Vice President for Europe and North Africa.

Inchcape Shipping Services completes Northern Mediterranean expansion with opening in Algeciras. Inchcape Shipping Services, the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this week opened its doors in Algeciras – Spain’s busiest port. It is one of a number of new offices scheduled to be opened by ISS in 2012 and completes the company’s expansion in the Northern Mediterranean region. “The opening of the Algeciras office strengthens the company’s position in this important maritime region,” said Michael van Hemert, Senior Vice President for Europe and North Africa.

Maersk McKinney Moller Sets Container Loading Record

Pic: Maersk Line

18,612 TEUs is the new world record for container loading, and was won by Maersk Line's Triple E Class vessel, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, first in the series of behemoths Danish company, which sailed early in the week from the port of Algeciras, Spain with this huge cargo. The ship is now en route to Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. APM Terminals explains in a note, the ship arrived at 2.00 hours on Monday to Algeciras from APM Terminas Tangier with 15,844 TEUs. In the Algeciras port loaded additional 2,180 TEUs, reaching a new world record.

20 Kalmar Shuttle Carriers to Algeciras

Cargotec's Kalmar business area has been awarded a contract to provide a fleet of shuttle carriers to TTI Algeciras S.A. in Spain. These 20 Kalmar SHC240H shuttle carriers have a single-lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and can stack containers two high. The equipment will be delivered by January 2010. The key productivity benefit of the shuttle carrier is its ability to leave and pick up containers from the ground eliminating waiting times. Ship-to-shore cranes place containers from the vessel on the ground, under the crane's back reach, from where the containers are then collected by the shuttle carriers and transported to the automatic stacking crane buffer area.

APM Terminals Furthers Equipment Investment

APM Terminals placed an order for 16 new advanced Rubber-Tire Gantry cranes (RTGs) as part of an ongoing program of upgrading and expanding container handling capabilities and capacities throughout the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network. Twelve of the high-performance RTGs are scheduled for delivery to APM Terminals Algeciras, in Spain, while the remaining four are destined for APM Terminals Apapa, Nigeria, with delivery in one year. The new 16-wheeled RTGs, to be manufactured by Konecranes, will offer a lifting capacity of 41 tons, and the ability to maneuver containers into stacks five containers high. APM Terminals Algeciras, the largest container terminal in the Western Mediterranean market…

Spain to Implement CSI and Target

containers destined for the U.S. Security Initiative (CSI). commerce," said Commissioner Basham. trade facilitation. for the United States. officials at the port of Algeciras began on July 30, 2004.

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