USCG, Police Escort Ferry to Safety
The U.S. Coast Guard and New York Police escorted a NY Waterway ferry to safety in Manhattan after it left the Belford terminal in Middletown and began to take on water during a storm. The U.S. Coast Guard's New York Station received reports that the ferry, named the Peter Weiss, was taking on water over its side near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at 7:56 a.m. After the ferry left Belford, winds became stronger, and were steady at 34 knots, with gusts of 50 or more knots at times. The waves in the New York Harbor were between two and four feet. The 149 passengers were ordered to put on life jackets as a safety precaution. The Coast Guard and police met the boat near the bridge, and escorted it to Pier 11, arriving at 8:42 a.m. No injuries were reported. (Source: Asbury Park Press)
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Enhances Connectivity
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT) continued to improve connectivity and ease of doing business for JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust) users with its first barge and train volumes last week. A 90-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) block train departed for Mandideep on 13 March 2018, while a second train left for Nagpur on 16 March. Both trains were operated by Container Corporation of India (Concor). On 18 March, there were both barge and rail movements as Shahi Shipping’s “Royal Hugli” barge loaded 75 TEUs at BMCT for the short marine transit to Mumbai Port Trust…
PSA International Profit Jumps by 5.1% for 2017
Port and terminal operator PSA International posted a 5.1 per cent jump in net profit to S$1.23 billion for the year ended 31 December 2017 on higher revenue and container throughput at its terminals worldwide. The Group’s terminals saw a 9.8% year on year increase in box volumes handled to 74.2m teu. PSA’s flagship Singapore Terminals contributed 33.35 million TEUs, increasing 9.0% over 2016. PSA terminals outside Singapore delivered a total throughput of 40.89 million TEUs, increasing 10.4% over 2016. PSA Group revenue rose 7.8% and profit from operations grew 5.0% compared to previous year.
ESS Lands Second Contract with Dolphin Drilling
ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group, has won a new, three-year contract, worth £10.5 million, to provide hotel and catering services to Dolphin Drilling Ltd. Aberdeen-based ESS has worked with Dolphin Drilling since 2007, delivering food and housekeeping services on board the Belford Dolphin. This second contract, which commenced on June 1, 2014, will see the ESS team provide catering and hotel services to 180 people across seven levels of accommodation on board Dolphin Drilling’s new deepwater drillship, the Bolette Dolphin. dolphindrilling.no essgulf.com
Palmer to Retire from WCI
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Chairman Dan Mecklenborg announced that an executive search has begun to identify a successor for R. Barry Palmer, WCI President/CEO, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of this year. WCI’s Executive Committee has retained JDG Associates, Ltd., , to conduct the national search for a successor for Mr. Palmer. A search committee to evaluate both internal and external candidates, led by Chairman Mecklenborg, has been organized and is composed of WCI Executive Committee members Rick Calhoun…
Kiel Gets Second Cruise Passenger Terminal at Ostseekai
A second handling centre for cruise ship passengers and their luggage is being built at Kiel’s Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. Artist’s impressions of how the new building will look when complete have been made public for the first time at the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading trade fair for the travel industry. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of the Port of Kiel said: “Sea tourism is a strong growth market sector for the port of Kiel. In particular, the second terminal makes it possible to balance out individual operational processes.
DP World Acquires Cosmos Agencia Maritima in Peru
Dubai-based DP World, , one of the world's largest port operators, said it had bought a logistics firm Cosmos Agencia Maritima (CAM) in Peru for $315.7 million, giving it a 50 percent stake in the country's second largest container terminal. "CAM owns a fully integrated logistics service business (Neptunia S.A and Triton Transport S.A)that offers end-to-end solutions to its customers. The logistics division offers an integrated platform of solutions in activities related to foreign trade…
Safety Award for APM Terminals Poti
APM Terminals Poti has been named the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award winner for the Best Project in the Human Rights Category: Increasing Safety Awareness for Truck Drivers. Organised by the UN Global Compact Network and the CSR Club of Georgia, the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards promote and support the development of corporate sustainability practices within the Republic of Georgia. This year, an independent jury evaluated 23 projects and named winners in three CSR categories: Human Rights…
LNG Cargo from US Plant does U-turn for UK
The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo exported from a new plant in the United States at Cove Point will arrive in Britain later this month as Asian spot LNG prices weaken relative to European benchmarks. The Gemmata tanker is expected to arrive at the UK's Dragon terminal on March 20, according to the local port authority at Milford Haven. As Asian spot LNG prices weakened, the tanker performed a U-turn in the middle of the Atlantic this week away from Asia and towards Europe, shipping data shows.
First Arkas Line Ship To Dock In Contship Ravenna
Natalia A container ship that belongs to Turkish ARKAS shipping line is docked in Contship Ravenna – the Contship Italia Group gateway on the Adriatic Sea. The Natalia A is deployed on the ADS service (Adriatic Service) that connects Ravenna with Istanbul, Gemlik, Piraeus, Izmir, Beirut, Mersin, Aleksandria and Lattakia, on a weekly basis. “We are delighted to see that a shipping line such as Arkas has chosen the Ravenna Terminal as a partner to expand container traffic, offering fundamental connections with Turkey…
Maersk's Port Business Woos Customers with New Transport Services
Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk's is betting on winning new customers for its port division by becoming a one-stop shop that can transport goods from factory to retailers' shelves. The move comes as Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, is entering uncharted territory following its sale last year of most of its energy businesses. This marked a major shift of focus for the group towards transport and logistics. Last month, Maersk said it aimed to expand its port and transport services…
Work in Progress to Expand Dunkirk Box Terminal
Container handling in the Port of Dunkirk takes place mainly at the Flanders Terminal. The activity continues to grow steadily, with numbers increasing from 200,000 TEU in 2010 to 375,000 TEU in 2017. In February 2017, to maintain this development and ensure that the world's largest container carriers can be berthed in all sea conditions, the Port of Dunkirk, as Project Owner, launched the building of the Flanders Terminal Extension. This extension will enable the container terminal operator, as of 2019, to berth two new-generation megamax container carriers simultaneously.
Port of Gothenburg: Sustained Growth in Ro-Ro Operations
Ro-ro operations at the Port of Gothenburg are looking bright, with sustained growth three years in succession. There has been an increase of 10 per cent over the past year alone, with the number of units currently standing at 593,000. But there is still potential to raise the bar even further by switching a higher proportion of freight from Norway to Gothenburg from land to sea. It is hoped that closer collaboration between the ports in Hirtshals, Kristiansand, Larvik, Grenland…
DP World Says Committed to Port Project in Somaliland
DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, said on Thursday it is committed to the port project in Somaliland despite Somalia's move to ban the ports operator from operating in Somalia. Djibouti's decision to end a contract with DP World to run its Doraleh Container Terminal will make it difficult for Africa to attract investment, DP World's chairman Sultan bin Sulayem told a news conference after reporting full-year earnings. He said the company doesn't know what motivated Djibouti to seize the container terminal.
Hamburg Welcomes Its Largest Ever Box Ship
The largest ever containership to call at the port on the Elbe berthed in Hamburg early on Thursday morning, March 15. The oceangoing giant CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery made its maiden call at the Port of Hamburg's HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) where it will discharge approximately 7,000 TEU and load 4,000. The 400-meter-long CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, delivered to French owner CMA CGM earlier this year, has a capacity of 20,776 TEU. End-to-end, those containers would cover a distance of over 125 kilometers.
Oakland Port Digitalized to Move Cargo Faster
Port of Oakland officials has promised a digital shipping platform by mid-year to speed up global trade flows. The Port said it’s building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo. The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains for the sake of efficiency. The Port previewed its portal - called a digital collaboration platform - at an American Association of Port Authorities meeting in Oakland.
Warmth Brightens up La Spezia Container Terminal
Despite the grey clouds and rain that fell over the weekend in La Spezia, the YM Warmth making only her second call brought a splash of colour to the terminal when it discharged from Asia a brand new ONE container, showing off the bright new magenta livery. The ship is deployed in THE Alliance’s MD2 service and is one of a series of 14,000 teu ships operated by Yang Ming Line of Taiwan. Effective from April 1, ONE will become the new shipping line formed as a result of the merged container divisions of the big three Japanese lines, namely “K” Line, NYK and MOL.
Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam Creates Space for New Operations
Terminal operator OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam) will be clearing part of its coal-handling site this year in order to further diversify into other dry-bulk commodities. Its decision is prompted by the reduced demand for coal storage. This represents a key new step for Port of Amsterdam in its push towards sustainability, while the change is part of OBA’s strategy of becoming a multi-purpose terminal. OBA and Port of Amsterdam have expressed their joint intention to help advance the energy transition and have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to formalise this objective.
Duluth-Superior Shipping Season To Open Today
The anticipated departure of six vessels this week signals a strong start to the 2018 commercial shipping season for the Port of Duluth-Superior and the entire region. All will be leaving their winter berths to load iron ore for delivery to steel mills on the Lower Great Lakes—this nation’s industrial heartland. U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder made several passes through the ice in the shipping channels last week, and, starting today, Heritage Marine tugs will be assisting with breakout operations in the harbor.
Brazil Set to Auction Seven More Port Licenses
Brazil will announce on Monday that it will auction seven additional port operating licenses as part of its privatization efforts, a government source told Reuters on Monday. The licenses relate to port terminals in the northeastern states of Paraíba and Pernambuco as well as in the state of São Paulo in southeast Brazil, the source said, requesting anonymity because the auctions have not yet been made public. The government plans to auction several port licenses in 2018, Reuters reported on March 1…
BAE Systems Names Wolstenholme MD in the UK
Andrew Wolstenholme OBE will join BAE Systems plc from May 24, 2018, in a newly-created role on the Executive Committee as Group Managing Director, Maritime and Land UK. Wolstenholme will be responsible for BAE Systems’ Maritime and Land UK sectors and will report directly to Chief Executive, Charles Woodburn. Wolstenholme joins BAE Systems from Crossrail Ltd., where he led Europe's largest infrastructure project for the last seven years. He has extensive experience in business leadership and delivering major engineering projects in the U.K., Asia and North America, including the delivery of Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.
Tengizchevroil to Double LPG Export through Taman Port in 2018
Tengizchevroil (TCO), Kazakhstan's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producer and exporter, plans to raise propane and butane export through Russian port Taman in 2018 to 450,000 tonnes from 240,000 tonnes in 2017, traders said. TCO's shipments of LPG through Taman port will grow in March to about 40,000 tonnes from 27,000 tonnes in February, traders said. "TCO's LPG export through Taman port will go up to 40,000 from 20,000 tonnes per month (on average in 2017), with further growth possible," said a source in the port. OTEKO, the owner of Taman transshipment terminal, declined to comment and there was no response from TCO. International oil trader Vitol is responsible for supplying TCO's LPG via Taman terminal.
Djibouti Says Its Container Port to Remain in State Hands
Djibouti's container port will remain in state hands as the government seeks investment, a senior official said on Wednesday in comments likely to reassure Washington where lawmakers say they fear it could be ceded to China. The Doraleh Container Terminal is a key asset for Djibouti, a tiny state on the Red Sea whose location is of strategic value to countries such as the United States, China, Japan and former colonial power France, all of whom have military bases there. Djibouti last month terminated the concession of Dubai's state-owned DP World to run the port…