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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Long Beach Extends Congestion Relief Depot

Image: Port of Long Beach

The action temporarily extends the life of the existing 30-acre storage depot that opened in December 2014, and also allows for the storage of loaded cargo containers and chassis in addition to the empty containers already permitted there. Conditions at the port have changed since the storage depot's opening. A tentative agreement has been reached on the dockworkers' contract, federal regulators granted permission for Long Beach and its neighbor the Port of Los Angeles to collaborate on congestion relief, and private chassis fleets in the region agreed to pool their resources.

Georgia’s Ports Increase Overall Tonnage

Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Doug J. Marchand announced that the GPA handled more than 2.2m tons of cargo for all terminals in August, a 4.4-percent increase, or an additional 94,765 tons of cargo compared with the same period last year. During the meeting of the Authority, the Board approved $21.9m to purchase 11 new rubber-tired gantry container cranes and $2.5m for new refrigerated container storage in Savannah. For , the Authority approved $2.2m to build 6,000 linear ft. of additional storage track to support the increased volumes of both automobiles and grain arriving in unit train shipments.

Maersk Line, Georgia Port Authority Sign Agreement

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) on July 13 announced the signing of a major new agreement between Maersk Line and the GPA. The recent opening of Phase One of Savannah’s newest container berth, CB8, the ongoing increases to container storage areas and other equipment additions are part of the Port of Savannah’s 10 year, $700m improvement plan to boost container capacity. The 20-year agreement between Maersk Line and the GPA includes a 10-year renewal option. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 275,968 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $10.8b in income, $35.4b in revenue and some $1.4b in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.

Port of Grangemouth Expands Container Capacity

Port of Grangemouth. Photo by Forth Ports

The Port of Grangemouth is the largest container terminal in Scotland and the port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, has announced that it’s going to get even bigger. Forth Ports will invest GBP £1.5 million investment at Grangemouth in surface upgrading works on an area of about 6,325 square metres. Forth Ports said that the investment was designed to increase the terminal's total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, the industry standard container size of 20-foot equivalent units. This latest expansion of the container storage area…

Vacant Pier to Help Ease Long Beach Congestion

Image: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December, which will help to alleviate congestion at the docks. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on Pier S for temporary storage of empty shipping containers. The temporary depot will help put back into circulation more chassis – the wheeled trailer-frames that trucks use to haul cargo containers. Because…

Port of Long Beach Working to Relieve Congestion

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the storage of empty containers, which will help to free up needed equipment to move cargo out of shipping terminals faster. The “Temporary Empty Container Depot” will be operated on 30 acres of a vacant, undeveloped area on Pier S on Terminal Island. The temporary depot will help put back into circulation more of the chassis -- the wheeled trailer-frames that trucks use to haul cargo containers.

Long Beach to Open Empty Container Depot

Image: Port of Long Beach

Empty container depot set to open Dec. The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach is scheduled to open Dec. 29. The depot was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in November to free up truck-trailer chassis and ease congestion on the docks at the second busiest seaport in North America. The 30-acre site will be operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, a private company selected by the Port. The depot is scheduled to close March 31, 2015, after the backlog in cargo is cleared.

Deltamarin Joins GTT for LNG-Powered Ship Designs

The 2,300 TEU container feeder concept used as one of the platforms in the cooperation project between Deltamarin and GTT. Image: Deltamarin Ltd

Finnish ship designer Deltamarin, part of AVIC Group, together with France's Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), an engineering company involved in membrane containment systems for transport and storage of LNG, has studied the use of membrane-type tanks on cargo and passenger vessels. For quite some time now, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been an established fuel alternative for short sea shipping routes and also acts as a complementary fuel for longer routes. Deltamarin’s references include various vessels with LNG capabilities…

Empty Container Depot Opens at Long Beach

Pasha operates Pier S facility to free up chassis, ease congestion

The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach is now open. The depot was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in November to free up truck-trailer chassis and ease congestion on the docks at the second busiest seaport in North America. The 30-acre site is operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, a private company selected by the Port. The depot is scheduled to close March 31, 2015, after the backlog in cargo is cleared. The temporary…

Port Of Felixstowe Commissions Greener RTG Cranes

Greener RTG Cranes at Felixstowe port

The Port of Felixstowe has taken another step to improve both its operational and environmental efficiency with the introduction of its first electric-powered Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs). The four machines, originally manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, have been converted from diesel to electric primary drive in the first project of its kind in Western Europe. The work was undertaken by Kalmar, part of the Cargotec group. Commenting on the initiative, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs…

Kalmar SmartPort Equipment Ordered for New Argentine Terminal

Kalmar ship-to-shore cranes: Photo credit Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract for the supply of multiple Kalmar SmartPort solution products to TecPlata S.A, a fully-owned ICTSI company. The greenfield terminal located in Port La Plata, Argentina, will feature in the first phase Kalmar SmartLift and SmartStack on its 18 Kalmar terminal tractors, nine ZPMC RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and three Kalmar front-end loaders. The delivery also includes the SmartMap visualisation tool. In October 2008, ICTSI obtained a 30-year concession for the design…

CMA CGM in Cuba Deal

Image: CMA CGM LOG

CMA CGM Group will work with Cuban company Almacenes Universales SA to run a logistics complex serving the Port of Mariel, giving a boost to the island’s effort to make itself a transshipment hub. CMA CGM, the world’s No. 3 container ship operator by capacity, said it had entered an agreement with the government of Cuba to build a logistics hub at the Cuban port of Mariel as part of the largest infrastructure investment the island nation has seen in decades. The signing of the…

Hanjin: $14 Billion in Cargo Stranded at Sea

Photo:  Hanjin Shipping Co

The bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co have left as much as $14 billion worth of cargo stranded at sea, reports WSJ. The financial woes of one of the world’s biggest shipping lines has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves. It also  it remains unclear if the company can afford to pay the army of workers needed to unload the ships. The owners are trying to recover their goods and get them to customers.

Vacant Pier at Long Beach Port to Ease Congestion

Vacant Pier at Long Beach port

The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December, which will help to alleviate congestion at the docks. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on Pier S for temporary storage of empty shipping containers. The temporary depot will help put back into circulation more chassis -- the wheeled trailer-frames that trucks use to haul cargo containers.

Oregon Port Gets $1M for Crane

Farmers in northeast Oregon won't have to worry about having a reliable crane to load their products onto barges at the Port of Umatilla thanks to a $1 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced. The grant will pay to complete the installation of the new crane, upgrade the electric supply system and expand the container storage area on the port dock, the agency said. The crane will replace an aging gantry crane erected in the 1940's. "It goes without saying the new crane will be faster and more reliable," said FRA Administrator Joseph H. Boardman. The new crane will nearly double the number of containers that can be loaded onto barges per hour, he said, and will be able to shoulder heavier loads.

New Container Facility at DP World London Gateway

Solent Stevedores to open five acre facility at DP World London Gateway. Photo: DP World

A new off-dock empty container storage yard is to be opened at DP World London Gateway Port. The five acre yard will be operated and managed by Solent Stevedores, an award-winning stevedoring company with a broad range of bulk and general cargo handling and storage services at ports in Southampton, Jersey, Immingham and London. The facility will be located on Berth 7, outside of the terminal’s ISPS perimeter but adjacent to the port’s main gate. A number of associated container services will also be offered by Solent Stevedores from the site.

CMA CGM Opens 3CTC Terminal

Rodolphe Saadé (Photo courtesy: CMA CGM)

The CMA CGM Group inaugurated its new logistics platform, the 3CTC Terminal (CMA CGM Cameroon Container Terminal), on February 19, 2015. The 3CTC platform has been operational since January 7, 2015, and its concession attributed for 25 years. It is located in an area between Douala and the port, where it occupies two hectares. With this new platform, the CMA CGM Group offers its clients a range of logistics solutions, including full and/or empty containers storage in a 1,200 square meters secured area and merchandises land transportation in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Prospects

Image: King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Rabigh aims at being part of the overall development of the Saudi economy, which is the largest economy in the region and among the top 20 in the world, said Abdullah Hameedaddin, managing director of Ports Development Company (PDC), according to a report in the Arab News. “King Abdullah Port also takes pride in its high-tech superstructures, as they are some of the most advanced in the world and already optimized to service vessels and operate terminals for decades to come,” Hameedaddin said.

New Dry Bulk Facility at Khalifa Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the groundbreaking of Schmidt ME Logistics’ new facility in Khalifa Port’s industrial, trade and logistics zone, Kizad. The ceremony officiated by Dr. Wolfgang Hoppmann, CEO of Schmidt ME Logistics along with senior representatives from both companies took place on May 27, 2015. Schmidt ME Logistics specializes in the packaging, product handling and intermodal transportation of dry bulk products in addition to providing services to include patent technologies exclusive to Schmidt Logistics.

Brazil Takes Delivery of Third Ocean Patrol Vessel

Photo: BAE Systems

Araguari, the third of three Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems, was handed over to the Brazilian Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base. Employees joined guests from the Brazilian Navy and U.K. Royal Navy, to watch as members of the ship’s company raised the ensign for the first time, formally marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy’s newest vessel. First of class, Amazonas, was handed over to the Brazilian Navy in June 2012. The second ship, APA, was completed in November of last year.

BAE Ocean Patrol Vessel Handed Over to Brazil Navy

Patrol Boat 'Araguari': Photo credit BAE Systems

'Araguari', the third of 3 Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems, is handed over to the Brazilian Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base UK. Employees joined guests from the Brazilian Navy and UK Royal Navy, to watch as members of the ship’s company raised the ensign for the first time, formally marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy’s newest vessel. Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships business, said: “We are extremely proud to deliver Araguari. She is a highly capable ship, and with her sister ships, will be a great asset to the Brazilian Navy.

CMA CGM Adds Iskenderun Call on BEX Service

The CMA CGM Group has  announced that starting June 16, a call in the South Turkish port of Iskenderun will be added to the Group’s Bosphorus Express Line (BEX). The CMA CGM Group adapts its offer to its clients’ needs and introduces a unique service between Asia and Iskenderun on the market. In order to answer its clients’ needs, the CMA CGM Group adapts its BEX line, joining Asia to the East Mediterranean, by adding a call in the port of Iskenderun. The Group now offers the only direct service on the market, and the best transit times between Asia and Iskenderun.

BEST Readies for Mega Ships

BEST took delivery of new quay cranes as part of the Phase II Expansion Project to Strengthen Operational Capability and Efficiency

Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST), located at the Port of Barcelona, today held a ceremony for the arrival of three new Quay Cranes (QCs), part of the next phase of expansion to enhance the terminal’s ability to handle mega-vessels. BEST currently has 11 QCs in operation, all of them capable of handling mega-vessels. In attendance was HPH Managing Director – Central Europe, Clemence Cheng as well as local and national authorities including the Minister of Industry and Development…

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