Japanese FM Visits Colombo Port
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has visited the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Kono was briefed by Sri Lankan government officials about a project under consideration to expand the port. The Japanese Foreign Minister also visited the newly built control tower and the Colombo Port Expansion Project currently known as the Colombo south Port. Colombo is the largest port in Sri Lanka, which is a strategically important point in Indian Ocean sea lanes. Taro Kono was briefed by the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr.
Australia Reveals Barrier Reef Protections
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to decide in June whether to put the reef on its "in danger" list because its corals have been badly damaged and some of its animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened. Such a listing could lead to restrictions on shipping and port expansions that could hit Australia's trade in commodities and energy. Environment Minister Greg Hunt issued proposed changes to regulations to carry out the ban, which he announced in November, barring sea dumping of dredged soil in the 345,000 sq km Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The park is under federal government control. The Queensland state government also plans to ban dredge dumping in a further 3…
West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres
West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Hohensee noted that the port expansion would not have been possible without the financial assistance via a $750,000 capital outlay grant from the Louisiana State Legislature. “Most of the credit for procuring the capital outlay grant goes to Sen. John Smith, Sen. Ronnie Johns, Rep. Mike Danahay and the rest of our Southwest Louisiana delegation,” he added. “We believe these elected officials recognize the importance of the port expansion to our regional economic growth.
Shanghai To Invest $217M For Port Expansion
Shanghai is reportedly investing $217 million to build a man-made peninsula to expand its deepwater docks. The move, aimed at turning China's largest port into an international shipping center, would be completed by 2002, giving it an additional 38.7 square km (14.94 sq mile) in dock land, a local newspaper said.
Port Business: Is Bigger Better?
Every port is different. But the harbor masters meeting in Vancouver this week are finding they all have much in common. “We all are dealing with issues of efficiency, the environment, and security and how to develop our ports to best accommodate our customers today and in the future,” says Capt. Kevin Richardson, president of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) and a retired chief harbor master at the Port of Dover in the U.K. The congress is being hosted by the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and the third largest in North America by tonnage.
Port of Melbourne Plans Large Expansion
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. Dr Napthine said the Port Expansion Project would ensure the Port of Melbourne continued to be a key economic asset for the state for many decades to come. “The Port of Melbourne is an absolutely critical component of the Victorian economy, directly supporting about 14,000 jobs and many more indirect jobs throughout the state.
Australian Coal Port $10-bln Extension Shelved
A proposed $10 billion Australian coal port expansion, one of two port expansions planned near the Great Barrier Reef, was shelved by its sponsors on Friday who pointed to a lack of demand for the extra capacity. The Dudgeon Point coal terminal project, designed to handle 180 million tonnes a year, was withdrawn on Friday ahead of a deadline for submitting all the studies for its application for environmental approval. The decision came in the wake of a slide in coal prices to five-year lows that has forced miners, led by BHP Billiton Ltd and Glencore, to cancel coal projects, shut mines and sack thousands of workers. The two-terminal…
MarAd Names New Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development
The Maritime Administration has appointed H. Keith Lesnick its new Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development. In his new role as associate administrator, Lesnick will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation; the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services; the Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities; the Office of Shipper and Carrier Outreach; and the agency’s nationwide Gateway offices in New York, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va. Lesnick joined the Maritime Administration in 1995 as a special assistant to the maritime administrator and…
Future of Pakistan Deep-Sea Port Touted
Leaders are touting development of Pakistan's first deep-sea port at Gwadar as a potentially potent engine for trade and other economic growth in the region, reported UPI. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz spoke at a ceremony marking the start-up of the nation's first desalination plant financed entirely from private sources. He added the new deep-water port will eventually be linked to Iran, the Pakistan Dawn newspaper reported. Aziz acknowledged that some of his countrymen are concerned that the port expansion project, which is to start next month, will draw people from other countries, changing Gwadar's demographics. Pakistan began technical and financial studies for the Gwadar port in 1993. Source: UPI
India to Raise $2B in Foreign Funding for Ports
The Indian government is planning on raising $2B in overseas funding for major port expansion, the Economic Times of India reported today. The funding will also be used to construct rail and road projects to connect the ports to the country's interior. Indian officials told the Times that the proposal is soon to be finalized, and funds will be used to invest in 12 major ports. Officials also added that the plan will require approval from the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India.
Malacca Begins Work for International Port
Soon after China identified Malaysia's Malacca as part of its 21st Century Maritime Silk Route economic belt (MSR), an international shipping port is being planned for the state. The existing port in Malacca would be expanded to meet international standards, informed the Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as per a report in the Star. A vast opportunity awaits Malacca under MSR, and the government will start with the port expansion as part of the initiative, the minister added.
Manila Upgrades North Harbour Port
Manila North Harbour Port Inc. (MNHPI) is budgeting P1 billion ($23 million) capital expenditure this year to finance port expansion. It expects to increase container throughput once a major terminal upgrade completes. According to the MNHP chief executive officer Richard Barclay, capex last year was “probably over P2 billion including the equipment,” while target revenue for this year is more than P2 billion. The new operations centre currently under construction at MNHP's box port will house a one-stop shop for terminal users…
Possible tug strike at Port Hedland
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Port of Prescott Formally Renamed Port of Johnstown
The Port of Prescott owned and operated by the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, located on the St. Lawrence River south of the Canadian Capital of Ottawa, Ontario has announced that effective January 1, 2014, the Port will be officially renamed the Port of Johnstown. The name change is due to the correct geographical location of the port within the boundaries of the Town of Johnstown located in the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal. It also coincides with the new expansion of the primary wharf and the development of new berthing and cargo storage areas.
Tema Port To Be Expanded
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports. This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport. The project is a Public Private Partnership between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), representing the Ghana Government and Meridian Ports Services (MPS). The Port Of Tema Is the largest port in Ghana. Situated on the eastern coast of the country it stretches over a 3.9 million square metres of land area.
Jebel Ali Mega Ship Expansion on Track
Last of the 65 ton blocks that make up the foundation of the extended quay wall of the 1 million TEU expansion laid in place. The Jebel Ali port expansion, scheduled to open for business in the second quarter of 2013, extends the quay wall by 400 metres to 3000 metres, allowing the simultaneous handling of six 15000 TEU mega ships. Meanwhile, across the harbour from Terminal 2, work is also well underway on the brand new, state of the art, 4 million TEU capacity Terminal 3, set to open in 2014, taking Jebel Ali’s total capacity to 19 million TEU.
Banks Won't Fund Coal Port Expansion near Reef
Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank AG, has declared it will not finance a controversial coal port expansion in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, responding to calls from environmental groups and tourism operators. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, also signalled on Friday it would be unlikely to finance the project. Deutsche Bank's stand marks a win for those opposed to $26 billion worth of coal projects that plan to use the Abbot Point port, already facing delays due to weak coal prices. But one company involved said the bank's position made no difference. "This doesn't impact our proposed projects in any way," Indian firm GVK Hancock spokesman Josh Euler said.
Damen to Build New Boats for Port of Salandha
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) recently awarded Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) preferred bidder status to build a pilot boat and a tug boat for the Port of Saldanha in the Western Cape. The vessels, customized for the South African market, includes a state of the art ship-handling Stan Tug 2006 and a Pilot Cutter 2706. The Port of Saldanha - South Africa's largest natural port with the deepest water – is one of the world's larger iron ore ports, having handled a total of 58.263 million tons of cargo, of which the major share was iron ore for export. With the terminal operating at its maximum, the port is continuing the expansion of its operations to meet the capacity needs ahead of demand.
Thailand Port Expansion Opposed by Residents
The move comes after the Transport Ministry proposed a 120-billion-baht (US$ 3.7-billion) project over seven years to expand the busy Chon Buri port. The port has undergone two development phases, and Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan is calling for a third phase, advised by Team Group. The proposed expansion will increase the port's annual cargo-handling capacity to 18.8 million 20-foot equivalent units, sufficient for over the next two decades, while at present the port handles 55% of Thailand's exports and imports. The port expansion is part of the projects aimed at connecting the Eastern Seaboard to a planned deep-sea port and industrial estate in Dawei, Myanmar. The expansion affects more than 1,000 households in Bang Lamung district, said local resident Chokthana Uppatham.
BEST Readies for Mega Ships
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…
Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion
The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups. The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to expand a coal port but will make them pay for it themselves. "The Queensland Government is restarting the approvals process for expanding the Abbot Point coal terminal in north Queensland in a bid to keep dredge spoil away from both the Great Barrier Reef and nearby wetlands," says an official statement.
Ghana Wants to Expand Maritime Industry
Port authorities in the West African states must act together to explore the full potential of the region's maritime industry to enable them compete in the global economy, Richard Anamoo, Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has said. According to him, there is the need to enhance trade and investment opportunities for ports infrastructure development considering the growth in traffic and increase in imports. Anamoo said that the management of the ports has been fraught with many challenges including terrorism…
Wilhelmsen Supports Major Port Construction
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has secured a contract to provide ships agency services to Van Oord at Maasvlakte 2, the major port expansion project in Rotterdam. Land reclamation in the North Sea and dredging of the port basins will expand the existing port and industrial zone on the west side of Maasvlakte with 1000 hectares new land for port activities and industry. Up to 14 vessels operated by van Oord will be supporting the project and Wilhelmsen Ships Service will be managing the formalities of co-ordinating with port authorities, customs, immigration and other areas of port liaison.