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Maharashtra to Modernize Ports

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal. Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT)

The Indian Government has taken steps to expand and modernise the posts in the state of Maharashtra. The Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya has informed that at present, there are two major ports and 48 minor ports (non-major ports) in Maharashtra. Both the major ports in Maharashtra, Mumbai Port and Jawaharlal Nehru Port are equipped with modern facilities. The infrastructure augmentation & modernization of Major Port is a continual process. Out of the 48 minor ports…

New Colombia Container Port to be Developed

Photo courtesy of Port of Aguadulce

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. ("ICTSI") and PSA International Pte. Ltd. ("PSA"), through their  subsidiaries, have signed an agreement to jointly develop, construct and operate the container port terminal and ancillary facilities located in the Peninsula of Aguadulce, Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. The agreement involves PSA´s investment in Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A., an indirect subsidiary of ICTSI, which holds the 30-year concession for the Aguadulce Port Project granted by the Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura of Colombia.

Middle East Port Set for Huge Development

Doha Port Project: Photo courtesy QNA

The Steering Committee of the New Doha Port Project is set to sign a QR4.5 billion contract for dredging the main channel after it had awarded its bid to Middle East Dredging Company. It is the second construction contract to be inked after Phase 1 of the New Port Project to construct Port Basin and Inner Breakwaters was awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company in January last year. The contract, which will be signed shortly, includes dredging and construction of the 15-meter deep approach channel. The New Port Project is scheduled to be operational in 2016.

Cabrillo Port: Record of Decision Issued

On June 5, 2007, Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton issued a Record of Decision (ROD) denying BHP Billiton’s application for a Deepwater Port license for the proposed Cabrillo Port project offshore of Ventura County, California. The denial was based on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s May 18, 2007, letter to Administrator Connaughton disapproving of BHP’s application. In his disapproval letter, Governor Schwarzenegger recognized California’s “need to expand its access to natural gas,” stating that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) “can and must be an important addition to California’s energy portfolio.” His disapproval of the Cabrillo Port Project was primarily based on concerns that the Cabrillo Port project…

Lekki Deep Sea Port Hit a Snag

The Layou Map: Tolaram Port@Lekki

The absence of a plan to construct a rail link that will ease cargo evacuation will create delay in the Federal Government's commitment of $118 million to the construction of Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos, as per a report in Daily Independent. The deep seaport project is a $1.5 billion public private partnership project among the Federal Government (represented by the Nigerian Ports Authority), the Lagos State Government and the Tolaram Group, a Singaporean investor who are promoters of the project.

India Okays Revised Concession Pact for Projects at Ports

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

India's Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved amendments in the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) to make the Port Projects more investor-friendly and make investment climate in the Sector more attractive. The amendments in the MCA envisage constitution of the Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes - Ports (SAROD-PORTS) as dispute resolution mechanism similar to provision available in Highway Sector. The other salient features of the…

Indonesia Plans to Build 22 Ports

Image: PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II

Indonesia Port Corporations (IPC) or PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia’s state-owned port operator is to build 22 ports in the country in the next five years for an anticipated cost of around $3.5 billion. “We are targeting to build 22 ports from Belawan to Sorong within five years,” Pelindo II chief executive Richard Joost Lino said. The Indonesian port projects are to be financed by cash and loans and once completed each will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.

Governor Commits $35 Million for Florida Port Projects

Port Panorama: Photo courtesy of Port Everglades

Governor Rick Scott announced at the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) Annual Convention in Orlando a commitment of nearly $35 million for strategic port projects across Florida that will be recommended to the Legislature for the upcoming legislative session. •    Port Canaveral – $9.7 million for development of a container yard. •    Port Everglades – $14.7 million to support the Turning Notch project. •    Port of Tampa – $10.4 million to improve its container yard.

Companies Align to Form Taipei Port Consortium

Taiwan's Evergreen Marine forged an alliance with three local counterparts on Friday to bid jointly for a container port project in Taipei Harbor. Evergreen Marine, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., Wan Hai Lines and Evergreen Transport said in a joint statement they would set up the Taipei Port Consortium to issue the bid. Evergreen Marine and Evergreen Transport, members of the giant Evergreen transportation conglomerate, would own a combined 50 percent of the new company, which would have initial paid-in capital of T$800 million. Wan Hai would hold 40 percent, and Yang Ming would own 10 percent, the companies said. The estimated T$20 billion port project…

ICTSI Terminates Nigeria Port Project

Photo: International Container Terminal Services

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) subsidiary Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSE) has given up on its Nigerian port project due to delays in its execution, reports Nikkei. LICTSE and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) have mutually agreed to terminate their sub-concession agreement dated Aug. 10, 2012. "The parties arrived at this decision following delays in the execution of the Lekki Port Project," ICTSI told the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Trelleborg Gets Big Fender Order for Qatar New Port

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 (€5.8billion) value port project is currently the world's largest greenfield port-development project. Trelleborg will supply the New Port Project with 829 fender systems, including 557 super cone fenders for the port’s marine services terminal, container terminals (one is part of phase one, and two further terminals ready for future development), flour mill and main vehicle terminal.

USCG, MarAd to Convene on Port Pelican Project

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued a joint Notice stating that they will hold a public meeting in New Orleans on August 18, 2003 to receive information relevant to the issuance or denial of a federal license for the proposed Port Pelican LLC Deepwater Port project. Written comments on the project should be submitted by October 2, 2003. Source: HK Law

Barco and Fabricom GTI Team Up

Barco, together with Fabricom GTI, has been selected to install a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system, including new radars, for the port of Antwerp. This port project, which was commissioned by the Flemish Agency for Maritime Services and Coast, Shipping Assistance Division and by the port of Antwerp, has a total contract value of 4.2 million euro. Barco's component-based VTS technology will offer Antwerp’s VTS operators an innovative and reliable traffic control system and will significantly enhance the safety at Europe’s second largest port.

Model Port Partners Sign Charter

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port hosted a Model Port Boston meeting in which the project's partners signed a charter outlining its mission and goal. The model port project, officially named Boston - A Model Port, is one of several Operation Safe Commerce projects underway across the country. In Boston, the project represents a coalition of state, local and federal agencies, and private sector businesses united to enhance port and transportation security while facilitating commerce. The model port project gathers and provides information regarding current security and safety practices in supply chains and critical port activities; assists in collaborative efforts to develop and share best practices for the safe and secure movement of people…

Deepwater port license application – Gulf Landing LLC

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration will hold a public hearing to receive information on possible issuance of a federal license for the proposed Gulf Landing, LLC Deepwater Port project. The project would be located approximately 38 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The public hearing will be held in New Orleans on November 18. 69 Fed. Reg. 64315 (HK Law).

Five Vessels Delivered for Qatar’s New Port Project

Photo: NDSQ

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered five vessels as part of an 11-vessel order for New Port Project (NPP). Built entirely at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, the vessels were launched and delivered to NPP after successful completion of their sea trials. Measuring 15.4 meters long with a beam of 5 meters and a speed of 25 knots, the two Damen Stan Pilot 1505 pilot boats Um Alhoul 1 and Um Alhoul 2 will be used to carry out pilot duties and the transportation of personnel.

USCG Suspends Approval Process for New LNG Project

With eyes on more than 400 environmental and safety concerns, the U.S. Coast Guard officially stopped the clock last week on the approval process for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) project planned for the southern stretches of the Santa Barbara Channel. A proposal from Texas-based NorthernStar Energy to convert the Platform Grace oil rig — some 10 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara and directly adjacent to the boundaries of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary — into an LNG facility had been on a fast-tracked review process that could have seen the Clearwater Port project approved as soon as next June — until now, that is. In a letter sent directly to NorthernStar on October 30, the Coast Guard, in conjunction with the U.S.

Yantai Port Cargo Volume Up 10.4pc

 Port of Yantai in northern Shandong province, China

The Port of Yantai in northern Shandong province, posted a 10.48 per cent year-on-year increase in overall cargo volume to 105 million tonnes in the first four months of the year, reports Xinhua. The port's full-year cargo throughput is expected to hit 300 million tonnes this year, maintaining China's top 10 coastal ports rankings. From January to April, passenger movements of the port increased 3.84 per cent year on year to 1.99 million people. Yantai government this year plans to invest a total of CNY19.56 billion (US$3.12 billion) on 20 port projects…

Indonesian New Port in Subang or Indramayu, Not in Cilamaya

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (Image: The Australian National University)

The Indonesian government has scrapped the long-awaited Cilamaya port project in Karawang district, West Java province, and is seeking a better location in Subang or Indramayu. The Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who visited Cilamaya with several ministers, including Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo and Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan, said the new port would be built east of Cilamaya, either in Subang or Indramayu. The decision followed protest from state oil and gas company Pertamina that shipping activity would hamper oil surveys and operations in that area.

Vietnam Port Development Opportunity

Construction of Van Phong International Transshipment Port has ceased, opening door to investors says economic zone official. The $3.6 billion transshipment port, fully funded by the debt-laden Vietnam National Shipping Lines , or Vinalines , was started nearly three years ago, on October 31, 2009. However, the government has ordered the investor to stop construction, after 114 piles were successfully laid in the Van Phong Bay in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa. Phi said he is not surprised by the government’s request. “It’s difficult for Vinalines to continue implementing the project, given its poor ability,” he told Tuoi Tre. Phi added that without the role of Vinalines…

Kenya to Start Port Lamu Construction

 Lamu Construction - by LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the construction of the proposed Lamu port is set to begin next month, with the promise of more jobs and expanded regional trade. The facility, which is part of the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor project, will provide an opportunity for exploitation of Kenya’s expansive maritime resources, he said. Kenya’s maritime domain extends over 230,000 square kilometres — the equivalent of about 31 of our 47 counties. This vast resource has hitherto lain untapped by Kenyans.

Port Canaveral Adds New Director of Planning Position

Melbourne resident Wade Morefield has been hired as the Port’s first Director of Planning, a position created to transition departmental-level planning efforts into a comprehensive organizational-wide function. The former Director of Planning for the city of Anniston, Alabama, Morefield most recently worked as a planner for the city of Melbourne. His planning experience includes neighborhood revitalization, redevelopment, transportation and enhancement projects, zoning and building code enforcement. As the Port’s Director of Planning, he will oversee the Port’s master plan; attend regional and local meetings involving transportation, growth and planning; as well as work with staff to develop strategies to move projects forward and to make sure they are done correctly.

MARAD Releases Port Planning and Investment Toolkit

New Toolkit Will Assist U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today released the first module of the Port Planning and Investment Toolkit, a manual designed to aid U.S. port authorities with planning and funding for crucial port infrastructure improvements. Titled Funding Strategy Guide, this module provides guidelines, analytic tools, and resources to help port authorities develop comprehensive business plans and the financial structures needed to implement them. The release of this product supports the Build America Investment Initiative, which aims to expand public-private collaboration on infrastructure development and financing in the United States.

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