Port Said Tunnel to SCCT Opened
The opening of the Port Said tunnel, under the Suez Canal just south of Port Said last week is an important piece of the jigsaw required to position the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) as Egypt’s primary gateway terminal.Construction of the twin-tubed, 4-lane road tunnel began in 2017. Its inauguration follows the opening of the Ismailia tunnel earlier this year and the 30th June Axis road, a 10-lane highway with 2+2 dedicated lanes for trucks.With the terminals strategic location offering no deviation from the main routes on trade lanes between Asia and Europe…
APM Terminals to Support SCCT
The international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, APM Terminals said that it is working closely with the government of Egypt on the final pieces of the jigsaw that will ensure the success of Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).Once in place, it is set to regain its position as one of the most competitive ports in the South and East Mediterranean region, APM said in a press release.As part of Egypt Vision 2030, the Egyptian Government has made massive investments in infrastructure.
China's Ningbo-Zhoushan Becomes World's Top Port
China's super-large port Ningbo-Zhoushan, the busiest port in China, saw an annual cargo throughput of 1 billion tonnes, becoming the first one globally to reach this volume, according to data provided by the port. The port in East China's Zhejiang province deepened cooperation with major shipping companies and harbors along the Belt and Road, adding five sea routes to raise its total to 86. It also signed cooperation agreements with 20 other ports, Xinhua reported Mao Jianhong, chairman of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group as saying.
Potential Maritime Disaster Averted
Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai, a 101 meter long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, March 17, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos. One of TNPA’s new tugs – Shasa – which has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons…
Repair Yard Detyens Taps into Key Niche Markets
Location, location, location. Centrally located, experienced in a surprisingly wide range of disciplines, Detyens Shipyard has quietly ‘dredged’ up a niche in the highly competitive domestic repair and refit game. Detyens Shipyards, located in Charleston, SC, has been repairing and converting commercial and U.S. government vessels since 1962. Although perhaps better known for its blue water, deep draft work, the firm boasts a deep portfolio of experience on vessels ranging from tugs and barges to tankers, bulkers, car carriers, container ships and cruise ships.
UASC Rolls out Indian Service
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX) on 26 February, offering coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the US. The IMEX service rotation, effective February 26th 2016…
UASC Reshuffles Weekly Service
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has announced a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX), providing its customers with optimal coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the U.S. As part of its global expansion and customer service excellence strategy…
Yangtze to Ship Direct Containers
Taicang Container Lines Co. Ltd has rolled out the first direct container shipping line linking China's Yangtze River basin and Southeast Asia, reports Xinhua. The container ship departs once a week from and arrives at Taicang Port in east China's Jiangsu Province, and will travel as far as Laem Chabang and Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Taichang Port is the river's largest container port. The line is expected to help import and export companies along the Yangtze River and the Yangtze River Delta save about 50 million yuan (about 7.6 million U.S.
Hapag-Lloyd: Better Service between Med, Black Sea
From mid-February, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce a new Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX) service. The new short sea service offers customers a weekly connection between ports in Egypt, Israel, Turkey and major Black Sea ports with competitive transit times. It will furthermore guarantee the connectivity of the Black Sea ports with Hapag-Lloyd’s comprehensive global liner service network – especially to and from North America, Latin America, Far East, Oceania and North Europe. Three ships with a nominal capacity of 1,700 TEU each and a high number of reefers plugs will be deployed in the BMX service. The first voyage will commence from Damietta on February 16.
Green Signal to New Access Channel to Port Said East
The construction of a wide access channel to Port Said East, as the side channel project, has officially received approval. The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), vice admiral Mohab Mamish, has approved the construction of a new access channel to Port Said East which will which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to visit Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) round the clock. Egypt plans to complete the side channel, that would speed up shipping and allow ships direct entry into the port by the end of June 2016, Mohab said.
SCCT Prepares to Boost Vessel Traffic with 24-hour Access
A formal signing ceremony will now enable vessels to transit to Port Said East through a new side channel to be constructed bypassing the Suez Canal’s main entrance. Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, the Head of the SCA, formally approved the construction of a new 9.5 km (5 mile) long, 17 meter (55 feet) deep and 250 meter (820 foot) wide access channel to Port Said East which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to the Suez Canal Container Terminal, one of the largest and busiest container facilities on the Mediterranean Sea.
South Africa Ports Gear Up for Cruise Season
South Africa’s ports are ramping up for a bumper cruise season with at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities. The South African cruise season kicked off officially in October with a number of smaller vessels already having called at South Africa’s ports. They are en route to and from travel hotspots in Africa, Europe, the Far East, the Mediterranean, South America and more. However the MSC SINFONIA – a cruise ship in the local cruise calendar – marked a highlight in the 2015/16 cruise calendar when she arrived in her homeport of Durban in the early hours of Thursday, November 19. This was her first South African call this season.
Case Study: Samalaju Port’s New Bulk Handling Facilities
Paul Charlton, Managing Director of BMT WBM’s Machinery Group discusses the new bulk handling facilities being built at Samalaju Port in East Malaysia. In its efforts to efficiently service the anticipated increase in cargo which will be generated by industries relocating to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd, a Malaysian government-linked company, is investing approximately RM1.89 billion ($500 million USD) in the emerging port of Samalaju in East Malaysia.
SCCT All Set for Suez Traffic Growth
The Suez Canal Container Terminal, located east of the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, at the convergence of the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, is preparing for an even larger role in global trade as the expansion of the man-made waterway linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas enables increased vessel traffic. Four additional Super-Post-Panamax cranes scheduled for delivery to the terminal in mid-2016 will bring SCCT’s crane total to 24, increasing the terminal’s annual throughput capacity to 5.4 million TEUS…
Panalpina Acquires Egyptian Agent Afifi
Switzerland-based supply chain solutions provider Panalpina is to acquire its Egyptian agent Afifi, a family-owned company specializing in freight forwarding, customs clearance and logistics. The move is an important step in Panalpina’s continued strategic expansion in growth economies, in particular in the Middle East and Africa, the company said. Afifi has been Panalpina’s agent in Egypt for the last 20 years. “Egypt has a lot of potential for us,” said Peter Triebel, Panalpina’s regional CEO for the Middle East, Africa and CIS.
Hapag-Lloyd to Enhance ADX to Bari, Italy
Effective June 27, 2015 Hapag-Lloyd will enhance its Adriatic Express Service (ADX) with a new call at Bari on the eastbound leg.
Essar Ports Acquires Vizag Port's Iron Ore Complex
Essar Ports Ltd. (EPL) today announced the taking over of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust’s (VPT) Iron Ore Handling Complex on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, for a period of 30 years. Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd. (EVTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPL, will comprise three berths (two outer harbour berths and one inner harbour berth) with a combined capacity of 23 Million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) which will be developed in two phases. “Enhancing the cargo handling capacity and mechanization of port facilities for efficient management is crucial for long term sustenance.
Hapag-Lloyd's New Set-up in Mediterranean
As one of the top global carriers Hapag-Lloyd offering a comprehensive service network have announced their new service Turkey Israel Express. Furthermore Levante Express and Adriatic Express Service will offer an enhanced service to meet your requirements. The first voyage of the Turkey Israel Express will commence with the MV “Flintercoast” voyage 001EB / DP 94100, ETD Mersin, Turkey May 5, 2015. The existing Black Sea Service (BSF) continues with today’s port rotation Port Said (East) • Ashdod • Istanbul • Constanta • Odessa • Istanbul.
APM Terminals Mumbai Welcomes China Shipping
APM Terminals Mumbai welcomed China Shipping Container Line’s HS Paris on March 20th, on her maiden call as part of the Middle East-Indian Subcontinent-North America (MINA) Service, jointly operated by the United Arab Shipping Company, Hanjin Shipping, CMA CGM and China Shipping. The 6,500 TEU capacity HS Paris completed 1,292 import and export moves in approximately 12 hours, for a berth productivity of 106 moves per hour. The MINA Service operates on fixed-day weekly sailing linking KhorFakkan…
Congestion Forces Hapag-Lloyd Skip Rotterdam Port
Forced by the on-going congestion at Rotterdam Port, Hapag-Lloyd has had to make temporary changes in ships calling at that port. Customers were Informed on July 8, 2014 that Hapag-Lloyd will move the Port Said East call from Loop 4 to Loop 7. The Rotterdam situation will be reviewed regularly and if necessary, we will advise on further Antwerp calls for consecutive voyages. Europe - Asia Loop 4 - Temporary port call move from Rotterdam to Antwerp for further three voyages.
UASC Introduces New Asia - Europe Network
UASC has introduced its new Asia – Europe Network with three new services (AEC1, AEC3, AEC4), and two enhanced services (AEC8, AEC9). These services will broaden UASC’s market coverage providing direct services to additional Asian and North European ports whereby UASC will provide more efficient and high quality services to its existing and new customers. This new setup is developed through a Vessel Sharing Agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and slot exchange arrangements with Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine Corp.
MOL Bulk Carrier Arrested in Shanghai
A maritime court in Shanghai has ordered the detention of a Japanese ship having ordered the ship's owner to pay delayed rent and losses to a Chinese firm deting from as long ago as 2007, according to Xinhua. The ship, named BAOSTEEL EMOTION and owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was detained at a port in east China's Zhejiang Province. The court ruled on Dec. 7, 2007 that MOL should compensate the Chinese firm 2.9 billion Japanese Yen (28.4 million U.S. dollars), including delayed rent and operating losses.
China Launch Passenger RoRo Ship with Military Capability
China's largest RoRo 'Bohai Emerald Bead' with the longest reach leaves Yantai Port in East China. Different from ordinary ships, the 36,000 displacement civilian passenger and roll-on/roll-off ship was constructed in accordance with national defense requirements in mind in its design and construction so that it can carry organic troop units and heavy equipment. The 178-meter-long and 28-meter-breadth ship can carry 2,000-plus persons and be loaded with over 300 vehicles of various sizes simultaneously. The "Bohai Emerald Bead" is the first ship of its kind to be built in China, and there are three more of the same design under construction.