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Added: 21 Apr 2017
ABPmer, a recognised numerical modelling and dredging specialist, has been commissioned by the port of Waterford in Ireland to develop hydrodynamic and sediment models of the Waterford Estuary, as part of its Master Plan process.

By replicating present conditions the model will be used to optimize the port’s current dredging commitment along with informing feasibility studies, environmental assessments, designs and construction plans for the port’s ongoing growth.

Heidi Roberts, Head of Physical Processes at ABPmer said: ‘We are delighted to be asked to support the port of Waterford in its future ambitions. As the in-house marine science advisor to Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest ports group, we know that successful design and operation of ports is dependent on understanding the natural environment.’

To inform and calibrate the models, it is essential to have a good understanding of the tidal and flow conditions both spatially and temporally within and throughout the estuary. ABPmer has therefore contracted Hydrographic Surveys Ltd, a local survey company to undertake water quality surveys and to assist them in deploying instruments.

ABPmer is one of the leading providers of technical services to the port and harbour sector based on its technical capabilities, experience and diverse nature of its parent company (ABP) that owns and operates 21 ports and several marinas across the UK. Work is undertaken in accordance with its Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001:2015 for the delivery of environmental consultancy and research services.

Based in Southampton, England ABPmer has supported projects around the globe.

Photo kindly provided by Port of Waterford©.
Added: 05 Mar 2017
Three new, ship-to-shore container cranes manufactured in Ireland by Liebherr and assembled in Cork Harbour are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan later this month (March).

These cranes which are currently on board the Overseas Heavy Transport (OHT) vessel Albatross (illustrated), transferred from Cork Dockyard to the Port of Cork’s Deepwater berth in Ringaskiddy in order that the heavy lift vessel could take on ballast before departure to San Juan.

Each crane has a capacity of 65 tonnes and measures approximately 65 metres in height, with an outreach of 40 metres.

Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth is capable of handling vessels of this size and providing a fast and efficient turnaround of such vessels. Before Albatross sails she will share the berth with the weekly Maersk container service from Central America, bringing the overall length of both vessels alongside to 414 metres.

Speaking of the Port of Cork’s capabilities as a Tier 1 Port of National Significance and a naturally deep water port, Commercial Manager Captain Michael McCarthy said: ‘The Port of Cork is delighted to partner with Liebherr Cranes in selecting our Ringaskiddy Deepwater port to export their cranes to world markets.

‘We have had an excellent relationship with Liebherr since the early 1990s when we commissioned two cranes for our facility in Ringaskiddy. Since then we have grown our relationship with the company and all our port cranes are manufactured by Liebherr.

‘It is great to see Liebherr recognising our exporting capability as a deep water port.’

While in Ringaskiddy the OHT vessel, which was originally designed as an oil tanker and converted to a crane carrier, will take on a large volume of water ballast in her lower ballast tanks to counteract the weight of the cranes on deck. Each crane weighs approximately 900 tonnes. However, the weight is evenly distributed on the main deck of the vessel. The cranes are then secured firmly (by being welded) to the deck of the vessel and as such they form a single composite unit.

According to John Hourihan Jr, Crowley’s senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico Services, the electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerized cargo being carried aboard Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class Con-Ro ships.

Hourihan said: ‘With these state-of-the-art cranes now erected, we are taking another step toward the transformation of our terminal into the most modern and efficient port facility on the island of Puerto Rico. We eagerly await their arrival here.’

Picture caption
MV Albatross at Port of Cork’s Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth.
Photo reproduced by kind permission of Aidan Fleming (Port of Cork)©
Added: 20 Feb 2017
On 2 February, from its HQ in Paris, the International Transport Forum (ITF) released a new study on the impacts of cruise shipping on urban development in the case of the city of Dublin, Ireland.

Cruise passengers now represent 7% to 8% of the total number of tourists coming to Dublin, a share that has increased rapidly over the last decade. The value cruise tourism brings could be further increased by developing Dublin into a cruise home port.

The study’s recommendations include:

Implementation of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project
This project will provide new berths for cruise shipping. Developing more adapted infrastructure for cruise ships and passengers is the primary concern to improve Dublin’s success as a cruise port. With approval from the national planning authority granted, implementation could go ahead at full speed.

Development of a joint cruise strategy for the whole city of Dublin
As part of such a strategy Cruise Dublin could be promoted through joint marketing and communication of Dublin as a cruise destination.

Better exploitation of Dublin’s asset as a potential home port
In order to increase local economic impacts of cruise shipping, Dublin’s assets as a potential cruise home port could be leveraged and the facilities needed for realising such an ambition provided, including a cruise terminal building structure.

Firm decisions needed on cruise passenger flows
Solutions for alleviating constraints include more parking spots for coaches and planning to ease passenger traffic flows between the new cruise terminal and the city centre. The ambition should be to have these measures implemented when the new cruise terminal becomes operational.

Development of a green cruise port policy
This could start with a systematic monitoring of environmental impacts of cruise ships, including air emissions, to be extended with mitigation measures, such as incentive schemes for cleaner cruise ships.

The study was carried out as part of a programme on cruise shipping and urban development at the ITF and was made possible by a voluntary contribution from Dublin Port Company.

Cruise Shipping and Urban Development: The Case of Dublin can be viewed online and downloaded from http://www.itf-oecd.org/cruise-shipping-dublin.
Added: 19 Feb 2017
News was received from Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) on 16 February that the Port of Takoradi had received its largest vessel since the port was created in 1928.

It is understood that berthing was made possible by lengthening of the bulk jetty. Port of Takoradi’s Public Affairs and Marketing Manager, Peter Armoo Bediako, said that as the first 200 metres of the intended 800 metres of the bulk jetty had been completed Takoradi Port was able to berth two large vessels namely mv Josco Fuzhou (197metres loa) and mv Iris Oldendorf (200 metres loa).

Prior to the port’s expansion project berthed vessels could only load up to 35,000 tonnes and now this capability has increased to 150,000 tonnes of cargo.

Bediako stated that Iris Oldendorf was currently loading 63,000 metric tonnes of bauxite bound for the People’s Republic of China.

Expansion of the port which began in November 2014 is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 to permit larger volumes of import and export cargoes to be handled.

Bediako said of this port expansion: …it will allow for bigger vessels to call at the port, it will allow for more cargo to be loaded and more imports of bulk or clinker will be brought into the country. More bauxite and manganese could be loaded, and more quick lime. It will impact positively in our revenue stream not only for GPHA but also for Ghana as a whole.’

Finally, it is understood that the project when complete will make Takoradi the deepest draft port in the sub-region. It will also be equipped with a conveyor belt system for rapid handling of bulk cargoes.

About Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA)
GPHA is a Statutory Corporation established under Ghana’s Provisional National Defence Council Law (PNDCL 160) of 1986 to build, plan, develop, manage, maintain, operate and control ports in Ghana.

The statutory functions of the GPHA may be summarised as follows:
• Ownership, administration and regulation of the port estates
• Planning the use of port lands
• Planning, development and maintenance of port infrastructure and superstructure

• Granting of concessions and licences to private port operators

• Licensing of small craft to operate in the ports

• Operation and management of port facilities

• Provision of marine (vessel handling) services – viz. pilotage, towage, mooring and unmooring, salvage

• Provision of cargo handling services – viz. stevedoring, receipt, storage and delivery of consignments,

• Supply of fresh water and electric power to vessels, tenants, etc.

• Regulation of port operations and the use of the ports.

• Environmental management, port security, property protection and emergency preparedness and response.

• Setting and administration of port tariffs.

Ghana Ports handbook is available here:

Picture caption
mv Iris Oldendorf (200 metres loa) at Port of Takoradi’s bulk jetty.
Photo obtained by kind courtesy of www.ghanaports.gov.gh
International Transport Forum (ITF) ReportsInternational Transport Forum (ITF) Reports
Added: 27 Jan 2017
The port of Gothenburg is the incontestable gateway to Sweden. The most important challenge for Gothenburg is to keep attracting direct calls from ocean-going vessels, considered of utmost importance by Swedish industry.

These direct calls are carried out by ever larger ships. Two questions arise:

What is needed to continue attracting them in the future?

What are the impacts of very large ships that will have to be taken into account?

On 11 January 2016 ITF published: The Impact of Mega-Ships: The Case of Gothenburg (see: http://www.itf-oecd.org/impact-mega-ships-gothenburg) brings more clarity to these issues by assessing the various impacts the arrival of mega-ships has in Gothenburg. It analyses policies in place and provides recommendations as to how to deal effectively with mega-ships in Sweden’s largest port.

This report is part of the International Transport Forum’s Case-Specific Policy Analysis series. These are topical studies on specific issues carried out by the ITF in agreement with local institutions.

On 22 December 2016 ITF published: Cruise Shipping and Urban Development: The Case of Venice (see: http://www.itf-oecd.org/cruise-shipping-and-urban-development-case-venice )

The city of Venice (Italy) is a major cruise destination. Cruise shipping brings in passengers and their money, but also air pollution, visual impacts and concerns about the lagoon. So does the city ultimately benefit from this form of maritime tourism, and is the cruise shipping boom Venice has experienced sustainable?

This report aims to bring more clarity to these controversial issues by assessing the various impacts cruise shipping has had in Venice. It analyses policies in place and provides recommendations on how to increase the net benefits from cruise shipping to Venice.

On 9 December 2016 ITF published: Ports Policy Review of Chile (see: http://www.itf-oecd.org/ports-policy-review-chile ).

This report assesses ports policies in Chile. Highly dependent on maritime trade, the quality of Chile’s ports has a direct impact on the country’s economy. The report offers a series of recommendations intended to help further develop Chile’s ports policies. It is based on a thorough assessment of current port performance, an analysis of the bottlenecks that would need to be resolved to increase performance, and takes into account good international practices.

Gothenburg. Illustration reproduced by kind courtesy of ITF ©.
Added: 26 Jan 2017
The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, announced on 24 January that it had committed to invest $180 million in the strategic deep sea port of Caio in Cabinda enclave, Republic of Angola. This commitment is made as part of FSDEA’s $1.1 billion infrastructure fund.

Commenting on the project, José Filomeno dos Santos, Chairman of the Board of Directors, FSDEA stated: ‘Investments in the industrial sector and infrastructure support trade in the sub-Saharan region have shown high rates of profitability and resistance to the risks associated with the countries on our continent. Allocating capital to maritime infrastructure and logistical and industrial support in Angola allows diversifying other investments in the international financial markets present in FSDEA’s portfolio. Through this project, in particular, we aim to create more than 20,000 jobs and add value to our national growth.’

It is understood that this investment will create the first deep sea port in Angola and will be built in two phases. Phase 1 will result in a terminal of 630 metres length connected to the shore via a two kilometre bridge. Its access channel will have a depth of 15 metres and the terminal will benefit from a water depth of 14 metres. Furthermore, port facilities are expected to include a free trade zone, advanced ship repair facility, storage and cargo handling space.

The FSDEA also released its second and third quarter investment update for 2016 on 24 January. This covers the period from 1 April to 30 September 2016, at the end of which, the total assets of the Fund were valued at $4.755 billion. Within this figure 16.4% of the $1.1 billion infrastructure fund has been committed to a maritime project to support logistics and industrial infrastructure.

Specifically, $32.5 million has been committed towards developing large-scale wood fibre plantations spread over 80,000 hectares in the Planalto region of Angola. In the half year ending 30 September 2016 assets of the fund included 14.8% of the fund’s $220 million timber fund capital which had been specifically allocated to a large-scale eucalyptus concession.

About the Fundo Soberano de Angola:
The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) (www.FundoSoberano.ao) is a Sovereign Wealth Fund wholly owned by the State of the Republic of Angola. The Fund is established in accordance with international governance benchmarks and develops an investment portfolio across a number of industries and asset classes, in accordance with investment policy and guidelines set by the State. By pursuing investments that generate long-term and socially enhancing financial returns, the FSDEA has an important role in promoting Angola’s socio-economic prosperity and generating wealth for Angolans.
Added: 23 Jan 2017
Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC)

Around the world there are few ports that are very special natural harbours. Of these Aden is one and it lies directly on major international shipping routes thus occupying a truly strategic position in the Middle East.

Without doubt Aden Port has massive potential for further expansion of its facilities because of the size of the harbour and the fact that there is no need for breakwater protection or maintenance dredging when the facilities have been built, it is reported.

On 19 January a delegation (illustrated) sent by the Turkish Government paid a visit to the Port of Aden to assess the critical needs of the Port after months of turmoil which saw rebels opposing forces loyal to the government and resulting in high casualties, a breakdown in essential services and a humanitarian crisis.

Chairman of YGAPC Mohammed Alawi Omzarbah met the Turkish delegation and expressed his thanks and appreciation for their support to the Port of Aden, part of a plan by Turkey for the legitimate government of Yemen.

It is understood that the Executive Chairman, Deputy Engineer Abdulrab Jaber Al-Khulaqi briefed the delegation during the field visit to all port facilities with a detailed explanation of the damage suffered by the port and its infrastructure and the emergency needs that would enable it to provide basic services to its customers.

For his part the head of the Turkish delegation emphasized the commitment of the Turkish government to provide the necessary support for the Port to enable it to carry on its activities as the gateway of Yemen to the world.

At the beginning of the year Chairman Mohammad Alawi Omzarbah clarified in a statement that there are efforts to normalise customs tariffs in all Yemen sea ports to help in activating shipping traffic and maritime trade. At the same time it is anticipated that this would energise the economy and development in the Republic of Yemen, particularly in the Port of Aden.

Trade in the Port of Aden was severely hampered during the months of unrest. In the month of November 2016 only nine container vessels (inward + outward) were handled totalling c.24,000 TEU. In the eleven months to end November a total of 105 vessels were handled totalling 245, 478 boxes. Statistics here do not include dhow traffic, Ro-Ro, livestock, bulk or dry cargo vessels.
Added: 15 Jan 2017
Despite challenges, Long Beach posts fifth-best year

Slowed by industry headwinds and challenges that included a major customer declaring bankruptcy, the Port of Long Beach still moved almost 6.8 million TEU in 2016, its fifth best year ever. This was reported on 11 January.

Overall cargo declined 5.8% in 2016 compared to 2015, as the Port was impacted by new ocean carrier alliances and the August bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean company and former majority stakeholder at the 381-acre Pier T container terminal, Long Beach’s largest.

By the year’s end, the Harbor Commission had approved an agreement for a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co., one of the world’s largest container ship operators, to take sole control of the long-term lease at Pier T.

Said Port of Long Beach Interim Chief Executive Duane Kenagy: ‘As the new year starts, we are grateful to be able to put the Hanjin bankruptcy behind us. At the same time MSC’s quick interest in Pier T, once it became available, shows the facility’s value to the industry. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with MSC and the 2M Alliance.’

Added Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán: ‘Last year was turbulent, with numerous ocean carrier mergers and other changes, Now we have one of the largest ocean carriers in the world as a major partner and we are well positioned to rebound in 2017. While the industry strives for equilibrium, Long Beach will continue be a reliable port of entry and continue to provide the fastest, most efficient services for trade from the Far East.’

Cargo was 8% lower in December compared to the same month in 2015. Imports decreased 8.2% to 271,599 TEU. Exports fell 2.5% to 122,933 TEUs while empties declined 11.4%to 154,397 TEU.

A total of 6,775,171 TEU moved through docks in 2016. Imports totalled 3,442,575 TEU, down 5%, and exports were up 0.3% to 1,529,497. Empty containers were down 11.7% to 1,803,098.

The year started on a high note in Long Beach, with shipments rising in early 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Later in 2016, shifting service routes under the new alliances and the Hanjin bankruptcy contributed to a slide in cargo figures.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.
Added: 13 Jan 2017
8.8 million TEU surpasses previous Los Angeles record set in 2006

It was announced from San Pedro, California on 11 January that cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles reached 8,856,782 TEU in 2016, marking the busiest year ever for a Western Hemisphere Port. The previous record was set in 2006, when the Port of Los Angeles handled 8,469,853 TEU.

Said Mayor Eric Garcetti: ‘The Port of L A is America’s Port® and we are breaking records because we understand the importance of innovating and collaborating to move our economy forward. We have seen incredible progress over the last two years, and it speaks to the hard work and partnership between the City, business leaders, and the workers who keep our port running smoothly every day.’

The Port finished the year strong, with December volumes of 796,536 TEU, a 27% increase compared to the same period last year. It was the Port’s busiest December and fourth quarter in its 110-year history. Overall in 2016, cargo increased 8.5% compared to 2015.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka added: ‘I salute our industry stakeholders and thank Mayor Garcetti and the policymakers and agencies at the state and federal level that have supported our various Supply Chain Optimization initiatives over the past year. To handle this much volume with minimal issues is an extraordinary accomplishment and demonstrates our capability-building efforts here in the San Pedro Bay complex.’

‘We are proud to be the backbone that makes the San Pedro Bay port one of the world’s leading trade gateways,’ said Bobby Olvera Jr., President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13. He went on: ‘Longshore workers played a critical role in this milestone and we look forward to doing our part to process more cargo through the port complex in 2017.’

John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) said: ‘The San Pedro Bay port complex is unmatched in North America when it comes to speed, efficiency and reliability, and these record numbers are proof,. Along with the increase in cargo, we are particularly proud that we are seeing increased efficiencies at our terminals, specifically with decreases in the amount of time it takes to pick up a container after it has been unloaded from a ship.’

In conclusion Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation commented: ‘The Port of Los Angeles is a critical partner in the retail supply chain. The port continues to lead the way in stakeholder engagement to address issues that impact the movement of goods. This commitment and focus on supply chain optimization is essential as the maritime industry changes and evolves.’

December imports increased 22.6% to 394,217 TEU. Exports jumped 25.6% to 164,900 TEU. Along with a 23.5% rise in empty containers, overall December container volumes were 796,536 TEU.

Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

Illustration reproduced by kind courtesy of Port of Los Angeles©.
Added: 10 Jan 2017
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the Statutory Harbour Authority for 32 harbours in the Western Isles of Scotland, and the owner and operator for 51 pier, jetty and slipway facilities.

Recognising that it is good practice to regularly review operations, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recently commissioned ABPmer to appraise its current arrangements for discharging its duties as a Statutory Harbour Authority.

Monty Smedley, maritime specialist at ABPmer commented: ‘We were delighted to undertake this independent review for the Comhairle. ABPmer’s dedicated maritime team has in-depth knowledge and practical application of the various standards and expectations laid down in port and harbour authority codes such as the Department for Transport’s ‘Port Marine Safety Code’ and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘Safety in Docks’ Approved Code of Practice.

‘Our specialists conducted a series of interviews and meetings with members of the Comhairle’s marine team, port management and elected Council Members, in September. ABPmer presented the findings from the review to the Comhairle’s Harbour Board in a meeting held in Stornoway in early December’.

ABPmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited and has a wealth of experience in providing operational support to both small and large scale port operations. The company has been helping clients develop, manage, operate and protect the marine environment for more than 65 years and is well known for its knowledge of the marine environment, technical ability and emphasis on service excellence.

Furthermore, ABPmer has advised clients in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Based in Southampton, England,

ABPmer’s work is undertaken in accordance with a Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001 for the delivery of Environmental Consultancy and Research Services.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the local government council for for Na h-Eileanan Siar council area of Scotland, comprising the Outer Hebrides.
Added: 19 Dec 2016
Hutchison Ports has signed an MOU with the Government of Ukraine for the development of Chornomorsk Port on the Black Sea.

The MOU was signed by Clemence Cheng, Managing Director Hutchison Ports Europe, and Volodymyr Omelyan, the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure during a visit by the Minister to the Port of Felixstowe. The Minister was joined by Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, HE Natalia Galibarenko. This was reported on 19 December.

Commenting on the agreement, Clemence Cheng, said: ‘We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ukraine to develop container terminal facilities at Chornomorsk. We have long seen the potential for growth in container business in Ukraine and look forward to working together with the Ministry of Infrastructure to realise our shared aim of developing world class port facilities to facilitate trade.’

Minister Omelyan added: ‘I am glad that the world’s leading port operator enters Ukraine’s maritime market. Government is committed to finalize the agreement and to close the deal in 2017.’

Chornomorsk is one of the largest ports in the Black Sea handling a range of cargo including containers, general and bulk cargoes as well as those shipped by ferry services. Situated in the south-western region of Ukraine 20 kilometres south of Odessa, Chornomorsk has established rail connections to the capital Kiev and existing skilled workforce.

Picture caption
Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Voldymyr Omelyan (left) and Clemence Cheng, MD Hutchison Ports Europe, sign an MOU for the development of Chornomorsk Port.

About Hutchison Ports
Hutchison Ports is the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transport-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.

In 2015, Hutchison Ports handled a combined throughput of 83.8 million TEU.
Added: 12 Dec 2016
Following a month-long public comment period, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners announced on 8 December that they had approved the agency’s 2017 Budget consisting of $3.1 billion for operating expenses and $2.9 billion for capital projects including state-of-good repair work and new construction at its bridges, tunnels, terminals, airports, seaport and PATH system.

The $3.1 billion Operating Budget approved by the Board represents an increase of 1.3% in expenses over the prior year budget before consideration of the costs of operating and maintaining new facilities at the World Trade Center and the contractual five-year step increases in rents for certain Port Authority facilities. After consideration of these costs, the budget represents an increase of 3.1%.

The Capital Budget funds major ongoing investments in key transportation facilities, including the Bayonne Bridge project, the replacement of the Goethals Bridge, redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport, continued installation of Positive Train Control on the PATH system and the redevelopment of Greenville Yard to support a new ship-to-rail facility. Funds also are included to begin formal planning work for a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, the ongoing planning for a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, and to continue planning projects designed to upgrade the George Washington Bridge.

Said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan: ‘This fiscally responsible budget followed a painstaking review of the agency’s resources to make sure every dollar was wisely invested in projects that will benefit the traveling public. The budget continues our trend to return to the Port Authorities core mission of rebuilding critical aging infrastructure while keeping all of our transportation facilities in a state of good repair.’

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye added: ‘As stewards of the region’s major transportation facilities, this budget strikes the appropriate balance between being fiscally responsible while continuing our ongoing investment of billions of dollars in the region’s bridges, tunnels, airports, seaport and PATH.’

Highlights of the 2017 Operating Budget
• $1.549 billion to operate and maintain facilities in an efficient and effective manner, facilitating the movement of people and goods in the region.
• $706 million to ensure safe and secure facilities for our customers through police and security resources, investing in new technology and infrastructure and employing best practices for security.

• $385 million in rents and payments in lieu of taxes for Port Authority facilities.

Highlights of the 2017 Capital Budget
• $887 million for investment in tunnel, bridge and terminal facilities, including the ongoing Bayonne Bridge project, the new Goethals Bridge, planning funds to begin the process of building a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, and major state-of-good repair projects at the George Washington Bridge (illustrated*).

• $989 million for Aviation projects, including the ongoing redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport and ongoing planning for a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

• $532 million to continue the WTC rebuilding effort with the completion of the Vehicular Safety Center and Bus Parking Facility.

• $217 million for PATH projects, including the continued installation of a new signal system including Positive Train Control on the rail system.

• $153 million for Port Department projects, including the construction of a new ship-to-rail facility at Greenville Yard to enhance the movement of cargo on and off the port.

About the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity.

The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16 acre (16.47 hectares) World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit.
*Illustration kindly provided by courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey©
Added: 15 Nov 2016
On 15 November New Zealand’s Wellington CentrePort reported that it had conducted preliminary engineering assessments of its port infrastructure, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck North Canterbury early the previous day, while also managing adverse weather.

The port company had managed to get ferries operating on the night of 14 November and was expected to open its Seaview oil terminal later in the day, subject to final testing.

Two of its commercial buildings – the BNZ and Customs House – performed well and the company was working with tenants and engineers on a timetable for reoccupation.
Two other buildings – Statistics House and Shed 39 – will require more extensive inspections to assess the level of damage.

Chief Executive Derek Nind said the company had been working with its tenant to coordinate a planned refurbishment of the Statistics House when the earthquake hit, causing localised damage to two floors on the North West corner of the building.
He said: ‘We had just completed upgrades of the upper floors, which performed well. A small part of the ceiling on the ground floor and the first floor have partially dislodged after two concrete beams became separated from the exterior wall of the building.’

Nind said the planned upgrade and refurbishment was based on the advice of earthquake engineers and were being coordinated with the tenants.
Shed 39 – home to the Greater Wellington Regional Council – also performed well thanks to a seismic upgrade in 2013, but suffered damage to the ground floor.
Nind added: ‘Engineers will conduct further assessments in due course. We understand this is challenging and confronting for customers and tenants and we’ve continued to keep them updated on the situation.’

He added that the port also suffered damage to some wharves and roadways with some liquefaction and differential settlement in places. Staff were said to be working hard to get assessments done so the port could resume operations safely and as early as practicable.
Added: 15 Nov 2016
UNCTAD’s TrainForTrade Port Management Programme

Nestled on a peninsula overlooking the world’s biggest graveyard of ships, the port of Nouadhibou may hold the key to a better future for Mauritania’s 3.9 million people, of whom 42% live in poverty. For years, Mauritania’s economy ran on the iron ore buried deep beneath its Sahara desert sands. But Chinese demand for iron ore has fallen, and the government is putting more hope in its Atlantic coastal waters, some of the richest fishing grounds in the world.

‘Mauritania’s fishing industry could boost exports and create jobs, but its ports will need to become more competitive,’ said Mark Assaf, in charge of UNCTAD’s port management programme, active in some 200 ports around the globe.

In 2016, Mauritania became the 34th country to join the programme, aiming to promote Nouadhibou as a door to the world, through which to export its processed fish.

Foreign boats may fish in Mauritanian waters, but they currently take their catch elsewhere. Every year, some 1.2 million tons of tuna, shrimp and other fish are caught in Mauritania’s waters. But just 5% of this is processed locally.

According to industry executives, landing fish in Nouadhibou, Mauritania’s only fishing port, is more expensive than in the Canary Islands nearby.

In 2013, Mauritania’s government launched the free zone of Nouadhibou to improve the port’s competitiveness and to attract fish processing industries such as tuna canning. In 2014, it completed an $18-million extension to accommodate bigger vessels.

‘Upgrading a port needs new infrastructure but also investment in human resources,’ Assaf commented and added: ‘Ultimately, a port’s performance depends on the quality of its management.’

The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme took a first crucial step last month when eleven senior port managers completed a workshop for instructors held at the port of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital.

These newly-trained instructors will then deliver the first cycle of training to around 25 middle managers over the next two years, working closely with UNCTAD experts and managers from other ports in the programme.

Concluded Assaf: ‘In the port of Douala in Cameroon, a manager took what he learned from our programme, reorganizing the cargo loading and unloading operations to speed the port’s work by 30-40%.’

According to World Bank data, delays in ports add roughly 10% to the cost of imported goods, more in many cases than tariffs. For exports the harm is worse.
Added: 15 Nov 2016
A foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction and development of Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway deep sea port took place there on 19 October.

At the same time, KAJ Development Sdn Bhd (KAJD) and its investment partner
Powerchina International Group Limited (Powerchina International), held a Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony with its two new partners for the construction and development of the port: Shenzhen Yantian Port Group Co Ltd of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, and Shandong’s Rizhao Port Group Co Ltd.

KAJD and Powerchina International signed a partnership agreement on 1 September for a RM*30 billion deal for the investment, development and construction of the three out of four islands at Melaka Gateway in an area of totalling 1,366 acres (553 hectares).

Located on the natural island of Pulau Panjang, the strategic location of Melaka Gateway Port on the Malacca Strait naturally inherits its depth of water of 25 to 30 metres, making it an ideal choice for a deep sea port facility. As only a few ports in Malaysia have this advantage, Pulau Panjang is an ideal choice.

It is understood that the Melaka Gateway Port will be designated as a liquid cargo terminal with storage facilities benefiting oil trading in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The deep sea port at Pulau Panjang will also complement a maritime industrial
park, which will be built on the fourth island of Melaka Gateway, where it will house a container terminal, break and dry bulk terminal, shipbuilding and ship repair services, as well as marine engineering and manufacturing.

Once operational Melaka Gateway Port will lead to the creation of 6,000 jobs, as part of the overall 40,000 to 45,000 which will have been created upon the completion of the entire Melaka Gateway project. Work on the project is expected to be completed by 2019.

Powerchina International Group Limited (Powerchina International) is a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China for the integration and group-oriented management of its international business. The group provides a full-range of services from planning, investigation, designing, consulting, civil works construction to mechanical and electrical installation and manufacturing services in the fields of hydropower, thermal power, new energy and provision of infrastructure such as dredging, seaports, airports, roads and bridges and so forth. This business also extends into real estate, investment, finance and O&M services. The company has 160 branches in 101 countries with total contract value of projects reaching over US$100 billion.

*Malaysian dollars. RM30 billion is equivalent to US$ 6.91 billion / £5.53 billion.
Added: 07 Nov 2016
One of the world’s most modern shipping terminals, Liverpool2, was officially opened on 4 November at the Port of Liverpool by the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox. The occasion was marked with a major event for nearly 300 customers and stakeholders.

The £400 million investment by Peel Ports, one of the UK’s biggest port operators, will provide a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for UK importers and exporters with road, rail and canal connections linking to the heart of the UK mainland, accessing a catchment of over 35 million people, almost 58% of the UK’s population.

This new deep water facility will complement the existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the existing Port of Liverpool, with each terminal having capacity to handle around one million containers each year. The port is already the country’s biggest transatlantic port (with a 45% market share).

Liverpool2, which is one of the UK’s largest private sector infrastructure projects, was developed in response to changing trading patterns and shipping industry trends towards the use of very large ocean-going container ships. Liverpool2 will now be able to handle the biggest cargo vessels, it is claimed.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports said: ‘Today marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.

‘Liverpool 2 will create a new trading gateway in the UK. We are already exploring and succeeding in creating new opportunities for UK exporters, having recently signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal.’

In his address Dr Fox said: ‘Exporting is vital to the economic health of our nation. This investment at Liverpool2 will boost crucial cargo capacity, create local jobs and is yet another sign that the UK is open for business with the world.

‘Liverpool is ideally located to increase our trade with countries west of the UK, including the US, Canada and South America, and this new port opens up even more opportunities with new markets and export destinations for UK businesses.’

Liverpool currently has around 8% of the container market in the UK. This figure is expected to rise to between 15% and 20%.

Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer of Peel Ports, added: ‘Being able to compete on the scale offered by Liverpool2 is only one aspect of how we are transforming the port. Our real driving force is a commitment to customers, whether shipping lines or cargo owners, and helping them to achieve their business vision.

‘As well as investing in the infrastructure and technology, we are providing a more integrated service to our customers, whether that is at the quayside, through port-centric logistics facilities or our wider network of ports.’

It is estimated that the new expanded port facility will create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, stimulate further growth in the north-west and help to rebalance the UK economy.

Of Liverpool 2
Terminal construction has seen a site of around 16 hectares (39.5 acres) reclaimed from the sea. There is a new 854metres (2802ft) quay wall and land created from 5.5 million tonnes of sand and silt dredged from the Mersey. The site is large enough to accommodate four football stadia.

Here the site currently has five megamax ship-to shore-(STS) transfer cranes and twelve quayside cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes. Ultimately there will be another three STS cranes and ten CRMGs. These alone have cost £100million.

35 million people in the UK & Ireland live closer to Liverpool than the traditional container ports in the South of England. 58% of the UK’s population is closer to Liverpool than its competitor ports in the south. Within a 112km (70 mile) radius of Liverpool is the greatest volume and density of large warehousing of any UK region.

Photograph kindly provided by Peel Ports©.
Added: 07 Nov 2016
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Peel Ports

Senior Panama delegation including Canal Minister and Deputy Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority visit the Port of Liverpool

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter was gearing up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal on 4 November.

The agreement was signed on 24 October by Jorge L Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group, during a formal visit to the Port of Liverpool by a senior delegation from Panama.

High profile Panamanian government and business leaders including Roberto Roy, Minister of the Canal, and Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority were shown around the port by Peel Ports’ Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson.

They were joined by the UK’s Ambassador to Panama, Dr Ian Collard, and Ariel Perez Price, the UK’s Director of International Trade in Panama.

The formal agreement creates a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal.

Mark Whitworth commented: ‘Liverpool and Panama have both responded to the growth of the global container ship fleet with major investment programmes in recent years to accommodate newer generations of container ships. The opening of the expanded canal has the potential to open up new markets for trade and has the potential to shift international trade patterns.

‘We see exciting times ahead for Liverpool with improved trade connectivity and business opportunities between the UK and South America, which will not only generate economic growth but also create jobs and increase revenues.’

HE Dr Ian Collard added: ‘We have hit an exciting moment in the engagement between Panama and Liverpool. The Panama Canal Authority has made considerable investments in recent years to expand its lock gates and thereby unlock the potential for a new generation of Neo-Panamax vessels to cross quickly between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. At the same time, the development of Liverpool2 provides an opportunity for the Port of Liverpool to develop its role as a destination for these larger vessels and create a new stream of traffic across the Atlantic. Today is the start of what I hope will be a new chapter in Liverpool-Panama relations.’

Other visitors to the port included Ivan de Icaza, President of the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Surse Peirpoint, General Manager of the Colón Free Trade Zone, and Leroy Sheffer, President of COEL (Logistics Business Council).

In June this year, Peel Ports’ executives were VIP guests of the Mayor of Panama during the inauguration ceremony of the newly expanded Panama Canal. During the visit they met key Panamanian political and business leaders as part of the canal expansion event, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Panama Canal Authority.

Picture caption
The port’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson pictured at Liverpool2 along with members of the Panamanian delegation including Jorge L. Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Roberto Roy, Minister of the Canal, Alejandro Moreno, Deputy Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, UK’s Panama Ambassador, Ian Collard, and Ariel Perez Price, the UK’s Director of International Trade in Panama.
Added: 04 Nov 2016
Potential projects would improve safety, reliability, efficiency

16.6% year-over-year in September
It was announced from the Port of Long Beach on 3 November that a public hearing will be held to gather input on a study that will identify and evaluate improvements to existing navigation channels, enhancing safety, reliability and efficiency for vessels visiting the Port of Long Beach.

The hearing is scheduled for 1730 on 16 November in the Board Room of the Port Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach.

It is understood that the public is welcome to submit comments and suggestions on what issues should be examined in a comprehensive environmental study of the proposal.

The Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Study is to assess the costs, benefits and environmental impacts of the project alternatives that include dredging to deepen channels, basins, berths and other areas in the Port.

A Notice of Preparation for the proposed project is available online at www.polb.com/ceqa

The California Environmental Quality Act
The California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (CEQA) requires public agencies, such as the Port of Long Beach, to consider the potential environmental impacts of proposed development projects.

The objectives of CEQA are:

• To disclose to the decision-making body and the public the potential environmental impacts of proposed activities;

• To propose feasible alternatives or mitigation measures that avoid, eliminate or reduce project-related environmental effects;

• To describe the analytical process which led to the public agency’s decision on the project;

• To promote interagency coordination when evaluating projects, and,

• To provide a mechanism for increasing public participation in the planning process.

The Port of Long Beach must also comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for projects with federal involvement, such as projects with federal funding or federally issued permits. NEPA is similar to CEQA and requires consideration of potential environmental impacts from projects prior to federal action.

Container volumes decline
Earlier, Port of Long Beach announced that container volumes declined 16.6% year-over-year in September, as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached West Coast ports.

Longshore workers moved 546,805 TEU last month. This included 282,945 TEU in imports, down 15% from September 2015, a month which capped off the Port’s best quarter ever.

Exports dropped to 120,383 TEU, a decrease of 4.2%.

Empties were 27.2% lower at 143,476 TEU.

Port officials said the number of containers handled during September was impacted not only by reduced calls by Hanjin-operated ships, but also by the absence of Hanjin containers on vessels operated by fellow CKYHE Alliance* members.

Hanjin Shipping containers account for approximately 12.3% of the Port’s total containerized volume.

Cargo volumes are down 4.6% for the current calendar year to date in Long Beach.

*COSCO; ‘K’ Line; Yang Ming; Hanjin and Evergreen.
Added: 17 Oct 2016
Grounding of Maersk Garonne, Fremantle, Western Australia, 28 February 2015

At 0400 on 28 February 2015, a harbour pilot boarded the container ship Maersk Garonne for its passage into Fremantle’s Inner Harbour. The pilotage generally progressed as intended by the pilot until the ship approached the entrance channel 40 minutes later. At this stage, he became concerned that the assisting harbour tugs would not be at the channel’s entrance before the ship.

At 0442¾, the pilot decided to delay entering the channel by taking Maersk Garonne outside (south of) the channel and entering it later. At 0448, the ship grounded in charted shallow water. The ship did not suffer any damage and was re-floated on the rising tide about 3½ hours later.

A link to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation is found below.

Safety message:
Comprehensive passage planning that includes risk-assessed contingency planning is vital to safe pilotage and underpins effective bridge resource management. The potentially severe consequences of a pilotage accident means that a low accident rate in the past is not a reliable indicator of safety risk.

The ATSB report: Grounding of Maersk Garonne, Fremantle, WA, on 28 February 2015 is available here:

Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5771696/mo-2015-002-final-report.pdf
Added: 11 Oct 2016
Transport Malta has improved its marine aids to navigation with twenty new buoys, supplied by Spanish aids to navigation specialist Almarin, in collaboration with the local partner Boat Maintenance.

Four buoys are located in the waters of Valleta, four in Marsaxlokk, one in Marsalforn, one in Gozo island and other in Comino island. The remaining nine will be stored as replacement buoys.

Transport Malta is the public entity in charge of developing the maritime activities in Malta.

These buoys are part of the Almarin’s Balizamar range, specifically CT models, except one which is of type B1600S due to the depth of water in which it is established. These marine aids to navigation are manufactured with a galvanized steel structure and a rotomoulded polyethylene hull filled with expanded polystyrene foam.

All the buoys have been supplied with respective type M650 and type M860 self-contained lanterns, chains and sinkers.

About Almarin
Almarin specialises in the design, supply and installation of equipment used in marine aids to navigation. The company manufactures high quality products that can be adapted to customers’ environmental and operational requirements.

Almarin, based in Barcelona, is part of the Lindley Group, which has 85 years of experience in the port, maritime and industrial areas.
Added: 03 Oct 2016
Abu Dhabi Ports announced on 28 September the signing of a container terminal concession agreement with COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited – Abu Dhabi (CSPL SPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited, one of the leading container terminal operators in the world and a subsidiary of China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation Limited. (The event is illustrated here).

The event was held in the presence of HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, Mr Zheng Chiping, Deputy Director of the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission of PRC and Mr Wan Min, President of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports and Zhang Wei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited signed the agreement on 28 September, ushering a new prosperous future for Abu Dhabi Ports, in line with the progressive aspirations of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 for a more diversified economy.

Other witnesses included HE Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Infrastructure Development; HE Staff Major-General Pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority, and Mr Lin Yaduo, Chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy in the UAE, among other senior officials from both parties.

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited will operate a container terminal with a draft depth of 18 metres, with 1200 metres of quay wall and adjacent land.

It is understood that the first 800 metres of the quay length (and the corresponding Concession Area) is expected to commence operations early in 2018 and the later 400 metres (and the corresponding Expanded Concession Area) are expected to commence operations in 2020. Once the expansion areas are occupied, the Concession Area will span an area of approximately 70 hectares with three berths, which will add 2.4 million TEU a year to the port’s existing capacity of 2.5 million TEU.
The agreement includes the option for a further 600 metre of quay length in the future to allow for anticipated volume growth, the nominal annual handling capacity will increase to 3.5 million TEU when all phases are complete, creating a new overall annual capacity of up to 6 million TEU.

This global port operator giant is establishing a joint venture company in 2016 to operate the new Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 in Khalifa Port, one of the world’s fastest growing container ports and a leading hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Under the agreement, the joint venture company will be entitled to concession rights of Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 for a span of 35 years, with a renewable period of five additional years. CSPL SPV will have the controlling stake in the joint venture company.

Of the transaction HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of ADPorts commented: ‘The signing of the concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports Company and COSCO Shipping Ports Limited will significantly expand trade between China, the UAE and the broader region. It will greatly enhance the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s role as a key logistics and trading hub, between East and West and will also serve to further diversify the UAE’s dynamic and growing economy.’

He added: ‘Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China our two countries have enjoyed strong bilateral ties across a number of strategic sectors. With the development of China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy, there is boundless potential for expanding the UAE-China relationship further. We look forward to closer collaboration with China and to creating even greater economic progress for both our nations in the years ahead.’

Mr Wan Min, President of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, advised: ‘Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port is a strategic hub along the ‘One Belt One Road’, as it has unique geographical advantage for the development of terminal and logistics businesses. Its well-developed transportation and nearby ample supply of cargoes are conducive to Khalifa Port, to become the next hub port in the Middle East region.

‘Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 will be the second overseas terminal in which COSCO SHIPPING Ports holds the controlling interest. This investment is expected to strengthen COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ sustainable growth and create value for our shareholders. With the strong support from the large container shipping fleet of COSCO SHIPPING Group, COSCO SHIPPING Ports will dedicate its efforts to develop Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 as a hub of the Upper Gulf region in the Middle East for international container shipping liners. ‘We are confident that the project will stimulate the implementation of ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative, and will promote strategic cooperation between China and the UAE.’

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, reflected: ‘The Khalifa Port is continuously growing and expanding in every aspect - adding value for its key stakeholders and the international community. Through the new synergy, COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited will bring additional volumes to the Port - adding to Abu Dhabi Terminals’ on-going business in Abu Dhabi. It will also ensure that the Khalifa Port maintains a competitive environment in serving the shipping industry as well as local business. Along with the added capacity, the shipping giant will facilitate specialist expertise, experience, technologies,
practices and knowledge transfer, increasing Abu Dhabi Ports’ competitiveness on a global scale.’

Besides Khalifa Port, COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited operates a global network of 46 terminals and 169 berths across mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Belgium and the United States . Building on COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ successful operations at Khalifa Port, the agreement aims to further boost economic ties and bilateral trade between the two countries.

Khalifa Port Container Terminal 2 is located along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and within the shipping hub of West Asia region. Khalifa Port, is the major container gateway port of Abu Dhabi and is strategically situated between Abu Dhabi and Dubai with excellent hinterland connections and geographic location.

The expansion of the quay wall is part of the broader developments at the Khalifa Port, which include an innovative new terminal booking, tracking and transaction system for sea and land based users, advanced RoRo facilities, new liner calls, the development of a regional liner hub and transhipment business to South Asia, as well as the addition of approximately 14.5 million square metres now leased in the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD).

Such developments and agreements continue to take Abu Dhabi Ports to the next level as a maritime trade gateway to the world’s fastest growing economies.
Added: 30 Sep 2016
On 26 September, Ghent Port Company commenced construction of a 220-metre long quay wall in the port of Ghent. With the new quay, arrival of scrap metal and the delivery of slag from the blast furnaces of ArcelorMittal Ghent will now be waterborne. This investment in new port infrastructure will contribute to more sustainable transport by seagoing vessels and inland waterway craft. Ghent Port Company has earmarked € 7.2 million for this new quay wall on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. ArcelorMittal Ghent is investing €0.6 million. It is understood that the new quay may also be used by other companies.

Works are being carried out by marine construction company Waterbouwbedrijf Herbosch-Kiere.

First phase of the work is the piling of over 2,000 tonnes of steel sheet piles and the dredging of 3,000 m³ of earth to 8 metres water depth. Anchoring of sheet piles is being carried out by means of laid anchors some 30 metres in length. 50,000 m³ of material will be used to fill the space between the existing bank and the new quay wall. Capping of the new quay wall will be concreted to below water level. In the final phase, the upper construction of the quay wall will be carried out. In addition, tube piles will be installed in front of the quay to facilitate mooring infrastructure of vessels. Finally, the roads behind the quay will be completed.

A whole year of construction
The new 220-metre long quay wall along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal will be constructed on the south side of the current quay wall at ArcelorMittal Ghent. Here, the quay wall protrudes 40 metres into the canal, although it remains out of the fairway. Total surface area of the adjacent concrete floor surface on the wharf is 8,800 m². In front of the quay wall, dredging activities will be carried out to a depth of 8 metres. At a later stage this can be increased to 10 metres.

Scrap metal shipped to the port is used in the production of steel, while blast furnace slag is used for the production of cement. Steel slag is used for marine construction works or for the sustainable hardening of car parks, roads, paths and driveways.

It is understood that the first vessels will berth here at the end of September 2017.

Investing in sustainable transport
This investment in port infrastructure is also an investment in sustainability. ArcelorMittal Ghent is going to transport existing scrap metal by water to the greatest extent possible instead of by HGV. This will save 5,000 HGV journeys and thus a reduction in CO2 emissions for movement of scrap metal each year. The slag quay will bring about an improvement in internal transport and will make it possible to load the slag directly onto seagoing vessels.

This investment follows from the ambition of the Port Company to provide suitable port infrastructure with better accessibility by water in an effort to retain existing companies in Ghent. Construction of this quay wall is an innovative way of investing for Ghent Port Company.

This project is being co-financed by the European Commission under the TEN-T-programme (Trans-European Transport network).
Added: 26 Sep 2016
Projects of the ports of Bremen, Cartagena, Dunkirk, Guadeloupe and Riga have been shortlisted for the eighth European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports. The jury selected these five applications from a total of eleven submissions. ESPO announced on 26 September the theme of this year’s competition as ‘Nature in Ports’.

ESPO’s award will go to the port authority that succeeds the best in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature and ecosystem (on land and/or waterside) in the port area and would also reward ports that succeed in opening up these areas for the people living around the port and let them enjoy that nature, notwithstanding ISPS restrictions.

In general, European ports are part of very valuable ecosystems, both on the land and waterside. Many port areas are also neighbouring Natura 2000 areas or even consist of Natura 2000 areas. Port authorities in Europe invest a lot of time and efforts in maintaining and improving the quality of the nature in the port.

Said Pat Cox, Chairman of the ESPO award jury: ‘It has been a great pleasure to chair my first ESPO selection jury. What it revealed has been an impressive standard of entries from a diverse geographical spread. In selecting a short list we did so conscious that in such a context there are no losers. What our five chosen entries capture and express are the capacity and qualities that permit them to act as a demonstration effect of good practice.’

The winner of the eighth ESPO Award will be announced during the Award Ceremony taking place on 9 November in Brussels. Shortlisted projects will be presented on the ESPO website at: www.espo.be in the running up to this event, it is understood.

ESPO’s Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve societal integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award wants to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.

Previous winners of the Award are the Port of Gijón (2009), the Port of Helsinki (2010), the Ports of Stockholm (2011), the Port of Genoa (2012), the Port of Antwerp (2013) and the Port of Koper (2014) and the Port of Dublin (2015).
Added: 06 Sep 2016
Returning customers and a new client saw Gibdock prominent in the repair schedules of German ship managers in the first half of 2016, with sterling’s post Brexit depreciation also sharpening the Gibraltar yard’s competitive edge for the rest of the year.

Seven German-owned or operated vessels have been repaired at Gibdock so far this year, including general cargo ships, container carriers, a reefer ship and a bulk carrier. With the exception of a first job for Bernhard Schulte, all projects have involved returning customers.

‘Winning every single repair project partly depends on the trading area of the vessel concerned, which is why our favourable location is critical for German owners,’ said Richard Beards, Gibdock Managing Director. He added: ‘However, our accuracy with quotations, quality of workmanship and on-schedule redelivery continue to bring German owners back to Gibdock, and attract high profile newcomers such as Bernhard Schulte.’

Residents of Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly for the United Kingdom to remain within the European Union, with 96% supporting ‘Remain’. Beards emphasized that Gibraltar-based businesses, including Gibdock, have not seen any negative consequences after the UK’s decision to leave the EU. He said: ‘In fact, so far it has only been positive. The decline in the value of sterling has made the yard more competitive compared with most of our eurozone-based rivals.’

Projects of note for German owners in the first half of the year included an extensive ballast tank cleaning contract undertaken on the containership Las Palmas. The job highlighted the yard’s readiness to handle unusual tasks, involving working alongside contractors to dispose of contaminated ballast water in a cost effective manner.

‘Our expectation is that we will be in a strong position in the final quarter of 2016, and will figure strongly in the plans of German owners consider their class renewal work as vessels come off charter,’ Beards concluded.
Added: 05 Sep 2016
Montrose Port Authority (MPA) has appointed Andy Ross as Business Development Manager in a move to drive further growth in both UK and international markets.

Andy joins MPA from ASCO where he held a number of different managerial roles in the offshore sector over recent years.

The role of Business Development Manager is a new position created by MPA to spearhead new business development and build upon the port’s strong representation in the oil & gas, renewables, agriproducts and breakbulk cargo sectors.

Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive of MPA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andy to this exciting new role at Montrose port. His experience and knowledge of the offshore energy and general cargo sectors will prove invaluable as we pursue our ongoing expansion plans.”

Andy Ross said: “Montrose port is strategically located as an important services and logistics hub for the North Sea and is well placed to further develop its diverse customer base. I am looking forward to the challenge of developing these new markets and ensure Montrose becomes the port of choice for a growing number of operators in the maritime sector.”
Added: 04 Sep 2016
P&O Maritime has signed an exclusive MOU with the Ukraine and the Port of Odessa to provide port marine services

In July the MOU signing took place in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan. Parties have agreed to explore investment opportunities in the Ukrainian port industry and implementation of best practices in port asset management by P&O Maritime.

This agreed document confirms the intention of P&O Maritime to manage and invest into Ukrainian port assets, primarily in the towing fleet.

Furthermore, the Memorandum enables P&O Maritime to design a model aimed at improving the existing manoeuvring operations system of the Odessa Port fleet and to identify potential to increase work efficiency.

Said Omelyan: ‘Today we have signed a document confirming the readiness of Ukraine and the attractiveness of our assets to international investors. It is not a secret that Ukraine is in need to attract partners who are willing to invest and can implement an effective management system and maintain high social standards. DP World and its subsidiary P&O Maritime are definitely such partners.’

Odessa Sea Commercial Port is located in the north western part of the Black Sea at the intersection of historical routes of East and West. The port is called by large cruise vessels up to 300 metres loa and 11.5 metres draft. The port is capable of handling over 25 million tons of dry bulk and 25 million tons of liquid cargo each year.

P&O Maritime, a subsidiary of Dubai PortsWorld, is a leading provider of marine services to governments and large infrastructure organizations globally. In existence for 179 years it operates vessels worldwide at over 60 terminals.
Added: 02 Sep 2016
Port accepts additional 125 acres for cargo operations

It was announced on 30 August that the US Navy, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and California Environmental Protection Agency representatives had, that day, joined City and Port officials to commemorate the approval to transfer ownership of 125 acres of the former Naval Complex to the City of Long Beach.

This property transfer event highlighted the economic success of a thriving shipping terminal and other operations at the former Navy facility. Today, the Pier T container terminal is one of the Port of Long Beach’s busiest — able to accommodate megaships and to handle billions of dollars worth of trade.

Acreage here was part of the former Long Beach Naval Station and Naval Shipyard on Terminal Island that the US Navy agreed to transfer to the Harbor Department as part of the ongoing defence base closures that started with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, known in Europe as the Peace Dividend.

US Navy and City officials drafted a lease agreement for the Harbor Department to take control of the 500-acre complex on Terminal Island in 1998, allowing the Port to break ground on the new container terminal.

It is understood that official transfer of ownership is taking place in stages, as environmental issues are resolved. In 2001, the Navy deeded more than half the property to the City of Long Beach. After the current transfer of 125 acres, there are only two smaller parcels left to be transferred in the next few years.

MARAD, which works to complete the transfer of surplus federal property for the development of seaports, is facilitating the process for this site under its Port Conveyance Program.

Kim Ostrowski, Director of the Navy Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Office West commented: ‘The Navy Base Realignment and Closure team is proud to have played a key role ensuring this 125 acres was environmentally suitable for transfer and continued port-related reuse. Any effort of this magnitude takes a great deal of teamwork; the Navy and the Port of Long Beach, along with state and federal regulatory agencies, have worked diligently to develop and implement cost-effective clean up solutions to facilitate this property transfer.’

MARAD’s Paul “Chip” Jaenichen added: ‘It is a proven fact that investments in port infrastructure foster long-term job creation, encourage economic redevelopment, and ensure the availability of adequate port capacity to meet the nation’s future trade and defense needs.’

Terminal Island’s Navy presence began with the purchase of 100 acres from the City in 1940, during the lead-up to the Second World War.

Here the land transfer process is being achieved in steps to allow for environmental clean up of the property as needed. Depending on the condition of the land, the process has allowed for most of the property to be safely developed and used as soil and sediment investigations are completed.

In addition to the Total Terminals International container shipping terminal on Pier T, the former Navy property is also home to Energia Logistics United States, which operates Sea Launch, a satellite-launching company. It is also home to a dock for the MARAD’s Ready Reserve Force.

Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Tracy Egoscue concluded by saying: ‘This property transfer is a symbol of the successful partnership between the Navy, MARAD and the City of Long Beach that turned the closure of a major Navy facility into a thriving commercial terminal. The transformation of the Naval Complex into a shipping terminal has been a major step forward. The Commission thanks the many people and agencies involved.’

One of the world’s premier seaports the Port of Long Beach is a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

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(Seated, from left) Kim Ostrowski, Director of the Navy Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Office West; Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen; Harbor Commissioner Tracy Egoscue; (standing, from left) Richard Cameron, Port Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning; Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson; Port CEO Jon Slangerup; former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill; and Long Beach Council member Roberto Uranga, District 7.

Added: 14 Aug 2016
July volumes mark slow start to holiday peak season

It was announced on 12 August that container volume at the Port of Long Beach was down 7.7% in July compared to the same month in 2015, when harbour terminals handled a record amount of cargo.

Dockworkers moved 637,091 TEU last month (July). Imports totalled 325,608 containers, a 5.9% year-over-year decrease. Exports numbered 142,812 TEU, a slight drop of 0.7%. Empties decreased to 168,671, 15.9% lower than July 2015, the Port’s strongest July on record.

Due to continued market uncertainty and high inventory levels, the traditional holiday peak season is off to a slow start and several national forecasts have been revised downward to reflect this softness in cargo movement. Coming off a record year in 2015 – the third-highest in the Port’s history – volumes at the Port of Long Beach are down 1.9% through July.

With an ongoing $4 billion programme to modernize its facilities this decade, the Port of Long Beach is building the Port of the Future by investing in capital and service improvements that will bring long-term, environmentally sustainable growth.
Added: 04 Aug 2016
Frequentis has provided fully integrated control centre systems for VTS in modernisation at the Ports of Jersey. This is supported by a ten-year maintenance contract. With factory acceptance testing in February, the first steps were taken for the company’s first VTS deployment in United Kingdom and Channel Islands waters. Ports of Jersey signed off acceptance for its use in live operations in May 2016.

After an extremely rapid and successful deployment, the upgrade of its Operational and Stand-by Control Centres, multiple remote radios, radars and automatic identification systems has been completed. Ports of Jersey provides all hours VTS and coastguard Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services, provided by Frequentis as the supplier.

Commented Russell Mathew, Coastguard & VTS Manager at Ports of Jersey: ‘Frequentis continued to provide exceptional project management. With this fully integrated solution the company provided a product to meet all our specific requirements within a very tight schedule.’

It has been reported that with its first vessel traffic service in these waters Frequentis delivered high-level integration, an open interface architecture and possibilities for full interoperability with neighbouring coast guard services – all compliant to the IALA V-128 standard, Operational and Technical Performance of VTS systems.

Khashayar Saravandi-Rad, Director Maritime at Frequentis went on to explain: ‘As a company providing both solutions to our customers – vessel traffic service as a marine traffic monitoring system and air traffic control for aircraft – they can benefit from our cross-industry expertise. The solution implemented enhances the coast guard operations with new features and is resilient, through the main and back-up control centres. It is ready for integrating future requirements like for example CCTV.’

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Ports of Jersey Maritime Operation Centre.

Photo: Ports of Jersey©.

Added: 01 Aug 2016
22nd consecutive win demonstrates leadership of DP World’s flagship facility

It was announced from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 28 July that DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has been voted Best Sea Port – Middle East for the 22nd consecutive year at the recent Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS).

The award was received by Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, Asia-Pacific Region, on behalf of DP World at a gala ceremony in Shanghai to celebrate excellence in the freight, logistics and supply chain sector.

The AFLAS Awards is an annual event hosted by Asia Cargo News to recognise best performing industry leaders in seaports, airports, shipping, aviation, and logistics. The winners were voted for by over 15,000 Asia Cargo News readers.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: ‘Our flagship port has been recognised as the Best Sea Port in the Middle East for over two decades and this award again demonstrates its role as a gateway hub in the region, reinforcing our role as a leading enabler of world trade. The reputation of Jebel Ali has been built over time on our operational efficiencies, the work of our employees and our customers without whose support this achievement would not have been possible.

‘The AFLAS award in Shanghai underlines the global reputation we have and is a testimony to the excellent teamwork of our people at Jebel Ali Port and their commitment to creating the most productive, efficient and safe services in the region.’

It is understood that with its state of the art Container Terminal 3 (T3) Jebel Ali Port added 2 million TEU in 2015 to take its total capacity to 17 million TEU. Jebel Ali’s capacity will reach 19 million TEU this year with the completion of T3 and 22.1 million TEU in 2018 when Phase 1 of Container Terminal 4 (T4) is completed.

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Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, Asia-Pacific Region, at left receiving the award on behalf of DP World at the AFLAS gala ceremony in Shanghai.
Added: 08 Jul 2016

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group, and Gary Hodgson, COO, were guests of the Mayor of Panama during the inauguration ceremony of the newly expanded Panama Canal when the official opening took place on 26 June.

The delegation from Peel Ports, owners of the Port of Liverpool, met with key Panamanian political and business leaders as part of the event, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Panama Canal Authority.

Mark Whitworth commented: ‘The opening of the expanded canal has the potential to open up new markets for global trade and has the potential to shift international trade routes, allowing ships to reach Asia from the US up to two weeks faster than going through the Suez Canal. It is a considerable feat of modern engineering.

‘The canal is of particular interest to us as its lock gates were previously the same width as those at our existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal. We have both faced the same challenge and each responded with major investment plans to accommodate newer generations of container ships, paving the way for continued business success.’

Peel Ports’ senior team met with Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L Quijano during their trip to discuss recent developments at the Port of Liverpool with a view to promoting its trade with South America.

The $5.4 billion expansion project to add a new access lane to the canal has taken nearly ten years to complete and will almost triple the capacity of the original canal, which was built in 1914. It will allow ships carrying up to 12,600TEU a quicker path between Asia and the USA, linking the Atlantic and Pacific. In addition, it will be able to handle tankers carrying liquefied natural gas.

This expansion project, started in 2007, required a third set of locks to raise and lower ships between the varying heights of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The locks use about 50 million gallons of water to move each ship through, it is understood.

Peel Ports is at an advanced stage with a phased opening of its new £300million container terminal, Liverpool2.

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Left to right Gary Hodgson, COO Peel Ports; Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L Quijano and Mark Whitworth CEO of Peel Ports.
Added: 01 Jul 2016
The winners of ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24 June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, The Philippines.

The winner of the Port of the Year category was Bremerhaven

The ceremony formed part of ISWAN’s celebrations in The Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer. Awards were presented by IMO Secretary General HE Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers.

The winners are:
• Judges’ Special Award: Duckdalben International Seamen’s Club.
• Shipping Company of the Year: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management and MF Shipping Group.
• Port of the Year: Bremerhaven.
• Seafarers’ Centre of the Year: Stella Maris, Barcelona.
• Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award (organisation): Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP).
• Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award (individual): Reverend Stephen Miller.

(The Welfare Personality of the Year Award is named after Dr Dierk Lindemann who sadly passed away on 17 March 2014. Dr Lindemann served as the Shipowner’s Group spokesperson at the ILO and took a lead role in the adoption of the Maritime Labour Convention.)

This year’s judges were:
Shipping Company of the Year: Masamichi Morooka – Chairman of ICS.
Helen Sampson – Director of Seafarers’ International Research Centre, Cardiff University.
Jacqueline Smith – Maritime Co-ordinator, ITF.
Port of the Year: Karin Orsel – CEO of MF Shipping, President of WISTA, Vice-Chair of ICS.
Kuba Szymanski – Secretary General of InterManager.
Andy Winbow – former Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Maritime Safety Division at the IMO.
Seafarers’ Centre of the Year: Bruno Ciceri – Chairman of ICMA.
Kimberly Karlshoej – Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.
Robert Kledal – CEO, Wrist Ship Supply.
Dr. Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year: Masamichi Morooka - Chairman of ICS.
Rose George – award-winning maritime author.
Per Gullestrup – Chairman of ISWAN.

Roger Harris, ISWAN Executive Director, said of the evening:
‘It has been an honour to hold the awards here in the Philippines, home to a large number of the world’s seafarers. All of tonight’s award winners and shortlisted candidates have made a great contribution to improving the lives of seafarers, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate with them.’

The awards are generously funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust.

This year’s sponsors also include Inmarsat, Wrist Ship Supply (Seafarers’ Centre of the Year), Crewtoo (media sponsor), Garrets (Shipping Company of the Year), and the International Chamber of Shipping (Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award- Individuals and Organisations).

The event is also supported by ILO, IMO and ICMA
Added: 01 Jul 2016
Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed an extensive package of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter (illustrated). The 127metre loa, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) left the yard on 29 June following a 22-day drydock programme, which included a comprehensive overhaul of the vessel’s entire propulsion system.

Norway-based Solstad has become a regular Gibdock customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade.

The 2001-built Normand Cutter is a repeat visitor to the yard, having previously docked at Gibdock in April 2011 for its last five-year special survey.

Gibdock managing director, Richard Beards, commented: ‘We are delighted that such a well-respected, quality operator as Solstad has decided to come back to us once again. Their continued support is much valued and appreciated and this project further demonstrates that we have become the ‘go to’ yard for offshore vessel work in the region.’

The scope of work commissioned by Solstad for Normand Cutter included maintenance and repairs to key components of its propulsion system. Its five Brunvoll thrusters were removed and transported to the yard’s workshops, where they were stripped down and overhauled before being returned to the ship and reinstalled. Similarly, the vessel’s two tailshafts and CPP propeller hubs were withdrawn and overhauled, as were the two rudders. The rudder tiller flaps were removed, machined and refurbished as part of this process. In addition, the two gearboxes, port and starboard, were also overhauled.

Gibdock also carried out a range of standard drydocking and survey items, including painting, valve repairs and refurbishment, minor steel repairs and pipework.

Jonathan Pocock, Gibdock’s ship manager for Normand Cutter, added: ‘It was a challenge to carry out this project within the 21-day drydock time allocated, particularly given the amount of work required to overhaul the propulsion system, but we completed the task to the owner’s satisfaction.’

Once out of drydock, Normand Cutter remained at the Gibraltar yard for intensive crane testing, up to a SWL of 330 tonnes. This was carried out by Waterweights, of Holland, in partnership with Gibdock. ‘We have the contacts needed for such specialised testing work inside the yard, even when we don’t have that specific capability ourselves,’ said Pocock.

Gibdock has secured a number of offshore vessel projects this year, despite the challenging market conditions in the offshore sector. At the time of Normand Cutter’s departure, three more offshore vessels were in the yard.

Richard Beards concluded by saying: ‘…We have been able to take full advantage of our favourable geographic location to serve this market, as companies mobilise and demobilise assets. Increasingly offshore operators in the Mediterranean and West Africa view Gibraltar not just as a shipyard, but as an offshore base to support their activities in this part of the world. On that basis we are optimistic about securing further offshore work in the second half of 2016.’
Added: 24 May 2016
On 13 May HE President Erdoğan inaugurated Turkey’s newest port and thus Turkey and the UAE became bridges to the world at a place that is a crossroads of trade.

DP World Yarimca was officially opened for business that day by President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in the presence of senior government officials and executives of DP World.

President Erdoğan joined the opening by teleconference in the presence of the Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications of the Republic Turkey, Binali Yıldırım; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu; Minister of Environment and Urbanisation of the Republic of Turkey, Fatma Güldemet Sarı; The Republic of Turkey and Prime Ministry and Investment and Promotion Agency, Arda Ermut and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

As one of the biggest in the country, the new terminal can handle up to 1.3 million TEU and covers 460,000 square metres, enhancing Turkey’s connectivity with Europe and Asia and enabling trade from the heartland of its most industrialised region, Izmit Bay on the Sea of Marmara.

DP World Yarimca is the first infrastructure project in Izmit Bay to be run by an international operator, and the first in Turkey to use remote controlled gantry cranes with automated gate operations featuring a vehicle appointment system for faster processing. It also has fast scanner x-ray machines, the first of their kind in Turkey that can scan 120 containers every hour.

It has two main berths of 465 metres and 430 metres in length that can accommodate two vessels at the same time. Six ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been installed together with 18 electrical RTGs (Rubber Tire Gantry cranes) used for container stacking and weighing.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said: ‘DP World Yarimca will reduce costs and increase competitiveness of industrial and trading companies located in our region.’

Mınıster of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Binali Yildirim, thanked DP World for choosing Turkey for its investment and said that in the last 13 years the amount of foreign direct investment to the country had increased more than ten fold. He noted Turkey’s position as a global centre.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: ‘Turkey and the UAE share a unique heritage. We are bridges to the world, at the crossroads of world trade, trading nations built on a strong partnership and with a common bond – our vision. The vision of our leaders is to develop and innovate, to embrace change and to explore smarter ways of doing things.

‘Our two countries connect continents and peoples and the approach to infrastructure development of the president and the government is something we value and share, supporting economies, employment and communities. We also both host young, dynamic, well-educated and multi-cultural populations and highly developed technological infrastructure in transportation, telecommunications and energy.

‘The UAE and Dubai firmly believe in the future of Turkey as a natural bridge between both East-West and North-South axes, creating an efficient and cost-effective outlet to major markets and providing business easy access to 1.5 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa.

‘In 2023, the country celebrates 100 years of the republic and we are amazed by its development, making a difference for the people and the country. That is why we are here today, to witness this latest addition to our global network of 77 marine and inland terminals cross six continents.

‘Our investment is not just in machinery and equipment – it is about our people, our most important asset. DP World Yarimca currently employs 300 people and we aim to reach 650 jobs when at full capacity. There are over 800 jobs identified indirectly in the local economy and many more local and regional supplier opportunities. This illustrates the ripple effect of projects of this magnitude – that boost economies and prosperity for the long term.’

DP World Yarımca CEO, Nichola Silveira, said that she was proud to be leading the industry in a traditionally male dominated industry, which highlighted the equal opportunities available to everyone to take part in senior management and technical positions.

In 2015, total trade between Turkey and Dubai was AED 25.26 billion. Imports were AED 14.6 billion, exports AED 7.9 billion and re-exports AED 2.77 billion.

(1 Arab Emirates Dirham = US$0.27)
Added: 20 May 2016
It has been reported from Barcelona, Spain, that on 16 May, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of MSC Beatrice (illustrated).

A total of eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes were deployed simultaneously for the operation, achieving a peak Vessel Operating Rate of 221.3 moves per hour. Guillermo Belcastro, General Manager of BEST, said: ‘BEST is the only terminal in the Mediterranean capable of reaching this level of productivity thanks to its semi-automated operations, which are supported by HPH’s proprietary terminal operating system nGen and the efforts of our team. This high level of productivity plus the reliability of our operations allows shipping lines to obtain important savings by reducing their time in the port and improving the vessels’ schedule planning.’

BEST has 1,500 metres of quay length, eleven ship-to-shore cranes, as well as 36 automatic stacking cranes and 26 shuttle carriers, allowing it to serve the largest vessels currently in operation. BEST’s average gross crane rate (GCR) of 40 moves per hour is one of the highest productivity ratios in the world, it is claimed. This extremely high level of crane productivity makes it possible for BEST to achieve vessel performance rates of over 220 moves per hour. Belcastro added: ‘The most relevant fact is that the bigger the vessel, the better our productivity rate, which is aligned with the current industry trend of increasing vessel size, and with the needs of the shipping lines.’

In Barcelona BEST provides multimodal logistics solutions to its customers with rail services connecting Barcelona with the major import/export areas around Spain. Its eight-track rail facility is the largest on-dock terminal in the Mediterranean and serves a large hinterland area within a 600 kilometre radius around Barcelona. The market for rail services has expanded in recent years and BEST is supporting the Port of Barcelona’s strategic objective of to become the Mediterranean’s alternative access point for European markets.
Added: 04 May 2016
ATSB Investigation report: Breakaway of Grand Pioneer and AAL Fremantle at Fremantle, Western Australia

On 17 August 2014, Grand Pioneer and AAL Fremantle broke away from their berths when a thunderstorm passed across the Port of Fremantle. A bollard on the wharf holding both ships’ stern lines failed, most likely after Grand Pioneer’s vehicle ramp contacted it. AAL Fremantle contacted a ship at an adjacent berth, and parts of the Fremantle Rail Bridge nearby.

The ships were berthed again with tug assistance. The ships had suffered minor damage. The rail bridge, however, was closed for three weeks for inspection and repairs to track alignment and other non-structural damage.

The report

The ATSB report is available here:


Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Added: 01 May 2016
In an environment characterized by strong fluctuations, the Hamburg Süd Group succeeded in significantly increasing its total turnover by 16.8% to €6,058 million. This was reported at the end of April.

Main drivers were the successful takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) in late March 2015 as well as the entry into the East–West trade lanes.

Shipment volume in the liner business rose sharply on the previous year, by 21.5% to 4.101 million TEU. Despite the weakness of the South American economies (especially Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela), this made it possible to meet the volume growth planned for the reporting year. A fleet capacity of 625,000 TEU (+16% year on year) propelled the Hamburg Süd Group into the ranks of the ten largest container shipping lines worldwide for the first time.

Due to global overcapacity, freight rates declined by roughly 16%. Resultant loss of revenue could only partially be offset in the liner division by falling fuel prices, and restrictive capacity and cost management. The result in this sector failed to meet expectations and must be described as less than satisfactory, it is understood.

Bulk shipping was also characterized by very difficult market conditions. Due chiefly to China’s lower raw material imports, demand for shipping space remained static while global fleet growth rose once again on the previous year. As a result, the revenue generated fell sharply. Bulk shipping fell well short of the result planned for the reporting period. Only the product tanker segment achieved a satisfactory result. Capital spending totalled €437 million, putting it above the level of the previous year. The number of employees increased to 5,960 on an annual average due to growth.

Picture caption Santa Teresa has a slot capacity of 7,100 TEU and is fitted with 1,600 reefer container plugs.
Added: 30 Apr 2016

It was announced from Karachi on 25April that MSC Lana (illustrated) on Voyage-JA618R made her inaugural call at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), marking the launch of a new Middle East Loop 1 (MEL 1) Service.

To mark the event, KICT held a maiden voyage ceremony, attended by Keith Lau, Chief Executive Officer of KICT along with senior representatives of MSC Agency Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, importers and exporters using this MEL 1 service and KICT staff.

CEO Lau said: ‘We are excited to have this new service calling at KICT and are pleased to note MSC’s direct service to the Middle East from Karachi.’ Operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company, this new service follows a rotation of Karachi-Jabel Ali-Sharjah-Sohar-Karachi, additionally serving all upper Gulf destinations via Jabel Ali. The weekly service calls at KICT every Monday.

About KICT
Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) is Pakistan’s leading container terminal. KICT, located in the Port of Karachi, west of the Indus Delta on the Arabian Sea, has been in operation since 1998.

KICT has three berths equipped with modern container-handling facilities. KICT is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). HPH is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.
Added: 26 Apr 2016
It was announced by DP World from the UAE on 25 April that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus had entered into two separate concession agreements for the commercialisation of activities within Limassol port, Cyprus.

DP World Limassol has been awarded a 25 year concession for the exclusive right to operate the multipurpose terminal, whose activities include break-bulk, general cargo, ro-ro and the operation of the passenger terminal. Simultaneously, P&O Maritime Cyprus (a wholly-owned subsidiary of DP World Limited), has also been awarded a 15 year concession to exclusively provide a full range of port marine services including tugs and pilotage at the port of Limassol.

Both concessions will be awarded to a joint venture between DP World and G.A.P. Vassilopoulos Public Limited, a logistics and services company, listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange. DP World shall hold 75% of the share capital of each joint venture, as well as the management rights.

Commenting on the deal, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: ‘Having met President‎ Anastasiades‎ last month, I expressed my delight that DP World, P&O Maritime Services and our local partner G.A.P Vassilopoulos have successfully secured two long term concessions in Cyprus, which is now the ninth country where DP World invests and operates within Europe. We believe in the long-term prospects of Cyprus and the potential for DP World, as a facilitator of trade, to maximise the potential of Limassol port. These new concessions demonstrate DP World’s ability to offer a range of port and maritime services, complementing our vision to be global leaders in world trade.’

A transition phase will follow during which the current Cyprus Port Authority will continue to operate the port whilst DP World and P&O Maritime Services undertakes activities required to effect a smooth transition. The takeover date of both concessions is currently envisaged to be 29 January 2017.

Dubai trade with Cyprus reached 325 million AED* in 2014. Trade in the first nine months of 2015 reached 261 million AED.

*Arab Emirates Dirham.

Picture caption

Republic of Cyprus Minister of Transport and Communications Marios Demetriades (right) and DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem at the signing of the concession agreement.
Added: 26 Apr 2016
Positive results at Milford Haven:

Profit of £4.4million before tax

Net growth in cargo volumes of over 10%

on 2014 levels at 37.8 million tonnes

On 25 April it was reported from thr Port of Milford Haven that Valero Energy remained consistently busy and benefited from a continued increase in volumes of LNG. The storage terminals at SemLogistics and Puma Energy also saw reasonable levels of activity.

Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don, welcomed the results by saying: ‘Not only has the port remained busy, it has also attracted new business to the area. We have continued to invest in both services and facilities to ensure we can maintain the port’s status as the UK’s biggest gateway for seaborne energy products. Considerable praise must go to our staff. Their skill and dedication has kept the port running efficiently and effectively’.

Investment in operations up-river at Pembroke Port also yielded results. The port remained South Wales’ largest and most successful ferry terminal. It also attracted a new contract to handle and ship out refuse-derived fuel to Sweden. The diversification strategy to attract manufacture and maintenance contracts for marine renewables took a leap forward at the end of 2015 with the deployment of Tidal Energy Limited’s prototype device, DeltaStream, constructed in the port.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Milford Dock and Marina, base of Wales’s largest fishing port. Planning approval for a wholesale redevelopment of the area was secured in 2015, paving the way for further investment and modernisation.

Chief Executive Don added: ‘Last year saw significant improvements both in the water, with new lock gates bringing significantly enhanced and shortened passage times into and out of the docks and marina, and by the water with new fish handling and processing facilities. Our strategy to invest in the growth of fish handling, processing and retail will also be a catalyst for further business activity here. Across the docks we have laid the foundations for comprehensive development that will see new retail and visitor attractions built. In turn, this will generate jobs and encourage further inward investment.

‘We are investing for the future. However, this can only be achieved through close collaboration with partners and in a business environment that makes it easy to invest, operate and employ.’

The Port’s 2015 Annual Reports and Accounts can be viewed online at www.mhpa.co.uk/annual-report

Picture caption:

Chief Executive praises Port staff for delivering strong performance in tough trading conditions at UK’s biggest energy port, Milford Haven.
Added: 25 Apr 2016
MYANMAR PORTS FINANCING - World Bank Group’s $40 million provision

It was announced from Singapore on 18 April that IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping to improve Myanmar’s under-developed transportation sector by providing $40 million of financing to Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP).

MIP is one of two major container ports in Myanmar and a key trade gateway that handles more than 300,000 TEU annually or 40% of the country’s container traffic. See the port’s corporate video at: www.myanmarindustrialport.com/

This $40 million in mezzanine financing is the first phase of a $200 million financing package which is expected to include $160 million in long-term senior loans to be provided by IFC and other foreign lenders. The financing package will help the company increase capacity and efficiency at its container terminal in central Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar.

With IFC’s long-term funding, the company will be able to complete the first phase of its expansion plans which, together with the efficiency improvements, will increase the terminal’s annual handling capacity to

500,000 TEU or more, it is understood.

The investment is IFC’s first in the transportation sector in Myanmar and is part of a broader strategy to help Myanmar do business more efficiently and more competitively thereby unlocking the country’s potential for increased international trade and supporting job creation and economic development.

Commented Captain U Ko Ko Htoo, MIP’s Chairman: ‘Thanks to IFC’s investment, we will be able to further modernize our port operations and respond to the increasing demands of international shipping lines and local traders. We are also keen on IFC’s advice on bringing our environmental, social and governance practices into line with international standards.’

Myanmar’s container volumes are estimated to have increased by 90% over the last three years due to rapid growth in imports and exports following the government’s implementation of political and economic reforms.

Added Hyun-Chan Cho, IFC’s Head of Infrastructure and Natural Resources for Asia: ‘IFC’s financing for MIP comes at a critical time in Myanmar’s development when transport infrastructure is urgently needed to realize the country’s growth potential. The MIP loans will also help to catalyze investment by other private developers and financiers in Myanmar’s infrastructure sector for which long-term US dollar funding has not been readily available.’

IFC, together with the World Bank, is supporting reforms and investments in Myanmar to strengthen the private sector and create jobs in order to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity. IFC is working with the government and the private sector to improve the country’s investment climate, access to finance, and infrastructure, with an initial focus on the power, telecommunications, and ports sectors.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, it uses capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where they are needed most.

In FY15, IFC’s long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

Picture caption

Illustration per Myanmar Industrial Port website, with thanks.
Added: 24 Apr 2016
From 21-23 April the maritime industry, students and the general public in Singapore enjoyed the rare opportunity to tour two platform supply vessels (illustrated here) berthed alongside shopping mall Vivocity’s waterfront promenade.

These vessels were berthed as part of OSV@Vivo in an effort to showcase the offshore marine sector as a key part of the Singapore maritime industry. Visitors were able to visit each ship’s bridge, tour the working, recreational and accommodation areas of VOS Prince and Pacific Legacy and the numerous exhibits displayed onboard.

It was reported that OSV@Vivo was taken to the heart of the Singapore public with an anticipated 4,000 visitors expected. Local institutes of higher learning lent their support to this inaugural event with some 600 students from the Institute of Technical Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic registered to attend.

This industry-led project, spearheaded by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and held in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week, was designed to create awareness of the offshore marine sector – a key sector in the Singapore maritime industry.

In addition to representatives from the SSA community, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), offshore marine companies, port and pilotage operators, ship agencies and the legal community put in more than three months’ work to make OSV@Vivo a reality. Twenty-two companies stepped in as sponsors and exhibitors of the event to showcase the strengths of this important sector. Besides ship models of OSVs, visitors were able to inspect diving equipment including ROVs, oceanography survey equipment, as well as other sector-related products and services displayed in the two offshore support vessels.

Some 80 industry practitioners aged between 19 and 74 volunteered as ship ambassadors to share their maritime experience with visitors.

Filip Olde Bijvank, Managing Director of Vroon Offshore Services Pte. Ltd., was appreciative for the opportunity to showcase the last newbuild, Platform Supply Vessel VOS Prince to the wider Singapore public. He commented: ‘Vroon has a long tradition in servicing the offshore oil and gas industry with a modern diversified fleet of fuel efficient OSV vessels. All our vessels are operated by our dedicated crew at the highest safety standards. Our staff and crew are especially proud to be in the spotlight this week as they usually operate in remote deep oceans away from the public’s eye.’

Ron Mathison, Managing Director, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd. added: ‘I applaud Singapore Shipping Association’s efforts and garnering the strong support from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the industry to raise the profile of the offshore sector as part of the Singapore Maritime Week 2016. Swire Pacific Offshore commemorates our 41st anniversary this year and the opportune use of Pacific Legacy as part of OSV@Vivo is a great way to celebrate our presence in Singapore and the strong partnerships we have forged in the Singapore maritime community. We hope that our participation will allow members of the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the offshore sector and the work we do.’

Captain Mike Meade, Chairman of the SSA Offshore Services Committee, concluded with: ‘The sterling effort put in by the working committee is truly admirable. Their energy and selfless sharing of expertise from the multiple disciplines needed to pull off this event warms my heart with pride. It only goes to show that the maritime community of Singapore has a resilient, go-getting, can-do attitude when it puts its mind to it. I urge anybody who has an interest of embarking in a career in the maritime industry to register online at www.osvatvivo.org and come and spend some time with us this weekend to experience this magnificent showcase first hand.’

About the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) represents a wide spectrum of some 470 shipping companies and other businesses allied to the shipping industry such as: shipowners and operators; ship managers; ship agents; shipbrokers; classification societies; marine insurers; bunker suppliers; maritime lawyers; shipping bankers and more. It is a national trade association formed in 1985 to serve and promote the interests of its members and to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an international maritime centre.
Added: 21 Apr 2016
On the afternoon of 13 January 2016, the roll-on roll-off ship Spirit of Tasmania II was loading passengers and vehicles in Melbourne. At 1752, strong wind gusts blew the ship off the wharf and all but one of the ship’s mooring lines (on the bow) parted. As it broke away, the stern swung around until the ship was 90 degrees to the wharf and parallel to the nearby public beach, in danger of grounding. Action was taken to arrest the swing and the ship was returned to the wharf without touching bottom.

This incident is the subject of a preliminary report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Wharf cargo and vehicle loading infrastructure was seriously damaged. The ship suffered minor bow damage. No one was injured.

Based on the preliminary information that the ATSB obtained, it was apparent that a band of severe thunderstorms passed across the area, including the location of Spirit of Tasmania II, with comparatively little notice. As the ship’s bridge was unattended throughout the port stay, none of the crew saw indicators of an approaching storm until immediately before the breakaway.

The ship’s crew responded swiftly. The bridge was manned and machinery was operational by the time the ship had turned 90 degrees to the wharf. The ship’s movement was then controlled using its thrusters and propulsion until it could be turned, with the assistance of a harbour tug, away from the beach and returned to the wharf.

Investigation direction

The investigation is continuing and will focus on weather events in the Port of Melbourne area, and how the port and port users prepare for such events. This will include:

The ship’s managers’ (TT Line Company) preparations and procedures.

Spirit of Tasmania II preparations and procedures for port stays and weather events, including mooring arrangements and equipment.

Port of Melbourne procedures and actions.

Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasting and warnings.

Distribution of weather information and warnings to and amongst port users.

The ATSB Preliminary Report: Breakaway of Spirit of Tasmania II at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, Victoria on 13 January 2016 is available here: http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2016/mair/324-mo-2016-001/
Added: 07 Apr 2016
Maritime security was on the agenda at a table top exercise taking place in Maputo, Mozambique on 5 and 6 April aimed at supporting Mozambique’s national capacity to perform coastguard functions. The IMO-led exercise involved a range of scenarios, including policy decisions and crisis/emergency management and response, to highlight the need for an integrated, multi-agency approach in implementing maritime security measures and maritime law enforcement.

In particular, the exercise referred to the IMO instruments SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. This event was the fourth in a new series of maritime security table top exercises to be conducted in East Africa – offered to the Djibouti Code of Conduct signatory States.

The States are: the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

This exercise follows the successful series of contingency planning seminars that have been conducted in West Africa.

IMO was represented by Gisela Vieira and a team of consultants.
Added: 31 Mar 2016
St Brides, the first of three 19 metre loa pilot vessels built by Mainstay Marine Solutions, has been delivered to the Port of Milford Haven and is now in service.

This 48 tonne vessel (illustrated) is of a similar design to Picton delivered in 2009.

Designed by Camarc Design, these vessels have proven reliability of service over many years in the challenging sea conditions which can be found in and around the Port.

Capable of reaching 14 knots with 12 persons on board, these craft are designed to be used extensively in heavy weather and are likely to operate in swells up to 5metres wave height. They are able to withstand the impact of coming alongside large tankers in turbulent sea and provide a safe platform when transferring pilots to and from ships visiting the various terminals along the Milford Haven Waterway. Furthermore, pilot cutters are fully equipped with the latest safety and operational features and meet the highest standards of reliability and crew safety.

Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, commented: ‘This substantial investment of over £3.6 million in the complete renewal of our pilot boat fleet will provide the port with three identical, modern, state-of-the-art boats with full interchangeability of parts. These boats, together with our highly skilled and trained crews, constitute the backbone of our ability to provide a safe and reliable service to our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have been impressed with the professional design and fabrication service delivered by Mainstay Marine Solutions who have delivered exactly in line with the contract’.

Stewart Graves, Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions, added: ‘We pride ourselves on our reputation for quality so the positive feedback on the finish of the St Brides pilot boat has been particularly pleasing. Delivering three vessels in quick succession has been a welcome challenge and we are on track to deliver the remaining two vessels to the Port of Milford Haven on time, and to budget.’

The three new vessels will replace the Port’s current fleet of four, Skomer and Picton which were delivered in 2007 and 2009 respectively in readiness for the arrival of LNG, Portunus, and the Port’s oldest vessel, Hakin, which has been operating on the Haven since the early 1980s.

St Brides was named following a public competition which attracted almost one hundred entries. A traditional marine naming ceremony will take place for all three vessels later this year, it is understood.

About the Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas. It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK. The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities. Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes. All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.

Added: 09 Jul 2015
Restructuring of port facilities in Libya will only take place when a unity government is in place, says British maritime security company MAST.

Gerry Northwood, of MAST, said: ‘UN sponsored Unity Government negotiations appear to have stalled for now, with the Tripoli Government withdrawing from the talks. However, the UN process will continue and it is likely that a series of ad hoc discussions will take place between the various government and tribal factions.’

Northwood added: ‘These talks will be partly driven by the common interest in fighting ISIL, but achieving the level of agreement required to form a Unity Government is unlikely in the near term.’ He commented further to say it had been reported that the National Oil Company (NOC) has lifted the force majeure declared in December 2014 at Ras Lanuf Oil Terminal on the Gulf of Sidre. Once operational the facility could increase Libya’s oil exports by up to 300,000 bpd.

Northwood further commented: ‘Under force majeure Ras Lanuf was not a target for ISIS. As it returns to working status, it is likely to be of increasing economic importance to the Tobruk-based Government and ISIS forces may therefore see it as a potential target for a terror attack. Care must therefore, be taken by vessels visiting Ras Lanuf. The Tobruk-based government has threatened to attack any vessel they believe is assisting ISIS. Vessels heading towards Ras Lanuf should make it clear to the authorities where the ship is heading in order to reduce the risk of being attacked.’

MAST, with offices in the UK, USA, Malta, Oman, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Singapore and China, have updated their website to provide detailed information of the counter-piracy services they are able to provide in the Indian Ocean, South East Asia and West Africa. See: www.mast-security.com/counter-piracy
Added: 04 Jan 2015
A successful partnership between VNF and GWSD

Navigational charts that meet the requirements of the European Union and the CCNR

As part of its policy to offer an ever more efficient and safe waterway to users, Voies Navigables de France continues to provide electronic navigational charts for all. This was announced from Béthune, on 29 December 2014.

The navigational charts of the Franco-German Rhine between Basel, Gambsheim and the large-gauge Niffer/Mulhouse reach are now available on the following website:

The Central Commission for Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) has introduced a new regulation whereby inland AIS and ECDIS equipments are required for navigation on the Rhine and this was due to commence on 1 December 2014.

The electronic inland navigational charts, made available for the Franco-German Rhine by VNF between Basel and Gambsheim and by WSD downstream of Gambsheim, meet the European Commission’s requirements (Commission Regulation N°909/2013) and constitute the official charts for this region.

These charts are the result of a co-operation between two waterway administrations: Voies Navigables de France and the German Administration for Inland Waterways represented by the Waterways and Shipping Directorate in Mainz (GWSD/Mainz AST).

The partnership between VNF and GWSD, in developing these electronic navigational charts, made it possible to overcome regulatory and legal constraints linked to the cross-border nature of the waterway. Such co-operation has also seen combination of specifications and expertise of each administration, especially with regard to the physical characteristics of the waterway and its channels.

Many adjustments have already been integrated with these electronic charts and now made available to all waterway users. Both partners continue to actively work on this project particularly on the optimization of the characteristics as well as the position of navigation channels.

The next update for the electronic navigational chart for the Franco-German Rhine is scheduled for 2015.

About VNF
The 4,700 employees of Voies Navigables de France act daily to ensure a waterway public service. Regarding ecology, sustainable development and energy in its waters VNF acts accordingly particularly with regard to infrastructure as it manages, operates, improves and develops the largest European network of inland waterways at 6,700 km.
Added: 04 Jan 2015
On 4 December it was reported from Strasbourg at the end of the plenary session of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), that the Director of the Navigation Department at the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Transport, Ms Katarína Koleničková, the Director of Naval Affairs at Romania’s Ministry of Transport, Mr Viorel Olea, and the Secretary General of the CCNR, Mr Hans van der Werf, had signed administrative arrangements on the mutual recognition of boatman qualifications attained after training.

It was noted, by referring to the PLATINA tables of competences, that those acquired on training courses at the training school in Děčín (Czech Republic) and the CERONAV school (Romania) were equivalent to those acquired at recognised schools in CCNR member States, and these two pilot courses were approved. They confirmed the compatibility of an approach based on the competences necessary to work as a boatman. The vital importance of practical experience was also emphasised, and the courses henceforth include at least ninety days of navigation time.

Thus from 1 December 2015 onwards, trainees successfully completing the course at the boatmen’s school in Děčín (Czech Republic) will be able to work on the Rhine in the capacity of boatman. This recognition covers those professional training courses which began in September 2014 or later, or those which began between September 2009 and August 2014 included on condition that navigation time of at least 180 days had been completed. The Czech Republic already recognises training courses for Rhine boatmen on its navigable waterways.

From the same date, trainee boatmen at the CERONAV school (Romania) beginning their training in January 2015 or later who are more than 18 years of age will be able to work as boatmen on the Rhine. Romania will adapt its regulations by 30 November 2015 at the latest to permit recognition of training courses for Rhine boatmen on its navigable waterways.

Recognition of these courses completes the process of mutual recognition of boatmasters’ certificates and service record books undertaken in recent years by the CCNR and seven States with observer status at the Commission (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia), and helps to facilitate access to the labour market in inland navigation.

In this way, the CCNR and its partners have confirmed their commitment to ensure a high level of safety for inland navigation, and an improvement in the attractiveness of jobs in inland navigation by ensuring greater transparency in terms of requirements. They confirmed their determination to draw up standards in common with the European Commission, in co-operation with networks of experts such as EDINNA and the social partners.

This procedure is fully in keeping with achievement of the strategic objective of CCNR’s Vision 2018 “Modernisation of Training and Qualifications for Crew Members”, and is a step towards implementation of the European Commission’s NAIADES II (2014-2020) programme, which is aimed at ensuring a sufficient, qualified labour force on the market pending broader harmonisation at the European level.

About the CCNR (www.ccr-zkr.org )
The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine is an international organisation that exercises an essential regulatory role in the navigation of the Rhine. It is active in the technical, legal, economic and environmental fields.

In all its areas of action, its work is guided by the efficiency of transport on the Rhine, safety, social considerations, and respect for the environment.

Many of the Central Commission’s activities now reach beyond the Rhine and are directly concerned with European navigable waterways more generally.

The Central Commission works closely with the European Commission as well as with the other river commissions and international organisations.

Added: 24 Dec 2014
The Liberian-registered container ship Rena left the New Zealand port of Napier at 1020 on 4 October 2011 bound for Tauranga. The master had given an estimated time of arrival at the Tauranga pilot station of 0300 the following day. The master calculated the estimated time of arrival by dividing the distance to steam by Rena’s normal service speed. The calculation did not account for the unfavourable currents that normally prevail down that stretch of coastline.

After departure from Napier the master learned from notes on the chart of the unfavourable currents. He then authorised the watchkeepers to deviate from the planned course lines on the chart to shorten the distance, and to search for the least unfavourable currents.

Rena’s second mate took over the watch shortly after midnight on 4 October. He calculated that Rena would arrive at the port of Tauranga pilot station at 0300 at the ship’s then current speed. Times for ships entering and leaving Tauranga Harbour are limited by the depth of water and the strength of the tidal currents in the entrance channel. Tauranga Harbour Control informed the second mate that the latest time Rena could take the harbour pilot on board was 0300.

The planned course to the Tauranga pilot station was to pass two nautical miles north of Astrolabe Reef before making the final adjustment in course to the pilot station. The second mate decided to reduce the two miles to one mile in order to save time. The second mate then made a series of small course adjustments towards Astrolabe Reef to make the shortcut. In doing so he altered the course five degrees past the required track and did not make an allowance for any compass error or sideways drift, and as a consequence Rena was making a ground track directly for Astrolabe Reef. Meanwhile the master had been woken and arrived on the bridge to prepare for arrival at the port.

The master and second mate discussed preparations for arrival at the pilot station. The master then assumed control of the ship, having received virtually no information on where the ship was, where it was heading, and what immediate dangers to navigation he needed to consider.

During this period of handover no-one was monitoring the position of the ship. At 0214 Rena ran aground at full speed on Astrolabe Reef. The ship remained stuck fast on the reef and in the ensuing months it broke in two. The aft section moved off the reef and sank. About 200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil were lost to the sea. A substantial amount of cargo in the containers was lost. The vessel became a total loss on 11 October 2011.

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (the Commission) concluded that Rena grounding was not in any way attributable to the malfunction of any on-board machinery or equipment, including on-board navigational equipment. Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:

 not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage

 not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping

 not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship.

Safety issues that the Commission identified in the wider context included:
• CIEL Shipmanagement SA’s oversight of Rena’s safety management system was not sufficient to prevent a high number of port state control deficiencies identified during two port state control initial inspections about three months prior to the grounding, and routine violations of some company procedures for voyage planning and navigation

• an independent audit had found that the Philippines’ maritime education, training and certification system did not meet the mandatory standards specified in the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (the STCW Convention)

• the current auditing protocols of the STCW Convention lack the transparency that would assist member states to decide whether other countries’ training systems meet the standards of competency required by the STCW Convention, and therefore whether to recognise certificates of competency issued by those countries.

The report also discusses two other considerations that were raised during the inquiry – whether there is a need for ship routeing in some form around the New Zealand coast, and how far maritime authorities should go in marking hazards to navigation such as Astrolabe Reef.

The Commission identified two issues:

(1) first, with regard to shipping, there is insufficient data being collected to make a meaningful analysis of shipping movements around the New Zealand coast; and

(2) secondly, with regard to marking hazards, a new type of virtual aid to navigation is being used for marking hazards to navigation before this system has been fully tested and endorsed by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.

The Commission made recommendations to:
• CIEL Shipmanagement SA to evaluate the effectiveness of its safety management system to ensure that the issues identified with that system as applied on board the Rena do not affect other vessels within its fleet

• Maritime New Zealand to promote, through the International Maritime Organization, the transparency of the system for auditing countries’ seafarer training systems

• Maritime New Zealand to collect sufficient data on shipping movements around the New Zealand coast, and monitor and control the use of virtual aids to navigation around the New Zealand coast.

The key lessons learnt from the inquiry into this accident were:

 ship managers must ensure that their safety management systems are delivering safe ship operations for every ship in their fleets

 ships’ crews must comply with the mandatory requirements and recommended best industry practice for passage planning, navigation and watchkeeping if similar groundings and other equally catastrophic maritime casualties are to be avoided

 countries’ maritime education, training and certification systems must be capable of meeting the standards required by the STCW Convention to ensure that seafarers emerging from the system are trained to an appropriate standard.

Editor’s Note: Details provided here are reproduced by kind permission of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, New Zealand.
Added: 22 Dec 2014
The President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and President of Latvia Andris Berzins visited Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) to open the renovated state-of-the-art simulation centre on 27 November. The Full Mission Offshore simulator, which has become the extension of the existing simulation complex, has been developed and installed by Transas Marine. Now, the BSMA boasts one of the most advanced simulator complexes in the Black Sea region, it is claimed.

The full mission Transas offshore simulator with 270 degrees visualization is based on the Transas NTPRO 5000 software and will be used for training in dynamic positioning. It will enable training of crews involved in transfer and supply of mobile offshore units. These training courses will be accredited by the (UK) Nautical Institute it is understood.

Transas has developed specially for this project simulator areas for three ports of Georgia: Batumi, Poti and Kulevi. In addition, the simulator uses the next generation universal hardware. Use of touch screen technology together with the dedicated hardware, makes it possible to use any controls on the bridge without compromising training realism.

The new Transas offshore simulator is an extension of the existing BSMA’s simulator complex and in future, ice navigation operations will be added.

Batumi State Maritime Academy is a government accredited state maritime academy. Specializing in higher education, the institution’s main function is to educate qualified staff for employment within the commercial fleet and maritime transport infrastructure. Batumi State Maritime Academy provides an educational process that is in accordance with Georgian legislation as well as international conventions.
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