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Added: 13 Apr 2018
Transnet concludes agreement for new machines

Earlier this year it was reported from Durban that Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) had concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay.

These AgustaWestland (AW 109) helicopters, valued at around R250 million (£15.50 Million), are being procured from Leonardo S.p.A., formerly Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Finmeccanica and AgustaWestland. They are expected to be delivered by June 2019.

Leonardo S.p.A., a global high-tech company is headquartered in Rome and is one of the key players in aerospace, defence and security. South Africa is understood to be one of only three countries that offer the unique helicopter marine pilotage service. The AW109 series includes a harbour pilot kit that features a hoist to enable this unique pilotage operation.

TNPA Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge, said clients would welcome the prospect of improved operational efficiency and safety in TNPA’s marine aviation service.

He commented: ‘Richards Bay and Durban are the only ports in our complementary port system which use helicopters to transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting vessels. We have an existing fleet of three AW109 helicopters and this purchase forms part of the Fleet Replacement Programme.

‘We are therefore delighted that we are now in a position to respond to long-time industry calls. The acquisition of new helicopters has been a priority for us under the Transnet Market Demand Strategy which among others seeks to improve operational efficiency and safety in our ports.’

The contract for the new helicopters includes a 25% supplier development obligation by the global supplier to ensure that the contract creates socio-economic benefits within South Africa. These would include job creation, skills development and where possible use of local, empowered companies and local materials or parts.

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One of Transnet National Ports Authority’s existing AgustaWestland (AW 109) helicopters in the Port of Durban.
Added: 12 Apr 2018
It was reported on 10 April that the Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes.

The two new cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the UK’s largest container port, were delivered on the vessel Zhen Hua 23 (illustrated) from ZPMC* in Shanghai.

Commenting on the new cranes, Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said: ‘These new cranes are the latest acquisition in our ongoing investment programme to provide the best equipment, infrastructure and systems for our customers. They will further enhance our capability to work multiple mega-vessels simultaneously. Remote control quay cranes have been pioneered at other Hutchison Ports terminals. Their introduction at Felixstowe will improve the working conditions of the drivers, enhance safety and benefit communications within operational teams.’

In addition to the new cranes, the port is creating an additional 18,000 TEU of container storage capacity, upgrading its terminal operating system, raising the height of ten ship-to-shore cranes on Trinity Terminal and has eight additional yard cranes on order for delivery in early 2019.

It is understood that the new cranes are capable of working vessels with containers stowed 11-high and 24-wide on deck. Instead of being in a cab 50 metres above the quay, the drivers will be located in a nearby operations centre.

*Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.Ltd.
See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWy1q9-Ykew
Added: 05 Mar 2018
The fourth weekly intermodal rail service has been introduced between the Navarra Intermodal Terminal, situated in Noain (Northern Spain), and Hutchison Ports BEST at the Port of Barcelona.

The new service, introduced on 1 February, has further consolidated Navarra Intermodal Terminal’s position as a major international hub. Since the start of the intermodal rail service linking the Port of Barcelona with Noain, in October 2012, over 1,000 trains with goods from companies in Northern Spain and the South of France have passed through its facilities.

In addition to railway operations, the terminal offers a range of value-added services including container consolidation, deconsolidation, cross-docking in its customs warehouses and container repair.

This terminal covers an area of 15,000 square metres, with warehouses and nine rail tracks for loading and unloading.

Ignasi Pinart, CEO of Hutchison Logistics Spain, commented: ‘The addition of this fourth weekly service is further proof of the value to end users of a direct connection with the Port of Barcelona. As well as a reduction in transit times of at least 8 days between Far East and North of Spain, the terminal connects them with a wide range of shipping services on all the main sea routes.

‘This competitive advantage for cargo is not only limited to the northern regions of Spain but also extends to the South of France. We are receiving more and more cargo from the South West of France which has benefited from lower logistics costs, increased reliability and reduced delivery times at destination.’

Hutchison Ports BEST was the first semi-automated terminal developed by Hutchison Ports. As well as being the most technologically advanced port project in Spain, it has one of the largest railway terminals within a maritime container terminal. Its intermodal rail facility has eight rail tracks of mixed gauge (Iberian and UIC), connecting BEST daily with different points of Spain and the South of France.
Added: 19 Feb 2018
The relevance of PNA’s development strategy was confirmed in 2017 with the construction of two blade and marine turbine plants in Cherbourg; a growing ship repair business; cruising which continues to break records and a level of cross-Channel traffic which, despite an uncertain environment (Brexit, pressure from migration, the weak pound, and so forth), continues to instil the ferry companies’ trust as they prepare to put vessels of greater capacity into service and to increase the number of port calls.

It is reported that from1 January 2019, PNA and the Port of Dieppe – both chaired by Hervé Morin – will become one, with the objective of offering an even greater contribution to Normandy’s economic development.

2017 retrospective
A reflection on the past year’s business takes account of commercial, cruising and fisheries aspects

After three successive years of progress at an average of almost 5% per year, passenger traffic is slightly down (-2.61%).

Brexit and, as a consequence, the negative effect on the pound for British tourists, explain this situation. It should be noted, however, that passenger traffic is holding up very well in Ireland and cruise shipping continues to flourish (+24.21%).

Freight traffic is being maintained (-0.32%) with particularly good results on cross-Channel routes (+3.51% at Caen-Ouistreham and +6.97% in Cherbourg).

Caen-Ouistreham still remains by far the busiest route to the west of the Dover Strait

PNA has registered a new record in 2017 with a growth of 24.21% and 130,424 passengers. That is approximately 25,000 more cruise passengers than the previous year. The new record is linked to strong market dynamics, the quality of the welcome and the nautical accessibility of the port of Cherbourg, which can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world such as Queen Mary 2. Thirty-five cruise ships were received in 2017, including around ten with a capacity of more than 3,000 passengers.

After a difficult year in 2016, the Cherbourg fish market halted its downturn and stabilised its activity with a tonnage of 5,508 tonnes (+ 1.08%), even when the average price remained at a sustained level: € 2.69/Kg (+0.49 %).

Arrival of Maribelise, bringing the Cherbourg flotilla to seven vessels, has just compensated for the technical stops of other offshore vessels which explains the lack of significant increase in tonnage. At the port of Caen-Ouistreham, 1,737 tonnes were declared at the weighing terminal, which represents a notable increase.

Thanks to an exceptional scallop campaign, the port has enjoyed a high level of landings.

Employment and investment
Owner and manager of the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, Ports of Normandy Authority are: 5,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs/ € 200 M invested in Normandy (2007-2017)/ 100 ha used for marine renewable energy/ 5 million tonnes of goods a year/ 1.7 million cross-channel passengers a year/ 2,400 pleasure boat moorings/ ¼ of fishing tonnage declared in Normandy/ nearly 100 ha of land available/ a complete naval repair offering.

PNA is the regional alliance in Normandy of La Manche and Calvados Départments.

For a forecast of PNA plans for 2018 readers are invited to see: http://www.pna-ports.fr/upload/editeur/20180124-activity-report.pdf
Added: 14 Feb 2018
After a decade of study, independent review, public input and full regulatory approval, contractors for the US Army Corps of Engineers began on 3 February a harbour deepening project to take the federal shipping channel to a depth of 47 feet in Florida’s Jacksonville (aka JAXPORT).

The Dutra Group was recently awarded the contract to construct the project’s first three mile segment. Once completed, the additional seven feet of water depth will allow the largest container cargo ships to call on JAXPORT more fully laden, it is reported.

Construction of the first segment of the project is expected to take approximately two years.

In the words of JAXPORT CEO Eric Green: ‘What a huge day for our city, our region and our state. Effective federal, state and local leaders working together with our maritime and business communities made this a reality. It is exhilarating to see this historic project come to life to help ensure that we continue to put our citizens to work.’

More than 1.3 million containers moved through the Port of Jacksonville last year, making it Florida’s largest container port complex. The Asian container trade, with cargo moving aboard the largest ships calling the US East Coast, continues to be the fastest growing segment of JAXPORT’s container cargo business.

JAXPORT is one of only 16 US Strategic Ports on call to move military cargo for national defence (and the only one in Florida). Every year Florida’s seaports and airports move nearly $162 billion of trade to and from global markets.

Furthermore, JAXPORT and partners handle containerized cargo, automobiles, recreational boats and construction equipment, dry and liquid bulk, oversized and special cargoes such as locomotives.

Picture caption
The Dutra Group’s clamshell dredge Paula Lee makes the first scoop of the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project.
Photo: Jacksonville Port Authority ©.
Added: 12 Feb 2018
Port’s cargo grows almost 13% compared to 2017

The New Year brought a raft of records to the Port of Long Beach, where January container volumes reached an all-time high for the month. This was reported on 9 February.

It was reported that workers moved 657,830 TEU through the harbour in January, 12.9% more than in the same month the previous year (2017). The total marks the first time Long Beach has surpassed 600,000 containers in the month of January. The quick start to 2018 comes after officials recently announced that 2017 was the busiest year in the Port’s 107-year history, reaching 7.54 million TEU handled.

In the words of Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero: ‘The pre-Lunar New Year surge is definitely here. Since this year’s holiday begins on 16 February we anticipated a busy January and February, as cargo owners seek to get goods shipped ahead of the festivities.’

Imports hit a record 324,656 TEU in January, 8.6% higher than last year. Exports rose 1.9% to 120,503TEU. Because imports outnumber exports, empty containers sent overseas (to be refilled with goods for import) spiked 28.5% to 212,671 TEU.

Said Harbour Commission President Lou Anne Bynum: ‘The Port of Long Beach is happy to have a great start to 2018, especially after the successes of last year. We wish our supply chain partners in Asia a prosperous Lunar New Year and we will be doing all we can to ensure we can continue to grow our businesses together.’

In recent years, as cargo patterns have adapted to industry and economic changes, January has been a reliable growth month for the Port of Long Beach. Last year, container traffic increased almost 9% compared to January 2016, a month when cargo swelled 25% from January 2015.

The Port of Long Beach, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade, receives 175 shipping lines connecting it to 217 seaports. The Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs.

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PIL Kota Panjang calls at Pacific Container Terminal in January 2018.
Port of Long Beach ©.
Added: 28 Jan 2018
Hutchison Ports BEST (Barcelona Europe South Terminal) terminal has increased its ability to handle the world’s largest container ships by increasing the height of three ship-to-shore gantry cranes at the semi-automated terminal.

This move reflects current market trends towards an ever increasing number of 18,000+ TEU vessels with greater stack heights for containers loaded above deck.
BEST is claimed to be the only terminal in the Mediterranean with eleven cranes capable of handling the largest ships in operation.

Its operational capability has been further improved by increasing the height of three of the eleven cranes from 42 metres under the spreader to 47 metres. The upgraded cranes allow BEST to accommodate container ships loaded with containers stowed up to eleven high on deck.

With this significant improvement, BEST continues to offer its customers the highest quality service coupled with some of the best productivity rates available anywhere in the world.

Commenting on the latest improvement, Guillermo Belcastro, BEST’s CEO, said: ‘BEST has facilities to handle vessels of all sizes. It is the clear port-of-choice for the largest megaships and last year we had 139 calls by vessels of over 13,000 TEU. Having eleven cranes on the port and increasing the height of three of these cranes will give us greater flexibility to accommodate the largest ship size categories.

‘Thanks to this new investment BEST has strengthened its strategic position as the most efficient terminal in the Mediterranean, offering productivities by crane at over 40 movements per hour in a sustained manner, which deliver significant savings to our customers,’

It is also reported that BEST is able to offer fast and efficient loading and unloading of ships of all sizes. It has the largest railway terminal in the Mediterranean and an automated gate and yard systems to reduce the amount of time haulers spend on the terminal.

BEST is the first semi-automated terminal of Hutchison Ports and is currently the most technologically advanced port development project in Spain. It is capable of serving multiple mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe.

BEST is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison).
Added: 26 Jan 2018
Advanced remote control technology at Laem Chabang Port

It was announced from Chonburi, Thailand on 22 January 2018 that Hutchison Ports Thailand, the largest container terminal operator in Thailand, is expanding its handling capacity with the development of Terminal D in Laem Chabang Port.

Here the port has recently taken delivery of three super post-panamax quay cranes – among the world’s largest type and eight electric rubber tyred gantry cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), a leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturer.

Both types of cranes are equipped with advanced remote control technology and will enable Terminal D to operate safely and more efficiently, which in turn enable the terminal to achieve higher levels of vessel and yard productivity, it is understood.

It is reported that the three super post-panamax quay cranes have an outreach of 24 rows and are capable of handling some of the largest mega-vessels currently in operation. All Terminal D quay and yard cranes will be operated by remote control technology, making it the first terminal of its type in the world to fully install this technology for faster, more accurate and safer handling of containers.

Following the completion of Terminal D’s construction, Hutchison Ports Thailand will be able to increase its handling capacity by 3.5 million TEU to more than 6 million TEU, further cementing its position as the largest container terminal operator in Thailand. Arrival of the new cranes will facilitate the growth of Thailand’s container cargo volumes and help underpin the country’s modernization aligned with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project under the Thailand 4.0 scheme.

About Hutchison Ports Thailand
Hutchison Ports Thailand (HPT) is specially designed to facilitate Thailand’s growing container traffic. It is situated in Laem Chabang Port, the largest port in Thailand, 130 kilometres south of Bangkok in the coastal province of Chonburi. The port provides a full range of auxiliary services, including a container freight station, a double track railway and improved highway connections with Thailand’s hinterland. HPT operates Terminals A2, A3, C1, C2, D1, D2 and D3.

Hutchison Ports Thailand is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is one the world’s leading port investors, developers and operators with a network of port operations in 52 ports spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
Added: 24 Jan 2018
China ports’ update
Reproduced by kind permission of Africa PORTS & SHIPS NEWSLETTER (www.africaports.co.za)

Shanghai Yangshan deepwater port
The fourth phase of Shanghai’s impressive Yangshan Deepwater Port (illustrated) consisting of a fully automated container terminal, went on trials on 14 January.

Costing US$2.1 billion to build, the project is made up of seven container berths, with an initial annual handling capacity of 4 million TEUs. Testing of equipment has been undertaken over the past 18 months – so far the terminal has 10 ship-to-shore gantry cranes (STS), 40 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMG) and 50 automated guided vehicles in service for the trials.

Ultimately the terminal will be equipped with 26 STS cranes, 120 ARMGs, 130 automated guided vehicles and the terminal capacity will have increased to 6.3 million TEU.

The trials will run for the next year as the operation of fully automated terminals remains still something of a learning curve and with a need for more optimisation. The aim is for the terminal to become much more productive by increasing the number of crane moves beyond the traditional 28-33 moves per hour.

Yangshan Phase 4 is scheduled to go into full service mode at the end of 2019 by which time the terminal workforce will number just 500.

The Port of Shanghai, of which Yangshan Deepwater Port forms a part, has meanwhile set a new world record with a throughput of 40 million TEU handled in 2017.

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan
Another Chinese port in the news for setting new records is Ningbo-Zhoushan, which has reported that it has exceeded one billion tonnes of cargo during 2017, the first time in the world that any port has handled so much volume. Xinhua reports that the port now has 86 sea routes serving it on a regular basis.

This has come about as a result of China’s Belt and Road (New Silk Road) initiative. The aim of Belt and Road is to boost trade and stimulate economic growth across Asia and further afield as far as Europe. This alone has brought about cooperation agreements with another 20 ports.
Added: 23 Jan 2018
Port of Incheon, ROK, box achievement

It was announced early in January that the Republic of Korea’s Incheon Port Authority (IPA) surpassed 3 million TEU handled last year. On 27 December Incheon Port Authority held a Commemorative Event for this achievement.

As part of the commemmoration of Incheon Port’s achievement a Port Family One Heart Joint Declaration Ceremony was held to remind how the increase in container volume led to the generation of employment and, in turn, enhancement of society.

Along with 150 representatives from relevant institutions, companies and groups the Port resolved to jointly make the effort to increase high quality employment through an increase of container volume.

Signatory parties to the agreement included: Incheon Port Authority as well as Incheon Metropolitan City, Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, Incheon Shipping Labor Union, Incheon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incheon Port Development Council, Korea Shipowners’ Association, Incheon District Council, Incheon Port Logistics’ Association, Incheon Metropolitan City’s Trucking Association, Incheon Port Harbor Pilots and Incheon Metropolitan City’s Logistics Storage Association.

Incheon Port’s 3 million TEU processed has been achieved in the 12 years since achieving 1 million TEU in 2005 and in the four years after reporting handling 2 million TEU in 2013.

Such container volume was handled with 49 shipping services from the port, almost twice the coverage of ports in 2005 when Incheon Port Authority (IPA) was established with 26 sea routes. This signifies significant.

Besides the increase in container volume, the impact of Incheon Port on the regional economy is significant. The proportion of the comprehensive port logistics industry out of Incheon region’s gross national product is 33.8%. It is estimated that 6.4 jobs are generated per 10,000 TEU handled so achieving 3 million TEU in 2017 equals to incurring employment for 1,920 people.

Based on such achievements, IPA has set the target to become in the World’s Top 30 Ports handling container volume of 4 million TEU annually by 2025 and plans advance through infrastructure development, improvement and proactive marketing activities.

Nam Bong Hyeon, CEO of IPA stated: ‘We will sail more powerfully in order to achieve the 2020 target of 3.5 million TEU through continuous marketing on container volume and attracting sea routes without being satisfied with the present. We will actively take part in the policy for generating better jobs and will try harder to work with the relevant companies and groups to increase high quality jobs.’
Added: 18 Jan 2018
New ferry Service from Cork to Santander
Set to increase tourism and freight in Munster

On 16 January the Port of Cork Company announced that it welcomed news of a new route into Northern Spain from Cork, which is due to commence at the end of April this year.

This service, which will make two return sailings a week from Port of Cork to Port of Santander, will be operated by Brittany Ferries and will include a weekly return sailing from Cork to Roscoff.

A new RoPax ship named Connemara (see artist’s impression attached) will be chartered to serve the route which will add much needed capacity to Brittany Ferries’ existing line to France from Cork. The ship is currently operating on routes between Italy and Greece and will carry around 500 passengers with space for 195 cars. The Port of Cork and Brittany Ferries would expect a 50-50 split between passengers and freight carried.

Port of Cork’s Commercial Manager Captain Michael McCarthy commented: ‘The Port of Cork wholeheartedly welcomes a service we have been trying as a port to establish for some time now. We are delighted that our long term customer, Brittany Ferries, has committed to this new service which will see an increase in tourism and freight. The option for freight carriers to bypass the UK land bridge will be seen as very attractive, as Brexit uncertainty continues. We have no doubt that both exporters and importers will make this a viable service.’

At present, there is a range of opinion about possible hard and soft UK Brexit scenarios, the timing and likely effects.

For example, a hard border (at ports and across the Irish Sea) would mean Customs controls for ports serving the UK, increasing the need for this direct service between Ireland and Spain and an opportunity for Cork as a new centre of gravity.

The Port of Cork hinterland is the key primary agriculture and food and drink output region of Ireland. The vast majority of goods imported and exported through Cork are perishable consumables such as wines, spirits, dairy produce, bottled water and a wide range of other supermarket products. Freight customers doubtless will appreciate this route as the Port of Cork has a reputation for speed of handling freight.

Clearly the new route to Northern Spain and France will reduce the amount of road miles and therefore CO2 emissions in providing a lower cost door-to-door option for shippers than options hitherto.

Tickets for the new service from Brittany Ferries are expected to be on sale by the end of January.
Added: 12 Jan 2018
Gibdock has extended its impressive track record in the offshore vessel sector, following the visit of the 5700dwt 3D seismic survey vessel Polar Marquis, operated by Norwegian company GC Rieber Shipping. This Bergen-based offshore shipping specialist is a repeat customer for Gibdock, having docked several vessels for repair and renewal in the past. This was reported on 10 January.

In recent years the Gibraltar yard has established itself as the reliable yard for offshore vessels in the Mediterranean, with a growing reference list involving sophisticated vessels, high technology content and many of the leading owners and operators in the sector.

Built in 2000, and substantially upgraded in 2014, the high capacity Polar Marquis is well-known in the industry for her ability to deploy 16 streamers. The vessel spent from 24 November and 14 December 2017 alongside for an extensive amount of afloat repair work. This included the removal of several drain lines, which were cleaned using high pressure blasting and refitted, as well as the manufacture and installation of new drain lines, totalling around 14m in length.

Gibdock also fabricated new hydraulic piping and hoses for the vessel and extended the main engine exhaust pipes to enhance air quality on the main deck. Various general repair and maintenance items were carried out while the vessel was alongside.

Ship repair manager, Filip Tsankov, said: ‘This was a relatively straightforward job for Gibdock, but we are nonetheless delighted to continue being entrusted with high-end, sophisticated offshore vessels like Polar Marquis, and our 420m long repair quay, equipped with two cranes was the ideal place to carry out this work. The vessel was due to start a new charter in January 2018 so there was no margin for delay; but we worked round the clock to ensure that Polar Marquis left the yard right on schedule to the satisfaction of the owner.’

Gibdock is confident that 2018 will see more offshore vessels using its facilities for repair, maintenance and conversion work, further consolidating its market position and taking advantage of its strategic geographic location.

Picture caption
Polar Marquis.
Added: 11 Jan 2018
San Antonio Port Expansion Project
HR Wallingford to undertake studies

HR Wallingford is to undertake physical modelling studies for a major breakwater which forms part of the proposed port expansion of San Antonio, Chile. The Outer Port project, known as the Puerto de Gran Escala (PGE), represents a major expansion of the existing port infrastructure of San Antonio. This proposal involves staged development of the port over a 19 year time span, with an estimated overall cost of US$3.4 billion. This was reported from HR Wallingford on 11 January

Construction of the new breakwater to shelter the terminals involves a first section perpendicular to the coast, approximately 1.5 km in length, followed by another section of about 2.4 km long running parallel to the coast, for which over 1.8 km² of land will be reclaimed.

Daniel Roth, Project Director, San Antonio Outer Port, commented: ‘This is a significant infrastructure project for Chile, and we are delighted to be working with HR Wallingford whose experience of breakwaters, as well as of working in Chile will be of particular benefit to the project.

‘The physical studies will allow us to examine phenomena that require more detailed analysis in a reduced scale physical model, and which the computer modelling is not able to represent with the same level of precision. The result of this study will enable us to confirm the suitability of the basic design, investigate at a higher level of detail and achieve optimisation of the project with the aim of perfecting our project in terms of costs, deadlines and design before construction.’

Located due south of the current port, the Outer Port will specialise in handling containers. The planned dock length for each terminal is 1.73 km, allowing for the simultaneous docking of four large class E container ships, and a sufficiently large stacking area.

The design includes an access channel and the dredging of the turning basin and the interior harbour to ensure accessibility for the E-class container ships, even under highly unfavourable weather.

José Gallardo, Senior Engineer, PRDW, added: ‘At over 3.9 km long, this will be the largest breakwater ever planned for Chile. The location of the breakwater makes the environmental conditions particularly challenging. They include a river mouth discharge and large waves, as well as a deep-water canyon in the sea bed adjacent to the port. This level of complexity makes undertaking physical modelling studies a critical part of the process.’

HR Wallingford is undertaking this work in partnership with The Instituto Nacional de Hidráulica (INH), with tests being conducted both in the UK and in Chile in INH’s laboratory in Peñaflor.

Maria di Leo, HR Wallingford Coastal Structures Group Manager, explained: ‘The studies we will be carrying out include 2D and 3D modelling to test breakwater stability and port operability. The 2D tests will focus on four sections of the breakwater, and will be used to optimise the design with respect to armour units, toe size and depth, crest elevation and crown wall configuration, among others. For the 3D tests the whole port and adjacent stretches of coast will be modelled, including a portion of the canyon at the port entrance.

‘To that end, we will build the model in our biggest basin, which is 75 m long and 32 m wide. The 3D tests will look at wave agitation and ship movement, and will also look at the wave induced three-dimensional effects that can affect the breakwater stability and overtopping performance, those that cannot be addressed in 2D. We are looking forward to this new collaboration with INH which involves Knowledge Transfer as part of the project, and an opportunity to share standards.’

The detailed engineering study has been awarded to the Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas Chile whose key projects include the construction of the Maritime Terminal of Costa Cruceros, Port of Barcelona.

Almost 90% of all of Chile’s foreign trade goes through its ports, of which San Antonio is currently the largest, with an annual throughput of 18.2 million tons in 2016. Following demand estimates for the second half of the next decade, San Antonio Port Authority has initiated plans for an expansion that, developed in phases, will allow it to add an additional capacity of 6 million TEU/year, giving San Antonio an installed capacity of 9 million TEU/year.

Work on the breakwater could begin by 2020, and the first stage of the first terminal could start operating by 2026 or 2027. The Outer Port would then be developed in discrete stages, to be fully completed by 2038 or 2040.

Picture caption
When fully completed, San Antonio’s Outer Port will have a breakwater of over 3.9 km long.

Image courtesy of Puerto San Antonio, Chile. ©
Added: 10 Jan 2018
Tug safety training offered at Port of Milford Haven’s
state-of-the-art simulation suite

A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain.

The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugs, to practice scenarios.

Recently tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbour Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port. Training focused on the dangers around small conventional tug handling, the importance of good communication between pilots and tug handlers, and working in poor weather.

Harbourmaster and Chief Executive Officer at Teignmouth Harbour Commission, Commander David Vaughan, put some of his team through the course. He commented: ‘Our employees returned from the course with nothing but praise for an excellent, well run and well-presented course. There has been a gap in the market for this kind of training for small port tug operators which has now been filled.’

Steve Hardcastle, Deputy Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, manages the simulation suite. He added: ‘This facility enables maritime professionals to get bespoke training in a safe environment. The cutting-edge technology means that any type of incident can be replicated in any location. The suite is operated by marine professionals and pilots and who have experienced the scenarios that are presented during the exercises, so they are well placed to oversee the training. This course is overseen by David Brown of DB Marine, a very experienced tug professional.’

Built using MARIN’s latest software, DOLPHIN, the navigation suite can introduce additional environmental and hydrodynamic forces, and gives Tug Masters or Boat Masters the opportunity to carry out the towage of single or multiple barge movements either pulling, pushing or ‘hipped up’ depending on the size of the barge or pontoon.

They work in simulated form on small and some larger ships understanding and realising the dangers of connecting up, girting and under the bow towage.

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Milford Haven’s simulator suite has the potential to put the viewer at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port.
Added: 08 Jan 2018
Britain’s High Commissioner studies Tema Port, Ghana

A delegation from the British High Commission led by the recently appointed High Commissioner Ian Walker has paid a working visit to Tema Port (illustrated)*. This was reported by the port shortly before the Festive break.

Meeting managers of Tema Port, led by the General Manager for Port Operations, Abraham Mensah, the British High Commissioner said his visit formed part of efforts to familiarize himself with the various aspects of Ghanaian life after he had assumed responsibility as the representative of the British Government in the country.

Walker had already visited the Port of Takoradi and he indicated that a visit to the Tema Port helped him to put the activities of sea trade in Ghana into perspective considering the significant nature of the port industry to the Ghanaian economy.

High Commissioner Walker commented: ‘For me we have got to focus on the future of Ghana-U.K relationships. About the next 60 years, not just what has come in the 60 years up to this point which we have been celebrating together so well. I think if you start to look towards the future and you look towards trade and future investments in Ghana, often we think about the commercial aspect of that. And actually, to make that commercial aspect possible, to make sure the growth and the ambition that the country has, it presupposes that you have smooth functioning ports, smooth interoperability ports and rail, and things like that.’

General Manager in charge of Operations of Tema Port, Abraham Mensah briefed the diplomatic delegation on progress of work regarding the Tema Port Expansion project and highlighted successes achieved with automated port clearance procedures.

In the GM’s words: We would wish and want to see Britain invest more in the ports. We want to collaborate with you to see how best we can move our maritime industry forward.’

The British High Commissioner expressed excitement about ambitious strides leading to revolutionize the ports of Ghana. Managers emphasised the fact that Ghana’s Port Authority aims to make the nation’s ports the preferred hub in Sub-Saharan Africa with trade facilitation and security in focus and noted that the United Kingdom is one of Ghana’s key trading partners.

The latest Ghana Ports handbook can be found here: www.ghanaports.gov.gh
Photo: Ghana Port Authority ©.

*He took up his appointment in Accra in August 2017. An earlier post in Africa was as part of GOAL (Global NGO) Programme Management and Change (Malawi, Ethiopia, & Zimbabwe) which he held from 2002-2004
Added: 28 Dec 2017
BEST hits one million moves (1.8M TEU)
Breaking a new record in 2017

Hutchison Ports BEST has broken its own throughput record. The semi-automated terminal located in Barcelona reached a new milestone on 15 December when it handled its first millionth container move, equivalent to approximately 1,800,000 TEU, in a single calendar year.

The landmark container was loaded aboard the 13,800 TEU MSC Bettina operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the world’s largest lines.

Commenting on the terminal’s achievement, Guillermo Belcastro, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports BEST, said: ‘We are proud of reaching this latest milestone. The new record highlights BEST’s value proposition delivering the highest berth efficiency in the Mediterranean and the fastest delivery processes for trucks and trains. This way we are able to deliver our customers the perfect service combination at seaside and landside of the terminal.’

Since its official opening in September 2012, BEST has continued to set new standard for ports in the region: it has achieved a Vessel Operating Rate of more than 220 moves per hour and a sustained annual average Gross Quay Crane Rate of over 40 moves per hour, one of the highest in the world.

BEST currently has eleven super post-Panamax quay cranes, all of them capable of servicing ultra-large container vessels, 48 automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and 26 shuttle carriers operating along a berth line of 1,500 metres with a draft of 16.5 metres.

This record is aligned with the Port of Barcelona’s containers volume growth of 33% up until November 2017, confirming the current trend of consolidating Barcelona Port and BEST as a most efficient entry gateway to Southern Europe and as a shorter, faster and greener alternative.

Belcastro also stated: ‘This achievement is possible thanks to our customers, the collaboration of the Barcelona Port Authority and other stakeholders, but more especially thanks to our workforce which, along with passion, humbleness and commitment, make our offer unique in the market. We will continue to improve the service we provide to our customers through further investments in equipment and technology.’

The terminal has one of the most modern entry/exit gate complexes in Europe and one of the largest rail terminals at a container port with an eight-track railway facility with mixed gauge (Iberian and UIC*), connecting BEST daily to many different destinations in Spain and Southern Europe.

Hutchison Ports BEST is the first semi-automated terminal in the Hutchison Ports Group and the most technologically-advanced port development project in Spain.
It is capable of serving several mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe.

About BEST
BEST is a member of Hutchison Ports, 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 51 ports spanning 26 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.

*Union Internationale de Chemin de fer / International Railway Union.

Photo: Hutchison Ports / BEST ©.
Added: 26 Dec 2017
Gibdock’s success in attracting German shipowners to its facilities for ship repair work continues to grow, with three German containerships docking at the Gibraltar yard within a six-week period during the last quarter of 2017. The Peter Döhle-owned, 2,785 TEU Rita, Ahrenkiel Steamship’s 1,300 TEU AS Fatima and the 3,091 TEU Louis S, owned by Schepers Rudolf Reederei, all spent time in drydock in the fourth quarter for varying maintenance and repair programmes.

Rita, 206 metres loa, was docked for 14 days in October, for a drydocking schedule that included a total of 11,000m2 of hull treatment, with blasting over an area of 5000m2 ; repairs to the sea chests, tailshaft and liferaft cradles; and the removal of the vessel’s propellers and bow thrusters for overhauling in Gibdock’s well-equipped workshops.

Ship repair manager for the project, Philip Tsankov, says such extensive hull treatment work alongside other repairs needed careful planning: ‘The owner required a lot of work in a fairly short time scale and this was a challenge; we knew from the start there was no scope for delay. We planned the work around the hull treatment and the vessel was redelivered as agreed on time.’

AS Fatima, 166 metres loa, arrived in Gibraltar in late October and was primarily docked for work to address a stern tube issue. This required the yard to dismantle and remove the tailshaft and transport it to the workshop, where the propeller blades and blade carriers, as well as the propeller hub itself, were completely overhauled. During AS Fatima’s 21 day stay at the yard Gibdock also conducted a complete overhaul of the vessel’s main engines.

Schepers’ 220 metres loa, Louis S, was drydocked in the yard’s dock No 1 for around a week. The container vessel also came in with a stern tube issue, requiring the propeller unit to be dismantled. Ship manager, Juan Pinero, commented: ‘Gibdock needed to manufacture the specific tooling required for the dismantling work so the repairs could be undertaken.’

Inside the workshop the Gibdock team worked on the propeller and overhauled the seals, and then re-fitted components before reinstallation onboard. The yard also washed and painted the vessel’s underwater hull.

The visit of these three German-owned containerships has been part of an encouraging general upturn in activity at the Gibraltar yard in recent weeks. John Taylor, Gibdock operations director reflected: ‘Business has been picking up and container vessel owners and operators have been attracted to the yard by our location, close to key trade lanes, as well as by our reputation for quality work and on-time delivery. Our regular ferry refit season starts soon, and we are getting more enquiries from the offshore market, so the first quarter of 2018 is already looking promising.’

Gibdock can accommodate most vessel types trading in the Mediterranean and Atlantic regions. Facilities include three drydocks, with lengths of 154 metres x 29 metres, 184 metres x 29 metres and 272 metres x 38 metres. These are equipped with a total of ten dock cranes with lift capacities up to 45 tonnes. The yard can also utilise its 300 metre long Main Wharf quay and the 435 metre long South Mole for alongside repairs. Its purpose-built fabrication area, Pad 1, is also in demand for retrofit scrubber installations, ballast water treatment retrofits and vessel modifications.

Picture caption
Ahrenkiel Steamship’s 1,300 TEU AS Fatima

Added: 19 Dec 2017
Christmas cheer for seafarers
Santa goes aboard

With acknowledgement to Africa Ports & Ships (https://africaports.co.za/ ) and The Sailors’ Society Durban (www.saiss.co.za)

Santa Claus arrived in the Port of Durban a little early this month and enlisted his helpers, the chaplains of various Missions, to accompany him and board vessels in port to hand out gifts – part of the 1400 parcels packed by other volunteers.

Paul Richardson and Jessie John, Sailors’ Society chaplain and missionary respectively, together with Santa visited seven ships on 8 December to the delight of the seafarers. On this visit 159 gifts were handed out.

Ships’ crews gave the Christmas visitors a warm welcome and prayers were said with those who so wished.

Seafarers often experience loneliness owing to the nature of their profession, but at certain times it is more keenly felt, on birthdays, anniversaries and of course Christmas. Receipt of a small gift helps seafarers realise they are thought of by those on shore.

Picture caption
Santa and chaplain with some of the crew on board MSC Earth in Durban harbour.

Photo kindly provided by Yvonne de Kock, Sailors Society, Durban
Added: 21 Sep 2017
A former Royal Navy officer has been appointed the new Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven.

Mike Ryan took up the role of Marine Director/Harbourmaster on 29 August and brings with him extensive experience of delivering operations safely and successfully worldwide, and in complex situations.

In recent years Mike has held senior positions on shore with responsibility for over 600 personnel, covering all aspects of maritime and aviation management.

At sea as a Master Mariner he was CO of Royal Navy minehunters. In a Service career spanning almost 30 years he has served in a wide variety of ships including aircraft carriers.

Commenting on the new role he said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the Port at this exciting time and am really looking forward to working with the team, and wider stakeholders, to ensure Milford Haven’s continuing status as one of the UK’s most strategically important ports.’

Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, added: ‘We are delighted that Mike has joined us. There is so much happening within the Port so it is a great time for him to take on this esteemed role. Mike has a wealth of experience within the maritime industry and has already fitted in well during the handover period.’

Bill Hirst, the Port’s outgoing Harbourmaster, will retire at the end of October after almost 18 years’ service.

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.

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: 18 Sep 2017
Additional deep-water capacity for the world’s largest container ships

On 15 September a contract was awarded for the latest phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe.

VolkerFitzpatrick Limited will be appointed to undertake the design and construction of approximately 13 hectares (32.13 acres) of paved container yard directly behind Berth 9. The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares (7.90 acres) of seabed behind the existing finger pier.

Commenting on the latest development, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said: ‘Berths 8 & 9 were the first berths in the UK built to accommodate the latest class of ultra-large container vessels. The creation of additional container storage will allow us to optimise container handling operations between the berth and its supporting yard and further enhance the service we offer to our customers.’

Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container blocks and allow six-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019. The yard will add 18,000 TEU of stacking capacity to the 130,000 TEU already available at the UK’s largest container port.

The work will further enhance Felixstowe’s ability to handle the world’s largest container ships. The port was the first in the UK to handle the latest class of 18,000+ TEU ships in 2013 and continues to handle more than any other port in the country.

On 14 September 2017 the port handled its 100th mega vessel of the year when the 18,270 TEU Matz Maersk arrived at the port from Bremerhaven.

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe is strategically located on the UK’s SE coast and within easy reach of major ports in NW Europe. As the UK’s first purpose-built container-handling facility, Port of Felixstowe is the largest and busiest container port in the country.

With three rail terminals, it also has the busiest and biggest intermodal rail freight facility in the UK. The latest phase of development, Berths 8 & 9, provides additional deep-water capacity for the world’s largest container ships.

Port of Felixstowe is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, one of the world’s leading port investors, developers and operators with a network of port operations in 49 ports spanning 26 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.

Picture caption

Berths 8 & 9 with area of reclaimed seabed behind the existing finger pier where approximately 13 hectares (32.13 acres) of paved yard will be built.
Added: 08 Sep 2017
Houston Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria announced that Port Houston reopened its terminals for business on 1 September and advised: ‘Although vessel movements remain restricted because of swift current in the channel from continued significant inflows, it is important to resume landside receipt and delivery of containers at our terminals in advance of commencement of vessel operations. Opening our terminals also reinforces the messages of Mayor Turner and Judge Emmett that it is important to resume normal operations as soon as practicable.’

Chairman Longoria also expressed her appreciation for the extraordinary efforts and steady leadership of Harris County Judge Emmett, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and County and City officials in addressing the devastating and unprecedented impacts from Hurricane Harvey. She also lauded Port Houston staff, maritime industry members, and port community members for their extraordinary volunteerism.

In conclusion Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director added: ‘Employees are onsite, facilities are back online, and we are ready to operate. We are restarting this economic engine again to power the region, state, and nation.’

Port Houston’s Barbours Cut and Bayport Container Terminals were due to open on 1 September for truck operations from 0700 to 1700.

The Turning Basin Terminal was also expected to be open for truck operations during the same times.

Readers are invited to visit http://porthouston.com/portweb for updates.

About Port Houston

For more than 100 years, the port has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals of the Port of Houston – the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas, and the nation.

It supports the creation of nearly 1.175 million jobs in Texas and 2.7 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totalling almost $265 billion in Texas – 16% of Texas’ total gross domestic product – and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation.

For more information see Port Houston’s website at: www.porthouston.comPort Houston open for business

Added: 05 Sep 2017
Total investment over $1 billion, thousands of jobs during development

It was announced from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 1 September, that the President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno and DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem performed a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the greenfield multi-purpose port project at Posorja, Ecuador. (See group photo here kindly provided by DPW ©).

The ceremony follows the 50-year concession the company won last year (2016) from the Government of Ecuador to build a facility with 750,000 TEU capacity to fuel the country’s economic growth and connect it with international markets.

The $500 million initial investment (Phase 1) includes the purchase of land, dredging of a new access channel, a 20-kilometre access road and a 400-metre berth equipped to handle containers and other cargo. Total investment will be over $1 billion for the entire project with thousands of jobs during construction, close to 1,000 jobs during operations, along with plans to develop a logistics zone to create a regional trading hub.

While work began in July on nearby access roads, construction of the port, which is located 65 kilometres from the country’s main business city of Guayaquil, is expected to take around 24 months to complete. Additionally, a one square kilometre logistics and industrial park, marked as a Special Economic Development Zone, will be developed adjacent to the port.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: ‘This is an important landmark in Ecuador’s growth story – we are celebrating today the first public-private partnership that will benefit local economy and change forever the way it trades with the world. The port has been designed to serve the growing needs of global markets – something we have been able to witness first-hand with our 78 terminals around the world – and will dramatically improve the global competitiveness of Ecuadorian exporters.

‘President Lenín Moreno has a great vision for his people and we are proud to be part of his development plans for this resource rich country and its industrious workforce.’

DP World Posorja General Manager Jorge Velásquez, reflected: ‘DP World is always on the lookout for opportunities that help meet the growing demands of the global supply chain. This facility will help Ecuador become an important player in regional and global trade and its deep drafts and quay lengths will handle Post-Panamax vessels to complement Guayaquil and other nearby terminals. Its navigation channel is designed for ease of access, allowing large capacity ships to call at our shores.’
Added: 27 Aug 2017
News from Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC)

The Executive Chairman of YGAPC inaugurates the Corporation’s Maritime Training Centre.

On 15 August the Executive Chairman of YGAPC Moh’d Alawi Amzerbah, inaugurated the Maritime Training Centre after its rehabilitation at a total cost of YR 12,000,000 ($48,000*).

In the ceremony, the Chairman indicated that the Maritime Training Centre is one that should be considered as a training unit for all staff in the maritime field. He pointed out that the centre had been affected and damaged by current hostilities in the province of Aden.

Chairman Moh’d Alawi expressed his thanks and appreciation for the efforts by employees of the Corporation in the rehabilitation process. He also confirmed that the Centre will, in future, provide courses in marine, technical, engineering and many other subjects. Accompanied by officials he inspected the Centre’s buildings and its various sections and departments.

Prime Minister Dr Ahmed Obaid bin Daghar laid the foundation stone of strategic projects for the Aden Computer Terminal (ACT) access road expansion and the paving of the Ma’alla berths.

These strategic projects are government funded, at a cost of more than YR 500 million ($1.9 million) and will be implemented by the Roads and Bridges Public Authority.

Bin Dagher stressed the importance of the project in the rehabilitation of infrastructure services of Aden Container Terminal, for which the President of the Republic HE Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi gives his support and attention as the port of Aden is considered one of the most important shipping places not only in Yemen but in the region confirming the government’s keenness to provide all the services for the port city of Aden**.

For his part Executive Chairman Mohamed Alawi Amzerba, pointed out the importance of the implementation of the ACT road expansion project as well as the paving of Ma’alla berths in facilitating the movement of truck traffic with imports and exports.

Eng Sami Salem Baharmz, Director General of the Roads and Bridges Authority clarified that the road will be of three kilometres in length, with a width of 31 metres and reclamation works two and a half metres deep. He added that the road will be adequately paved to take large trucks and to eliminate congestion.

The Prime Minister and his companions were received at the project site by YGAPC Executive Chairman, Mohamed Alawi Amzrabeh, Hassan Haid, Free Zone Manager, Hussein Akerbino Ali Amer, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works, Fadhl Ahmed Al-Hugaili, Deputy Director of Aden Ports Development Company.

*1USD = 250 YER (Yemeni Rials)

**Aden Container Terminal (ACT), the largest container terminal in the Republic of Yemen, has been operated by the Aden Ports Development Company since 20 September 2012.
Added: 22 Aug 2017
According to news from the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia (www.cosbc.ca) in early August Schneider Electric Canada, a world leader in shore power technology, has announced the Port of Montreal Shore Power provision for the new Alexandra Pier is now successfully commissioned

On 12 August the Holland America Cruise Ship Veendam shut down her diesel engines after berthing at the new Alexandra Cruise Terminal in Old Montreal.

This vessel was connected to the electrical power grid to provide the necessary power to her while in port. In doing this, all air pollution caused by Veendam’s diesel engines was effectively eliminated.

Total cost of the project is CND$11 million with funding coming from the Federal Government, the provincial government as well as the Montreal Port Authority.

Montreal Port Authority estimates that the shore power project will eliminate upwards of 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.

Schneider Electric is a world leader in shore power solutions, with over 50 deployments in North America alone.

The Port of Montreal shore power solution represents the first cruise terminal deployment in Canada for Schneider Electric and is a significant demonstration of its capabilities to design and build a sophisticated solution incorporating international standards that enforce safety and interoperability for ships calling on the Port of Montreal.
Added: 21 Aug 2017
On 15 August the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released its 2017 mid-year statistics for trade through the Port of Vancouver.

Overall cargo through the Port of Vancouver has increased 4% to 69 million metric tonnes (MMT) over the same time last year with mid-year records in bulk grain and containers.

Container quantities (measured by TEU) increased by 9.6 % compared to mid-year 2016 to a record 1.6 million TEU as a result of the strengthening economy as well as global demand for Canadian products shipped in containers and Canadian demand for consumer and manufacturing goods from Asia.

Strong overseas demand for Canadian grain products resulted in a steep increase in wheat, canola and specialty crop exports, which include pulses and lentils (up 55%). This is the Port of Vancouver’s sixth consecutive year of record mid-year volumes of bulk grain at 12.5 MMT in 2017, a 12.9% increase over mid last year.
Added: 08 Aug 2017
It was announced in July from Cyprus that a new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels is scheduled to open this summer in DP World Limassol port.

The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square metres. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling capability, ensuring improved passenger services.

DP World Limassol has a draft of up to 11 metres (tide free) and three 400 metre berths that can accommodate cruise vessels. It is the third addition to the cruise terminal portfolio that DP World operates globally, after cruise terminal operations in Mina Rashid, Dubai and Quinquela Martin, Argentina.

Limassol is one of the major destinations in the Mediterranean for the cruise industry with the opportunity to be the first port of call for cruise lines after transiting the Suez Canal. The terminal offers fast turnaround times for connections to both Larnaca and Paphos international airports. With favourable weather, cultural attractions, excursions and events throughout the year, Cyprus and Limassol present the opportunity for a memorable time ashore.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: ‘Cyprus is a centre for tourism and trade across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond and we are delighted to help develop its cruise capability. The terminal is another example of how partnerships with Government on infrastructure projects help boost economies, creating jobs and prosperity for the country and its people.’

Charles Meaby, General Manager, DP World Limassol commented: ‘With the opening of this new terminal, all our visitors will enjoy an even more impressive welcome. DP World Limassol continues to promote the development of tourism in Cyprus and driving economic benefits for the local and national economy.

‘This is an exciting time for Limassol and Cyprus and DP World Limassol is focused on delivering a long-term legacy creating employment opportunities and helping Limassol reach its potential of becoming a fully-serviced home port for cruise ships.’
Added: 03 Aug 2017
Gibdock, the Gibraltar-based shiprepair facility, has once again shown its expertise and well-proven capabilities in the ro-ro cargo vessel sector by carrying out an extensive package of work on the 12,049dwt, 160 metres loa, con-ro container ship, MN Tangara in June and July this year.

Owned by Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (CMN), the 2013-built, French-flagged vessel was docked at Gibdock for a 12-day programme of works, with the client stressing there was no scope for delay in redelivery.

Filip Tsankov, Gibdock’s ship repair manager, said: ‘CMN told us the date for departure was crucial, as there was no spare time in the ship’s schedule. We were able to finish a significant quantity of work, carrying out multiple tasks in parallel with each other, to ensure that MN Tangara left Gibraltar exactly on time and to the client’s satisfaction.’

The vessel entered drydock on 24 June and left on 6 July, allowing the ship to sail from Gibraltar the following day.

During its time in Gibdock, MN Tangara required an extensive amount of marine coating over most areas of the vessel: hull, superstructure, funnel, crane and free-fall davits. In total, a surface area of 12,300m2 was painted by Gibdock’s repair teams over an eleven-day period.

Propulsion machinery works were performed simultaneously with the hull painting, with the 18 electric motor rotors overhauled and rebalanced. Extent of work saw renewal of stern tube seals by in-situ bonding; overhaul and repairs to piping and system valves; renewal of pipe insulation materials and safety valve testing.

In addition, Gibdock’s experienced shiprepair team overhauled most of the vehicle deck ventilation fans, cleaned and inspected four electrical generators and undertook electrical repairs.

This was the first time MN Tangara had visited the yard, and only the second occasion that CMN had used Gibdock’s drydock services.

Tsankov added: ‘We worked well with what is a fairly new customer for us, to ensure its needs were fully met, and were able to demonstrate that we can carry out a large amount of work to a high standard, within a quite demanding time frame. We have built up good co-operation with CMN on this project and hope to welcome them back as a customer soon.’

Part of the French Sogestran group, which owns and operates a fleet of around 200 river- and ocean-going vessels, CMN has a fleet of five ro-ro and con-ro ships. MN Tangara is deployed on a time charter with the French Ministry of Defence, providing logistics support to French bases in foreign countries and in French overseas departments and territories.

Picture caption

The con-ro vessel Tangara in dock at Gibdock.
Added: 19 Jul 2017
On 18 July the Port of Cork and the Port of Xiamen formally signed a Sister Port Agreement (see illustration) in order to jointly promote freight, the cruise business, logistics and other business opportunities within the two ports.

This agreement will help to strengthen the understanding and long-term cooperation between the two ports, it is understood.

The Port of Xiamen is an important deep water port located on Xiamen Island, the adjacent mainland coast, and along the estuary of the Jiulongjiang River in southern Fujian, People’s Republic of China.

Xiamen is ranked the eighth-largest container port in China and ranks 17th in world rankings. With the capacity to handle sixth-generation large container vessels, there are nine container terminals in total consisting of 74 berths.

In 2013, Xiamen handled 191 million tons of cargo, including 8.08 million TEU.

This sister port agreement will see the Ports of Xiamen and Cork mutually agree to providing excellent services to shipping lines operating between the two Ports and they will encourage new shipping companies in setting up direct lines between the two ports.

As well as strengthening the exchange of shipping industry information, shipping technology and of the international shipping market, the agreement shall further strengthen technical training and port visits so as to jointly promote mutual business cooperation and friendship.

Speaking at the signing of the sister port agreement, Chairman of the Port of Cork, John Mullins said: ‘We are honoured to welcome the Port of Xiamen to Cork today to sign this sister port agreement which will be of great benefit to both ports. We anticipate good collaboration and exchanging of port knowledge into the future and we know the Port of Cork can learn a lot from Xiamen in terms of port re-development and expanding our own port services.’

During their visit to the Port of Cork, the delegates from Port of Xiamen received a presentation on Cork’s port facilities and services and were also updated on the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment plans and areas of port industry opportunities.

Commented Chief Executive of the Port of Cork, Brendan Keating: ‘This really is an excellent opportunity for the Port of Cork and one we intend to maximise.’

‘Since An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant permission for alterations to the terms of the Ringaskiddy Port development permitted in May 2015, our team has been progressing with the project. We were delighted with the opportunity to share our redevelopment plans with Port of Xiamen and for them to gain an understanding of the needs for our redevelopment. While not on the same scale as Port of Xiamen, we will be able to jointly learn through our port industry experiences.’

Added: 06 Jul 2017
Customer service, capital improvements

It was reported on 5 July that the Port of Long Beach had again been named the Best North American Seaport at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards held on 29 June in Singapore.

This is the third consecutive year and the 19th time in the last 22 years that the Port of Long Beach has won the title Best North American Seaport from Asia Cargo News and the previous event organizer, CargoNews Asia.

The award is bestowed by importers, exporters, and logistics and supply chain professionals. Ports are judged based on service quality, innovation, customer relations and reliability, among other factors.

‘We take a lot of pride in working hard to meet the needs of our customers,’ said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. He added: ‘It is an honour to be recognized — we are especially proud of our commitment to providing the best service on the continent.’

In the words of Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán: ‘The Port of Long Beach is building the most modern facilities of any seaport in the country. It is part of our commitment to evolve with this changing industry, and we are thankful our stakeholders have decided to give us this prestigious award.’

More than 15,000 industry professionals who read Asia Cargo News were invited to participate in the nomination and selection process for the awards. Awards were also given in many other categories, including shipping lines, container terminals and road haulers.

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.

Photo caption:

A container ship arrives at the Port of Long Beach, May 2017.
Added: 24 Jun 2017
The world’s largest container ship, the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong, made her maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe in week commencing 18 June.
The call represented a double celebration as it also marked the return of OOCL to the UK’s largest container port after a 17 year absence.

Commenting on the two events, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: ‘The OOCL Hong Kong is the latest in a line of mega vessels to call at the Port of Felixstowe. The port’s location close to the main shipping lanes and the ports of Northern Europe, combined with a unique combination of road and rail connections, makes it the first choice for the latest generation of giant container ships.

‘Our relationship with OOCL goes back 40 years and we are delighted to welcome them back to the Port of Felixstowe as part of the Ocean Alliance. We are honoured to have been chosen as the main UK hub for the Ocean Alliance and look forward to continuing to work with OOCL and the other alliance partners to provide the best possible service to UK importers and exporters.’

Richard Hew, Managing Director of OOCL, added: ‘We are very delighted by the warm welcome that the OOCL Hong Kong received from the Port of Felixstowe community. We truly look forward to working more closely with our customers, business partners and with the port community in developing our synergies for growth.’

The 210,890 gt vessel was built at Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Measuring 400 metres loa and with a width of 58.8 metres, OOCL Hong Kong serves the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of OOCL’s LL1 service.

The Ocean Alliance consists of OOCL, CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping and Evergreen Line.

About the port
Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is strategically located on the UK’s SE coast and within easy reach of major ports in NW continental Europe.

As the UK’s first purpose-built container-handling facility, PFL is also the largest and busiest container port in the country. With three rail terminals, it also has the busiest and biggest intermodal rail freight facility in the UK. The latest phase of development, Berths 8&9, provides additional deep-water capacity for the world’s largest container ships.

PFL is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is a leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries. 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.

Picture caption
OOCL Hong Kong was named on 12 May this year on Geoje Island. The last time OOCL set the world record for the largest containership was in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 TEU vessel, also built at the SHI shipyard.
Added: 19 May 2017
On 27 February Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Humanitarian Affairs visited to the governorate of Aden and other Yemeni governorates. He inspected Ma’alla Wharves where he was received by the Executive Chairman of Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC) Mohammed Alawi Omzarbah and his deputy as well as a number of officials and specialists based there.

The aim of the UN high official visit was to observe conditions in the Port of Ma’alla and to look closely at the possibilities available to receive commercial ships and provide the necessary services to different agencies, international organizations, traders and importers of goods to Aden and the other Yemeni governorates. O’Brien was briefed by experts of the port that Ma’alla is fully operational and serves all governorates of Yemen. The Under-Secretary-General praised the aspects of stability and security that surrounds the port in particular and Aden in general. The UN official also visited the tug Vos Apollo of the World Food Program, which is currently berthed at Ma’alla RoRo berth.

On 15 April the Gibraltar-flagged car carrier Passama berthed at the Port of Aden, for the first time in more than twelve years with a discharge of 549 cars and other vehicles for the local market. Such an advance marks the birth of a new era for the revitalization of the port cities industrial and warehousing area known as Free Zone – Aden. This impact on commercial activity with the importation and re-export of vehicles reflects upon Aden as a regional centre for Toyota cars and other vehicles as represented by its agent in the Middle East and thus creating a commercial automotive centre.

This month, May, the volume of container activity reported in the Port of Aden increased by 50% in April, compared to the same month last year, with a total of 33,000 TEU handled. This is evidence that the Port of Aden is witnessing a remarkable increase in its various activities, especially with regard to containers, the most prominent aspect of the port’s activities and services. Increase in port activities comes at a time when Aden Port Management is financing the modernization plans for port equipment, receiving two full container-reach stackers recently and expecting another batch of twelve tractors and trailers capable of carrying fully laden containers.

Container berths at the Port of Aden are considered ideal for local markets by their location at the entrance of one of the most important sea routes linking world markets ’twixt the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Aden port is the largest of the Yemeni ports and competed with the ports of New York and Rotterdam in the early 1960s. What distinguishes Aden port in the region today is its capacity to handle all types of cargoes and ship types, the only port in Yemen with this capability.

Car carrier Passama.

Photo kindly provided by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation (YGAPC)©.
DP World marks start of Somaliland concession  $442 million project to develop Port of Berbera underway   and  MOU with the Indian National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)DP World marks start of Somaliland concession $442 million project to develop Port of Berbera underway and MOU with the Indian National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)
Added: 18 May 2017
It was announced from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 11 May that global trade enabler DP World had celebrated its 30-year port concession for the management and development of a multipurpose port project at Berbera, Republic of Somaliland which started on 2 March 2017.

HE President of the Republic of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud and DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem were present at a ceremony to mark the occasion and thanked attending government officials and partners for their support at the start a new phase of development for the country.

DP World Berbera complements the company’s investment in Djibouti and will also serve land locked countries in the Horn of Africa. Investment of up to $442 million will consist of two phases, the first being the building of a 400 metre quay and 250,000 square metre yard extension as well as the development of a free zone to create a new regional trading hub.

DP World Group Chairman & CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem (illustrated), said: ‘This is part of our vision to act as an enabler of trade and to facilitate growth by helping African countries develop their infrastructure that connects them to global markets. These are exciting times for our industry and for Africa, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be an integral part of Somaliland’s development. Investment in this natural deep-water port and free zone will act as a catalyst for the growth of the country and the region’s economy. I would like to thank the Government and the People of Somaliland for having the vision to take the necessary steps to allow us to invest in the Port of Berbera. I would also like to thank the Mayor of Berbera and the Governor of Sahil for welcoming the DP World team and making them feel at home.’

President of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo, replied: ‘This DP World investment in the Port of Berbera will strengthen the relationship between the Republic of Somaliland and the UAE which existed for many centuries in the past. Additionally, it will bring back and highlight the commercial position and importance of the Port of Berbera as a Red Sea gateway for the Middle East and Africa.’

DP World Berbera CEO Ibrahim Al Hammadi, concluded by saying: ‘We have found the people of Berbera to be welcoming and industrious and I would like to thank the staff here for their support and enthusiasm as we start our plans to modernise the port and upgrade its facilities. Our next steps will be to construct a new quay and yard, implement a terminal layout and add new yard equipment. We are also working on a long term strategic plan for sustainability projects. We look forward to working together with the people of Berbera to restore its historical role as a major trade hub on the Red Sea.’

Since beginning operations in early March, DP World has retained all 713 permanent employees and begun training and staff development to prepare them for roles in a modern port.

DP World Berbera supports the local community with visits and engagements to twelve local schools, the Fisheries and Maritime Academy and Berbera Hospital. Meanwhile, DP World is working closely with the local government to invest in sustainable solutions tackling water scarcity, having already delivered 4.5 million litres of water to 15,000 local families.

India, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

Earlier in the month DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) signed an MoU to develop the logistics sector in India.

DP World announced that it was seeking opportunities in the country worth over $1 billion over the next few years. This will be aimed at development of port infrastructure of the Sagarmala project, creation of the Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor, river transportation and cold chain storage, investing in port-led special economic zones, free trade zones, ICDs and cruise terminals.
 Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation Report into breakaway of Spirit of Tasmania II Station Pier, Port Melbourne, Victoria 13 January 2016
Added: 11 May 2017
On the afternoon of 13 January 2016, the roll-on/roll-off passenger ship Spirit of Tasmania II was loading cargo, vehicles and passengers at Station Pier, Melbourne. At 1752, strong wind gusts blew the ship off the wharf and all but two of the ship’s mooring lines (on the bow) parted. After breaking away, the stern swung around until the ship was 90 degrees to the wharf, parallel to nearby Port Melbourne Beach and in danger of grounding. While waiting for tugs to assist, the ship’s propulsion and thrusters were used to maintain her position and prevent grounding. By 1905, the ship was back alongside the wharf, assisted by two tugs.

The ship suffered minor damage to her lower bow ramp and bow doors. Shore infrastructure suffered extensive damage to the elevated roadway and ramp arrangement on the wharf and minor damage to wharf structures. No one was injured.

During the afternoon of 13 January, a band of severe thunderstorms passed across the location of Spirit of Tasmania II, with little warning. As the ship’s bridge was unattended throughout the port stay, none of the vessel’s crew saw indicators of the approaching storm until just 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 main propulsion until, with tug assistance, it was returned to the wharf.

The ship’s managers, TT-Line Company, advised the ATSB that it has implemented immediate changes to shipboard weather monitoring and notification arrangements along with changes to heavy weather and mooring procedures. These changes include: weather triggers for increased shipboard readiness; immediate notification of weather warnings; access to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website from the bridge; changes to the wind speed alarm settings and; requiring all mooring lines to be held on the winch brakes.

TT-Line also engaged external marine consultants to complete extensive investigations and analyses into the mooring requirements and design for Station Pier, Melbourne. Consultants have completed mathematical modelling and incident replication simulations. Subsequent analyses will be used to identify and define operational parameters and recommend any alterations to berthing arrangements and infrastructure.

The ATSB has issued one recommendation to TT-Line to complete safety action to adequately address the safety issue with respect to moorings.

The Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) advised the ATSB that Melbourne vessel traffic service will broadcast BoM weather warnings on VHF channel 12. All masters of ships in port waters, including at berth or anchorage, are to ensure a listening watch is maintained at all times.

The BoM advised the ATSB that in addition to verifying the subscription service with the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) it continues to upgrade its marine weather services. This includes a one-stop webpage on its website for improved education, information and accessibility to marine and ocean services.

Safety message:
All ships, especially those with high windage, are prone to breaking away from moorings during short-term events such as thunderstorms and squalls. The risks this presents to ships with large numbers of people on board mean that weather monitoring, mooring systems and procedures need to be regularly checked and verified for changing weather conditions.

The ATSB document is available here: http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5772782/mo-2016-001_final.pdf
Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5772782/mo-2016-001_final.pdf
Wales’ largest port Milford Haven investment highlightedWales’ largest port Milford Haven investment highlighted
Added: 30 Apr 2017
It was reported on 24 April that the Port of Milford Haven had published its 2016 Annual Report, showing strong investment in the marine, leisure, tourism and marine renewable energy sectors.

The Port recorded a profit before tax of £5.6m and a turnover of £25.3m. Cargo throughput was slightly lower than the previous year at 34.9m tonnes.

In 2016 the Milford Waterfront brand was officially launched. Milford Waterfront is a flagship development for the Port and has the potential to accommodate approximately 380,000 sq ft of commercial, leisure and premium residential space. It is expected to create in the region of 600 new jobs and provide a significant uplift to the local economy.

Milford Marina celebrated its 25th anniversary during the year. Visitors enjoyed a busy calendar of events, as well as new heritage boat tours that are now operating from the marina.

Significant investment was made on the marine side of the business. A state-of-the-art marine navigation simulation suite was installed, providing the Port’s own marine professionals with training software as well as being able to offer it to external bodies and eventually market it to a global audience.

Investment was also made in a fleet of new pilot vessels – St Brides and St Davids, with St Govans expected to arrive this year.

Volumes at Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal continued to show annual growth on both the freight and passenger side, as did volumes of imports and exports at Pembroke Port.

There is great optimism for the marine renewables sector in Pembrokeshire which was cemented by the creation of a Marine Hub at Pembroke Port. Following the approval of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal in March 2017 by the UK’s Prime Minister, Pembroke Dock Marine project can now move forward and activity within the renewables industry as a whole is expected to increase with earnest over the coming months and years.

A significant amount of time was dedicated to engaging with stakeholders throughout 2016 and the results of the annual survey revealed a heightened awareness of the work carried out in the community. As a Trust Port, the Port is committed to helping create a prosperous society and aims to create opportunities for young people through the wide range of projects that it is involved in.

Alec Don, Chief Executive at the Port, commented: ‘Our staff are at the heart of all we do at the Port and they continuously go the extra mile to ensure that we provide a safe and efficient service 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

‘It is this dedication and collaboration that has assisted the Port in producing a pleasing set of results in a range of sectors in what can sometimes be turbulent markets. 2017 is set to be considerably more challenging, with significantly reduced volumes of LNG currently affecting the business. In line with the rest of the market we also experienced a substantial increase in our pension liabilities. It is for these aspects of volatility we have ensured as a business that we have a strong balance sheet and are pursuing growth and development in the infrastructure and property parts of our business.’

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 also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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.

Photo caption
A marine navigation simulation suite has been installed at the Port of Milford Haven.
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©.
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