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NEW HM TAKES THE HELM AT THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVENNEW HM TAKES THE HELM AT THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVEN
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.
 
PORT OF FELIXSTOWE - LATEST PHASE OF EXPANSIONPORT OF FELIXSTOWE - LATEST PHASE OF EXPANSION
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.
 
PORT HOUSTON OPEN FOR BUSINESSPORT HOUSTON OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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

 
PRESIDENT OF ECUADOR MARKS CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST DEEP WATER PORT IN POSORJA, ECUADOR PRESIDENT OF ECUADOR MARKS CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST DEEP WATER PORT IN POSORJA, ECUADOR
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.’
 
NEWS FROM YEMEN GULF OF ADEN PORTS CORPORATIONNEWS FROM YEMEN GULF OF ADEN PORTS CORPORATION
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.
 
PORT OF MONTREAL SHORE POWER PROJECT COMPLETEDPORT OF MONTREAL SHORE POWER PROJECT COMPLETED
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.
 
PORT OF VANCOUVER TRADEPORT OF VANCOUVER TRADE
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.
 
CYRPUS PORT’S NEW PASSENGER TERMINALCYRPUS PORT’S NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL
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.’
 
GIBDOCK ENSURE FRENCH CON-RO DEPARTS ON SCHEDULEGIBDOCK ENSURE FRENCH CON-RO DEPARTS ON SCHEDULE
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.
 
PORT OF CORK AND PORT OF XIAMEN SIGN TRADE SISTER PORT AGREEMENTPORT OF CORK AND PORT OF XIAMEN SIGN TRADE SISTER PORT AGREEMENT
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.’


 
LONG BEACH RANKED TOP NORTH AMERICAN SEAPORTLONG BEACH RANKED TOP NORTH AMERICAN SEAPORT
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.
 
WORLD’S LARGEST CONTAINER SHIPS CALLS AT THE PORT OF FELIXSTOWEWORLD’S LARGEST CONTAINER SHIPS CALLS AT THE PORT OF FELIXSTOWE
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.
 
ADEN PORT NEWSADEN PORT NEWS
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.
 
ABPmer TO SUPPORT PORT OF WATERFORD, IRELANDABPmer TO SUPPORT PORT OF WATERFORD, IRELAND
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©.
 
PORT OF CORK’S DEEP-WATER CAPABILITIESPORT OF CORK’S DEEP-WATER CAPABILITIES
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)©
 
A CRUISE STRATEGY FOR THE PORT OF DUBLINA CRUISE STRATEGY FOR THE PORT OF DUBLIN
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.
 
THE PORT OF TAKORADI RECEIVES ITS LARGEST VESSELTHE PORT OF TAKORADI RECEIVES ITS LARGEST VESSEL
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:
https://issuu.com/landmarine/docs/ghana_ports_handbook_2016-17/18

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 ©.
 
FUNDO SOBERANO DE ANGOLA: INVESTMENT IN PORT INFRASTRUCTUREFUNDO SOBERANO DE ANGOLA: INVESTMENT IN PORT INFRASTRUCTURE
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.
 
PORT OF ADEN PROGRESS: TURKISH MISSIONPORT OF ADEN PROGRESS: TURKISH MISSION
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.
 
LONG BEACH PORT TRADE DIPS TO 6.8 MILLION TEU IN 2016LONG BEACH PORT TRADE DIPS TO 6.8 MILLION TEU IN 2016
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.
 
PORT OF LOS ANGELES 2016 CARGO VOLUMES BEST EVER FOR A WESTERN HEMISPHERE PORTPORT OF LOS ANGELES 2016 CARGO VOLUMES BEST EVER FOR A WESTERN HEMISPHERE PORT
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©.
 
ABPMER REVIEWS WESTERN ISLES’ HARBOUR AUTHORITY OPERATIONSABPMER REVIEWS WESTERN ISLES’ HARBOUR AUTHORITY OPERATIONS
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.
 
HUTCHISON PORTS SIGNS MOU WITH CHORNOMORSK UKRAINEHUTCHISON PORTS SIGNS MOU WITH CHORNOMORSK UKRAINE
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.
 
PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEYPORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY
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©
 
UPDATE ON WELLINGTON’S CENTREPORT EARTHQUAKE RESPONSEUPDATE ON WELLINGTON’S CENTREPORT EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE
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.
 
FISH-RICH MAURITANIA LOOKS TO ITS NOUADHIBOU PORT FOR A BRIGHTER FUTUREFISH-RICH MAURITANIA LOOKS TO ITS NOUADHIBOU PORT FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
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.
 
 CONSTRUCTION OF MELAKA GATEWAY PORT
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.
 
MINISTER OPENS LIVERPOOL2MINISTER OPENS LIVERPOOL2
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©.
 
LIVERPOOL-PANAMA MoULIVERPOOL-PANAMA MoU
Added: 07 Nov 2016
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Peel Ports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The objectives of CEQA are:

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

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

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

• To promote interagency coordination when evaluating projects, and,

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


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

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

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

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

Empties were 27.2% lower at 143,476 TEU.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture caption:

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

 
CARGO DIPS AT THE PORT OF LONG BEACHCARGO DIPS AT THE PORT OF LONG BEACH
Added: 14 Aug 2016
July volumes mark slow start to holiday peak season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture caption:

Ports of Jersey Maritime Operation Centre.

Photo: Ports of Jersey©.

 
JEBEL ALI PORT VOTED BEST SEA PORT - MIDDLE EASTJEBEL ALI PORT VOTED BEST SEA PORT - MIDDLE EAST
Added: 01 Aug 2016
22nd consecutive win demonstrates leadership of DP World’s flagship facility

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture caption

Rashid Abdulla, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, Asia-Pacific Region, at left receiving the award on behalf of DP World at the AFLAS gala ceremony in Shanghai.
 
PEEL PORTS SENIOR TEAM ATTEND OFFICIAL OPENING OF PANAMA CANALPEEL PORTS SENIOR TEAM ATTEND OFFICIAL OPENING OF PANAMA CANAL
Added: 08 Jul 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Picture caption

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

The winner of the Port of the Year category was Bremerhaven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1 Arab Emirates Dirham = US$0.27)
 
 
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