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Australian PWCS coal terminals’ vessel queue falls to six ships

Port Waratah Coal Services’ two terminals at Newcastle port in eastern Australia had six ships waiting offshore Sunday, down from 12 ships a week ago, the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator said in a report Sunday. The ship queue for the PWCS terminals is expected to be fewer than five vessels at the end of November, the coal chain coordinator said. The PWCS terminals shipped 2.4 million mt of coal exports in the week ended Sunday, up 608,900 mt from a week earlier, and the month-to-date exports totaled 5.2 million ...

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Sokhna World Zone Project Presented To Investors In Dubai

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World and Admiral Mohab Mamish, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), today presented details of the recent agreement to develop an integrated industrial and residential zone at Sokhna in Egypt to investors and businesses in Dubai. The opportunities to invest and launch operations in the project were outlined to company representatives, many of whom already have existing outlets in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Freezone (Jafza). Sokhna World Zone will create a sustainable industrial ...

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British ports call for transport infrastructure and connectivity recognition ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget Statement

Ahead of this week’s Budget Statement, the British Ports Association is calling on the Chancellor to prioritise transport infrastructure spending and to ensure that port connectivity schemes are not overlooked. The UK’s transport network facilitates the movement of significant volumes of freight and allows British business and industry to compete and the economy to grow. Much of this freight passes through ports, which handle 95% of the UK’s international trade. Commenting prior to the Budget on Wednesday, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “We await the Chancellor’s ...

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Pelindo II Unable to Reduce Dwelling Time

In connection with the increasing competitiveness of Boom Baru Port, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Pelindo II) is improving its infrastructure to limit the port area. “The ratio between the used and unused areas is already above 50 percent, and if 60 percent is categorized as warning, it means that it has been maximized,” said General Manager Pelindo II Palembang Branch Agus Hendrianto in Palembang on Sunday (11/19/2017). However, these constraints are not the reason for Pelindo II to improve Indonesia’s logistics competitiveness. Added Agus, Pelindo II had difficulty pressing dwilling ...

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Region’s ports have good future, says economist

Economist Hoo Ke Ping has dismissed speculation that the Carey Island Port project will not come to fruition, saying he foresees work on it to proceed in a few years’ time. Commenting on a press report about MMC Corp and Putrajaya being reluctant to go ahead with the RM140 billion project, he said such a development was to be expected considering the current slowdown of activities at the country’s ports. But the lull would be temporary, he added. He forecast that the shipping industry in Southeast Asia would in time ...

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Wardha dry port tender in a month

The tender for constructing the first phase of dry port at Sindi Railway (district Wardha) would be floated in a month. It would be built on public private partnership (PPP) mode, Neeraj Bansal, deputy chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) announced here on Saturday. JNPT is building four dry ports in the state — Wardha, Jalna, Nasik and Sangli. Addressing a press conference, Bansal said, “The first phase of dry port is spread over an area of 82 acre. It will have warehouses, cold storages, customs offices, rail siding, ...

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Port of Baltimore Handling More Cargo Than Any Previous Year

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has handled 8,019,919 tons of general cargo at its public marine terminals through the first nine months of 2017. The number crushes the previous nine-month calendar year mark from January through September in 2016. The port’s pace was led by containers which has had a 11 percent jump over its record year in 2016. During the third quarter of 2017, the Port of Baltimore had a 15 percent jump in general cargo tons from the third quarter in 2016. “The Port is a ...

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The future of African ports is also the future of Africa’s economic success

Statistics indicate that 90% of imports and exports in Africa are driven by sea. With a global middle class set to reach five billion people by 2030, global trade is set to continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. Reports suggest that global freighter fleet is expected to double over the next decade due to the growing consumption demands of the ever-increasing middle class. Beyond fulfilling their respective countries’ trade needs, ports act as gateways to landlocked countries such as Ethiopia and Chad, that have significant agrarian and raw materials ...

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The IDC Assembly Of Zone Coordinators, Held In Australia, Endorses The General Coordinator’s Report And Sets Its Next General Assembly For 2019

Last week, the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) Zone Coordinators Meeting was held in the city of Brisbane, Australia, where the IDC outlined it’s plan to defend job stability for professional dockworkers around the world. The IDC Zone Coordinators Meeting took place in Brisbane on November 14th, in conjunction with the Maritime Union of Australia´s (MUA) Queensland Branch Conference. The IDC delegates also attended the MUA Queensland Branch Conference and spoke there about the importance of carrying out trade union work internationally. Apart from the IDC Zone Coordinators and General Coordinator ...

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Great Lakes Takes Delivery of Ellis Island, Largest Hopper Dredge in United States Market

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and infrastructure services announced that it has taken delivery of the new build ATB hopper dredge Ellis Island and tug Douglas B. Mackie after successful completion of United States Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping regulatory sea trials. David Simonelli, President, Dredging Division commented “We are excited to take delivery of this advanced vessel which improves the competitiveness of our hopper group and represents a substantial reinvestment ...

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JNPT port users aggrieved over restriction on entry, exit following permit system

Port users at JNPT have raised discontent over the newly introduced permit systems for entry and exit at the port with steep restrictions. As per the circular issued by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to port users, they would stop issuing temporary permits more than three times to the same individual. Further, it is now believed that JNPT Officers have now refused to give more than two dock entry permits for longer duration per ship operator leading to undue hardship to users, a letter addressed to the chairman of ...

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Russian oil loadings from Novo halted due to storm – Transneft

Oil loadings from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk were suspended on Monday morning due to a storm, oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said. Transneft added that the storm was expected to last until Wednesday. Other Russian ports were working according to their schedules. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)

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Albania’s Durres port boosts Jan-Oct cargo traffic

Albania’s largest sea port of Durres has handled 3.1 million tonnes of cargo in the January-October period in 2017, up 8% year-on-year, the port authority said. Cargo exports increased by 20% on the year to 1.123 million tonnes, the port authority said in a statement earlier this week. Cargo imports grew by 3% to 1.956 million tonnes. Cargo ships carried 2.4 million tonnes of goods from/to Durres, up 9% year-on-year, while ferries transported around 674,000 tonnes of cargo in the first 10 months of 2017. A total of 475 commercial ...

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Qatar to Develop ‘Port Sudan’, the Largest Port on the Red Sea

Sudanese Minister of Transport Makkawi Awad said that his country agreed with Qatar to establish the largest port in the Red Sea coast amid growing cooperation between the two countries in many fields. He told in a session of the Sudanese parliament that Qatar intends to develop the port “Port Sudan” to be the largest container port to serve Sudan and its neighbours, Al Jazeera reported. The Sudanese official dismissed the reports about the port, in some media outlets, linking it to the Dubai Ports Company as rumour. The Qatari ...

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Essar Ports company raises bar on Paradeep port terminal

Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Ltd (EBTPL), an Essar Ports company, has delivered operational excellence at the CQ3 terminal of the major port on several key parameters. With an investment of Rs 565 crore, the company has ramped up the capacity of the berth from four million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 16 mtpa. In 2010, EBTPL was awarded the 15-year license to mechanise and operate the CQ3 terminal from Paradip Port under the mechanisation programme being undertaken by the Ministry of Shipping. The mechanisation includes installation of two reclaimers of ...

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