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Apapa ports and economic carnage

Although the access roads to Apapa and Tin Can ports were originally projected to give access to 1,500 trucks, now about 5,000 trucks seek access to the ports every day, according to reports by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The report says Nigeria loses N600 billion in customs revenue, $10 billion (N3.6trn) in non-oil export sector and N2.5 trillion in corporate earnings across various sectors on annual basis due to the poor state of Nigerian ports. The Nigerian ports are also being listed as one of the ...

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Valencia union rejects automation bid

The Valencia branch of the Coordinadora port union has rejected the idea of the fourth container terminal being automated. It claims that this will not only put hundreds of jobs at risk, but will also decrease productivity and competitiveness. The local convenor, Óscar Martínez, told the port’s daily newspaper that the union had been troubled by this prospect for several months. “We are not going to allow Valencia to fall into the nonsense of robotisation,” he said, arguing that automation should be regarded as holding the stevedoring profession in contempt ...

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Lagos Lilypond terminal up for bids

The APMT-run Lilypond Terminal in Lagos, Nigeria will be advertised for public bidding following confirmation that the concession arrangement between Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and APMT has ended. APMT’s concession for the container terminal began in 2006 and ended in 2016 and the facility will be open for new bids in as soon as official paperwork is concluded, said the NPA, according The PUNCH. “The PPP department is working on the modalities for placing adverts for new bids. Whoever is successful in the bid will be given a concession of ...

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Cheniere opens Texas Corpus Christi LNG export plant

U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy Inc officially opened its $15 billion Corpus Christi LNG export facility in Texas. The company, however, would not say when the first cargo will actually leave the facility, which produced its first LNG on Wednesday. There is an LNG vessel, the LNG Golar Tundra, docked at the plant that analysts say will take the project’s first cargo soon. At a celebration marking the opening of the facility, Cheniere’s President and CEO Jack Fusco was joined by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, U.S. Secretary ...

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Port of Singapore throughput in 10M’18 grew by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 523.73 million tonnes

Freight traffic at the Port of Singapore in January-October 2018, increased by 0.7% compared to the corresponding period of 2017 to 523.73 million tonnes, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore provisional figures show. Handling of oil cargo fell by 5.3% to 182.97 million tonnes, dry bulk cargo – down 6.6% to 14.15 million tonnes million tonnes. Container traffic grew by 9.8% to 30.45 million TEUs. Singapore is the city-state located on an island in the South-East Asia. In 2017, the port handled 626.17 million tonnes of cargo. Source: Portnews

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Global operators linked to Wilson Sons sale

Three global stevedoring groups based in East Asia have been linked with the possible purchase of the two container terminals in Brazil currently operated by Wilson Sons in the ports of Rio Grande and Salvador. The three possible suitors are PSA International, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and China Merchants Group, of which only the latter has a presence in Brazil: China Merchants Group bought a 90% stake in the Paranaguá container terminal Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá last year from the Advent fund and from some minority shareholders. Both PSA ...

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FMC Clears PierPass to Start Revised OffPeak Program on Nov. 19

The Federal Maritime Commission has cleared PierPass to launch its revised OffPeak program of extended gate hours at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach beginning Monday, Nov. 19. The revised OffPeak program, informally called PierPass 2.0, replaces the original OffPeak congestion-pricing model with a system using appointments to mitigate traffic. It uses a reduced Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) across all hours of terminal operation to help offset the cost of operating extended gates. Cargo owners moving containers into and out of the ports by truck gate and who ...

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Two ports in Kuwait resume maritime traffic after shutdown due to bad weather

Maritime traffic has resumed in Kuwait’s Sheweikh and AL-Doha ports after a temporary closure due to bad weather, but Shuaiba port remains closed, Kuwait’s Port Authority said on Thursday, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. Poor weather and heavy rains closed all three ports on Wednesday, the ports authority announced. The Gulf state has been hit by extreme weather in recent days, forcing Kuwait’s cabinet to suspended work on Wednesday. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Omar Fahmy, writing by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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10 bridges to be built in Istanbul as part of shipping channel construction

Ten bridges will be built in Istanbul, as part of the construction of a shipping channel, Turkish media reported referring to the Transport and Infrastructure Minister of the country Mehmet Cahit Turhan on Nov. 15. Turhan noted that the construction of the shipping channel will begin in 2019. The minister also noted that the project is one of the most important and priority projects in Turkey. The intention to implement the project of construction of the Istanbul shipping channel was announced for the first time in 2011 by the current ...

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India: Commerce Ministry extends deadline for upgradation of 14 sea ports till March next year

The commerce ministry, for the third time, has extended the deadline till March next year for fourteen sea ports including JNPT, Kandla, Mumbai, Tuticorin and Vishakhapatnam to install radiation monitors and container scanner. Also, it also said that the ports which fail to meet the deadline will be derecognised for the purpose of import of un-shredded metallic scrap, with effect from April 1 next year. These 14 ports were earlier directed by the ministry to install and operationalise these equipment by October. In March 2017, the ministry had asked for ...

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Ramsgate considered as Brexit deal discussed

As the Cabinet of the UK convenes to discuss a draft deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators on the UK’s departure from the EU, it has emerged that the nation’s government has designated up to £200m for development of the country’s Port of Ramsgate, with it being claimed that transport ministers are planning to turn the facility into “a new Dover” under a no-deal Brexit. According to the Financial Times, the government’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is drawing up plans to expand the port to try ...

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Portmaster improves efficiency in the Port of Scheveningen

The Port of Scheveningen has been using Portmaster since September 2018. The Port of Rotterdam Authority developers attuned the port management system to the needs of the relatively small port in Scheveningen. “As port management, you are obliged to maintain various management systems,” explained Korstiaan Huisman, interim Head of the Traffic Center department. “Our previous supplier could no longer offer support. I was already familiar with Portmaster and the Port of Rotterdam Authority wanted to use our port as pilot area for the further development of this. So this came ...

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APM Terminals Pipavav bets big on LPG, Auto cargo for growth

Private ports operator, APM Terminala Pipavav looks to capitalise its strength in the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and automobile cargo for a faster growth of its port operations at Pipavav port in Gujarat. The port operator has reported sustained growth in the container cargo volumes at 238,000 TEUs, which was recorded at 1,95,000 TEUs in first quarter of the fiscal 2018-19. The company attributed growth to new service additions of Coastal and Transshipment volumes. Keld Pedersen, Managing Director, believes that growth in port’s operations will be driven by the rise ...

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Costa Rica Shipping Port Looking to Have a Big 2019

The Presidential House estimates that the new Moín terminal will serve up to 10 boats per week next year. The Dutch concessionaire APM Terminals was recently given the go ahead to start commercial operations. The first ship to arrive was the Captain Beatrice with 2,500 refrigerated containers. 300 of them went down to the port to be filled with national products to export. A few days later, the Polar Mexico unloaded and then loaded 700 containers of pineapple and banana going to northern Europe. The terminal is 97% done and ...

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