Category Archives: Port News

India: Ports in dry dock but sailors on roll

Corporatization of the 12 government-run ports may not set sail overnight but when it does, it will ring in efficiency in cargo handling and transparency in operations. While the Budget may have been disappointing for the ports-and-shipping sector, seafarers will … Continue reading

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Port Equipment Manufacturers Association holds largest AGM ever

TRENDS, key developments and challenges in the port and terminal operation sector were discussed by 100 industry executives attending the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s (PEMA) annual general meeting in Amsterdam recently. “With our growing membership, and diverse range of activities, … Continue reading

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Tauranga port gains on Auckland as meat and dairy shipper JV kicks in

A JOINT VENTURE between New Zealand’s largest shipper and the Port of Tauranga is beginning to change the nation’s supply chain landscape at rival Ports of Auckland’s expense, reports London’s Loadstar. Half-year results show Tauranga catching up to Auckland, the … Continue reading

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Auckland port profit up 9pc, box volume rises 3pc to 490,723 TEU in 6 months

PORTS of Auckland posted a 9.4 per cent year-on-year net profit increase to NZ$28.9 million (US$21.7 million) in the six months ending on December 31 while increasing container volume three per cent to 490,723 TEU. Breakbulk was up 7.7 per … Continue reading

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India: JNPT planning to build satellite port at Vijaydurg or Dahanu

State-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s busiest container gateway near Mumbai, is planning to build a satellite port at either Vijaydurg or Dahanu in Maharashtra for at least Rs.10,000 crore. JNPT and the Maharashtra government will hold 75% and … Continue reading

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ICTSI names new GM for MICT

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Ghandar as General Manager of its flagship, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT). The MICT is expected to benefit from Ghandar’s sterling experience in both the … Continue reading

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12 smart cities to come up at ports with Rs50,000 crore investment

The government is working on an ambitious plan to build one smart city each at the country’s 12 major ports, at an estimated total investment of Rs.50,000 crore, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said. “Each port will construct one smart … Continue reading

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West coast port congestion leads G6 to cancel 18 transpacific sailings

In a further blow to embattled US importer and exporters, the members of the G6 alliance are set to cancel multiple transpacific sailings as a result of the port congestion crisis gripping the US west coast. From next week, around … Continue reading

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APM Terminals Mumbai creates history by handling 1.99 Million TEUs in calendar year 2014

APM Terminals Mumbai also known as Gateway Terminals India (GTI) creates National Maritime History becoming India’s first container terminal to record 1.99 Million TEUs in calendar year 2014 – the highest ever throughput recorded by any Indian container terminal in … Continue reading

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Vallarpadam box shop once a ‘gamechanger,’ now the sad sack

INDIA’s International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam is underperforming despite being in its fifth year of operation. When it opened in 2011, ICTT had been billed as India’s “maritime game changer.” Then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it would … Continue reading

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Europe-Asia: Rotterdam offers most calls of any type

Rotterdam not just offers the highest total number of ‘Asia calls’, but leads in first and last calls as well. The latter two call types enable importers/exporters to shorten their transport lead times and thus to diminish costs and/or rise … Continue reading

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Major ports in India to go on indefinite strike from 9 March

The workers of all the major ports of the country will go on an indefinite strike from March 9 against the government’s decision to corporatise the sector. The national coordination committee of Port Workers Federation today announced its decision to … Continue reading

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“There Is No Difference Between A Commodity And A Ship Anymore” Capt Sanjeev Buckshee

One of the highlights of the “India Maritime Summit 2015”  was a talk on ‘Dry Bulk’  by Capt  Sanjeev Buckshee, Chief Operating officer, Siva Bulk. Capt Buckshee began his speech by mentioning the present blood bath in the dry bulk … Continue reading

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India: Gulf petrochem commissions liquid storage terminal at Pipavav

Sharjah-based, Gulf Petrochem has commissioned the first phase of its liquid storage terminal at the Pipavav Port in Gujarat. With an annual capacity of 250,000 kilo litres, the terminal will ease supply and availability of petroleum, non petroleum and petrochemical … Continue reading

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India: State-owned port trusts get greater financial powers

The shipping ministry has granted greater financial powers to the 12 port trusts it controls to expedite decision-making and help them function as commercial entities on par with state-owned firms. Currently, 12 of the 13 ports controlled by the Union … Continue reading

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SC Ports Record 18% Container Volume Increase

The SC Ports Authority handled 152,917 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, in January, marking an 18 percent boost in container volumes over the same month last year. January container traffic pushed fiscal year to date TEU volumes past the 1 … Continue reading

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India: Shipping industry seeks budget sops, govt backing for skill development

Budget is a great leveller and it imparts the government with the wherewithal to initiate and direct economic growth. The maritime sector, including, ports, shipping industry and merchant navy has the potential to ignite growth, both through a trade resurgence … Continue reading

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U.S. West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks

U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. Perez … Continue reading

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Hong Kong down 6.1pc in January to 1.83 million TEU, Singapore up 3.6pc

FIGURES from the Hong Kong Marine Department showed the port handled 1.83 million TEU in January, representing a year-on-year decrease of 6.1 per cent from 1.94 million TEU in January last year. Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority reported a 3.6 … Continue reading

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India: Now, Port-owned Terminals Allowed to Determine Tariffs

The Tariff Authority of Major Ports has allowed port-owned terminals to set their own tariffs, a move that is likely to provide greater flexibility to ports, besides simplifying their operations. Under the new guidelines, the tariff authority (TAMP) has devolved … Continue reading

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Vancouver up 3.1pc in 2014 2.9 million TEU, expects 4pc growth in ’15

THE Port of Vancouver expects container volume to expand four per cent in 2015 after traffic increased 3.1 per cent to a record 2.9 million TEU in 2014 year on year. Last year’s throughput would have been even stronger had … Continue reading

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Secretary Of State For Transport And Mayor Of Liverpool Tour Port’s New Terminal Construction

Peel Ports, operators of the Port of Liverpool, welcomed the Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, to view progress on the Port’s £300 million expansion project. Construction is well … Continue reading

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Asian supply lines hit by U.S. West Coast ports dispute

A labor dispute at ports on the U.S. West Coast is disrupting supply chains across the Pacific, forcing some Asian suppliers to resort to costly air freight and pushing up shipping rates as more freighters are caught up in long … Continue reading

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Singapore port records 3.3% increase in January container volumes

The port of Singapore has handled higher container throughput in January, according to preliminary estimates from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Last month, Singapore port moved 2.78m teu, an increase of 3.3% compared to 2.69m teu in … Continue reading

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