Suez Canal Zone Announces Deal to Boost Competitiveness, Investment
Egypt's Suez Canal Zone and its Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) announced an agreement on Tuesday committing to $50 million of investments that they said would help boost competitiveness at Port Said East port.SCCT opened in 2004 and is operated by majority shareholder APM Terminals, part of Denmark's A.P.Moller-Maersk. It has struggled to attract container and transshipment business in recent years.(Reporting by Patrick Werr Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
Port Said Tunnel to SCCT Opened
The opening of the Port Said tunnel, under the Suez Canal just south of Port Said last week is an important piece of the jigsaw required to position the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) as Egypt’s primary gateway terminal.Construction of the twin-tubed, 4-lane road tunnel began in 2017. Its inauguration follows the opening of the Ismailia tunnel earlier this year and the 30th June Axis road, a 10-lane highway with 2+2 dedicated lanes for trucks.With the terminals strategic location offering no deviation from the main routes on trade lanes between Asia and Europe…
APM Terminals to Support SCCT
The international container terminal operating company headquartered in The Hague, APM Terminals said that it is working closely with the government of Egypt on the final pieces of the jigsaw that will ensure the success of Egypt Vision 2030 for Port Said East Port and the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT).Once in place, it is set to regain its position as one of the most competitive ports in the South and East Mediterranean region, APM said in a press release.As part of Egypt Vision 2030, the Egyptian Government has made massive investments in infrastructure.
ZIM, 2M Alliance Expand In Asia
ZIM and the members of the 2M Alliance, Maersk and MSC, has announced a second strategic cooperation agreement following the agreement announced in July 2018 in the Asia-US East Coast Trade.The new strategic operational agreement, which will be a combination of Vessel Sharing, Slot exchange and purchase, covers two additional trades: Asia - East Mediterranean and Asia - American Pacific Northwest. In each trade, two strings will be operated in cooperation, as follows:Asia - East…
TNPA Rotates Harbor Masters
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will be implement several inter-port transfers within its complement of Harbor Masters, effective July 1, 2018.The changes will allow ongoing development of TNPA’s Harbor Masters through their exposure to other ports within the Ports Authority’s network of complementary ports. The transfers will also enable TNPA to fill the vacancy in the role of Harbor Master at the Port of Cape Town following the promotion of Captain Vernal Jones from Cape Town Harbor Master to Port Manager at the Port of Saldanha last year.TNPA’s Chief Operating Officer…
Port of East London to Expand its Petroleum Footprint
More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.The companies attended a compulsory briefing on May 9, 2018 held by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). TNPA recently advertised a request for proposals (RFP) – reference number TNPA 2017/01/013/CM – with the intention to appoint a terminal operator to finance…
Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future
The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…
China's Ningbo-Zhoushan Becomes World's Top Port
China's super-large port Ningbo-Zhoushan, the busiest port in China, saw an annual cargo throughput of 1 billion tonnes, becoming the first one globally to reach this volume, according to data provided by the port. The port in East China's Zhejiang province deepened cooperation with major shipping companies and harbors along the Belt and Road, adding five sea routes to raise its total to 86. It also signed cooperation agreements with 20 other ports, Xinhua reported Mao Jianhong, chairman of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group as saying.
Mombasa's Port Traffic Up 2.4% in 2016
Container traffic through Mombasa, Kenya's biggest port, increased by 2.4 percent in 2016 after the opening of a new section of the port's second container terminal, port management said on Friday. The biggest port in East Africa and the region's trade gateway, handles imports of fuel and consumer goods and exports of tea and coffee from landlocked neighbours like Uganda and South Sudan and its traffic flows serve as a barometer of economic activity in the region. Catherine Mturi…
Potential Maritime Disaster Averted
Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai, a 101 meter long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, March 17, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos. One of TNPA’s new tugs – Shasa – which has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons…
MacAndrews Revamps Portuguese Service
European multimodal transport provider MacAndrews & Company said it has optimized its established Portuguese services by offering a restructured service schedule, which now includes a new call in Algeciras, a second Dunkirk call and a weekly Figueira Da Foz call. The revised service provides a wider range of opportunities for customers looking to ship from the Iberian Peninsula to Northern Europe and beyond. The decision to initiate a new port of call at the South of Spain via Algeciras on the Portuguese service was to widen MacAndrews geographic reach.
UASC Rolls out Indian Service
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has launched a new Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean Express Service (IMEX) on 26 February, offering coverage from the Arabian Gulf, Indian Subcontinent and Red Sea into West Mediterranean. This new, fixed–day, weekly service is set to replace UASC’s Middle East Indian Subcontinent Mediterranean - US East Coast service (MINA) that currently operates from Middle East to West Mediterranean and the US. The IMEX service rotation, effective February 26th 2016…
Yangtze to Ship Direct Containers
Taicang Container Lines Co. Ltd has rolled out the first direct container shipping line linking China's Yangtze River basin and Southeast Asia, reports Xinhua. The container ship departs once a week from and arrives at Taicang Port in east China's Jiangsu Province, and will travel as far as Laem Chabang and Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Taichang Port is the river's largest container port. The line is expected to help import and export companies along the Yangtze River and the Yangtze River Delta save about 50 million yuan (about 7.6 million U.S.
Hapag-Lloyd: Better Service between Med, Black Sea
From mid-February, Hapag-Lloyd will introduce a new Black Sea Mediterranean Express (BMX) service. The new short sea service offers customers a weekly connection between ports in Egypt, Israel, Turkey and major Black Sea ports with competitive transit times. It will furthermore guarantee the connectivity of the Black Sea ports with Hapag-Lloyd’s comprehensive global liner service network – especially to and from North America, Latin America, Far East, Oceania and North Europe.
Green Signal to New Access Channel to Port Said East
The construction of a wide access channel to Port Said East, as the side channel project, has officially received approval. The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), vice admiral Mohab Mamish, has approved the construction of a new access channel to Port Said East which will which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to visit Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) round the clock. Egypt plans to complete the side channel, that would speed up shipping and allow ships direct entry into the port by the end of June 2016, Mohab said.
SCCT Prepares to Boost Vessel Traffic with 24-hour Access
A formal signing ceremony will now enable vessels to transit to Port Said East through a new side channel to be constructed bypassing the Suez Canal’s main entrance. Vice Admiral Mohab Mamish, the Head of the SCA, formally approved the construction of a new 9.5 km (5 mile) long, 17 meter (55 feet) deep and 250 meter (820 foot) wide access channel to Port Said East which will permit uninterrupted vessel traffic to the Suez Canal Container Terminal, one of the largest and busiest container facilities on the Mediterranean Sea.
SCCT All Set for Suez Traffic Growth
The Suez Canal Container Terminal, located east of the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, at the convergence of the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, is preparing for an even larger role in global trade as the expansion of the man-made waterway linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas enables increased vessel traffic. Four additional Super-Post-Panamax cranes scheduled for delivery to the terminal in mid-2016 will bring SCCT’s crane total to 24, increasing the terminal’s annual throughput capacity to 5.4 million TEUS…
Seafarers’ Center Opens at King’s Lynn Port
Seafarers arriving at Associated British Port’s (ABP) Port of King’s Lynn in East Anglia now have a place to call their own with the launch of a seafarers’ center at the port on November 17. Initiated by seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and largely funded by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), the facility offers visiting crew a dedicated space to relax and communicate with their families back home. Sr. Marian Davey, AoS Port Chaplain at King’s Lynn said; “It is the first time in the port’s recent history that a space has been set aside specifically for seafarers to use.
China Launch Passenger RoRo Ship with Military Capability
China's largest RoRo 'Bohai Emerald Bead' with the longest reach leaves Yantai Port in East China. Different from ordinary ships, the 36,000 displacement civilian passenger and roll-on/roll-off ship was constructed in accordance with national defense requirements in mind in its design and construction so that it can carry organic troop units and heavy equipment. The 178-meter-long and 28-meter-breadth ship can carry 2,000-plus persons and be loaded with over 300 vehicles of various sizes simultaneously.