• 16 Jun 2014 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    China has issued new air emission standards for boilers undefined old and new.

    For companies installing new boilers, the limits take effect on July 1, 2014. Existing boilers with capacities greater than 10 tons per hour must meet the stricter standards by October 1, 2015; smaller boilers by July 1, 2016.

    Retrofitting and upgrading could cost more than US$50 billion, according to a report by Industrial Info Resources. Already, companies are moving to comply.

    “As a result of the large emission of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from China’s thermal power plants, industrial and space heating boilers, which are primarily fired with coal, the country has been faced with the increasing challenge of poor air quality and environmental pollution, including the heavy smog which has hit vast areas in China recently,” Gang Li, chairman of NF Energy Saving in Beijing, said in a statement. “It has been mandated in China’s Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Program for the 12(th) 5 year Plan Period that energy efficiency enhancements and dust removal retrofits shall be conducted on coal-fired industrial boilers and emission intensive industries such as iron, steel and cement making.

    Li said his company NF Energy Saving has signed a US$3.38 million contract in Beijing to retrofit coal-fired boilers owned by a Chinese aircraft manufacturing company.

    NF Energy Saving will provide and install boiler denitration, dust removal and desulfurization systems two sets of equipment at the project for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions reduction and dust removal. Li anticipates there will many more such contracts in the future.


  • 14 Jun 2014 9:09 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project, is receiving critical data from the world’s first smart tunnel, operated by University of Cambridge engineers.

    “A project as big as Crossrail comes with all sorts of engineering challenges,” Robert Mair, head of civil engineering and of the Center for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement. “One of the most important of those challenges is how you excavate large tunnels underneath urban infrastructure without causing any distress to buildings or other tunnels.”

    Cambridge engineers installed an underground laboratory in the old Royal Mail Tunnel that runs just a few meters above the excavation of one of Crossrail’s new tunnels. The two tunnels run parallel to each other for more than 100 meters. This is the first time that two tunnels have been dug in London in such close proximity and parallel to each other for such a long distance

    The lab contains hundreds of low-cost sensors that monitor the movement of the old tunnel as construction proceeds. The Cambridge technology is answering how much movement is happening, what form the movement is taking and whether it is within acceptable limits. In fact, the sensors can detect movements as small as one-hundredth of a millimeter, which means any potential problems can be identified and corrected before they cause any damage to the older tunnel.

    “By installing the kind of sensors that can give a continuous update about how much those tunnels might be moving and what changes are taking place, we can answer a lot of important questions about the value of our current infrastructure, the future of it, whether it needs to be maintained, whether it needs to be replaced undefined all those kinds of issues can be much better quantified,” Mair said.


  • 14 Jun 2014 9:08 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 13 June, 2014

    Signalling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage. The new tugs, which are expected to enhance operating efficiencies while reduce running costs, will provide mooring and manoeuvring support to tankers in Venezuelan ports and harbours.

    Following a global tender, the contract calls for Dutch shipbuilding group Damen to supply ten ASD 2810 type Azimuthing Stern Drive tugs, each with a 60 tonne bollard pull rating. Seven of these 28m long tugs are being supplied by Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania), while the remaining three are being built at Damen’s joint venture Song Cam yard in Vietnam. All ten tugs are expected to be delivered by the end of July this year.

    The Venezuelan oil company has several years of experience operating chartered-in tonnage to the ASD 2810 design. However, this is the first time that Damen has secured a direct contract from PDVSA.

    “There are two main reasons why PDVSA opted for the Damen design,” says Erik Hertel, Damen regional sales manager. “Technically the ASD 2810’s flexibility and high-end performance makes a perfect match for PDVSA requirements; this is our most popular standard tug and has a proven track record for reliability. In addition we were able to provide a very short delivery time as a result of our policy of building tugs for stock.”

    The 10 tugs have each been specified with a number of optional extras, including FiFi 1 capability, an aft towing winch and a larger than usual deck crane. The latter will have a lift capacity of 1.45 tonnes and 12.6m outreach.

    Hertel suggest that while this is the first direct Damen contract with PDVSA, it may not be the last. “We are talking to PDVSA about further orders to meet their various requirements as a result of the ongoing tug renewal project,” he says. “We developed a close cooperation with them as part of this project and we hope very much to build a long term partnership over the months to come.”

    In addition to tug newbuilding contracts, the shipbuilder and PDVSA are in active discussions over the possibility of Damen setting up service and maintenance facilities to support the operations of its new fleet of tugs in Venezuela.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:52 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron recently toured Liverpool2, which when completed will become Europe's first semi-automated container port able to accommodate 95 per cent of the world's containerships.

    "Liverpool2 will allow the biggest ships to unload via Merseyside. So many ships come to southern ports yet so much freight is destined for the North. This ensures freight can come directly to the North," said Mr Cameron.

    The GBP300 million (US$504 million) Liverpool port expansion is being undertaken by Peel Ports to create the most central deep water container terminal in the UK offering customers complete ship-to-door service.

    Mr Cameron announced a GBP150 million partnership to create the first canal-linked logistics park in the UK, with a direct feed from Liverpool2, connecting a number of hubs along the Manchester Ship Canal.

    Said Peel Ports CEO Mark Whitworth: "We were pleased to show the Prime Minister how Liverpool2 is progressing. What makes Liverpool2 special is its location and facilities."

    Peel Ports announced in April 2014 a GBP100 million deal with Shanghai's ZPMC to supply eight ship-to-shore megamax quay cranes and 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes.

    With semi-automated remote-controlled operation, the cranes will reduce the time taken to transfer boxes. They will also have the ability to operate at speeds in excess of 30mph and wind speeds of up to 55mph (88kph).

    The port is also supported by a fully integrated Navis N4 terminal operating system, autogates and ABB equipment controls. Together, they are intended to make Liverpool2 one of the most efficient ports in Northern Europe.


  • 13 Jun 2014 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 12 June, 2014

    COLOMBO is expected to move up the league table from 32nd to 21st spot in the Top 50 World Container Ports this year with the new berths of the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), reported Lanka Business Today.

    It said the completion of the third and final phase of CICT will have a dramatic effect on container throughput at the island nation with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEU being added to the Colombo shipping hub.

    At present, the throughput at Colombo has a capacity of 4.26 million TEU.

    According to the list, Port Bremen/Bremerhaven in Germany currently occupies the 21st spot with volumes of 6.12 million TEU, while Xiamen is in 20th place with 7.20 million TEU.

    The new CICT terminals, developed over three stages, opened the third phase of its facility recently in the reclaimed south area of Colombo port. The terminal began operations last year.

    According to the Hong Kong's China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) annual report, the facility handled 60,000 TEU last year, as it gradually boosted its operational capabilities.

    The new port project is the result of US$500 million of investment by China Merchants, the largest direct foreign investment in the country. China Merchants holds 85 per cent stake and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) holds the remainder.

    According to general manager of CICT, Tissa Wickramasinghe, the new capacity at Colombo, which acts as a transshipment port for the potentially vast markets of the Indian subcontinent, could alter container supply chains in the region.

    Mr Wickramasinghe said the opening of the new terminals, the route between Chittagong, Singapore and Colombo could be rationalised.

    Much cargo is being carried by feeder vessels from Chittagong to Singapore and then transshipped onto larger vessels on the westbound Asia-Europe services.

    He is of the view that if the Colombo Port is able to cut out the Chittagong-Singapore leg, it would attract an extra million TEU and offer European importers reduced shipping costs.


  • 12 Jun 2014 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded an engineering contract for Northcliff Resources’ Sisson tungsten-molybdenum project in New Brunswick, Canada.

    Under the contract, Jacobs will provide planning and engineering services for the plant and associated site infrastructure of the US$579 million mine project. Come 2015, the 30,000-tonne-per-day mining project will enter the detailed engineering phase, the California-based engineering firm said in a statement.

    The Sisson project is located about 100 kilometers northwest of Fredericton in the Nashwaak River watershed, a logging area. It is served by roads, railways, deep sea ports and power lines. Sisson will include an open pit mine, a processing plant to produce tungsten and molybdenum concentrates, an ammonium paratungstate plant and a tailings storage facility.

    The feasibility study for the project was completed in January 2103. Currently, the project is undergoing a federal and provincial environmental review and a decision is expected later this year. Once construction begins, it will take 24 months to build the project.


  • 12 Jun 2014 8:54 AM | Anonymous
    Performed simultaneously in two yards in India and one in Oman

    Lift & Shift India Pvt (LSPL) has completed the loadout of 17 modules for Larsen & Toubro at their yards in India (Hazira, Gujarat and Katupalli in Chennai and Tamil Nadu) and in Oman at Sohar.

    The modules and related cargoes were for the B-127 and HRP fields in Mumbai High and Yetugon in Myanmar. The B 127 project included four decks and four jackets, while the HRP project had three decks and three jackets, Lift & Shifts said in a statement. The Yetugon project consisted of one jacket, one deck, one crane and four sets of piles. The loadouts were done simultaneously.

    LSPL  provided a set of 100-plus axles and barges at each location. The jackets weighed from 1,227 tons to 3,500 tons. The 140-meter-long Yetugon jacket loadout was the first time a jacket was loaded out using a skidding technique, LSPL said in a statement. The company imported heavy-duty winches and a ballast monitoring system in addition to the strand jacks. The operation lasted 36 hours, which included moving the jacket from the yard to the jetty over 140 meters and then skidding it onto a 400-class barge.

    The loadouts were completed over six months.


  • 11 Jun 2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous
    CHINA International Marine Containers (CIMC) is investing CNY3 billion (US$480.7 million) in building a new 450,000-TEU container manufacturing plant in Yinzhou, Ningbo, marking its second expansion project in China this year.

    In March, CIMC, the world's biggest box maker, announced it would invest CNY7 billion in developing a container manufacturing plant with an annual production capacity of 750,000 TEU in Dongguan, adjacent to Guangzhou.

    Despite slowing container sales, the world's largest box manufacturer is betting on a long-term trend of containerisation in global trade and a gradual economic recovery.

    "Leveraging on the gradual recovery of the global economy, as well as the steady increase in global containerisation, it is expected that the long-term growing trend of demand for containers will continue in the future," the firm said in its Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock exchange filing.

    "Upon completion of the Yinzhou project, it will benefit the group in further fortifying and maintaining its leading position in the container industry," said the filing.

    CIMC sealed the deal with local authorities to put fixed-asset investment of CNY1.5 billion into the 470,000-square metre plant in the Yinzhou Economic Development Zone, near one of the main hubs in eastern China.

    The complex will have an initial production capacity of 200,000 TEU per year in 2015, before expanding to 450,000 TEU per year in 2018.

    CIMC, whose cash reserves amounted to CNY4.5 billion at the end of March, will fund the project from its own capital.


  • 11 Jun 2014 8:51 AM | Anonymous

      Original news was published on 10 June, 2014

    The Export-Import Bank of the United States authorized US$1.1 billion to finance U.S. exports to Angola. The loan will fund the purchase of oil and rail equipment manufactured by GE.

    The announcement was made by Ex-Im Bank chairman and president Fred P. Hochberg at the U.S. Africa-Energy Ministerial in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, along with Department of Energy secretary Ernest Moniz. Hochberg emphasized the U.S. commitment to trade with the African region.

    “Ex-Im Bank is committed to expanding U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest-growing markets,” Hochberg said in a statement. “U.S. exporters are eager to realize the tremendous opportunities in this region.”

    In the past five years, Ex-Im Bank
    has authorized more than US$5 billion for U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa.


  • 10 Jun 2014 8:55 AM | Anonymous
    SAL Anne-Sofie carries vessels from Turkey to Iraq

    Liburnia Maritime Agency has loaded two oil recovery vessels in Tuzla, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey.

    The vessels were loaded onto Anne-Sofie, SAL’s 12,000-tonne-deadweight multipurpose vessel that has two onboard cranes with a combined lifting capacity of 1,400 tonnes. Each of the recovery vessels weighed 338 tons and measured 42 meters long, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its Croatian member.

    The Anne-Sofie carried the cargoes to Umm Qasr, a port city in southern Iraq.

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