• 05 Jun 2014 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Makes up transit time through resourceful and speedy contingency plans

    Express Global Logistics has handled the transport of large cement mill components from Mumbai, India, to Huelva port in the south of Spain.

    Huelva was selected because it was the closest port to Almonaster la Real where the facility was being built, Worldwide Project Consortium said in a statement for its Indian member. Huelva is a small, low-traffic port that primarily serves coasters and barges undefined a challenge Express Global Logistics was able to manage.

    The shipment was loaded on a Rickmers-Linie vessel and included two 57-ton mill shells, measuring 9 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 5.5 meters high, along with four 38-ton mill heads, measuring 5.5 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 2 meters high.

    With delivery deadline fast approaching and no available direct sailings between Mumbai and Huelva, EXG shipped the cargoes to Antwerp on a Rickmers Linie vessel. Transit time was on a fixed schedule, but on the westbound leg from Mumbai to Antwerp, the ship was delayed almost 10 days due to a storm.

    To compensate for the delay, EXG chartered a small coaster gearless vessel, which was kept waiting for 2-3 days and then docked alongside the Rickmers’ vessel when it arrived in Antwerp. The cargo was  discharged directly onto the coaster and immediately secured and sailed to Huelva port within the next five days.

    At the Port of Huelva, cargoes were discharged using heavy-lift shore cranes, loaded onto hydraulic axles and transported to the job site within the next 24 hours with all custom documentations and road permits completed in advance.


  • 05 Jun 2014 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    TransCanada plans to build its US$1.9 billion Merrick Mainline Pipeline project, which will run about 161 miles through British Columbia, Canada, and end at the Kitimat LNG Terminal.

    The decision was made following news that Transcanada’s subsidiary Nova Gas Transmission signed agreements with Chevron Canada and Apache Canada  for approximately 1.9 billion cubic feet per day of firm natural gas transportation services, the Canadian company said in a statement.

    The Merrick Mainline Pipeline will transport natural gas sourced through the NGTL System to the inlet of CVX/APA’s proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline. The proposed project will be an extension from the existing Groundbirch Mainline section of the NGTL System beginning near Dawson Creek, B.C. to its end point near the community of Summit Lake, B.C.

    TransCanada is continuing development work on the project, including field studies, engineering and design work, and pipeline routing, to support applications for regulatory approvals and finalize project requirements. Construction of the Merrick Mainline is dependent on regulatory approval and a positive final investment decision for the Kitimat LNG project.

    Transcanada plans to file an application with the National Energy Board in the fourth quarter of 2014. If approved, the Merrick Mainline would begin service in the first quarter of 2020.


  • 04 Jun 2014 11:21 AM | Anonymous

      Original news was published on 3 June, 2014

    Van der Vlist’s site at Zeebrugge has some new occupants in its 45 000-square-meter outdoor storage area.

    The Gehl tracked range includes eight different types altogether, and there are currently six machines from this range at the Zeebrugge site. The machines will be stored there until purchase, when Van der Vlist’s Technical team will inspect them to ensure that they’re in perfect condition before transport.

    The CAT M325 wheeled excavator is the other new arrival on Van der Vlist’s storage site. Fourteen of these machines are already on site in Zeebrugge awaiting purchase. As with all of the Caterpillar machines there, Van der Vlist will perform full technical services from washing and cleaning to assembly and modification as required, along with pre-delivery inspection.


  • 04 Jun 2014 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    38,000 tonnes of equipment for Shreveport, La., plant sails from Germany

    Alexander Global Logistics has moved its first shipment of a 38,000-tonne tube mill from Germany to the U.S. The new steel tube mill is being built by Benteler International, an Austrian steel company, in Shreveport, La.

    The overdimensional cargo was loaded at Bremerhaven for shipment to the Port of Houston in Texas, Carago Equipment Experts CEE said in a statement on behalf of its Bremen-based member.

    At Houston, the cargo was discharged and loaded onto trucks for the journey to Shreveport, a distance of about 260 miles.

    In addition to the breakbulk cargo, AGL also handled 1,000 containers for the tube mill over a period of four months. The work included pre-carriages, port-handlings, seafreight, documentation, customs clearance and inspections by Alexander’s in-house surveyors.

    Benteler International last fall began construction on the first phase of the US$975 million plant at the Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport. This phase consists of a hot-rolling seamless steel tube facility and will be completed in the third quarter of 2015. A second phase will includes a steel mill with an electric arc furnace, due to open in 2020. When complete, the project will span 1.35 million square feet on 330 acres at the port and have the capacity to produce 320,000 tons of steel tube product annually.


  • 02 Jun 2014 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    New Orleans Cold Storage will more than double the size of its existing storage space at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina. The US$14 million investment includes a US$12 million contribution from the South Carolina State Ports Authority.

    “Not only will our storage space be increasing dramatically by over 150 percent but we will also be increasing our blast freezing capacity by 100 percent, ” Mark Blanchard, president and CEO of NOCS, said in a statement.

    Currently, the NOCS cold storage facility in Charleston consists of a 55,000-square-foot refrigerated cold storage with 640,000 pounds of blast freeze capacity per day.

    The expansion will benefit the import meat trade, specifically from Australia, New Zealand, Central America and South America, NOCS said.



  • 31 May 2014 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    ROTTERDAM stimulator developer VSTEP and its Mexican partner Edutelsa, have won a contract to install tug simulators at all three FIDENA Maritime Schools in Mexico.

    Mexico City-based FIDENA has three nautical schools in Mazatlan, Tampico and Veracruz. It is the only internationally recognised institution in Mexico that offers higher level study programmes in the maritime field.

    FIDENA purchased three NAUTIS DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulators and three Tug Simulators for each of its nautical schools to replace old simulator technology.

    The NAUTIS Certified DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge simulators have a 270-degrees horizontal field of view and are fully compliant with the Class A DNV Standards for Certification No 2.14 for Maritime Simulator Systems and IMO model courses 1.22 and 1.32.

    They address all elements of the revised IMO STCW Convention and allow realistic training. The tug simulators are high performance desktop trainers with a 120-degree horizontal field of view.

    The Vera Cruz, Altamira, Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo environments have been added to the simulators for training.



  • 30 May 2014 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS is marking its five-year codeshare partnership with Aegean Airlines by increasing its non-stop daily services between Athens and Abu Dhabi to 10 times per week, whilst the major Greek airline is set to launch new direct flights to the UAE capital.

    Since the flag carrier of the UAE commenced operations to Athens in June 2009, it has carried almost 3,700 tonnes of cargo. 

    For the summer season Etihad will also deploy a wide-body Airbus A330-200 on the route and return to using an A320 on the winter schedule.

    Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad, enthuses: “Year on year, our Athens route has exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to build on this success by adding more capacity to and from Greece.”

    Dimitris Gerogiannis, managing director Aegean Airlines, adds: “We have taken the strategic decision to enhance our presence in the wider Gulf area and through our partnership with Etihad Airways, we are now in the position of offering enhanced connection possibilities and premium services to our clients.”

    Aegean will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with an A320.



  • 29 May 2014 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    A 34,125-ton barge was demobilized off the coast of Escravos, Nigeria, and moved to the port of Abidjan in Ivory Coast for maintenance. Upon arrival, GAC worked with TRACE-certified local partner OMA Ivory Coast to provide agency, supplies, crew and logistics support to the barge, Hyundai 60.

    Hyundai 60 measured 187 meters long and is equipped with a 1,800-ton crane, GAC said in a statement. The barge had to be carefully maneuvred into Abidjan’s inner anchorage, taking into account strong currents and high voltage electrical cables crossing the channel at 66 meters undefinedthe Hyundai 60 stands 58 meters high, ileaving very little room for error, GAC said.

    OMA Ivory Coast coordinated with Abidjan port pilots, arranged tugboats and a power shutdown for the transport.

    The GAC-OMA team is preparing for the barge’s remobilization in September to return to Nigeria for the second phase of operations. That will include taking care of the formalities for 300 workers who will be brought in to work on the Hyundai 60 as well as clearance and delivery of ship spares and project equipment.



  • 28 May 2014 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Safmarine has expanded its Europe-West Africa service with the launch of Energy, a dedicated service to provide the oil and gas industry with a premium shipping service to West Africa.

    “The service, which has a frequency of every 18 days, will make direct calls at Aberdeen (UK), Antwerp (Belgium) and Portugal before calling the Nigerian port of Onne and Luanda, Sonils, Soyo and Lobito in Angola,” Safmarine MPV managing director Jorg Knuttel said in a statement. “Transit times will also be significantly shorter than those currently available.”

    Safmarine first introduced the new service at Breakbulk Europe 2014 held earlier this month in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Further, Safmarine merged two existing services, Ace and Opex. The new service, dubbed Industry, provides fast, direct liner service for industrial projects, conventional cargo and containers between Europe and selected ports in West Africa.

    “This service will offer the fastest transit times out of Europe into Port Gentil (Gabon) and Equatorial Guinea and will also call selected ports in Nigeria, the Congo and Cameroon,” Knuttel said.

    Standard features on both the Safmarine Europe-West Africa services are a heavy-lift capability of up to 160 tons (using ship’s own gear), full IMDG/IMO capability (acceptance of all classes of IMO including IMO 1 and IMO 7) and the support of Safmarine MPV’s trade and operations team.

    Safmarine MPV vessels can also call private jetties and perform offshore ship-to-ship transfers, Knuttel said.



  • 27 May 2014 9:17 AM | Anonymous
    RUSSIA's Container Terminal Saint Petersburg posted a six per cent year-on-year first quarter increase in container volume to 95,800 TEU, reported Gdynia's Baltic Transport Journal.

    Imports were up two per cent at 49,200 TEU, while exports increased 11 per cent to 46,600 TEU, said the report, adding that 16,300 TEU were reefer containers. 

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