• 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.


  • 10 Jun 2014 8:53 AM | Anonymous
       Original news was published on 9 June, 2014

    M.A.Z. Shipping & Consolidation Services handled heavy-lift cargoes of transformers, blades, reactors, heat exchangers and storage tanks at Karachi ports in Pakistan.

    The company arranged for the lifting and transport of four transformers, ranging in weight from 88 tonnes to 61 tonnes, for NTDC (WAPDA) Pakistan and Siemens Engineering Pakistan, Cargo Equipment Experts CEE said in a statement on behalf of M.A.Z. The discharge took place at Karachi Port KPT East wharf.

    In a separate operation at Karachi Port, the company handled the discharge and inland transport of 30 wind turbine blades. The blades weighed 11 tonnes each and measured 49 meters long, 3 meters wide and 3 meters high. Finally, M.A.Z. oversaw the arrival and discharge of a cargo of reactors, heat exchangers and storage tanks at nearby Port Qasim.


  • 09 Jun 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    Original news  was published on 8 June, 2014

    LONG Beach Mayor Bob Foster has appointed Lou Anne Bynum to the board of harbour commissioners to replace Thomas Fields providing the body with its first female majority.

    Ms Bynum has served on the Long Beach City College (LBCC) as vice-president of college advancement and economic development and has been with the college since 1997.

    In a report from Long Beach Press Telegram, Mayor Foster said that her 25 years in the public and private sector which has included numerous port related projects shows deep connections in the community and business acumen.

    "She's kind of Miss Business in Long Beach, and I think she'll add a business-oriented approach there," he said of the appointment, which typically runs for two six-year terms at US$100 per board meeting that usually runs twice a month.

  • 09 Jun 2014 8:40 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 7 June,2014

    A total of eight investment groups expressed interest in a tender to buy 67% of equity capital in Thessaloniki Port Organization, while Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund said on Thursday, as Ana-Mpa reports today. The eight candidates are: APM Terminals, B.V.; Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, GmbH; DufercoParticipation Holding, SA; International Container Terminal Services, Inc; Mitsui & Co., Ltd.; P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World); Russian Railways JSC-GEK TERNA S.A. and Yilport Holding,Inc. In an announcement, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (Taiped) said that its privatization advisors will evaluate all bids before submitting their recommendations to the board of Taiped for the candidates to be included in the next phase of the tender.

    The Fund board also approved the five investment groups to be included in the second phase of a tender to sell a 67% equity capital in Piraeus Port Organization (OLP). These five investors are: APM Terminals, B.V.; COSCO (Hong Kong) Group Limited; International Container Terminal Services, Inc; Ports America Group Holdings and Utilico Emerging Markets Limited. These investors will have access to detailed data over the assets of the port and the terms of the tender procedure. The board meeting also approved the final plan of a concession contract for the exploitation of the first group of tourism harbors (Alimos, Poros, Hydra, New Epidavros), with the submission of biding bids expected in July 2014. 


  • 06 Jun 2014 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    0 heavy-lifts loaded onto barge for transport from Mumbai to Kochi

    Reshamsingh & Co. has handled the loading and unloading of equipment for BCPL’s refinery expansion in Kochi, India, for GR Engineering.

    Reshamsingh moved 10 heavy-lifts, each weighing between 70 and 200 tons, as part of the total 5,000-ton shipment, Cargo Equipment Experts CEE said in a statement for its member. The equipment was transported from Mumbai Port to Kochi.

    The extremely difficult operation included roll-on/off onto an H & P barge, taking into consideration tidewater schedules. Once the cargoes were discharged at the Ernakulam Wharf at Kochi Port, they were rolled into a temporary storage area.


  • 06 Jun 2014 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    BDP International UK and Unique Global Logistics (UGL), its Indian project logistics unit, has moved a 70-ton rig trailer, 40-ton hydraulic power unit and equipment from Southampton to Mundra in Rajasthan, India.

    The huge mobile oil rig will be operated by a European drilling contractor that won long-term contracts in India, reported American Journal of Transportation of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    "The rig itself is owned by a French company, so we worked with BDP France and UGL for shipment from the UK to India, and door delivery to Barmer, Rajasthan Oil Exploration and Production Field," said country manager Anthony Akerman.

    "It was a real three-way partnership with the countries, and a lot of technical coordination between and among the seven entities involved - the French owner, the oil and gas company, the shipper and its local UK agent and three BDP units."

    "BDP's leadership role, project/heavy lift experience and advanced logistics technology, coupled with our domestic oil and gas expertise gave the client the confidence to award us this challenging move," said UGL director Naveen Surana.


  • 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.

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