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  • 27 May 2014 8:47 AM | Anonymous


    Mombasa dockers strike over pay and win immediate 12.5pc increase

    A ONE-DAY dock strike at the Port of Mombasa over a pay resulted in a swift 12.5 per cent wage increase, which brought jubilation to dockers at Kenya's main harbour, reported the East African Standard.

    Dock Workers Union (DWU) leaders announced a 12.5 per cent salary increase for the highest paid docker and 15 per cent for the lowest.

    The occasion also marked the conclusion of the 2014/2015 of the labour contract talks, marked by disagreements between the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the union, which led to the day-long strike.

    The lowest paid docker will earn KES27,690 (US$315.37) a month up from KES24,080 while the highest earning docker will earn KES80,516 up from KES71,570. House allowance rises from KES12,000 for lowest paid dockers to KES15,000 while the highest grade gets KES29,000 instead of KES25,500.

    Operations at Kenya's main port of Mombasa ceased Thursday as workers demanded more pay. Dockers surrounded the port's administrative headquarters and abandoned waiting ships. The port handles imports such as fuel for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Congo and Somalia.

    Said KPA managing director Gichiri Ndua: "The situation is normal."Said DWU general secretary Simon Sang: "We succeeded because of the solidarity from members that resulted in the strike action."

    *NEWS SOURCE

     

  • 27 May 2014 8:44 AM | Anonymous


    Asia-Europe SCFI rates down for second week, but still up on last year
    SPOT rates cited on the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) on east-west trade routes continued to fall last week, but were still ahead over last year at this time, noted Lloyd's List.

    SCFI shows that average all-in spot rates on services from Shanghai to northern Europe fell US$99 to $1,188 per TEU. Shanghai- Med prices declined for a second week, by $54 to $1,508 per TEU.

    Transpacific rates also fell with the Shanghai to US west coast prices declining $64 to $1,923 per FEU and slipping by $40 compared to the week before to reach $3,384 per FEU.

    "Further declines are expected in the run up to the June general rate increase, with its success still in question," said Freight Investor Services broker Richard Ward.

    "Carriers may have delayed the proposed June 1 implementation pushing the increase back to the following week. Mediterranean trades are different with rates falling less aggressively," said Mr Ward.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 26 May 2014 9:24 AM | Anonymous

      Originally news was published on 25 May, 2014

    There is a sort of triangulation behind any successful merchant ship – the designers and shipbuilders, the customer who will buy the product of their labours and those who will sail on that ship for its working life. The cynic might suggest that the shipbuilder is looking for a vessel he can build for the greatest profit, the owner wants the most ship for the cheapest price and the seafarers’ needs are just part of the collateral damage!

    But this does not need to be the case. A good design and a shipbuilder with a reputation for looking to its customers’ needs will result in a ship that is good to operate and as such will be successful. It is helped, says Dr. Jonathan Earthy of Lloyd’s Register, if the matter of “usability” is considered from the beginning of the design process, with a “human-centred” approach.

    Writing in the latest edition of the international maritime human element bulletin Alert! Dr. Earthy points out that while competence and leadership are ingredients in the human element, getting the design right is a “one-time activity”, whether we are considering the ship or its equipment. Usable equipment should not require heavy training requirements if the needs of its users has been considered in the design. By contrast, if the needs of the user have been ignored in the design stage, the demands on training and competence will be heavy.

    Human centred design, according to LR’s best practice guides, will revolve around a clear understanding of the users’ needs, whether it is a ship or its equipment that is being designed. Ideally there will be the involvement of users in the design process, so that both the designer and manufacturer are not working in the dark or attaching the wrong priorities of what they think their product will achieve. “Designing for the user experience” is not some phrase dreamed up to be used by sale people, but should be a simple statement to the effect that the needs of the users have been pre-eminent in the design.

    The society has produced a Ship Design Guide and Equipment Manufacturers’ Guide that have human-centred design as an important theme throughout, with practical advice as to how this can be integrated into a project for either a new ship of marine equipment that will go into it.

    There is a consuming logic to this approach, a “virtuous circle” that advances best practice, and in practical terms, will see better designed ships and equipment coming forward. And while the author acknowledges that shipyards and manufacturers might not benefit directly from usability in the way the ship operators do, there is a feedback from the users that can be used to improve subsequent products. Engaging the user community is also an aid to technical innovation.

    Many major companies in other sectors, writes Dr. Earthy “, find that their best ideas come from their users”.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 26 May 2014 9:21 AM | Anonymous

        Originally news was published on 23 May, 2014

    India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plans to acquire US$5 billion worth of coal-fired power plants, making it the biggest acquisition in India’s power sector.

    The state-run power company received up to 31 proposals from developers including Jaypee Power, Lanco, Sterlite, GVK and GMR, the Hindustan Times said in a report. NTPC is seeking board approval for the investments. NTPC managing director Arup Roy Choudhury the acquisition process will be completed before year end.

    Among the plants ripe for purchase are Jaypee Group’s 500-megawatt Bina thermal project, 1,320-megawatt Nigrie thermal project in Madhya Pradesh and 1,980-megawatt Bara project in Uttar Pradesh. NTPC said it hopes to takeover six or seven thermal projects.

    Several factors in the Indian economy have made plant developers eager to sell.“Fuel constraints, high borrowing costs, regulatory delays have affected infrastructure projects in India and promoters are looking to exit,” an Energy Ministry official said. “Discussions on such projects have taken place between the ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.”

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 24 May 2014 9:23 AM | Anonymous

         Originally news was published on 23 May, 2014

    Wijngaard Natie Logistics – Atlantic arranged for the transport of a 266-ton transformer during the week of the Breakbulk Europe 2014 in Antwerp.

    This transformer was the heaviest one ever built in the town of Mechelen, Belgium, Cargo Equipment Experts CEE said in a statement on behalf of its member.

    The cargo was placed on a 22-axle SMTP and rolled onto a barge for the river voyage to the Wijngaard Natie Stevedoring Terminal in Antwerp where it was discharged. The transformer is used as a backup unit for power supply.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 24 May 2014 9:20 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published on 22 May, 2014

    Jungheinrich has released what it says to be a completely re-designed generation of IC (internal combustion) engine powered forklift trucks at CeMAT (May 2014 in Hanover). Engineered and manufactured in Germany, these general purpose, reliable and rugged trucks are said to deliver above-average throughput rates with simultaneous low fuel consumption.

    The new generation stackers handle payloads of up to 3.5t with a maximum stacking height of 7.50 metres.

    Jungheinrich is simultaneously launching two new series of internal combustion engine powered counterbalance forklift trucks: hydrodynamic torque converter drive trucks in the DFG/TFG 316-320 and DFG/TFG 425-435 model ranges.

    Suitable for tough operations in different climate zones

    Kubota engines power all of these trucks, which are manufactured at the Moosburg production plant in the German state of Bavaria.

    “These industrial engines, tried and tested around the world in heavy-duty construction machinery, already deliver high torque at low revs,” said Marek Scheithauer, head of product management for IC engine powered counterbalance trucks at Jungheinrich.

    “These robust stackers boast high-grade, extremely durable, long-lifetime components and are ideally suited for extreme, tough operations in different climate zones.”

    The need for trucks that can operate in harsh operating environments inspired Jungheinrich to apply the latest in-house engineering developments to the new torque converter’s core components. These include innovations to the mast, chassis and steering column. The counterweight on the new stacker is an integral part of the load-bearing chassis, while the steering column was integrated in the counterweight.

    “The centre of gravity is not only extremely low but also optimally positioned between the axles,” continues Mr Scheithauer. “This gives the forklift truck outstanding stability and makes additional, electronic stabilisers redundant.

    “This translates into high driving stability and ensures outstandingly good safety characteristics, both when stationary and on the move.”

    The proprietary Jungheinrich transmission shaft in the new torque converter features an integrated non-wear wet multi-disc brake.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 23 May 2014 10:50 AM | Anonymous

       Original news was published on May 22, 2014

    Japan’s Chiyoda, along with consortium partners, Foster Wheeler, Saipem and WorleyParsons, has been awarded a contract to provide front-end engineering design for LNG Canada, a US$10 billion export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia.

    LNG Canada will produce liquefied natural gas for export to Asia. The project has been planned in phases. The first phase includes two processing trains, each with a capacity to produce 6 million tonnes of LNG each year. Two additional trains may be added. The consortium will also provide project execution services if regulatory approvals are obtained and the owners greenlight a final investment.

    “We are pleased to be working with Chiyoda, Foster Wheeler, SAIPEM and WorleyParsons, a group of companies who together have extensive experience in the liquefied natural gas industry and Canada,” Andy Calitz, CEO LNG Canada, said in a statement. “While this is a great step forward, a decision to build the facility is still some time away.”

    LNG Canada is a partnership between Shell, PetroChina, Korea Gas and Mitsubishi. According to its published timetable, approvals are expected in 2015. The initial technical work has been completed, land has been acquired and the Environmental Assessment is underway. Once approved, construction will take between four and five years.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 23 May 2014 10:47 AM | Anonymous

        Original news was published 22 May, 2014

    First job lifts 91-tonne chamber pieces directly to vessel

    Terminal du Grand Ouest has opted for its first Liebherr mobile harbor crane at Montoir de Bretagne/Saint-Nazaire, located on the French Atlantic coast.

    Due to increased cargo volumes at its breakbulk and container handling facility, TGO bought the LHM 550 to handle project cargo, scrap metal, bulk and containers.

    The crane offers a lifting capacity up to 144 tonnes, which is unique in this region,” Ilyasse Aksil, CEO of TGO, said in a statement. Manufactured and pre-tested at Liebherr’s production site in Rostock, the mobile harbor crane arrived in January 2014 and was put to immediate use.

    The first jobs included loading a sterilization chamber onto a vessel for transport to Vera Cruz, Mexico.  The chamber came in four 91-tonne pieces. With the new crane, TGO was able to load the cargo directly on the vessel, saving costs and emissions, Aksil said.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 22 May 2014 9:29 AM | Anonymous

           
        Original news was published on May 21, 2014


    THE Georgia Ports Authority's (GPA) container terminals handled 266,930 TEU in April, an increase of 8,000 units, or 3.1 per cent, putting the Port of Savannah on track to move three million TEU this fiscal year.

    Total tonnage rose by 4.6 per cent, or 111,386 tons, compared to a year ago, reaching 2.52 million tons.

    "Our performance in April and for the fiscal year to date is an outgrowth of our success in winning new customers and improving services for existing port users," said GPA chairman Robert Jepson.

    "Consistent investments in improved infrastructure have led to GPA's ability to deliver cargo to market faster than ever before."

    This comes while the board has approved US$86.5 million in funding to purchase four new ship-to-shore cranes and 20 new rubber-tyre gantry cranes in Savannah's Garden City Terminal.

    The new cranes designed by Konecranes of Finland and assembled in Nantong, China, are due to arrive in February 2016, raising the number of super postpanamax cranes to 20 and postpanamax cranes to nine.

    These enormous cranes can reach across ships 22 containers wide to a height of 136 feet above the dock.

    The Ports of Brunswick and Savannah also moved 67,963 auto and machinery units in April, up 17.8 per cent compared to figures from last year.

    Compared to April 2013, breakbulk cargo saw the largest jump of any single business sector during the month, improving by 26.4 per cent, or 48,597 tons, to reach 232,834 tons.

    *NEWS SOURCE

  • 21 May 2014 10:52 AM | Anonymous

         Original News was published on May 20, 2014

    The official ceremony of quay opening took place at 14:15 on Saturday. The quay was opened during the symbolic unmooring performed by the Board Member of AS Tallinna Sadam Allan Kiil, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Urve Palo, the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas, and the head of the Estonian branch of the BMGS construction company Leho Alliksoo.

    “For the Port of Tallinn, the construction of the new quay was the largest single investment last year,” said Alan Kiil, the Board Member of AS Tallinna Sadam. “This investment will, on the one hand, satisfy the growing demand for Tallinn as a tourist destination and, on the other hand, help us meet the needs of cruise operators that want to use larger and larger vessels.”, said Mr. Kiil.

    According to Urve Palo, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, there is still potential for the increase in the numbers of cruise tourists on the Baltic Sea resulting from the joint marketing of Tallinn and other cruise destinations of the Baltic Sea, which will obviously affect the economy of the tourist destinations.

    “It is estimated that a cruise tourist leaves an average of 56.7 euros in Tallinn, buying goods and services. Even at the present half a million of cruise tourists per year that amounts to over 30 million euros injected into local economy, in addition to such indirect effects as the jobs created in tourism agencies and catering facilities and the taxes received from these.” , said Mr. Palo.

    With the new quay, the Port of Tallinn will be able to moor cruise ships up to 340 metres in length, up to 42 metres in width, and with the draft of up to nine metres.

    The first vessel to moor at the new cruise quay was the 330-metre long Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, and bringing over 3,000 tourists to Tallinn.

    The construction of the new quay next to the existing cruise ships quay in the Old City harbour started in May 2013. The total length of the quay built by the Estonian branch of BMGS is 421 metres; it is 20 metres wide, and the guaranteed depth at the quay wall is 11 metres. The cruise ship quay has also been outfitted with electricity supply, outdoor lighting, communications equipment and pipelines for supplying ships with utility water and removing waste water.

    The volume of bottom dredging amounted to a total of 12,300 cubic metres, and over 200 steel piles 30–46 metres in length were installed in the seabed in the course of the construction. The total amount of concrete cast for the construction purposes was 6,600 cubic metres.

    Tallinn is to welcome around 300 vessels bringing approximately 470,000 cruise tourists during this cruise season. The summer cruise season lasts until 26 September, but cruise tourists are expected to visit Tallinn in October and December as well.

    *NEWS SOURCE

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