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  • 28 Jun 2014 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 27 June, 2014

    Cargo diversion from USWC with 40pc heading for Canada, says forwarder
    THERE appears to be substantial cargo diversion away from US west coast ports as the longshoremen's labour contract expires on June 30, prompting shippers to fear the disruption of union militants to pressure employers.

    But space on ships heading to Canadian ports was in short supply as shippers looked for alternatives to US west coast ports, said one forwarder.

    In recognition of this US Customs issued contingency plans, reported America Shipper, adding that it supplies public notices via its website and through SMS messaging for subscribers for alerts.

    One customs message provided instructions for shippers on how to file customs and other import documents for various scenarios in which ships are diverted to foreign ports, such as in Canada or Mexico, or east coast or Gulf ports.

    "Several carriers are reporting that as much as 40 per cent of US inland traffic typically moving via Seattle or Los Angeles/Long Beach has been diverted to Vancouver and Prince Rupert," said a spokesman for the forwarders Delmar.

    "There have also been widespread container shortages throughout Asian load ports, further compounding capacity constraints," he said.

    "Overseas vendors and agents must be reminded to plan for vessel capacity well in advance and recommend that bookings be placed with origin Delmar offices a minimum of 14 days prior to origin vessel closing time," said Delmar notice to trade.


  • 27 Jun 2014 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 26 June, 2014

    Pekka Autere, Lead Analyst at Eniram, explains in the following text how sensor readings from several vessels can be used to assess vessel performance and thus evaluate if individual vessel performance is up to the mark or not.

    “When planning a budget, vessel operators need to estimate the fuel costs for a selected route. Fuel costs depend not just on the voyage distance, route and the schedule, but also on the environmental conditions the vessel is going to face on the voyage.

    An interesting measure when estimating cost of a specific route is considering the average sea margin that will be experienced in that sea area. Sea margin refers to the energy used by the vessel to overcome the environmental and sea conditions. In ideal conditions vessel sea margin would be zero.

    Average sea margins are bigger on the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. This is expected as the weather conditions and sea state are generally worse when compared to areas closer to the coast. Interestingly in the Mediterranean Sea, the sea margin is the lowest of all the defined sea areas. This is understandable as it’s a smaller sea area, where the waves are typically smaller and thus have less impact on a vessel’s energy consumption. In the Baltic Sea shallow water increases the average sea margin as vessel squatting has a big impact thus the average sea margin is larger.

    The average sea margin does not of course tell the whole truth about the environmental conditions in that area, the environmental conditions vary seasonally and on some sea areas the conditions are always harsher. When we look at the sea margin distributions for the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean, we can see that in the Mediterranean Sea, the sea margin on the average is more likely to be less than 10%. The probability of the sea margin being over 20% is lesser than on the average. On the other hand in the Pacific Ocean it is the other way around.There the sea margin is likely to be higher than the average and sea margins of over 20% are more probable. Showing the seasonal variation in the sea margin distributions would give even better insight of the changes in operating cost between different areas. When planning high level fleet deployment, the differences in energy consumptions in different areas due to sea margins should therefore be taken into account. For example operating in Mediterranean or in the Caribbean has over 2 % difference in propulsion energy usage of the vessel. This is already a significant difference on fuel bill.

    The average sea margin in a certain sea area is certainly not the only way the aggregated data could be used. The information can be used to simulate the fuel consumption of an individual vessel on a certain route, giving even more accurate information for voyage planning. This kind of simulation would bring a new level of accuracy to fuel budgets. Although an individual measurement is difficult to interpret, aggregating data brings valuable insight to see the larger picture. High level of aggregated data can be of great help in making strategic decisions on how to operate the vessels better.”


  • 27 Jun 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 26 June, 2014

    Tuban II to meet increasing demands for cement

    Siemens received an order from ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions to supply an integrated drive system for the expansion of Holcim Indonesia’s cement plant in Java. The cement producer is expanding its facilities by a second production line at its facility near Tuban on the northern coast Java.

    Java is experiencing a surge in cement demand. In 2013,  the country’s cement market had double-digit growth rates, Siemens said in a statement.

    The plant is the second engineering, procurement and construction contract for ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions from PT Holcim Indonesia. Tuban I began production just last week and was also supplied by Siemens. Tuban II will cost around US$250 million, ThyssenKrupp said.

    Siemens’ supply package contains 14 single-motor and multi-motor drives, 22 induction motors, one slip ring motor for the raw mill main drive and six gear units.

    Upon completion in mid-2015, Tuban II and its predecessor Tuban II will have the capacity to produce 1.7 million tons of cement a year.

    Photo: Siemens’ scope of supply for the cement plant in Tuban, Java, includes the drive for the rotary kiln.


  • 26 Jun 2014 8:44 AM | Anonymous

    CHINA has its sights set on investing in Greece's airports, railways and its busiest port of Piraeus, both countries have confirmed after a three-day visit to Greece by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

    Shipping to and from Europe goes though the northern range Le-Havre-Hamburg ports when it seems more natural to go through Mediterranean ports and spare ships the voyage around the Iberian Peninsula.

    Given that China and Greece are closer since Cosco Pacific won a 35-year concession in 2009 to run the port of Piraeus, has led to speculation that China now wants to make the southern entry viable.

    What the strategy lacks is infrastructure, but Chinese negotiators are talking road, rail and air investment as well as maritime access which they already has and would like to expand.

    "China attaches great importance to Greece's geographic advantage as a gateway to Europe and is prepared to intensify cooperation in basic infrastructure such as ports, roads, railways," said the joint statement from the two governments.

    Greece, which relies on bailout loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, desperately needs foreign investment to spur growth and create jobs as it struggles to exit a six-year recession.

    Cosco has already submitted a bid to buy a 67 per cent stake in Piraeus, and is now also eyeing the construction of an airport in Crete and airport in Athens that is to put up by the government for sale this year.

    Development Minister Nikos Dendias said the two sides also discussed the development of a high-speed rail project.

    Both sides say the country could become a hub for channelling goods from the world' second-largest economy and top exporter into Europe.

    "Greece, apart from a sea trade gateway, can also become a transit hub for air transport," said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, reported Reuters.

    "Ports but also airports, such as the Athens International Airport and the International Airport in Heraklion in Kasteli, are the object of Chinese interest - Piraeus port can become a gateway of China to Europe," said Mr Li.

    Greece has the largest shipping fleet in the world, and Greek shipowners transport 60 per cent of China's imported oil and half its exported goods, said Shipping Minister Militiadis Varvitsiotis.

    Cosco Pacific has said it wants to turn Piraeus into a regional hub and has sought to expand port facilities and construct an oil refuelling jetty that is awaiting approval by the European Commission.


  • 26 Jun 2014 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 25 June, 2014

    Last year’s top three ports globally, in terms of berth productivity, were Tianjin, Qingdao and Ningbo.

    The top three terminals were APM Terminals Yokohama and Tianjin Xingang Sinor, which tied for the No. 1 ranking, and Ningbo Beilun Second Terminal.

    In the top port position, China’s Tianjin averaged 130 moves per hour last year.

    Among terminals, APMT Yokohama and Tianjin Xingang Sinor averaged 163 total moves per hour, according to the 2013 data, which measures gross berth productivity defined as the average number of crane moves per hour, per ship between the vessel’s arrival and departure at the berth.

    JOC Port Productivity Data is the first global database to measure the performance of ports and terminals on a like-for-like basis.

    The data is provided by container lines representing more than 75 percent of global deployed capacity, according to Alphaliner data.

    Due to additional data and improvements in data processing, there are more than 150,000 port calls in the database for 2013, up from 87,000 in 2012.

    JOC Group Inc. has also announced the launch of the Port Productivity Subscription Report, a customized, twice-yearly report prepared for ports and terminals and produced in cooperation with London-based port experts Ocean Shipping Consultants.

    The report will provide ports and terminals with a detailed assessment of their competitive position in their local and regional market.

    JOC Group Inc. will produce two conferences this year focused on port productivity and specifically the growing challenges posed by mega-container ships.

    Those events are the JOC Port Productivity Conference Europe, to be held in London on November 19-20 and the JOC Port Productivity Conference North America, to be held in Newark, New Jersey, on December 9-10.

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  • 25 Jun 2014 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 24 June, 2014

    WHAT ended the P3 mega alliance's chances to proceed was that it was just too big on the Asia-Europe route, taking up 47 per cent market share against the Chinese Ministry of Commerce limit of 30 per cent.

    "The Ministry of Commerce held fast to a 30 per cent market share. China found that P3 would control up to 47 per cent of the business on the Asia-Europe route," said US Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle.

    Mr Doyle noted that on the transpacific and transatlantic routes, P3 would only have 23 per cent market share which explains why its plans were acceptable to the US but not to China.

    This observation, shared by many others, opens the door to other vessel sharing agreements, which keep within the 30 per cent limit, or whatever becomes the regulatory norm.

    MDS Transmodal analysts Mike Garratt and Antonella Teodoro appealed for such norms: "The Federal Maritime Commission, the EU and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce should come out with what is/is not acceptable."

    The P3 rival, the smaller G6 alliance, another vessel sharing agreement, carried an estimated 37 per cent of cargo in the Far East-US west coast trade lane in 2013, said the MDS Transmodal analysts.

    Lars Jensen, who heads the Seaintel Maritime Analysis, said the increase in the number of vessel sharing agreements has created problems for carriers which were now competing with non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC).

    "If a carrier operates five Asia-Europe services but offers 20 services through VSAs, what is it? A carrier or an NVOCC?" said Mr Jensen.

    "This means that what has so far been a game between 15-20 carriers suddenly becomes a game involving a large number of NVOCCs and will bring some of the carriers into some interesting discussions with major clients," he said.

    But this seems to be the way of the future, according to Maersk trade and marketing chief Vincent Clerc.

    "What the Ministry of Commerce has prohibited today is one form of co-operation. VSAs and other forms are still either in effect or a possibility and we will need to explore them," he said after hearing the news.

    Not surprisingly the China Shipowners' Association was happy: "The decision is fair, lawful and responsible. Still, it is too soon to tell whether P3 members will unite in other forms," said CSA vice-chairman Zhang Shouguo.


  • 25 Jun 2014 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 24 June, 2014

    More plants under consideration

    Russia and Iran will build two nuclear power plants in Southern Bushehr province, Iran.

    “Iran and Russia have reached the final agreements on building two (nuclear) power plants and this will be finalized in Tehran on Monday and Tuesday,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said during a televised interview.

    The news comes during a visit by Nikolai Spassky, the deputy director general for international affairs at Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy. Spassky will meet with AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi, Kamalvandi and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi.

    “And it is possible that more (nuclear) power plants will also be discussed in addition to these two power plants,” Kamalvandi said.

    The two new plants will be built beside the existing nuclear power plant in Bushehr, which become operational in 2011 after nearly 36 years of stop and start construction. Siemens began the project in the 1970s and was forced to quit after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Russia in 1995 took over and completed construction. Kamalvandi said he hoped construction would start this year after the agreements are finalized with Russia.

    During his two-day stay, Spassky will hold talks with AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi, Kamalvandi and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi.

    The cooperation agreement dates back to 1992 and includes two desalination plants as well as the nuclear power plants, Kamalvandi said.


  • 24 Jun 2014 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 23 June, 2014

    Varying weights and routes call for range of equipment

    Crane Rental Corporation has recently offloaded several large shipments in the U.S. using a variety of equipment.

    In the Northeast, Crane Rental used 700-ton-capacity gantry cranes to unload a 145-ton propane tank from a railcar and transported it 52 miles on its dual-lane extending-axle transport trailer. The load was 151 feet long, 14 feet wide, and 15.5 feet high, Cargo Equipment Experts said in a statement on behalf of its member.

    The axles of the specialized transport were expanded from 14 to 20 feet, to more evenly distribute the weight of the load as it traveled over bridges. The trailer was also able to temporarily drop the load a few inches to clear low overpasses.

    The heavy hauler also unloaded a 204.5-ton surge tank from a rail spur using 700-ton capacity gantries. The load measured 157 feet long, 13.5 feet wide and 16.25 feet high. Crane used its tow hitch modular Goldhofer trailers for the 32-mile journey.

    Moving to the Southeast, Crane Rental unloaded a three transformers at different locations. First, it moved a 118.5-ton transformer, fully assembled with radiators and other components, from its pad onto a six-line self-propelled Goldhofer trailer and transported it to a containment area. Then Crane offloaded a new 93-ton transformer from a rail spur, transported it on a six-line Goldhofer trailer and set the load in place using its 600-ton capacity Terex AC500-2 hydraulic truck crane.

    Finally, a 150-ton transformer was removed from its foundation and transported to a holding area. The cargo was hoisted with a 700-ton capacity gantry system and transversed onto an 18-axle self-propelled Goldhofer trailer. The site had tight clearances and underground utilities, so Crane used a Dura-Base mat system to mitigate ground-bearing pressures during the hauling operation.


  • 24 Jun 2014 8:47 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 23 June, 2014

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ technicians used a special aircraft ramp extension to load a 24-meter-long oil and gas drilling rig onto its An-124-100 freighter in Novy Urengoy, Russia, for transport to Mirny, Russia.

    The ramp extension reduced the ramp slope and allowed the cargo to be loaded and unloaded as a single piece, Volga-Dnepr said in a statement. Once the ramp was in position, a tractor pulled the rig into the aircraft through the tail.

    Volga-Dnepr also obtained the necessary permissions to operate from Novy Urengoy and Mirny airports, which usually accommodate mid-sized aircraft, and arranged the necessary terminal services.

    The rig will be used by Krasnodar Drilling, a branch of the Gazprom Drilling Company, at the Verkhnechonskoe oil and gas condensate field in East Siberia.


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