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Yearly Volumes Surge at King Abdullah Port
King Abdullah Port concluded 2018 with an increase of 36% in its annual throughput, which reached 2.3 million TEUs by the end of the year.
The annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8% increase in imports and exports compared to 2017, the port management said.
The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1.8 million TEUs, which is a 44% increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12% increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
"We achieved a record 50% increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services," Rayan Qutub, King Abdullah Port CEO, said.
Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7.2 million TEUs.
Owned by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port was officially inaugurated on February 11, 2019, by Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
During the ceremony, the port, which is the region s first port to be fully owned, developed, and operated by the private sector, unveiled a number of agreements signed with several undisclosed parties.
DNV GL to Class Sailing Vessel Sea Cloud Spirit
Classification society DNV GL has signed a classification contract for the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, being built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.
Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travellers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
"Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. It will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020," Daniel Schafer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, said.
Featuring a length of 138 meters, Sea Cloud Spirit is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.
Iceland s First Electric Ferry to Feature ABB Technology
Technology company ABB has been selected to supply integrated power and electric storage solutions to the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration s new electric ferry which will operate on an Icelandic route known for its harsh weather conditions.
The 70-meter-long ship will take 3,600 annual trips in the rough waters between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and the Westman Island, covering 13 km in about 45 minutes.
The ferry, with a capacity of 550 passengers and 75 cars, is designed by Polarkonsult and is due for delivery from the Crist S.A. shipyard in 2019.
The vessel will feature a large battery pack and is designed to operate in a fully electric mode, with onshore charging in both harbors. During particularly challenging weather conditions, when the consumption of battery power may exceed the available energy, the ferry will utilize its diesel-electric generator set, according to ABB.
As informed, the new ferry will replace the 1992-built MF Herjolfur in line with Iceland s incentives to promote electric modes of transportation. With 80 percent of Iceland s energy coming from non-fossil resources, led by hydropower and geothermal energy, the newbuilt vessel is aimed at supporting Iceland s sustainability goals.
"Opting for ABB s electric solutions allows the vessel to meet design constraints that initially seem in conflict: it is optimized for cleaner operation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, whilst power is sufficient to navigate some very hazardous waters safely," Sigurdur Gretarsson, Director of Maritime Division, Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, said.
ABB s power distribution system will allow the batteries to connect directly to the DC link, which helps avoids losses of power during charging and discharging. Additionally, the system can allow for variable speed operation of the diesel engines, which results in reduced fuel consumption.
The scope of ABB supply also includes generators, transformers, switchboards, the power and energy management system (PEMS) and the energy storage control system (ESCS). The ferry will be connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Centers Infrastructure. This network uses remote equipment monitoring and data analytics to enable remote technical support, as well as predictive maintenance and planned interventions.
According to the company, crucial to the supporting infrastructure shoreside is the shore power connection delivered by ABB to recharge the battery with a power of 2500kW while the ferry is in the dock. On average, it will take about 30 minutes to recharge.
"Selection of ABB s technologies for a vessel operating on such a tough route, where the water depth is sometimes limited to 4.5 meters, but wave heights can reach 3.5 meters, sets a new benchmark for battery power on board a ship," Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, commented.
"This project demonstrates how system integration - whether on board the ship or between the ship s crew and shoreside expertise - is a key success factor for vessel management," Koskela added.
The new ferry will not only reduce the environmental impact but also improve the regularity of the connection. Previously, during rough weather, the ferry operating the route would travel to an alternative harbor to dock safely, extending the sailing time from 45 minutes to close to 3 hours and causing motion sickness in passengers.
The new ferry will be able to enter the destination harbor in challenging weather conditions most of the time, with the rare exception of particularly rough seas.
Maersk Signs Compliant Fuel Deal with PBF Logistics
Danish shipping major Maersk has signed an agreement with PBF Logistics, which would deliver 10% of its annual fuel demand ahead of the International Maritime Organization s (IMO) 2020 global sulphur regulation.
Under the deal, Maersk would source and PBFX would process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC, a PBF Logistics LP terminal facility in New Jersey, United States. This would enable Maersk Oil Trading to supply IMO 2020-compliant 0.5% marine fuel to its customers on the US East Coast.
Annual production will be around 1.25 million metric tonnes (mt), the equivalent of around 10% of A.P. Moller - Maersk s annual fuel demand.
"This processing agreement forms a cornerstone in Maersk s fuel sourcing strategy for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap," Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, said.
"The vast majority of our fleet will comply with the regulation through use of compliant low sulfur fuels. With the capability to produce and store compliant low sulfur fuel on the U.S. East Coast we take control of the fuel supply in a key maritime hub for us. We will continue our drive to ensure compliance in all geographies come 2020."
In August 2018, Maersk and Vopak signed a leasing agreement for storage of 2.3 million mt 0.5% compliant fuel, equivalent of around 20% of Maersk s annual fuel demand, at the Vopak Europoort Terminal in Rotterdam.
Hunter Maritime Launches Tender Offer to Complete Merger with NCF
Marshall Islands-based special purpose acquisition company Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. has commenced a tender offer to complete a merger with Chinese fintech company NCF Wealth Holdings Limited.
As explained, the tender offer is being made pursuant to the company s organizational documents, which require that in connection with the merger, Hunter provides its shareholders with the opportunity to redeem their Class A common shares for a pro rata portion of its trust account.
Norwegian Epic Allides with Pier in Puerto Rico
Norwegian Epic, a cruise ship owned by the USA-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), allided with a pier while docking at the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 12, 2018.
The allision resulted in the sinking of two mooring points at the pier on the Caribbean Island.
LNG Bunker Vessel MV Kairos Christened in Hamburg
MV Kairos, the world s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel, was officially christened in a ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8.
Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the ship departed South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in October 2018 and arrived in Germany in December.
US Container Imports Still Strong as Tariff Increase Approaches
Imports at the nation s major retail container ports have dipped since peaks seen last fall but remain at higher-than-usual levels as a possible increase in tariffs on goods from China approaches in March, the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates said.
"With trade talks with China still unresolved, retailers appear to be bringing spring merchandise into the country early in case tariffs go up in March," Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, noted.
ITF Claims Crew Neglected aboard Ship at BHP Terminal
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) claims that crew members aboard a ship at a BHP terminal in Queensland are being neglected and underpaid.
The claim is based on a seafarer s email allegedly sent from aboard the 80,000-tonne bulk carrier Villa Deste to the ITF.
MOL Chemical Tankers, Den Hartogh Form Chemical Logistics Alliance
Singapore-based MOL Chemical Tankers (MOLCT) and Dutch Den Hartogh Logistics have established a strategic alliance to jointly develop and streamline liquid chemical logistics services by using tank containers, parcel chemical tankers and a tank terminal.
As strategic partners, the duo aims to offer global supply chain solutions which combine the tanker fleet and depots of MOLCT with the tank container fleet of Den Hartogh Logistics.
World Ports Sustainability Program launches plan to integrate UN SDGs in the business strategies and governance of Port
The World Ports Sustainability Program will take an important next step forward on the 19th-20th March.
"As we reach the first anniversary since the Program began, we have now achieved critical mass with the 60+ clearly defined projects that have joined the WPSP to formulate industry-standard practices in terms of ports integrating UN SDGs into their business strategies and governance" commented IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven.
Port Of Tanjung Pelepas Continues Digital Strategy With Implementation Of Latest Enterprise Resource Planning System From Ramco Systems
Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a member of MMC Group has sealed an agreement with Ramco Systems Limited (Ramco) for the upgrading of PTP s current Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) system.
The incorporation of the latest ERP system is part of PTP s continuous effort in empowering its digital strategy and enhancing its operational efficiency.
Ghana Shippers Council lauds port paperless system
Mr Joseph Amoah, the Ghana Shippers Council Committee Chairman of the Ashanti Region, has applauded government for introducing the paperless system at the country s port.
He said it has been an enormous help to relieve shippers of import duty hassles.
Tata Steel to develop Subarnarekha river port in 4-5 yrs for Rs 3,000 cr
Tata Steel will develop the port on the Subarnarekha river s mouth in four to five years, a top company executive said in Bhubaneswar.
"We hope that in the next few months, all issues will be ironed out and then we can start work on the (Subarnarekha) port project. Tata Steel will complete the port development in the next four to five years".
India: Cargo traffic handled by major ports up 3.11 per cent in April-January
Major ports of the country together handled 578.86 Million Tonnes (MT) of cargo during April-January 2019, representing a growth of 3.11 per cent, an official statement said on Tuesday.
The major ports had handled 561.39 MT cargo in the corresponding period of previous fiscal, the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.