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Major Indian ports cargo traffic share hits 58%, says report
The share of country's cargo traffic handled by top 12 major ports is on increase and has reached 58 per cent in 2017-18, a government report said on Thursday.
On the contrary, traffic handled by about 200 minor ports, either on the control of the state governments or private players, has been on the decline from 2014-15.
Earlier, a parliamentary panel expressed concern over minor ports eating into the share of major ports. "The share of major ports in traffic handled, which declined continuously up to 2014-15, is increasing since then. The share of major ports in traffic handled was 55 per cent in 2014-15 and increased to 58 per cent in 2017-18," the Ministry of Shipping aid in a report on Thursday.
The report said the market share of major ports, which was 61 per cent in 2010-11, declined to 55 per cent in 2014-15 but on the back of initiatives by the government has been on rising. The market share of major ports was recorded at 57 per cent in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and reached 58 per cent at the end of the last fiscal, it said. On the contrary, the share of the minor ports which was at 45 per cent in 2014-15 has decreased to 42 per cent in 2017-18, it said.
India has 12 major ports, namely Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia). The report also said that the cargo traffic handled by major ports reached to 679.47 million tonnes (MT) in 2017-18 from 606.37 MT. "Two major ports (out of 12) handled more than 100 MT of cargo in FY 2017-18. For the first time a major port in India, Deendayal Port (Kandla) crossed 100 MT of traffic in 2016-17. Paradip Port has become the second major port to cross the figure of 100 MT of traffic during 2017-18," the report said.
As many as 39 projects entailing investment of Rs 20,535 crore are under implementation to augment the capacity of 12 major ports. These projects are part of 112 port capacity expansion projects, involving total investment of Rs 69,636 crore, that have been planned to increase port capacity to 3,500 million tonne per annum (MTPA) to cater to the projected traffic of 2,500 MTPA by 2025. Buoyed by pick up in demand, cargo traffic at these ports rose by 4.77 per cent to 679.35 million tonnes (MT) during 2017-18 compared to 648.47 MT during 2016-17. The 12 major ports have capacity of about 1,400 MT at present.
In addition to the port master plans, the government has also announced setting up six new ports at Vadhavan (Maharashtra), Enayam (Tamil Nadu), Tajpur (West Bengal), Paradip Outer Harbour (Odisha), Sirkazhi (Tamil Nadu) and Belekeri (Karnataka).
PEMEX tanker fire, Mexico
Fire erupted on tanker JOSE MARIA MORELOS II cargo deck in the morning Jun 21 at Salina Cruz Refinery Terminal, during hose connection procedure. Incidental spark said to be the cause of fire. It was quickly extinguished by terminal personnel and the crew, no injures and no damages reported. As of Jun 22, tanker was in the same position berthed at Salina Cruz.
Gate terminal Aims to Load Ships Faster
The Netherlands Gate terminal will invest to increase the ship loading flow rate at the jetties for large ships from the current 2300 m3/hour to 4000 m3/hour to lower port time for vessels.
This investment will allow the terminal to load the new standard size vessels of around 180,000 m3 in less than 3 days.
Enterprise to Fuel Vessels at Houston Ship Channel Terminal
US-based Enterprise Products Partners has added fueling capabilities for deep-draft vessels at its Houston Ship Channel export facility. As of June 1, 2018, the company said it is the exclusive provider of residual marine fuel (RMG 380) and marine gas oil (MGO) at its Enterprise Hydrocarbons Terminal (EHT).
Next Expansion Phase of Prince Rupert Fairview Terminal to Begin in Mid-2019
The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World have agreed on terms of a project development plan that outlines the next phase of expansion for the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal.
As informed, the Phase 2B expansion will increase annual throughput capacity at Canada’s second largest container terminal to 1.8 million TEUs when complete in 2022.
Shipping Industry Wants Beaching Yards on EU List
After the Chinese government decided to stop the import of end-of-life ships for scrapping, the shipping industry believes that there will not be enough recycling capacity.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that the industry is of the opinion that there will be too few options for them under the EU List of approved recycling facilities.
Koch Shipping Extends Charter Deal for Diana s Bulker
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore-based Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.
The company s 206,040 dwt Philadelphia was hired for a period of twenty to twenty-three months. Diana Shipping said that the gross charter rate for the ship is USD 20,000 per day.
Liberian Registry Backs Australia s Demand for IMO Reform
The Liberian Registry has supported Australia which is calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reconsider transparency and the role of industry bodies in the organization.
Liberia is likely to be the largest flag state to support the push by Australia, which will lead to a submission to the IMO Council meeting in July calling into question the existing role of the IMO Council and the IMO Assembly, and seeking to facilitate greater transparency and the wider representation of maritime interests in the IMO.
USCG Recognizes Chemical Terminal for Security Standards
On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. John P. Nadeau awarded the service s top maritime security award to Lucy Woodstock Marine Terminal in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Coast Guard s Richard E. Bennis Facility of the Year Award for Excellence in Maritime Security recognizes outstanding contributions in implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act. The Act was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to address port and waterway security.
The Lucy Woodstock Marine Terminal handles anhydrous ammonia and other bulk liquid dangerous cargo, and is located near the confluence of the Wolf River and the Lower Mississippi River on the outskirts of Memphis
Ship brokers Exeno Yamamizu, Fearnleys join SEA\LNG
SEA\LNG has picked up another two members, with ship brokers Exeno Yamamizu Corporation and Fearnleys becoming the first ship broking companies to join the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel,.
The coalition currently comprises 33 organisations from sectors such as shipping companies, ports, major LNG suppliers, classification societies, downstream companies, infrastructure providers, shipyards, financial institutions, OEMs and now ship broking, committed to uniting knowledge and expertise from across the LNG value chain.
Shore Power Implementation Is A Big Challenge
The implementation of shore power is one of the main challenges for ports tackling emissions at berth and in surrounding anchorages, an engineering expert has stressed.
Speaking exclusively to Port Strategy at TOC Europe, Gustavo Miller, division president of ports and maritime at Cavotec, said shore power doesn’t currently represent a good return on investment for terminals and more support from either port authorities or the government is needed to progress with it.
Durban In Midst Of Transformational Development
Ranked 25th in the world for attractiveness and third on the African continent for container throughput, the Port of Durban occupies a focal point in the logistics chain of the nation and plays a leading role in facilitating economic growth not just for South Africa, but also the region.
It boasts being one of the few ports in the world located in close proximity to a central business district, and with the Dube Trade Port on its doorstep offering a range of complementary logistics services, the Port of Durban is seemingly advancing well in its plans to develop Durban into a mega logistics gateway.
HVCC launches unique cooperation
The HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority have entered into a cooperative relationship, the likes of which the world has never seen before: from now on, both ports will exchange relevant data through a digital interface so that shipping companies can steer their ships more efficiently and terminals can optimise their resource planning. This cooperation therefore improves the operational processes, while also making both ports more attractive.
LNG Rotterdam - Gate terminal to increase ship loading flow rate
Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) announces that it will invest to increase the ship loading flow rate at the jetties for large ships from the current 2300 m3/hour to 4000 m3/hour to lower port time for vessels. This investment will allow Gate terminal to load the new standard size vessels of around 180000 m3 in less than 3 days. The investment entails a de-bottlenecking of the pipeline systems used to deliver LNG from the storage tank to the ship and can be installed without a plant shutdown. The construction will start in the summer of 2018 and will be finished after the summer of 2019.