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|Cargill Hires Another Diana Shipping Capesize|
Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has agreed a time charter contract with Geneva-based Cargill International for one of its Capesize vessels.
Under the deal, the companyís 174,261 dwt bulker Semirio would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.
The charter period, scheduled to start on July 1 when the 2007-built Capesize completes its current employment, was agreed from fifteen to eighteen months.
Diana Shipping said that the latest deal is expected to generate around USD 7.2 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.
Semirio is currently earning USD 20,050 per day under an earlier charter contract with Hong Kongís Pacific Bulk Cape Co, that stretches from September 2018.
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|Konecranes wins mobile harbor crane order in Poland|
In May this year, HES Gdynia Bulk Terminal SP (HES Gdynia), on the coast of northern Poland, ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbor Crane for continuous-duty bulk handling. The order was booked in the second quarter, and the crane will be pre-commissioned and handed over by the end of 2019.
HES Gdynia Bulk Terminal is part of HES International, one of Europeís largest independent terminal operators in dry and liquid bulk products. HES terminals operate in Europe s most important ports at prime locations including a bulk cargo terminal in Gdynia, one of the biggest sea ports in Poland. The Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 crane is a welcome addition to the terminalís existing stock of cranes. The crane is suitable to handle different kind of dry bulk materials and is furthermore able to travel between two quays. This results in more flexibility during the unloading process and enables HES Gdynia to offer even better service to customers.
"Another HES terminal in the Port of Rotterdam already operates a Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane, and it has consistently demonstrated high performance and reliability," says Sonia Florczuk, Commercial Director of HES Gdynia. "Its low cost of ownership and long service life convinced us to invest also in a Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane in Poland. It was also customized for the challenging conditions on the quay at our Gdynia terminal."
The new crane will be a Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor crane in the four-rope variant G HMK 6508 B for continuous-duty bulk handling. It features a raised tower cabin for a better view on the vessel, and an extended chassis with an additional axle to cope with special quay loading requirements, a design already proven in other terminals. In addition to the eco-efficient diesel-electric drive, the crane is equipped with an external power supply, which boosts efficiency even more while also reducing local exhaust and noise emissions in the terminal.
"With this crane, we are continuing our success story of four-rope grab mobile harbor cranes for continuous-duty bulk handling," says Hans-Juergen Schneider, Regional Sales Manager for Konecranes Business Unit Mobile Harbor Cranes. "The deal also reflects the good momentum we have seen lately with Baltic Sea customers, who really appreciate our continuous-duty bulk handling capabilities and ability to specially outfit machines as needed."
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|Morocco s Tangier port to become Mediterranean s largest|
Morocco will open new terminals at Tanger Med port on Thursday, allowing it to surpass the Mediterranean s largest ports Algeciras and Valencia in terms of container capacity, and drive more investment and manufacturing to the country.
Tanger Med, the biggest port in Africa with an annual volume of 3.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2018, will add six million in capacity after its extension worth 1.3 billion euros, port director Rachid Houari said in an interview.
Morocco hopes the port, which offers a platform for exports by local production plants of French car makers such as Renault SA and Peugeot SA, will reach volumes of 4.5 million TEU by this year s end like Algeciras in southern Spain.
Authorities at the port on the western tip of the Mediterranean, just across from the Spanish coast, hope it can build on its role as a calling point for container shipping firms, especially between Asia, Africa and Europe.
"I hope we will add one million TEU of containers every year," said Houari. He declined to estimate future volumes, saying only the original terminal had reached 3.5 million TEU in just six years.
"Fingers crossed we will fill it up in six years," he said.
Some 90% of container volumes passing through the ports are transiting to other destinations, he said. The biggest market, with a 40% share, is West Africa, where Moroccan firms have heavily expanded to in recent years. Some 20% will go to Europe and 10% to the Americas.
Morocco invested 1 billion euros in the first terminal which has created some 6,000 jobs at the port and 70,000 others in a trade zone in the area, he said.
The port is about 50 kilometers west of Tangier, the main city in northern Morocco, allowing space for expansion.
Tangier also has a ferry terminal carrying some 40,000 people per day in the summer peak season as Moroccans living in Europe cross the Mediterranean.
The terminals are operated by APM Terminal, and owned by Denmark s Maersk, Germany s Eurogate and a local firm.
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|Faster cargo ship service starts on Yangtze River|
A fast cargo ship service on the Yangtze River waterway started to transport 350 standard containers from Yibin Port in southwestern Sichuan Province to Shanghai.
The ship will arrive at a port in Shanghai in 12 days, compared with about 20 days previously needed, by optimizing shipping schedules, and the transport cost will be significantly reduced, according to the Sichuan Yibin Port Group.
Upon arrival in the Shanghai port, the containers will be handled onto sea-going ships within 72 hours. The container loading and unloading time will also be shortened to improve the customs clearance efficiency for foreign trade goods.
The cargo ship route also links a southbound railway route from Sichuan to south Chinaís Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which connects waterway transportation in Yangtze River Economic Belt with freight routes along the Belt and Road.
Yibin Port is an important port on the Yangtze River, and a logistics hub for western China.
The Yangtze River Economic Belt consists of nine provinces and two municipalities that cover roughly one-fifth of China. It has a population of 600 million and generates more than 40 percent of the country s GDP.
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|Singapore: Mandatory Adoption of Mass Flow Metering System For Distillates Delivery In The Port Of Singapore From 1 July|
This circular is to remind the maritime community on the mandatory adoption of MPA-approved Mass Flow Metering (MFM) system for all distillates1bunker delivery in the Port of Singapore from 1 July 2019.This requirement was first promulgated on 10 May 2018 via Port Marine Circular (PMC) No. 04 of 2018.
2 Since 1 January 2017, MPA has mandated the use of the MFM system for Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) delivery in the Port of Singapore. With effect from 1 July 2019, it is also mandatory to use MPA-approved MFM systemfor all distillates bunker delivery.The delivered quantity of distillates to ocean-going ships stated in the Bunker Delivery Note shall bebased on the bunker tankerís MFM system as witnessed by the cargo officer, the chief engineer and bunker surveyor (if engaged).
3 All MPA licensed bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators, bunker surveying companies and bunker surveyors are reminded to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their bunker licences, and the requirements of the Technical Reference for Bunker MassFlow Metering (TR 48:2015) for bunker delivery by MFM in the Port of Singapore. MPA will take firm action against any licensee who has acted in contravention of their licences, including suspending or revoking their bunker licences, as appropriate.
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|APM Terminals marks opening of second terminal at MedPort Tangier|
APM Terminals second terminal in Morocco, MedPort Tangier was inaugurated this week. Part of the Tanger Med Port complex, it has an annual capacity of 5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalents).
With this new capacity, Morocco is establishing itself as one of the most important transshipment locations in the world. Tanger Med Port is already ranked as the leading African port and is amongst the world s top 50 container ports due to its prime location along key trade lanes and increasing cargo flows, to and from Africa.
The construction of the state-of-the-art APM Terminals MedPort Tangier facility took two years and a total investment of USD 800m. This new transshipment terminal is designed, constructed and operated by APM Terminals, and will join existing hub facilities servicing Maersk and its partners. Built utilizing the latest technology, the terminal is set to be one of the most efficient and safest in the world.
Morten H. Engelstoft, Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals commented: "APM Terminals has a long-term relationship with Morocco and we are proud to be operating the second container terminal in the Tanger Med Port complex. APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is a key junction in our global network allowing us to serve our customers better and further facilitate global trade."
The new facility will support Tanger Med Port to increase its annual throughput capacity to nine million TEUs, helping to improve Moroccan connectivity and further support global trade.
Morocco has seen GDP growth of 4.1% and has a positive outlook for containerized imports and exports with significant growth expected in the years to come. Approximately 200 cargo vessels pass through the Strait of Gibraltar daily, with major liner services linking Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. With a quay length of 1,200 meters and a draft of 16 to 18 metres, APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is able to facilitate the largest vessels.
APM Terminals MedPort Tangier is the second transhipment terminal established in the Tanger Med Port Complex. This unique facility is one of the most technologically advanced terminals in Africa and the world. With a capacity of 5 million TEUs, the terminal is well positioned to improve Morocco s connectivity and serve its economy
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