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|Carnival Bolsters Fleet Capacity in China|
Carnival Corporation & plc has revealed plans to add two more ships to its China fleet in 2016, making it the first global cruise company with six total ships based in China.
The move will increase Carnival Corporation’s total capacity in China by an additional 58 percent in 2016.
Carnival Corporation’s fleet of six China-based ships will include expanded offerings from its two brands in the market – Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises – that are each adding one new ship to meet growing cruise demand in China.
Across the two brands, Carnival Corporation will have three year-round ships and three seasonal ships in the market, representing the largest cruise presence in China in 2016. Together, the Costa and Princess brands will potentially offer about four million passenger cruise days in 2016.
Princess Cruises said it would send its Golden Princess ship to northern China in 2016, sailing out of Tianjin on a seasonal basis, with itineraries visiting a variety of desirable destinations in northern Asia.
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|Port of Townsville Eyes Double Capacity|
Queensland Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the investment would enable another two million tonnes of product to go through the port every year.
“This AUD 55 million investment will deliver economic benefits to Townsville and it demonstrates the need to keep vital assets such as this in public hands”, the minister said.
The Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Berth 4 upgrade would create about 100 jobs during construction.
“It will provide jobs when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” she said.
“The investment will enable access for larger vessels and also deliver a 20 per cent increase in total tonnage throughput.”
A landside cargo handling area would also be built and the intermodal transfer of cargo for road and rail will be enhanced.
The upgrade means Berth 4 will be able to receive Panamax-size 4,500 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels, enhancing the efficiency of container handling operations.
Port of Townsville chief executive Ranee Crosby said Townsville aimed to be an even more efficient and competitive container and general cargo port.
“The port is the major transport link for agriculture and resources commodities from northern Australia to Asia,” she said.
“This latest investment will help Townsville deliver frequent and direct services to international markets, providing our customers with reliable and efficient infrastructure to handle their cargo.”
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|Grup TCB signs purchase of Castellon Multipurpose Terminal|
Grup TCB, a company involved in the design and management of port terminals, has signed the definitive acquisition of the Castellón Multipurpose Terminal (TPC) after the competent authorities, including the Port Authority of Castellón, agreed to the purchase.
Grup TCB has appointed Victor Muñoz (pictured) as CEO of the new company. Mr Muñoz, a captain of the Spanish Merchant Navy with a doctorate in nautical engineering from the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), has a long history within the organisation.
In his 21 years at Grup TCB, he has led several projects, including the implementation of the Paranaguá Terminal (assistant to general management between 2000 and 2002), Director of Operations at Grup TCB between 2007 and 2009 and CEO of TCBuen (Colombia) between 2010 and 2014.
“We came to Castellón with the aim of enhancing the growth prospects of the terminal thanks to a strong commitment to its competitiveness,” he said.
Grup TCB agreed the operation last April with the owners of the terminal, after completing negotiations with the majority shareholder, Globalvia. With this acquisition, the company consolidates its leadership on the Mediterranean coast, where it owns the maritime and railway terminals of Barcelona and Valencia.
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|Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver announce funding for shore power for container vessels|
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta- Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and Port Metro Vancouver President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Silvester announced funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals.
Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and thereby turn off their diesel engines while in port. Also present for the announcement were partners BC Hydro, Global Container Terminals – operators of Deltaport terminals – and DP World Vancouver, operators of Vancouver s Centerm.
Port Metro Vancouver was the first port in Canada to implement shore power for cruise ships, and since 2009, over 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been avoided. The use of shore power at Port Metro Vancouver container terminals will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to Canada s emissions reduction targets, and assist Port Metro Vancouver in reaching targets under the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, a collaboration between Port Metro Vancouver and the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, to reduce emissions in the shared Puget Sound – Georgia Basin airshed. Shore power will also ease the impacts of growing Canadian trade on communities by reducing generator noise associated with the auxiliary engines of container vessels while in port.
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|Shippers Council, Customs Inaugurate C ttee On Dry Ports Projects|
The Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have inaugurated a technical committee tasked with the responsibility of fine-tuning areas of collaboration towards the realisation of Inland Container Depots (ICDs) projects in Nigeria.
The 10-man committee was formally inaugurated yesterday by the comptroller-general of Customs Abdullahi Dikko, supported by the executive secretary of the NSC, Hassan Bello.
The terms of reference handed the committee include: to examine the draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ICD concessionaires and the NCS in accordance with the relevant provisions.
The committee is also to develop a workable roadmap for effective release and smooth flow of ICD bound cargoes to and from the country’s seaports and recommend applicable software for use and adoption by the ICD concessionaires and operators at the respective dry ports.
Furthermore, the committee is tasked with developing possible cargo traffic and viability of the ports as well as any other issues considered relevant to the assignment.
Speaking at the meeting, Bello said the ICDs would be at six different locations across the country adding that Customs could lead the way in its implementation and assign international cargo to the ports.
“The ICDs will be just like every other seaport, the only difference will be that there will be no water, this will help to decongest seaports and boost the economy of the areas they are to be located.
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|Pilot project in Gladstone aiming to enhance Seafarers welfare|
A new Port Welfare Committee has been established in Gladstone to develop a collaborative and holistic approach to providing assistance and support to seafarers residing in or visiting the Port of Gladstone.
The pilot project is a worldwide initiative of the International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) and funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, and is focused on improving the welfare services and support made available to seafarers when they call in at different ports around the world.
The project is managed by the staff of the UK Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in both operating and setting up welfare boards, known locally as ‘Port Welfare Committees’.
Currently, the Gladstone Mission to Seafarers looks after visiting Seafarers by providing fellowship and important services including transport services, and access to computers, shopping and internet.
The Gladstone Port Welfare Committee (PWC) seeks to supplement and build on the service provided by the Mission to Seafarers, by providing a forum in which representatives from organisations that deal with the welfare of seafarers can meet to discuss and coordinate their actions.
PWCs bring together representatives from the local maritime community to support and improve Seafarers’ welfare facilities and services.
Now that the Port Welfare Committee has been established, the PWC will meet regularly to discuss and resolve Seafarers’ welfare issues with harbour masters, port health inspectors, shipping agents, unions, local authorities and voluntary organisations that provide a wide range of welfare services and facilities including Seafarers’ centres with Wi-Fi, transport, ship and hospital visits.
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