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|Uljanik Hands Over Discovery Ship Scenic Eclipse|
Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht that will be operated by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, has been delivered by bankrupt Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik.
The delivery of the hull 530, ordered by Malta-based PEC Limited, took place in Pula on July 26, Uljanik confirmed in a stock exchange filing.
Launched in January last year, Scenic Eclipse is able to accommodate 237 passengers and 172 crew members.
The ocean-going expedition ship is capable of sailing in polar waters as it has Polar Class 6 Cold DI.
With a length of 168 meters and a breadth of 21.5 meters, the newbuild features the latest environmentally-friendly technologies.
The delivery of the ship has been delayed due to financial issues Uljanik has been facing.
In January 2019, Scenic signed a letter of intent with a consortium of DIV/Fincantieri to collaborate on building ultra-luxury discovery yachts at Uljanik yards. The aim of the JV was also to focus on completing the 22,498 GT Scenic Eclipse.
Following the delivery, the newbuild is to embark on a maiden voyage scheduled for August 15, 2019. Scenic Eclipse is expected to depart Reykjavik, Iceland, on a 13-day discovery sailing ending in Quebec on August 27.
Scenic recently unveiled that the ship will be christened by Helen Mirren, an English actress and Academy Award winner, in New York on September 10, 2019.
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|Imports Fuel Port of Virginia s Record Fiscal Year 2019|
The Port of Virginia handled a record 2.9 million TEUs in fiscal year 2019, a result mainly driven by an increase in imports.
The result represents an increase of 4 percent when compared with last fiscal year.
The port s fiscal year closed June 30, and in that month the port handled 239,329 TEUs, which is an increase of nearly 7 percent when compared with last June. The port s volumes in the fourth quarter of FY19 have been increasing ahead of the arrival of peak cargo season.
"We finished the fiscal year in positive territory - our fifth consecutive fiscal year of growth," John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority, said.
"Our import loads were up more than five percent, truck volume was up almost four percent and barge volume was up nearly ten percent. All of this was accomplished while we were under construction at VIG (Virginia International Gateway) and NIT (Norfolk International Terminals) and it was done with a continuous emphasis of safety."
Reinhart noted that the port was processing that volume with greater efficiency because of the completion of a major upgrade at VIG.
John G. Milliken, the chairman of the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners, said the success of FY19 must also be looked at from the perspective of how the port managed its growth as construction progressed.
"During construction our focus was on efficiency, delivery of service, maintaining our business and then timing growth with the completion of work at VIG," Milliken said.
"There were times of the year when we purposefully controlled our growth because we did not want volumes to get beyond our capabilities, which meant we had to be strategic in our use of Portsmouth Marine Terminal. Our strategy worked."
The expansion at Norfolk International Terminals is progressing as planned, Reinhart added.
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|K Line Receives Second Corona-Class Unit in One Month|
Japanese ship owner Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has received its second Corona-class coal carrier in a single month.
The 88,000 dwt Corona Zenith was handed over to K Line by Imabari Shipbuilding s Marugame Shipyard on July 25.
The other unit in the class delivered this month, Corona Dynamic, was built by Oshima Shipbuilding.
The Corona-series have a wide beam and a shallow draft, making them suitable to enter ports of domestic thermal power stations to discharge cargo.
Featuring a length of 229.9 meters and a beam of 38 meters, the Corona Zenith has a full draft of 13.9 meters.
The July 25 delivery brought the number of Corona-series ships in K Line s fleet to 22.
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|Dubrovnik Port Authority installs air quality monitoring system|
The Dubrovnik Port Authority has taken a huge step in order to monitor the quality of the environment and the air of the busiest cruise ship ports in Croatia.
Given the ever more frequent topics related to environmental protection, air pollution, the sea, the land and their causes, and just who and indeed what is "guilty" an air quality measuring station has been installed at the Port of Dubrovnik.
As part of the Inter-PASS Intermodal Interconnection between ports and airports, a project approved by the INTERREG ADRION program, an ECO measuring station was acquired for the purpose of monitoring air quality, relative humidity, atmospheric air, air temperature, nitrogen oxide and monoxide concentrations, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, UV index with display results on the screen and atmospheric conditions in the Port of Dubrovnik.
The device was set up at the beginning of 2019 in the Dubrovnik Port Authority, in co-operation with Croatia Telecom d.d., and the results are now visible. The total value of the project was 1.49 million Euro and is under the control of Hrvoje Kulusic, the assistant Director for Operations, Development and Maintenance.
Over the next few days, the data will be visible on the web site of the Dubrovnik Port Authority, which will allow visitors to see the current status indicators and to monitor the quality of air in the port.
"Environmental protection is of the highest value to the Dubrovnik Port Authority and we are working to fully orientate all our efforts in this direction," stated the Port of Dubrovnik. Adding that "preserving the quality of the environment, with rational use of natural resources, is one of the most pressing problems of further technological or economic development of the country. The main goals can be qualified as prevention of pollution of the seas, coasts and a more secure environment for citizens and visitors."
The Dubrovnik Port Authority has aligned all its regulations and plans to fall in line with regulations related to ecological standards and norms and is in the step with the world s leading environmental protection measures and principles.
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|GT USA Wilmington Marks Successful Implementation of New Terminal Operating System|
GT USA Wilmington has announced the successful implementation of an Integrated Port Operating System (IPOS), to upgrade and optimize the IT system for the future development of the port. The system was deployed over recent months at the Port of Wilmington with employees and customers receiving end-user and user acceptance training, with outstanding results being registered. The system upgrade is already enhancing GT Wilmington’s operating processes and customer service by improving job orders, vehicle routing processes for container pickup/delivery, the optimization of layout and travel distances within the terminal and integration with customer systems for complete visibility throughout the supply chain.
The resulting efficiencies to key operational processes are allowing the company to boost terminal productivity and improve service quality, enabling the business to identify and solve potential problems before they occur. Eric Casey, CEO of GT USA Wilmington said: "I"d like to congratulate everyone involved in the roll out of the IPOS system. Everyone came together to ensure that the go-live was completed on its scheduled date with no glitches.
The implementation of IPOS reiterates GT Wilmington’s continued commitment to improving operational systems for a better customer experience. The roll out of the IPOS is the first step in our technology transformation strategy and having this new system at the heart of terminal operations will play a crucial role in boosting our overall performance; we are enhancing efficiency and productivity while adding substantial value for our customers. Most importantly, vessels arriving at our port will benefit from the considerable reduction in wait times that comes with synchronized operations."
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|Australian antitrust watchdog raises concerns on Graincorp-ANZ Terminals deal|
Australia s competition regulator on Thursday expressed concern over the proposed acquisition by ANZ Terminals of Graincorp s (GNC.AX) Australian bulk liquid terminals unit, potentially delaying the agribusiness firm s restructuring efforts.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said that the acquisition would likely remove a significant competitor in what it saw as an already concentrated industry.
Graincorp, Australia s largest-listed grain handler, said in March it planned to sell GrainCorp Liquid Terminals Australia to ANZ Terminals for an enterprise value of A$350 million ($244 million).
Both ANZ Terminals and GrainCorp provide port-side bulk liquid storage services to store liquids including edible oils, tallow, non-flammable industrial chemicals and base oils for customers.
The ACCC said the proposed acquisition could result in higher prices for customers, and also raised concerns regarding the entry of new players in the market.
Graincorp said it noted the statement and would continue to work closely with the ACCC on transaction.
The watchdog said it would make a final decision by Oct. 17.
Graincorp unveiled plans in April to separate in two, spinning off and listing its global malting unit and restructuring its grain business, whose earnings have been hit by drought.
In May, asset manager Long-Term Asset Partners (LTAP) withdrew a A$2.4 billion takeover bid for Graincorp after conducting due diligence.
Shares of GrainCorp were down 2.8% in morning trade, compared with a 0.2% higher broader market .
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|As Chennai Port Trust hikes user-charges, trade in a tizzy|
The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has proposed a stiff increase in user charges for vessel, cargo and marine. This move has upset the trade which claims that with severe competition from neighbouring Kamarajar, Katuppalli and Krishnapatnam ports, the rates need to be reduced.
ChPT is looking into their concerns.
Its chairman P Raveendran said, "We are having consultations. We will address their concerns surely. We may consider some changes in our proposal after consultation if required."
The ChPT has proposed a 20 per cent increase in vessel-related charges (VRC) for petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) and crude vessels, and a 10 per cent increase for RoRo, passenger and non-cargo vessels. Charges for container and general cargo vessels have been left untouched.
It has also proposed 20 per cent increase in marine charges such as hire of tugs and mooring crew, according to Revision of Scale of Rates (SoR)-2019 circulated by ChPT to port users. The SoR is effected once in three years with the existing rate due for revision from April 1, 2019. However, the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) had extended the validity up to August 30 or till the revision of SoR, whichever is earlier.
The Chennai & Ennore Ports Steamer Agents’ Association said the proposed VRC is very high, which will have a greater impact on owners/trade with freight levels yet to improve.
G Raghu Shankar, Chairman, Logistics Committee, Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the Chennai port (which in 2018-19 handled 53 million tonnes of cargo) for the first time is facing challenges from neighbouring facilities that are threatening to penetrate a monopoly enjoyed for a long time. It would have been a prudent business decision if ChPT proposed a scaling down of SoR for the time being though it may require large explanations internally to reach such a bold initiative, he said.
The increase in VRC for RoRo vessels means 14.26 per cent after considering WPI based escalation of 4.26 per cent effective May 1, 2019. This could literally drive away business, he said. Port dues, pilotage and berth hire will all go up by 14.46 per cent and the cumulative effective could be crippling to the industry. The auto sector is already facing tough challenges. The increase is ill timed, he added.
The proposed 10 per cent increase in cereal, pulses, sugar, food items needs a rethink as these are essential commodities with direct impact on inflation and economy, he said.
The ChPT has also proposed stevedoring and clearing and forwarding charges are for a composite rate for on board labour of cargo in comparison with time-rate wages, general levy and piece rate presently being paid. In composite rate there is absolutely no incentive for the stevedore to achieve higher productivity, said Ishwar Achanta, President, Chennai Port Stevedores Association.
With many stevedores already having all in, annual, rate contracts, this is an abnormal hike, which no port in India must have proposed which no stevedore can afford to absorb, he said.
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|Guangzhou to build world s first automated parallel container quay|
Guangzhou plans to build the world’s first automated unmanned parallel container quay for the fourth phase construction of the Nansha area of Guangzhou Port by 2021.
The fourth phase includes construction of four 100,000-metricton ship berths and 122,000-ton lighter berths. It will provide an innovative solution for handling and transport automation through automated quay cranes for container handling and automated rail-mounted gantry cranes.
Nansha will also use water-to-water transportation to replace road transportation in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment, said Chen Zhiyi, deputy general economist of Guangzhou Port Group Co Ltd.
With the fourth phase completed and put into operation by 2021, the total Nansha area of Guangzhou Port will be able to handle 20 million TEUs a year
After the construction is completed, the unmanned container transportation will be powered by lithium batteries to achieve zero emissions and make Nansha a world-standard green port.
So far, Guangzhou Port has 108 foreign trade routes and 45 domestic ones. Nansha alone has 102 foreign trading routes, mainly with economies involved in the Belt and Road Initiative including those in Africa and Southeast Asia, said Chen.
In recent years, Guangzhou Port has seen a steady growth in its container throughput capacity, Chen added. In 2018, the entire container throughput reached 21.92 million twenty-foot equivalent units, up 7.6 percent year-on-year.
From January to June, the Nansha area of Guangzhou Port achieved container throughput of more than 8 million TEUs, up 6.8 percent year-on-year. In the same period, Guangzhou Port’s container throughput totaled 10.16 million TEUs, up 9.7 percent year-on-year.
The area is the most important quay for containers, accounting for more than 70 percent of the total container capacity of Guangzhou Port, said Mo Zhiping, deputy general engineer of Guangzhou Port Group.
With the fourth phase completed and put into operation by 2021, the total Nansha area of Guangzhou Port will be able to handle 20 million TEUs a year.
According to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as China s economy and trade continues to grow, demand for container transportation in most Chinese ports will maintain a healthy growth, particularly in Shanghai, Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, Guangzhou, and Qingdao in Shandong province.
In May, Guangzhou Port signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei to accelerate the integration of 5G and smart ports.
Li Kewu, a ports expert with Huawei Technologies, suggested that the digital transformation of ports, convenient services, and an open and collaborative business environment will be key elements for increasing ports competitiveness.
"In terms of digitalization, Guangzhou Port already has a solid foundation. By becoming more intelligent, it has also increased investment," Li said. "As competition increases, Guangzhou Port will hopefully become a leader among intelligent ports worldwide."
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|A comprehensive approach to optimum maintenance|
Equipment issues can be resolved before they arise if a fleet is able to communicate automatically with its maintenance team. This is already possible today, and it will become even more common in the future. Kalmar is prepared for the rapid coming changes.
Admittedly, the idea of preventive maintenance is brilliant, but it’s not a new idea. Maintenance checks have been scheduled based on operating time or mileage for quite some time. It is, however, safe to say that preventive maintenance is undergoing a radical transformation, starting with how data are gathered.
"We fit all our new mobile equipment with connectivity hardware. This means that forklift trucks and other machines can send data automatically to a cloud app while they are operating," says Timo Elo, Sales Manager at Kalmar Services. According to Elo, automatic data collection will help maintenance staff schedule service based on real-time data and respond to problems even before they arise - and could become acute.
"It will be easier than ever to plan maintenance and schedule maintenance work as to have minimal impact on customer operations."
Elo points out that connectivity hardware can also be retro-fitted to existing Kalmar equipment, and even to other manufacturers equipment, so that the entire fleet can be managed with the same system.
"Connectivity has been possible for a while already, but it s only recently that it has become clearly cost-effective."
TIme-based to condition-based maintenance
The typical data collected from equipment include the number of moves and running hours. They offer very useful information, but why not collect more, and more varied data, at the same time? Teemu Tapio, who manages contracts at Kalmar Services, agrees. He looks daily at a future where preventive maintenance becomes predictive maintenance. In the predictive mode, maintenance tasks will be based on the condition of the equipment rather than the run time.
"For example, data on temperature and battery consumption may indicate a drag on the brakes. Or, data on location and vibration could point to a pothole on the route that would in time shorten the lifespan of the machine," Tapio says.
The good news is that all of this data can already be collected by the newest Kalmar equipment.
Kalmar Insight - overview of the entire fleet
Whatever data are collected may prove invaluable to various users - but only if they have easy access to it.
"The performance management tool, Kalmar Insight, offers an overview of the use and condition of the fleet in the terminal or the industrial plant. It presents real-time data on each piece of equipment,” Elo says. He thinks Kalmar Insight will boost both maintenance and operations.
"All equipment can be tracked, and past events can be played back visually when searching for bottlenecks in the operation."
Digital tools boost Kalmar services and customer operations
When a terminal or industrial plant outsources fleet maintenance to Kalmar, equipment data will be analysed by Kalmar’s maintenance staff.
"Actually, our internal maintenance management system offers possibilities for automatic analyses that trigger alerts and service notifications. These will then be processed by our back office staff who will decide on the best plan of action," Tapio says.
When a service order is scheduled, the maintenance management system produces a list of needed spare parts. Afterwards, when the maintenance technician ticks off the completed job on his mobile app, the system will automatically update the service plan for that specific machine.
"Our customers can view these service plans on their own Kalmar Insight tools, where they can also make service notifications and monitor maintenance actions," Tapio adds.
Elo expects that internal process development at Kalmar will make a notable difference to customers.
"Digital tools enable us to provide fast and high-quality maintenance services and thus help our customers increase their fleet availability and operational performance," Elo says.
Looking into the future of a fleet
Tapio finds it challenging to differentiate between existing and future maintenance concepts as new features arise constantly and customers adopt them at different times.
"What I know for sure is that Kalmar maintenance services continue to develop fast and they will definitely look different even a year from now."
Tapio says the massive flow of data will offer new ways to predict the future of a fleet and to optimise a fleet to a specific type of operations to extend its life span, enhance performance and generate greater cost-efficiency. "We are constantly learning more about how collected data reflects the use and surroundings of the equipment. Visualisation of the data opens up opportunities to identify, for example, bottlenecks in the operations and take corrective action."
In the end, the data will help Kalmar deliver both better maintenance and more durable and efficient machines.
"Our main goal is to help our customers optimise their operations while we make sure their fleet is maintained at peak performance and operating at all times," Elo says.
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