Tuesday, 30 April 2019
On April 24, 2019, at Hutchison Ports Thailand’s Terminal D, the first lot of three train cars for the MRT Blue Line were discharged from the M.V. ONE GRUS.
On April 24, 2019, at Hutchison Ports Thailand’s Terminal D, the first lot of three train cars for the MRT Blue Line were discharged from the M.V. ONE GRUS. The three train cars were discharged by ship-to-shore cranes equipped with special handling equipment with expert operators, while another three ship-to-shore cranes were operated by Terminal D’s new remote control system. The train car's dimensions measure 3.1 meters wide, 21.8 meters long and weighs of 37.7 metric tonnes. The three train cars were successfully discharged to low base trucks safely and accurately.
Monday, 29 April 2019
Container ship MSC SAMANTHA, IMO 9110377, dwt 68917, capacity 5551 TEU, built 1996, flag Panama, manager MSC.
Maritime and Crimean Shipping News
Two rival groups have lined up separate meetings today to discuss the Government’s plan to lease a section of Mombasa Port to State-owned Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL).As top Government officials brief Coast elected leaders on the deal at Nyali Beach Hotel, a section of the Dock Workers Union (DWU) opposed to the move will be at the Mombasa Women Hall.
DWU secretary general Simon Sang claims the move would lead to loss of 4,000 jobs at the port and it was not subjected to public participation.
Maritime and Shipping Affairs Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu and technical advisor to the presidential task force on blue economy Stanley Chai are among Government officials expected to brief the politicians. The task force is chaired by Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe.
Sources in both groups confirmed yesterday they were set for the meetings which are part of the lobbying for and against the plan.
“Elected leaders from the Coast region will attend the meeting where they will be briefed on the benefits of the lease of berth number 20 and 21 of the second container terminal. Those opposed to the arrangement are self-seekers,” said the Government source.
In the present status of KNSL, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) owns 53 per cent stake, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) through Heywood 33 per cent while German firms Unimar and DEG have seven per cent each.
In the deal, MSC is expected to employ about 2,000 seafarers to a high of about 52,000 in 10 years or 200,000 seafarers in 15 years and assist transform the port into a transshipment centre for the region.
Mr Sang however maintained they have valid reasons to raise concerns over the manner the deal was being cut by Government saying it was a ploy to sneak privatisation through the backdoor. He claimed the union was not consulted.
He said the meeting has received the support of four Coast legislators who were equally questioning the plan to hand over the Sh27 billion terminal to a shipping line. He named Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo, Paul Katana (Kaloleni), Ali Wario (Bura) and Abdulswamad Nassir of Mvita as the politicians backing him.
The union chairman Mohamed Sheria is leading another team of dockers’ officials working with Government and discounting the claim that the state was “selling” the port.
Sang insisted that section 16 of the Merchant Shipping Act disallows shipping lines from operating a terminal and that the current plan would not work unless the law was amended in Parliament.
In the deal, Government wants KNSL where Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has majority shareholding to run berth numbers 20 and 21 of the port which comprises the second container terminal.
MSC the second largest line at the port is a minority shareholder in KNSL having bought a stake in the corporation during a restructuring exercise 22 years ago.
Maersk Line, the biggest shipping line at the port, was handed preferential rights by KPA last year to the same berths 20 and 21 leading to the storm as KNSL is set to displace it.
Maritime experts argue that Maersk Line was earlier to market a shipping company to cargo owners around the world once it has dedicated berths where its ships could not be kept waiting.
Ministry of Transport experts explained that Kenyans will reap a lot from the KNSL deal since it will pay agreed fees to KPA to assist in repaying a loan for constructing the terminal as well as reap profit from the business.
Container ship APL DANUBE was towed from Suez to Sokhna, Egypt, after grounding and breakdown in Suez Canal on Apr 20. Reportedly, ship’s steering was seriously damaged by grounding. The ship is to be offloaded at Sokhna and after that, put under repairs. She was en route from Istanbul to Jeddah. See grounding report
Maritime and Crimean Shipping News
Sunday, 28 April 2019
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One person died as a major fire broke out in a mobile harbour crane in Haldia dock of the Kolkata port on Saturday, an official said.
The fire was noticed in the mobile harbour crane on berth no 13 where coal unloading was taking place.
A mobile harbour crane driver could not come down due to the blaze and he was rescued when he jumped on a safety net below.
However, he succumbed to injuries after he was taken to hospital, Kolkata Port Trust Chairman Vinit Kumar told PTI.
The berth is managed by a private operator and these high value cranes are huge structures used to load and unload cargo at much faster rate than normal cranes, sources said.
Seven fire tenders of the port, fire services and other companies of Haldia brought the blaze under control by noon.
The cause of fire is not yet known but it has caused major damage, the official said.