• 2012 July 18 19:13

    ICTSI expects concession agreement for Nigerian port in August

    International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), which has proven to be the trailblazer in the Philippines and abroad, invests $ 300 million for the container terminal in Nigeria and express interest to bid for Davao port, PNA  reports.
    ICTSI Chairman and President Enrique K. Razon Jr. said ICTSI is pursuing the ongoing privatization opportunities in Africa.
    A number of African countries has been opening up their gateway ports to privatization.
    “We are now negotiating the final concession agreement for container terminal in Nigeria. It’s a sub-concession with Tolaram group, having a joint venture with the Nigerian Ports Authority,” Razon said.
    “We hope to finalize the concession agreement in August. Investments amount to $ 300 million,” he added.
    The African region provides good opportunity for growth and ICTSI is bent on participating in such growth.
    In the country, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) plans to bid out the Davao port also known as Sasa Wharf.
    PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana said the Davao port modernization project is submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) board's Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) for approval.
    “We will have it bid,” Sta. Ana said.
    “We want to bid. We don’t want no bidding,” Razon stressed.
    ICTSI’s subsidiary, the Davao Integrated Port Stevedoring Service Corporation (DIPSSCOR), handles the cargo handling of the said port.
    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) prepared the Terms of Reference for the port’s privatization.
    PPA Davao said volume growth at Sasa wharf is at a rate of seven to 10 percent every year for the last eight years.
    The Port of Davao has a total cargo throughput of 5.194 million metric tons in 2010.
    Shipping lines such as American President Lines (APL) and Maersk Lines are pushing for the port privatization due to congestion.
    The vessels average waiting time before discharging at the port is around 40 hours and they spend extra time, tantamount to additional bunker fuel cost.
    ICTSI is also preparing the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)’s berth 7 in case of accelerated growth in Manila.
    “Despite our expansion overseas, we remain bullish on the Philippines and it will always be our priority. And when the time comes for even brisker Philippine trade, the MICT will be ready with berth 7,” said Razon.
    “We’re looking at spending around P3.5 billion to P4 billion for berth 7, because we see continuous growth,” he added.
    ICTSI is also promoting heavily on its Subic port to be able to entice more shippers to use its new container terminals 1 and 2 (NCT1 and NCT2) with combined capacity of 600,000 TEUs.
    Businessmen said in order to increase the cargo traffic in Subic and Batangas port, PPA must issue a policy to shift foreign cargoes from the Port of Manila to Batangas or Subic.
    Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI Vice President and MICT general manager, said ICTSI makes sure that the necessary capacity in ports they operate are in placed.
    “If Subic port grows, we will be there and we will bring the capacity. We don’t make two ports, MICT and Subic compete against each other. The market will drive where the volume goes,” he said.
    Razon said “MICT will serve the cargo traffic volume in Manila, but you have markets in Central Luzon and Southern Luzon for Subic, which they hope to grow as well.”

2018 March 17

06:48 Seatrade convicted for trafficking toxic ships

2018 March 16

18:06 Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
17:36 HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai handles new record ship
17:05 ICS publishes latest Flag State Performance Table
16:51 Vladimir Putin inspected the completed new road section of the Crimean Bridge
16:35 Wison successfully delivers the global largest single cracking furnace module
16:20 GTT announces the end of the test phase of its new LNG brick® technology
16:05 Fincantieri starts building of ultra-luxury cruise ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
15:30 Caterpillar Marine announces first European IMO Tier III tugboat
15:03 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 67% to 4.3 million tonnes in 2M’18
14:39 Port of Hamburg proves effectiveness in handling mega-carriers
14:05 Training for port facility security staff arranged in the Dominican Republic
13:42 Multipurpose Reloading Complex takes lead in the industry
13:20 Karachi Shipyards & Engineering Works delivers two Damen Stan Patrol 1605 FRP patrol boats to Pakistan Customs
13:17 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
12:51 52 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 15-16
12:28 Seaports of Russia’s Azov Sea Basin handled 16.77 million tonnes of cargo in winter 2017-2018, up 63.8% Y-o-Y
12:04 Latin America maritime cooperation centre launched
11:40 Vympel Shipyard laid down second armament support ship of Project 20360М for RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:15 Vostochny Port JSC develops railway infrastructure under its Phase 3 project (photo)
10:52 IMO joined leading oil spill experts to discuss future issues concerning oil spill preparedness, response and restoration
10:27 Brent Crude futures price down 0.11% to $65.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $61.16
10:09 Panama Canal signs agreement with Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso
09:48 IMO is looking at safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships
09:34 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,150 points
09:03 Damen unveils Multi Cat Water Injection Dredger

2018 March 15

18:25 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
18:11 ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table (with new criteria included)
18:05 Fincantieri will cooperate with Barzan Holdings
17:57 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2M’18 up 16% Y-o-Y to 2.32 million tonnes
17:35 Second Sanmar Voith Schneider Propeller tug joins sister in Israel
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg up 19% to 197,800 tonnes in 2M’18
17:05 Seaspan acquires Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC
17:02 MABUX: global bunker market still in 'wait-and-see' mood
16:35 DP World announces strong financial results for 2017
16:16 Throughput of port Vysotsk down 5% to 3.06 million tonnes in 2M’18
16:05 ECSA and WSC call for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive to improve the efficiency of maritime transport
15:39 Port of Oakland imports up 14.9 percent in February 2018
15:31 Sanmar orders 42 Rolls-Royce thrusters
15:22 Coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka to be completed in August 2019
15:07 Port of Dover awards major contract for new Refrigerated Cargo Terminal
14:33 Yang Ming to launch new Japan-Malaysia-Vietnam direct service
14:11 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2M’18 down 32% Y-o-Y to 7.47 million tonnes
13:50 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 6% to 16.59 million tonnes in 2M'18
13:25 VARD secures contract for the construction of one fishing vessel for Remøybuen AS
13:12 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 11% to 9.01 million tonnes in 2M’18
12:30 Paweł Jakubowski appointed as President of Polskie LNG S.A. Management Board
11:45 Freeport of Riga is getting ready for new cruise ship season
11:44 MOL announces delivery of the Beluga Ace, 1st next-generation FLEXIE series car carrier
11:23 34 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
11:00 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:38 Marine Recruiting Agency and Corporate University “Norilsk Nickel” take on joint educational project
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.05% to $64.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $61.03
09:49 Arctic Council will gather in Levi, Finland on 22-23 March 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,169 points

2018 March 14

18:26 Port of Antwerp sets up maritime training institute in Brazil
18:06 Port of Oakland releases a new 5-year strategic plan
17:55 Baltic Workboats delivers ten more 15m Baltic wave piercing pilot boats to Denmark pilots stations
17:36 Fincantieri upgrades ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit