• 2008 January 29 07:35

    Kingston is number one Caribbean box port

    Containerization International 2006 has ranked Jamaica's Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) as the number one facility among the Caribbean's top 23 container terminals.
    These rankings have been based on total container throughput in TEUs per year.
    Reports have pointed out how the region's top three container ports are being managed by global operators instead of Caribbean-based ports or companies.
    One report said that this is “reflective of the infiltration of globalization.”
    A shipping superintendent Portworld spoke to however praised the benefits of privatization and said that having major players would mean “more funding, more calls, more connectivity and ultimately more efficiency.”
    KCT is run by Maersk's APM Terminals BV. while the second best Caribbean container facility, Freeport Container Port in the Bahamas, is being run by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH).
    Third-ranked Port of Spain in Trinidad is being managed by the UK's Portia Management Services Ltd. and sixth-placed Caucedo Container Port in the Dominican Republic is run by DP World.
    A report from the Drewry Shipping Consultants had calculated that only four companies handle some 30% of total worldwide container traffic.
    These four companies are PSA, APM Terminals, HPH and DP World.
    Calculated in reference to equity per TEU, given PSA's acquisition of 20% of Hutchison, PSA topped the league with 41.2 million TEUs (old figures, PSA handled 58.85 million TEUs in 2007) or 9.3% of the global total.
    In second place was APM Terminals with 32.4 million TEUs or 7.4%, followed by Hutchison with 30.8 million TEUs or 7%.
    DP World was in fourth place with a 5.9% share.
    Statistics show the four biggest operators are pulling away from their smaller rivals, with facilities owned by fifth-placed Evergreen only handling 8.1 million TEUs, representing a market share of 1.8%.
    According to the Drewry report, however, local terminal operators are often just as efficient as their global rivals.
    It said that however performance was measured – throughput per quay metre, TEU per ship-to-shore gantry or TEU per hectare - global operators were “no better or worse than local operators.”
    “The research shows that it is frequently the case that a well-run local terminal operator can perform at the same level as a global operator located in the same region,” said Neil Davidson, director of research for ports at Drewry.

2016 February 6

09:41 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of two time charter agreements
09:30 MOL enhances CSW Service between Asia and East Coast South America
08:20 Klaipeda Seaport cargo handling turnover up by 5,1 pct. to 3,16 mln tn in January of 2016
08:08 CMA CGM announces new Djibouti call on MEX1 and a new Jeddah call on MEX2
08:06 Crowley christens LNG-ready product tanker
08:05 FESCO to begin supplying the Argentine Research Stations in Antarctica
08:02 Damen ASD 2810 delivered to Corima

2016 February 5

20:05 Aleksandr Romanov elected as Chairman of Murmansk Sea Fishing Port BoD
19:19 Bronka port holds an open house for businesses
18:07 DEME participates in new EU consortium for deepsea harvesting of polymetallic nodules
18:02 Goliath-type crane installed by Jiangnan Shipyard Group for construction of Chinese aircraft carrier (photo)
17:55 Damen delivers cable installer to Maersk Supply Service
17:13 Repair dock for large capacity vessels put into operation in Nakhodka (photo)
16:25 Closer cooperation between the Nordic countries and Estonia in digitalisation of transport services
15:38 Ferry ship «Petersburg» berthed at Passenger Port of St. Petersburg for winter lay-up
14:59 Maritime Economy as a Smart Specialisation of Poland’s Pomeranian Region
14:31 New cold storage unit put into servise at the Port of Gdansk
14:00 Icebreaker escort services in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland provided to 12 vessels
13:12 Colombo Port container volume up by 3.6% to 197,228 TEUs in January 2016
12:31 CMA CGM announces GRR from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
12:11 Diana Shipping announces agreement to acquire three Panamax vessels
11:31 Port of Antwerp agrees partnership with Commercial Bank of China
11:06 Briggs Marine orders the versatile Damen Multi Cat 2712
10:48 Diesel-electric ship «Vasiliy Golovnin» (FESCO) delivered 6,000 t of general cargo to Argentine Research Stations in Antarctica
10:31 Bunker prices are still high at the port of St. Petersburg (graph)
10:07 Brent Crude futures price down 0.45% to $34.30, Light Sweet Crude - down 0.16% to $31.67
09:50 Rosmorport announces tender for dredging at Volga-Caspian Seaway Canal
09:29 Baltic Dry Index down to 298 points
09:14 Throughput of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) down 6% to 224,000 t in Jan'16

2016 February 4

20:16 Expert predicts further bunker market volatility
18:36 Prosafe posts Q4 2015 and full year results
18:06 Safe Bulkers accepted a signed offer Letter from DNB to amend a credit facility
17:36 TTS Group ASA secures several contracts for cranes, cargo access and other ships equipment
17:06 CLdN starts service between Zeebrugge and the Port of Hirtshals
16:30 Kalmar delivers 27 straddle carriers to Maher Terminals LLC in Elizabeth, New Jersey
16:13 APM Terminals Mumbai introduces solar power
15:56 Upgraded dock for NPS repairs at SRC Zvezdochka will welcome its first ship in June 2016
15:27 AAL delivers first cargo shipments for Puerto La Cruz refinery project
15:04 Qatargas receives Goal Zero Award in recognition of its safety performance
14:47 IFO-180 НS prices go up at the port of Vladivostok (graph)
14:20 BoD of Port Vysotsky LLC appoints Andrei Ruchjev as its Chairman (photo)
14:01 Foltz to step down after 12 years of service to the Georgia Ports Authority
13:31 Inchcape Shipping Services advises a new 24 hour general strike in Greece on 4 February
13:01 CMA CGM implements GRR from Middle East to North Europe, Scandinavia, Baltic, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Africa, Central America-Caribbean and South America
12:45 Icebreaker escort services in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland provided to 15 vessels
12:31 Experts team up to launch MacGregor's technology-leading fibre-rope crane
12:12 UN Secretary-General visits IMO
11:41 Swiber completes Platform and Subsea Pipeline Installation Project in South America
11:30 ABB technology to help vessels operate safely 5 kilometers below sea level
11:21 ABS publishes Guidance Notes on the Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations
11:02 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port up 15.6% to 664,000 t in Jan'16
10:40 Servicemen of Kamchatka Marine communication company passed naval landing course at Pacific Fleet training center
10:39 Damen Shipyards Group completes construction contract comprising two ECSD 650 dredgers for Canadian oil sands industry (photo)
10:33 Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan Heavy Industries collaborate in localizing main equipment for offshore plants
10:17 Brent Crude futures price up 1.30% to $35.47, Light Sweet Crude - up 1.25% $32.70
09:59 Thoughput at Murmansk Fishing Port up 23.5% to 22,000 tonnes
09:38 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga, Leningrad region) transferred RUB 139.6 mln for development of its production capacities
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 303 points

2016 February 3

18:36 Cargotec's CFO Eeva Sipilä to leave the company
18:06 Topaz fleet reaches 100 vessels with the addition of new anchor handler "Mamlaka"