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Shanghai handles record number of containers in July

PostTime:2022-08-09 07:14:49 View:7

THE Port of Shanghai is reporting a new monthly record for the total number of containers moving through, reports Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive. The volume growth comes as the port recovered from earlier Covid crisis lockdowns and from the new surge in volume across many of China's largest container ports. The Shanghai International Port Group declared it handled 4.3 million TEU in July. It compares with a previous record of 4.2 million TEU in October 2020. On average, the port handled 3.93 million TEU a month in 2021. Seeking to give a sense of the magnitude of the volume, the Chinese media highlighted that Shanghai handled 140,000 TEU daily in July. The Shengdong International Container Terminal also reported a new monthly record of 840,000 TEU. July's volume is 16 per cent over July 2021 and 13 per cent ahead of June. The port worked in June to catch up after May's lockdown, including restrictions on inter-city trucking. Shanghai has handled 26.85 million TEU in 2022, putting it at a rate similar to the port's monthly average in 2021. Shanghai was ranked as the world's busiest container port for 12 years running since China launched an effort in 2010 to expand the port operations. The China Ports & Harbour Association reports overall solid growth in port operations in 2022. There was growth at eight of the 10 largest coastal ports.  

Port of Nansha runs fully automated container terminal

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GUANGZHOU's Port of Nansha has opened the first terminal in the Pearl River Delta with automated gantry cranes and self-driving trucks, reports the American Journal of Transportation. The new terminal has a designed annual throughput capacity of 4.9 million TEU. The annual container throughput of the entire Nansha port is expected to exceed 24 million TEU. The terminal is part of the fourth phase of the modernisation project at the Port of Nansha which will combine multimodal services related to sea, river and railway service in the area, according to Guangzhou Port Group (GPG). The fourth phase of the port also includes four 100,000-tonne berths and supporting container barge berths. Construction of the new terminal began in late 2018, having integrated advanced technologies such as Beidou navigation, 5G communications, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. "The terminal, which features smart and independent operations and low-carbon emissions, has contributed to the promotion of automated wharf technology," said GPG chairman Li Yibo. Mr Li added that with the onset of operations, the new terminal will be integrated with the Nansha port's other terminals to form a specialised and large-scale terminal cluster, helping to greatly improve the port's handling capacity. Nansha's state of the art automated terminal complements their new international logistics facility that offers both dry and cold warehousing along with their new on-dock rail.  

Biggest box ship - 24,116 TEU - afloat for MSC in Shanghai

PostTime:2022-08-05 09:32:55 View:15

SHANGHAI's Hudong Zhonghua shipyard has floated out what it calls the world's largest containership based on TEU capacity, reports Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive. Rival Taiwanese carroer, Evergreen Marine, has ships of 24,004 TEU. The stacking design the shipyard reports for the MSC vessel permits boxes to be piled 25 layers high. The vessel, which is being built for MSC, increases capacity versus a similar vessel built for Evergreen and delivered weeks ago as the world's largest containership. The newest vessel, the MSC Tessa, has the same overall dimensions as the Ever Alot and Ever Apex recently delivered by Hudong Zhonghua, a division of CSSC. While the main dimensions are unchanged, the company's containership design team has optimised the ship's superstructure, radar mast, and other related designs according to the characteristics of the ship owner's operating route. The shipyard developed the design with its internal design team and is calling the vessels the "Hudong-type" class. They measure 1,312 feet in length with a beam of 202 feet. The shipyard points out that they are 196 feet longer than the largest aircraft carrier and have a deck area equivalent to four football fields. The design incorporates several features which are reported to improve their energy efficiency. They have a small bulbous bow, large diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts. The MSC Tessa is also the first newly built ship for the line and the shipyard to employ an air lubrication system for the hull which they estimate will reduce fuel consumption by three to four per cent. The design also used a shaft generator system to reduce fuel consumption and optimise the vessel's EEDI energy efficiency rating. They also are outfitted with a hybrid scrubber unit. The shipyard expects to deliver the MSC Tessa this year. It is the first of four vessels being built by the yard. Block assembly for the second and third vessels was started simultaneously in two drydocks at Hudong Zhonghua on June 13 shortly after work resumed from the Covid lockdowns in the Shanghai area. The shipyard reports it is using a batch construction method to speed the work on the two ships and improve efficiency in the construction process. Work on the fourth vessel for MSC began after the first vessel was floated out.  

Yantian port gears up for the peak season

PostTime:2022-08-02 09:44:57 View:26

Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) is expanding daily gate-in quotas for export containers for a two-month period during the peak season. Marcus Hand | Aug 01, 2022 From 1 August to 30 September the South China terminal run by Hutchison Ports is increasing daily in-gate quotas to 13,000 boxes for export containers. In the first seven months of this year YICT said lines had added 14 new weekly calls at the port including America, Europe, Intra-Asia, and Australia services.  Related: CU Lines upgrades Yantian – LA service On 18 July the terminal handled six 400-metre-long vessels simultaneously, something it expects to become a norm.

Chinese major port container volumes up 5.9pc in early July

PostTime:2022-08-02 09:36:23 View:21

EXPORT container volume at major Chinese ports increased 7.6 per cent while the domestic volume growth rate remained the same level of last year's, reports UK's Seatrade Maritime News. The Port of Shanghai was recovering from the last wave of Covid on year. Cargo throughput at major coastal hub ports increased 2.6 per cent while international trade cargo throughput increased 1.1 per cent. Crude oil shipments at major coastal ports further declined and dropped 13 per cent year-on-year in early July. Metal ore shipments at major Chinese ports grew 16.4 per cent while the port inventory increased 9.93 per cent. In early July, cargo throughput and container volume at three major Yangtze River ports, Nanjing, Wuhan and Chongqing, increased 1.3 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively.  

Shipping carriers shy away from Hong Kong as boxes decline

PostTime:2022-07-28 08:22:39 View:42

SINGAPORE-LISTED Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) says shipping carriers have not been choosing Hong Kong as their hub due to the decline in import and export cargo. HPH Trust also said that it expects import/export cargo to continue to decline in 2022. For the first six months of the year to the ending of June, throughout of HPH Trust ports overall was comparable to the corresponding period last year. Throughput for Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) was 7 per cent above last year, and the combined throughput of HIT, COSCO-HIT and ACT (collectively "HPHT Kwai Tsing") was 7 per cent lower than last year. In a statement, HPH Trust said the increase in YICT throughput in the first six months of 2022 was mainly attributed to the increase in the US and empty cargoes, while the drop in throughput for HPHT Kwai Tsing was due to the reduction in both local and transshipment cargoes. "The recent decline in volume of import/export cargoes handled in Hong Kong also negatively affects shipping lines' preference to use Hong Kong as one of their hubs for transshipment as the flexibility in service rotation reduces," the company said. Global port congestions and unstable vessel schedules may have shown some improvement in recent months but are still at relatively high levels compared with historical averages. First-half profit after tax was HKD1,514 million (US$193 million), HKD119.5 million or 7 per cent below last year. Net profit after tax attributable to shareholders was HKD716.3 million, HKD52.0 million or 7 per cent below last year.  

MSC’s Northeast China-Southeast Asia service debuts at Dalian

PostTime:2022-07-20 09:08:52 View:54

The northeast Chinese port of Dalian celebrates the maiden voyage of MSC’s first Northeast China-Southeast Asia direct service. Katherine Si | Jul 19, 2022 The new service, deploying six 2,500 teu containerships, provides a direct link for customers from north China to Southeast Asia, with improved transit times and more service offerings.  Port calls include Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Busan, Incheon, Vung Tau, Leam Chabang, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Jakarta and Panjang. This new service is the fourth new shipping routes that Dalian port has opened up for RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) countries and is the second Southeast Asia service launched in July connecting with Vietnam and Thailand.  In the first half of 2022, Dalian port posted a container volume of 1.88m teu, an increase of 10.8%.

Promoting opportunities and cooperation in Ningbo

PostTime:2022-07-20 09:07:39 View:57

A new event Ocean Expo Ningbo is promoting cooperation opportunities in the vibrant port city of Ningbo and the one of the world’s largest container ports Ningbo – Zhoushan. Seatrade Maritime | Jul 19, 2022 On July 12-13, the Maritime Silk Road · Ocean Expo Ningbo Online was officially launched with over 80 companies participating in an online exhibition as well as a Smart Port Innovation Summit. Zhigang Li, Deputy Secretary General of Ningbo Municipal Government, conveyed a message from Wei Hua, Executive Vice Mayor of Ningbo that the expo was a vital part of a strategy of “accelerating the construction of a strong ocean province, promoting the co-construction of Ningbo Zhoushan as a Leading Maritime Capital.” Related: Ningbo-Zhoushan port expands footprint in Dubai The online Expo and Smart Port Innovation summit saw the participation officials from Singapore, the world’s second largest container port. Quah Ley Hoon, the Chief Executive of Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said, “China and Singapore enjoy strong maritime relationship. Beyond strong collaboration between our port terminals, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and MPA inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2021 to promote, accept and use electronic certificates for seafarers and ships for port clearance.  Thus far, we have conducted more than 10 trials on such operations, and can serve as a benchmark for other ports on e-port clearance.” Related: Ningbo-Zhoushan port May container volumes hit record Ocean Expo Ningbo is an initiative led by Ningbo Municipal Government and Informa Markets, co-organised by China Shipowners Association and co-hosted by Ningbo Younage Exhibition Co., Ltd. Bill Zhang, Vice President of Informa Markets (China), sees Ningbo as a natural location to hold the Ocean Expo giving opportunities for business cooperation. “We will take the opening of Ocean Expo Ningbo as an opportunity to introduce more cooperation and merger projects to promote the development of relevant industries in Ningbo,”he said. Shouguo Zhang, Executive Vice President of China Shipowner's Association, said they would make full use of this opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and explore cooperation opportunities to promote high-quality development of the global shipping industry. In addition to the International Summit, Online Show Room, Meet Your Sea Friends and Online Match-making, Ocean Expo Ningbo will hold a larger offline exhibition in November 3 to 5 this year. Learn more about Ningbo Ocean Expo here

Yangpu port to add 5 new large container berths

PostTime:2022-07-13 09:29:35 View:91

CHINA's Yangpu port in Hainan province is expanding container hub port construction with five new container berths as part of the regional container hub, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News. Construction is expected to start in September, with four new 200,000 tonnes-class container berths and one 150,000 tonnes-class container berth, with an annual design handling capacity of 5.5 million TEU. In the first half of 2022, Yangpu saw a 45.7 per cent increase in container throughput at 823,000 TEU. Furthermore, Hainan will open up international transit or direct shipping services from Yangpu to ports in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia and other countries.  

Shanghai and Singapore port calls added to Gulf China service

PostTime:2022-07-05 09:08:51 View:79

THE Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) announced the addition of two new port calls, Shanghai and Singapore, to the Gulf China Service (GCS) in a bid to increase trade operations in King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam. GSC is a direct weekly service operated by Pacific International Lines (PIL), connecting China with the Gulf area in the Middle East. MAWANI has recently added seven new shipping line services to strengthen Saudi ports' connectivity with logistics networks around the world in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and Saudi Vision 2030. The King Abdulaziz Port has capacity to handle 105 million tonnes and extends for a total area of 19 square kilometres with 43 berths. Last March, the port recorded the highest daily container throughput for any port in Saudi Arabia handling a total volume of 18,020 TEU on a single vessel, according to London's Port Technology.  

Kalmar to supply three Eco reachstackers to Yantai Port

PostTime:2022-07-04 09:04:01 View:102

KALMAR, part of Cargotec, has received an order for three Kalmar Eco Reachstackers from Yantai Port in China making the Eco reachstackers the first to be delivered by Kalmar to a customer in the North China region. Globally, Kalmar has delivered over 450 Eco reachstackers to date. The contract, which was concluded through Kalmar's local dealer Yantai Haotong Machinery Equipment Co Ltd, also includes comprehensive training for maintenance technicians and equipment operators. The order was booked in Cargotec's Q2 2022 order intake with delivery scheduled for July 2022. Yantai Port, located in the north of Shandong Peninsula, is an essential node of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road. Kalmar and Yantai Port have maintained a good working relationship since the 1990s. The existing fleet of Yantai Port consists of Kalmar products only, including reachstackers, empty container handlers, forklift trucks and top loaders. The new Kalmar Eco Reachstackers will join the current fleet of over twenty machines on a lease solution to further enhance customer's operational efficiency. The units to be delivered to Yantai Port will be fitted with the necessary hardware to enable connection to Kalmar insight performance management tool, which will provide the team at Yantai Port with access to real-time data such as running hours, fuel consumption, idle time, production time, distance travelled and other key operational indicators. This will allow them to track equipment performance and usage, manage maintenance activities and ultimately help them improve their operations. Wei Jianlu, general manager, Yantai Haotong Machinery Equipment Co, Ltd, said: "Kalmar products are renowned for reliability, quality, safety and as well as for excellent operational performance. For more than 20 years, Yantai Port has been using Kalmar products. We are honoured to provide long-term service for our customers in Yantai Port and look forward to the excellent performance of the new Eco reachstackers." Alex Tang, interim vice president, Kalmar Greater China said: "The Kalmar Eco Reachstackers reduce fuel consumption and emissions while maintaining productivity. Furthermore, the machines will provide an enhanced driving experience with smoother acceleration, lower cab noise and better visibility. In the future, we will continue to contribute to the development of Yantai Port with our flexible and quality solutions, hence helping Yantai Port's business continue to grow."

DaChan Bay Terminals hosts upgraded BTS Service

PostTime:2022-06-30 08:49:39 View:86

DACHAN Bay Terminals welcomed the maiden call of upgraded intra-Asia service - BTS, which is operated by Gold Star Line Ltd (GSL) and covers India and Thailand markets. The upgraded BTS service will enhance the Asian network in DaChan Bay Terminals. It will offer good connection to India and provide more choices for exporters/importers with cargoes to/from Thailand, the terminal said in a statement. DaChan Bay Terminals managing director Brian Yeung said: "GSL is our long-term partner and we are glad that DaChan Bay Terminals is their port of choice in South China for the new BTS. We will continue to work together to provide customers with quality supply chain services." Two vessels are deployed in the BTS service which calls DaChan Bay Terminals on alternate weeks on Monday with a port rotation of DaChan Bay, Laem Chabang, Port Kelang, Haiphong, Qinzhou and returning to DaChan Bay.