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  • 19 Sep 2019 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 18 September 2019

    Bookings for capacity on AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and CargoLogicAir (CLA) flights can now be completed via the digital platform.

    ABC and CLA partnered with in June 2019, as HLPFI reported here.

    Now, 12 weeks since agreement was signed, the online booking platform is ready to go live.

    It covers both airlines’ respective capacity originating from Frankfurt, Munich and Leipzig in Germany, as well as Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

    According to ABC and CLA, the companies aim to expand this online offering beyond European markets. Further plans will also look at expanding the products and services offered on the platform.

    “Being part of digital booking platforms becomes essential for air cargo players if they want to embrace new sales channels and expand their customer base building strategic relations on different levels with customers,” said Andrey Andreev, vice president, Europe for ABC.


  • 17 Sep 2019 1:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 17 September 2019

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) plans to open a nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan.

    This is the first nacelle assembly facility that SGRE will build outside of Europe. The lease for 30,000 sq m of land in the port of Taichung was signed with Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

    Construction of the facility will begin in 2020, with nacelle production planned to start in 2021.

    The facility will support Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project, for which the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine will be used.

    In later years, it will provide an option for the supply of nacelles to other regional projects.

    Andreas Nauen, ceo of the offshore business unit at SGRE, said the construction of a base in Taiwan demonstrates the company’s confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind power in the country and other Asia Pacific markets.

    SGRE currently has offshore nacelle assembly and manufacturing facilities in Germany and Denmark.


  • 16 Sep 2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member SUPER CARGO TRANSPORT CO., LTD, Vietnam.

    Super Cargo Transport (SCT) team has done a successful project for their customer in Oil and Gas.

    Shipment details:

    Commodity: 340K HWO Components and Accessories
    Quantity: 76 Packages, GW : 352,600.00KGS / Volume: 1216.86CBM
    Port of Loading: Sattahip Port, Thailand
    Port of Discharge: Vung Tau Port, Vietnam

    The Scope Of Work:

    1. The arrangement of temporary customs
    2. The loading of the cargo on truck
    3. The transportation from Workshop to Sattahip Port
    4. Charter Freight from Sattahip port to Vung Tau Port

    Congratulations to SUPER CARGO TRANSPORT CO., LTD, Vietnam for their excellent job!


  • 12 Sep 2019 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Good News...

    Proud to share with you the professional performance of OPCA member MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & LOGISTICS LLC, Oman.
    Muscat International Shipping & Logistics LLC has succesfully completed the shifting & transportation of 1x 8.9 MW Wartzila engine and 9 trailer loads of engine’s accessories from Old Khassab Power Station (Oman) to Duqm Power Station (Oman).

    According to their Project Head Mr. Ramseen, Project Manager Mr. Mithun and MD Mr. Noushad Rahuman, the task was so difficult to bring 140ton engine through Khassab mountain roads, so they chose to bring through landing craft by sea.

    The scope of work:
    1.    The jacking up and loading of 8.9 MW Wartzila engine to Multi Axle trailer and transportation to Khassab Port
    2.    The loading of the engine with all accessories (Multi Axle + 9 no’s 40” trailer loads) inside the landing craft at Khassab Port
    3.    The offloading of the engine with all accessories at Shinas Port (Oman)
    4.    The transportation with police escort – Approx. 800 km by road from Shinas Port to Duqm Power Station
    5.    The offloading of all 9 trailer loads of engine’s accessories at Duqm Power Station
    6.    The offloading of 140ton Wartzila engine to the final foundation and the final alignment at Duqm Power Station.

    Although the client required them to complete in 25 days, all operation was completed successfully within 17 days by MIS team!

    Congratulations to MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & LOGISTICS LLC, Oman for their excellent job!


  • 12 Sep 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 11 September 2019

    Greece’s Thessaloniki Port Authority (THPA) has contracted Hill International to provide design and project management services for the planned expansion of infrastructure at the port’s Pier 6.

    As leader of a consortium including Rogan Associates SA, Hill International will oversee the construction of one new additional quay wall with a minimum continuous length of 440 meters, out of which at least 400 meters provide a minimum draft of 17.60 meters.

    Additional yard area will also be constructed and the navigation channel and ship maneuvering area will be dredged to a minimum water depth of 17.60 meters.

    The overall duration of the project is 46 months and services to be provided by the consortium include the update and preparation of the detailed design, management of the construction procurement tender, and project management/supervision during construction.

    Following an international privatization process that was concluded in March 2018, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund entered into a shares purchase agreement with a group of international investors (South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Limited) for the acquisition of 67% in the share capital of THPA.

    Pursuant to the terms of the relevant concession agreement, THPA is required to implement a minimum of EUR 180 million (USD 203 million) capital expenditure program to upgrade the port.

    The main project relates to the expansion of the marine works infrastructure of Pier 6.


  • 10 Sep 2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 09 September 2019

    Panama’s Cabinet Council has officially approved the modification of the Panama Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Board of Directors.

    The approved modifications include the tolls charged to Neopanamax dry bulk vessels carrying iron ore, Neopanamax dry bulk vessels transiting in ballast, the vehicle carrier/roro segment, and for the liquid bulk segment, including oil and product tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels.

    The approved modifications also include adjustments made in response to topics discussed during meetings with customers and industry representatives held prior to the process, as well as feedback received during the formal consultation period, the Panama Canal Administration said.

    Such adjustments include the exclusion of the proposed tolls modification for the passenger vessel segment, which will continue to be charged per the current tariff structure.

    Additionally, considerations were granted to postpone the implementation date for tolls applicable to certain segments until the months of April and May 2020.

    For the dry bulk segment, the modifications include matched tolls charged to Neopanamax vessels carrying iron ore with the tolls assessed for grains and “other dry bulk” cargoes.

    This includes a tariff increase for Neopanamax dry bulkers transiting in ballast.

    In the containership segment there are two new categories incorporated to the Loyalty Program with the objective of incentivizing the deployment of increased cargo volumes and additional services through the waterway.

    Additionally, the modifications include a new rate for vessels carrying containers on deck, which do not belong to the container shipping segment, allowing for differentiated charges for containers that are empty, dry or refrigerated.

    In the vehicle carrier and RoRo segment the the tolls charged were modified and the vessel capacity ranges were revised in order to clearly differentiate the current fleet.

    Based on the recommendations received, the tolls presented in the original proposal were adjusted for Neopanamax vessels.

    Toll structures remain unchanged for tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, but tolls adjustments were approved to more closely align with the value of the route.

    The tolls for small vessels and local tourism were revised upwards to consider the resources used in the transit.

    The proposed tolls modifications were officially announced on June 14, 2019, initiating a formal 30-day consultation period concluded by a public hearing held on July 24, 2019.


  • 09 Sep 2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Project Cargo Professionals join among us from all corners of the world!

    Today we are glad to welcome SEATRAM ALS PTY LTD from AUSTRALIA.

    Let’s have a warm welcome to our new member on board of Overseas Project Cargo Association.

    Wish you a great cooperation together!

    ADDRESS: 13 Coolibah Way, Bibra Lake, Fremantle, 6163 WA, Australia
    CONTACT: David Onoforo
    TEL: +61 (08) 9499 8100
    FAX: +61 (08) 9418 8628


  • 05 Sep 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 04 September 2019

    The Port of Marseille Fos has unveiled a new eco-friendly initiative that supports the port’s goal of becoming the Mediterranean’s first fully electric port by 2025.

    As disclosed, the port authority plans to spend EUR 20 million (USD 22 million) over the next six years to extend shoreside electrical connections for berthed vessels to every ferry, cruiseship and repair quay within the Marseille eastern harbor.

    Already available on the Corsica ferry quays, the network will be expanded in two phases to cover North Africa ferry quays and the ship repair hub by 2022 and the cruise terminal between 2022 and 2025.

    The zero-emissions investment — backed by the national and regional government — is aimed at improving the city’s waterside air quality while maintaining the port’s value to the economy.

    “We are convinced that ecological transition is the springboard to economic growth. That’s why we are investing heavily to become the Mediterranean’s first 100% electric port by 2025,” Hervé Martel, CEO of Marseille Fos, commented.

    Together with twelve other partners, the Port of Marseille Fos is also participating in a three-year research program exploring the commercial potential of recycling untreated industrial CO2 emissions via a new seaweed-based biological process to produce biomass energy.

    The Port of Marseille Fos is the largest port in France and the second-largest in the Mediterranean.

    For access to the French and European markets, it is seen as the southern alternative to the northern European ports.


  • 03 Sep 2019 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 02 September 2019

    The offshore wind sector is set to drive record demand for copper over the next decade, according to analysis by research consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

    The figures suggest that over 650 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity and 130 gigawatts of new offshore capacity will be added by 2028, consuming in excess of 5.5 million tonnes of copper.

    "Wind technology is the most copper-intensive form of power generation and is anticipated to consume the largest amount of copper over the next ten years in this sector,” Henry Salisbury, Wood Mackenzie Research Analyst, said.

    Breakbulk demand

    The increased demand is predicted to create opportunities for the breakbulk sector as shipments of turbines, cables and interconnectors steps up.

    “copper is required due to its low electrical resistivity, high conductivity, malleability and durability. As a result of the intensity of copper within wind farm projects and the increasing demand for wind energy, consumption of copper is substantial and forecast to grow significantly,” Salisbury explained.

    Copper is required not only for the generator, power transformers, gearbox and tower cabling within a turbine but also for collector cables, linked to substations, and offshore distribution cables.

    China and Europe to lead

    Globally, mass deployment in China will lead growth in demand for onshore capacity, with an average of 110 ktpa copper consumer per year to 2028. This is followed by the US, which will average 35 ktpa copper each year over the same period.

    “The U.K., the Netherlands and Germany will lead offshore installation in the largest market; Europe. This is forecast to consume an average of 80 ktpa per year between 2018 and 2028,” Wood Mackenzie forecasts.
     The firm notes that “developments in aluminium technology” could lead to increased substitution of copper and that offshore turbines will command “an increasing share of copper consumption”.


  • 29 Aug 2019 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 29 August 2019

    The Contecon Manzanillo (CMSA) container terminal at the Port of Manzanillo has achieved its first year-to-date, four-millionth TEU milestone since being taken over by Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal (ICTSI) in 2009.

    The ICTSI subsidiary’s milestone comes on the back of investments that are aimed at expanding Mexico’s largest trading gateway in the Pacific and improve fluidity at the port.

    CMSA recently started the second phase of expansion of the terminal’s yards and entry and exit gates.

    In 2015, ICTSI embarked on a USD 260 million project to expand the terminal’s capacity.

    Once completed, CMSA’s handling capacity will increase from the current 1.2 million TEU to 1.6 million TEU, the company said. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2020.

    The arrival of two more quay cranes and five yard cranes, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019, will enable CMSA to service the largest vessels plying intra-Pacific routes, according to ICTSI.

    “We are very pleased to announce these additional investments aimed at securing Manzanillo’s position as Mexico’s leading maritime gateway,” Fortino Landeros, chief executive officer of ICTSI subsidiary CMSA, commented.

    “Along with further investments in port equipment and systems, we continue to work hand-in-hand with our customers to improve the efficiency of our operations and processes, and inevitably make their experience a more pleasant one.”


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