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First for GPA’s Rescue One
Yangon to Ponce cranes arrive
The Georgia Ports Authority
(GPA)’s “Rescue One” emergency
go private
container was subjected to its first
real test last month when called The government of Myanmar
upon to remove an injured steve- plans to privatise the Botataung,
dore from the CMA CGM ROSSINI. Sule and Bo Aung Kyaw termi-
The Rescue One concept was nals operated by the Transport
devised by the Georgia Ports’ Mari- Ministry at the country’s main
time Safety Council (GPMSC), a Yangon port.
collaboration between GPA’s man- Over the past 10 years the
agement team, the Georgia Ste- government has privatised two
vedores Association and other port other terminals at Yangon - Asia
stakeholders. World and Myanmar Interna-
It was developed as part of an tional Terminal Thilawa (MITT).
initiative to establish faster proce- Yangon port has handled
dures for retrieving accident vic- about 10mt of cargo annually
tims from the river, after either a over the past three years. About Two superpost-Panamax ship-to- The new cranes will help Port of the
fall from the quay or from a vessel. 1,200 international ships berthed shore container cranes ordered
Americas to achieve hub status
The response time for a wa- at the port last year. Its main ex- from ZPMC at a cost of
tercraft rescue can range between ports are natural gas, agricultural, US$22.7M, arrived fully erect at funded expansion programme,
10 minutes and an hour, while marine and forestry products, Port of the Americas in Ponce, scheduled for completion in mid-
USCG helicopter response time while key imports are machinery, Puerto Rico, last month. 2011, will boost container han-
averages 20-25 minutes. To im-
The rescue container suspended from the crane over the Savannah River
crude oil and edible oil, pharma- “With this acquisition, the Port dling capacity to 500,000 TEU/
prove rescue performance the ceuticals, cement, fertiliser and of the Americas now has the ca- year, as well as provide the neces-
GPMSC brought in new equip- Once attached to a crane the nel to an injured stevedore on a consumers goods. pacity to become a major contain- sary basic infrastructure for the
ment including the “ResQmax rescue container can be lowered to vessel (where most injuries occur) About 90% of Myanmar’s for- erised cargo hub in the Carib- development of an adjacent value-
line launching system.” which can water level to retrieve a victim di- or, as in this case, to carry an in- eign trade is with Asian countries, bean,” said Puerto Rico Gover- added zone (VAZ). Dredging
fire a flotation device 300-400ft, rectly from the river. It can also be jured stevedore off the vessel more 4.8% with European countries nor Luis G Fortuño, adding that alongside the piers has already
and the 20ft rescue container. used to transfer emergency person- safely than down the gangway. and 1.5% with the Americas. new cranes, financed by the Gov- been completed to ensure a con-
ernment Development Bank stant 50ft depth.
(GDB), were just one of many ob- To facilitate further develop-
WorldCargo
Five in for Mangalore
jectives slated for completion as ment, the local government has
part of the current administration’s requested a US$70M fund assign-
economic development plan for ment from the US Department of
news
India’s New Mangalore Port Trust tracting; and Grup Maritim TCB Puerto Rico. Transportation’s TIGER (Trans-
VOLUME 17 NUMBER 2 • ISSN 1355-0551 (NMPT) has shortlisted five con- and West Coast Port. Port of the Americas, which portation Investment Generating
sortia to bid for a concession to The terminal, with a capacity boasts the second-deepest harbour Economic Recovery) Discretion-
EDITORIAL:
build and operate a new container of 400,000 TEU/year is being of- in the Caribbean after Freeport, ary Grants.
CHRIS MUNFORD • PUBLISHING DIRECTOR
terminal at New Mangalore Port fered on a 30 year build, operate, Bahamas, is a priority for Puerto Fortuño also revealed that ne-
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in Karnataka state. transfer (BOT) basis. The required Rico’s economic development as gotiations are moving forward
The shortlisted groups are: investment is put at Rs2.76B a whole and for its southern re- with well-known global terminal
VINCENT CHAMPION • EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
IL&FS Maritime Infrastructure (US$59.6M). The shortlisted gion in particular. operators interested in investing
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Company and Puni Lloyd Infra- groups will be allowed to submit The Governor reiterated his in, and taking over the operation
PAUL AVERY - ASSOCIATE EDITOR
structure; Vadinar Oil Terminal and financial bids once they have secu- commitment to turn Port of the of, the port.
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Essar Shipping Ports & Logistics; rity clearance from the Ministry of Americas into a world-class inter- Future development phases
JOHN BANKS - CONSULTING EDITOR
Mundra Port and SEZ and Adani Home Affairs. national transhipment port with envisage a multi-berth post-
E-Mail: jbanks@worldcargonews.com Enterprises; Simplex Infrastruc- The port handled 23,000 TEU value-added zones in the south- Panamax container terminal with
ture, SREI Infrastructure Finance in the April-December 2009 pe- ern region of Puerto Rico. an annual throughput capacity of
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