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Ehoala boosts

Malagasy mining

The new port of Port d’Ehoala near Port Dauphin in the Anosy region of southern Madagascar is now fully operational. Rio Tinto contributed $240M of the project’s $275M price tag, with the remainder provided by the government of Madagascar. The port will mainly be used to

handle Rio Tinto’s mining exports but the government also hopes that it will encourage more general inter- national trade with the south of the country. The World Bank is support- ing the Anosy Integrated Growth Poles Project to attract investment into the region. Rio Tinto offshoot QMM, which

operates Ehoala under concession from the Agence Portuaire et Fluviale (APMF), is already export- ing ilmenite from its mineral sands operations through the port. It will retain control of the port until it com- pletes its mining operations in about 40 years, when ownership will pass to the government of Madagascar. The port has a maximum draught

of 15.75m and has a single quay with three berths: of 275m, 150m and 75m length respectively. A 625m break- water has been constructed and the port is ISPS Code compliant. QMM expects to export 750,000

tpa of ilmenite and 40,000 tpa of Zirsill. This will require the use of the large berth for only 25% of the time, allowing plenty of access of other users. Apart from mining sector prod-

ucts, the port is expected to handle agricultural, cement and steel cargo, while it is expected that cruise ships will also make use of the facility. There are storage facilities for con- tainers, reefers, breakbulk and gen- eral cargo, in addition to the ilmenite storage shed.

La Rochelle bulk terminal

The port authority (GPM) of La Ro- chelle-La Pallice is putting the finish- ing touches to its new multi-purpose bulk terminal at Anse Saint Marc. The new facility, more than two years in the making, should be ready for op- erations by the end of this year. Following a call for tenders in

2007, a 35-year concession to oper- ate the facility was awarded to Etablissement Vraquier de l’Atlan- tique, a joint venture of Sica Atlantique and Maritime Kuhn, with a €41M investment project aimed at handling 1.5 mtpa of bulk traffic by 2012-13, including 1 mtpa of new business (mostly mineral and indus- trial bulks). The new facility occu- pies 11.5ha, with a 160m long quay dredged down to - 14.5m. Essentially a bulk port - outbound

agri-products and inbound energy products account for >70% of throughput - La Rochelle saw just a 5% fall in traffic last year to 7.5 mt. The Atlantic façade ports of

Nantes, La Rochelle and Bordeaux are supposed to be developing a com- mon development strategy under the aegis of the Conseil de Coordination Interportuaire (CCI) de l’Atlantique.

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TRI Genova opts for Liebherr crane

Leading Italian coal handler TRI, part of Euroports, has opted for a rail portal-mounted slewing grab crane from Liebherr to boost han- dling at its Ponte San Giorgio deep water berth in Genoa. The crane, which will be built

at and shipped by sea from Liebherr’s waterside plant in Rostock, Germany, together with a

trailing hopper with the latest dust suppression and dust control sys- tems. The all-in price is understood to be around €5M. This is the first such crane at TRI

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Genova, which up to now has been equipped with gantry grab unloaders feeding the stockyard under the backreach or loading direct to rail wagons between the legs.

The 4-rope crane will be supplied with a 35 m3

coal grab

TRI’s MD Piero Margorani ex-

plains that the 4-rope grabbing crane will have an overall height of 80m and a maximum hook load of 100t,

and will be supplied with a 35 m3 coal grab. The hopper, measuring 13m x 13m and 17m tall, has an in- take of 1100 tph. Commissioning is expected in March 2011. In an unrelated development,

TRI has appealed to the TAR del Veneto (Veneto regional court) against the decision of Venice port authority (APV) to allow Multi- service to take a sub-concession over part of the concession occu- pied by TIV. TRI, which also covets the ex-

tra space, argues that APV did not follow correct procedures.

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