Issue 6 2018 - FBJNA
Next wave of crane deliveries underway at Virginia’s NIT
The heavy-load vessel Happy Buccaneer arrived at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) on July 23 with the first group of six rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) that are the centerpieces of the $375 million capacity expansion project underway at that terminal. The Happy Buccaneer’s
arrival signaled the start of an 18-month cycle that will see the delivery of 60 new cranes to NIT.
In January 2018,
construction on the NIT expansion got underway and the project will be complete by mid-year 2020. The work will expand NIT’s annual throughput capacity by 400,000 container units. On July 23, the vessel safely
berthed and pre-offloading began. The RMGs shipped on the Happy Buccaneer will be put into service by the end of September, when the first three of 30 new container stacks at NIT will be ready for use. “This is the stage when
things begin to come to life at NIT,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.
“Our goal is to put this equipment to
new high-performing network of terminals that will attract economic investment in Virginia and spur job creation across the Commonwealth.” In November 2016, the
port finalized a $217 million contract with Konecranes to build and deliver 86 RMGs. Roanoke-based TMEIC is supplying the technology systems that will drive and
Super-size cranes are coming to Port Everglades
Broward County’s Port Everglades is progressing with manufacturing the first three new Super Post-Panamax container-handling gantry cranes being built by ZPMC of China. The design phase is nearing completion with Port Everglades Chief Executive Steven Cernak issuing a second notice to proceed to begin manufacturing the cranes valued at $13.8 million each. “This is a significant step the
towards delivery and
installation of the first three Super Post-Panamax cranes later next year,” Cernak said.
“Our customers need larger cranes now to be able to handle cargo already arriving on larger ships from South America and Europe.” ZPMC Chairman Zhu
Lianyu and members of ZPMC’s executive team recently travelled to Florida to meet the port’s cargo terminal operators to inspect the progress of improvements to the crane rail infrastructure that is already underway on the Southport docks. In addition to the three
cranes approved for manufacturing, the port has options to purchase up to
three additional cranes over the next five years. The new cranes will
have the ability to handle containers stacked eight containers high and reach across 22 containers on a ship’s deck. Port Everglades’ existing seven gantry cranes in the Southport area, where the majority of the Port’s containerized cargo handling takes place, are limited to containers stacked six containers high and only
reach across 16 containers on a ship’s deck. In addition to purchasing the new cranes, existing cranes will be upgraded to a lift capacity of 65 tons from the current 46.5 tons. The new cranes are part of
the port’s largest expansion project in its history, which includes lengthening the Southport Turning Notch from 900 feet to 2,400 feet to allow for up to five new cargo berths.
of our expansion will be complete,” Reinhart said. “We’re building a safe, modern port capable of handling the biggest ships in the Atlantic trade and all of the pieces for success are being assembled. The work at VIG is expected
to be completed by next summer. VPA’s 55-foot dredging project has received federal approval. The port is
have decades of growth ahead of it.” In June, The Port of Virginia®
accepted the last load of 26 new RMGs at Virginia International Gateway (VIG), where $320 million is being invested to expand cargo capacity and operations. The new cranes will support cargo operations in 13 new container stacks.
work as quickly and as safely as we can, just like we are doing at VIG. As these stacks go online, we
will begin capitalizing
on the new capacity and efficiency we’re creating. The end result of our effort will be
control the cranes. The contract is the largest one- time RMG order for in industry history. “We are very pleased with
the progress being made at NIT and by 2020, this phase
beginning the preliminary engineering and design work. “We are on-budget and on
schedule here at NIT,” says Reinhart. “The hard working going on here today is creating a sustainable port that will
The Port of Los Angeles processed 723,141 TEUs in June, nearly on par – a dip of 1.1% – with last June. It is the second fiscal year period the port has surpassed the 9.1 million TEU mark, marking 24 months of record-breaking cargo movement. June 2018 imports increased 2.9% to 382,964 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports increased 1.4% to 147,563 TEUs while empty containers fell 9.7% to 192,613 TEUs. Combined, June overall volumes were 723,141 TEUs. Six months into 2018, overall volumes have decreased 3.9% compared to 2017, when the port set an all-time cargo record.
Driven by an increase in imports, The Port of Virginia® completed FY18 having handled 2.8 million TEUs, which is a volume increase of 2.4% when compared with last fiscal year. The port’s fiscal year closed June 30. In that month the port handled 223,842 TEUs, which was a drop of 3.4% – about 7,800 TEUs -- when compared with last June. As in April and May, June’s volumes were off when compared to the same months last year because of an ongoing effort to limit the number of empty containers flowing across the terminals during construction. June’s volumes at VIP and RMT were up 21% and 66%, respectively; breakbulk tonnage increased 13% and total barge traffic was up 17%.
The Port of Corpus Christi had a record-breaking first half of the year moving 52.2 million tons of products between January 1 - June 30, 2018. This number exceeds the tonnage moved in the first half of 2017 by 926,000 tons – an overall 2% increase year over year. The growth can be attributed, in part, to a nine percent growth in crude oil and a 2% increase in all other petroleum products, compared to the same period in 2017.
Hindustan Infralog Private Limited (HIPL), a joint venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), announced on July 18 that the transaction to acquire 90% stake in Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Ltd in India has now closed.
Port of Oakland containerized import volume reached an all- time high in June. The port handled 87,207 TEUs, which beat the previous monthly record of 84,835 TEUs set last July. June import volume was up 8.7% over June 2017. Two factors may have led to the increase: peak season and importers may have ordered aggressively in June ahead of tariffs imposed this month by the U.S. and China. Port officials said it’s too soon to project the impact of 2018 tariff increases on cargo from China. It said the increases would have affected about $225 million of China imports had they been in place last year.
The Port of Oakland has announced that it has embarked on a path to emissions-free cargo operations. The ambitious target is at the heart of a draſt air quality improvement plan sent out for public review June 29. It calls for reducing criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases at Oakland’s seaport – technology, feasibility and budget willing.
Maersk Line will start its own weekly all-water service from the Middle East, India, Pakistan regions to Montreal and Halifax. Transit times for Jebel Ali will improve 10 days to 33 day transit and Jawaharlal Nehru will improve by 7 days to 31 day transit.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2018 Work Plan includes a $556,250 allocation for the start of a feasibility study for the Miami Harbor Safety and Navigational Channel Improvements Program at PortMiami. Once
improvements will allow continued economic growth for Miami- Dade County and the State of Florida. Additional revenues are projected to be approximately $30-$50 million annually. Safety and navigational enhancements will also enable the Port to accommodate 14,000 TEU cargo vessels calling on the East Coast.
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