Post Script – Page 5

  • Locked in: Mombasa's concession is too restrictive. Credit: Victor

    A proposition with handcuffs


    COMMENT: The Dock Workers Union, the union which represents the majority of workers at the port of Mombasa, Kenya, has stated that it now supports the idea of offering a concession to the private sector for the new 450,000 teu container terminal under development, but only if this first phase ...

  • Wide angle: the competition for transhipment traffic is on in the Mediterranean. Credit: Stuart Rankin

    Mediterranean battleground


    COMMENT: With top of the range containership sizes heading over the 20,000 teu mark and new mega alliance start-ups underway, Mediterranean transhipment operations are heading into a new era.

  • Top slot: Algeciras keeps its crown as the largest transhipment port in the Mediterranean. Credit: Roberto Pecino

    Dynamar rings Mediterranean movements


    Dynamar’s latest intra-Mediterranean container trade report pegs 2015 volumes of full container trade at 15.6m teu, up from 14.9m teu in 2013, expecting it to grow to 17.1m teu by 2017.

  • On track: the race is on to develop rail links in east Africa

    Back on track


    COMMENT: Kenya is ahead of Tanzania in seeking to install major new container handling capacity on Africa’s eastern seaboard.

  • Stalled: progression of the new ports law is painfully slow

    In the slow lane


    There is now serious doubt that Nigeria’s new Ports and Harbour Bill, the new legislation intended to ‘right the wrongs’ of the earlier comprehensive port concession process, will be enacted in the current term of President Goodluck Jonathan due to end in 2015.

  • Think big: Tema's development is supporting Ghana's deepwater aims. Credit: Jonathan Ernst/World Bank

    Ghana ups the ante


    COMMENT: Ghana has added its name to the growing list of ports along the West African coast which have firm plans to add new deepwater capacity.

  • Bigger ships force depth issues. Credit: WSDOT

    Deeper dredging demands


    New deeper draft vessels keep coming, as do vessels with a wider beam and length overall dictating the need for deeper channel depth and draft alongside quays as well as other requirements such as larger turning circles.

  • Criminal parts: ports can easily become unwittingly facilitators of crime. Credit: Brandon Anderson

    Mexico: lessons from organised crime


    COMMENT: The Mexican Pacific Coast port of Lazaro Cardenas highlights the negative impact of organised crime.

  • Outdated: Durres is in urgent need of modernisation. Credit: Claudio Napoli

    Missed opportunity


    Picture this if you will: you have no experience in the container handling business but assisted by the fact that you have a strategic partner, who does know the business, you win a small but interesting container terminal concession.

  • Flighty: Tanzania port woes continues.  Credit: Free Grunge Textures,

    Dar saga plays on


    The saga of the construction of berths 13 and 14 at Dar es Saalam port – the berths intended to provide much needed new container capacity – continues.

  • HMM in happier days at the Port of Tacoma; now the operator is looking to sell off terminal investments

    Dealing with the fallout


    However you add it up the container shipping industry is experiencing turbulent times.

  • Is Rijeka putting too much emphasis on size over substance? Credit: Gorgoroth

    Too much, too soon for Rijeka


    One of the cardinal sins in the introduction of new port capacity is to deliver it before it is required. All the more so, if government has previously encouraged foreign direct investment into the same sector and it is clear that this has delivered adequate capacity for the long term.

  • Serious questions need to be answered about the P3 alliance. Credit: Virginia Dept of Transportation

    More questions than answers


    The proposed P3 alliance between Maersk, MSC and CMA-CGM raises more questions than it answers.

  • APM Terminals has put a great deal of investment into Apapa

    Unfinished business


    Seven years on from port privatisation in Nigeria port congestion remains a significant problem and is the focus of growing attention.

  • TPA overhaul will benefit Dar es Salaam

    Tanzania shake-up


    A shake-up is underway at the Tanzania Ports Authority as part of broad-based efforts to improve port efficiency.

  • Automation is the way of the future. Credit: Koen Brouwer

    Brains not brawn


    The 21st century will progressively see the deployment of a port labour force that uses its head rather than its muscle power.

  • The container terminal concession at Durres is proving unconventional. Credit: Claudio Napoli

    Durres debacle


    Effectively loading the result of an open tender is never a good path to realising a positive outcome for a container terminal concession, especially when the concession is awarded to a company that is a non-port operating company.

  • Will Melbourne experiment with its concessioning ingredients?

    A touch of spice down under


    The Port of Melbourne Corp has published the names of the four parties short-listed for “the right to operate the third international container terminal at the Port of Melbourne".

  • The Chinese President has sealed Tanzania's Bagamoyo project

    In ascendancy


    Tanzania has laid down its claim for a future large slice of regional trade through a deal with China to build the new port of Bagamoyo in its Mbegani area, north west of Dar es Salaam, at a total cost of $10bn.

  • Having seconds is a port authority's prerogative

    Second helpings on terminal concessions


    Name a port that won’t eventually go for a second container terminal operator. You might think Port of Singapore but you would be wrong: included within PSA''s operating arrangements are certain dedicated container terminals for shipping lines.