Post Script – Page 4

  • Baggage: Piraeus' privatisation was one with strings attached – which is likely why only one bidder participated in the final bid

    No ‘strings’ please


    COMMENT: This column has mentioned before the contradiction in terms associated with port and terminal privatisations where government wants to ‘keep a finger in the pie.’

  • Fresh blood: new competition could give incumbents, such as APM Terminals (pictured), a run for their money in West Africa

    Taking West Africa in


    COMMENT: Dynamar’s latest container trade report on the West Africa Container Trades highlights the trends of increasing ship sizes and the recent fall in the number of carriers active in the West African trade lane, which has led to a reduction in the number of vessels deployed and in services, ...

  • News

    Not Melbourne’s finest hour


    “It is the delicate alignment of public and private interests that determines the structure of port management and port development policy,” emphasises the World Bank Port Reform Tool Kit when looking at port management structures.

  • Ready: Puerto Bahia is ripe for the port picking

    Big future ahead


    It’s not often the terminal operating sector is presented with the opportunity to acquire a brand new terminal operating site, where all the hard work has been done in terms of infrastructure development, and which is basically ready to commence operations on takeover.

  • Thumbs down: Mombasa has failed to capitalise on its concession process

    Mombasa: process versus vested interest?


    The completion of the first phase of the second container terminal in Mombasa, a new deep-water facility, is imminent. At the beginning of 2015 there were a lot of statements to the effect that the terminal would be open early for business – some suggested March 2015.

  • News

    ECSA under the microscope


    A new review of the port system along the East Coast of South America sees it continued maturation.

  • Opportunity: Puerto Bahia is an ‘open canvas’ for the right investor

    Puerto Bahia up for sale


    The next major phase of expansion of unit load traffic in the hub port of Cartagena will be at Puerto Bahia, the new dry cargo port. And the burning issue of the moment is which terminal operating company will oversee the forecast expansion.

  • Clemens

    Mombasa operator hiatus


    COMMENT: It was originally scheduled to be announced in July but now informed sources indicate the name of the new Mombasa container terminal operator will be announced in late September/early October.

  • Gloom: Gdynia is living in the shadow of Gdansk. Credit: Paulo Valdivieso

    Has Gdynia missed the boat?


    Traditionally Gdynia has been Poland’s main container import/export gateway but slowly and surely this status has been eroded and the recent announcement by the G6 alliance that it intends to implement calls at the Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk can be seen as another way step in this process.

  • Big business: larger ships are a defining feature of the East-West container trades. Credit: Ramon Harkema

    Playground of the alliances


    COMMENT: Over the past twelve months the container business has been turned on its head with shifting alliances, the arrival of the mega-ships and an ordering spree with enough capacity to make a grown man cry.

  • News

    Piraeus farce


    The on-off nature of the concession plans for the port of Piraeus has become something of a joke since the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras and his coalition party took office In January.

  • Overshadowed: the big ports don't need to have the monopoly on transhipment. Credit: Paolo Martini

    Transhipment opportunity


    COMMENT: Not all container transhipment takes place at the mega hubs such as Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Busan, Algeciras, Malta Freeport and so on. It can also take place as a healthy adjunct to gateway port operations – import and export activity – unless of course bureaucracy gets in the way.

  • 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.