Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Savannah posts 20.6% gain in 2007
More than 2.6mn TEUs were handled through the Port of Savannah in calendar year 2007, a 20.6% increase and a new record for the Georgia Ports Authority.
“As the fourth largest container port in the nation and the sixth largest auto port in the nation, we posted another record-breaking year for Georgia’s ports,” said Steve Green, chairman of GPA’s Board of Directors.
“Total tonnage at our Colonel’s Island Facility experienced an increase of 13.4% from calendar year 2006. These numbers were bolstered by new customers such as Bunge North America, Bentley, and Maserati as well as increased cargo volumes from existing customers.”
“Investments the state of Georgia and the Authority have made in our facilities are paying huge dividends for our customers,” said Doug J. Marchand, GPA’s executive director.
“We are setting new records, exceeding service levels, and moving forward with an aggressive $1.2bn capital improvement plan to grow our business to new heights and create more jobs and opportunities for the citizens of Georgia.”
The Jan 28 announcement from the GPA also included notice of two important capital improvement projects for the Port of Savannah.
Georgia Ports Authority
AeroLogic leases 8 Boeing 777 Freighters
Boeing Co. Jan 28 announced that Deucalion Capital VII Ltd., a company advised and managed by DVB Bank AG, has purchased eight Boeing 777 Freighters for lease to AeroLogic, a new joint venture airline formed by Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.
AeroLogic, based in Leipzig, Germany, will operate the freighters for cargo services on European-Asian routes. AeroLogic is jointly owned by DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo AG, with each company holding a 50% stake.
Valued at $2bn at list prices, the eight 777 Freighters were ordered by Avion Group of Iceland in 2005. Avion Group terminated its order, and the airplanes were picked up by Deucalion in late 2007.
The 777 Freighter will be capable of flying 4,885 nautical miles (9,045 km) with a full payload, making it the world’s longest-range freighter, according to the announcement.
“The 777 Freighter’s twin-engine fuel efficiency, low noise, and overall capability are perfectly suited for our new cargo service out of Leipzig,” said AeroLogic Managing Director Dr. Thomas Papke.
“Its combination of long range and maximum payload make it a highly economical and profitable freighter,” Papke added.
POLB names director of real estate
Karl Adamowicz has been named director of real estate for the Port of Long Beach, the Board of Harbor Commissioners announced Jan 28.
The real estate division is responsible for generating revenue through leases of port property and facilities. The division also “plays a crucial role in implementing the environmental policies and directives of the Harbor Commission.,” according to the announcement.
Adamowicz had been serving as acting director of the real estate division since January 2007. He started at the port in 1997 as a leasing officer in the real estate (formerly properties) division.
As director, Adamowicz will oversee property negotiations including “Green Leases” that adhere to the port’s Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan.
The port has two terminals under Green Leases and will expand them to all terminals as older leases expire. Through Green Leases, marine terminal operators are required to reduce emissions of air pollutants, among other environmental improvements.
A resident of Orange, Adamowicz has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in geology from California State University.
Port of Long Beach
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
POLB RTG cranes eligible for upgrade
A $5mn grant program to help fund environmentally friendly cargo cranes and improve air quality at the Port of Long Beach has been approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, according to a Jan 29 announcement.
The grant program would apply to “rubber-tired gantry” cranes, or RTGs, which are used to move containers within shipping terminals.
The port’s goal is to help terminals convert all of their RTG cranes from diesel power to electrical power. About 85 RTG cranes operate at the port’s seven container terminals, the announcement said.
“If all RTG cranes in the Port of Long Beach are converted to electricity, it will reduce air pollution by about 350 tons a year,” said Richard D. Cameron, director of environmental planning. “We are hoping that by providing these grants, terminals will be encouraged to make this investment.”
The port will accept grant applications through the end of March from its shipping terminals, which will be required to provide matching funds. Grants will be awarded competitively, based on cost effectiveness, technical approach, and proposed schedule. The maximum individual award is anticipated to be $1mn.
Port of Long Beach
Panama Canal Q1 metrics released
Canal Waters Time (CWT), the average time it takes a vessel to transit the Panama Canal (including waiting time for passage) significantly decreased in Q1 FY2008, according to a Jan 29 Panama Canal Authority (ACP) report on canal Q1 metrics.
These metrics are based on operations from October through December 2007, the first quarter of the ACP’s 2008 fiscal year, and are compared with Q1 of fiscal year 2007.
Average CWT decreased 19.3%, from 29.98 hrs to 24.18 hrs. CWT for booked vessels (those ships holding reservations) decreased by 2.4%, from 17.20 hrs to 16.78 hrs.
There also were slight declines in net tonnage, total transits, and transits of supers (vessels 91 ft or more in beam).
The drop in CWT can be attributed to general operating efficiency, the effective use of the waterway’s tie-up stations, and a slight decline in transits, according to the announcement.
“Soaring oil prices and a general economic downturn … have impacted global production and trade,” said Rodolfo R. Sabonge, ACP vice president of research and market analysis. “As a result, we have seen a slight drop in tonnage and transits during the first quarter.”
Panama Canal Authority (ACP)
Top security meet set for Abu Dhabi
Top police and security officials from the UAE, Lebanon, UK, France, Germany, and Canada will share their knowledge, experience, and insights on combating threats to international security at the International Security National Resilience (ISNR) Conference Mar 2 in Abu Dhabi.
The one-day conference will be held alongside the inaugural edition of the ISNR Abu Dhabi Exhibition Mar 2-5 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre.
The conference is being organized by the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, in cooperation with Reed Exhibitions Middle East and the UAE’s Ministry of Interior.
INEGMA co-founder and Managing Director Riad Kahwaji said the conference is expected to be attended by up to 300 delegates and more than 100 managers of industrial and security companies.
“The ISNR Conference aims to present delegates and participants with a comprehensive overview of threats and challenges for homeland security and the best and most effective ways to tackle them,” Kahwaji said in a press conference.
“The conference will be an opportunity for delegates and participants to hear from leading security figures who will share their field experience, case studies, research papers, and the use of advanced technology for enhancing national security,” Kahwaji said.
International Security National Resilience (ISNR)