Official launch of the Berbera Port expansion

Few days ago, during a groundbreaking ceremony organized in Somaliland, the first phase of the building of the Berbera port’s expansion has begun. It has been officially launched by the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Adi and the DP World Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. This step will gather a 400m quay, 250 000 square meters of expansion and a free zone dedicated to create a new regional trading hub. To carry out this construction, DP World Berbera chose its partner Shafa Al Nadha Contracting, which have been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal as well as the Port of Maputo expansion in Mozambique.

Photo: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group

Konecranes deliveres six forklift trucks to DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1

DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1 has taken a delivery of six Konecranes forklift trucks. Ordered in November 2017, the forklift trucks delivered in June are the model Konecranes SMV16-1200C with a lifting capacity of 16 metric tons at 1200 millimetres and a wheelbase of 3750 millimetres. To fulfil DP World’s safety requirements the machines are equipped with overload protection system, disabled forklift operation when seatbelt is disengaged and Groeneveld Greensight reverse system, which is an obstacle detection system combining reverse camera with ultrasound sensors for enhanced safety. Yahya Al Suwaidi, Manager Plant Workshop T1, DP World UAE Region, said: “Since we have very demanding operations we need machines with high productivity and minimum downtime. Due to the quality and reliability of the machines together with excellent aftersales support we choose Konecranes.”

DP World has 65 marine terminals across six continents with Jebel Ali Port, voted as the best seaport in the middle east, as their flagship facility.

Saudi Bahri armament ground handling in Harota-Port of Le Havre

The Haropa-port of Le Havre is receiving since the beginning of 2018 the national Saudi Bahri armament, represented in Le Havre by Shipping Agency Service with a Roro service, standard, containers and heavy transport. This bimonthly service further increases Haropa’s position among various major industrial port customers from Europe. 

Six ships are required to perform this mission including the Bahri Tabuk which recently started this new link in Le Havre early in the year. This six vessels, 225m long, are fitted with a 250t capacity access ramp as well as two rail mounted deck cranes and several machines for freight and construction. 

Jacques R. Saadé, Founding President of the French group CMA-CGM, has passed away

Jacques R. Saadé, the Founding President of the CMA-CGM Group, a global shipping giant, has passed away on the 24th of June at the age of 81. After leaving Lebanon with his family during the Civil War, Jacques R. Saadé founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA) 40 years ago, on 13 September 1978.

He began with four collaborators including his brother-in-law and right-hand man Farid Salem, initially with a single ship and only one maritime service between Marseille and Beirut.

Over the years, he developed his company to become one of the leaders in container shipping.

Among the major stages of the group’s development, there was notably the acquisition of the Compagnie Générale Maritime in 1996 and Delmas in 2005. Two acquisitions that allowed CMA -CGM to reach the place of the third largest container shipping company in the world, a place that the group has never left since. A man with strong ties to the city of Marseille, where the Group was founded, Jacques R. Saadé built the CMA CGM Tower in 2006, the new headquarters of the Group and now a symbol of the city of Marseilles.

In 2015, Jacques R. Saadé, was conferred the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honor by the President of France.

On 7 February 2017, on his 80th birthday, he appointed Radolphe Saadé to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and then appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors on the 24th of November, the same year.

Bolloré Logistics Singapore completed a load-out of six crew boats

The operation involved receiving six crew boats, 22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high, from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, to the specially chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradle, with a total weight of 45 tons. The main challenge for Bolloré Logistics Singapore was to meet the very short deadlines for the preparation of operations and the coordination between the various stakeholders.

As the boats could not be “self-navigated” in Singapore waters and could not be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel, Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize the barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location.

Although the preparation took place very shortly before loading, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to quickly mobilize its teams of specialists. They have come up with a large number of innovative solutions which were then offered to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed, the entire operation was smooth and the vessels were loaded without delay or Lost Time Injury (LTI).

CMA-CGM commercialized Traxens, an innovative solution for container tracking

The French group CMA-CGM, one of the maritime transport leaders, just announced a new offer for container tracking : Traxens. This connected device is fixed on the container and then check its location by land or by sea. It enables to know the intensity of the bumps and the temperature change outside. It can also know if the doors are open or closed. By a warning system in near real time, customers can track the goods and gain agility in the different stages of the transport.

Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network, explained that « CMA CGM reaffirms its customer centricity strategy by offering this innovative solution. With nearly 19 million containers carried in 2017, the generalization of smart containers in the Group’s fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their supply chain.”

50 million euros from EIB for the development of Marseille Fos

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the port of Marseille Fos signed at the end of May a financial partnership of 50 million euros. The monetary institution has undertaken to pay this amount in order to support the development projects of the port. Five of them include a global investment of 136 million euros and concern among other things the redevelopment of several terminals and the « expansion of the North channel for the large cruise ships reception », as the port announced. This partnership follows the previous one signed in 2008 to build the Fos 2XL terminal.

 

Photo : Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chairwoman of Marseille Fos and Ambroise Fayolle, BEI’s Vice-President

Intermarine and Zeaborn to form joint venture

Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.

DCT Gdansk breaks the 9 million / TEU in 10 years

DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest container terminal, has surpassed the handling of 9 million TEU since its opening 10 years ago.

With 1.3 km of deep-water quay-line, 11 STS cranes handles over 460 vessels per year. In 2017, DCT Gdansk was ranked as the 16th largest port in Europe with 1.6 million TEUs processed.

“The DCT terminal that we see today, is the product of constant investment year after year to create a true gateway to the world for Poland,” said Cameron Thorpe, of DCT Gdansk SA.

Delivery of a Konecranes reach stacker in the Brest terminal by SNM Heavy Handling

Recently, SNM Heavy Handling delivered a Konecranes Liftace RS-31 reach stacker at the Brest terminal. Fitted with the Lifttace technology powered by Terex, the machine can lift until 45t in first row and 31t in second row. the RS-31 can reach a 15m maximum stacking height, corresponding to a pile of five standard containers. SNM Heavy Handling is part of the SNM Group, which gathers as well SNM Cranes for onshore handling and SNM Lift for access platforms. More info in the next issue of the Move it Magazine …