Ports

Port of Ajos, Kemi, Finland

Metsä Fibre and Lehto Sign Preliminary Agreement on Construction of Port Warehouse for Kemi Bioproduct Mill

Feb. 8, 2021 - Metsä Fibre and the construction company Lehto Group have signed a preliminary agreement on the construction of a port warehouse for Metsä Fibre’s proposed bioproduct mill planned to be built in Kemi, Finland.

The warehouse, to be built in the Port of Ajos, Kemi, would serve as the new mill’s pulp warehouse before the products are shipped to customers. The floor area of the port warehouse would be nearly 40,000 square metres, and the construction would take around two years. Warehouse's high-ceiling elements would be manufactured from Metsä Group’s wooden elements.

The degree of Finnish origin in the delivery by the Kempele-based Lehto would be around 80 per cent.

“We want to work with the best professionals in each field to build a modern bioproduct mill in Kemi,” Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director of Metsä Fibre’s Kemi bioproduct mill. “We require our partners to commit to the goals of the project in terms of safety, schedules and quality. Lehto Group operates according to these principles and we have every chance of carrying out a successful project together.

“In addition to this, we appreciate Lehto's way of utilizing Metsä Group's wood products in the implementation of the warehouse. The port warehouse is an important part of the bioproduct mill and its logistics chain,” Johansson noted.

The construction phase of the port warehouse will be accelerated by Lehto’s modern production concepts of industrial building.

Jaakko Heikkilä, Group’s EVP of Business Premises for Lehto, explained, “Lehto is an experienced operator in warehouse and logistics projects. We have standard concepts which allow the rapid commencement of the project. We are also going to increase the efficiency of the site phase by using industrial prefabrication. The large wooden roof elements to be used in the project will be made at Lehto’s own factories in Finland.”

According to Metsä Fibre, the Kemi bioproduct mill – which would operate entirely without fossil fuels – would produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts. The investment would secure the existing 250 jobs at the current Kemi mill. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill would employ a total of around 2,500 people in Finland, which would be 1,500 people more than the employment effect of the current pulp mill in Kemi.

The new bioproduct mill in Kemi would increase the value of Finnish exports by more than EUR 0.5 billion a year and the mill's annual income effect would be also EUR 0.5 billion a year.

The preconditions for making the decision on the EUR 1.5 billion investment in the Kemi bioproduct mill are expected to be in place in early 2021.

SOURCE: Metsä Fibre

 

PhilaPort

It’s Official: PhilaPort is the Fastest Growing Port on the U.S. East Coast

Feb. 5, 2021 (Press Release) - PhilaPort achieved a 7% increase in container volumes in 2020. This placed The Port of Philadelphia as the fastest growing container port on the U.S. East Coast. These impressive cargo levels continue a decade-long trend of prosperity for the Port, which has realized 10% compound annual growth.

The worldwide COVID pandemic has created unprecedented difficulties for global supply chains. However, certain market sectors, such as perishables and forest products, have surged.

The Port of Philadelphia is well known throughout the world for its refrigerated cargo expertise. These cargoes include grapes, bananas, pineapples, mangos, plantains, blueberries and asparagus, just to name several. Despite hardships, people still need to eat, and consumers are seeing the benefits of fresh, non-processed foods. Cold supply chain expertise in the port community has allowed for the rapid movement of all types of perishable cargo products.

“We are working daily to make improvements. Clearly, shippers are noticing,” said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO. “Our longshoremen and our terminal operator, HOLT, have done an excellent job staying safe and moving cargo.”

PhilaPort saw a five-year historic high in forest product cargoes

Additionally, PhilaPort saw a five-year historic high in forest product cargoes. For 2020, the Port was up 14%, and for the month of December the Port saw an increase of 61% vs. December 2019. For breakbulk alone, PhilaPort terminals handled 928,000 tons. Containerized forest products were estimated to be 20,000 units.

Piers 78-80 handle all kinds of forest products, including paper, pulp and lumber originating in Northern Europe.

“This port handles almost 1 million tons of forest products in a normal year.  But COVID and new modes of consumer behavior have resulted in even greater amounts of forest products entering our Port,” said Penn Warehousing and Distribution’s Tom Mutz.

Penn Warehousing and Distribution operates PhilaPort’s Forest Products Center, which includes Piers 78-80. Forest products cargo segments include packaging materials, lumber for home improvement projects, printing paper, healthcare and safety products, and personal hygiene goods.

“We have worked hard to keep our workers safe, and to keep the flow of these essential goods moving,” stated Bob Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, the operator of the Port’s Tioga Marine Terminal. “The fact that PhilaPort built new purpose-built warehousing for forest products certainly helped our operation,” Palaima concluded.

SOURCE: PhilaPort (The Port of Philadelphia)

 

JAXPORT expansion project

JAXPORT Adds an Additional 700 Feet of Newly Reconstructed Berthing Space

Jan. 25, 2021 - Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) contractors have completed the latest phase in a total of $104 million in berth enhancements at the existing SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island, adding an additional 700 linear feet of newly rebuilt deepwater berthing space.

The final phase of the project, another 700 linear feet, is anticipated to be finished by the end of 2021.

The SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal is a public-private partnership between JAXPORT and SSA Atlantic. Upon completion of the berth enhancements later this year, the facility will feature two newly reconstructed 1,200-foot-long container berths capable of simultaneously accommodating two post-Panamax vessels. The berths are electrified to handle a total of six state-of-the-art environmentally friendly electric-powered 100-gauge container cranes, including three currently in use.

Phased yard improvements are underway to enable SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal to accommodate up to 700,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually.

“From berth enhancements that will support more environmentally-friendly cranes to terminal improvements and a deeper harbor, 2021 will be a year of significant progress for many of our major growth projects,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “These projects all work together to maximize Jacksonville’s logistics advantages for our customers and bring more jobs and business to Northeast Florida.”

The federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to a depth of 47 from its current depth of 40 feet is fully funded through Blount Island, with anticipated completion in 2022, three years ahead of its original schedule. A vessel turning basin that will allow larger vessels to turn at Blount Island berths is on track to be completed by the end of 2021.

JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Dozens of ocean carriers call at JAXPORT, offering competitive transit times to 140 ports in more than 70 countries. To learn more, visit: www.jaxport.com

SOURCE: JAXPORT

 

Western Group President Brad Eshleman to Retire; W.D. “Bill” Mooney Named Successor

Brad EshlemanJan. 19, 2021 - Western Group’s president Brad Eshleman announced that he will retire effective February 28, 2021, and that W.D. (Bill) Mooney will succeed him.

Eshleman has been with Western for over 35 years and has served as President, Western Group and President, Western Stevedoring Company Limited since February 1, 2011. He will continue on in an advisory role to the Board and President through 2021.

“I feel very fortunate to have been part of growing and diversifying Western Stevedoring,” Eshleman said. “Western has grown into one of the largest and most diversified marine logistics companies in B.C. in partnership with our customers and stakeholders."

Bill Mooney Mooney has held numerous senior executive positions with several global agricultural companies throughout his career with a focus on building teams and growing organizations within those supply chains. He was instrumental in the formation of G3 Global Grain Group, and he led the construction of the G3 Vancouver Grain Terminal. Mooney brings a unique skill set to lead the Western Group: driving organizational development, empowering people, and delivering on mission critical issues within complex business environments, all of which will contribute to the future success of the Western Group.

Mooney will join Western Group as President on March 1, 2021.

Note: Western Stevedoring on Jan. 7 announced a rebranding of its corporate entity as “Western Group.” The Group’s operating divisions include: Western Stevedoring Company Limited, Coast2000 Terminals Ltd., and Tidal Transport Ltd. (joint venture partner with Western).

Western Stevedoring is a diversified stevedoring, terminal and logistics company with operations throughout British Columbia since 1948. To learn more, visit: www.westeve.com.

SOURCE: Western Stevedoring

 

Euroports Mantsinen Harbour Crane - Port of Pietarsaari

Euroports Commissions Mantsinen 200 Hydraulic Harbour Crane at the Port of Pietarsaari

Jan. 12, 2021 - In mid-December, Euroports commissioned its new Mantsinen 200 hydraulic harbour crane at the Port of Pietarsaari. The major export port mainly handles pulp, sawn timber, coal, and industrial raw materials.

The new crane is a nearly 2 million euro investment.

With the new crane, Euroports will be able to load and unload ships and increase performance figures in all cargo types.

“In terms of production efficiency, we are talking about an increase of more than 10%, as the loading capacity will increase by at least 25%,” says Operations Director Pauli Rautiainen.

The crawler crane is equipped with long booms and a high undercarriage and was assembled in the port area in the second week of December. It was commissioned for production use in week 51.

In practice, the increase in loading capacity means that with the new crane, Euroports will be able to handle four packages of sawn goods at once instead of the current three. Similarly, the four packages of pulp that Euroports can handle now will become six.

The Mantsinen 200 was equipped with a variety of accessories to suit all cargo needs, Euroports noted.

Euroports explained that the crane is used to handle bulk and general cargo, and therefore acquired a fully automated six-unit lifting device for handling pulp, a four-unit lifting device for handling sawn goods, and buckets for handling bulk and pulpwood.

The nearly two-million-euro crane investment is important for Euroports Pietarsaari’s operations. With the new crane, the port will also be able to meet the needs of larger ships calling at the port.

“Our turnover is approximately 7 million euros, so this is a major investment that will take our operations forward. The investment reflects the Group’s confidence in the current and future profitability of the Pietarsaari unit,” says Rautiainen.

Euroports said that it has received a lot of positive feedback from customers about this investment. The crane is equipped with a HybriLift system, which delivers financial savings and reduces emissions. Rautiainen emphasises that environmental friendliness is an important aspect of the port operator’s day-to-day operations.

The device charges its pressure accumulators whenever the boom is lowered, which helps reduce the load on the engine. Compared to traditional models, Euroports aims to decrease energy consumption by up to 35%.

Euroports is one of the largest port-infrastructure companies in Europe. Each year Euroports handles more than 60 million tons of liquid, bulk, breakbulk and containerised goods. The company develops, operates and manages global maritime supply chain solutions for international customers in specific industry sectors. To learn more, visit: www.euroports.com.

 
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