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Congestion Closes Export Gates at Nhava Sheva's Gateway Terminals

JOC Staff | Nov 15, 2013 1:52PM EST        

Slowdowns by container truck drivers at the Gateway Terminals operated by APM Terminals threaten to worsen congestion in Nhava Sheva Port (Jawaharlal Nehru), India’s largest container gateway.

“The private terminal has been facing serious productivity and congestion issues over the past 20-25 days following the go-slow action by truckers,” a shipping line agent at Nhava Sheva said. “The terminal is able to perform only 10 to 12 moves an hour.”

The agent said because of increased congestion at the quayside and in the yard area, the terminal operator has temporarily shut the export gates for all services until further notice.

“Since the terminal remains closed for export intake, container inventory levels at the other two terminals have reached beyond handling limits, causing serious berthing delays, poor productivity and long export truck queues along the main highway system connecting the Nhava Sheva terminal gateways,” APL India said in a notice to customers. “Port congestion will continue until Gateway Terminals returns to normalcy.”

Gateway Terminals, also known as APMT Mumbai, handles about 40 percent of Nhava Sheva’s total container volume.

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Weakened Typhoon Hits Vietnam After Devastating Central Philippines, Heads for China

Mike King, Special Correspondent | Nov 11, 2013 9:23AM EST  www.joc.com 

People walk among debris next to a ship washed ashore in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan at Anibong in Tacloban, the Philippines on Nov. 11, 2013. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images.

More than 10,000 people are feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) caused widespread devastation in the central Philippines on Friday and Saturday.

In the worst affected areas, communications systems have been wiped out; roads, ports and airports remain closed, and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are struggling to find clean water, food and shelter.

Lufthansa has lent its hand to the relief effort by sending 25 tons of aid free of charge on one of its wide-body jets to Manila to speed up delivery of emergency supplies to affected areas. “In catastrophes, every hour counts in the provision of aid and the logistics are paramount,” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Lufthansa Cargo Chairman.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., has announced plans to make a donation of US$30,000 to aid those affected by the typhoon in the PhilippinesThe main portion of its donation will go to those on the island of Leyte, through the group company Magsaysay MOL Marine, Inc., a Manila-based seafarer manning company founded in 1997 as a joint venture with Magsaysay Maritime Corp. MOL said it is planning other relief efforts as the situation unfolds.

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London Gateway to Open for Business on Nov. 6

London Gateway, the first major new port to be built in the U.K. for several decades, will open for business on the north bank of the River Thames on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The arrival of the MOL Caledon, a 5,000-TEU container ship operated by Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in a joint, weekly Europe-to-South Africa service, will launch a fierce battle for cargo with Felixstowe, the U.K.’s largest container port further up the east coast.

The $2.4 billion deep water terminal, located 24 miles east of downtown London, will handle the MOL Caledon at its first berth, which will be followed by a second in April and a third by the end of 2014.

London Gateway, which is owned by DP World, will have an initial annual capacity of 1.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units.

Full article: http://www.joc.com/port-news/european-ports/london-gateway-open-business-nov-6_20131104.html   

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