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Edition 49

In our latest edition, we explore the geographical strategies of global terminal operators; how to recognise the bogus bomb and drug detectors that are finding their way into ports; and look at new innovations in the design of floating bulk terminals.

Papers in this edition:


The changing face of Indonesian LNG and LPG markets

Indonesia has been one of the world’s leading exporters of LNG and LPG for three decades. However, because proven gas reserves are now being drawn down faster than they are being replaced, overseas shipments of both LNG and LPG have peaked in recent years.

Underwater threat reduction in ports – is it necessary?

Ports are the lifeblood of most of the world’s countries – a disruption in one of them can create chaos thousands of miles away. For example, a major industrial accident in a UK south coast port facility recently caused a significant downturn in production in a car manufacturing facility. Protection of a port and its environs is accepted practice across the globe with a range of initiatives and technology in place to profile and manage traffic entering both territorial waters and port limits – but many countries forget the sub-surface threat, and this is done at their peril. Earlier in 2010, for example, Israel detected a series of potential terrorists wearing scuba diving equipment off the Gaza coast.

Recognizing bogus explosive and drug detection technology

Ports are offered a bewildering array of products that claim to meet the ISPS code and today’s security demands to detect explosives, drugs and stowaways. One particular class of hand-held scanner on the market does not work. Such devices have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan with significant lack of success against bombers and have been responsible for deaths in Thailand.

Constructing and equipping India’s deepest all-weather private sea port

The Dhamra-Chandbali Port is located north of the river Dhamra, about 68 km from Bhadrak District in Orissa, between Haldia and Paradip, India. The port is being developed by Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) as a 50:50 joint venture between Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Tata Steel, on Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer (BOOST) basis. The Port Company has been given a concession to operate the port for a period of 34 years, including a period of four years for construction.

Understanding the physics of cable

In the cable business, manufacturers are continuously looking for new technologies and production methods to give them an advantage. Recently, however, Prysmian has seen several claims from cable manufactures and system integrators purporting to offer performance that exceeds well-proven principles and Prysmian believes this is causing confusion.

A Dock Information System for the Great Lakes: Part 2

This paper documents the second phase of a wider data collection effort undertaken by the University of Toledo and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Corps) for a web-based system used to collect, organize, and transfer data pertaining to piers, wharves, docks and terminals (i.e. dock facilities) in support of maritime transportation.

Low-pressure fenders for ship-to-shore LNG transfers

In recent years fendering requirements for ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operations have tended to become the preserve of high-pressure (HP) floating pneumatic fenders.The situation is supported by the current guidelines governing petroleum and LNG STS operations, which were developed on the basis of HP units that prevailed at the time of writing, but this regime may unnecessarily restrict the use of other fender types, even where these may be more appropriate for the task.

Detecting oil on water using microwave radar

It is well understood that a key driver to minimizing oil spill damage in the marine environment is early detection and clean-up. Microwave radar has been proven effective in the detection of oil on water. Detection is accomplished by distinguishing a reduced signal return where the wind-generated capillary waves on the ocean’s surface are suppressed due to the presence of oil.

Making cold ironing make sound business sense

Shore-to-ship power supply is frequently presented as a way for port authorities and shipping lines to substantially reduce environmental impact, while the economic case for shore power has tended to remain more elusive.

Global Networks in the Container Terminal Operating Industry: Part 1

Global terminal operators are defined as companies involved in international port terminal operations with a view of establishing globe-spanning network services. They account for a growing separation between the role assumed by port authorities and terminal operations.



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