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:
Feed lines have limited capacity, so the loading and unloading sequence is a time consuming process. To cope with this limitation, often more than one loading arm is connected at the same time, in order to double or triple the capacity.
The capture and recovery of hydrocarbon vapors to reduce emissions of environmentally hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOC) is a vital concern in modern oil and gas production and transportation.
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.
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.
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.
One of the challenges when upgrading coal-conveying equipment at Superior Midwest Energy Terminal, a high-volume coal transshipment terminal at the western edge of Lake Superior, was its ambitious loading schedule.
The last decade has seen the evolution of various types of floating terminals. These have been deployed for various usages such as loading, discharging, lighterage, and so on. The most common ones, however, are used for offshore loading of dry bulk cargo – mainly coal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Procurement is the overall process of selecting a contractor for a project. Procurement specifically related to dredging and maritime construction projects typically has several stages.
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.
The Last Word: How the proposed cuts to the DHS’s Port Security Grant program will affect U.S. ports
“The Port Security Grant program provides needed federal help to harden security at U.S. ports. Most port areas have developed five-year plans to enhance security by ranking projects based on risk. By decreasing this funding, these five-year plans cannot be carried out, leaving critical security enhancements undone.