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Terminals & Storage November/December 2016 BULKDISTRIBUTOR 19 Containers lead Marseille Fos growth trend C ontainer throughput at port of Marseille Fos reached 956,999 TEU for the first nine months, a 4 percent rise on January-September last year driven by 6 percent growth at the Fos deepsea terminals. Box tonnage also rose 4 percent to 9.18 million tonnes, leading general cargo to 13.9 million tonnes (+3 percent). The main support came from ro-ro traffic – up 5 percent to 3.06 million tonnes – which included 130,616 import/ export vehicles, a 6 percent increase boosted by a 17 percent surge in September. Liquid bulks finished the period 1 percent ahead on 36.8 million tonnes. Oil & gas volumes contributed 34.3 million tonnes, underpinned by crude imports of 19.6 million tonnes - each result echoing the one-point gain – but marked by LNG rising 31 percent to 4.1 million tonnes. Meanwhile liquid chemicals and agro-products ended 9 percent down on 2.5 million tonnes. Marseille Fos port authority has announced that it will launch a call next summer for long-term projects to redevelop the J1 ferry terminal and adjacent areas as an innovative amenity at the heart of the city. With international ferry services currently hosted at J1 due for relocation at nearby Cap Janet in 2020, the plan reflects ‘a major ambition’ to preserve and earn income from the authority’s heritage property portfolio as a sup plement to port activity revenues. Leading international names in architecture and development will be briefed to submit culturally sympathetic proposals compatible with the history, activity and location of the site. This includes the three-storey building of 22,000 sqm, a 10,000 sqm yard, 150m of quay, a 4,000 sqm water basin and, as an option, 700m of the sea wall. After a December 2017 deadline, candidates will be shortlisted in February 2018 ahead of final selection by an international jury in November that year. Containers boosted Marseilles traffic SOCAR snaps up OMV Petrol Dow, Vopak add to Ofisi Aliağa Antwerp capacity A group of international investors led by Azerbaijan’s SOCAR has reached an agreement with OMV to acquire the Aliağa Storage Facilities owned by OMV Petrol Ofisi AŞ. The facilities will be used for storage and also serve as shipping points for STAR Refinery, which broke ground in 2012 and will become fully operational by 2018, while the acquisition is a stage in the previously planned logistics strategy of the refinery project. Aliağa Terminal has a capacity of 200,000 cbm of oil and 45,000 cbm of LPG. The acquisition, which is expected to enhance the effectiveness of the STAR Refinery operations currently under way at Petkim Peninsula, will increase SOCAR’s storage in the region and improve co-operation with distribution companies using the same facility. SOCAR Turkey CEO Zaur Gahramanov said there were possibilities of increasing the capacity up to 700,000 cbm and LPG storage facilities too can be increased. Adding that the STAR Refinery project is progressing at full speed and expected to become fully operational by 2018, Gahramanov said that the acquisition process is carried out in partnership with international investors. As part of the long-term storage deal and for the duration of the agreement, OMV Petrol Ofisi will continue to use the oil and LPG tanks in Aliağa. The deal will also provide OMV Petrol Ofisi with the rights to use the terminal for imports and shipping. Closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions including approval by competition authorities and is expected by year-end 2016. 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During the entire project duration of 840 days (from concept to handover) there was not a single lost-time accident, even on peak days when there could be as many as 165 subcontractors at work, the port authority stated. BEST deal on the table B arcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) signed an agreement on 3 October with Merlin Properties’ intermodal logistics platform, Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL Port), to reduce supply chain costs. ZAL Port is located adjacent to BEST, a subsidiary of Hutchison Ports, and offers the possibility for setting up logistics centres with easy access to an extensive network of roads and highways which connect to major Spanish cities and the rest of Europe, to three freight railway stations, and is situated just 6 km from the cargo centre at Barcelona El Prat International Airport. Guillermo Belcastro, CEO of BEST, said: “This co-operation agreement is a gamechanger and will allow logistics operators to find the most cost effective, efficient and reliable supply chains. We believe that the combination of BEST and ZAL will bring real value to the market and enhance Barcelona’s position as the main gateway to Southern Europe for Far East traffic.” Alfonso Martinez, CEO of ZAL Port, added: “This co-operation will allow the logistics market to grow, bringing the port new clients with new freight, giving them a complete solution for their logistics chain.” BEST is the first semi-automated terminal run by HPH. It is capable of serving multiple mega-vessels simultaneously and has an eight-track railway facility, the biggest on-dock railway terminal of any port in the Mediterranean, connecting it to traffic coming from, and destined for, Southern Europe. Intermodal Asia 21-23 March 2017 Shanghai, China www.intermodal-asia.com Powertex 18 Logichem Rishi 13 28-30 March 2017 Movenpick Amsterdam, Netherlands Tank Bag 11 www.logichem.wbresearch.com Tisza Textil 16 Van Den Bosch For information on advertising contact us on: +44 (0)1565 653283 Published 6 times a year. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. ISSN 1462-0731 8 StocExpo 28-30 March 2017 Rotterdam, Netherlands Multimodal 4-6 April 2017 NEC Birmingham, UK www.multimodal.org.uk ZAL Port is located adjacent to BEST