News / Port authority greenlights talks with MSC over new home for the carrier at Antwerp

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 13/02/2014 The role of Antwerp as a north-west European hub port for the proposed P3 Alliance took another step forward this week after the port authority announced that it was to proceed with discussions with P3 partner MSC on the development of a new terminal.MSC is already Antwerp’s largest container customer, with a throughput last year of 4.6m teu, which represented more than half of the port’s total. Late last year the line applied to develop new facilities in the Deurganck dock area.Currently, its traffic goes through the MSC Home Terminal, located behind the Berendrecht lock, the largest maritime lock in the world. The terminal is operated by the carrier in conjunction with local Port Singapore affiliate PSA-HNN.In a statement, the port authority said: “MSC announced in 2013 that in order to accommodate future growth in the port of Antwerp it wished to move its operations to the Deurganck dock as it had already reached its limits in the Delwaide dock, not only in terms of terminal capacity but also in terms of the size of ships. When MSC introduces vessels of 16,000teu and 18,000teu in the near future it will be impossible for these to be handled behind the Berendrecht lock.” That was followed by a period of consultation with the port’s other stakeholders and possible investors to determine whether there were other projects or proposals of equal or greater merit.“Based on the results of the enquiry, it now appears that no alternatives of similar importance are proposed. The port authority board of directors has therefore granted authority to the management committee – with power of subdelegation – to carry out further discussions with the stakeholders concerned, in order to consider the way in which the proposed MSC project can be carried out in the port of Antwerp and in the Deurganck dock in particular,” the statement added.However, some port observers have pointed out that tey believe the lock’s dimensions would still be enough for the latest ultra-large containerships ships to pass through it.“At high water, the depth over the sill is nearly 18 metres, and the draught on the berths at the MSC Home terminal is 15.6 metres. So it’s not draught that’s the primary issue, it’s the terminal capacity,” one said.However, he added that given the size of MSC’s business in the port and its need for greater operating efficiencies, it was always going to be difficult for the port authority to turn down its request.“It seems highly likely that the port authority will give them what they want, given their importance to the port,” he said. “And it is true that for the biggest ships, it’s always going to be easier to berth at a riverside terminal than have to lock in and out, especially when arrival and sailing times are critical in terms of the tide.”Of course, MSC’s relocation – and, by proxy, its P3 partners, should the vessel-sharing agreement receive regulatory approval – would create a hole in the Delwaide operations: either an opportunity for new container carriers to enter the Antwerp business, or for the port to convert it to some other type of cargo operation.last_img read more

What’s behind the delay in publishing the Justice Bill?

first_imgSo when is the government going to publish its Justice Bill, containing the legal aid reforms, Jackson proposals on civil litigation funding and sentencing reforms? This is the question to which everyone wants an answer. Speculation on the date has been rife, with dates suggested from the end of May, 8 June, 15 June and 20 June. Sources close to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke indicated to the Gazette last week that the bill has to be laid by 16 June at the latest in order for it to get through parliament in the current session. However, the widespread reports today that Clarke may have to shelve key planks of his proposed sentencing reforms, has prompted speculation that the bill will be delayed by some weeks. As reported in the Gazette last week, it appears that proposals to save £130 million by reducing the prison population are to be dropped. Clarke had proposed that defendants would get a 50% reduction in their prison sentence if they entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity. But following a backlash from some sections of the media over Clarke’s comments on rape, and opposition to the proposals from some Tory MPs, it seems that the prime minister David Cameron has intervened to ask the Ministry of Justice to go back to the drawing board on the plan. The MoJ is giving nothing away. It will not comment on what will or will not be in the bill, or on speculation in the media. When asked for an indication of when the bill will be published, the MoJ replies over the last couple of weeks have been ‘in due course’ and ‘shortly’. Today, the most that a spokesman would say was that ‘publication is expected in the next few weeks’. The Home Office said the bill and its timing was a matter for the MoJ, even though home secretary Teresa May had given briefings on sentencing reform this morning, and was reported to have said that the bill has been delayed. Number 10 would neither confirm nor deny the prime minister’s involvement in the process, or that the sentencing proposals are to be amended. All its spokeswoman would say was that the government had consulted on ‘proposals’ set out in the green paper, and a policy announcement will be made in due course. What seems to be clear is that things are definitely up in the air, and the various government departments themselves do not seem to know what the situation is. Reading between the lines from the scraps of information being dragged out of government spokespeople, and piecing together the morsels gathered from our sources, it appears that the MoJ is keen to get the bill out there as soon as possible. That’s because if the MoJ cannot find the £130m savings it had planned to from its sentencing reforms (because it was overruled by Downing Street), it wants the Treasury to stump up the cash instead. The MoJ does not want the bill to be pushed back until it comes up with an alternative savings plan. Instead it wants to use the imminent publication of the bill as leverage to encourage the Treasury to cough up. Or so some experts believe. The Treasury would not comment on whether it had been approached for assistance from the MoJ, but a spokeswoman said it will ‘not be reopening the settlement in the spending review’. What does this mean for legal aid lawyers? Well, if Clarke can persuade the Treasury to bail him out, he may not need to look to the legal aid budget, which is already facing a £350m cut, to find further savings. So, perhaps legal aid lawyers should hope that the bill is published as soon as possible. A delay might imply that Clarke has been unable to do a deal with the purse holders, and has to find further savings. And no doubt the legal aid pot would seem one of the most likely for him to raid.last_img read more

Manager dashes West Ham’s hopes after Hammers offer – Would be…

first_imgRiver Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo has claimed it would be ‘ridiculous’ for them to accept a bid for Gonzalo Montiel amid West Ham’s interest in the player. Yesterday we brought you a report from TyC Sports that West Ham had seen a bid for the right-back rejected outright by the Argentinian club.According to the report, the Hammers had proposed a loan deal until the end of the season, which they would pay €500,000 for, and wanted to include a purchase option for €10m as well.This was rejected by River, who have ‘flatly refused’ to even enter negotiations with West Ham about a transfer.Embed from Getty ImagesMontiel is considered one of the key players in Gallardo’s team, having made 90 appearances since his debut in 2016, and TyC’s stance was that he would not be leaving regardless of the interest from the Hammers.Gallardo added to that, stating it would be ridiculous for his team to sanction any deal this month.“I think there are interests of clubs in the world for River players and not all of them are, from the economic point of view, realistic,” TNT Sports report him saying in a press conference.“We have a heritage that we try to defend. No matter where you come from, if you have a real interest, you are going to be having to make a proposal that at least we evaluate in a positive way.“Now if you come with a loan to find a valuable player of ours, I say ‘thank you, but no’. It is not what we want.“And less in full competition. It would be ridiculous for us to accept, not even to start a conversation when you come with such a proposal.“And Quintero is the same if a proposal comes. One thing is interest and another thing is reality.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more