Interview QTerminals Targets 21000 TEU Boxships

first_imgSince its opening in December 2016, Qatar’s Hamad Port has been on a growth trajectory, with monthly volumes increasing by more than twofold, the port’s figures show.Namely, within 14 months since the start of operations, Hamad’s monthly volumes grew from an average of just over 41,000 TEUs per month to 105,000 TEUs per month.The USD 7.4 billion port, located 40 km south of Doha, is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It has been described as the key element of Qatar National Vision 2030, a roadmap for the country’s economic growth.The very start of the operations saw all container terminal operations from the Port of Doha transferred to Hamad.In its first phase, the port is capable of handling 2 million TEUs annually, which is sheduled to rise to 7.5 million TEUs upon scheduled completion in 2020.Mr. Neville Bissett, CEO of QTerminalsIn his first international interview, Mr. Neville Bissett, CEO of QTerminals, a company set up by Qatar Navigation (Milaha) and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) to manage the port, spoke about the main drivers of the port’s growth as well as the goals for its future development.Bissett was appointed as the company’s first CEO in November 2017, shortly after the port’s official inauguration.His appointment came in the wake of the sanctions imposed by the UAE and other Arab states on Qatar, blocking the country’s air, sea, and land border connections.Impact of the Gulf CrisisQatar used the diplomatic fallout to bolster the role of Hamad Port as its maritime hub, helping the country directly import goods from China and Oman instead of transhipping them via Dubai.What is more, the Gulf crisis also resulted in Hamad strengthening its maritime links to other regional ports, including two Omani ports, Sohar and Salalah, Turkish Derince port, Pakistani Port of Karachi and Indian ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva.According to Bissett, the port benefitted from the land blockade, which forced shipments to Qatar to enter via Hamad Port.“The volumes of all types of cargo being handled at Hamad Port have significantly increased as a result of the blockade, where land borders have been sealed, and the vast majority of imports and exports must come in or go out by sea, and to a much lesser extent by air. At the current monthly throughput rate, QTerminals is set to cross the 2 millionth TEU throughput milestone before the end of 2018, with most of the throughput being gateway cargo,” he explained.Qatar’s economy was unfazed by the political crisis, with the country’s GDP forecasted to rise to 3.9 pct in 2019, demonstrating increasing market confidence and continuing infrastructure investment, Bissett pointed out.“The blockade has not affected Qatar’s consumption as all goods and services remain available in the local markets thanks to the fast and effective measures taken by the Qatari Government and the resilience of the business community in Qatar,” he noted.Port capacityHamad Port has the capacity to handle post-Panamax vessels and provides services to shipping giants such as Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, COSCO, Evergreen, Hyundai, MOL, NYK, Yang Ming and PIL, as well as the 2M, the Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance.Milaha and major feeder operators, including Samudera, Tehama and Xpress Feeders, are also calling at the port.The largest vessel handled by Hamad so far is the 14,568 TEU COSCO Kilimanjaro“Our future target is to handle Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) of 21,000+ TEU capacity with a 400+ meters length overall and draft of up to 16 meters. Our equipment selection going forward will be based on these minimum specifications,” Bissett added.“Larger ships have already started calling at Hamad Port, and QTerminals now handles 5 mainline services per week, which is a significant achievement considering that these services previously only called at Lower Gulf hub ports. Hamad Port has the infrastructure and the appropriate equipment to handle the next generation of vessels, and QTerminals has now put in place sufficient incentives – outstanding service delivery, superior productivity — for the mainline vessels to continue calling at Hamad Port,” he said.The port also handles break-bulk, project cargo, bulk, RORO, livestock cargoes and offshore supply vessels.“Since Hamad Port’s start of operations in 2016, we have handled 1.95 million tons of general cargo and almost 80,000 vehicles (RORO). With the dedicated multi-user and offshore supply services terminals due to open, we see significant potential in non-containerized cargo.”One-Millionth TEUJust last month, Hamad Port and QTerminals celebrated handling one millionth TEU in only 14 months of operations.“I believe this achievement is not only a reflection of our efforts but also of our ambitions to grow at a fast yet sustainable rate,” Bissett said.“Our key objectives are to continue to operate safely, improve productivity, offer value-added services, and grow the business in a structured and sustainable way. Investments are planned in the Container Terminal and General Cargo Terminals, the Multi-User Terminal (RORO & Livestock) and the Offshore Supply Terminal. These investments are necessary to ensure Hamad Port is well-positioned for future growth.”“A port community system is under development, which will provide a common, secure platform for port transactions to all port users. We are also positioning Hamad Port as a transshipment hub for the Upper Gulf region.”On a personal noteWhen asked about the experiences since he was named QTerminals’ CEO in November 2017, Bissett said “it has been an exciting journey” so far.“The blockade was just weeks old and the resulting impact on trade had to be confronted and resolved very quickly. At the time, we were taking over operations of the new port and terminal and we were very conscious of the fact that Hamad Port suddenly became the only gateway to Qatar. A management team had to be selected and over 1,000 staff phased in to operate the port 24/7,” he commented.The team managed to keep the port’s operations uninterrupted in cooperation with the Port Authority and other stakeholders and partners.The highest number of TEUs handled on a single vessel is 7,761 TEU on Maersk Saroja Tiga“Going forward, our vision and strategy for QTerminals is to position Hamad Port as our flagship port/terminal and our benchmark. With a focus on employing and retaining the brightest talents, QTerminals aims to be, within three years, the best terminal operator in the region in terms of overall quality of service and client satisfaction. Its long term vision is to be recognized internationally as the most reliable terminal operator and an enabler for the economic growth of Qatar,” Bissett said.Diversifying and expanding trading partner numbers has been identified as a key priority for Qatar’s economy and trade.QTerminals CEO said this was the reason the company was continuously working to forge new trading partnerships with other regions of the world and secure new sources and supply lines for Qatar.“On the other hand, Qatar’s growing exports are also finding their way to new markets. This demand and new opportunities are being created through access to new trade lanes, with a much farther reach than ever before. “The domestic demand for imported goods will remain stable and will keep growing organically. Qatar’s export products (downstream petroleum products) are priced very competitively and will continue to compete well regionally and globally,” he concluded.Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: QTerminalslast_img read more

Cowboys TE Jason Witten to Avoid Spleen Surgery

Jason Witten – What has been a physically trying preseason for the Dallas Cowboys got a little better when team doctors informed tight end Jason Witten that he will not need season-ending surgery to repair a lacerated spleen, ESPN reported Wednesday.The bleeding in Witten’s spleen has finally subsided, leading his doctors to believe that it will heal on its own.Witten, who suffered the injury during an Aug. 13 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, is still aiming to return in time for the Cowboys’ Sept. 5 regular-season opener against New York Giants, but it remains unclear whether he will be ready to play again so soon.A more likely return could be in Week 2, when Dallas plays at Seattle.The news will be welcomed by a team that has been devastated by injuries so far this preseason, particularly throughout its receiving corps. In addition to Witten, Dallas will likely be minus quarterback Tony Romo’s two other top threats in wide receivers Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) until the start of the regular season.Witten, however, is the glue that often keeps the offense together and his loss would have been a major blow to a Dallas team trying to shed its underachieving label of recent years. The nine-year veteran and seven-time Pro Bowl selection is Romo’s unquestioned go-to guy, hauling in 409 passes for 4,824 yards and 21 touchdowns since Romo took over as the starter in 2006.Witten, who is also a key part of the Dallas ground game with his blocking on the edge, has missed just one game in his career because of a fractured jaw he suffered as a rookie in 2003. He’s played through a broken rib, as well as knee and ankle injuries.Witten totaled 79 catches for 942 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, passing Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the tight end with the third-most receptions in NFL history. read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday June 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, June 20, 2019:#1) Wilmington Pop Warner Fundraiser At Fuddruckers From 5pm to 8pm, Fuddruckers — inside Jordan’s Furniture in Reading — will donate 20% of your bill to Wilmington Pop Warner.  So, take a break from cooking, skip the dishes, and eat out to support Wilmington’s young football players and cheerleaders.Make sure to print out the voucher below and present it to the cashier upon payment.#2) RMLD Solar WorkshopReading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites residential, commercial, and municipal customers to attend a free Solar Workshop at 7pm at RMLD Headquarters (230 Ash Street, Reading). The workshop will be held at the start of RMLD’s regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting. A reception with light refreshments and informational displays will be held in the lobby beginning at 6:30 pm.Topics to be covered include:An overview of solar energy production and the economics of solar (system pricing, available incentives and rebates, etc.)Existing RMLD solar programs (Customer Owned Generation Rate, Solar Choice Program)Potential future solar gardenA comprehensive overview of the solar installation processCustomers who wish to attend are asked to register online HERE for planning purposes. A recording of the workshop will be aired on the local community television stations and posted on www.rmld.com as soon as it is available.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5pm in the Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Red Cross Blood Drive At Congregational ChurchThe Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Drop-ins welcome, but registrations strongly suggested. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Wilmington Customers To Free Solar Workshop On June 20In “Government”Support Wilmington Pop Warner At Fuddruckers On June 20In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Upgrade your KitchenAid stand mixer with these gorgeous new bowls

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment See All reading • Upgrade your KitchenAid stand mixer with these gorgeous new bowls The KitchenAid stand mixer makes its mark on home baking Tags We take a look inside the KitchenAid factory 0 The Parasol bowl design on display at IHHS 2019 in Chicago. Chris Monroe/CNET KitchenAid stand mixers aren’t cheap. They’re the kind of kitchen appliance you purchase once, maybe twice in your life. Maybe it’s a wedding gift or graduation present, but you’re likely not swapping it out any time soon. So what do you do when you’re looking to add a little bit of character or change the style of that gorgeous hunk of metal perched permanently atop your counter? KitchenAid has the answer in its decorative ceramic bowls. There are already a few designs on KitchenAid’s website, but at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago on Saturday, the company showcased five new options headed to retailers in 2019. ihhs-2019-58Confetti Sprinkle bowl design adds festive detail to this red mixer. Chris Monroe/CNET These 5-quart ceramic bowls are versatile, too. They are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe as well as oven-safe up to 475 degrees F. The team at KitchenAid say they’re also 30 percent lighter than the older models, yet the Titanium-reinforced ceramic means they should do well at resisting chipping and cracking under normal use. Read more: How color, cake and nostalgia made the KitchenAid stand mixer an American iconHere are the new patterns for 2019, as described by KitchenAid:Confetti Sprinkle: this design sparks inspiration for your next baking experience with a burst of confetti. MSRP: $85Parasol: inspired by worldly travels, this 3-D faceted bowl combines the traditional Japanese parasol umbrella with Scandinavian floral designs. MSRP: $95Scandi Floral: a playful pattern with a hand-painted look that is inspired by Scandinavian floral designs. MSRP: $85Whispering Floral: a subtle gray floral graphic applied to a white chocolate bowl, bringing forth feelings of peace and serenity  to your kitchen. MSRP: $85White Mermaid Lace: a 3D-embossed design inspired by a traditional Japanese fish scale pattern, finished with a reactive glaze that changes the color’s intensity to accentuate the pattern. MSRP: $95The five additions to KitchenAid’s decorative 5-quart ceramic bowl collection will be available beginning in spring 2019.  Small Appliances 8:39 • Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 16 Photos Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice KitchenAidlast_img read more

At SXSW Barack Obamas Call to Action for the Tech Industry

first_imgMarch 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 4 min read Those looking for drama as the first-ever sitting President came to keynote Austin’s SXSW festival were in for a disappointment.The 2,000 attendees were decided via a random ticket lottery, calming the sometimes chaotic SXSW hordes into one simple (yet still enormous) line. The Austin police department, working in tandem with members of the Secret Service and TSA Agents, kept the crowds moving and the security process painless. The sense of excitement was palpable at the Long Center as the Austinite-heavy crowd, a blue speck of citizens in a very red state, prepared themselves to give the commander-in-chief a very warm welcome.After an opening speech by Casey Gerald, President Obama took the stage with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, for a chat on “civic engagement in the 21st century.” It was a wide-ranging talk — one that included a shout-out to local taco favorite Torchy’s as well as discussion of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. But the main call to action went out to to the tech industry, as the commander-in-chief challenged the group to consider how their skills could upgrade any number of legacy systems.“The reason I’m here is to recruit all of you,” he said. “We can start up coming up with new platforms, new ideas across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems we’re facing today.”In the talk, the president noted the infamous launch of the initial Affordable Care Act website — and the massive overhaul it required almost immediately. (“This was embarrassing because I was the cool, early adopter president!” Obama joked). The debacle, he said, exposed the gaps between the digital technology being implemented by private industry and that being implemented by the government. “We had to bring in a SWAT team of all our friends from Silicon Valley and Austin and some of the best software engineers in the world to come in and fix it.”Related: Beyond Comfy Shoes and Extra Chargers: The Advanced Guide to Surviving SXSWThe end result, in part, was the creation of the U.S. Digital Services, a technology office that would assist all government agencies, as well as the push to seek solutions from private industries for legacy problems — especially those created by outdated government software.Outdated systems, said the president, slow nearly every government process including voting. “It is much easier to order a pizza [online] than it is for you to exercise your single most important task in a Democracy.” President Obama asked the audience to think about ways modern technology can redesign a range of systems, admitting that the IRS and DMV have for some become the face of government inefficiency.For everyday citizens, fixing these systems could have an far-reaching impact. “If we make it easier, if it’s being done online, you have the capacity to interact with government in a way that gives you feedback about how your tax dollars are being spent and how this is important,” he said, “It’s a two-way exchange, instead of something that feels distant that you have no control over.”Related: At SXSW: Doubt More and Be Vulnerable – Watch the Inspirational Opening KeynoteOf course, where technology is concerned, there’s not yet a level playing field. As Smith reminded the President, not every American has access to Wi-Fi and most students don’t have Internet outside the classroom. The President acknowledged these gaps and plans to bring high-speed Internet to rural communities and to 99 percent of American classrooms by 2018.Making these changes, possible, however, requires the help of private industry. “One of the tricks to all of this is making sure that whatever government is doing is supplemented with and enhanced by private sectors that are ready to step up.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more