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Piling work is underway to extend the existing facilities at the Port of Tripoli in Lebanon by constructing a 600 m long berth for loading/offloading ships together with an area for container storage.

To install the sheet and tubular piles required for the foundations the main contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company, is using a crane-suspended BSP International Foundations CG300 hydraulic piling hammer powered by a HydroPak with a 250kW output.

Initial dredging to a depth of 15 m is being carried out around the location of the proposed berth. The dredged spoil is deposited in an area at the end of the berth to reclaim land. A combi wall is to be constructed using more than 360 (AU20) sheet piles and 190 steel tubular piles, 27 m long with a diameter of 1.22 m and a wall thickness of 15.88 mm. This wall will extend out into the sea from the existing quay and run 600 m along the coastline.

The piles are to be driven approximately 10 m into the seabed through a 15 m depth of water. Over 200 bearing piles with a diameter of 1.066 m and a length of 37 m are to be installed parallel to the combi wall and are to be driven almost 21 m into the seabed. Ground conditions below the seabed comprise various silty clays (stiff to hard, medium plastic). Driving conditions are good as shown by the standard penetration test values which range from N-15 at the seabed to N-35 at the pile toe.

With a 20 t ram weight, the CG300 is the largest model in BSP’s five-model CG heavy duty piling hammer range. However, the company can tailor-build larger units for special projects or to suit customer requirements. Although BSP has sold piling equipment for civil engineering projects in Lebanon, the CG300 is the first of its type to be sold in that country.

The CG300 has been designed to operate from piling rig leaders or crane-suspended and is suitable to drive a wide variety of bearing piles. When working in crane-suspended mode, as on this Tripoli project, a tubular pile guide is used which is directly connected to the bottom of the hammer cage. Piling helmets are also available to efficiently transfer the hammer impact to the pile.

China Harbour Engineering Company’s piling consultant Elias Azar said: “We are extremely pleased with the performance of the CG300. The pile heads have not been damaged during driving which I know is due to the pile cap fitting correctly on the pile heads.

Also, final driving set is averaging 6.7-11.5mm per blow for every 10 hammer blows.”
 

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Port of Beirut (News)

Logistics firm opens first warehouse in port's 'Free Zone'
By Michael Bluhm
Daily Star staff
Thursday, April 12, 20


BEIRUT: Net Logistics opened the first warehouse at the Port of Beirut's new Logistics Free Zone on Wednesday, following the blueprint for success of Lebanese companies during the country's political and economic stagnation: Focus on regional markets and mostly ignore the floundering domestic one.

Net Logistics, the Lebanese-owned local agent for the multinational logistics firm Eagle, aims to funnel 80 percent of its cargo traffic here to foreign destinations, CEO Mourad Aoun told The Daily Star Wednesday.

"We want to bring back the traditional role of Lebanon as gateway to the Middle East," said Aoun. "If Lebanon wants to be part of the global economy, we have to play the role of logistics platform for the Levant."

Drawing on Beirut's fortuitous geographic position and its deep-water port, freight will typically arrive from Europe on its way to Iraq, Jordan and Syria. From the perspective of multinationals, Lebanon can also offer some of the Middle East's more skilled professionals, said Bruno Sidler, head of Eagle's operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"We have the perfect location," Sidler said. "We have the infrastructure."

Logistics firms can also take advantage of two of the world's three largest shipping lines which have made Beirut a transshipment hub, as the Lebanon-as-regional-gateway recipe has been pursued aggressively by the port's operator, the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium.

Thanks to the new warehouse, Net Logistics plans to handle more than $9 million in cargo this year, almost 50 percent more than its previous annual best of $6.2 million, reached in 2005. The two-month Israeli naval blockade brought last year's turnover down to $5.5 million.

"We are very optimistic about the future of 2007 despite what's happening [in Lebanon], because of the regional business," Aoun said.

Net Logistics invested about $750,000 in the new storehouse, which can accommodate 100 containers. The freight companies expect their most frequent clients to be high-tech firms, moving computers and telecommunications equipment into the region. The automotive industry will need logistics firms to ship spare parts and finished cars here, and equipment for oil and other energy-related enterprises should also pass through, Sidler said.

Short of another blockade, Lebanon's malaise will affect Free Zone businesses mostly as a brake on plans for local franchises of logistics to build warehouses there, said Mohammad Bayram, head of the Free Zone.
 

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this is great news, I really think that Beirut Port should expand to its maximum, it could play as a major port in the region, if not the world, if we build the necessary facilities.
 

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this is great news, I really think that Beirut Port should expand to its maximum, it could play as a major port in the region, if not the world, if we build the necessary facilities.

A German company is working on expanding the port to its maximum,it will take 6 months.they are working seriously in making Beirut port the number one port in the region.
 

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Port of Beirut defies tide of bad news

Facility on track to handle some 1 million containers by end of year

Friday, June 15, 2007

By Osama Habib
Daily Star staff



BEIRUT: Political deadlock and the occasional security incidents had little or even no impact on the overall performance of Beirut Port, which saw more than 9 percent growth in activity in the first five months of 2007. Beirut Port Authority head Hassan Qoraitem said activity in the last few months was better than expected.

"We have been doing quite well and if we continue at the same pace the port will be able to handle 1 million containers by the end of 2007," Qoraitem told The Daily Star in an interview, significantly more than the capacity of 700,000 for which it was designed.

The port did experience a lull in activity during last summer's war with Israel and the ensuing naval blockade, but Qoraitem said recent months had seen a huge upswing .

According to official figures, the number of vessels that docked at Beirut Port in the first five months reached 990, an increase of 9 percent compared to 2005. The vessels unloaded and shipped more than 1.16 millions tons of cargo in the first five months, an increase of 11 percent compared to the same period of 2005.

Beirut Port is a major source of revenues for the Treasury because of the tariffs and value added tax collected from this vital facility. The port handles 90 percent of Lebanon's maritime operations.

Tariffs and VAT collected from the port in the first five months reached $656.891 million, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same period of 2005. The VAT receipts from the port in the same period jumped to $291 million from $259 million. The number of imported cars unloaded from the port rose to 17,763 from 16,631 in the same period.

In the early 1990s, a phase of development and reconstruction took place at the port. The port was rehabilitated and it expanded to encompass four docks, two new quays and a new container terminal.

"Our consultants predicted that by 2012 Beirut Port will be able to handle 500,000 containers but it seems that we are going to exceed this target and reach even 1 million in 2007," Qoraitem said.

The container terminal became operational in February 2005. It is equipped with a total of 15 gantry cranes of various types.

Qoraitem said that Beirut Port has become one of the most vital ports in the Middle East and transshipment has increased tremendously.

"Some large ships from China unload their cargoes at Beirut Port and they we upload these items to other smaller vessels destined to Turkey, Egypt and other countries," the official explained.

He added that much of the cargo unloaded from the ships is sent to local market.

"Despite the situation in the country, imports remained reasonably high in the last few months," he said.

Qoraitem also talked proudly about Beirut Port's free zone.

"We have built 30,000 square meters of space in the free zone and already half of it is filled by companies and the other half has also been leased," he said. "There are lots of companies operating from the fee zone and this will surely increase jobs."

Qoraitem emphasized that the authorities have boosted security at the port and all containers are regularly inspected.

He added that a consulting firm is doing a study to improve the facility but declined to give more details.

Asked about government efforts to privatize the port's operations and management, Qoraitem said that most of the operations - such as the duty free and container handling - are already being executed by private firms.

"I can say that 80 percent of the port's operations are run by private companies," he said.

He added that the remaining 20 percent of work is "probably not financially rewarding for private companies."



Copyright (c) 2007 The Daily Star
 

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^^Gr8 news,and i expect a better future for the port.
 

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WOW they were only expecting 500k containers by 2012..and now were going to bust the 1 million this year!!! Thats all because of the contracts the port signed with CMA etc..Time to expand or miss out..:)
 

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Beirut Posty Freezone taking back the past

Lebanon’s ports zones for free trade (May 2007 No.94)

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Aramex and Net Logistics lead



Despite Lebanon’s shaky political and economic situation,
millions of dollars have been invested in state-
of-the-art warehouse facilities in Beirut in an attempt to
re-establish the Lebanese capital as a regional trading and
transport hub.


The focus has been the Beirut Free Trade Zone, established
in 1995 and which offers business and financial incentives,
including the possibility of 100% foreign ownership, customs
exemptions for goods entering and leaving the free zone,
long-term, low-cost land and building leases and low-cost
utility rates for industries. By the end of May, the free
zone’s Logistics Center will be officially opened which
brings together a core of transport and warehousing
companies.


Beirut port covers a total area of 1,200,000 m2, of which
11,200 m2 is reserved for the free trade zone. Currently,
the port handles some 6 million tons of cargo a year, which
represents some 55% of all import and some 60% of all
export, while some 20% of in and outgoing trade is handled
by the airport. In addition to Beirut port, Lebanon has free
trade zones in Tripoli port and Selaata, although industry
chiefs are calling for more free trade zones, especially at
the airport and Masna’a at the Syrian border.”


The global logistics market is reckoned to be worth some
$320 billion annually with an annual growth rate of 3% to
10%. The MENA region represents just 10% of the global
market. Yet with an annual increase of 10%, it is arguably
the fastest growing market in the world.


Net Logistics, part of Net Holding, which also owns the
express delivery company Skynet, opened its $750,000
facility within the Logistics Center of the Beirut port free
trade zone and offers all services related to freight
forwarding and supply chain management. In 2005, it had an
annual turnover in Lebanon of some $6 million, which it
hopes to increase by 50% in the coming year.


“Seeing the political situation, many people asked if we
were crazy or just stupid to invest such a large amount of
money in Lebanon,” said Mourad Aoun, CEO of Net Logistics.
“But we strongly believe that, despite the political
situation, the private sector can operate, and be of value
in giving Lebanon its rightful place within the global
economy.”


According to him, the ultimate aim of the Logistics Free
Zone and Net Logistics’ investment is to reestablish Beirut
as a regional trade and distribution hub and as such to
reclaim its historic position. “Lebanon has always been a
natural crossing point for trade between east and west,” he
said. “Before the Lebanese civil war some 90% of trade was
destined for Iraq.”


As Dubai is currently the main trading hub within the
Persian Gulf for goods coming from the Far East, Beirut is
perfectly located as the gateway between Europe and the
Levant,
in which Iraq is the most important market. By
truck, it only takes two days to reach Iraq.


Currently, most trade from Europe to Iraq goes via Aqaba,
which not only takes longer to reach, but is also heavily
congested. Haifa is also trying to claim a piece of the
trading pie, yet many traders prefer not to go through
Israel, because of (obvious) political implications.


“As Iraq has the largest population it is our most important
market,” said Aoun, “yet we operate, and are based in, all
over the Levant, whereby one should realize that trade is a
two-way traffic affair. Ideally, trucks deliver imported
goods to say Damascus and Amman, and pick up goods destined
for export, via Beirut.”


Modern day transport companies offer more than just
transport. So, a clothes company may deliver a container of
goods destined for three countries in the region, in which
case the total logistics provider takes care of unpacking
and repacking before re-exporting the goods. A computer firm
may send several containers with computer parts, often
coming from different parts of the world, the logistics firm
will take care of assembling.


“If the political situation changes in Lebanon, we are to
see a lot of changes,” said Asma Abboud, who is head of
Lebanon’s Land Transport Committee, part of the Forwarders
Syndicate. “Don’t forget that transport is arguably the most
transparent and most fully prepared file regarding Lebanon’s
bid for WTO membership.”
 

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ARAMEX inaugurates Beirut Free Zone Logistics Centre




One-stop shop facilitating commerce from Europe and North Africa to Levant and GCC

Beirut, July 18, 2007: The Beirut Port Authority recently launched its new logistics free zone which houses facilities for key regional and international providers including AramexAramex (DFM: ARMX). AramexAramex unveiled its state-of-the-art logistics centre which will reinforce the company’s multimode solutions. The new centre will generate better transit times for the sea and land movement of goods from Europe and North Africa to the GCC and Levant countries.

Iyad Kamal, AramexAramex Chief Logistics Officer said, “Our new facility at the Beirut Port Free Zone is a one-stop-shop offering tax-free storage and warehousing in addition to our regular portfolio of services. Aramex’s logistics facility at the Beirut Port Free Zone covers one of the largest plots in the free zone, inclusive of a vaulted room and temperature controlled space for sensitive goods.”

Kamal added that AramexAramex is investing heavily in its logistics capacity across the network, specifically in the Middle East. “We have been at the forefront of growth in the regional logistics industry, developing to a supply chain management expert and ensuring the efficient flow of goods, warehousing, and distribution via our extensive network.

“Evidently the emerging free zones have had a tremendous impact on the development of the industry. They provide key locations for a host of international companies, warehousing facilities, and easy transport of incoming and outgoing goods at competitive rates.” said Kamal

Asma Abboud, AramexAramex Lebanon Manager, said: “AramexAramex started operation in Lebanon since 1988 and employs more than 200 specialized staff members. As part of our ongoing investment in the local logistics and transportation industry, we have recently launched our Karantina Logistics Centre offering customers a variety of innovative logistics, warehousing and transportation solutions. The new facility at the Beirut Port Free Zone represents another key investment in the country and will lead to the recruitment of new logistics professionals”.

AramexAramex operates strategically located logistics facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone in the UAE, Sahab Duty Free in Jordan, and others in Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, India and Iran. The opening of the Beirut Free Zone facility is yet another element of the investment strategy for Aramex’s logistics infrastructure in the region. This includes the upgrade of existing facilities and the establishment of new centers such as the one at the Dubai Logistics City which will cover 240,000sq meters.

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Beirut Port Revenues Rose 543.6% Up to August 2007

The latest statistics released by the Port of Beirut reported that freight
activity in the first seven months of 2007 has increased by 31.8% compared
to the same period in 2006 to reach 3.4 million tons. In turn, the number of
vessels increased by 30% to 1517 up to July 2007. The port revenues
increased by 45% to $75.9m in the same period. For the month of August
alone, the number of vessels went up to 176, while total freight increased to
444,800tons and revenues rose by 543.6% to $9.8m.
 

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Great News!

Does this mean another 120k containers a year? Beirut Port is fast returning.

CMA CGM Introduces a Second Direct Service between China and Lebanon.

25 September 2007

CMA CGM GroupCMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the launching of LEVANT EXPRESS, a new weekly service linking Asia, the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Completing, yet operated independently from PHOENICIAN EXPRESS, this service offers a second direct weekly connection without transshipment between China and Lebanon and allows a direct coverage of Thailand, Greece and Turkey.

LEVANT EXPRESS will deploy seven 2,500-teu ships. The first ship is expected to arrive to Beirut on September 20 and was, therefore, named CMA CGM BEIRUT.

This rotating service will cover the ports of Chiwan, Laem Chabang, Port Kelang, Suez, Damietta, Piraeus, Mersin, Lattakia, Beirut, Damietta, Chiwan.

These new stops will enable CMA CGM GroupCMA CGM Group to serve directly, from China, the Near East and the ports of the Aegean Sea, and through transshipment, thanks to Port Kelang hub: India, Pakistan and the Arab Gulf.

As it now serves Beirut directly with two services departing from Asia and a service departing from North Europe, CMA CGM GroupCMA CGM Group expresses, once again, its attachment and commitment to Lebanon.

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About CMA CGM Group
CMA CGM GroupCMA CGM Group, founded and run by Jacques R. Saadé, is the third leading container shipping Group in the world and the leading one in France. With a fleet of 350 ships, of which 110 fall under its private property, the Group serves more than 400 ports in the world. It transported more than six million teu (twenty feet equivalent unit) in 2006. Present in all continents and in 150 countries via its 600 agencies, the Group employs more than 15,000 people across the world, including more than 4,000 in France.

Press Release 2007
 

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Beirut Port Revenues Rose 30% up to October 2007

The latest statistics released by the Port of Beirut reported that freight activity in the first ten months of 2007 has increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2006 to reach 4.5 million tons. In turn, the number of vessels increased by 30% to 1,860 up to October 2007. The port revenues increased by a significant 46% to $95.5m in the same period. For the month of October alone, the number of vessels went down 1.6% to 182, while total freight increased by 12.8% to 536,000 tons and revenues rose by 25.2% to $10.9m.

As to customs (vat and import duties) data up to July 2007 show that they have reached $1046m, increasing 16.7% from the same period last year, with the port of Beirut accounting for 82% of the total.
 
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