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Monday, November 19, 2018

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Svitzer tugboat Hermod outside Maersk headquarter at Esplanaden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Maersk Line

Global Container Trade Lost Momentum in Q3: Maersk

Global container trade continued to lose momentum in Q3 2018, with growth down to around 2.7% compared to Q3 2017, said A.P. Moller - Maersk in its Q3 interim report.Year-to-date, global container trade has increased by 4.2% compared with the same period last year, a much slower pace of growth than the 5.8% recorded in 2017 Container trade remained fairly weak on the EastWest trades, growing by 1.9% in Q3.Growth was driven by European imports from Asia of 2.3%, refl ecting descent…

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MSC Expands Intermodal Shipping at Trieste

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is enhancing intermodal connections via the port of Trieste, Italy, to improve transit times for shippers moving cargo between Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. The new “MSC Graz-Trieste Runner” shuttle train, operated together with Cargo Center Graz, connects Trieste with Werndorf, Austria, once a week. The service is the first direct connection between Trieste and Werndorf and its schedule is coordinated with MSC’s Far East Phoenix ocean-liner service to ensure optimal timing for intercontinental cargo delivery.

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Kalmar to Supply Customized RMGs at DCT Gdansk

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk to supply three electrically powered rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) with DCT specific customization. The order, booked in Cargotec's 2018 third quarter order intake, follows a recent DCT order of five Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) that took place in the first quarter of 2018. The RMG deliveries are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.DCT Gdansk is Poland's largest and fastest growing container facility…

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Konecranes to Deliver RTGs to Slovenia

The Port of Koper operator in Slovenia, Luka Koper d.d., has ordered five electric Konecranes RTG cranes. The cranes will be equipped with cable reels featuring an auto plug-in system.They will be delivered in the summer of 2019. The contract was signed in June and the order was booked in Q2 2018.Luka Koper’s new Konecranes RTGs will offer important environmental benefits thanks to their electric operation: regenerative power feedback to the local grid, ambient lighting with LED lights and low noise.The cranes will also have driver-assistance features that boost productivity: Auto-steering…

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Latvia’s Economy Growing via German Ports Too

Latvia recorded the strongest real growth among European states in the first quarter of 2018, posting a seasonally adjusted rise of 5.1 percent on strong domestic demand, driven by EU funded major projects, and greatly consuming private households. Goods flows in the Baltic States move not least of all via the Ports of Lübeck and Hamburg. Just how closely the German economy is linked to this Baltic state was showcased at an event in Liepaja, Latvia initiated by Port of Hamburg Marketing jointly with the Ports of Lübeck and Liepaja…

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First-Quarter Returns From the Universal Port of Hamburg

This year’s first-quarter throughput total at the Port of Hamburg was notable for a rise in conventional general cargoes, a lower figure of bulk cargoes, a stable trend in container handling and distinct growth on container transport services by rail.In the first quarter of 2018, the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 32.7 million tons (down 7.5 percent). In Hamburg this heading covers general cargo throughput of 22.7 million tons (down 1.8 percent) and bulk cargo throughput of 10.0 million tons (down 18.2 percent).

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World’s Largest Port Joins IAPH

The Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, which manages the port complex of Ningbo and Zhoushan in China, decided to join the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). That was confirmed following the Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum, which took place in Ningbo mid-June. IAPH President Santiago Garcia Milà gave a keynote address at the Forum and met on this occasion with Ni Chenggang, the Vice General Manager of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group to conclude the membership arrangement. Ningbo and Zhoushan represent the largest port complex in the world.

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Drones Will Take Off for Shipping, Says Allianz

Unmanned systems are finding a growing number of applications in the maritime sector, and have the potential to make a significant contribution to safety and risk management, says the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty's (AGCS) Safety and Shipping Review 2018.These include assessing environmental pollution, monitoring cargo loading and pirate activity along coastlines and carrying out cargo tank inspections. Drones could enable faster, more informed decisionmaking on board, reducing the impact of any incident.

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Antwerp Port-Europe Traffic Up

Traffic flows between the Belgian port of Antwerp and the hinterland market in Hungary and Austria are increasing continuously. In order to meet the growing demand, the Antwerp Port Authority is promoting the expansion of hinterland connections, especially by rail.Two regular rail connections to Hungary have been established since 2015 and rail services to Austria have been expanded from one to currently three.At a port event held near Vienna on 27 September, leading representatives…

NATO Defence Ministers. Photo: NATO

UK to Double NATO Naval Deployments in 2016

Britain is doubling its naval deployments to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a move aimed a showing enemies that "we are ready to respond to any threat", the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced. Britain will play a bigger role in NATO maritime exercises and activities in 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The UK will reportedly send five extra ships to the Baltic and additional troops to be stationed on a rotational basis in six countries bordering Russia.

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New Intermodel from Antwerp Port to Rhine-Ruhr-Main

The rail operator H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp. H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week thanks to financial support from Antwerp Port Authority. The support offered to H&S Container Line is the result of a Call for Proposals (CfP) launched in October last year by the Port Authority to attract projects…

Map with international representatives: Port of Antwerp

Antwerp Focuses on India, China and Eastern Europe

Malini Dutt, Robert Feng and Martin Hubenack have recently been appointed to represent the port of Antwerp in India, China and Eastern Europe respectively. This brings the number of port representatives to 12, reinforcing Antwerp's presence in its core hinterland and important overseas growth regions. The task of these representatives is to keep Antwerp "top of mind" with local companies, ports, chambers of commerce and other players. With an annual freight volume of 6.4 million tonnes carried between it and the Indian ports, Antwerp is the European market leader for this region.

Victoria Marich, Vice-Rector for International Relations of the the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping, and Ingo Egloff, CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing, after signing a partnersship and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping. (Photo: Port of Hamburgh)

German, Russian Groups Partner on Port Digitization

In early April, during the traditional German week in St. Petersburg, a workshop was run with the accent on ‘Digitalization in the port sector and logistics’. It was co-organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM), the German-Russian chamber of commerce and the German business Eastern-Europe association. The event also provided a suitable backdrop signing a partnersship and cooperation agreement between Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Admiral Makarov State University for Sea and Inland Waterway Shipping. The ports in Hamburg and St. Petersburg both lie very close to the cities.

Croatia Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic. Photo: HINA

Croatia's Floating LNG Terminal Due in 2018

Croatia could complete its 2 billion cubic metre per year floating LNG facility in 2018, Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said. In an interview with Reuters Tomislav said that Croatia intends to complete the construction of a floating LNG terminal in the northern Adriatic by 2018, and the initial capacity would be about two billion cubic metres of gas annually. "That does not mean giving up on the land terminal, but at this point we believe that we can ensure the stability of the market with a floating terminal",  he said.

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Chinese, Greek Ports Teams Up to Boost Container Traffic

Piraeus Port, operator of Greece's biggest port and majority-owned by China's COSCO Shipping, has agreed to team up with the operator of Shanghai port, the world's largest container port, to promote container shipping traffic. Piraeus, COSCO Shipping and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) have agreed to cooperate in project planning, staff training and information exchange, Piraeus said in a statement on Monday. It said the agreement would create synergies to boost trade and create new business opportunities.

Scandlines focused business and invested in the future in 2015 Photo Scandlines

Scandlines' Highest Passenger Transport Record

Scandlines focused the business on the Germany-Denmark routes and made significant investments in future-proofing the group’s ferry operations as well as catering and retail activities in 2015. Efforts to promote the Rostock-Gedser route paid off for Scandlines having recorded the highest number of transported passengers in five years and posted strong financial results. Revenue grew by 3.5% to EUR 460 million in 2015 (2014: EUR 445 million) as Scandlines recorded its highest number of transported passengers in five years.

A few representatives of the Ports of Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils, Lübeck, Kiel and Hamburg Photo Port of Hamburg

First German-Latvian Maritime Forum in Riga

On 19 May, Ziemelblazma Culture Palace in Riga, the Latvian capital was the venue for a meeting between numerous representatives of the Ports of Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils, Lübeck, Kiel and Hamburg. This was hosted by the three Latvian ports and Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM). For Marina Basso Michael, Head of Market Development for the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe for HHM, and Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM, Riga was an excellent place to hold the first “German-Latvian Maritime Forum”.

New guidance answers industry demand for help in creating, implementing, and maintaining safe and effective technical instructions. Photo ABS

Safety Boost with ABS Guidance for Developing Processes, Procedures

ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on the Development of Procedures and Technical Manuals, providing clients with best practice methodologies for developing instructional materials. “Input from ABS clients and maritime industry groups along with data gathered through the ABS Mariner Safety Research Initiative (MSRI) led to the recognition that this type of guidance was needed,” says Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS Senior Vice President, Eastern Europe. “Data from the MSRI found that more than 3…

World Stocks Tumble as Britain Votes for EU Exit

Global capital markets reeled on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union, with $2 trillion in value wiped from equity bourses worldwide, while money poured into safe-haven gold and government bonds. Sterling suffered a record plunge. The blow to investor confidence and the uncertainty the vote has sparked could keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates as planned this year, and even spark a new round of emergency policy easing from major central banks. The traditional safe-harbor assets of top-rated government debt, the Japanese yen and gold all jumped.

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Invest in Greece, You Won't Regret It: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged French businesses on Friday to invest in Greece, as it emerges from its debt crisis, and assured them that they would not regret it. Tsipras said attracting investment was a priority for his leftist-led government, which aims to reduce the jobless rate, the euro zone’s highest, and make Greece financially independent in 2018, when the country’s third international bailout expires. “Greece is an opportunity... a real opportunity,” Tsipras told French business leaders accompanying French President Emmanual Macron on a two-day trip to Athens.

MET International Plans to Boost LNG Trades

Switzerland-based MET International AG plans to boost its liquefied natural gas (LNG) trades in Europe by 50 to 100 percent next year, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday. Gyorgy Vargha said that while the company had traded one cargo, or 60,000 tonnes of LNG, per month this year, this is expected to rise to between 1.5 and two cargoes per month in 2018 as MET seeks to increase its role in that segment. MET International was established in 2010 as the natural gas trading arm of parent MET Group…

Nick Phillips (Photo: Tatham Macinnes)

Phillips Joins Tatham Macinnes

Specialist maritime solicitor Tatham Macinnes LLP announced that Nick Phillips has joined the firm as a solicitor consultant. Phillips joins Tatham Macinnes from Hill Dickinson and has spent more than 30 years as a solicitor and partner in the maritime sector with a track record dealing with charterparty disputes and all aspects of ship and superyacht construction. He has a core client base of shipyards, ship/yacht owners, charterers and insurers many of which are based in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Ocean Alliance Launches Day Two Product

The Ocean Alliance has launched its new Day Two Product with an estimated 3.6 million TEU carrying capacity provided by approximately 340 containerships deployed on 41 services. The new offering will commence in April 2018. Alliance partners CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL will offer 20 Transpacific services, six Asia-Europe services, four Asia-Mediterranean services, four Transatlantic services, five Asia-Middle East services and two Asia-Red Sea services. “Ocean Alliance…

Photo: Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group Co., Ltd.

China's Ningbo-Zhoushan Becomes World's Top Port

China's super-large port Ningbo-Zhoushan, the busiest port in China, saw an annual cargo throughput of 1 billion tonnes, becoming the first one  globally to reach this volume, according to data provided by the port. The port in East China's Zhejiang province deepened cooperation with major shipping companies and harbors along the Belt and Road, adding five sea routes to raise its total to 86. It also signed cooperation agreements with 20 other ports, Xinhua reported Mao Jianhong, chairman of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group as saying.

Strategy Adjustment Photo Royal IHC

Strategy Adjustment at Royal IHC

KINDERDIJK - 14 OCTOBER 2016 - As a direct consequence of persistently poor market conditions, Royal IHC, supplier of maritime equipment, is fine-tuning its strategy. IHC remains as committed as ever to boosting its knowledge-intensive activities, as is already happening in IQIP, Mission Equipment and Services. Responding to market demand, activities in The Netherlands will focus on creating added value for customers. company. This adjustment in strategic direction will have an impact on around 425 employees in The Netherlands.

Southern Sweden and the Czech Republic, only a night jump away from each other. Photo: European Cargo Logistics GmbH

European Cargo Logistics, DSV Launch Moravia Shuttle

European Cargo Logistics (ECL), an associated company of Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH (LHG), and DSV Road AB, a part of DSV – Global Transport and Logistics, are now reaching another spot on the map, Zajeci in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. This is now the most easterly destination in the ECL network. For DSV this is not a new destination, but it is a way to handle transports to eastern Europe in a more environmentally friendly way. “We do always look at alternatives for reducing the environmental impact…