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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Physical Infrastructure News

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Amsterdam Port Pushes Intermodal

The shipping companies and terminals in and around Amsterdam port are launching a range of initiatives for using rail more extensively for the transport of cargo, including containers and liquid bulk cargo.Recently Port of Amsterdam organised a rail freight transport breakfast session for clients and stakeholders who have an interest in rail freight transport. This is because the accessibility of rail freight transport in the Amsterdam port area is not a given and faces a clear…

Pic: Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Eric Bakker

Rotterdam Port Achieves TEU Milestone in 2018

Europe's largest port, the Port of Rotterdam ended 2018 with a total container throughput at 469.0 million tonnes (MT) which slightly higher than in 2017,  which was itself a record year (467.4 MT).Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, the increase was 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs – also a record.This strengthens the position of Europe’s largest container port in this strategically important market segment.

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Port of Rotterdam Puts IoT Platform Into Operation

A new Internet of Things platform has been developed for the Port of Rotterdam Authority.The first application for hydro/meteo has recently been put into operation. With this application, the Port of Rotterdam is taking safety and efficiency a step further. The system uses an extensive network of sensors to provide accurate and up-to-date water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data particularly for the planning and management of shipping.The construction of the IoT platform was announced a year ago by the collaborating partners IBM…

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ChainPORT Renews Digital, Environmental Commitment

Delegates from the world’s leading ports have come together to examine their role in the rapidly evolving maritime logistics landscape and in particular to coordinate their contribution to the establishment of an interconnected maritime supply chain at the Port of Barcelona.The multilateral partnership of the world leading ports, ChainPORT, has just concluded its 4th Annual Meeting which was hosted last week by the Port of Barcelona.ChainPORT was initiated in 2016 by the Port…

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Saudi Arabia, UAE to Establish Shipping Lane to Yemen's Hodeidah Port

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced a five-point aid plan for Yemen's Hodeidah port and surrounding areas on Wednesday, after a Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's Houthi-held main port city.As part of the plan, the two coalition states aim to establish a shipping lane to Hodeidah from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Jizan, a city in southern Saudi Arabia, officials told a news conference in Riyadh.They will also distribute food, provide medical supplies, equipment and staff to hospitals, sustain electrical stations and provide economic support, they

Port Canaveral: Leveraging the Past, Building for the Future

The East Coast’s most diversified cruise port is poised for an exciting run at the future. Almost 38 years ago, Port Canaveral, Florida had some minor cargo traffic, a large U.S. Navy presence, some submarines, and was homeport to an obscure fleet of specialized Military Sealift Command missile tracking vessels. And, not much else. Those who called at the port in those days couldn’t possibly have visualized then what the port has now become. That’s because the first cruise vessel…

The CMA-CGM Ben Franklin, an 18,000 TEU containership, was, in 2015, the largest vessel to call on a U.S. port.) (Photo: Marad)

Managing the New Panamax Containerships

The explosive growth of international boxships is challenging not only the physical infrastructure of North American ports, but also the very nature of the existing supply chains that they impact. The recent dialogue on container shipping has been all about so-called “mega-ships;” those vessels that with larger capacity than those that are already in service at any point in time. In the container trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit an important component, within broader supply chains.

Vessel operations at the Port of Brunswick resumed at 8 a.m. Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Irma. By Friday, crews were busy serving three Ro/Ro vessels - the Dover Highway, Onyx Ace and WWL Tiger. (Georgia Ports Authority)

August Trade Heats Up in Brunswick, Savannah

Auto and container volumes at the U.S. Southeast's busiest ports in Brunswick and Savannah experienced impressive growth in the month of August. Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick moved 53,675 units of roll-on/roll off cargo, an increase of 7,109 or 15.3 percent more than August last year. In its busiest August on record and the Authority's second busiest month ever for container trade, Savannah handled 348,297 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 5.3 percent or 17,591 TEUs compared to the same month a year ago.

DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

DP World's Plan to Tackle Africa's Infrastructure Gap

A five point plan to help tackle Africa’s infrastructure gap is among the findings of a new DP World report to be unveiled at the Africa Global Business Forum this week. Public private partnerships, domestic bond financing, monitoring the life cycle of infrastructure by maintaining and upgrading existing stock, enhanced trade integration and improved trade facilitation are key points raised in the study “Africa At The Crossroads: Bridging The Infrastructure Gap” produced in association with the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Palm Beach Port

Moody Upgrades Port of Palm Beach

The Port of Palm Beach District announced that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. upgraded the Port of Palm Beach District senior rating to Baa3 from Ba1, and reported the outlook to be stable. The report, released October 2, 2015, documented the port’s strengths, challenges and recent developments as the agency’s rationale for the ratings upgrade. The upgrade to Baa3 recognizes the port’s sustained financial improvement due to successful contract renewals with its largest customers.

Rickmers Singapore is one of five ships in the fleet to be equipped with the EMMA Energy Management system that increases profitability and reduces the carbon footprint, all at the same time. At current fuel prices, the estimated payback of the system is estimated at less than a year.

Going Green for the Green

Fuel cost is the primary driver of today’s push to go “green.” While the side benefits extend much further, industry nevertheless moves ahead with extreme caution. Shipping lines trying to stay a step ahead of legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions are embracing the development of “greener” vessels, but the urgency with which the industry is pursuing fuel-efficient ships is being driven by pure commercial considerations. Fuel accounts for more than two thirds of the operating costs of a vessel.

Steve Durrell, President, Irving Shipbuilding

Durrell, Irving Shipbuilding Eye $35B Shipbuilding Deal

As it is the builder of 80% of Canada’s current Surface Combatant fleet, Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding is justifiably confident in its bid to win a sizable portion of the Canadian government’s estimated $35b National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy contract. With the award announcement expected mid-October, on the eve of his yard potentially winning the biggest deal in its history, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News sat down with Steve Durrell, President, Irving Shipbuilding…

Dawkins Joins Iridium Board of Directors

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced that Peter M. Dawkins, founder and principal of ShiningStar Capital LLC, and Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired), joined its Board of Directors. The appointment brings Iridium’s Board to ten members. Prior to founding his current firm, Gen. Dawkins was vice chairman of Global Wealth Management for Citigroup, vice chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank, and executive vice president and vice chairman of Travelers Insurance during an eleven-year tenure with the firm.