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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Port Operator News

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Peel Ports Steps Toward Brexit Ready

Peel Ports Group has been accredited with the internationally recognized quality mark of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) at all its principal ports by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers, affirming the Port’s efficient and robust processes to customers worldwide.The Liverpool based port operator said that achieving AEO status from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs was a “significant milestone” especially on the path towards Brexit.Peel Ports Group has successfully achieved AEO status for the following ports: Clydeport Operations Limited…

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Hazira Terminal Grows 22% in Q1 of 2019-20

Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), that operates the 50 million tonne per annum (MTPA) bulk terminal in Hazira, Gujarat, India said a 22 per cent growth in its third-party business during the first quarter ended 30 June 2019, on a year- on-year basis.The Company achieved an overall cargo throughput of 7 MT (million tonnes) in Q1 FY2019-20, of which 1.1 MT was third-party cargo. The share of third-party cargo in overall cargo volumes also rose to 15.7%.According to the port operator…

Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT). Photo: DP World

DP World Slams Djibouti Government

The global port operator DP World has accused the government of Djibouti of “complete disregard and contravention” of the global legal system as it plans to rule all international adjudications on the Doraleh Container Terminal null and void."A decision to be taken later this week by the government of Djibouti to apply to the country's high court to rule all previous international adjudications null and void is a complete disregard for and contravention of the global legal system and existing contracts…

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PSA International Buys Canada's Halterm

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has completed the acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners."PSA International Pte Ltd concluded the purchase of the terminal from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners after formal approval by regulatory authorities, " said a PSA news release issued on Wednesday night.Halterm is the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels.

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DP World to Boost Turkish Capacity, Mulls Acquisitions

Port operator DP World intends to increase its capacity in Turkey's western Yarimca port by 30% with $50 million investment by Q2 2020, its Turkish unit's chief executive Kris Adams said.Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Adams also said that DP World is also in the market for acquisition of other Turkish assets but is waiting for the right price."We would be willing to look at acquisitions in the Turkish market if opportunities arise," Adams told reporters."There are local players that are willing to exit the industry but they are still working with very high multiples.

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APM Terminals Hits Record in BMPH Servicing

The international container terminal operating company APM Terminals announced that its Barcelona unit has achieved a very high 150 BMPH (berth moves per hour) servicing a latest-generation vessel.The performance with new equipment confirms the increase in productivity and performance potential with 100% of its latest EUR 47 million investment now being operational, said a press note.With the latest investments implemented, APM Terminals Barcelona reinforces its position as a leader in the maritime business…

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DP World's Dubai Box Volumes Slip

DP World's Dubai shipping container volumes fell by 6.3% in the second quarter, the port operator reported on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive quarterly drop.DP World blamed the drop on the loss of lower margin cargo and challenging market conditions, but said it expected more stable throughput for the rest of the year.It handled 3.9 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) in the three months to June 30 at its Dubai ports, compared with 4.2 million in the same 2018 period.DP World operates Dubai's Jebel Ali…

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APM Terminals Acclaims Maasvlakte II

The APM Terminals Maasvlakte II’s new rail service between the Rotterdam terminal and Venlo, a key logistics hub on the Dutch-German border has been a huge success so far, claimed the port operator.APM Terminals said that following the success of the initial five-times-per-week service, plans are already in place to scale this up to 14 times per week over the coming weeks. Venlo, a key logistics hotspot, was identified as an opportunity for the terminal following a gravity analysis involving key customers.

Iran Grain Ships Stranded in Brazil due to U.S. Sanctions

Two Iranian vessels have been stranded for weeks at Brazilian ports, unable to head back to Iran due to lack of fuel, which state-run oil firm Petrobras refuses to sell them due to sanctions imposed by the United States.The vessels Bavand and Termeh came to Brazil a couple months ago carrying urea, a petrochemical product used as fertilizer. They were expected to load corn and return to Iran, but lacked enough fuel for the trip, the port operator in Paranaguá told Reuters.Food is not covered by U.S.

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DP World to Issue $700 million in Bonds, Sukuk

Port operator DP World plans to raise at least $700 million through conventional and Islamic bond issues on Thursday, documents issued by banks involved in the deal showed.Majority owned by the Dubai government, DP World plans to issue benchmark sukuk with a 10-year maturity. Benchmark bonds are generally meant to be over $500 million.The Islamic paper is being marketed with an initial guidance of around 230 basis points over mid-swaps.Barclays, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank…

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TERMINAL OPERATING SOFTWARE: Compass Leads the Way

As YILPORT Rolls Out the Navis’ Compass Visual Workflow Management Application, the collaborative tool promises improved planning and greater visibility across five terminals. And, that’s just the beginning.In May, Navis announced that YILPORT Holding Inc. would roll out Navis’ Compass visual workflow management application to five terminals that already use Navis N4. The goal is to bring enhanced visibility, communication and collaboration to the planning process across all of the terminals.

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DP World Hires Banks for Dollar Bond Issue

Port operator DP World has hired banks to arrange a series of investor meetings ahead of a potential issue of 10-year U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a document issued by one of the banks leading the deal showed.DP World, majority owned by the Dubai government, mandated Citi, Dubai Islamic Bank and Standard Chartered to arrange the meetings to be held in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, starting on Wednesday July 10.The three banks, together with Barclays, Deutsche Bank…

DP World buys Topaz Energy for $1 bln

Port operator DP World Plc will buy Topaz Energy and Marine Limited for $1 billion from Standard Chartered and Renaissance Services, DP World said on Monday.Topaz is a provider of marine logistics to the global energy industry. The deal is the latest in Asia-focused lender StanChart's efforts to sell its private equity business as part of a broader shift away from direct investing.Reporting By Lawrence White

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FIT Speeds-up Flow of Cargo

Florida International Terminal (FIT) has successfully deployed the eModal Community Portal (eCP) PreGate appointment module to improve turn times and customer service.The port operator of a 41 acre marine terminal in the Southport area of Port Everglades is the first port terminal in South Florida to implement an appointment system.Advent Intermodal Solutions, provider of the eModal suite of applications that simplify and accelerate the flow of cargo across the landside supply chain…

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DP World Set to Acquire Topaz Energy

The world’s largest port operator DP World is in advanced discussions to acquire Topaz Energy & Marine, marking the Dubai-based company's first potential foray into the oil and gas industry.Britain’s Sky News, citing sources, earlier reported that a $1.3 billion deal for DP World to take over Topaz could be announced as early as Monday. The report didn't specify whether the valuation was referring to the equity or enterprise value of the transaction.However, Bloomberg reported that the port operator is in “very advanced” discussions to acquire Topaz Energy.

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F2I Buys Porto di Carrara

Italian infrastructure investment fund F2i announced its entry into the ports sector with the acquisition of the Porto di Carrara Spa (PDC Spa) Group, which owns port terminals at Carrara, Marghera and Chioggia.The Group, which each year handles around 5 million tons of solid bulk cargoes, is one of the main Italian port hubs and operates in the strategic sector of supplying some of the key Italian industrial segments, said a press release from the biggest Italian infrastructure fund with around 5 billion euro in assets under management.Most of the steel supplies for the districts of Brescia…

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Adani Ports Q4 profit up 41%

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest private multi-port operator, reported a 41.45 percent surge in its consolidated net profit to INR 1,314.19 crore (USD 188.4million) for the quarter ended on March 31, 2019.However, its revenue fell 3.15 percent to INR 31 billion, said a stock exchange annoucement. Its coal volumes rose 30 percent year-on-year during the quarter, while the cargo volume increased 19 percent.The company also reported a record cargo throughput of 54 million metric tonnes in the three months ended March, according to the filing.

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Adani to Develop Container Port in Myanmar

India’s largest private multi-port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) will set up its first container terminal outside India in Myanmar at an estimated cost of US$ 290 million.Adani Group said that all requisite permissions have been received in the form of Myanmar Investment Commission permit, to build and run a container terminal along the Yangon river for 50-years.APSEZ would be the first Indian company to set up a container terminal outside India, CEO Karan Adani said.Construction for phase one of the project will commence next month and will be completed by June 2021.

Sudan Suspends Philippine Port Operator

Sudan's military rulers on Tuesday suspended a contract with Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc pending its cancellation, the country's Transitional Military Council said in a statement.Workers at Port Sudan's southern container terminal went on strike in February to protest against a 20-year concession signed in January to operate, manage and develop the South Port Container Terminal at Port Sudan.Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz

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Hunterston Port Reveals Masterplan

UK port operator Peel Ports has revealed its plans for the major port and industrial centre at Hunterston, one of Scotland’s most important development sites comprising a 300-acre brownfield footprint, deepwater, and rail connections.It is calling on North Ayrshire residents and businesses to share their opinions about potential uses of the site, which is expected to support over 1,700 jobs and add over £140m in economic value to Scotland.The company has published its vision for Hunterston and how it intends to develop the site over the next twenty years.

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DP World UAE Wins Sustainability Award

The global port operator DP World's UAE Region has been recognised for its efforts to create a more efficient and sustainable supply chain when it was awarded the Supply Chain Sustainability Award at this year’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Supply Chain Conference.Mohammed Sulaiman, Business Development Manager of DP World, UAE Region, received the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai’s Festival City,…

Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo (right) with DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem (left) during a meeting in the capital of the country, Brasilia this week. Photo: DP World

DP World Strengthen Brazil Ties

Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araujo met with the global port operator DP World Group's Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia this week.They discussed social reform, a stable and efficient regulatory framework to attract investors alongside public private partnerships to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI). The meeting preceded Mr. Bin Sulayem’s discussions with President Jair Bolsonaro during the visit.DP World Santos…

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PSA to Acquire Halterm, Penn Terminals

Singapore-headquartered port operator PSA International is all set to take over the Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada, and multipurpose Penn Terminals in Pennsylvania, USA.Both Halterm and Penn terminals are 100% owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Partner funds, a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA). The price was not disclosed.Halterm terminal at the Port of Halifax is the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada. Penn Terminals located in Philadelphia…

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DP World Acquires Fraser Surrey Docks

DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Canadian marine terminal Fraser Surrey Docks from a Macquarie Group fund.The purchase consideration is below 2.5 percent of DP World's net asset value as of December 31, 2018, the port operator said, which Reuters calculated to be under $300 million.The marine terminal, is being acquired through Canadian subsidiary DP World Canada Investment Inc, which is 45 percent owned by Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ).The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019, DP World said.

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Maersk Adds APM in Logistics Division

A.P. Moller - Maersk said it will integrate APM Terminals' Inland Services division into Maersk's Logistics and Services division beginning August, providing customers with seamless access to a wider range of logistics & services offerings."This is a next step for A.P. Moller - Maersk in the implementation of our strategy to offer end-to-end solutions to our customers," said a press release.The Inland Services portfolio is a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations.

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Cosco Completes US$3bn Peru Port Deal

Hong Kong-based international port operator Cosco Shipping Ports has completed the equity transaction of project company responsible for its greenfield subsidiary at the Port of Chancay, Peru.With the equitytransaction of the Project Company was officially completed on 10 May 2019, Port of Chancay became the company’s first greenfield subsidiary in South America and COSCO Shipping Ports plans to developing the port to an important gateway port in South America.In January 2019…