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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Iceland’s Samherji Buys Stake in Eimskip

Icelandic fisheries company Samherji though Samherji Holding has acquired a substantial share in Eimskip, Iceland’s longest-established and largest shipping operator.The company has a total of 25.3% stake in the company and the purchase price is about 11 billion Icelandic krona. Samherji Holding is a subsidiary of Samherji's foreign operations. The seller of the stake is the US investment fund Yucaipa.The purchase will give Samherji an investment in a major logistics firm that has 22 vessels…

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Carnival Corp Meets CO2 Reduction Goal

Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, released its eighth annual sustainability report, announcing that in 2017 the company achieved its 25 percent carbon reduction goal three years ahead of schedule and is on track with its nine other 2020 sustainability goals.Looking to the future, the company continues to chart its sustainability journey, using the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to identify new environmental management…

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Cochin Port to Roll-out New Cruise Terminal

A new Cruise Terminal having facilities to handle 5000 tourists will come up at Ernakulum Wharf of Cochin Port, India by February 2020. Cochin Port Trust has issued work order to the contractor today for commencing the construction of the new Cruise Terminal.The facilities inside the Terminal, having 2253sq mtrs area, would include passenger lounge, crew lounge, 30 immigration counters, 8 customs clearance counters, 7 security check counters, Wi-Fi, tourist information counter…

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SC Ports is on a Growth Trajectory

South Carolina Ports Authority posted strong performance across multiple business segments in fiscal year 2018, achieving new records for monthly and annual container volumes as well as progress of key capital projects.“SCPA had an ambitious growth plan for the 2018 fiscal year, and our progress across all business segments is a true accomplishment,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “Growth of 3 percent in FY2018 on the heels of 10 percent growth last fiscal year reflects broad-based expansion of the port’s cargo base as well as strong operational performance of our port.

El Coquí is one of the world’s first ConRo ships powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

LNG Powered ConRo Ship Delivered to Crowley

U.S. based Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. The Jones Act compliant El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port.

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CMA CGM Buys Stake in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal

French container carrier CMA CGM announced Friday it has acquired from CHINA SHIPPING Ports Development Co. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Group, a 10 percent equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal NV, through its wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals.CMA CGM is currently the major client of the Belgian container terminal and accounted for one third of CSP Zeebrugge's total throughput in 2017.COSCO SHIPPING Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76 percent…

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DP World, China Signs Agreement to Boost International Trade

An agreement to jointly construct a new ‘Traders Market’ at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone in Dubai on a total build up area of three million square metres has been signed between the global trade enabler and the Zhejiang China Commodities City Group, providing further impetus to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.DP World will be building the ‘Traders Market’ within the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area located in Jafza South next to the Dubai Expo 2020 site.The market will include clusters of traders from all over the world, offering a wide range of products at one site.

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CMA CGM to Reshuffle its CIMEX 6 Service

CMA CGM announced the revamping of dedicated CIMEX 6 service linking Asia and the Middle East Gulf with Umm Qasr call replacing Bandar Abbas as from Shanghai ETA on August 6th, 2018.With CIMEX 6, CMA CGM will offer a direct service from Asia to Umm Qasr, Iraq.The new features will be the following: Rotation: Shanghai-Ningbo-Taipei-Shekou-Tanjung Pelepas-Port Kelang-Jebel Ali-Umm Qasr-Jebel Ali-Port Kelang-Hong Kong-ShanghaiService commencement: August 6th, 2018 (ETA Shanghai) with m/v EVER USEFUL voy.0GN13W1MA.Transit times references: Shanghai to Umm Qasr in 24 days…

MbPT International cruise terminal. Photo: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

India Rolls-out SOPs for Cruise and Ferry Services

The Government of India has formulated new guidelines in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to handle cruise vessels and cruise passengers in November, 2017.The salient features of these SOPs inter alia includes submission of documents/data electronically, seamless entry and exit process with access control and RFID for vehicles and persons and simplified Port Health Organization Clearance Procedure. It further provides for e-Landing card for shore excursion, doing…

North Carolina Ports Hires Chief Information Officer

North Carolina Ports announced it has hired Bill Corcoran as Chief Information Officer to grow the Authority’s Information Technology department and Business Process area.Corcoran enters his new role as CIO with nearly 30 years of experience in both the IT and maritime industries. Before joining the North Carolina Ports team, Corcoran served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Service Management and Vice President of Business Process and Information Technology with Mitsui OSK Lines.

State secretary visitis the port of Kiel (Photo: Port od Kiel)

Port of Kiel Invests in New Technologies

The Port of Kiel invests in cargo handling, environmental technology and the traffic shift from road to rail. Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, state secretary of the ministry for economy, transport, labor, technology and tourism for the country of Schleswig-Holstein, made use of a visit to the port of Kiel to inform himself about the current port investment projects that take place in the capital city of Kiel. “The port of Kiel has grown significantly over the past years. With the support of the county of Schleswig-Holstein…

POSH Champion carrying out supply duties in Mafumeira Oil Field, Angola (Photo: GAC Group)

GAC Angola Renews Ship Agency Deal with POSH Semco

Offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has reaffirmed its working relationship with GAC Angola by renewing its ship agency contract for Soyo and Luanda and extending the agreement to include Cabinda.Under the deal, GAC now provides an integrated range of services for the POSH fleet at all Angolan ports, including crew handling, spares clearance and delivery, bunker fuels and inward/outward clearance of vessels.Kelvin Teo, POSH Director Offshore Supply Vessels…

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Port of Oakland Unveils Clean Air Vision

The Port of Oakland has announced that it has embarked on a path to emissions-free cargo operations. The ambitious target is at the heart of a draft air quality improvement plan sent out for public review June 29. It calls for reducing criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases at Oakland’s seaport – technology, feasibility and budget willing.“This is a bold and ambitious plan. Achieving a zero-emissions seaport will take years, requiring substantial investments in transformative technology…

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DP World Acquires India's Continental Warehousing

Hindustan Infralog (HIPL), a joint venture between DP World and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), announced that the transaction to acquire 90% stake in Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Ltd in India has now closed.CWCNSL’s founders, the Reddy family, will retain the remaining 10% shareholding and will remain involved in the business operations. It is the first investment of HIPL, the recently created investment vehicle between DP World and NIIF to invest up to US$ 3 billion in ports…

The Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D).  Photo courtesy of Port of Long Beach.

Singapore, Rotterdam to Strengthen Cooperation

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D).Since the commencement of the MoU in 2015, MPA and PoR have been working together in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management Systems.The renewal of the MoU, signed by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and Allard Castelein…

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Barge Frequency to Rise at Marseille Fos

Frequency on the three-per-week container barge service between Fos and Lyon is to be increased to five departures each way, five days per week, from October 1 to meet growing demand for pre- and post-forwarding river links between the French Mediterranean and the Rhone-Saone hinterland. Backed by container lines CMA CGM, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, the enhancement follows collaboration between the Marseille Fos and Lyon Terminal port authorities, Fos container terminal operators Port Synergy-Eurofos and Seayard…

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The Jones Act is Good for Puerto Rico -Report

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico with devastating force on September 20, 2017, a number of news reports claimed that the Jones Act had severely damaged the Puerto Rican economy, both over time and in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Now a new report examining the role of the Jones Act shipping industry before, in the immediate aftermath of and in the months that followed the hurricane asserts that the Jones Act fleet delivers a dedicated and reliable flow of goods…

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Liverpool2 to Receive New Container Services

Peel Ports’ flagship deep-water container terminal, Liverpool2, will welcome its largest regular caller to date when 2M (Maersk and MSC alliance) introduce a new transatlantic container service to the port beginning July 22, 2018.2M is switching its TA2 service from Felixstowe to Liverpool on a temporary basis. At the same time, Maersk Line’s South American service, Colombia Express, will also start calling at the port of Liverpool, exporting UK goods to Newark.Liverpool will be the final port of call for both weekly services as they head westbound across the Atlantic.

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Vitol Invests in Coal-to-oil Venture as Shipping Fuel Rules Loom

Energy trader Vitol and coal miner Peabody Energy are partnering with start-up Arq to turn coal waste into a low-sulphur oil product that could be an alternative fuel for shippers as new U.N. pollution rules loom, the companies said in a statement.Global oil and shipping companies are looking at any and all options to avoid becoming a casualty of the major market dislocations that the new standards will create when they come into effect in 2020.The U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships using fuel with a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent…

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NYK Auto Logistics Pact with Adani Logistics

NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI), an NYK Group company, signed an agreement with Adani Logistics(ALL) to form a joint venture that specializes in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains.The automotive production volume is expected to further increase in India, and there is increasing demand for transporting vehicles by rail, which places less of a load on the environment.NALI currently provides an integrated transport service for finished cars in India…

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Yilport Makes a Bid for Taranto Container Terminal

Yilport Holding has submitted its offer for Taranto Container Terminal concession in Italy. Ionian Sea Port Authority (AdSP), the managing institution of Port of Taranto has officially received the request of Yilport Holding to operate the entire set of multi-purpose port facilities in the Port of Taranto. These terminals in Southern Italy handle container traffic, bulk cargo and serve ro-ro traffic. Well located as a relay hub for the Mediterranean Sea, the terminals are integrated to intermodal networks, connecting Southern Italy to Northern Italy and finally to the center of Europe.

From the left to the right: Christiane Chaine, director of sales and production at PAP, Guillaume Osterman area manager at MGI, Georges Puchon chief executive officer at PAP, Dominique Lebreton chief business development officer at MGI and Raymond Buissou, sales manager at PAP. (Photo: PAP)

Papeete Launches Smart Port Transformation with Ci5

The Papeete Port Authority (PAP) is entering the smart port era with Ci5, a Cargo Intelligent System for goods flow management. This decision was made last March following a request for proposals launched in 2017 and after the opinion issued by the Market Consultative Commission and the Papeete trade advisory committee. For the Papeete port community, Ci5 has been renamed FETIA, which means star in Tahitian.The PAP was convinced by MGI’s bid thanks to the technology used in Ci5, a web services-oriented open source architecture and the integrated innovations.

Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner  (Port of Oakland)

Port of Oakland Board Elects Butner as President

Oakland business leader Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s governing Board. The Board of Port Commissioners selected their colleague for the top post at a meeting last week.Commissioner Butner succeeds Joan Story, who will remain on the Board. Commissioner Andreas Cluver was elected First Vice President by his colleagues on the Board. The Board elected Commissioner Michael Colbruno as Second Vice President. All three officers take over their new roles July 26.This is Commissioner Butner’s second term as President.

Aerial shot of tugboats (Photo: Mammoet)

Heavy Lifting: New Tugs Transported for Launch

Heavy transport specialist Mammoet was recently called in to transport of two 430-ton tugboats from the Island Tug and Barge (ITB) Annacis Island facility to Vancouver Harbor.The Island Raider and Island Regent, which each measure 23.9 meters long and 12.5 meters wide, needed to be moved to Vancouver Harbor for berthing, but the ITB facility has no clear access to the water.Initial scoping of the transport route identified numerous obstacles, including a below grade railroad siding and three sets of railway tracks between the yard and the steep bank of the river…

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APL Adds Port Calls to West Asia Express Service

Ocean carrier APL announced that the West Asia Express (WAX) service will be calling the additional ports of Xingang, Busan and Sohar as part of its service rotation, expanding coverage between the Far East and Middle East.According to APL, the WAX service will offer unparalleled transit time from Asia to the key Gulf ports of Sohar, Jebel Ali and Dammam. Shippers will also gain direct access to Sohar from Qingdao; as well as to Dammam and Doha from Xingang.The updated WAX service…

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Pegasus Maritime Loses Operator Licence in Singapore

Marine fuel services provider Pegasus Maritime (Singapore) Pte Ltd has lost its licence to operate bunker crafts in the port of Singapore effective July 16, the Maritime And Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore said on Monday.The MPA has revoked Pegasus Maritime's craft operator licence after investigations earlier this year revealed the company had allowed an unlicenced craft operator to use its bunker craft to make bunker deliveries, it said in a statement.Pegasus Maritime did…

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ICTSI Wins Sudan Port Contract

Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said it has been chosen by the government of Sudan to handle the operations and management of the South Port Container Terminal (SPCT). In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, ICTSI said the state-run Sea Ports Corp. of Sudan (SPC) has confirmed it as the preferred bidder to operate and manage the SPCT under a 20-year concession. ICTSI, controlled by gaming and ports tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.…

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Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships. The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema. While the chemical recycling technology used in the past has worked, Bin2Barrel is the first company to utilize it commercially.

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Antwerp Port Sets New Records for 1H 2018

After a record first three months the port of Antwerp has also had an excellent second quarter with May as the best month ever. During the first six months of the year the port handled 118,648,143 tonnes of freight, a sharp increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The main driver continues to be container freight which experienced further rapid growth of 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017. The strong freight figures for the first quarter continued unabated in the second quarter. The container volume for its part rose by 8.2% to 66,298,043 tonnes.

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Port of Long Beach Reports Busiest Month Ever

Container cargo volumes reached record heights at the Port of Long Beach last month, surging past the previous mark and distinguishing June 2018 as the port’s best month ever.Trade increased 14.2 percent in June, compared to the same month in 2017. The port’s terminals moved 752,188 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), 4.4 percent higher than the previous “best month” record set in July 2017.Through June, the port has handled nearly 4 million TEUs. The figure is 14.5 percent above the pace set by 2017, the port’s busiest year ever.

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Chinese Imports to US Ports Peaking Early

Chinese imports to U.S. ports rose more than expected in June, suggesting that some retailers moved up orders to insulate themselves from an intensifying trade war that threatens to send up costs on a growing number of consumer products.Retailers such as Walmart Inc and Amazon.com face uncertainty due to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods, and the jump in imports from the country was likely because of "pre-emptive buying in anticipation of the tariffs"…

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Protests Block Access to Iraq's Umm Qasr Port

About 100 protesters demanding jobs and better state services closed access to Umm Qasr port near the southern Iraq city of Basra on Friday, port employees said."They blocked the road leading into the port and trucks have no way of getting in or out.

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Port of Oakland Container Imports at All-time High

Port of Oakland containerized import volume reached an all-time high last month, according to data released today. The port said it handled the equivalent of 87,207 20-foot import containers in June. That beat the previous monthly record of 84,835 containers set last July. June import volume was up 8.7 percent over June 2017, the port said. It explained that two factors may have led to the increase: Peak season – the summer-fall period when most U.S. imports from Asia are shipped – is expected to be strong…

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive Photo: British Ports Association

British Ports Association Welcomes Trade Facilitation Focus of Brexit White Paper

The British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s Brexit White Paper which outlines the UK’s aims for a future economic relationship with the EU. Included in the White Paper is the much publicised Facilitated Customs Arrangement which essentially enables the continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU. Commenting on the developments the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said: “It is clear that the Government has listened to businesses…

Nitin Gadkari, Indian Shipping Minister. Photo: PIB

India to Roll-out USD 156 mln Vizag Port Projects

Nitin Gadkari, Indian Minister of Shipping will inaugurate five port projects worth INR  1062 Crores (USD 156 mln ) in Vishakhapatnam today (Friday). The projects to be inaugurated include upgradation of existing iron ore handling facility at Outer Harbour of Vizag Port. This would involve modernising and upgrading the 40 year old iron ore handling facility so that it can handle larger vessels of 2 lakh DWT with loading rate of 8000 MT/hour. Capacity enhancement would be to 16.20 MTPA from 12.50 MTPA.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside (Photo: NIMASA)

Intermodal Transport System Essential to Port Efficiency -NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that for any country to achieve efficiency at its ports, intermodal transport system is an essential factor to consider.Addressing journalists in Lagos, the DG noted that in order to attract investment to the maritime sector, a seamless transport system is crucial as there must be a good connection between the road and rail to the ports.Accordingly, Dr. Peterside stated that “taking maritime for instance…

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Krishnapatnam Port Commissions New Cranes

Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT); a deep drafted container terminal on India's east coast, announced the commissioning of five new Electrical Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (e-RTGC).Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal is planning to increase its container handling capacity from the current 1.2 Million TEUs per annum to 2 Million TEUs. The new equipment, the port said, bolsters its container handling capacity in the backdrop of a strong year-on-year container volume growth…

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MarAd: Buzby in Hanoi for Meetings

On July 11-12, 2018, Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby met with ‎the Vietnam Maritime Administration\\'s (VINAMARINE) Administrator Dr. Nguyen Xuan Sang and Deputy Administrator Dr. Bui Thien Thu in Hanoi, Vietnam. This meeting, under the implementation of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Agreement, included discussions on the topics of maritime policy, vessels safety and security, port infrastructure development, maritime workforce and mariner training. On July 12th, Administrator Buzby visited the ports of Hai Phong and Lach Huyen. The US Coast Guard and US Department of State also participated.

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DP World Threatens Legal Action Over Djibouti Port Row

DP World threatened legal action against Djibouti after the government of the Horn of Africa nation ended a contract this year with the Dubai-owned firm for running a port facility, the company's spokesman said on Thursday.Djibouti ended the contract in February with DP World to run its Doraleh Container Terminal.The Dubai-based company said it issued its statement after "reports of the opening of the first phase of the Chinese built International Free Trade Zone, in violation of DP World's exclusive management rights.""DP World reserves the right to take all available legal actions, including

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Indian Ports Register 3.91% Growth

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.91% and together handled 174.02 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to June, 2018 as against 167.48 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- June 2018, nine ports - Kolkata including Haldia, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal (Kandla) Port have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (11.93%)…

REGULATORY WATCH: The Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap: 30 months and counting down …

Industry frets about the coming deadline. Shipping desperately wants to be ready, but will global shore-based infrastructure and refining capacity match the demand that is sure to come? And … are regulators listening to industry’s concerns? In early June, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public workshop in Washington to help the agencies prepare for the January 1, 2020 deadline for worldwide implementation of very low sulfur marine fuel that meets the new 0.50% sulfur cap as set forth by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Singapore Tops World's Shipping Centre Rankings in 2018

Singapore has emerged as the world's top maritime center for the fourth consecutive time in the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Center Development Index. "Singapore remains unmoved at the top of the International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index for the fifth successive year, following a benchmark report published today (10 July 2018) by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency," said a press release. The index covers 43 of the world’s largest ports and…

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Growth Expected in Indian Logistics Industry

With industrial output and consumption-driven sectors recovering in H2 FY2018 from the initial lull post GST implementation, the freight demand in India has also reported healthy pickup during the second half of the previous fiscal.“The performance of key listed logistics companies indicates that there was pick-up in growth momentum as the year progressed,” said According to Shamsher Dewan, Vice President & Sector Head - Corporate Ratings, ICRA Ltd. “From an aggregate revenue growth of only 4.6 percent in Q2 FY2018…

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LA, Antwerp Partner to Advance Port Technologies

In an effort to spur technology-based innovation in the port and maritime environment, the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Antwerp in Belgium  are hosting an international “Hackathon.” The technology competition will take place October 11-13, 2018 simultaneously in the two cities and involve participants from around the world.The Hackathon has been organized under the chainPORT initiative, a collaboration of 12 ports launched in 2015 to digitally connect ports worldwide, share…

A newly-raised crane is repositioned from the work site back to the wharf to return to service in Charleston, S.C. (Photo: ZPMC)

ZPMC USA Expands Coast-to-coast

ZPMC USA is currently working on 25 cranes in nine locations that showcase a broad range of service capabilities.ZPMC USA has hired 50 new employees to support a coast-to-coast workload and its recently added parts division servicing the eastern and southern United States. Formerly known as ZPMC Crane Services, ZPMC USA has opened a warehouse in Portsmouth, Va. to complement its original parts depot in Los Angeles.ZPMC USA is the service subsidiary of ZPMC North America Inc, which is Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (ZPMC)’s operating company in North America.

Greg Tuthill (Photo: SeaCube Container Leasing)

Tuthill Named COO of SeaCube Container Leasing

Greg Tuthill has been named Chief Commercial Officer of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd., one of the largest global container leasing companies in the world.Brought on board to drive strategic global growth, Tuthill will lead SeaCube’s global sales, marketing and trading teams. He is responsible for the development and implementation of evolving business strategies designed to further SeaCube’s vision of being the customer’s first choice for refrigerated intermodal equipment while also driving company growth.Most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer…

Damage at Ras Lanuf terminal June 18, 2018 (Photo: NOC)

Key Oil Export Terminals Reopen in Libya

Tripoli-based National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Wednesday four export terminals were being reopened after eastern factions handed over the ports, ending a standoff that had shut down most of Libya's oil output.Production and export operations would be restored "within the next few hours", an NOC statement said, although the restart at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, where workers were evacuated and storage tanks damaged in fighting last month, was expected to be gradual.A tanker at Hariga was due to start loading 1 million barrels of crude on Wednesday afternoon…

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Ethiopia: Reopening Roads to Red Sea Ports a Priority

Landlocked Ethiopia wants to make the re-opening of two roads connecting it to two of Eritrea's Red Sea ports a priority in the two nations' reconciliation process, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.In a move that ended a 20-year military stand-off, the Horn of African neighbors agreed on Monday to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights.The historic reconciliation could transform politics and security in the volatile Horn region, which lies along one of the world's busiest shipping routes.Ethiopian government spokesman Ahmed Shide said on Wednesday that the reopening of two cr

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Port of Long Beach Receives Zero-emissions Equipment Grant

Cap-and-trade funds electric vehicle demonstrationAs part of its transition to zero-emissions operations, the Port of Long Beach will use a $5.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to deploy hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo-handling equipment at two shipping terminals.The funds for the Commercialization of POLB Off-Road Technology Demonstration Project (C-PORT) leverage Long Beach’s place as the nation’s second-busiest seaport to test the viability of zero-emissions vehicles that are used on the docks.

Tim Haas (Photo: CMA CGM)

Haas Named COO at CMA CGM America

CMA CGM America has appointed Tim Haas as its new Chief Operations Officer.Haas leads CMA CGM’s U.S. Operations team from its headquarters in Norfolk, Va. He began on June 25, 2018, and he reports to the Ludovic Renou, President of CMA CGM America.Haas has more than 27 years of experience in shipping, terminal operations and executive management. For 21 years, Haas worked at Maersk, including APMT and Sea-Land, taking on a variety of roles in the U.S. and abroad. Among his assignments…

Dr. Aaron Bryden (Photo: PEIR)

Bryden Named CTO at PEIR

PEIR, a new app that helps the transportation logistics and shipping industries better assign costs based on responsibility for damaged shipping containers and trailers, has announced the hiring of Dr. Aaron Bryden as Chief Technology Officer and the acquisition of Tamper-Secure technology and patents from PRAXIK.Tom Burke, CEO of TCompanies, parent company of PEIR, said,  “Acquiring the Tamper-Secure technology and patents from PRAXIK made a great deal of sense for PEIR as we…

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Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Climb in June

Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 7 percent to 39.69 million tonnes in June from a month earlier, port data released on Tuesday showed.Total June iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material totalled 47.29 million tonnes, compared with 44.97 million tonnes in May, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.Rio Tinto uses the nearby Dampier and Cape Lambert ports to

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HoogTij to Build Deep-sea Quay

The construction of a 900-metre-deep deep-sea quay near the HoogTij business park along the North Sea Canal is set to begin this summer. HoogTij is divided into two parts: a site reserved for port-related companies (the maritime section) and a site intended for land-based companies (the land section). The total area can accommodate 130 hectares of business activity. HoogTij is a project initiated by the Municipality of Zaanstad, Port of Amsterdam and Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Haventerrein Westzaan (the Haventerrein Westzaan Development Company).

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US Retail Imports Setting Records Despite Trade War

Increasing consumer demand and rising retail sales are driving record imports at the United States’ major retail container ports this month despite new tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“Retailers cannot easily or quickly change their global supply chains, so imports from China and elsewhere are expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future,” explained NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold.

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Libya's Oil Output Down Sharply in 2018

Libya's national oil production fell to 527,000 barrels per day (bpd) from a high of 1.28 million bpd in February following recent oil port closures, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in a statement on Monday.The NOC had not previously stated how high the country's production had climbed after partially recovering to more than 1 million bpd a year ago.In the video statement dated July 8 the chairman of Tripoli-based NOC, Mustafa Sanalla, said the Feb. 23 closure of the El Feel oilfield due to protests led to the loss of 80…

Håkan Larsson, Chairman. Photo: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Acquires Syngin Technology

Wallenius Wilhelmsen, the global finished vehicle logistics provider, has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of the membership interest in Syngin Technology  for an initial purchase price of USD 22 million on a cash and debt free basis. "The future of logistics lies in combining digital services, physical assets and a deep understanding of logistics flows. With Syngin we boost our digital capabilities, setting us up to better support the changes we see in our customers' needs for the future", says Craig Jasienski, President and CEO of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group.

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THE Alliance Updates Asia-North America West Coast Service

Members of THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming have announced a services update regarding their Trans Pacific - West Coast products in response of schedule integrity improvement, extensive product enhancement and better cost efficiency. The update of THE Alliance product will feature total six services in Asia/North America West Coast. The PS5 and PS8 services will conjugate into one combined service and cater for customers connecting the key ports of North China, Central China and North America gate ports.

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Monitoring and Enforcement of Ballast Water Convention

Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty entered into force globally on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. A regional workshop in Batumi, Georgia (3-5 July)…

A battery-powered AMPMobile unit connects a ship to shore power at Shenzhen cruise terminal. (Photo:Cavotec)

Cavotec Tech for China's Cruise Sector

As Chinese ports, shipping lines and authorities strive to reduce emissions from shipping, Cavotec's  shore power technologies are helping achieve this goal.Cavotec engineers recently commissioned a self-propelled, battery-powered shore power solution, Cavortec AMPMobile, at the Taiiwan cruise terminal at the Chinese Port of Shenzhen. The unit’s batteries are charged while it connects vessels to the grid. Two other cruise terminals, Wusong in Shanghai and Qingdao in Shangdong…

Thomas A. Jelenić, Vice President for Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA)

OP/ED: How Growth Can Benefit the Environment

You might call 2017 a banner year for California ports. San Pedro Bay, home to the nation's leading twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach exceeded their pre-recession peaks. Collectively, San Pedro Bay was up 7.2% from its 2006 peak. It took a decade to get there and while you wouldn't want that sort of annualized growth going forward, it did arguably mark the end of San Pedro Bay's recession dip. More importantly, growth looks to continue in 2018. As of the end of May, year to date container volumes are 3.7% higher over the same period in 2017.