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Containershipping's Long-term Reefer Rates Soar to All-time Highs, says Xeneta

According to the latest crowd-sourced data from Xeneta, long-term rates for reefer containers on the key US West Coast to Far East route soared almost 60% in April.In its report Xeneta notes a surge in rates of around $2000 per 40-ft. unit after the latest 12-month contracts came to a close. The average contracted rate recorded on 15 May stood at $5850 per container, while the average for new agreements running from Q2 2022 to the end of Q1 2023 was even higher, at $5945 per 40-ft. reefer.“This is an almighty increase, pushing prices to an all-time high” said Patrik Berglund, Xeneta CEO.

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Opening Ukraine's Black Sea Ports Would Need Review of Sanctions on Russia, Moscow Says

Moscow said on Thursday that sanctions on Russia would have to be reviewed if it were to heed a U.N. appeal to open access to Ukraine's Black Sea ports so that grain could be exported, according to an Interfax news agency report. Read full storyUkraine, one of the world's biggest grain producers, used to export most of its goods through its seaports, but since Russia sent troops into Ukraine, it has been forced to export by train or via its small Danube River ports.U.N. food chief David Beasley appealed on Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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Cargill to Build Soybean Processing Plant in Missouri

Cargill has unveiled plans to build a new soybean processing facility located in Pemiscot County, Mo. near Hayti and Caruthersville to support growing domestic and global demand for oilseeds driven by food, feed and fuel markets. The facility will be the first of its kind for Southeast Missouri with an annual production capacity of 62 million bushels of soybeans. Cargill anticipates breaking ground on the project early next year with plans to be operational in 2026. The new facility will add approximately 45 full-time positions to the region when complete."Cargill's new facility…

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China Lockdowns Impeding Supply Chain Recovery -US Treasury Secretary

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday that COVID-19 lockdowns in China appear to be impeding the flow of goods and hampering global supply chains and a broader slowdown in growth in the world's No. 2 economy could have global spillover effects that warrant close attention."Certainly the lockdowns look like they are impeding the production and flow of goods and services, given how extensive they are, and compounding supply chain difficulties that we have had that have boosted prices…

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Valenciaport Notes that War, Inflation, Shortages Hamper Spanish Export Activity

Between January and April, the number of containers full of cargo (export) fell by 12.72% and those unloaded (import) increased by 6.96%The geopolitical situation, the war in Ukraine, the increase in the cost of energy and the shortage of raw materials are weighing down export activity. Foreign trade in all sectors such as vehicles (-7.68%), agri-foodstuffs (-15.79%), construction materials (-10.55%) and chemical products (-18.14%) fellOn the other hand, domestic demand is growing in most of the sectors that enter through the Valencian docks.

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Ukraine Restricts Corn Deliveries to Danube Port

Ukrainian national railway company Ukrzaliznytsia has imposed restrictions on corn transportation to the Danube port of Reni, APK-Inform agriculture consultancy said on Tuesday.It gave no reason for the decision, but it previously said that similar restrictions were imposed due to a large number of wagons accumulated near the crossing points.The ban will be in effect from May 18 until cancelled, the consultancy said.With Ukraine's ports blocked off by Russia's invasion, the major grain grower and global exporter is forced to send shipments across its western border, relying on limited railroad

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AIDA Cruise Ships Set to 'Plug In' at Port of Southampton

ABP’s Port of Southampton announced on Monday that all three of AIDA Cruises’ ships to visit Southampton this year have been commissioned for shore power at the portAIDAcosma, AIDAprima and now AIDAsol have all undergone commissioning, meaning that when these cruise ships return to the port, they are able to ‘plug in’ at Horizon Cruise Terminal or Mayflower Cruise Terminal.“It’s fantastic to be able to facilitate this sustainability milestone for AIDA Cruises,” said Rebekah Keeler, Head of Cruise at ABP.

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Three Kuwaiti Ports Suspend Operations Due to Bad Weather

Kuwait Ports Authority suspended all maritime operations at its three ports on Monday due to bad weather, the state news agency KUNA reported.The three ports were Shuwaikh port, Shuaiba port and Doha port, the agency added.(Reuters - Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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Romanian Port Races Against Clock to Move Ukrainian Grain to Global Markets

Pressed into emergency service by the blockade of Ukraine's seaports by Russian invaders, neighboring Romania is racing against time to move Ukrainian grain to global markets before the next harvest triggers bottlenecks.Ukraine, the world's fourth largest grain exporter, has been forced by Russia's invasion to re-route shipments by train via its western border into neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Romania or on barges through its small Danube river ports.But Ukraine needs to move…

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Port of Koper Orders More Electric Konecranes RTGs

The operator of the Port of Koper in Slovenia, Luka Koper d.d., has ordered three electric Konecranes RTG cranes featuring an auto plug-in system. The order was booked in Q1 2022 and the cranes will be delivered in February 2023. When the cranes are handed-over, Koper will operate a fleet of 30 Konecranes RTGs.Luka Koper has been operating Konecranes RTG and RMG cranes for almost 20 years. “Koper is a forward-looking container terminal operator with ambitious environmental goals…


Two Grain Ships Ships Stuck in Tunisian Ports

Two grain ships have been stuck in the port of Sfax in Tunisia since last month due to non-payment of dues, a union official told Reuters on Thursday.Adel Marzouk, the official in the union of Grain Office, added that two other ships have been waiting since the beginning of this month as well.Officials in the government were not immediately available for comment.(Reporting By Tarek Amara/Editing by Chris Reese)

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EU Moves to Help Ukraine Export Grain as Russia Blocks Sea Routes

The European Commission said on Thursday it would work with EU governments to help Ukraine export millions of tonnes of grain stuck in the country because the Russian navy is blocking Ukrainian ports.Ukraine was the world’s fourth-largest grain exporter in the 2020/21 season, International Grains Council data shows, selling 44.7 million tonnes abroad, mainly to China, Africa and Europe. It is also one of the biggest producers of sunflower oil.Before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb.

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SC Ports Handles Record Containers, Makes Progress on Fluidity

South Carolina Ports continues to handle record cargo volumes while making significant progress with terminal and berth fluidity amid ongoing supply chain challenges.SC Ports had its highest April ever for containers handled, marking the 14th consecutive month of cargo records at the Port of Charleston. Strong volumes are driven by sustained retail imports, which were up 34% in April compared to last year.“With ongoing supply chain challenges and record cargo volumes, SC Ports remains focused on deploying responsive…

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PD Ports Inks Deal to Bring Seajacks' UK Marine Base to Teesside

U.K.-based PD Ports announced it has entered into a long-term deal with offshore energy services company Seajacks to bring their U.K. marine base to the Tees Valley.Formerly based in Amsterdam, the new agreement will see Seajacks utilizing Cargo Fleet Wharf at Teesport Commerce Park to berth up to three self-propelled jack-up vessels while not out at work in the North Sea. The first of these vessels, the Kraken, moored at Teesport Commerce Park recently.“This is fantastic news for PD Ports and for the Tees Valley,” said PD Ports CEO, Frans Calje.

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Ports of Duisburg and Rotterdam Expand Partnership

The port authorities of Duisburg and Rotterdam have jointly signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to renew and expand their cooperation agreements that date back to 2020.Besides existing agreements relating to the optimization of logistical connections, the cooperation will be expanded to include initiatives in the area of digitization and the energy transition. The agreement was signed by Markus Bangen, CEO at duisport, and Allard Castelein, CEO at Port of Rotterdam.duisport and the Port of Rotterdam have been trading partners for a long time.

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DB Schenker Opens New Terminal in Finland

Logistics company DB Schenker said it has opened a new, highly sustainable cargo terminal in Finland for the Tampere region. With this terminal, which is located in nearby Lempäälä, DB Schenker is expanding its green distribution services in Finland. Five fully electric trucks will soon begin operating in Lempäälä and serve Tampere’s city center. Except in winter, the energy needed to recharge the vehicles in the fleet will be provided by the company's own solar power plant.“The new Tampere terminal underscores our leadership role in making logistics more and more environmentally friendly…

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US Importers Turn to Prayer and the President Ahead of West Coast Port Labor Talks

For more than two years, Isaac Larian has used every available tool to overcome global supply-chain bottlenecks and keep retailers stocked with enough Bratz and LOL Surprise! dolls to meet pandemic demand.Asked how he's preparing for this summer's West Coast port labor talks, the chief executive of Los Angeles-based MGA Entertainment deadpanned, "I'm praying two times a day."Larian and a half-dozen suppliers for major retailers like Walmart WMT.N, Amazon.com AMZN.O and Target…

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Additional $234.3 Million Available for US Port Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Monday announced that up to $684.3 million is now available for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants, to be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around or within a port. This marks the most, annual funding for PIDP in history and will help improve our supply chains, speed up the safe, efficient…

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Irish Port Eyes Offshore Wind Opportunities. Taps Bechtel for Assistance

Shannon Foynes Port Company has selected Bechtel to update its Vision 2041 master plan to accommodate offshore and onshore investment within and near its harbor in Ireland. Bechtel will support the company in considering how to deliver significant growth and expansion of the port, including how it can support the offshore wind industry and the production of alternative shipping fuels.Shannon Foynes Port is located in Ireland's deepest sheltered commercial harbor with jurisdiction over all marine activities on a 500-kilometer square area on the Shannon Estuary…

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DB Schenker to Launch Un-Crewed Coastal Container Feeder in Norway

Supply chain management and logistics solutions firm DB Schenker plans to build a fully-electric, zero-emission, un-crewed coastal container feeder to serve the route between Ikornnes quay and the Port of Ålesund in Norway. DB Schenker, and its cooperation partners, the furniture giant Ekornes and vessel designers Naval Dynamics, in addition to KONGSBERG and Massterly, aim to replace the traditional feeder vessels utilized along this stretch of the Norwegian coastline.The new autonomous and electric…

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Maersk Finds Potential Buyers for Its Stake in Russian Port Operator

Maersk has found possible buyers for its stake in Global Ports Investments, which operates ports in Russia as it withdraws from the country following a final cargo shipment this week, the Danish shipping group said on Wednesday.Maersk put its 30.75% share of Global Ports up for sale as it decided to quit Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine.It said talks were taking place with several potential buyers without giving names and that it did not expect to have to give the stake…

Kamel El-Wazir, Minister of Transport of Egypt attending the signing ceremony of the agreements between Red Sea Ports Authority, the Egyptian Group for Multipurpose Terminals Company, and AD Ports Group by (from right):  Abdel Qader Darwish, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Group for Multipurpose Terminals Company;  Mohamed Abdel Rahim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Red Sea Ports Authority; and Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO of the Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group

Abu Dhabi's AD Ports to Develop Multi-purpose Terminals, Cruise Ship Berths Along Egypt’s Coastline

Abu Dhabi's AD Ports Group and the Red Sea Ports Authority have signed a Term Sheet and a Head of Terms agreement for what they say are major port projects along Egypt’s coastline, including multi-purpose terminals, and cruise ship berths.The first agreement will see AD Ports Group develop, operate, and manage a multi-purpose terminal in Safaga Port in a consortium with the Red Sea Ports Authority and the Egyptian Group for Multipurpose Terminals Company, the commercial arm of…

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Weipa Maintenance Dredging Underway

Maintenance dredging operations have commenced at the Port of Weipa in Australia, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) announced.The trailing suction hopper dredge (TSHD) Brisbane began work in late April for a dredging program that is expected to last about eight weeks.“Maintenance dredging works are an integral part of port operations,”  said NQBP CEO Nicolas Fertin. “In the same way we maintain roads and rail lines for freight transport, we need to look after our port infrastructure to keep trade flowing.

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Cavotec Wins €15.7 Million Shore Power Order

Cavotec reports it has won a shore power order valued at €15.7 million from a major global container shipping line. Deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022 and continue throughout 2023 and 2024.Cavotec is to supply its ship-mounted shore power systems for a series of newbuild containerships. These systems connect ships to shoreside electrical power in ports, enabling dramatic reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, as well…

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Wasco to Buy MMA Offshore's Batam Shipyard

Australian offshore vessel owner MMA Offshore has agreed to sell its shipyard facility in Batam, Indonesia to Wasco Engineering Group.Wasco will pay $15 million for the shipyard facility. The transaction is expected to complete by December 30, 2022. The purchase price will be paid in tranches with the total amount payable on or before the completion date. MMA Offshore said it would use the cash from the sale to strengthen its balance sheet.The Batam facility will remain subleased…

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Ukraine Formally Closes Four Ports Captured by Russian Forces

Ukraine has formally closed its four Black and Azov sea ports, which Russian forces have captured, the Ukrainian agriculture ministry said on Monday.The Azov Sea ports of Mariupol, Berdiansk, and Skadovsk and the Black Sea port of Kherson were closed "until the restoration of control", the ministry said in a statement."The adoption of this measure is caused by the impossibility of servicing ships and passengers, carrying out cargo, transport and other related economic activities…

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Port of Antwerp Overcoming Loss of Russian Shipping Export Trade -CEO

The Port of Antwerp is adapting to losing shipping trade with Russia and its merger with the neighboring Port of Zeebrugge is set to boost overall volumes in coming years, the group's chief executive said on Thursday.Global shipping companies including leading container lines have cut business ties with Russia due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of Western sanctions. While food and medical shipments are still allowed, overall exports to Russia have been hit…

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First Ukrainian Corn Cargo Leaves Romanian Black Sea Port

A cargo carrying over 71,000 tonnes of Ukrainian corn finished loading in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta on Thursday, the first since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the manager of port operator Comvex said.With Ukraine's sea ports blocked since the war started more than two months ago, the world's fourth-largest grain exporter has been forced to send shipments by train via its western border or through its small Danube river ports into Romania."This is the first panamax vessel with Ukrainian corn to leave the port…

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Ukrainian Grains Reach Romanian Black Sea Port

Ukraine has sent around 80,000 tones of grains to the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta so far, with more expected to arrive, the port's manager said on Tuesday.Ukraine's sea ports have been blocked since a Russian invasion two months ago and the country, a major agricultural producer, has been forced to export by train via its western border or via its small Danube river ports into Romania.European Union member Romania shares borders of the Black Sea - a major shipping artery for grain and oil - with Bulgaria…

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Port of Corpus Christi Names Takizawa Director of Trade Development

The Port of Corpus Christi Authority has named Marcelo “Yudi” Takizawa as its Director of Trade Development. Takizawa has more than 20 years of commercial business and market development leadership experience in the energy and marine transportation space. He comes to the Port of Corpus Christi from Vopak.In his new role, Takizawa will oversee all business and trade development initiatives for the Port of Corpus Christi, including market development, management of customer relationships…

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Adani Ports Acquires Marine Services Firm Ocean Sparkle

Adani Ports, the largest private ports and logistics company in India, said it has reached a deal to acquire a 100% stake in India’s largest third-party marine services provider Ocean Sparkle Ltd. (OSL).OSL, which provides towage, pilotage, and dredging services, has an asset base of 94 owned vessels and 13 third-party owned vessels, and a team of 1,800 personnel. It is present in all the major ports, 15 minor ports and all three liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in India, and also operates in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Yemen and Africa.

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Shore Power Milestone Reached at Port of Kapellskär

A milestone has been reached at Port of Kapellskär for connection of Finnlines services to onshore power. In 2023, Finnlines will introduce two brand new Superstar-class vessels on the Kapellskär-Långnäs-Naantali route. These vessels will connect to onshore power at the quay and will also use automooring, resulting in reduced emissions when vessels are in port.Now the station at the heart of the onshore power connections for Finnlines new vessels is in place at Port of Kapellskär.

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Beirut Port Blast Suspect to Face Extradition Hearing in Madrid

A Portuguese man is set to face an extradition hearing in Madrid over allegations he was involved in the devastating 2020 port explosion in Beirut, authorities said on Thursday.The man, named in court as Jorge Manuel Mirra Neto Moreira, flew to Chile from the Spanish capital this week but was put on a plane back to Madrid after Chilean authorities detained him at the request of global police agency Interpol.He appeared before a Madrid high court judge on Wednesday and was released…

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Stena Line Vessels to Be Fitted with Yara Shore Power Solutions

Stena Line and Yara Marine Technologies have signed a contract to install Yara Marine’s shore power solution on board four ferries as part of Stena Line’s efforts to minimize carbon emissions from their fleet. When connected to the local power grid at the port, the turnkey solution will allow these vessels to eliminate emissions and noise that would otherwise have been produced by the vessels’ engines.The installations aboard Stena Baltica, Stena Scandica, Stena Flavia, and Stena…

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Wasa Dredging Southern Breakwater in Klaipeda

Wasa Dredging said it has entered into a charter agreement with Herbosch-Kiere for the dredging of the subsoil for the Southern Breakwater in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania.Dredging services started on March 13. In total some 95,000 cubic meters of sand and clay will be dredged down to -19 meters. Horizontal dredging tolerances are -0.3 to +0.1 meters.Soils will be dredged with Wasa's backhoe dredger Optimus. The dredged material will be loaded in a self-propelled split hopper barges Boann and Sinann and dumped in the offshore appointed disposal area IV.

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Port of LA Releases First Study for West Harbor Modification Project

The Port of Los Angeles has taken its first step in the environmental review process for the West Harbor Modification Project on the LA Waterfront with the release of an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP).The proposed West Harbor Modification Project involves development of an approximately 108,000-square foot outdoor amphitheater as well as an entertainment venue on approximately 2.5 acres in the southern portion of the former San Pedro Public Market Project site (now called West Harbor).

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Suez Canal Economic Zone Signs Deals for Green Energy

Egypt's Suez Canal Economic Zone signed an agreement worth $3 billion to produce up to 350,000 tonnes of green energy for fueling ships in Ain Sokhna with a consortium that includes EDF Renewables EDF.PA and the Egyptian sovereign wealth fund, the cabinet said on Wednesday.Egypt also signed an agreement with AMEA Power of the United Arab Emirates to produce up to 390,000 tonnes of green ammonia a year in Ain Sokhna, the cabinet statement added.(Reuters - Reporting by Momen Saeed Atallah; Writing by Lina Najem; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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MARAD Announces New 'Marine Highway' Route and Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of a new Marine Highway Route, two new Marine Highway Projects, and one Project Designation Extension as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). While focusing on supply chain efficiency will have nationwide effects, the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California, and Oregon will receive new routes, designations, or extensions.The…

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Durban Port Functional After Flood Devastation

South Africa's major port of Durban, where operations were disrupted by severe flooding last week, is now functional and a backlog of thousands of containers will be cleared within five to six days, the public enterprises minister said on Tuesday.The floods caused extensive damage to roads leading to Durban port, one of the busiest shipping terminals in Africa and a key hub for exports like metals and agricultural commodities and imports like fuel.Scientists believe the southeastern…

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Brazil's Parana ports face unusually busy fertilizer import season

Ports in one of Brazil's biggest farming states are handling an unusual amount of fertilizer after importers rushed to secure supplies amid fears that sanctions on Belarus and Russia would curtail trade, the Parana port authority said.Brazilian importers are keen to secure crop nutrient supplies even if they have nowhere to store them as Brazil relies on imports for 85% of its fertilizer needs.Paranagua, one of the South American country's busiest ports, has 18 vessels awaiting to unload nearly 600…

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SeaPort Manatee Sees Record Cargo Tonnage

SeaPort Manatee on Florida's west coast keeps setting across-the-board activity records, highlighted by an upsurge of more than 32% in containerized cargo tonnage in the six-month period ended March 31 over the comparable year-earlier fiscal half.During the first six months of its current fiscal year, the Florida Gulf Coast trade gateway handled an all-time high of 660,847 short tons of containerized cargo, up 32.2% from the first half of fiscal 2021, while also establishing a record for twenty-foot-equivalent container units…

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Argentine Maritime Workers Plan 24-hour Strike

Argentine ship workers will stage a 24-hour strike on Thursday to protest what they call delays by the government in awarding tenders to the sector, although the action is not expected to affect activity at key grains ports in and around Rosario.The Maritime, Port and Naval Industry Federation (Fempinra) announced the strike on Tuesday, less than a week after protests by grains truck drivers snarled up transportation of soy and corn right in the middle of the harvest season.Worker protests have grown more common in the South American country, the world's top exporter of processed soy and no.

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Port Houston Reports 20% Cargo Increase

Container volume at Port Houston in March totaled 308,557 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). That brings the total for just the first three months of 2022 to 903,383 TEUs, an increase of 20% year-to-date over last year’s record year.“Port Houston is constantly evaluating growth within the industry and developing innovative solutions to accommodate that growth,” Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said. “We know that velocity of goods is of the utmost importance to our customers and we continue to evaluate our procedures and infrastructure to improve efficiency.”In March…

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Libya's NOC Declares Force Majeure at Brega Oil Port

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure at the Brega oil port on Tuesday, saying it was unable to fulfil its commitments towards the oil market."At a time when oil prices are witnessing a significant recovery due to the increase in global demand... Libyan crude is subjected to a wave of illegal closures," the state-owned company said in a statement.(Reuters - Reporting by Ahmed ElumamiWriting by Ahmad ElhamyEditing by Louise Heavens)

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The Supply Chain: As Empty Containers Stack Up in the U.S., Challenges Persist

According to a recent analysis by Container xChange, one of the many challenges for the supply chain now is the overflowing container depots in the U.S. and the pileup of empties that will push the container prices further downwards in the mid-term. The analysis shows that container prices are declining in the U.S. by as much as 30% in the past two months across the east and the west coast and more than halved at some ports from 2021 prices. Bigger carriers, as per a report by CNBC recently, are shipping empty containers back to Asia from the U.S.

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Ukraine Says Grain on Ships in Blocked Black Sea Ports May Deteriorate

Around 1.25 million tonnes of grains and oilseeds are still on commercial vessels blocked in Ukrainian seaports due to Russia's invasion and part of the cargo may deteriorate in the near future, Ukraine's farm minister was quoted as saying on Friday.Ukraine used to export almost all its grain and oilseeds via seaports and now is forced to find new routes as its ports are blocked.Before the war, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tonnes of grain and oilseed a month, while in March the exports fell to 200…

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SOHAR Port Names Hoogsteden CEO

SOHAR Port and Freezone announced the appointment of Emile Hoogsteden as the new chief executive officer of SOHAR Port, a joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ASYAD Group.Hoogsteden succeeds Mark Geilenkirchen effective July 1, 2022.Located in northern Oman, SOHAR is one of the fastest-growing Port and Freezone complexes in the world, capable of welcoming the world’s largest container vessels. To date, the company has attracted close to US$ 30 billion in investments by serving industries such as metals, raw materials and plastics, among others.

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Port of Oakland's Seaport Logistics Complex Kicks Off With Major Tenant

A major logistics company will soon occupy the enormous new warehouse at the Port of Oakland’s designated Seaport Logistics Complex. Industrial real estate giant CenterPoint Properties completed the massive, 460,000+ square-foot warehouse at 1300 Maritime Street last year. CenterPoint signed PCC Logistics as the new tenant in January of this year.“This effectively marks the launch of the Port’s Seaport Logistics Complex, a long-awaited re-use of land that was once occupied by the US Army,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan.

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Russia Faces Drop in Cargo Traffic, Container Deficit

Russia is bracing for a sharp decline in cargo flows and a deficit of containers after major international container shipping lines halted operations in the country due to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine, two Russian executives said.The world’s three largest container shipping lines, Denmark’s Maersk, France’s CMA CGM and Swiss-based MSC, have suspended their bookings to and from Russia after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking a flurry of Western sanctions.The…

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SC Ports Reports All-time Monthly Container Record

South Carolina Ports reported an all-time container record in March, marking the 13th consecutive month of cargo records at the Port of Charleston.“As we continue to handle record volumes on our terminals, SC Ports is working alongside our maritime community and logistics partners to navigate the many challenges felt across the entire supply chain,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “We are responding to customers’ needs as we make progress on reducing the backlog.”Strong U.S. consumer appetite for retail goods continues to drive record cargo levels…

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Beth Rooney Named Director of Port of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Beth Rooney has been named Director of the Port Department, taking over for Sam Ruda who is departing to return to the West Coast.A maritime industry veteran, Rooney will assume the role on May 2 following three years as the ports Deputy Director and more than three decades of experience. She has been with the Port Department since 1993.Together, Ruda and Rooney have led the East Coast’s busiest and largest seaport, and third in the nation behind the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

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Transnet Suspends Durban Port Operations Due to Floods

South Africa's state-owned logistics firm Transnet suspended its Durban port operations from 1930 local time on Monday due to heavy rains that have damaged the roads into the port, a key hub for shipping containers and metals such as copper.In a statement on Tuesday, Transnet said shipping has been suspended until further notice as a result of damage caused by the adverse weather, and vessels on berth are on standby.Customers were requested to "hold back" on bringing their trucks into the port…

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Geotechnical, Marine, and Coastal Design Solutions for Marshaling Ports to meet US Offshore Wind Power Policy Targets

As reported in a Maritime Reporter and Engineering News February 2022 article, Offshore Wind Development Gains Speed in the United States, the offshore wind (OSW) market is beginning to heat up. The White House policy target of 30 GW of offshore wind power by 2030, increasing the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) leasing awards, and permitting target approval dates, together with more state energy procurement awards, are creating demand for more port infrastructure, Jones Act compliant vessels, and manufacturing facilities for wind farm components.

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US Offshore Wind: Figuring Out the Business

If awards were given for dominating the sustainable energy spotlight, offshore wind (OSW) would surely be in line for top honors.Consider:Big money: BOEM’s February sale of New York Bight offshore wind development rights drew a record $4.37 billion in developers’ bids. Not only is that real money, but just as critically, “This week’s offshore wind sale makes one thing clear: The enthusiasm for the clean energy economy is undeniable and it’s here to stay,” exclaimed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.Off Broadway: In January…

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Grays Harbor Maintenance Dredging Planned

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District said it plans to conduct Grays Harbor maintenance dredging in the Outer Harbor beginning April 12.The USACE hopper dredge Yaquina is expected to start dredging in the outer harbor of Grays Harbor around April 12 and will dredge approximately 17 days.Another USACE hopper dredge Essayons is expected to start dredging in the outer harbor April 21 and will dredge approximately 23 days. Dredging work will be performed continuously…

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Dredging Commences in Port of Alaska

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District announced dredging in the Port of Alaska commenced on April 1.Seasonal dredging of the waterway aims to address heavy shoaling at the fuel docks and Terminal 3, the Corps said.Since the 1960s, the district has operated a dredge at the Port of Alaska to keep Cook Inlet safe for navigation by clearing built-up sediments on the seafloor that prevent large ships from coming through.This year’s vessel, the Westport, a 2,000-cubic-yard hopper dredge operated by Manson Construction…

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Port of Los Angeles Completes Everport Terminal Upgrades

The Port of Los Angeles has completed construction of the $65 million Everport Terminal Improvement Project located at Berths 226-236 along the Los Angeles Main Channel.The project allows Everport to improve the container-handling efficiency and capacity of its existing terminal to accommodate the projected fleet mix of larger container vessels anticipated to call at the Everport Container Terminal over the next two decades.“The completion of this project marks years of planning and perseverance through a challenging pandemic and unprecedented cargo surge…

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Port of Virginia Gets Final Funding for Channel Dredging

The recently approved federal work plan contains the final piece of funding for The Port of Virginia’s dredging project that will create the deepest and widest shipping channels on the U.S. East Coast by late 2024.The work plan, released last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, allocates funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and contains $72 million for the dredging project. The federal government and the port agreed to a 50-50 cost share of the project at its outset in 2015 when the U.S.

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Rangers Concerned New Port Could Threaten Congo's Sea Turtles

Each year Christian Ndombe and other park rangers scour the beaches of Democratic Republic of Congo's vanishing coastline for turtle nests, bringing the eggs to a hatching center where they are incubated for eight weeks.Rising sea levels and erosion have consumed almost a quarter of the turtle's nesting grounds, the rangers estimate.Now a new concern is emerging in the form of a port, which the government says will bring jobs and lower the cost of imports, but that rangers worry will further endanger them."The problem we have at the moment is that to really protect them…

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Yara to Set Up Scandinavian Green Ammonia Bunkering Network

Norway's Yara and Azane Fuel Solutions have signed a deal to create a Scandinavian network of bunker terminals to supply ships with zero-carbon ammonia as marine fuel, the companies said on Friday.They said the network will make "green" ammonia - produced from renewable electricity - available for the shipping industry in the region by 2024, which is also when the first ships with ammonia-fueled engines are expected to enter the market.A hydrogen-carrying chemical primarily used as a fertilizer…

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Port Capacity in Question as UK Offshore Wind Expands

U.K. port bosses are scratching their heads as to how to meet demand as offshore wind, including new floating projects, ramps up around the country’s coastline.The U.K. government is pushing this source of energy and has a 40-gigawatt (GW) by 2030 target—ramping up from around 30 GW today—for offshore wind. While fixed bottom projects continue to roll out, through some of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, a pipeline of 15 GW of floating offshore wind is also on the cards…

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US Senate Approves Bill to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to improve oversight of ocean shipping, a step supporters say will help ease export backlogs.The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, led by Senators John Thune and Amy Klobuchar, would strengthen the investigatory authority of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the U.S. agency that oversees ocean shipping, and boost transparency of industry practices.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the legislation "will reduce costs for the American people…

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Yara Marine to Supply Shore Power Systems for Three Finnlines Vessels

Ro-ro and ro-pax operator Finnlines has inked a deal to install Yara Marine’s shore power solution on board three vessels to reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and noise in port. The installations are scheduled for completion in 2022.The turnkey solution will allow these vessels to connect to the local power grid when in port, switching to electricity rather than using auxiliary engines running on fuel.Thomas Doepel, COO of Finnlines, said, “Finnlines is committed to providing sustainable and responsible transportation options in the Baltic and North Seas.

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Cofco Wins 25-year Concession for New Brazil Port Terminal

Cofco International said on Wednesday it had won a 25-year concession for an agriculture bulk terminal at Brazil's Port of Santos, expanding its footprint in the world's top soybean exporter.The STS11 terminal will be fully operational in 2026, Cofco said in a statement. The terminal will help expand Cofco's port capacity in Brazil to 14 million tonnes.(Reuters - Reporting by Gus Trompiz and Caroline Stauffer)

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Germany's TES Accelerates Plan for Gas Import Terminal

Germany's Tree Energy Solutions (TES), backed by Belgian firm AtlasInvest, said on Wednesday it would accelerate plans for a gas import terminal to be built at the northern German port of Wilhelmshaven in partnership with E.ON.It said it was bringing the project forward by about two years because of an energy crisis, which has been fueled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.The terminal, to be built by 2025, would be used to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transitional energy…

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Europe Must Shut Ports to Russian Ships, Ukraine President Tells Norwegian Parliament

Norway and the rest of Europe should close their sea ports to Russian ships, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the Norwegian parliament on Wednesday."The European Union, and I do hope so Norway, need to introduce the ban on Russian vessels to use European ports for the time being while they are blocking our ports," Zelenskiy said via video link from Ukraine.He added that Ukraine and Norway, Europe's second-largest gas supplier after Russia, had started talks over the…

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Maersk Warns Shanghai Lockdown to Boost Shipping Costs Further

Danish shipper Maersk said the Shanghai lockdown will severely hurt trucking services and increase transport costs, as China's intensifying efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 further rattles global supply chains.The Chinese coastal city, home to some of the world's busiest sea and airports, began locking down half of the city on Monday and intends to do the same to the other half for four days starting Friday in a two-stage testing exercise.While it has kept its airports and deepwater port open…

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Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Included in Biden's Spend Plan

The Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project was included in President Joe Biden’s proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget released Monday under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Coastal Navigation Construction category. The President’s recommended funding targeted project closeout appropriations of $157.3 million. Once approved by Congress, the appropriation would complete the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project, rendering it the most improved ship channel in the entire U.S. Gulf Coast. The Port of Corpus Christi is the largest gateway for U.S.

Port of Virginia Adds New Container Cranes

The Port of Virginia on Friday welcomed a pair of massive container cranes to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) South, the final pieces of equipment needed to complete the South Berth’s $450 million optimization project.“These cranes will expand our lift capacity, berth productivity and the ability to handle multiple ULCVs [ultra-large container ship] simultaneously,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “This benefits the port’s users and it says…

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Russia Resumes LPG exports from Sea of Azov

Russia is set to resume supplies of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from a Sea of Azov port on Tuesday for the first time since Moscow started its military operation in Ukraine, data from the port and Refinitiv Eikon showed.Supplies of LPG had been halted from the Temryuk terminal since Feb. 24 following a ban on shipments in the region imposed by the Russian sea and river transport regulator.According to the port data, there are plans to load a gas tanker called Premier on Tuesday under the flag of the Comoro Islands.

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Savannah Harbor Deepening Complete

Dredging work to deepen Savannah Harbor has wrapped up, reducing tidal restrictions for mega-ships transiting the Savannah River to clear the way for expedited cargo movement.Dredging for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project started in September 2015, adding five feet in depth to the shipping channel. Initial feasibility studies for the harbor deepening began in 1997.“After more than 20 years in the making, we are thrilled to mark this accomplishment today,” said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

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Most Containership Spot Rates Tower Above Long Term Contracts - Xeneta

The Far East to South American East Coast trade is the only front haul trade where the long term is lower than the average spot rate among Xeneta's top 13 trades. Long-term rates on this trade are still below their October highs, but they have been steadily rising since 2022. As of 15 March, long term contracts from the past three months were $800 per FEU above the spot market, at $10,400. In comparison, spot market rates have declined since November 2021, falling from $13,000 to $9…

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Ports Can Reduce Emissions by Switching to Propane

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is opening up $450 million in funding for initiatives working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize impacts to the climate and surrounding communities from port operations. Areas targeted for projects include coastal seaports, inland waterways, and Great Lakes ports. One way that ports can easily reduce emissions is to switch from diesel- and gasoline-powered equipment to models powered by propane. Propane is an available clean…

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Port of Antwerp Moving Forward with Two Symbiosis Projects

For the transition to a circular economy, Port of Antwerp is committing itself to the transition to climate-neutral energy and raw materials and to the closing of cycles so that waste flows can be given a second life and be reused or recycled. Accordingly, together with the experts from the Flemish Symbiosis Team, supported by VITO and OVAM, and essenscia (the Belgian federation of the chemical industry and life sciences sector), it has launched an open call for symbiosis projects which, through strong industrial partnerships, will contribute to closed material cycles in and around the port.

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Army Corps Making Plans for Fort Langley-Eustis Construction

The U.S. Army Corps’ Norfolk District seeks contractors for the 3rd Port Improvements Project at Ft. Eustis, Va. Total award could be between $10 million and $25 million. The Corps will use responses from companies to “determine an acquisition strategy.” Go to SAM.gov and use ID W9123622B2017 to search. Responses are due March 28.As envisioned now, this would be a firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of improvements at 3rd Port, JBLE–Eustis (Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Newport News).

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Foss to Develop Offshore Wind Terminal in New Bedford

The Port of New Bedford in Massachusetts will add another base of operations and terminal logistics facility to support offshore wind projects off the northeastern coast seaboard.Foss is partnering with key local investors of New Bedford’s Cannon Street Holdings LLC (CSH) to develop the 30-acre site, currently home to the decommissioned Cannon Street Power Station in the city’s central waterfront. The former Sprague/Eversource site was selected for its proximity to offshore wind blocks located approximately 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands.

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FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee Updates Ongoing Work

FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee held a third meeting on March 9. Two Subcommittees reported on work on (1) data sharing and visibility and (2) fees and surcharges.A core concern with data sharing is that too many different tech platforms complicate communication within the supply chain’s many players. Mismatch leads to dysfunction. The Committee wants technology to move from proprietary to standardized and open access systems.Rich Roche, with Mohawk Global Logistics, is data Chair. The Subcommittee met with Long Beach officials regarding their communications systems and software.

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Miros RangeFinder finds a spot in pair of Vietnam Port Projects

Miros, in association with its Vietnam partner Reecotech, won  two contracts to support industrial projects with its RangeFinder solution. The Miros RangeFinder is a dry, radar-based sensor measuring airgap, tide, water level, draught, and waves, offering millimetre accuracy in all weather conditions. The sensor, which was chosen for its ability to reliably deliver high data quality, will be implemented as part of tailored automated weather and sea monitoring systems.The first…

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Ukraine Could Lose $6 Billion in Grain Exports with Ports Blocked

Ukraine faces a possible grain revenue loss of $6 billion as the blockade of its ports by Russian forces prevents it from selling millions of tonnes of wheat and corn that had been earmarked for export by June, a senior industry official said.Countries that rely on imports of Ukrainian wheat - including Egypt, Turkey and Yemen - will need to find alternative supplies, aid agencies have warned.Ukraine, a major producer of grain and oilseeds, exports 98% of its cereals through its ports and only a fraction by rail…

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Russia Docks Landing Support Ship Near Ukraine's Mariupol

Russia's armed forces said on Monday they had docked a large, beachable landing support ship, the Orsk, in the occupied Ukrainian port of Berdyansk, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.As part of what Moscow calls a "special military operation" launched almost a month ago, Russian forces have seized most of the Ukrainian coast along the Sea of Azov, an appendage of the Black Sea, except for Mariupol, which has refused to surrender."It is hard to overestimate the possibilities of using this port…

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Ukraine Says All Its Ports Remain Closed to Ship Traffic

All Ukrainian its ports on the Black Sea and Azov Sea remain temporarily closed to ships seeking to enter or exit, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said on Monday.Soon after Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24, Ukraine’s military suspended commercial shipping at its ports, stoking fear of supply disruption from leading grain and oilseeds exporters.(Reuters - Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Port of Oakland Import Volume Still Trending Up

Port of Oakland import business continues to grow though export recovery has yet to take off. The port said Friday that import cargo volume increased 6.3% in February 2022 compared to February 2021. Exports declined 10.3% over the same period.The figures indicate continued strong U.S. consumer demand for goods manufactured overseas, the port said. The port added that it’s waiting to see results from recent measures implemented to stimulate exports.“We’re gratified by the strength of the import business moving through Oakland,” said Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes.

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COVID Curbs Bite at Chinese Ports, Threatening Global Supply Chains

The queues of container ships outside major Chinese ports are lengthening by the day as COVID-19 outbreaks in manufacturing export hubs threaten to unleash a fresh wave of global supply chain shocks, ship owners, logistics firms and analysts say.China is experiencing its biggest spike in COVID-19 infections since an initial outbreak in the central city of Wuhan was contained in early 2020.The spread of the highly-infectious Omicron variant this month has led to movement controls across China…

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Ukrainian Ambassador Calls on Greece to Shut Ports to Russia

Ukraine urges Greece to shut its ports to Russian vessels and stop doing business with Russian companies to increase pressure on Moscow to end the war, Ukraine's ambassador to Greece said on Wednesday."We ask Greece in particular to close the ports to Russian vessels... stop doing business with them and stop sending your ships to Russia," Sergii Shutenko told reporters.New talk of compromise from both Moscow and Kyiv on a status for Ukraine outside of NATO lifted hope on Wednesday…

The capesize bulker Friendship, owned by Seanergy Maritime and chartered by NYK, has collaborated with global mining company Anglo American to complete a trial using biofuel to transport cargo. This is the fourth successful trial use of biofuel by NYK , the second in cooperation with Anglo American and the first with Seanergy Maritime. Photo courtesy TotalEnergies Marine Fuels/NYK

Future Fuels: TotalEnergies Makes Historic First Marine Bio-Fuel Bunker Delivery

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels carried out its first marine bio-VLSFO (Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil) bunker delivery in Singapore’s port waters, as part of a biofuel trial recently completed by NYK Line and Anglo American.During the operation, a B10 biofuel blend that composed of VLSFO blended with 10% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester) was supplied via ship-to-ship transfer to MT Friendship, a bulk carrier owned by Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. and chartered by NYK Line to transport cargo provided by Anglo American.

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White House Aims to Boost Supply Chain Information Sharing

The White House on Tuesday unveiled a new pilot effort to help clear supply chain bottlenecks at congested U.S. ports by getting truckers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers and other businesses to share information.U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese launched the Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW), an information sharing initiative "to pilot key freight information exchange between parts of the goods movement…