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Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Congestion at Container Shipping Ports in Southern China Worsens on Anti-COVID-19 Measures

Congestion at container shipping ports in southern China is worsening as authorities step up disinfection measures amid a flare-up in COVID-19 cases, causing the biggest backlog since at least 2019.More than 150 coronavirus cases have been reported in Guangdong province, a key manufacturing and exporting hub in southern China, since the latest wave of cases struck in late May, triggering local governments to step up prevention and control efforts that have curbed port processing capacity.Ports in Guangdong…

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Samoa's Disputed Leader Promises Chinese-backed Port at a Third of the Cost

Samoa's disputed leader is promising to build a port with Chinese help for $100 million, about a third of the cost proposed earlier, said sources with knowledge of the initial plan, as he bids to stay in power despite losing a parliamentary majority in a tight election.The Asian Development Bank (ADB) deemed that the port project at Vaiusu, west of the capital Apia, was not economically viable after it was estimated it would cost more than $300 million, sources told Reuters.But the project's chief supporter…

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STI Invests in Terminal Tractors to Boost Efficiency

San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI), a port operated by SAAM and SSA Marine, closed purchase orders to acquire 26 state-of-the-art terminal tractors. This is the first step in the investment plan agreed with the port authority (Empresa Portuaria de San Antonio) that will extend the terminal concession until 2030, strengthening its efficiency with more modern equipment.According to STI’s General Manager, Rodrigo Galleguillos, “These terminal tractors joining our terminal's existing fleet of 25 will help us to continue enhancing service…

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Cavotec to Supply Shore Power Systems for Ultra Large Containerships

cavotec said it has won a series of orders in the second quarter with a total value of €5 million ($6.1 million) to equip the world’s largest newbuild containerships with ShorePower systems. This is in addition to €3 million ($3.7 million) in orders already secured in the first quarter.“We’re proud to support the world’s major container shipping lines in their journey towards sustainable operations. As the leading supplier of shore power systems, Cavotec is trusted to provide worldwide connection compatibility for vessels using shoreside power supply…

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Port of Açu Develops a new Digital Growth Masterplan

Radix Engineering and Software, in collaboration with HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program - University of Houston, and UTC Overseas, Inc., is developing a ‘Smart Port’ Digital Growth Masterplan for the Port of Açu (PdA), the largest private port in Latin America.The goal is to develop a 5–10-year vision for the technological platform of the Port and its ecosystem, focused on the optimization of operations, attraction of new businesses that are technologically aligned…

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Port Delays: Wait Times at Yantian Port Mount

Blank sails likely at Port of Yantian as median dwell times climb to over two weeks, shows project44 data  Vessel delays at the Yantian Port, a deepwater port in Shenzhen, has been worsening over the last week and the port is expected to remain congested throughout the month, based on pro-ject44’s container dwell time data. The congestion at Yantian is due to tight controls over a de-tected COVID-19 outbreak on May 25, 2021, amongst port workers, resulting in container liners sending out client advisories on blank sailings.

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Oman's Asyad to Focus on Ports, Shipping

Oman's state-owned transport group Asyad plans to restructure its operations in order to focus on logistics, port services, free zones, shipping, drydocks and e-commerce, the state-run Oman News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing a management decision.The transport ministry will take over supervision of the company's land transportation activity, it said.(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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Shipping Firms Warn Clients of Shenzen's Yantian Port Worsening Congestion

Major shipping companies have warned clients of worsening congestion at Shenzen's Yantian port in southern China following the discovery of several asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the city.Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), one of China's busiest container ports with an annual handling volume of more than 13 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), has imposed stringent disinfection and quarantine measures since May 21 when the virus was discovered among port staff.More than 40 container ships were anchored in open water outside the terminal…

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Sweden Initiates First Inland Shipping Barge Shuttle

Sweden’s first container barge shuttle service on inland waterways started operation on June 1 between Stockholm Norvik Port and the Port of Västerås. For the service German shipping company Reederie Deymann introduced the EU class inland waterway container barge Emelie Deymann into Lake Mälaren to operate services linking Stockholm Norvik Port and the Port of Västerås, making it the first inland waterway cargo barge shuttle service in Sweden, carrying up to 200 road haulage vehicles…

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COSCO Hopes for Greek Deal on Piraeus Despite Delay

Chinese shipping group COSCO hopes to reach a deal with the Greek government to complete the purchase of an extra stake in Piraeus, despite running out of time to fulfil a key condition, a top official at the port said.Under a 2016 Greek privatization agreement, COSCO Shipping bought a 51% holding in Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) for 280 million euros ($341 million) and committed to mandatory investments worth about 300 million euros over five years to acquire an additional 16%…

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Wärtsilä Developing Autonomous Container Shuttle Service

Finnish marine equipment and technology company Wärtsilä said on Thursday it is working to develop an autonomous, emissions-free intra-port, inter-terminal container shuttle that would help address the emerging capacity bottleneck for internal container transportation.The project is part of an international alliance headed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, which has this month been awarded nearly €25 million in EU funding to implement projects aimed at sustainable and smart port logistics.

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For Europe to Meet Offshore Wind Targets, $7,9B in Port Investments Needed, Report Says

Some €6.5 billion (around $7,9 billion) in port infrastructure investments will be necessary for Europe to reach its 2030 offshore wind objectives, according to WindEurope.WindEuope, which says that ports are key to offshore wind development, has called for the European Commission to develop a Ports Strategy "and recognize the societal and ecological value of ports.""To deliver the offshore wind expansion set out in the EU’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, Europe’s ports must expand and add new infrastructure," WindEurope said Thursday."Ports are central to offshore wind.

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Argentine Port Workers Hold Another 48-hour Strike

Argentine port workers said on Tuesday they would hold a 48-hour strike starting at midnight (0300 GMT Wednesday), after paralyzing agricultural exports from the country last week with an initial work stoppage over demands they be vaccinated against COVID-19.Cargo traffic at the ports hub of Rosario, from which about 80% of the country's grains exports are shipped, was snarled by last week's strike by tugboat captains and other maritime port workers. A group of 11 unions issued a statement late on Tuesday announcing the new work stoppage.They are asking to be designated as essential workers…

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Brazil's Santos Port Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Brazilian government will send the first doses of COVID-19 shots to immunize Santos port workers, with vaccinations slated to begin this week at Latin America's largest port, according to a statement from maritime agent Williams on Wednesday.Williams said Infrastructure Ministry Tarcísio de Freitas made a public commitment to vaccinate the workers, citing an audio message dated May 23 that was shared publicly by the National Federation of Port Operators (Fenop).The move is a response to growing pressure from the workers, who threatened to go on strike if the immunization did not occur by M

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India: East Coast Ports Restrict Activities Ahead of Cyclone

Ports on India's eastern coast on Sunday restricted shipping activities and asked vessels to vacate anchorages ahead of a cyclonic storm expected to make landfall on Wednesday, port authorities and trade sources said.The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that a "very severe cyclonic storm" would impact Indian states including Odisha and West Bengal, where key ports are located.Some regions are likely to receive heavy rainfall and wind speeds could reach 110 miles per hour…

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Stranded Grains Ships to Be Towed Free from Rosario

Seven grains ships stranded at Argentina's export hub of Rosario will be towed free and sent out to sea after they were loaded with more produce than could be carried on the port's increasingly shallow waters, local authorities said on Friday.Rosario traffic has been snarled in the aftermath of a 48-hour strike by tugboat captains and other workers managing the flow of agricultural cargo ships.Seven ships, six of them large Panamax vessels, loaded with soymeal, corn and other farm products were moored at Rosario during the work stoppage.

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Argentina's Key Grains Port Snarled After Strike Over Vaccine Access

Argentina's main grains port of Rosario was snarled on Friday in the aftermath of a 48-hour strike by tugboat captains and other workers managing the flow of agricultural cargo ships, who are demanding access to COVID-19 vaccines, port authorities said.Seven ships—six of them large Panamax vessels—that had been loaded with soy and other farm products were stranded at their docks, unable to embark due to the falling water level of the Parana River at Rosario, according to a letter…

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Argentine Port Workers Plan Another Strike for Next Week

Argentina's grains exports remained paralyzed on Thursday due to a strike by port workers demanding to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with the labor groups threatening another 48-hour work stoppage next week.Argentina's Port and Maritime Activities chamber told Reuters the strike on Wednesday and Thursday had halted port activity. Industry leaders agree port workers should be protected from COVID-19, but Argentina's vaccination program has had a slow roll-out.After a meeting with government officials late on Wednesday…

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First Ships Dock at Kenya's Lamu Deep Water Port

The first ships docked at Kenya's deep water Lamu Port on Thursday as the country looks to open a new transport corridor linking its vast northern region and neighboring nations to the sea.Kenyan officials hope that the Indian Ocean port, the country's second deep water facility, will attract cargo destined for neighboring landlocked nations Ethiopia and South Sudan, and offer transhipment services where large vessels bring in cargo for onward distribution by smaller ships.The Lamu Port…

The 150th operation was performed by Korolev Prospect, on time charter to Chevron, receiving 600 tonnes of marine LNG from Shell and delivered by Q-LNG 4000 outside Port Canaveral, Florida. Image courtesy Sovcomflot (SCF Group)

Sovcomflot, Shell ‘Green Funnel’ Project Hits LNG Fueling Milestone

Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Shell performed a landmark 150th marine LNG fuelling operation for SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframax tankers.Since operations began in 2018, SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframaxes have taken more than 62,000 tonnes of marine LNG fuel from Shell and all 150 operations were reportedly performed safely without incident, injury or loss of fuel.The 150th operation was performed by Korolev Prospect, on time charter to Chevron, receiving 600 tonnes of marine LNG from Shell and delivered by Q-LNG 4000 outside Port Canaveral, Florida, whilst en route from Denmark to the US Gulf.

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U.S. Stimulus, Consumer Spending Drives West Coast Imports to New Heights

The surge in U.S. container imports continued in April when West Coast loaded imports amounted to 1.10m TEU. Imports had never exceeded this level until August 2020, and developments in the past nine months mean that April imports are only the sixth highest on record. In the first four months of the year volumes are up by 40.3%, representing an increase of 1.2m TEU from the same period in 2020. Compared to 2019 volumes are still up by an impressive 22.8% (+793,500 TEU).Imports decreased in April compared to March when volumes were record high at 1.16m TEU.

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Eying Ease of COVID Travel Restrictions, Stena Line Repositions Ship

With the expectation that travel restrictions between Ireland and Britain will be removed soon, ferry company Stena Line is bringing its new vessel Stena Estrid back to its key Holyhead – Dublin route.It will replace the Stena Horizon, which will return to its former role serving Rosslare – Cherbourg.The ships had swapped due to increased freight demand on direct routes to France and low travel volumes between Holyhead and Dublin. The end of lockdowns have resulted in freight volumes increasing again…

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Port of Södertälje Runs the Liebherr MHC with Fossil-Free Diesel

The Port of Södertälje acquired the first Liebherr mobile harbor crane running on fossil-free HVO100 diesel. The new LHM 420 mobile harbor crane was recently delivered to the port and will significantly improve handling capacity in the container and project cargo sector.With its proximity to the good infrastructure of Stockholm and its metropolitan area, the Port of Södertälje has a unique location in one of the most expansive regions in Scandinavia.The Port of Södertälje purchased a new Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 420 in 2020.

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Brazil Private Ports Move 11% More Cargo in Q1

Brazil's private port terminals moved some 185 million tonnes of cargo in the first quarter, an 11% annual increase driven mainly by trade in mineral and agricultural commodities, data compiled by private port lobby group ATP showed on Tuesday.Movement of wood products and other pulp byproducts including paper rose the most among all cargos, by 26.5%.Oil and certain byproducts, up 19.5%, as well as iron and iron ore cargos, up 17.5%, also boosted cargo movement in the first quarter…

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Cavotec Wins Port Power Supply Deal for Malta’s Valletta Grand Harbor

Cavotec won a contract by Nidec ASI as part of its $14.5 million deal to provide ShorePower to five cruise liner berths at Malta’s Valletta Grand Harbor. The project is part of a major EU funded initiative by Infrastructure Malta to electrify the entire harbor and reduce portside ship emissions by 90%.Cavotec's ShorePower solution has been designed to meet the specific requirements of the Valletta Port and connect vessels over their entire port length. It includes the mobile cable management system, PowerMove, to provide ship-to-shore connectivity.

Bureau Veritas has granted an  Approval in Principle (AIP) for Trade Wings 2,500, a design for a 197 x 32 m, 2500-TEU container ship designed jointly by VPLP Design, Alwena Shipping, SDARI, and AYRO. Image courtesy BV

Wind Power: 'Trade Wings' Containership Design Gets BV AIP

Bureau Veritas has granted approval in principle (AIP) for the Trade Wings 2,500 design, a wind- and LNG/electric-powered containership concept designed jointly by VPLP Design, Alwena Shipping, SDARI and AYRO.As the maritime industry moves toward designs and technologies that minimize emissions, the 197- by 32-meter, 2,500-TEU Trade Winds ship design combines six Oceanwings wind-assisted propulsion sails with liquefied natural gas (LNG)-electric propulsion with pods. The wing sails are installed on a vertical sliding mechanism to retract them partially while the vessel is in port…

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Port Houston TEUs jump 25% in April

Port Houston said activity across its docks jumped again in April, showing robust growth in both containers and steel due to high regional demand.Container activity at the Gulf of Mexico's largest container port increased 25% for the month of April, with 275,840 TEUs this month compared to April of last year’s 221,540 TEUs. This is reflective of the high consumer demand, growing regional population, and consistently world-class customer service through Port Houston’s terminals, the port saidPort Houston’s steel imports were up 15% this month and 6% year-to-date.

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Santos Port Workers Delay Strike Threat

Union workers at Brazil's Santos port on Tuesday delayed a possible strike until next month, amid demands to know how soon they will be vaccinated against COVID-19, a union official said.Santos is South America's largest port and critical to Brazil's commodities exports.Union workers held a meeting on Tuesday to decide on whether to go on strike, with initial plans for a work stoppage this week.Bruno José dos Santos, president of the Sindestiva union representing port workers, told Reuters after the meeting that they would put off a decision on a possible strike and reevaluate if they were not

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DP World Says Congo Port Concession Terms Amended

Dubai state-owned port operator DP World said on Sunday it had agreed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to amend its contract for a 30-year port concession.DP World said the two sides had signed a term sheet summarizing the amendments following a review of some of the clauses signed in March 2018.DP World did not disclose what the amendments were, though said they were made to better support President Felix Tshisekedi's plans to develop the trade and logistic sector.DP World is set to start the development of the deep sea Banana Port…

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Key Container Freight Index Hits Milestone

The Valencia Containerized Freight Index (VCFI) exceeds 2,000 points with a growth in April of 17.39%The Valencia Containerized Freight Index (VCFI) continues its upward trend, reaching 2,314.89 points in April, an increase of 17.39% over the previous month. In a global context marked by the generalized growth of freight rates, the VCFI links its ninth consecutive month of growth and exceeds two thousand points for the first time in its history since the index began in January 2018.

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DCT Gdańsk Baltic Hub 3 Project: Invitation for Prequalification

DCT Gdańsk S.A. has started a prequalification process to tender for the Baltic Hub 3 Project. DCT invites firms and joint ventures to prequalify to tender for Baltic Hub 3 General Contractor. The project in-cludes:Site establishment and demolition of existing disused Terminal T1 marine structures;Construction of the BH3 quay together with all ancillary works and edge protection structures;Dredging associated with the BH3 reclamation and vessel access, reclamation and earthworks…

Van Oord, Beattie FRC Secure $83,5M Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Work

Aberdeen Harbour Board has awarded two new contracts for the construction of the South Breakwater and Crown Wall, with a total value of £60 million (USD 83,5 million)Dutch marine and offshore contractor Van Oord will act as the principal contractor for the 550-meter-long South Breakwater, and Scottish-based construction firm Beattie FRC will build the concrete Crown Wall along the length of the North Breakwater.Both structures will provide critical protection for vessels and operations within the Harbour expansion, ultimately protecting the port from a one-in-300-year storm.

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Port of Corpus Christi Inks LNG Bunkering Deal with Stabilis

One of the United States' top oil export ports said it plans to build infrastructure for bunkering vessels fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Port of Corpus Christi Authority said it inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Stabilis Solutions to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the U.S. Gulf Coast port as vessels running on the cleaner-burning fuel become increasingly prominent among the world shipping fleet.The Port of Corpus Christi said some of the…

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Eco Wave Power Set to Install Wave Energy Tech in Port of Jaffa as Sea Wall Works Near Completion

Swedish wave energy development company Eco Wave Power said Wednesday it was nearly done with the wall reinforcement works, meant to enable the installation of floaters on the sea wall of the Port of Jaffa, Israel.The works so far have included clearing the top cement layer of the relevant sections of the sea wall, followed by adding two layers of steel rebars for reinforcement and finally, in several days (in accordance with weather conditions), the final step will be completed…

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US Trade Deficit Reaches Record High

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a record high in March amid roaring domestic demand, which is drawing in imports, and the gap could widen further as the nation's economic activity rebounds faster than its global rivals.Manufacturers lack the capacity to satisfy the surge in demand because of resource constraints and bottlenecks in the supply chain. Inventories are very lean. Demand is being driven by a rapidly improving public health situation and massive government aid to households…

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New LNG Bunker Barge Planned for Port of Tacoma

Puget LNG and GAC Bunker Fuels have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fuel from Puget LNG’s terminal to GAC’s customers in the Pacific Northwest.When the Tacoma LNG Terminal becomes operational in the second quarter of 2021, it will be the first such terminal on North America’s west coast providing direct shoreside loading access for a bunker barge.GAC Bunker Fuels, a division of the Dubai-based GAC Group, will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Jones Act-compliant LNG bunker barge to be constructed…

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Port of San Diego to Double Shore Power at Cruise Terminals

The Port of San Diego is doubling shore power capability at its B Street and Broadway Pier cruise ship terminals to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on and around San Diego Bay.The Board of Port Commissioners approved $4.6 million in funding for the project as well as various agreements related to equipment purchasing, construction and installment of additional shore power equipment that will allow two cruise vessels calling on San Diego to connect to shore power outlets at the same time.

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Australian Coal Port's Loan Terms Linked to Social, Emissions Goals

Australia's Port of Newcastle has signed a A$515 million ($398 million) loan with National Australia Bank (NAB) that links interest payments to non-mandatory social and environmental targets, the companies said.The world's largest coal port will pay less if certain targets are met, including reducing its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions and screening all customers for modern slavery risks, they said in a joint statement.The loan also contains metrics focused on mental health first aid…

This Google Maps aerial photo shows the Carl “Joe” Gayman channel connecting the Bahia Grande with the Brownsville Ship Channel. This channel will be widened from its existing 34-foot width to 250 feet, providing much more natural tidal exchange and ecological growth in the Bahia Grande. (Photo: Port of Brownsville)

Tidal Channel Into Bahia Grande Closed Until Fall

The pilot channel connecting the Bahia Grande tidal basin and the Brownsville Ship Channel will be closed until the Fall for major enhancements to increase tidal exchange and restore the Bahia Grande as a major fish, wildlife and waterfowl nursery, the Port of Brownsville announced.Access to the narrow waterway, also known as the Carl “Joe” Gayman channel, will be closed to the public beginning May 1, 2021 through early November when the project is expected to be completed.The Bahia Grande is a 10…

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Australia Reviewing Lease of Darwin Port to Chinese Firm

Australia is reviewing the 99-year lease of a commercial and military port in the country's north to a Chinese firm, a government source said on Monday, a move that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra.Australia overhauled its foreign investment laws late last year, giving the government the retrospective power to impose new conditions or even force a divestment on deals that have already been approved.Defense officials are looking into whether the Landbridge Group…

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Canadian Government Ends Montreal Port Strike

Striking dockworkers at Canada's second-biggest port will gradually return to work on Saturday, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) said, after the federal government passed a law to end the walkout.Late on Friday, the Canadian government passed back-to-work legislation to halt the strike, which workers at the Port of Montreal began on Monday over changes to their work schedules."Our priority now is to plan for the resumption of port operations and to ensure efficient and seamless service…

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DP World Launches Wholesale E-commerce Platform

DP World, best known for operating ports around the world, has launched a wholesale e-commerce website that it hopes will become the global platform for businesses to buy and sell goods.The platform, Dubuy, aims to connect buyers and sellers around the world with goods offered for delivery via the supply chain of DP World and its logistics partners.Dubuy is already live in Rwanda and will soon be expanded to some east African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, before being rolled out across the continent.It will also be launched in markets outside Africa."We are multimodal.

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Alexander Cairo Port Completes Project Labor Agreement

The construction of a new inland port at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers took another step forward on Tuesday as the Alexander Cairo Port District completed a project labor agreement (PLA) with the Illinois AFL-CIO. The project labor agreement ensures that more than 500 jobs created by the construction of the Cairo port will be filled by local Illinois union workers.The Alexander-Cairo port represents one of the largest investments in Southern Illinois in decades.

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COSCO/OOCL’s CI1 Service to Call at APM Terminals Pipavav

APM Terminals Pipavav said it has secured CI1 (China-India Express) service operated by Cosco/OOCL. The weekly service to the Port Pipavav in India will carry Freights of all kind (FAK) for import and export to the Far East region. The first vessel, MV Beijing with the capacity of 9,500 TEUs will start sailing from Shanghai in April end and will call the port by end of May. This service will connect the hinterlands of west and north India with Far Eastern countries and provide an important connectivity to importers and exporters of Northwest India.

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Industry Urges Government to End Montreal Dockworkers Strike

Dockworkers at Canada's second largest port on Monday began their second strike in less than a year, as business leaders urged Ottawa to quickly end a walkout they said could cost the economy C$25 million ($20 million) a day.The federal Liberal government said on Sunday it would introduce special legislation to end the strike at the Port of Montreal, hoping to stop it from hurting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.Unionized workers, in talks for a new contract since 2018…

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Abu Dhabi Ports Hires Banks for Dollar Bonds

Abu Dhabi Ports has hired banks to arrange an issuance of 10-year U.S. dollar-denominated bonds, which it will use for general corporate purposes, a presentation for investors seen by Reuters showed on Monday.Citi, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Standard Chartered will act as joint global coordinators. HSBC, Mizuho, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and SMBC Nikko also have roles.The banks will arrange fixed income investor calls on Monday and Tuesday, a document from one of the banks showed.

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Near-term Trading Environment Positive, DP World Says

Global port operator DP World on Thursday said the near-term trading environment was positive as it reported a 10.2% increase in first-quarter shipping containers volumes.The Dubai state-owned company handled 18.9 million shipping containers in the January-March period, compared to 17.2 million in the same period a year earlier."This performance is ahead of expectations and illustrates the resilience of the global container industry, and DP World’s continued ability to outperform the market," Chairman and Chief Executive Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said in a statement.

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Russian Transport, Logistics Group Opens Dutch Hub

The RUSCON Group, a Russian container cargo transhipment and railway transportation service provider, has expanded its presence in Europe with the opening of new subsidiary in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The new Dutch company, Smartcontainer B.V. offers customized logistics services and solutions to help European shippers optimize supply chain operations and to improve the quality and speed transportation of the containers transit between Europe and Russian and the Eurasian market.“Our new company of Smartcontainer B.V.

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Kishorn Port Eyes Offshore Wind Opportunities as Expansion Plans Approved

Kishorn Port's proposal to extend the port’s dry dock has received approval from The Highland Council."This is a further and significant step in the regeneration of the port and dry dock," Kishorn Port, located on the North West coast of Scotland, said Tuesday.The development proposal involves an extension of the dry dock into adjoining land which, when completed, will allow the port to receive vessels and structures up to 250 meters in length in comparison to the current 160 meters.

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Libya's NOC Declares Force Majeure on Port of Hariga Exports

Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) declared force majeure on Monday on exports from the port of Hariga and said it could extend the measure to other facilities due to a budget dispute with the country's central bank.Daily lost income "may exceed 118 million dinars ($26 million)", NOC said in its statement.The port was expected to load about 180,000 barrels per day (bpd) in April, on board six tankers, according to a loading schedule.Libyan oil output hit 1.28 million bpd in March…

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New Weekly Service from Port Pipavav to Jebel Ali

APM Terminals Pipavav secured PIC 2, a new weekly service from Port Pipavav to Jebel Ali marking seamless weekly connectivity to Jabel Ali. The new service is scheduled to reach Pipavav on every Wednesday through the ports of Jebel Ali, Kandla, Chennai, Tuticorin and Cochin. The cargos that will be carried for import and export will include agricultural products, scrap material, bitumen, B.Meat, white goods etc.Commenting on the commencement of new service, Jakob Friis Sorensen Managing Director APM Terminals Pipavav…

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U.S. Crude Oil Exports: When 'Less is More'

Longer sailing distances cushion fall in US crude oil exportsTon mile demand generated by US crude oil exports has fallen by 9.7% in the first two months of 2021 compared with the start of 2020. The fall could however have been much worse; In volume terms, seaborne crude oil exports have fallen by 18.8%, to 20.9m tonnes, a 4.8m tonnes decline compared with last year, according to data from the US Census Bureau.While seaborne crude oil exports to all regions have fallen, those to Asia are among the least affected, down just 1.0%, or equivalent to one Aframax load (101,088 tonnes).

Talbert Joins JAXPORT Board of Directors

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has appointed Memorial Hospital President and CEO Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors. Talbert’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Jacksonville City Council on April 13.An experienced healthcare executive and civic leader, Talbert has two decades of leadership experience at hospitals throughout the Southeast. Under his leadership, Memorial has earned final Accreditation as a Level 2 Trauma Center and completed more than $36 million in facility expansions.

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Port of Oakland Reports Record Cargo Surge

The Port of Oakland reported all-time high container volume for import and export cargo in the month of March amid an ongoing trade boom exploding through U.S. ports.The port said Oakland received the equivalent of 97,538 20-foot import containers in March. It said it shipped out the equivalent of 94,169 20-foot export boxes. Both totals were single-month records at the 94-year-old port. March imports were up 45% from the same month a year ago, the port said. March 2020 was when the port felt the initial impacts of the pandemic. Exports gained 12% year-over-year.

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BIMCO: U.S. Economic Stimulus Have Worked Magic for Container Shipping

North American import of containerized goods from the Far East soared to a noteworthy high of 1.62m TEU during February 2021, a 100% increase from the low point of the same month last year. Fueled by US stimulus, volumes moving on the trans-pacific trade lane to consumers and businesses in North America thereby defied all obstacles during a month usually characterized by slow activity.In particular, the US economic stimulus packages have worked magic for the container shipping industry…

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Montreal Dockworkers Stage Partial Strike

Canada's manufacturers on Monday asked the federal government to curb a brewing labor dispute after dockworkers at the country's second largest port said they will work less this week.Unionized dockworkers, who are in talks for a new contract since 2018, will hold a partial strike starting Tuesday, by refusing all overtime outside of their normal day shifts, along with weekend work, they said in a statement on Monday.The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Quebec's 1,125…

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French Container Shipping Firm Offers to Rebuild Beirut's Port Within Three Years

French container shipping group CMA CGM is pursuing a plan to rebuild Beirut's port within three years, despite political deadlock in Lebanon that has prevented decisions on the port since a blast last August, a company executive said.A chemical explosion at the port killed 200 people and destroyed entire neighborhoods, deepening Lebanon's worst political and economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.CMA CGM's plan, first outlined to Lebanese authorities in September, envisages the reconstruction of damaged docks and warehouses…

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Future Prospects of Shipping COVID-19 Vaccines by Sea

The lucrative prospect of transporting COVID-19 vaccines by sea has intensified the spotlight on the maritime industry’s cold supply chain and its ability to carry high-value pharmaceuticals.At present, speed to market is critical to stemming the spread of the pandemic, so the vaccines are being shipped by air to international destinations. Delivering them by sea is a longer-term strategy; certainly, the present urgency would have to calm considerably before enough confidence could be built to support delivery times in weeks…

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Port of Gulfport Names Nass CEO

The Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) Board of Commissioners has named Jon Nass the new CEO and executive director of the Port of Gulfport, following a national search led by Tim McNamara, head of Odgers Berndtson’s Transportation and Infrastructure Practice in Washington, D.C. His tentative start date is June 1.“After nearly an eight-month process, the MSPA Commission is very pleased to announce we have selected a new executive director to lead the Port of Gulfport team,” said MSPA President E.J. Roberts.

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Global Supply Lines Struggle to Clear Container Backlog After Suez Chaos

A backlog of container ships carrying consumer goods has grown in some key strategic ports after a near week-long blockage in the Suez Canal, adding to ongoing disruptions to global trade, industry sources say.Dozens of container ships were stuck when the 400-metre-long (430-yard) Ever Given ran aground in the canal on March 23, with specialist rescue teams taking almost a week to free the vessel.The suspension of sailings through the waterway left shipping companies - including container lines - with millions of dollars in extra costs…

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SC Ports Records Its Strongest Ever Monthly Volumes

South Carolina Ports handled the most cargo in its history in March, with the Port of Charleston handling record volumes as the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal begins operations.SC Ports reported an all-time container record for March, moving 248,796 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) across the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals. This is up 34% year-over-year — a significant increase from last March.The previous container record was set in August 2019, with 233,110 TEUs handled at the port.

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Greece Launches Sale of Crete Port Stake

Greece on Monday launched a tender for the sale of a majority stake in a port on the island of Crete, a popular tourist destination in Europe.The conservative government has been keen to attract investment and upgrade its port facilities across the country after years of underspending and a decade-long financial crisis.Investors can submit expressions of interest for a 67% stake in the port of Heraklion, the busiest on Crete, by July 30, the country's privatization agency, which is managing the sale…

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Germany to Propose Beirut Port Reconstruction with 'Strings Attached'

Germany will next week present a multi-billion-dollar proposal to Lebanese authorities to rebuild the Port of Beirut as part of efforts to entice the country’s politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse, two sources said.A chemical explosion at the port last August killed 200 people, injured thousands and destroyed entire neighborhoods in Lebanon’s capital, plunging the country deeper into its worst political and economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.According to two diplomatic sources with knowledge of the plans…

Jones Capital Acquires Rockport Terminals

Jones Capital said it has acquired Rockport Terminals, one of the largest private intermodal terminals on the Texas Gulf Coast.Rockport Terminals is located within 28 miles of the fast growing Port of Corpus Christi, but outside of the Port's tariff zone. With more than 250 acres of industrial land, Rockport Terminals boasts access to the Intracoastal Waterway, nearby railways and many major highways. Today, the terminal specializes in bulk liquids storage, bulk and break bulk…

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Port of Southampton to Deploy Private 5G

One of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) busiest ports is slated to deploy private 5G follownig an agreement between Verizon Business and Associated British Ports (ABP). Delivered in partnership with Nokia, Verizon’s private 5G platform will provide the Port of Southampton with a secure, low-latency private network connection.One of a network of 21 ports operated by ABP, the Port of Southampton is the UK’s number one port responsible for £40 billion in exports from the U.K. every year.

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Port of Savannah Expanding Amid Swift Cargo Growth

The Georgia Ports Authority Board on Monday approved capital improvement projects that will increase the Port of Savannah’s container capacity by 20% amid unprecedented cargo growth.“Right now, we are moving container volumes that we did not expect to see for another four years,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Our employees are working very hard to ensure we continue to provide our customers with world-class service. Additionally, we are expediting capacity projects…

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Port of Halifax Dives Into Data

A new project aims to leverage advanced AI and maritime enterprise software to enhance supply chain data for shipping at the Port of Halifax.BlueNode, which has developed an AI solution that optimizes maritime shipping, has partnered with Saab, the global port enterprise systems leader, for the Port Integration and Enhancement of Data (PIED) project, which will see BlueNode’s BNData application integrated with Saab’s maritime enterprise software to enhance and improve the data that the Halifax Port Authority generates and uses to operate one of Canada’s largest and busiest ports.

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MARAD Announces $230 Million for Port Infrastructure Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is encouraging states and port authorities to apply for $230 million in discretionary grant funding for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).“Our nation’s ports are a key part of our critical infrastructure. They create jobs and make our economy more resilient and sustainable,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “This funding…

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How Shipping Ports Can Become More Sustainable

Marine shipping drives 90% of global trade, moving over 11 billion tonnes of containers, solid and liquid bulk cargo across the world’s seas annually. Almost all consumer products we buy — or the raw materials required to make them — arrive at Canadian ports via ship.Each year, Canadian port facilities handle about 340 million tonnes of goods, worth about $400 billion. Roughly 25% of Canadian exports and imports, by value, are transported by marine shipping.Despite their economic importance…

“For every piece of equipment, we needed special permits,” said Zhugan. “There are also quite complex logistics involved in moving such large cargo. We had to block regional roads as well as the federal road that connects Moscow with Vladivostok for a couple of hours during the night to transport the loads. All this requires careful planning and approval of every detail of the project.”  Photo courtesy Mammoet

Mammoet Delivers for Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russian Spaceport Project

The Vostochny Cosmodrome, a spaceport on Russian territory, is currently being built in the Amur region in the Russian Far East. As part of the project, Mammoet was contracted to unload 14 pieces of heavy and oversized equipment from a barge and transport them to the construction site 60 km away.The cargo included parts of two different big structures - the launch pad and a vacuum chamber for the launch complex of the Angara space rocket complex, with a total weight of about 600t.

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Tokyo Port to Waive Entry Fee for Ships Powered by LNG, Hydrogen

Japan’s port of Tokyo will waive an entry fee from next month for ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen, as well as LNG bunkering ships, in a bid to promote the use of cleaner marine fuels, authorities said on Friday.The exemption runs for five years from April 1, and an official of the Tokyo metropolitan government said the neighboring ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki would also apply it to LNG-powered and LNG bunkering ships.“The waiver is aimed at contributing to global efforts to boost use of cleaner fuels and support faster development of hydrogen-powered ships,” the off

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Congestion at Brazil's Largest Port Leaves Traders Scrambling

Soy and sugar traders are fighting for room in Latin America’s largest port, rushing to secure loading slots as the slowest Brazilian soy harvest in 10 years pushes the grains export window into the sugar season.Congestion was hitting Brazil’s Santos port just as consumers worldwide have been turning to top exporter Brazil for sugar and soybean supplies. The glut of shipments waiting to leave is boosting transport costs and will likely delay arrivals at destinations.Sugar prices hit a four-year high late last month, boosted by supply tightness.

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Jurong Port Buys Lim Family's Stake in Universal Terminal

Singapore port operator Jurong Port has completed its acquisition of a stake in a major oil storage terminal in the city-state from the family behind collapsed oil trader Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, a port spokesman said on Saturday.The spokesman said government-owned Jurong Port had completed the purchase of a 41% stake in Universal Terminal from the Lim family. He declined to give details on the transaction.A lawyer for the family did not immediately respond to a Reuters email…

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Australian Coal Exports Disrupted as Deluge Slows Port

Coal deliveries to Australia’s Port of Newcastle, the world’s biggest coal export port, have been halted because flooding in the Hunter Valley region has shut rail lines, with heavy rains also slowing ship movements at the port.Heavy rains along Australia’s east coast over several days have caused the worst flooding in half a century, with thousands of people being forced to evacuate their homes.

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Congress Provides Last-minute Help for Small Inland and Coastal Ports

In two major pieces of legislation passed by Congress at the end of 2020 and the beginning of this year, Congress addressed the difficulty that many smaller inland and coastal ports have in obtaining funding for their infrastructure projects. First, on December 11, 2020 Congress passed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), and on January 1, 2021 overrode President Trump’s veto. Second, on December 24, 2020 Congress passed…

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DP World Optimistic for 2021 Amid Pent-up Demand

Ports operator DP World gave an optimistic outlook for 2021 on Thursday, citing pent-up demand for cargo and an easing of geopolitical tensions after the change of U.S. administration.Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, who is chairman and chief executive of the Dubai state-owned global ports operator, said that demand and supply chain capabilities had also improved as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.“You are always cautious ... (but) the outlook this year looks good for many reasons…

Port of Vancouver USA Reports Record 2020

2020 was a year unlike any other for maritime and ports businesses globally. It was also a record-breaker for the Port of Vancouver USA, which reported the highest returns in its 108-year history: revenues totaling $50 million—a 15% increase from the previous year.The port said it moved over seven million metric tons of commodities, led primarily by energy infrastructure components. In total, more than 2,700 wind turbines crossed the port's docks, the most of any West Coast port and enough to power 112…

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Teesside Family Businesses Secure Home-win for the River Tees

Three Teesside family firms have worked together to secure a post Brexit shipping deal, keeping business in the region and supporting the growth of Middlesbrough’s port facilities.Shipping companies Casper Shipping and Cockfield Knight, along with AV Dawson, owner and operator of Port of Middlesbrough, have collaborated to provide a complete local supply chain solution to help a major U.K. steel stockholder import steel into Teesside.Casper Shipping secured a vessel on a long-term charter to deliver a broader, more competitive logistics offering to its clients.

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Tech File: New Rubber Tyred Gantry Simulaton

CM Labs Simulations launched a simulator training solution for rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) operators, which it says is the only RTG training solution that provides exercises for working with overheight, open-top, breakbulk, and liquid containers, as well as standard 20-, 40-, and 45-foot containers. Via the system, trainees can lock onto containers with twistlocks, and can also manage chain lifts and an overheight frame. The simulation accurately represents twistlock behaviour and…

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Valletta COVID-19 Cruise Ops Guidelines get Green Light from Maltese Authorities

Valletta Cruise Port together with local authorities has worked on COVID-19 Cruise Operations Guidelines for a Safe Continuation of Cruising in Valletta, guidelines which accroding to the port have gotten the necessary approvals.“It has been a challenging time for the cruise community, but the industry is clearly inching closer to a restart" said Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding. "After months of discussions with numerous stakeholders we are happy to be sharing these guidelines with the cruise lines and look forward to welcoming cruise ships…

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Winter Storm Takes a Toll on Port Houston Volumes

Port Houston reported a dip in container volumes for the month of February after a severe winter storm shut port facilities for nearly a week, bringing cargo movements to a virtual standstill.The lethal storm and impact of sub-freezing temperatures on both commerce and activity at Port Houston resulted in a tough month as vessel calls and terminal activities were suspended. Port Houston—the dominant container port on the Gulf Coast and sixth largest in the U.S.—handled 198,763 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February of 2021, compared to 255,474 TEUs in February 2020.

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Oakland's New Port Cranes Are the Tallest in North America

They're new, they’re huge and they’re the tallest in North America; three, gigantic cranes are now part of the skyline at the Port of Oakland, California, U.S.The port released a time lapse video today with footage of the assembly of one of the giant cranes. One of the most dramatic parts of the video features the raising of a crane’s mechanical housing. It takes weeks to build each crane and the third one was completed last week. The next phase is testing the cranes and then commissioning them for work.

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Port of LA Upgrades Its Fruit Terminal

The breakbulk terminal building at Berths 54-55 at the Port of Los Angeles has a new fabric membrane roof among other improvements, thanks to nearly $1 million in upgrades completed this month by the Port at the marine terminal operated by SSA Marine.As the main stop for Chilean fruit to the West Coast of the U.S., the SSA Marine terminal serves as an important processing hub for imported grapes, stone fruit, kiwi and avocados from Chile. Between 70,000-90,000 metric tons of perishables…

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BIMCO: Brazil Soy Exports Down 40% in February

Brazilian exports of soy beans disappointed in February, the first month of its export season. Exports reached just 2.9m tonnes, representing a 40.1% drop compared with the first month in the last season when exports totalled 4.8 million tonnes, according to analysis from BIMCO.The start to the 2021 season has thereby been the slowest since 2018, which was before tariffs were imposed on Chinese imports of U.S. soy beans, offering a boost to soy imports from Brazilian ones a boost.

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Siemens Gamesa Picks Cadeler to Transport and Install Giant 14MW Offshore Wind Turbines

Offshore wind installation company Cadeler said Wednesday it had won the largest contract in its history.Cadeler, previously known as Swire Blue Ocean, said that offshore wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa had awarded Cadeler a contract of valued at around $90 million, with an additional $30 million in options, to transport and install giant SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines.The turbines are expected to be the largest wind turbines in the world at the time of installation and have an individual capacity of 14 MW.

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Royal Caribbean to Build Cruise Terminal in Galveston

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) announced this week that it will begin building a $100 million cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston’s Pier 10 in April. The cruise giant said it will begin sailing its Oasis-class ship, the Allure of the Seas, from Galveston beginning in November 2022.According to the Port of Galveston, the annual impact from this terminal includes 1,320 new jobs, $60.7 million in personal income, $1.4 billion in local business services revenue and $5.6 million in state and local taxes.