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Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Port of Marseille FOS Traffic Jumps 13% 1H '21

With 38 million tons (MT) of goods handled between January and June 2021, traffic at the Port of Marseille Fos increased by 13% compared with the first half of 2020. All types of goods traffic are increasing, particularly for containers (+2%), new vehicles (+18%), chemical bulk (+11%) and solid bulk (+11%). Only liquid bulk traffic is down compared with 2019 (-7%) despite an increase of +6% compared with 2020.An increase of +19% for general cargo trafficIn total, more than 10 MT of general cargo was handled in the port of Marseille Fos in the first half of 2021…

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Medcenter Container Terminal Orders 12 Straddle Carriers from Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order of 12 diesel-electric straddle carriers from Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) in Italy.Located in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, MCT,  owned and operated by Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), is a mega port able to handle the largest container vessels deployed on Asia-Mediterranean routes.The terminal has handled more than 56 million TEUs since it opened in September 1995. In January 2020, Kalmar delivered the 200th Kalmar straddle carrier to the terminal.

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Morocco to Sell Sake in Port Operator Marsa Maroc to Tanger Med

The Moroccan government has agreed to sell a 35% stake in terminal operator Marsa Maroc to Groupe Tanger Med, raising 5.48 billion dirhams ($610 mln) for state coffers, Marsa Maroc said on Tuesday.The government will retain 25% of the capital and voting rights in Marsa Maroc, a Casablanca-listed company that manages terminals at 9 Moroccan ports, the statement said, without providing further details.Tanger Med manages a container and passenger port as well as 2000 hectares dedicated to industry and logistics linked to the port.Tanger Med port, the main export hub for Morocco's automotive indus

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Cyber Attack: Force Majeure at Port Terminals in South Africa to be Lifted 'Soon'

South African freight logistic firm Transnet said on Tuesday the force majeure communicated by its port terminals to customers would be "lifted soon" after progress was made in restoring its IT systems following a cyber attack.Transnet said terminals are berthing vessels as planned and are facilitating loading and discharge operations with the shipping lines."Some applications may continue to run slowly over the next few days, while monitoring continues. All operating systems will be brought back in a staggered manner, to minimize further risks and interruptions," Transnet said in a statement.

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McAllister to Operate ATB for Polaris New Energy LNG Bunkering Ops

McAllister Towing LNG Services, LLC will serve as technical manager for the Polaris New Energy LNG bunkering operation in Florida, operating the Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Polaris/Clean Canaveral for Polaris New Energy. “We are excited to work with McAllister Towing because, as one of the oldest marine transportation companies in the US, they bring a tradition for providing unsurpassed operational excellence," said Tom Sullivan, COO, Seaside LNG Holdings, the parent company of Polaris New Energy.

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Cavotec to Deliver Cable Reel Systems for Port of Tokyo Gantry Cranes

Engineering firm Cavotec has won an order for the delivery of motorized cable reel systems for integration onto advanced rail-mounted gantry cranes at the Port of TokyoCavotec will supply motorized cable reel systems for eight automated rail-mounted gantry cranes at the Wan Hai Tokyo Oi5 terminal, a major global container handling hub. The cable reels will ensure the cranes meet demanding performance requirements due to surging container volumes. Working with Chin Pan engineering group, Cavotec is scheduled to complete the delivery of the systems in early 2023.

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South Africa's Transnet Identifies Source of IT Disruption that Hit Container Terminals

South Africa's state-owned firm Transnet said on Friday it had identified and isolated the source of disruption to its IT systems that impacted its container terminals.The freight logistics firm was hit by a suspected cyber attack, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.Transnet, which operates major ports and a huge railway network, said it was prioritising the export of reefer containers, used mainly to transport perishable cargo at a controlled temperature, primarily through the port of Durban as this was the peak of the citrus season.Miner Barrick Gold s

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Liebherr Cranes for Australia's Port of Newcastle

Australia's Port of Newcastle is expanding its project cargo, general cargo and container handling capability with a $28.4-million investment in two Liebherr LHM 550 mobile harbor cranes and associated infrastructure at the Port’s Mayfield 4 berth.Port of Newcastle’s Executive Manager Trade & Business Development, Paul Brown, said the mobile harbor cranes will increase efficiency at the Port and provide an enhanced alternative for customers currently moving both oversized equipment…

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Westshore to Provide Port Services for BHP's Jansen Potash Mine

Canadian firm Westshore Terminals said Thursday it had executed a deal with BHP Canada Inc., a subsidiary of BHP Group, to provide port services to BHP’s proposed Jansen Potash Mine in Saskatchewan. The agreement is subject to approval by the Board of BHP and execution by BHP, after which the agreement would still be conditional on BHP making a final investment decision on Stage 1 of the Jansen Project. These decisions are entirely within the discretion of BHP, Westshore said  Thursday.If the Jansen Project does proceed…

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Union Pacific to Restart Container Shipments from U.S. West Coast Seaports

Union Pacific Corp container shipments from U.S. West Coast seaports to one of the railroad's major hubs in Chicago will restart early next week after a seven-day suspension, Chief Executive Lance Fritz told Reuters on Thursday.The railroad on Sunday night paused cargo shipments from the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Tacoma to its Global IV facility in Chicago in a bid to clear "significant congestion.""We're starting to see containers clear, so I anticipate in the seven-day period ...

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Cyber Attack Disrupts Operations at South African Port

A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South African port of Cape Town, an email seen by Reuters on Thursday said.Durban, the busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, was also affected, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.Cape Town Harbour Carriers Association said in an email to members, seen by Reuters: "Please note that the port operating systems have been cyber-attacked and there will be no movement of cargo until the system is restored."Transnet's official website was down on Thursday showing an error message.Transnet…

Port Milwaukee Welcomes New Tenant

Port Milwaukee announced today a new long term lease arrangement with Perch Point, a limited liability company, on behalf of Marek Landscaping. Founded in 1996, Marek Landscaping has provided contracting services for sustainable waterfront design and habitat restoration across Wisconsin for more than 25 years. The lease agreement, which can be potentially extended over a span of 50 years, will generate over $1.3 million in new Port revenues for Milwaukee.“Port Milwaukee is a ‘Port of the future’,” said Adam Tindall-Schlicht, Director of Port Milwaukee.

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Ports of New Orleans, Caddo-Bossier Work Together to Move Cargo on the Mississippi

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) discharged 300 steel coils on June 10, 2021, to barge at Coastal Cargo breakbulk and heavy-lift terminal at the Louisiana Ave. Complex that were transported to the barge from the SK Shipping Star Challenger and made their way upriver to be off-loaded at the Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport.“This is a great example of two Louisiana ports coming together to facilitate commerce in the State and moving cargo on the Mississippi River,” said Brandy D. Christian President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

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Trade Recovery: Port of Rotterdam Freight Volumes Rise

Freight volumes in the port of Rotterdam rose 5.8% on a yearly basis in the first half of 2021, as international trade recovered from its coronavirus slump, Europe's largest sea port said on Thursday.Traffic took a big hit from COVID-19 in the first half of 2020, and despite its recovery, throughput is still not back at levels seen before the outbreak of the pandemic, port authorities said.Improvement was most notable in the shipment of iron ore and coal, which increased more than a third from a year ago on strong demand from steel factories in Germany.Container freight was up almost 9%, despi

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Environmental Concerns: Quebec Rejects Port of Saguenay LNG Export Project

The Canadian province of Quebec on Wednesday rejected a liquefied natural gas export project for the Port of Saguenay, citing environmental concerns, in the latest blow to North American LNG development.Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette said the proposed Énergie Saguenay project will not come to pass due to concerns over its emissions and would not support a transition to cleaner energy sources."This project has more disadvantages than advantages," Charette told reporters.The C$9 billion ($7.2 billion) project by privately held GNL Quebec had plans to export 11 million tonnes of LNG

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AI Specialist Launches Container Tracking to Alleviate Shipping Risks

Predictive intelligence tech company Windward has launched Container Insights, a capability that provides live screening and tracking of containers and Bill of Lading (BOL) verification.The new capability, which Windward says enhances the company’s current Cargo Insights, optimizes and increases the efficiency of screening processes for trade finance transactions and enables government agencies to investigate suspicious containers, providing them with a "holistic" view of vessels…

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China's Port City Qingdao Suffers Worst Algae Infestation

China's eastern port city Qingdao is experiencing the worst ever algae infestation in the region, with more than 1,700 square km of coastal area blanketed by harmful green seaweed, also known as "green tide." Qingdao has suffered from algae for 15 years. It normally appears from late spring and lasts for three to four months, damaging the local marine ecosystem as algae take oxygen from other organisms and churn out toxic odors while decaying. More than 1 million tonnes of algae are expected to be removed from coastal waters…

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Adani to Offer 50% Discount on Charges to LNG-fueled Ships at Mundra Port

The Adani Group will offer a 50% discount on charges to liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled ships at Mundra, India's largest commercial port, according to a notice seen by Reuters, as the country seeks to cut emissions under its green ports plan.Using LNG to fuel ships allows a significant reduction in CO2 as well as of other forms of pollution compared with conventional shipping fuel."Port will offer 50% discount on Port Dues, Pilotage and Berth hire charges," the notice to shippers…

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Low River Water Levels Choke Argentine's Ag Exports

Ships leaving the Argentine agricultural ports hub of Rosario on the Parana River are having to reduce cargos by thousands of tonnes due to low water levels, the local head of logistics said on Wednesday, amid growing environmental concerns.Dryness in Brazil, where the Parana originates, has diminished cargo traffic and sparked worries by environmentalists about dredging the river below certain depths. The dryness has reduced the amount of cargo that can be carried by ships at the height of the Argentine corn and soy export season."Handymax ships are leaving port with 9…

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Ivory Coast's Cocoa Bean Stocks Pile Up as Port Deliveries and Exports Slow

Deliveries of cocoa beans to Ivory Coast's two main ports have slowed in recent weeks as an energy crisis hit industries in the world's top cocoa-growing nation, exporters and cocoa cooperative officials said on Thursday.A lack of shipping containers due to the pandemic has also contributed to the slowdown, forcing Ivory Coast's cocoa regulator, the Cocoa and Coffee Council (CCC), to limit the issuance of documents that clear bean deliveries at ports for shipment.This has caused a stockpile of more than 80…

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Asyad Looks Abroad for Possible Expansion

Oman's state-owned Asyad is considering buying ports and terminals abroad and could divest assets outside its core logistics business, such as a college and project management operation, its chief executive said on Thursday.The plans by the company, which is owned by the Oman Investment Authority, align with the small oil producing Gulf state's broader strategy to reduce reliance on crude revenues and expand its non-oil industries.Chief Executive Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi told…

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Pair of Inland Container Vessels for Den Bosch Max BV Named

Two new inland container vessels built by Concordia Damen were named at a ceremony held at BCTN’s inland terminal at Den Bosch on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Den Bosch Max BV is a joint venture between logistics services provider Nedcargo International BV and inland terminal operator BCTN.Following on from their delivery in December 2020 and January 2021, the Den Bosch Max Blauw and the Den Bosch Max Groen were named respectively by Royal Commissioner I. Adema, and Nicole Verduijn, the partner of Heineken BV’s logistics manager.

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Saudi PIF, China's COSCO Buy Stake in Red Sea Gateway Terminal

The Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, and COSCO SHIPPING Ports Ltd have completed a deal to buy a combined 21.2% stake in Red Sea Gateway Terminal Ltd from Saudi Industrial Services Co (SISCO).SISCO will receive gross proceeds of 556.5 million riyals ($148 million) for the deal, it said in a statement.The proceeds will support the company’s strategic objectives of enhancing shareholder returns and optimizing its portfolio, it said.LogiPoint also divested its 4% direct equity stake in the terminal and will receive gross proceeds of 105 million riyals, it said.JPMorga

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Port of Los Angeles Sets New Volume Record for June

The Port of Los Angeles hit a new volume record in June as U.S. businesses race to replenish stocks and build inventories for the back-to-school, Christmas and other holiday shopping seasons.Total volume at the Port of Los Angeles hit 876,430 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in June, up 27% versus the year earlier, port authorities said. Loaded imports accounted for more than half that, at 467,763 TEU.The port sent 312,600 TEU of empty containers to factories in China and elsewhere.

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Cavotec Bags Mooring System Orders in Sweden and Finland

Cavotec said it has received two major orders for its MoorMaster NxG automated mooring system, one in Sweden – the first order for MoorMaster in a market with considerable growth potential – and the other in neighboring Finland, where the technology is already established.The two multi-unit systems will be installed at either end of a major passenger and vehicle ferry service, at the Port of Kapellskär in Sweden, owned by Port of Stockholm, and the Port of Naantali in Finland.

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Violence Disrupts Shipping at the Port of Durban

South Africa's Durban port has suffered major disruption after days of unrest, and operations have also been badly affected at the Richards Bay port and on a national freight rail line, logistics and freight companies said on Wednesday.The violence erupted last week in KwaZulu-Natal province, where Durban is located, after the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma but it has rapidly escalated in widespread looting and destruction in several other provinces.Durban has one of the busiest shipping terminals on the African continent…

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AAL Shipping Delivers Four Cranes to Port of Oslo

Shipping firm AAL Shipping has recently delivered four of the largest rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) in its history to the Port of Oslo, Norway. The mobile cranes, measuring 36 m in height and 28 m in length, were transported from Taicang in China to Oslo on a single sailing aboard the 31,000 deadweight multipurpose vessel (MPV), the AAL Pusan. The cranes were engineered and manufactured by Kalmar, part of Cargotec and Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co. Ltd  (RCI) in Taicang,…

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UK Exports to EU Recover from Initial Post-Brexit Slump

British goods exports to the European Union rose to their highest since October 2019 in May, official data showed on Friday, reversing a slump at the start of 2021 when Britain exited the bloc's single market and customs union.Britain's government is likely to view the data as backing its expectation that the change in customs arrangements would only cause temporary inconvenience to most businesses.However, overall trade with the EU has lagged behind growth in sales to the rest of the world…

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Lithuania Seeks Alternative Bids for LNG Import Terminal

Lithuania is seeking alternative bids from providers of floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to potentially replace its existing import terminal, operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Friday.The Baltic state leases a floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) from Norway's Hoegh LNG and has an option to buy it when the lease expires in 2024.The state-controlled Klaipedos Nafta said it had decided to seek alternative bids to make sure that it gets the best terms, and has to make the final decision by the end of 2022.Lithuania has been importing LNG via the current terminal, dubbed I

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South Korea's Container Squeeze Throws Exporters into Costly Gridlock

Unable to get a slot on a container vessel, Lee Sang-hoon is considering using fishing trawlers docked for repair in the South Korean port of Busan to meet surging export orders for the car engine oil he sells to Russia."China is the black hole in this shipping crisis, all the carriers are headed there," said Lee, owner of Dongkwang International Co. in Busan which makes about 20 billion won ($17.60 million) in annual revenue."Those fishing boats out there could be an answer for us because we're already one month behind schedule.

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Argentine Province Orders Ports Strike to Be Lifted

The government of Santa Fe province in Argentina late on Wednesday ordered port workers to suspend a day-old strike that had blocked grains shipments at the country's main agricultural export hub and mandated wage negotiations be resumed.Protests by port construction workers in Argentina's key grains hub Rosario had snarled exports, with roads blocked at some of the area's key export terminals, an industry official told Reuters earlier on Wednesday.The protest began late on Tuesday and on Wednesday spread to the districts of Puerto General San Martin and Timbues…

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MSC Unveils New Miami Cruise Terminal

MSC Group's Cruise Division has signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of a new mega cruise terminal at PortMiami, a North America and the Caribbean cruise hub.The new terminal reflects an investment of approximately €350 million ($414.4 million) and will be made up of a multi-level central body to serve as many as three latest generation ships at the same time, with up to 36,000 travelers transiting every day. Designed by the award-winning global architecture firm Arquitectonica…

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VIDEO: Ship Explosion Rocks Dubai's Jebel Ali Port. Fire Under Control

A fire caused by an explosion on a ship at Dubai's Jebel Ali Port, the Middle East's largest transshipment hub, has been brought under control, the government's Dubai Media Office (DMO) said on Wednesday.The explosion was a "normal accident" in a container holding flammable material, DMO Director General Mona Al Marri told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television channel.Arabiya cited Dubai police as saying the cause may have been "friction or high temperatures" during the hot summer…

CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal has become the first facility to implement an autonomous port truck system at Khalifa Port. Photo courtesy CSP Abu Dhabi

Port Logistics: Autonomous Port Truck System for CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal and Khalifa Port

CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal, the first greenfield project of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP) operating within Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deep-water port Khalifa Port, announced its terminal will be the first in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system.After two months of trial, six electric Q-Trucks will be commissioned by CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal and tasked with supporting mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard.Produced by Qomolo…

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Port of València eyes Zero Emissions by 2030; Tender out for Wind Power Project

As Valenciaport eyes zero emissions by 2030 -- 20 years ahead of the objectives set by the European institutions within the framework of the European Green Pact and in line with the sustainability strategy and Agenda 2030 of the Spanish Port System -- it is issuing a tender for the preliminary project for the installation of wind turbines to generate electrical energy in the Port of Valencia. With the preparation of the preliminary project for the installation of wind turbines…

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OceanWise Wins Contract to Monitor Tides at Port of Waterford

OceanWise won a contract with the Port of Waterford to help consolidate, manage and better share environmental data collected by a diverse range of environmental sensors across their port jurisdiction.The Port of Waterford operates 24/7/365, and is an estuary where channel depths can vary with tidal height significantly affecting safe vessel passage. OceanWise will support operations by installing the data management system Port-Log, allowing Waterford pilots and port operators…

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From Trash to Fuel: BioLNG Production Project Takes Shape in France

EveRé, Elengy, TotalEnergies and the CMA CGM Group are engaged in a study of a BioLNG production plant project at Marseille’s port, aiming to to turn household waste into clean energy and serving as another plank toward the maritime industry's decarbonization.This will be France’s first production unit for liquefied biomethane (BioLNG), a low-carbon alternative fuel dedicated to energy transition in the shipping industry, and when operational is intended to be used primarily for the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels.BioLNG…

Wärtsilä Voyage and Tanger Med enable first real-life digital port call for Hapag-Lloyd vessel. Container ship Kobe Express pictured. © Tanger Med

Digitalization: Hapag-Lloyd Ship makes Digital Port Call

Within the framework of a partnership previously announced between Tanger Med Port Authority and Wärtsilä Voyage which aims at digitalizing maritime port calls, Tanger Med, Hapag-Lloyd, and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management reportedly recorded success with what is touted as the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival. The ‘Kobe Express’, a container ship owned by Hapag-Lloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docked safely and on-time at Tanger Med port in Morocco on June 25 using the Wärtsilä Navi-Port system…

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Want to Buy a Used Containership? Supply Tightens, Prices Soar, Feeder Ships Rule

BIMCO’s Shipping Number of the Week: Secondhand container ship deals jump over 100% in H1 2021During the first half of 2021, a total 277 container ships have changed hands, a 103.7% jump from 136 ships bought and sold in the same period of 2020 (source: VesselsValue). The jump testifies to a red-hot container market that has fueled demand for tonnage, not only in the charter market, but also for secondhand ships. A total of 922,203 TEU found new owners, with an average ship size of 3,403 TEU.

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New Nav Buoys for Port of Setúbal

Portuguese Port Authority of Setúbal and Sesimbra (APSS) have recently improved the marking of the central area in the North Channel in Setúbal with five navigation buoys and a marine sector light for Bela Vista windmill sightseeing point.

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Wilson Sons Eyes Opportunities in Gas

A new gas law in Brazil aims to see liquefied natural gas (LNG) will have a relevant role in the national market, a move that could drive new opportunties on the waterfront.Wilson Sons, the largest operator of maritime and port logistics in the Brazilian market, stands to benefit, and last year the company's Towage division carried out more than 25 special operations, which included services to the natural gas or LNG sector, as support for gas carriers and FSRUs (Floating Storage Regasification Unit)…

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S.Africa to Revamp Ailing Port System

South Africa's National Ports Authority (NPA) will operate as a stand alone business under the aegis of state-owned freight logistics group Transnet, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, as the country tries to overhaul some of the world's worst-performing ports.A report last month ranking container ports by the World Bank and IHS Markit saw South Africa's major ports at the bottom of the list, with Durban faring the worst among local peers by coming in at 349 out of a total of 351 ports assessed globally.The Container Port Performance Index considered the total port hours per ship call,

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Enstructure to Acquire Patriot Ports

U.S. terminal and logistics company Enstructure announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Patriot Port Holdings LLC. Patriot Ports, the ports division of Patriot Rail & Ports and a sister company of Patriot Rail Company LLC, works in breakbulk, specialty cargo and cold storage, operating six terminals in Jacksonville, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and Sunny Point, N.C. with approximately 1.2 million square feet of industrial warehouse capacity, including 10.2 million cubic feet of cold storage.Following the acquisition…

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Lyttelton Port Company Orders Four Straddle Carriers

Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch, New Zealand, has ordered four Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers to expand its straddle carrier fleet in response to growing business. The new machines will be delivered towards the end of 2021. This order was booked in Q1 2021.Peter Kania, Head of Straddle Carrier Sales, Konecranes, said, “the Lyttelton Port Company is in the process of converting its entire straddle carrier fleet to Konecranes, being very satisfied with the technology and service it has received from us.

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Weithman Named Director of Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon

Ports of Indiana (POI) announced that it has hired Bernard (Ben) Weithman as the new Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon port director.Weithman will lead port operations and business development for the Mount Vernon port. His industry experience includes more than 30 years in business development, startup and long-term sustainable operations. A senior-level executive in the transportation, agriculture and freight sectors, he most recently served as a senior transportation market consultant at IHS Markit.

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Chinese Regulators Eye Irregularities in Spot Iron Ore Trading

China's state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said on Monday it and the market regulator are jointly looking into the iron ore spot market and have pledged to crack down on hoarding and speculation.The move comes after NDRC said on Thursday that new rules on the management of price indexes for commodities and services will be effective Aug. 1 and will standardise price index compilation and transparency of information.During a visit to the Beijing Iron Ore Trading Center Corporation (COREX)…

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Argentine Port Unions Plan Strike Over Vaccine Access

A coalition of nine Argentine port worker unions will go on a nationwide 24-hour strike starting at midnight to press for vaccinations against the coronavirus, the labor groups said in a statement on Thursday.Workers including tugboat captains and customs officers have held similar work stoppages recently, as the South American grains powerhouse gets hit by a second wave of COVID-19 cases."We have raised the issue and held meetings with different authorities with the purpose to obtaining concrete answers regarding the application of vaccines against COVID-19 to our workers…

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LIVING PORTS Project Catalyzes Next-gen Port Infrastructure

ECOncrete has won the European Commission Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation funding program with a large-scale deployment at the Port of Vigo, Galicia, Spain.In alignment with the EU Green Deal, Marine Directive and Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, de-risking and scaling of environmentally-sensitive industrialization projects is an urgent priority. The LIVING PORTS project is designed to catalyze a fundamental change in the Coastal and Marine Infrastructure (CMI) industry’s…

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San Pedro Bay Ports Struggle to Keep Up with Record Box Flow

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue their record-breaking start to the year, exceeding pre-pandemic records again and again. Already under pressure to handle a throughput that has broken the pre-pandemic record every month for 11 months in a row, practically all ports in the US will have to continue to run fast to keep up, as peak season starts breathing down their necks.In May, loaded imports and total throughput in both ports broke their previous highs. In the Port of LA, 535,714 loaded TEU were imported, up from the previous record of 490,127 TEU.

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Liebherr LHM 800 Takes Veemnatie to New Heights

Veemnatie NV is launching a new dry bulk terminal in the Port of Antwerp. Veemnatie NV, a joint venture between 5de Havendok NV and Steinweg Belgium, has converted its terminal in the Port of Antwerp into a new dry bulk terminal. The current capacity is 300,000 MT and this will be expanded in the future. The long-term partnerships ensure new dry bulk cargo for the Port of Antwerp, which is the second largest in the heart of Europe.Liebherr is supplying the largest crane from its portfolio of mobile harbor cranes to the new terminal.

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Hong Kong Ends Quarantine Curbs on Port Calls by Non-cargo Vessels

Hong Kong providers of shipping services are breathing a sigh of relief after authorities announced they would ease strict quarantine restrictions imposed last July on vessels calling at the Asian shipping hub, trade sources said.From Tuesday, crew of non-cargo goods vessels visiting Hong Kong for shipping services, including bunkering and provision supplies, will be exempt from the curbs, subject to conditions, the Marine Department told shipping firms in a letter.“This is a long overdue relaxation as the trade had already demonstrated to the health authority here in Hong Kong that there is n

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NRF Asks White House to Address Port Congestion Challenges

A retail trade group is asking President Joe Biden and other top administration officials to help address challenges retailers are facing from continued supply chain disruptions that are leading to congestion at U.S. ports.“The supply chain disruption issues, especially the congestion affecting our key maritime ports, are causing significant challenges for America’s retailers,” National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay said in a letter to the White House. “The…

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V.O. Chidambaranar Port Records Surge in Windmill Blade Shipments

V.O. Chidambaranar Port handled a single export consignment of 24, 77.5-m windmill blades, the longest of its kind handled through the port. The 200-m long M.V. PAC Alcor was berthed at the Port on June 10, 2021, where the loading of the 77.5-m blades were carried out using ship’s hydraulic cranes and harbor mobile cranes of the port. The blades were  transported by M/s. NTC Logistics India Private Ltd., using specialized wind blade and tower transportation flat bed trucks all the from Sriperumbudur  to Tuticorin.

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Shipping Influx Infuriates Israeli Environmentalists

The first cargo ships from Dubai that docked last year in the Mediterranean port of Haifa were met by celebration in Israel. Flags waved. Reporters gathered. The prime minister walked the pier and gave a speech about the fruits of making peace.There was zero fanfare, however, when oil tankers began arriving at the smaller Israeli port of Eilat on the Red Sea in an arrangement with Emirati partners. Rather than washing machines and cleaning supplies for consumers, the ships unloaded…

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GAC Building Logistics Facility in Ras Bufontas Free Zone

Construction is underway on GAC Qatar’s new 27,000m² multi-user contract logistics facility after the groundbreaking ceremony in the Ras Bufontas Free Zone.It follows the signing of an agreement between GAC and Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) in February this year. The facility is expected to be completed by early 2022. It will be built from sustainable materials, partly fueled by solar power, have several energy-saving features and use recycled water in its operations.The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Anders Bengtcén…

Left to right: MD Secretary of Transportation Gregory Slater, MD Governor Larry Hogan, and MPA-Port of Baltimore Executive Director William Doyle observe dredging operations at Seagirt Marine Terminal for a new 50-ft. berth in March 2021. (Photo: Maryland Port Administration)

Maryland Port Administration, Port of Baltimore Joins CDMCS

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Port of Baltimore, officially joined the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (CDMCS), a national unified safety voice for the dredging and marine construction industry.The Port of Baltimore is one of the busiest seaports in the United States, handling every type of cargo at its public and private terminals. Currently, Baltimore is in the execution phase of more than $200 million in marine construction, dredging and infrastructure upgrades at Seagirt, Dundalk and Locust Point Marine Terminals.

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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…

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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.