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Friday, February 26, 2021

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Corpus Christi, Rotterdam Ports Announce Partnership

The U.S.’ largest energy export gateway and Europe’s leading industrial deepsea port have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow the two global entities to collaboratively improve their global maritime operations.The Port of Corpus Christi and the Port of Rotterdam have outlined a number of shared objectives, which include codeveloping trade and commercial opportunities, fostering an exchange of information, and advancing the development and deployment of innovative technologies specifically related to navigational safety and environmental protection.Sean Strawbridge…

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Port of Oakland Boss Named CAPA Vice President

Port of Oakland executive director Danny Wan was appointed vice president of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) effective immediately. Wan fills the key leadership role left vacant following the passing of Port of Richmond executive director Jim Matzorkis in December.“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help lead a unified advocacy effort for our system of California ports,” Wan said. “Our business recovery efforts in Oakland will guide my work with CAPA…

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Importers Battle Surging Cargo, Commodity Costs

As Home Depot heads into its busy spring project season—when shoppers build backyard decks and buy patio furniture—it is tangling with surging costs for goods and transportation, on top of tariffs that cost it and other U.S. importers billions of dollars.Across the United States, major retailers and makers of everything from Peloton spin bikes and La-Z-Boy recliners to Kia Sorrento SUVs are battling the same profit-squeezing pressures. They pass those costs along to home-bound consumers…

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Dutch Report Record Containership Cocaine Bust

Customs authorities in Hamburg and Antwerp have seized a record haul of more than 23 tonnes of cocaine destined for the Netherlands in two raids this month, Dutch prosecutors said on Wednesday.The two shipments together represented a street value of roughly 600 million euros ($730 million), the prosecutors said, making it the biggest catch of cocaine headed for the Netherlands ever.Prosecutors said a 28-year old Dutchman had been arrested on Wednesday who was registered as the recipient of the containers in which the drugs were found.In Hamburg, Germany, 16.17 tonnes of cocaine were found in o

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Port of Oakland Cargo Volume Down in January

Containerized cargo volume declined at the Port of Oakland in January, the result of spreading supply chain congestion, though the port said it expects greater volume in the coming months when the logjam breaks.The port said Tuesday that import volume dropped 11.9% last month compared to January 2020. Exports were down 11.3%.The port attributed cargo declines to factors that included late-arriving ships from Southern California where up to 60 vessels are at anchor awaiting berth space…

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Cargill, Maersk Tankers Launch Bunker Procurement Service

Cargill and Maersk Tankers are aiming to unlock more competitive and transparent bunker pricing and improved customer service through a new strategic partnership combining their bunker volumes, offering a new bunker procurement service to tramp shipping companies and trading houses. The initial goal is to procure bunker fuel for Cargill and Maersk Tankers’ combined fleet, while aiming to attract additional customers in the coming months. The service will leverage Cargill’s in-house bunker expertise and Maersk Tankers’ commercial and operational capabilities and will launch on April 1…

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RECOTUG: Development Starts on 'World-First' Remote-Control Tugboat

Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) signed a deal to jointly develop the RECOTUG, touted as the world’s first commercial tug to be fully operated from a remote operations center on shore.Each organization delivers a unique perspective: Svitzer brings operational experience; Kongsberg brings remote control systems and autonomous technology; and ABS brings guidance for regulatory approval.The RECOTUG project's aim is to develop a remotely controlled…

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Port Houston Reports Solid Container Volumes

Container activity at Port Houston remained solid in January, easily surpassing the 250,000-unit mark and setting the stage for a strong 2021 if that pace continues.The number of containers handled in January 2021 was the second-highest January on record, behind only January of 2020. Port Houston handled 255,039, twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), compared to January of last year, when 268,773,000 TEUs were handed.Loaded container imports totaled 121,578 TEUs last month, which was the fourth highest month on record for imports.

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Lebanese Court Removes Investigator Who Charged Politicians Over Beirut Blast

A Lebanese court on Thursday dismissed a judge who had charged top politicians with negligence over last year’s Beirut port explosion, infuriating families of victims who said it showed that the state would never hold powerful men to account.Judge Fadi Sawan had led the investigation into one of the largest non-nuclear blasts in history. In December, he charged three ex-ministers and the outgoing prime minister with negligence.Two hundred people died in the August blast when a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate, stored unsafely for years, detonated at the capital’s port.

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Swire Shipping Opens New Office in Lae Port

Swire Shipping officially opened its Lae office on February 19, 2021, strengthening its commitment to customers and communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the region. The new office will provide customers and partners with easy access to the Lae Port which is less than a kilometer away.The opening ceremony was officiated by Alistair Skingley, Country Manager for Swire Shipping in PNG, and attended by Swire Shipping’s customers, partners and employees. Guests enjoyed a traditional dance performance by a local group over food after viewing the newly furnished office.Skingley said…

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Port of Rotterdam Freight Volumes See Biggest Drop in Decade, But Smaller Than Expected

Freight volumes in the Port of Rotterdam fell 6.9% in 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis, the biggest drop in about a decade but smaller than had been expected, Europe’s largest sea port said on Friday.The port's Chief Executive Allard Castelein told reporters he expected a recovery that began in the second half of 2020 to continue this year but said throughput was not expected to reach pre-crisis levels in 2021.The fall in traffic in 2020 was the largest since 2009, taking throughput down to levels last seen in 2011, he said.Traffic took a big hit in the first phase of the pandemic, as tr

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Container Delays Could be Resolved in Q2/Q3, Hapag-Lloyd CEO s\Says

Container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd said surging demand for bulky goods like exercise equipment from locked-down consumers may flatten out in the second or early third quarter, helping to ease disrupted shipping logistics."Things will normalize somewhere hopefully in the course of the second quarter or towards the beginning of the third quarter," Chief Executive Rolf Habben Jansen said in an embargoed briefing session with journalists held on Thursday.Around the world, port waiting times have lengthened due to labor shortages and traffic snarl-ups during the coronavirus pandemic…

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Some Containerships Sent North as Port of Los Angeles Hits Capacity

The Port of Los Angeles and cargo shipping lines are diverting some ships to other West Coast ports as a six-month import surge strains capacity at the busiest gateway for ocean trade in the United States.Container lines such as Hapag Lloyd and CMA CGM are temporarily diverting some sailings to Oakland and other West Coast ports to ease record backlogs at the Port of Los Angeles and the adjacent Port of Long Beach. Sixty-two ships are anchored in San Pedro Bay, with an average wait of eight days to enter the Southern California port complex.

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Hapag-Lloyd Expects Q1 Operating Profit to More Than Triple

Germany's Hapag-Lloyd sees its first-quarter operating profit more than tripling to at least 1.5 billion euros ($1.81 billion) thanks to strong demand for container transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic, it said on Tuesday.The company expects demand for seaborne shipments normalizing over the course of the year."We are still seeing slower container turn times, significant congestion in ports around the globe, capacity constraints in rail and truck, and the risks of the coronavirus pandemic remain," Chief Executive Rolf Habben said.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortiza

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Bulgaria Nabs Heroin Haul on Containership from Dubai

Bulgarian authorities have seized 401 kilograms of heroin hidden in containers on a ship that arrived at the Black Sea port of Varna from Dubai, the prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.Customs officers found the heroin divided among nearly 500 packages stashed inside bitumen roofing rolls from Iran, which arrived on February 7, prosecutors said in a statement.

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Cold Snap Shuts Houston Ship Channel

A deep freeze that hit Texas over the weekend wrought more havoc on the U.S. energy sector on Tuesday, curbing output in the largest U.S. oil field, knocking out a fifth of the nation's refining capacity, and shutting a key shipping channel in Houston.Historic cold has knocked out roughly 4 million barrels per day of refining capacity, more than one-fifth of national capacity, according to Reuters calculations. About 500,000 to 1.2 million bpd of crude production has also been affected…

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Goh Tapped as PIL's General Manager, Fleet Division

Pacific International Lines (PIL) appointed Goh Chung Hun as General Manager, Fleet Division, effective from February 1, 2021, succeeding Captain R.S. Minhas from 15th February 2021. Goh will be overseeing the management of PIL's fleet, including technical, marine operations, safety and crewing at PIL.Goh brings nearly 30 years of fleet management, technical, marine operations and seafaring experience. Prior to joining PIL, he was Director (Shipping) / Director (Marine) at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)…

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Brazil's Slow Soybean Harvest Widens US Export Window

Harvesting delays in Brazil, the world’s top soybean producer, are prompting buyers led by China to rely on rival exporter the United States for longer than usual in 2021, according to government data and traders.Sustained demand for U.S. soybeans is accelerating an historic drawdown of U.S. supplies of the oilseed and could further drive up soybean prices at a time of rising food inflation as countries hoard staples during the pandemic.Concerns over tight global soybean supplies after China dramatically increased purchases in recent months ignited a 4.5% U.S.

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Port of Baltimore Bests Its Container Moves Record

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore reports it has again topped its record for most container moves from a single ship.The 6,000 container moves conducted by longshore workers from the Maersk Edinburgh at the Seagirt Marine Terminal this week are the most ever in the port's the 315-year history. Maersk Edinburgh arrived at the port on Monday, February 8, and left early Thursday, February 11. The final container move was completed at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.The new high mark—which counts the number of times an imported container is unloaded from a ship…

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Port of Los Angeles Starts Giving COVID-19 Vaccinations

About 800 workers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Friday will be in the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations for employees at the United States' busiest seaport complex, which has been hard hit by pandemic-related workforce disruptions and surging imports.Congress members last month joined state and local leaders in urging California officials to hasten COVID-19 vaccinations for employees at the ports amid high-stakes battles over which workers should be prioritized as essential.Such decisions at times are made at the local level…

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GEG to Power Port of Nigg Facilities with Green Hydrogen

In an eventful week in which its Port of Nigg was selected as a turbine foundation marshaling port for the giant Seagreen offshore wind farm, UK-based Global Energy Group said Thursday it had struck a deal to power its Port of Nigg facilities using green hydrogen, to significantly reduce emissions at the site.The company has teamed up with ScottishPower to identify processes and plant at the facility on Cromarty Firth that could be powered by green hydrogen.Green hydrogen will be generated at the Nigg site and used to power heavy plant…

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Michelin to Use Sailing Cargo Ships for Tire Transport

The Michelin Group said it signed a deal with French startup NEOLINE to transport its tires across the Atlantic aboard sailing cargo ships. The move aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the manufacturer's logistics operations.The partners expect to begin containerized tire shipments aboard NEOLINE's "wind-powered" vessels on a pilot line from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire - Montoir de Bretagne (France) by 2023.NEOLINE, which already has transport agreements with companies such as Jas Hennessy & Co.…

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Libya Oil Guards Say They Stopped Blockade at Hariga Port

Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guards have stopped blockading the port of Hariga at Tobruk after being paid, they said in a video statement on Wednesday whose authenticity was confirmed by a guards member.The stoppage at Hariga began last month and contributed to a decline in Libyan oil output, a Libyan oil source said this week.(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfali, writing by Angus McDowall; editing by Grant McCool)

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Bawat's BWTS Being Offered for Portside Applications

Pittsburgh, Pa.-based venture builder Green Swan Partners said it has teamed up with Bawat to deploy the Danish firm’s ballast water treatment technology in portside applications.The two companies have formed joint venture Ballast Technology Services (BTS), which will finance and operate these mobile systems in ports globally. It will offer contingency treatment services to vessels arriving at these ports and provide vessel owners that opt not to install BWMS on their vessels with a ballast treatment service.The Bawat ballast water treatment system is a filter-less…

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Yara Marine Technologies Revisits Shore Power

While the EU parliament call for an emissions ban at berth, Yara Marine Technologies announced a partnership with NG3 signaling the return of cold ironing to its green tech portfolio."We used to do shore power projects on ships some years ago, but the market was too slow. Now however, with new regulation and grants supporting shipowner’s shore power investments, we are back in the business of shore power," said Aleksander Askeland CSO at Yara Marine Technologies. "Together with…

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Port of Nigg Selected to Support Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm

SSE Renewables and Total have announced that Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg near Inverness has been selected as turbine foundation marshaling port for their giant Seagreen offshore wind farm.The marshaling contract will support 141 skilled jobs at Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg, including the creation of 48 new jobs to be recruited shortly.As part of the contract, the Port of Nigg will serve as marshaling, storage, and logistics base for 114 wind turbine foundation structures destined for the 1,075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm being constructed in Scotland’s Firth of Forth.

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Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry Proposes Seafarer Vaccination Program

A global approach to delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to seafarers proposed by Cyprus' Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) aims to help alleviate the global crew change crisis.Over the past year, the need to class seafarers as key workers has received widespread support, with Cyprus now taking this one step further in suggesting the foundation of a feasible solution to inoculations.In letters to the EU Transport and Health Commissioners and IMO Secretary-General, Cyprus SDM, Vassilios Demetriades…

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Port Houston Offering $300,000 in Community Grants

Port Houston will invest $300,000 in projects and programs to enhance local communities.Building on the successes achieved after the inaugural launch of the program last year, the Community Grants Program for 2021 is scheduled to open February 16, when interested organizations may submit a Letter of Interest, found on Port Houston’s Community Grants web page, for review and consideration. Eligible organizations will then be invited to complete a full application should their proposed project meet the program’s guidelines and parameters.

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BIMCO Shipping Number of the Week: U.S. Soya Bean Exports via Containerships

In the first four months of the 2020/2021 U.S. marketing year for soya beans (which started on 1 September), 2.5m tonnes of soya beans were exported in containers, accounting for 6.3% of total exports, while 37.1m tonnes departed the U.S. in dry bulk ships.Despite the record high containerized soya bean exports, the share of total U.S. soya bean exports being sent in containers has fallen from previous years and is currently at its lowest level since the same period in 2017. The…

India Lines Up Port for Rice, Exports to Surge Amid Global Shortage

India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh will use a deepwater port to export rice for the first time in decades amid a global shortage of the grain, according to a government order seen by Reuters, which could raise shipments this year by a fifth.The order, issued late on Wednesday, allows Kakinada Deep Water Port to handle rice until more capacity is created at the adjoining Anchorage Port.Congestion at the Kakinada Anchorage Port, India’s biggest rice-handling facility, had led to a waiting period of up to four weeks compared with the normal wait of about a week…

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Hestbaek Takes the Helm at Hamburg Süd

Long-serving Hamburg Süd executive Poul Hestbaek will take the CEO reins from Dr. Arnt Vespermann, who will step down after more than 20 years at the German container shipping company.Hestbaek has been with Hamburg Süd since 2004 and is currently the company's CCO. The 59-year-old shipping-industry veteran has previously been responsible for the liner shipping company’s commercial business on several continents, including Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.Vespermann joined…

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Buttigieg Confirmed as US Transport Secretary

Pete Buttigieg was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a 86-13 vote to head the U.S. Transportation Department.Buttigieg, a U.S. Navy veteran and the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., will oversee maritime, aviation, highways, vehicles, pipelines and transit, as well as efforts to ensure safe transportation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Buttigieg recently drew praise from members of the American maritime industry after voicing his support for the Jones Act, a federal law requiring goods transported between U.S.

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N.Ireland Suspends Some Port Checks Over Staff Safety Concerns

Northern Ireland temporarily suspended some post-Brexit checks at two ports on Monday after a local council withdrew staff over concerns for their safety and police said they planned to increase patrols at points of entry.Many pro-British unionists fiercely oppose the new trade barriers introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as part of the Northern Ireland protocol, a standalone deal for the region after Britain left the EU.The council whose staff…

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Callan Marine Wins Dredging Work at Port of Corpus Christi

Texas-based dredging contractor Callan Marine said it has been awarded the long-term contract for maintenance and new work dredging of the Port of Corpus Christi.The Port of Corpus Christi is the third most profitable port in the United States and is the second-largest exporter of crude oil. The channel itself is 36-miles long, with 30+ ship berths serving the cargo, dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, and wind energy industries.Under its multi-year contract, Callan Marine will provide maintenance and new work dredging of the various docks at the port…

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Crew Change Hubs Could Help Address Seafarer Crisis, Says MAJ

A global network of crew change hubs would help alleviate the humanitarian crisis seafarers face at present, according to the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ).They could offer a short-term solution to the barriers presented by global travel restrictions, ensuring vital crew changes could take place and facilitating trade and logistics to the benefit of the world economy, the Flag State advised.Rear Admiral (ret’d) Peter Brady, MAJ Director General, explained, “In the Caribbean for example…

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Maryland Dredging Project Benefits the Environment and Economy

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are marking a milestone of environmental stewardship this month on the landmark restoration of Poplar Island near Talbot County. Simultaneously, the agencies are advancing plans for their next partnership using dredged materials to preserve and protect Maryland’s waterways: the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration.Since 1998, Poplar Island has…

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SAAM Acquires 70% of Intertug

Port, logistics and towage services provider SAAM announced on Friday that it has finalized a $49.7 million deal to purchase 70% of post-capitalization shares of Intertug, enabling SAAm to begin towage operations in Colombia and expand its operations in the Mexican and Central American markets where Intertug has an established a presence.SAAM’s CEO, Marcario Valdés, said,  “With this deal, we improve our standing as the top tug operator in the Americas. It is consistent with our strategy of being leaders in the consolidation process that the industry is experiencing.

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Global Energy Group Gets Financial Boost for Port of Nigg Facility Expansion

Scottish regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has approved an investment of up to £8.3m in Scottish Government funding for an £18.9m project to develop the East Quay at Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg facility.The project is aimed at helping the Highlands and Islands economy benefit more from the growth in renewable energy development, as well as meeting the needs of GEG's existing clients.Once completed, the new facility is projected to bring…

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Video: Jumbo Kinetic Transports 1435-tonne Shiploader

Jumbo Shipping recently transported a 1435t shiploader, measuring 135 x 25 x 43 metres, from Vietnam to Canada for the machine’s manufacturer Tenova.After almost two years of engineering, the Jumbo Kinetic lifted and shipped the gigantic shiploader from Phu My Port to Vancouver.Having conducted a final loading simulation, the time had come for the engineers to put MV Jumbo Kinetic, a K-class vessel with 3,000t dual lifting capacity, to the real test by loading this super-heavy shiploader onboard.Based on the size of the unit and the length of its boom…

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Far East Container Spot Rates to Brazil Rise 230.5% -BIMCO

What started as a red-hot container market for Far East to U.S. trades has now spread to other routes, with rates from the Far East to Brazil seeing particularly high spot rates, BIMCO says. On January 24, 2021, the base freight rate for a forty-foot container from the Far East to the Port of Santos reached $9,299. Average rates for January are now 230.5% higher than they were in January 2020.Santos is the largest container port in South America, handling 4.2 million TEU in 2019 alone.The red-hot spot market is a result of the imbalance of trade over the past year…

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CMA CGM to Operate Terminal at Egypt's Alexandria Port

French shipping group CMA CGM said on Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Egypt to operate a future container terminal at the port of Alexandria.Operations at the planned terminal are due to start in 2022, CMA CGM said in a statement.(Reporting by Gus Trompiz Editing by Chris Reese)

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Port of Kiel: Near Normal Cargo Transhipment Volume; Investment in Shore Power

A total of 6.92 million tons of cargo has been transhipped in the seaport of Kiel in 2020, representing only a slight decrease of 1.2 % compared to the previous-year period. In contrast to a decrease of volumes in the Scheerhafen and at the Norwegenkai Terminal, there has been growth in the Ostuferhafen and at the Schwedenkai. “The economic impact of the Covid pandemic has posed major challenges to the maritime industry," said Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director at the PORT OF KIEL.

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Port of Palm Beach Training Employees on Human Trafficking Prevention

The Port of Palm Beach is training employees on how to recognize the behaviors that can indicate human trafficking and how to safely report it.Seaports can be a key location for identifying people who are victims of human trafficking, including women, men and children who are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor through the use of force, fraud or coercion.When labor trafficking victims are stuck on maritime vessels, they can be forced to work long hours, compelled to extend their contracts, be paid less than they agreed to work for, or their wages can be withheld entirely.

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NTB Takes Delivery of Four Liebherr STS Container Cranes

NTB in Bremerhaven has taken delivery of four additional Liebherr ship to shore container cranes. It brings to ten the number of Liebherr STS at the port since the first STS was handed over in 2018.The cranes are identical to the previous supplied and are amongst the largest STS cranes in the world with an outreach of 73m, a span of 30.48m and a backreach of 25m. The cranes have a safe working load of 75 tons and are able to handle the world’s largest container vessels. Designed to work vessels with 25 containers across and up to 10 high on deck…

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Valenciaport to the Fore in Spain's LNG Bunkering Ops

Valenciaport is at the forefront in Spain in the supply of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) by the shipping company Baleària. Specifically, in 2020, the Dénia-based company carried out a total of 291 natural gas supply operations, reaching 26,777 cu. m., in the Port of Valencia, which represents 40% of the bunkering operations carried out by the company in Spain. The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and Baleària have been collaborating for years in the introduction of LNG and the improvement of supply services to ships with this fuel with the implementation of the Multi Truck to Ship System (MTTS).

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JAXPORT Adds Berthing Space at Blount Island

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) contractors have completed the latest phase in a total of $104 million in berth enhancements at the existing SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island, adding an additional 700 linear feet of newly rebuilt deepwater berthing space.Completion of the final phase of the project, another 700 linear feet, will coincide with the completion of harbor deepening through Blount Island in 2022.The reconstruction of the existing SSA Jacksonville…

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After Brexit, Ireland and France cut Out the Middleman: Britain

From his office overlooking Cherbourg docks, general manager Yannick Millet points to trailers destined for Ireland that belong to Amazon and FedEx, new customers and a signal of a potential big shift in post-Brexit trade.Confronted by red tape and delays after Britain’s messy exit from the European Union, Irish traders are shipping goods directly to and from European ports, shunning the once-speedier route through Britain.“You see the shift in supply chains right here,” he said.All five operators connecting Ireland to mainland Europe have increased ferry services in the past nine months…

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Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor Searches for New Port Director

Ports of Indiana announced that Ian Hirt has resigned after four years as port director of Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor, effective May 3, 2021. The Ports of Indiana executive leadership team has commenced plans to hire a new port director.During Hirt’s tenure, the northwest Indiana port achieved the following:Implemented numerous environmental initiatives including the adoption of its own stormwater management program authorized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management…

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Swift COVID-19 Vaccines Urged for Largest US Ports Amid Cargo Backlogs

Members of Congress have joined state and local leaders in urging California officials to hasten COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's two busiest, hit hard by pandemic workforce disruptions and surging imports.As of Wednesday, 27 arriving container ships stood anchored off the twin ports complex waiting for berths to clear at terminals piled high with cargo from previous shipments, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern…

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Port Milwaukee Cargo Volumes Rise in 2020

Port Milwaukee finished 2020 with its highest annual cargo volume in the past seven years.Despite the unusual year's historic and unprecedented difficulties, including pandemic- and flooding-related challenges, overall tonnage for the municipal port and the adjacent private docks in Milwaukee Harbor rose more than 5%, led by agricultural exports and handling of cement.“Port Milwaukee’s resilience was on full display in 2020. We overcame flooding resulting from unusually high water levels on Lake Michigan at the start of the year.

DP World Antwerp Gateway Orders Fleet of Automated Stacking Cranes

DP World Antwerp Gateway has ordered a fleet of 34 Automated Stacking Cranes for its container terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. The Konecranes Gottwald ARMGs will be an expansion to the current fleet of 20 currently in operation. The first batch will be delivered in Q2 2022, the last batch by 2026. This order was booked in December 2020.DP World Antwerp Gateway was very motivated to continue their current operating concept, using their current ASC system delivered by Gottwald in 2006.

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Singapore Prioritizes Vaccinations to Frontline Maritime Workers

More than 10,000 frontline maritime personnel to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by end of January.In the global seafarer crisis created by COVID-19, Sinagapore has emerged as a world leader in the treatment of seafarers and frontline maritime personnel. That streak continues as Singapore became one of the first countries to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline maritime workers. The vaccination exercise is part of the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy to protect frontline personnel and their family members…

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UK's Portland Port Freezes Tariffs for 2021

Portland Port has frozen its fees for customers in 2021 after the country has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.There had been high hopes that the start of 2021 would see the country starting to return to normal business, however, even with the roll out of a vaccine, the whole country is back in national lockdown.Ian McQuade, Commercial General Manager at Portland Port, said, “Portland Port acknowledges the significant challenges faced by all industries during this pandemic., s to help, we have decided to keep our tariff prices the same as last year.

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Egypt Reopens Red Sea Ports Shut Due to Bad Weather

Egypt has reopened three Red Sea commercial ports and one fishing port which were shut earlier on Wednesday because of high winds and rough seas the Red Sea Ports Authority and two sources said.The reopened ports are Suez, Zeitiyat, Adabiya and the fishing port of al-Ataka, they added.Two other ports, Nuweiba and Ain al-Sokhna, remained closed, the authority and sources said.(Additional reporting by Youssry Mohamed; Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Barbara Lewis and Alistair Bell)

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Equinor Selected for US' Largest Offshore Wind Award

Norwegian energy company Equinor said it has been selected to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the United States' largest renewable energy procurements to date.Under the award, Equinor and partner BP will provide 1,260 megawatts (MW) of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1, each calling for more than 90 turbines off the coast of Long Island—adding to the existing commitment to provide New York…

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Ship Insurers Primed to Raise Rates After Red Sea Attacks

Insurers are set to raise the cost of providing cover for merchant ships through the Red Sea after a series of incidents that have hit vessels around Saudi Arabian waters, industry sources said.The possibility of more attacks on commercial shipping carrying oil and commodities through these waterways is growing after the outgoing U.S. administration’s move to designate Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization.“We are seeing increased rates for vessels making port calls in the Red Sea due to concerns over risk of attack by militia groups…

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Interpol Issues Red Notices for Ship Captain, Owner Over Beirut Blast

Interpol has issued red notices for the captain and owner of the ship that carried the chemicals which devastated Beirut in an explosion in August, killing 200 people, Lebanon’s state media said.Five months since one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts on record, big questions remain about the ammonium nitrate that detonated after being stored at the port for years.The Interpol notices, which are not international arrest warrants, ask authorities worldwide to provisionally detain people pending possible extradition or other legal actions.

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North Carolina Ports Aims to Grow Its Agricultural Opportunities

The North Carolina State Ports Authority announced it is expanding capabilities to better support the North Carolina agriculture industry through a partnership with Scoular.North Carolina Ports on Tuesday received approval from the North Carolina Council of State for a land lease to develop an agricultural transload facility on the Port of Wilmington. Council of State approved the long-term lease for Scoular to develop an at-port facility that will receive, store and load agricultural…

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Oil Rises to 11-month High

Oil hit an 11-month high just below $57 a barrel on Tuesday, bolstered by Saudi Arabia's plans to limit supply, offsetting worries that rising coronavirus cases globally would curtail fuel demand.Brent crude settled up 92 cents, or 1.7%, at $56.58 a barrel by after touching its highest level since last February at $56.75. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 96 cents, or 1.8%, to $53.28.Saudi Arabia plans to cut output by an extra 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in February…

Last weekend, the marine safety bureau in northern Hebei sent several tugboats to the aid of vessels, such as LNG tanker Clean Planet and coal bulk tanker Agia Eirini Force, trapped in sea ice that was 1 meter (3 ft) thick, to help bring them to Caofeidian and Huanghua ports - Image by Geir Vinnes/MarineTraffic.com

China Energy Terminals on Alert as Sea Ice Slows Ships

Chinese ports and marine safety authorities are on high alert as an expansion of sea ice makes it tougher for ships to berth and discharge at key energy product import terminals along the coast of northern Bohai Bay.A cold wave sweeping the northern hemisphere has plunged temperatures across China to their lowest in decades, boosting demand for power and fuel to historic highs in the world's largest energy consumer."The sea ice situation is more severe this year than the same period in previous years," said Wang Jun, a professor specializing in transport issues at Dalian Maritime University."I

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