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Monday, February 19, 2018

Port Traffic News

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India's Major Ports See 4.58% Cargo Traffic Growth

Major ports in India have recorded a cargo traffic growth of 4.58 percent and together handled 560.97 million tonnes (MT) of merchandise during the period April 2017 to January 2018, as against 536.41 MT handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April 2017 to January 2018, eight ports i.e. Kolkata including Haldia, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (18.36 percent), followed by Paradip (16.01 percent), Kolkata [incl.

Photo: Port Authority of Tenerife

Padrón y Santiago Designated IMO Ambassador

Capt. Antonio M. During the meeting, held under the chairmanship of the President, Ricardo Melchior Navarro, and after discussing the issues of the agenda, he took the floor to congratulate Capt. Antonio M. Padrón y Santiago due to his designation as "IMO Maritime Ambassador". Capt. Antonio M. Padrón y Santiago is, in addition to Maritime Authority of Tenerife, member of the Board. Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority is one of 28 national ports and currently manages the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Los Cristianos, San Sebastián de La Gomera and La Estaca.

Photo courtesy Resolve Marine Group, Inc.

Resolve Completes Black Rose Fuel Removal

Salvage crews from international salvage company Resolve Marine Group, Inc. have completed recovery work (11/15/2009) on the Black Rose, an iron ore carrying vessel which sank two months ago in the Bay of Bengal, India. Initially awarding the job to Resolve, the Paradip Port Trust has since issued Resolve a certificate of completion stating that, following the removal of well over 900 tonnes of contaminated fuel oil, the vessel has been cleared to their satisfaction. Chosen for their familiarity with environmentally delicate projects…

The Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulator at SUNY Maritime College offers state-of-the-art brown water training to SUNY cadets and industry professionals alike. (CREDIT: SUNY)

Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime

For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Indian PM Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 4th container terminal built at Navi Mumbai. Photo: Nitin Gadkari

Indian PM Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stone For JNPT Fourth Countainer Terminal

India's biggest container traffic handler Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has achieved yet another milestone in its ambitious journey to become a world class maritime hub when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the fourth container terminal, proposed to be developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 7915 Crores (USD 1.23 bln) on DBFOT basis. Modi arrived at the JNPT Helipad- accompanied by the Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways  Nitin Gadkari, the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and other dignitaries.

Half-Year Results on Budget, Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour has reported a healthy start to 2009, remaining on budget for the first half of the year. Passenger figures have seen an increase, with more than 63,000 using the ferry service between Aberdeen, Shetland and Orkney, against 57,000 the previous year. Ten cruise vessels also called in to Aberdeen through to the end of June. Imports and exports were lower than for the period last year, from 2.5million tonnes in 2008 to 2.3 million tonnes for the first half of 2009, however, vessel tonnages remained at over 11.5 million gross tonnes.

Graph: Drewry's Maritime Research

South Asia Shining in Container Growth

Amid generally weak demand around the world the South Asia region is the shining light for container growth, says Drewry's Maritime Research. Growth in container shipping is becoming a rare commodity; global port throughput only increased by 1% in 2015 (the second lowest on record behind 2009) and the first quarter of 2016 was even worse with only a 0.5% rise. That the industry can point to any growth at all is largely down to strong volumes in the South Asia/Indian Subcontinent region…

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Indian Ports Register Positive Growth of 3.27% in H1

The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.27% during the period April to September, 2017 and together handled 383 Million Tonnes of cargo as against 371 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. The Eight Ports i.e. Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to October, 2017. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.66%), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia], New Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12%.

Tony Boemi, Vice-president, Growth and Development at the Port of Montreal, Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Jordan Reeves, Consul General of Canada, Mumbai, Sandeep Mehta, President of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone and Dominic Marcotte, Consul and Director of the Québec Government Office in Mumbai. Photo: Montreal Port Authority (MPA)

Mundra Port, Port of Montreal Sign Cooperative Agreement

On a trade mission to India, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a Cooperative Agreement with Mundra Port, Gujarat State, north of Mumbai. This agreement aims to develop cooperation in marketing and business development while sharing information on marine operations and industry best practices. Mundra Port is India’s largest commercial port. A diversified port, it handles liquid and dry bulk and more than three million TEUs in annual container traffic. It is operated by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ).

Graph Source: Indian Port Association provided by Press Information Bureau

Technology Drives Growth of India’s Major Ports

Technological advancement for modernization of major ports and reforms for enhancing ease of doing business are driving and sustaining the growth trend line at India’s major ports. The country’s 12 major ports together handled 273.96 Million Tonnes of cargo between April to August, 2017 as against 265.31 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, an overall growth of 3.26%. Seven Ports (Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT) registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to August 2017.

Photo:  International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)

Global Ports Sector Faces Structurally Slower Growth, Says Fitch

Traffic growth in the ports sector is likely to remain well below historical levels for the foreseeable future, due to fundamental structural changes in the industry and global trade, Fitch Ratings says. A move towards protectionism would represent a significant additional risk, with the potential to reverse sector growth. Global port traffic growth has slowed in recent years due to a mix of mostly structural factors, including a maturing container shipping industry, the growth of China's internal market and shifting global supply chains.

China Eximbank Loans $875m for Container Terminal

China Eximbank has loaned Ivory Coast $875 million (approx.) for the construction of a second container terminal at Abidjan port, noted the port's  General Director. Ivory Coast plans to increase capacity at the port in its economic capital Abidjan, one of the busiest in Africa. The port serves as a gateway for landlocked nations to the north and a transit point for beans from the world's top cocoa grower. "The total cost of the project is about $875 mil," Hien Yacouba Sie told a news conference.

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Reports Highest-Ever Container Traffic

India's biggest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) handled 0.418 million TEUs in January this year, which was highest ever container traffic handled during a month the port and increase of 13 percent over the same month last year. "JNPT’s sustained efforts in creating trade-friendly measures over the last few months is reaping reward with an improvement. With the commencement of operations of fourth terminal, EXIM trade gets an opportunity to use state-of-the-art facilities and avail JNPT port for further increasing the volume of traffic," said a statement fron the company.

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Brazil Logistics Worry Soy Farmers, Exporters as Harvest Starts

As Brazil's soy farmers begin harvesting, problems on a road connecting the country's agricultural heartland to northern ports provide new evidence the world's largest exporter of the oilseeds is far from solving its logistical bottlenecks. Over the last few days, soy truckers posted numerous videos, including footage shot from drones, on social media showing they were unable to move on an unpaved stretch of the BR-163 federal highway in Pará state. The most affected area was around the district of Moraes Almeida…

Photo: World Bank

Spotlight on Links Between Maritime Transport and Sustainability

The 2015 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), underscored the role of maritime transport in helping implement a workable international sustainable development agenda. The Review is the main United Nations publication on seaborne trade, the world’s fleet, freight costs, port traffic, maritime connectivity and the relevant legal and regulatory framework. It is of particular relevance to developing countries, whose trade volume is estimated to be 90 per cent seaborne.

Lerwick port

Lerwick Port Strengthening Top Deck

The Board of Lerwick Port Authority is strengthening its senior management team in support of continuing activity and development at the busy harbour. The move follows an external organisational review, particularly looking at the staff resource required to sustain the high level of activity in all areas including marine operations and managing its extensive property portfolio. Recruitment to a new position of Commercial Director will commence in the new year. There are currently two executive positions on the Authority’s Board with Chief Executive, Sandra Laurenson, holding one.

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MPA, IBM Complete Pilot Trial on Project SAFER

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and IBM today announced at the opening of the International Safety@Sea Conference that they have jointly completed the pilot trial of three modules under the MPA-IBM SAFER project, which will be rolled out progressively beginning September 2017. Project SAFER, derived from “Sense-making Analytics For maritime Event Recognition,” is a collaboration between MPA and IBM to develop and test new analytics-based technologies, aimed at improving maritime and port operations to support increasing Singapore’s growth in vessel traffic.

Rear Adm. William W. Pickavance, Jr.: Photo credit San Jacinto College

RADM Pickavance on College Maritime Program

Rear Adm. William W. Pickavance, Jr. has joined San Jacinto College as a consultant to the maritime program. Pickavance, who served as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, spent 32 years on active duty as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy. He will assist with the development of the new San Jacinto College maritime facility along the Port of Houston. The facility will house multiple classrooms, labs, and simulators to increase the amount of U.S. Coast Guard-approved training to mariners.

David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales (Photo: davidjones-mp.com)

Welsh Secretary Says Ports are Vital for Economy

The Welsh Secretary of State David Jones has announced his intention to host a reception during September’s London International Shipping Week to highlight the importance of the Welsh maritime sector. And he has highlighted the economic importance of Welsh ports, stating, “Welsh ports, their industry and the passengers and freight passing through them, form a vital part of the economic infrastructure of Wales. They also make a wider contribution to the U.K. In an article written for the U.K. Chamber of Shipping’s website, David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales said, “I believe the U.K.

Example of the nationally flagged fleet for Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands are one of the fastest growing open registries. A large share of its fleet are oil tankers and dry bulk carriers. Image: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD Launches Novel Maritime Country Profiles

A maritime country profile provides a basic snapshot of a country's situation regarding maritime transport and international trade, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Maritime Country Profiles will be updated regularly as new data becomes available. Throughout most of history, “maritime nations” had their own national fleets, which were built, owned, operated, and manned by nationals of the same country whose flag the ship flew. Today, different countries mostly participate in different maritime businesses.

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Hamburg Port Authority Tests 5G with Deutsche Telekom, Nokia

Hamburg Port Authority has joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and Nokia to test 5G applications at the Port of Hamburg. "Testing of 5G is to commence in an industrial environment in the Port of Hamburg, with the Hamburg Port Authority, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia commissioning an 8000-hectare area with which to carry out key tests of various aspects of 5G functionality, including network slicing," said a press release. 5G will be tested with use cases like traffic lights management, data processing from mobile sensors and virtual reality.

INMEX and SMM India on the Crest of a Wave

Taking advantage of the expected growth the Indian maritime industry is set to witness over the next six years, Informa Exhibitions, organizers of INMEX India, has entered in to a strategic collaboration with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, organizers of SMM India, to form South Asia’s largest and most important maritime exhibition and conference. The unified edition of INMEX SMM India will take place on 23 – 25 September 2015, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, providing the maritime sector with the best of both events using synergies on one integrated platform.

EPA Adopts Strong Standards for Large Ships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule setting tough engine and fuel standards for large U.S.- flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency’s coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. “There are enormous health and environmental consequences that come from marine diesel emissions, affecting both port cities and communities hundreds of miles inland. Stronger standards will help make large ships cleaner and more efficient, and protect millions of Americans from harmful diesel emissions,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

American Association of Port Authorities President and CEO Kurt Nagle

U.S. DOT Funds $62 Million in Port Grants

Port Projects Awarded $62 Million in TIGER III Infrastructure Grants; Critical importance of connective infrastructure to America’s seaports recognized. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants program. The Department of Transportation received 848 project applications requesting a total of $14.29 billion.

Dr. Mark Yong, Business Development Director for BMT

Port Security Requires Early Planning

Port security has too often lagged behind the demands of ever more vulnerable facilities with new technology often being deployed as an after-market add-on, rather than a homogenous part of the port’s day to day working. With new ports being developed on green or brown-field sites across the globe, it is now possible to design-in security from the planning stage. Dr. Mark Yong, Business Development Director for BMT, outlines the scale of the challenge and explains how port planners can help operational security.

BMT JFA Consultants Supports Magnetite Project

BMT JFA Consultants, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has successfully completed a series of long term engineering consultancy services for the Southdown Magnetite Project, culminating in a major marine works Feasibility Study in 2011. The Southdown Magnetite Project is a joint venture between Grange Resources Ltd (Grange) and Sojitz Resources & Technology Pty Ltd (Sojitz) and encompasses the…