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Saturday, May 26, 2018

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600-ton Crane Now Stationed in Port of Hamburg

Since the beginning of the year the Port of Hamburg has offered an optimized service portfolio for handling ultra-heavy loads. With an unit load capacity of 600 tons, ‘Enak’ is the most powerful salvage/floating crane in Germany. This heavyweight was formerly stationed in Bremerhaven. The new owner Lührs Schifffahrt, who acquired 'Enak' from Bugsier Reederei, has transferred the floating crane to Hamburg.As a universal port, Hamburg offers a wide range of waterside cargo handling services. Along with containers and bulk cargoes, these naturally also cover conventional general cargoes.

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US Retail Imports Growing Despite Tariffs Threat

It's expected that imports at the United States’ major retail container ports will grow steadily throughout the summer despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.“With proposed tariffs yet to be officially imposed, retailers are stocking up on merchandise that could soon cost considerably more,” said NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, Jonathan Gold.

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IMO Promotes Single Window for Ports

What is a “single window” and why do ports need one? What are the best practices when it comes to electronic business and port logistics? How is  International Maritime Organization (IMO) supporting developing countries to get ready for the Facilitation Convention amendments which make electronic data exchange mandatory from 2019? These and other questions about the role of ports in ensuring the smooth flow of trade by ship will be on the table for discussion at a special event on ports at IMO Headquarters on Monday 11 June.

From left, Andy Abbott CEO of ACL, Karen Oldfield and Costantino Baldissara. Photo:  Hafen Hamburg Marketing

The 'Grande Halifax' Christened in Halifax

The Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax, owned and operated by the Grimaldi Group, has been christened yesterday in Halifax, New Scotia. Godmother of the new vessel was Ms. Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. A ceremony took place at Halterm/Autoport with the presence of a distinguished delegation composed of representatives of civil and maritime authorities, among which the mayor of Halifax Michael Savage, Members of Parliament, the honorary consul of Italy in Halifax Marilisa Benigno…

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Explosion Damages Bulker en Route to Yemen

An explosion has damaged a Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen's Houthi-controlled port of Saleef, with varying accounts attributing the incident on Thursday to an unexplained blast aboard the ship or a possible missile strike.A naval ship of a Saudi-led military coalition received a call from the captain of the vessel, the Ince Inebolu, who reported an opening had appeared in the middle of the ship on the left side, a spokesman for the alliance said."Coalition forces conducted a survey of the incident and visited the ship and found an explosion from the inside to the outside…

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Kiel Welcomes Saga Sapphire on Maiden Visit

The first of four visits to Kiel this season by the British shipping company Saga Cruises began early Thursday with the arrival on the Kiel Fiord of the Saga Sapphire with 640 English-speaking passengers on board. The flagship of the Saga fleet was met by a local tug near the Friedrichsort Beacon and within sight of the entrance to the Kiel Canal. To the accompaniment of a water fountain display by the tug, the ship was escorted to her berth at the Ostseekai Cruise Shipping Terminal. During the course of a reception later on the ship, port head Dr.

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Cuba's Mariel Port Preparing for Mega Ships

Cuba's new Mariel deepwater container terminal hopes to further its plan to become a regional shipping hub by completing dredging next year so it can receive mega-sized vessels, its general manager Charles Baker said on Thursday.The terminal in Mariel Bay, 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Havana, is located in an industrial park where Cuba is seeking to attract foreign investors with tax and customs breaks, as part of its market reform plan to boost the anemic economy.After opening in 2014…

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Australia Wants to Recycle Trash from Ships

The Port of Hay Point in Queensland, Australia has kicked off a pilot program to investigate the feasibility of recycling garbage from international ships.Currently, ships' crews separate recyclable garbage on board, but have limited opportunity to offload these materials at Australian ports for recycling. Any garbage that is separated on board is combined when offloaded in Australian ports and has to undergo treatment by autoclave or deep-burial to meet Australia’s biosecurity requirements.

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ADNOC to Run Ruwais Container Terminal

ADNOC Logistics and Services, the shipping and services arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has signed a contract with Borouge, a leading provider of value creating plastics solutions, to handle its Ruwais container terminal operations. The five-year contract, awarded through a competitive bidding process, is the first deal signed between Borouge and ADNOC Logistics and Services as a new integrated entity, following the integration of IRSHAD, ESNAAD and ADNATCO into a single ADNOC operating company.

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Silk Road Train Arrives at Antwerp Port

The first Silk Road train exclusively destined for Antwerp has arrived. The freight train, which had left the Chinese port of Tangshan on 26 April, was officially welcomed today in the port of Antwerp. This direct railway link between China and Antwerp is part of the transnational Chinese ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, with which China seeks to revive the trade routes of the old Silk Road from Asia to Europe. The train is part of the 'Belt & Road Initiative' (BRI), the ambitious development programme of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The IWAI chairperson NutanGuha Biswas and other senior officials at the workshop. Photo: PIB

India Seeks Banks Financial Support for Inland Water Transport

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will involve banks for ensuring availability of financing options for the private players engaged in Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector. Financing and funding for Operation and Maintenance of IWT assets is a challenge for shippers, vessel operators and asset management firms as the banking sector is not yet ready with any customized financing option for the sector. Addressing the day-long Stakeholders Conference on Emerging Business opportunities in Inland Water Transport Sectorwas organized by IWAI at New Delhi…

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Record April Boosts Savannah's Box Trade

The Georgia Ports Authority's busiest April ever pushed its fiscal year-to-date totals to more than 3.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 8.8 percent (280,000 TEUs) compared to the first 10 months of FY2017. "We're on track to move more than 300,000 TEUs in every month of the fiscal year, which will be a first for the Authority," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We're also anticipating this to be the first fiscal year for the Port of Savannah to handle more than 4 million TEUs." April volumes reached 356…

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Federal Funding for Port of Vancouver

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority received federal funding for projects that will improve the flow of goods to and from the Port of Vancouver. Through the collaborative efforts of the port authority, Transport Canada, B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, an infrastructure program called the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy was created to ensure the roads and railways that lead to the Port of Vancouver are ready to manage Canada’s growing trade.

Maersk's Damco Leases Logistics Center in Los Angeles

Damco, a part of Denmark's A. P. Moller-Maersk, has agreed with Goodman Group on a 10-year lease of a one million square feet logistics center in Los Angeles, the two companies said in a joint statement on Monday.Damco will occupy 100 percent of the space at Goodman Gateway Santa Fe Springs, a six building logistics campus set over 75 acres including 18 acres of trailer parking.The facility is located within the Los Angeles industrial market.

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Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center

Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.

Protests at Santos Port Impacting Flow of Goods

Protests by truckers in Brazil demanding a reduction in diesel prices have impacted the flow of goods at Santos, Latin America's largest port, the port administration said on Monday.Santos port authority said the protests have restricted the arrival of goods to several terminals, as well as the dispatch of imported products to domestic destinations. It did not specify what kind of goods were affected.(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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Mdawe Takes Over As TNPA COO

Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective May 21, 2018. She takes over the role recently vacated by Phyllis Difeto and briefly held in an acting capacity by Moshe Motlohi.The role of TNPA COO has been expanded and will include: Marine Services, Aviation Services and Pilotage, Continuous Improvement, Port Planning, Lighthouses, SHE & Risk, Security, Emergency Management, Infrastructure, Dredging Services…

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Addressing the Current Trucking Crisis

A long time coming, a growing trucking crisis is now certainly here. An important piece of the intermodal supply chain equation faces steep challenges in 2018, and beyond.Looking back at what has led us to our current trucking situation; it can be argued that “we saw this coming.” For more than a decade now, the US logistics sector has been plagued by a shortage of truck drivers. While the current crisis was exacerbated by the Federal Motor Carrier Association’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate implementation last December, this was certainly not the sole reason for today’s conditions.

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Dussler tapped to Lead Xeneta's U.S. Ops

Xeneta is moving to accelerate the growth of its North American operation with the appointment of Florian Dussler as General Manager and VP Sales, Americas. Dussler, previously VP Americas for logistics software firm Transporeon, will head Xeneta’s New York office and aim to grow both awareness and market share for the leading global freight benchmarking and market intelligence platform. The news comes as Xeneta announces it has now built its database to over 55 million contracted rates, while also welcoming some major names to its community of global shippers.

Libya Ships Propane Gas to Italy

Libya has exported its first shipment of propane gas from the eastern port of Zueitina to Italy for four years, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday. The cargo of 67,761 barrels was shipped on May 20 after a four-year stoppage at Zueitina's gas plant, NOC said. Writing by Aidan Lewis

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Haulio Raises $1.1m in Investment

Singapore’s home-grown container haulage start-up Haulio has raised S$1m in seed round investment, led by PSA unboXed together with 500 Startups, NUS Enterprise and several logistics industry angel investors in May 2018. This seed funding comes after their previous pre-seed round of S$75,000 from returning investors PSA unboxed and NUS Enterprise, which is the sole prior funding round raised by Haulio. Haulio which was previously incubated by PSA unboXed, will be using this fresh injection of funds for rapid scaling of the business and targets…

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Israeli Seaports Reopen as Workers End Strike

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Seafarers’ House Launches $4.5m Campaign

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has launched the public phase of its “Place of Welcome” Campaign to build a new home for the mariners who visit the port. The announcement was made at its annual Golden Compass Gala on May 19, honoring President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley, who announced that the cruise line is committing $500,000 to the campaign. The three-year, $4.5 million fundraising effort will allow Seafarers’ House to build a new facility,…

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Vietnam Opens Haiphong International Container Terminal

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that its joint venture company Haiphong International Container Terminal held an opening ceremony for the new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) at Lach Huyen Port, Vietnam on May 13. HICT is the first terminal in Northern Vietnam with a berth deep enough to allow calls by 14,000TEU containerships. It will meet customer demands for shorter transit times and lower transport costs, while contributing to economic growth in Northern Vietnam…

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MSC Expands Intermodal Shipping at Trieste

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is enhancing intermodal connections via the port of Trieste, Italy, to improve transit times for shippers moving cargo between Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. The new “MSC Graz-Trieste Runner” shuttle train, operated together with Cargo Center Graz, connects Trieste with Werndorf, Austria, once a week. The service is the first direct connection between Trieste and Werndorf and its schedule is coordinated with MSC’s Far East Phoenix ocean-liner service to ensure optimal timing for intercontinental cargo delivery.

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Indonesian President Widodo Visits CMA CGM in Jakarta

CMA CGM welcomed, on Tuesday May 15, the Indonesian President, His Excellency Joko Widodo, on the occasion of his visit to the port of Jakarta (JICT). President Widodo was accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, the Minister of Trade, Mr. Enggartiasto Lukita, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi, and the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Mrs. Rini Soemarno. President Widodo met with the local CMA CGM staff and the crew of the CMA CGM TAGE, a 9,365 TEU ship deployed on the JAX Route between Southeast Asia and the West Coast of the United States.

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Mount Vernon Shipments Drive Record Q1 for Indiana Ports

The Ports of Indiana set a record for first quarter shipments in 2018, handling 3.2 million tons at all three ports. The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon drove this success by setting a record for the highest first quarter volume ever recorded at any of the state's three ports. This follows a record-breaking year for Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which handled more cargo in 2017 than any port in the 57-year history of Indiana's port system. In the first quarter of 2018, the Mount Vernon port handled 2.2 million tons, which is 6 percent higher than the first quarter of 2017.

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Sailors’ Society Expands Into China

The world’s oldest maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society announced its expansion into China, home to the largest number of seafarers globally.The charity, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, met with maritime consultants in Shanghai to find out how best to meet the needs of seafarers. It will then start the process of registering as an NGO.Sailors’ Society’s chief executive Stuart Rivers and deputy CEO Sandra Welch are in China this week holding talks and identifying local partners to deliver port-based services.Based in Southampton in the U.K.…

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MOL Logistics Signs Pact with Al Madina Logistics in Oman

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines  (MOL) announced that its group company, MOL Logistics (Japan) has signed an agency agreement with Al Madina Logistics Services Company SAOC, which has developed its logistics business in Oman, which is expected to grow as emerging market. MOL is strategically allocating resources to the logistics business under its management plan, "Rolling Plan 2018." MOL Logistics, a core of the MOL Group's logistics business, has 290 offices in 71 countries around the world…

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Kalmar Plans to Offer Fully Electric Lineup by 2021

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, announces its commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies. According to the commitment Kalmar's full offering will be available as electrically powered versions by 2021. The target is in line with Cargotec's sustainability roadmap announced in 2016. Innovation has always been at the heart of Kalmar's business. The very first electrically powered machine developed by Kalmar, an electric forklift truck for smaller capacity ranges…

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US Sorghum Ship Switches Destination from Spain Back to Asia

The RB Eden vessel carrying 70,000 tonnes of U.S. sorghum turned around just before reaching the Spanish port of Cartagena and is now heading to Singapore, Thomson Reuters Eikon ship-tracking data showed.This marks the second U-turn for the ship amid a trade tussle between the United States and China. Anti-dumping measures announced by Beijing in mid-April led exporters to divert hundreds of thousands of tonnes of U.S. sorghum. But China dropped its sorghum probe on Friday in what was seen as a goodwill gesture.The RB Eden initially loaded at grain merchant ADM's elevator in Corpus Christi…

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First LNG Bunkering of Fure Vinga in Europe

On May 19, 2018, the new build chemical tanker “Fure Vinga” bunkered LNG for the first time in Europe, receiving 120 tons of LNG in a truck-to-ship operation in the port of Cartagena. In total, 6 trucks of LNG were brought to the Spanish port and transferred to the vessel. “We are glad that the first LNG bunker operation for Fure Vinga in Europe has been completed smoothly, thanks to the cooperation of all parties involved in the bunker operation, including the ship’s crew and port authorities…

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Piloting Shipping’s Fourth Industrial Revolution

Vessels today have the capability to gather information and data from a wide variety of sources. This data can inform the crew about the impact of acceleration on the hull, provide updates on lubrication use during slow steaming, and use dynamic positioning to automatically maintain a vessel’s position and heading - among many other things. So while shipping might consider itself a conservative industry, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the technology that’s driving its progress today.For a long time the core industry drivers for the adoption of new…

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GRUPO ETE Enables the Largest Portuguese Clinker Export Ever

GRUPO ETE enabled the largest Portuguese clinker export ever, to its client Cimpor - an InterCement company – by concluding the loading of 55,902 metric tons on the bulk carrier Vinayak, bound for Ghana.This export operation, completed in a record time, was entirely carried out on the Tagus river. The clinker was transported in barges pushed by tugboats down the river, from Cimpor’s Alhandra plant terminal, and loaded by floating cranes into the M/V Vinayak anchored midstream in the port of Lisbon.

DP World Jeddah Upgrades to Navis N4

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, announced that DP World Jeddah has upgraded from Navis SPARCS to N4 3.5 terminal operating system (TOS). The implementation of the updated TOS is a move by the terminal to leverage the latest technology to meet continuous customer service demands and address the need for increasing operational support as incoming cargo volume rises. DP World operates the South Container Terminal (SCT) at Jeddah Islamic Port, a crucial link in the world’s busiest East-West trade routes through the Red Sea and catering to a rich domestic cargo base.

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Maersk: Disappointing Q1 Earnings Hit Share Price

A.P. Moller-Maersk missed first-quarter profit expectations on Thursday and warned that political and trade tensions clouded the outlook, sending shares in the world's biggest container shipper sharply lower.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the three months to March 31 rose 5 percent to $669 million but came in well below the $852 million forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.Chief Executive Soren Skou called the result "unsatisfactory"…

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Dallas Company Secures Permits to Expand Crude Export Hub at Texas Port

Jupiter MLP LLC, a Dallas-based logistics company, has secured permits to expand a crude export dock at the Port of Brownsville in Texas, the latest in a series of moves made by U.S. companies to tap into booming overseas shipments.The expanded dock space will be able to accommodate Suezmax-size vessels, the company said in a statement Thursday.Privately-held Jupiter has also begun the permitting process to build an offshore supertanker loading facility six miles (9.6 km) off the coast of Texas.The facility will be connected to the expanded dock…

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Seafarers Charity Appoints New South Africa National Director

South Africa National Director Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has appointed Nicholas 'Nicky' Barends as its new National Director for South Africa.Barends was commissioned at the Cape Town Seafarers Center chapel on May 5 by AoS Cape Town Port Chaplain Fr Gerardo Garcia.Barends has worked as a professional printer and has been a ship visitor with AoS Cape Town for more than 10 years.He takes the helm at a time when AoS South Africa is expanding to meet the practical…

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South Carolina Ports Achieve Record April

South Carolina Ports Authority announced the highest April container volumes in its history, with growth of 4 percent over the same month last year.SCPA handled 196,439 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) in April. The Port has moved 1.8 million TEUs across the docks of its Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals since the fiscal year began in July, an increase of nearly 2 percent over the same period last year."Our strong April volumes were driven in part by significant growth of loaded export containers…

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First-Quarter Returns From the Universal Port of Hamburg

This year’s first-quarter throughput total at the Port of Hamburg was notable for a rise in conventional general cargoes, a lower figure of bulk cargoes, a stable trend in container handling and distinct growth on container transport services by rail.In the first quarter of 2018, the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 32.7 million tons (down 7.5 percent). In Hamburg this heading covers general cargo throughput of 22.7 million tons (down 1.8 percent) and bulk cargo throughput of 10.0 million tons (down 18.2 percent).

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Nolan Tapped to Take Over as TOTE CEO

Tim Nolan has been named the next president and CEO of U.S. domestic ocean carrier TOTE Inc., parent company Saltchuk announced today. TOTE is the parent company to TOTE Maritime and TOTE Services.Nolan, who is currently president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, will succeed retiring president CEO Anthony Chiarello who will step down July 16 after eight years at the helm.Nolan has been with the TOTE family of companies since 2013. He will remain in Jacksonville, Fla., as TOTE’s…

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Port of LA Moves 705,536 TEUs in April

The Port of Los Angeles reports it processed 705,536 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April, a dip of 1.3 percent compared to last April’s record of 714,755 TEUs.April 2018 imports dropped 2.9 percent to 361,108 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports increased 4.5 percent to 164,703 TEUs while empty containers slipped 2.9 percent to 179,724 TEUs. Combined, April overall volumes were 705,536 TEUs.Four months into 2018, overall volumes have decreased 4.7 percent compared to 2017.

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Diesel Tankers Turn to New York after Stocks Drop

Tankers carrying diesel from Asia and Europe, including a giant 200,000 tonne cargo, are sailing towards New York where fuel supplies have dropped to a three-year low in recent weeks.The very large crude carrier (VLCC) Maran Aphrodite changed its destination on Friday to New York from its previous port of Rotterdam, according to Reuters ship tracking data.The vessel, which traders said was chartered by Total, left Singapore earlier this month.Several tankers have also been booked to go from Europe and the Baltics to the port of New York, a relatively rare route.

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Port of East London to Expand its Petroleum Footprint

More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.The companies attended a compulsory briefing on May 9, 2018 held by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). TNPA recently advertised a request for proposals (RFP) – reference number TNPA 2017/01/013/CM – with the intention to appoint a terminal operator to finance…

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Oakland Records Its Best Ever Month of Imports

April 2018 was the Port of Oakland’s best month ever for imports in its 90-year history. The 75,369 TEUs loaded imports volume bested the previous record of 75,243 set in April 2006.The port’s total cargo volume is up 2.9 percent over the same period a year ago. The port reported that terminals handled 791,371 TEUs (including loaded and empty containers) between January to April 2018. During the same period in 2017, the volume was 768,789 TEUs.“These container statistics show that we are off to a solid start in 2018,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll.

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Long Beach Cargo Volumes Ahead of Record Pace

The 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units moved by the Port of Long Beach in the first four months of 2018 is more than 17 percent above last year’s record pace.In April, Long Beach dockworkers handled 618,438 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10.8 percent increase above the same month last year.Import containers grew 8.4 percent to 312,376 TEUs compared to last April. The number of exports moved through Long Beach jumped 22 percent to 141,799 TEUs, and empty containers sent overseas to be filled with goods totaled 164…

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AAPA releases State of Freight III report

Trade Association Releases Freight Report on Multimodal Funding Needs of U.S. Seaports. In a just-released report, U.S. port authorities identified more than $20 billion in projected multimodal port and rail access needs over the next decade, while one-third cited pressing rail project needs costing at least $50 million for each of their ports. Sixty-seven percent said that funding and financing options are the biggest obstacles in getting essential rail projects started to access their facilities.

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SWIVEL unveils a Logistics Control Tower

SWIVEL Software announced, at the 3PL Value Creation Asia Summit in Hong Kong,  the launch of SWIVEL 360, a Logistics Control Tower that can provide both visibility and transparency between all parties in the supply chain. With SWIVEL 360, all parties can get real time alerts and search the status of a shipment based on SKU or item code, purchase order, bill of lading, container, or customer. The collaboration portal also allows simple tasks as searching airline and sailing schedules, communication with factories overseas, booking freight to logistics partners/carriers, and much more.

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Tim Bush Promoted to Crowley VP, Deputy General Counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Tim Bush has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel. In his new position, Bush will help support the company’s growth as a provider of solutions for the U.S. government and various public-sector agencies. He will be based in Houston and report to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel. “Tim is an outstanding lawyer, and adds a great deal of value to the Crowley team,” Roberts said. Bush will continue to serve as Crowley’s lead attorney on several large projects for the U.S government…

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Maersk Line Rolls out Exclusive Transatlantic Service

Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic. The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). Other Mediterranean…

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Hamburg Süd Adjusts EMCS Service

Hamburg Süd is revising the sequence of ports in its EMCS service between Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and North Europe. Beginning in June, weekly calls will be made at the following ports as part of the EMCS service: Puerto Moin (Costa Rica) – Cork (Ireland) – Tilbury (UK) – Antwerp (Belgium) – Bremerhaven (Germany) – Altamira (Mexico) – Veracruz (Mexico) – Port of Big Creek (Belize) – Manzanillo (Panama). The EMCS continues to provide clients short transit times and broad port coverage of Mexico, Belize, Panama and Costa Rica to North Europe.

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Liebherr LHM 420 for Shannon Foynes Port Company

Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) has taken delivery of a new Liebherr Mobile Harbor Crane LHM 420, which was delivered fully assembled by sea from Liebherr’s factory in Rostock. Shannon Foynes Port Company opted for a new Liebherr mobile harbor crane type LHM 420. The addition of this crane is designed to help maximize the potential of the deep water port at Foynes and contribute to the creation of up to 3,000 jobs along the Shannon Estuary. The crane was procured by Shannon Foynes Port Company through a competitive tendering process.

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Gambian President Barrow Visits Antwerp Port

A collaboration agreement was signed on Thursday 24 May, in the port of Antwerp between on the one side Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and APEC, its maritime training centre, and on the other Gambia Ports Authority which manages the port of Banjul in The Gambia. The collaboration, which will mainly take the form of training and consulting, underlines the leading role that the port of Antwerp plays in West Africa. As part of a visit to Belgium the delegation from The Gambia headed by H.E.

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Italy’s First, Fully-Automated Gantry Cranes Reach Vado Ligure

Italy’s first ARMG (Automated rail mounted gantry cranes) have reached APM Terminals Vado Ligure. These will be used in the new Container Terminal due for completion in 2019. The long journey to Italy started in China in January and included stops in South Africa and the UK. These six cranes are the first of 21 cranes to be delivered. These fully automated Gantry Cranes are the most technologically advanced in the terminal. In addition to their considerable size (they can handle up to six stacked containers)…

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Sugar Stocks at Brazilian Ports 'Near Zero'

Sugar stocks at the main exporting ports in Brazil, the world's largest producer and exporter of the sweetener, are "near zero" due to truckers' protests in the country, industry group Unica said on Thursday.In a statement, Unica said that if protests do not end, sugar and ethanol shipments will be suspended soon.

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Ocean Network Express Calls APM Terminals Mumbai

NYK ARTEMIS, part of Ocean Network Express’s (ONE) PS3 service made its maiden call at APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals of India (GTI)  offers connectivity to the Far-east Asian ports along with United States West Coast ports of Oakland and Los Angeles. This is the first call by the newly established ONE line to Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva terminal. ONE was established in 2017 by the integration of three Japanese shipping companies - Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd ("K" Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).

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FreightWeek STL Focuses on State of the Barge Industry

The state of the barge industry was among the first educational sessions offered to attendees of FreightWeek STL, a four-day conference hosted by Inland Marine Expo (IMX), Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) and St. Louis Regional Freightway. Representatives of Informa Economics IEG, which is part of Agribusiness Intelligence and the world’s leading comprehensive agricultural, commodity and transportation market research, analysis and consulting firm headquartered in Memphis…

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Port of Oakland Online Shipping Platform Goes Live

A one-stop, online gateway to the Port of Oakland went live. The Port said its new tech platform, called the Oakland Portal, would provide a single point of entry to seaport operations. It’s believed to be an industry first in the quest to digitize containerized cargo transportation. “This is what our industry is asking for,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. The Oakland Portal is thought to be the first digital collaboration platform that aggregates shipping information from every marine terminal in a harbor.

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Allianz Expands, Improves Project Cargo Coverage

With an increased demand for large-scale production facility and infrastructure projects worldwide, the transport of high-value, critical equipment to these project sites has become more intricate and complex. To meet this growing need, Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has announced an expanded Project Cargo offering formed by a direct partnership with its Engineering division. Specifically, this new collaborative approach allows AGCS to provide continuous end-to-end coverage for companies managing unique and complicated risks…

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HAROPA Re-elected Best Seaport in Europe in 2018

The port stakeholders and experts in the supply chain of the Asia-Pacific zone have renewed their trust to HAROPA for the 6th time (HAROPA is the 5th North-European port complex grouping together the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris): HAROPA was awarded the trophy of “Best Seaport in Europe” on May 15th, in Shanghai in the course of the AFLAS evening party (Asian Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Awards). HAROPA was in competition with the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and Barcelona. This prize rewards all port places of HAROPA.