29012 members and growing – the largest networking group in the maritime industry!


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

(Photo: PERC)

Propane: An Alternative Energy Source for Cargo Handling Equipment

The clean alternative energy source for various port applicationsThe maritime industry is under pressure from federal regulations and communities when it comes to emissions and environmental impact. While maintaining productivity levels, port authorities must make the most of what’s available to adopt sustainable practices.Effective and efficient cargo handling equipment (CHE) is a necessity for all port operations. Although diesel has been the mainstay of the port operations for decades…

© Syamkrs / Adobe Stock

Deadlock Deepens at Adani's South India Port Amid Protesters

Protesters from a fishing community blocked attempts by India's Adani Group to restart work on a $900 million transhipment port in south India, a company spokesperson said on Saturday, prolonging a deadlock that has stalled the port's development.Construction at Adani's Vizhinjam seaport in Kerala state on the southern tip of India has been halted for more than three months after protesters, mostly Christian and led by Catholic priests, erected a large shelter blocking its entrance…

© Alfredo / Adobe Stock

LNG Backlog at Spanish Ports Has Eased

Spanish gas grid operator Enagas said on Friday a backlog at its terminals that had forced it to warn it could reject deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) had eased.On October 17, Enagas had issued a special situation notice due to unexpectedly full LNG tanks at its Spanish ports as mild weather hit demand for the fuel.Although the system operator expected the situation to end in early November, the overcapacity has lasted almost four weeks longer and has led to delays in planned offloading, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter."All firm operations contracted by users

Concept Design Battolyser Systems Factory 1 (Image: Kraaijvanger Architects)

Rotterdam Port to House Battolyser Plant for Green Hydrogen Production

The Port of Rotterdam on Monday said it will help develop a 14,000 square metre factory for Battolyser Systems, a company that designs combined battery and green hydrogen production machines.Financial terms were not disclosed.The port, which has announced a series of hydrogen-related deals this year, said it views the company, a spin-off from the Delft University of Technology, as an anchor for a part of the port that will be devoted to companies helping to get carbon out of supply chains."Companies in the port are already actively working on projects regarding production…

(Photo: APM Terminals)

APM Terminals Valencia Building New Maintenance Workshop

APM Terminals Valencia this month laid the foundation stone of a new 2,145 square meter maintenance workshop on the Levante quay.According to APM Terminals, the new workshop will enable the terminal to support increasing volumes and combine maintenance and asset repair tasks in a single building for improved efficiency. This will also improve working, health and safety conditions for the terminal's employees.The construction of the new workshop will take nine months to complete and represents an investment of 3.1 million euros.

(Photo: Port of London Authority)

Port of London Looks to Expand River Commerce at Isle of Dogs Pier

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has acquired Masthouse Terrace Pier on the Isle of Dogs in East London in an effort to increase light freight on the river.Port of London officials view the project as a step up for London's working river and maritime commerce industry, noting the Isle of Dogs pier will be instrumental for developing better trade connections on the Thames by boat in the future.PLA finance director, Julie Tankard, said, “Through our investment strategy, we are working to encourage more trade on the river.“With good connections to nearby Canary Wharf…

(Photo: Hutchison Ports)

Hutchison Ports BEST Installs Solar Panels

Hutchison Ports BEST terminal has installed 1,832 solar panels on almost half a hectare of its buildings. BEST has already contracted electricity with a 100% renewable origin guarantee at the beginning of 2022.This is an auto-supply installation capable of generating 1.18 GWh of electricity, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 200 homes. The installed power is almost 1 MWh (833.56 kWh). The company in charge of installing the panels is Solar Profit.Estefanía Soler…

© jakartatravel / Adobe Stock

New Zealand Increases Funding for Vanuatu Wharves

New Zealand said it would invest a further NZ$10 million ($6.15 million) to help fund wharf construction in Vanuatu, where a Beijing-funded wharf had raised concerns about China seeking to establish a military base in the Pacific island nation.New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement on Wednesday that building climate-resilient wharves and establishing reliable and regular shipping services would help the prosperity and wellbeing of the people of Vanuatu."This work will improve inter-island connectivity…

© vladsv / Adobe Stock

Trelleborg Supplies Berthing System to PetroVietnam LNG Terminal

Trelleborg Marine and Infrastructure will deliver marine fender systems, docking and mooring equipment, and Ship-Shore Links for PetroVietnam Gas' Thi Vai LNG Terminal in Vietnam.As part of the agreement, Trelleborg will provide four sets of its Super Cone Fenders (SCN), the latest generation of fenders. The conical body shape makes the SCN very stable even at large compression angles, and provides excellent shear strength, the manufacturer said. The overload stops inside the…

(Photo: Port Houston)

Port Houston Container Volume Grows by Double Digits in 2022

The Port of Houston has seen significant cargo volume growth in 2022.In October, container volumes at Port Houston once again grew by double digits, continuing the trend seen throughout 2022. A total of 371,994 TEUs were handled during the month, a 13% increase compared to October 2021. Loaded container TEUs reached the highest volume ever and were up 21% compared to the same month last year. Overall, container volume is up 18% year-to-date at Port Houston’s terminals and has surpassed the 3M mark thus far, with 3,333,924 TEUs.

© xy / Adobe Stock

Gender Inequality Still Rampant in the Maritime Longshore Profession

Gender equality has made enormous strides over the past century. In Canada today, women participate in the labour market at much higher rates than they used to — there are almost 3.5 times more women working now than there were in the 1950s.The proportion of women in traditionally male-dominated fields has also grown significantly. The number of female medical residents taking on orthopedic surgery residencies, for example, increased by 111% from 2006 to 2016. In addition, women’s…

© Nicola / Adobe Stock

Houthis Attack al-Dhabba Oil Terminal in Yemen

Yemen's Houthis attacked al-Dhabba oil terminal in Hadhramaut province on Monday, the group and Yemen's internationally recognized government said.The Iran-aligned Houthis fired a projectile from a drone that landed at the entrance of the terminal, which is located in the town of al-Shihr, two workers at the terminal told Reuters.Panamanian-flagged vessel Pratika had entered the terminal to load a shipment of crude but left after the attack, the workers said.The Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO)…

Pieter Nordbeck with crane vessel Neptune (Photo: Port of Rotterdam)

Large Vessels Require Extra Tug in Port of Rotterdam

Large vessels are required to have extra tug assistance due to tunnel construction work in the Scheur, the Port of Rotterdam Authority said.From November 12, seagoing vessels exceeding 140 meters long have requires a tugboat on the Scheur between Maassluis and Rozenburg during a three-hour window of strong tides. The harbor master of the Port of Rotterdam Authority took this measure to ensure safe passage while the crane vessel Neptune has been positioned in the middle of the Scheur due to the construction of the Maasdelta tunnel. As a result, the passageway is narrow.

(Photo: Valenciaport)

Container Traffic Suffers at Spain's Port of Valencia

International geopolitical and economic uncertainty is weighing on container traffic at the Port of Valencia, which reported a 7.7% drop (4,336,957 TEU) for the first 10 months of 2022.According to data from the Statistical Bulletin of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), the total traffic of goods up to the month of October was over 67.72 million tonnes, which represents a decrease of 4.5% compared with the same period the previous year. Of these, 48.4 million correspond to containerized goods which marks a fall of 9.9%…

(Photo: SC Ports)

Rail Expansion Completed at SC Ports' Inland Port Greer

South Carolina Ports Authority held a ceremony celebrating the completed rail expansion at Inland Port Greer, a logistics hub in Upstate South Carolina.The rail-served inland port facility opened in 2013, extending the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland with Norfolk Southern’s daily, overnight rail service.The site required expansion to keep up with a growing list of port customers including BMW, Michelin, Adidas, Eastman, First Solar, TTI Floorcare and Visual Comfort & Co.…

© Mariusz / Adobe Stock

Fujairah Bunker Sales Slide 2% in October

Marine fuel sales at the United Arab Emirates' Fujairah, the world's third-largest bunkering hub, slid 2% month-on-month in October as demand slowed.Total sales volumes at Fujairah, excluding lubricants, were at 655,126 cubic metres (about 627,000 tonnes) in October, showed latest data from the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone published by industry information service S&P Global Commodity Insights.The decline was led by a fall in low-sulphur bunker fuel sales, including low-sulphur fuel oil and marine gasoil.

(Photo: APM Terminals)

APM Terminals Aarhus Running on 100% Renewable Electricity

APM Terminals Aarhus in Denmark recently revealed it is now running on 100% renewable electricity as it strives to offer fossil-free container handling.The milestone occurs well ahead of the terminal operator's goal to source 80% of all electricity consumed in the container handling, and in facilities at APM Terminals Aarhus from renewable energy by 2024."In collaboration with our new supplier, we have taken the step to exclusively purchase 100% green electricity.

(Photo: Stolt Tankers)

Stolt Tankers Partners with Stolthaven Terminals to Treat Wastewater On Shore

Stolt Tankers and Stolthaven Terminals have partnered to remove and sustainably treat wastewater from ships docked in Houston.In June 2021 the two divisions began a pilot program to identify and balance the challenges, costs and benefits of treating washwater from ships at Stolthaven Houston's onsite wastewater treatment plant. The facility, which has been operational for more than 20 years, was expanded and modernized in 2018, allowing the terminal to increase its capability to treat third-party waste.Discharging onshore is not mandatory…

Suez Canal Inks $500 Million Deal for Container Terminal

Egypt's Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZONE) on Tuesday announced it signed a $500 million contract with the Suez Canal Container Company (SCCT) to establish a second container handling terminal in East Port Said.The project will expand the existing SCCT’s Container Terminal at Port Said East Port, with a length of 955m and a handling yard of 510,000 m2. The terminal is currently operating with a berth length of 2,400m and a handling yard of 1.2 million m2 as the main operator in Port Said East Port…

© Krzysztof Kost / MarineTraffic.com

Freeport LNG Restart Delay Causes Vessels to Seek Other Ports

A few liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels have turned away from the Freeport LNG export plant in Texas over the past few days on expectations the plant's restart will be delayed until December or later, according to ship tracking data from Refinitiv.Federal pipeline safety regulators on Tuesday released a heavily redacted consultant's report that blamed inadequate operating and testing procedures, human error and fatigue for the June 8 explosion that shut the Freeport plant.Freeport…

(Photo: AD Ports Group)

Audex Inks 30-year Lease with AD Ports in UAE

AD Ports Group on Wednesday announced it has signed a land lease agreement for 30 years with Audex Pte Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of PEC Ltd, an integrated project and maintenance solutions provider to the energy, petrochemical, terminal and pharmaceutical industries, with fabrication facilities spread across Asia and the Middle East. Audex will set up its engineering fabrication facilities in UAE at Khalifa Port close to the east berth. The move will facilitate setting up a fully dedicated single source facility in Abu Dhabi that will support engineering…

© MichaelVi / Adobe Stock

Port of Los Angeles October Imports Tumble

October volume at the busiest U.S. seaport fell to its lowest level since 2009 as shippers sent cargo to alternate trade gateways to avoid potential disruptions from ongoing West Coast port labor talks, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said on Tuesday.The data comes as ocean trade activity returns to more normalized levels after booming in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. Seaports like New York/New Jersey, Savannah and Houston have benefited from the uncertainty…

(File photo: Freeport LNG)

Freeport LNG Blames Valve Testing Faults for June Accident

Freeport LNG pointed to deficiencies in safety valve testing and operating procedures as the root causes of a pipeline explosion that shut its export plant in Texas on June 8, according to a report released on Tuesday.The fiery explosion at the Texas Gulf Coast plant, the second-largest in the U.S., caused global liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices to spike amid falling Russian supplies to Europe and other outages. The report did not indicate when the plant, which supplies 20% of U.S.

© yaniv / Adobe Stock

FMC Commissioner Bentzel Urges UIIA, OSRA Harmonization

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel last week sent a letter to leaders of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) trade group urging harmonization of the Uniform Intermodal Interchange & Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA) contract with provisions of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA).IANA provides a cross-section forum for intermodal shipping policies and as custodian to the implementation of the UIIA, a standard industry contract…

(Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

Port of Los Angeles Signs MOU with JETRO

Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and Japan External Trade Organization Los Angeles Office (JETRO Los Angeles) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further promote cooperation in several key strategic areas, including sustainability, environmental initiatives and supply chain optimization.Port Executive Director Gene Seroka and JETRO Los Angeles Chief Executive Director Osamu Taki signed the agreement at a ceremony held today at the Japan Consulate General Residence in Los Angeles.

(Image: AllRead)

Computer Vision Startup AllRead Closes €2.5 Million Funding Round

A supply chain focused computer vision software startup is looking to expand its market presence in Europe and the Americas after closing a €2.5 million (approx. $2.6 million) funding round.Spanish-based AllRead, founded in 2019, provides artificial vision software to help seaports and terminal operators detect and identify assets across shipping and logistics supply chains. Currently in use in more than 30 seaports, the software connects to any fixed, mobile or drone camera to detect and identify assets circulating on the platform…

© moofushi / Adobe Stock

Germany Completes Construction of Floating LNG Terminal

Germany on Tuesday completed construction of its first floating terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven as it scrambles to secure more LNG and move away from Russian pipeline gas."The new LNG landing place is a big step towards a secure energy supply," said Lower Saxony economy minister Olaf Lies in a statement.A floating storage and regasification (FSRU) unit will be moored at a now expanded pier before the end of this year and enabled to regasify LNG arriving on special tankers…

(Photo: Svitzer)

Svitzer Announces Lockout in Australia

Svitzer Australia, a subsidiary of A.P. Møller – Maersk, announced on Monday that it will lock out all harbor towage employees covered under its 2016 National Towage Enterprise Agreement and their union bargaining representatives starting Friday, November 18, amid ongoing pay disputes.The lockout, which is slated to run indefinitely, will impact shipping operations at Australian ports in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. No shipping…

© Pulsar Imagens / Adobe Stock

Brazilian Port Operator CLI Acquires Santos Terminal from Rumo

Brazilian port operator CLI concluded the payment of 1.4 billion reais ($263.43 million) on Monday to railway company Rumo SA for control of a grain terminal in Santos port, the company said.The deal is being funded by the acquisition of a 50% stake in CLI, formally Corredor Logistica e Infraestrutura, by Australia's Macquarie infrastructure Partners from Brazilian private equity firm IG4.In an interview with Reuters, CLI's Chief Executive Officer Helcio Tokeshi said the Australian group will have two board members in the company…

© Andrey Sharpilo / Adobe Stock

Freeport LNG to Miss Restart Target for Fire-damaged Texas Export Plant

The owner of the second-largest U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant has not yet provided regulators with a final repair plan, according to a person familiar with the matter, likely pushing any restart into the first quarter of next year.The outage since a fiery explosion in June has underscored the global demand for new gas supplies and required major LNG traders and customers of the roughly 16 million tonne per year processing facility to buy replacement cargoes at huge markups.Freeport LNG had pledged in August to restart gas-processing by early to mid-November…

(Photo: Port Houston)

Port Houston Proposes Import Dwell Fee

Port Houston has proposed a new import dwell fee to reduce container dwell time in port amid surging cargo volumes.In a recent report to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Executive Director Roger Guenther stated that Port Houston has yet to experience any softening in import loads. He highlighted September as the second-highest month in container cargo volumes, only slightly behind August.As this growth continues, Guenther emphasized it was in the best interests and for the benefit of all supply chain stakeholders to minimize container dwell time at Port Houston terminals…

(Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

Crude Exports Lift Port of Corpus Christi to Q3 Tonnage Record

The Port of Corpus Christi reports it set another tonnage record in the third quarter of 2022, driven in large part by record exports of crude oil.The new quarterly tonnage record of 48.3 million tons surpassed the previous tonnage record set in the second quarter of 2022 of 46.4 million tons, a 4% increase on overall tonnage. The growth primarily was a result of strong exports of United States produced crude oil to Western European buyers who have moved away from Russian crude imports. The U.S.

© James Steidl / Adobe Stock

Yemen's Houthis Increase Pressure with Oil Port Attacks

Yemen's Houthi group is piling on pressure to extract economic gains in U.N.-led talks for an extended truce deal with attacks on oil ports in government-held areas, which officials say have disrupted crude exports, choking state revenues.Yemen's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Houthis launched a drone attack on the southern Qena port in Shabwa on Wednesday. The group's military spokesman said on Twitter that the operation "foiled an attempt to loot" Yemen's oil by preventing a vessel from docking.A joint statement by the U.S.…

© Peter / Adobe Stock

UK's Liverpool Port Workers Agree Pay Deal and End Strike

Around 600 workers at Liverpool port, one of Britain's busiest ports, will end strike action after agreeing a pay deal with employer Peel Ports, the Unite union said on Thursday.Unite said workers had voted "overwhelmingly in favor" of pay rises worth 14.3%-18.5% negotiated earlier this week, ending a wave of strike action that began on Sept. 19.The port in Liverpool, northwest England, handles more than 70 million tonnes of cargo from across the globe, according to Peel Ports.(Reuters - Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Image courtesy San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI)

New Cranes for San Antonio Terminal Enroute to Chile

Chile's San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI) said that two new Super Post Panamax Ship To Shore (STS) cranes and two electric rubber tired gantry (RTG) cranes have set sail from Changxing Island in China."The new cranes will make it possible to improve the competitiveness not only of STI, but also of Chile’s foreign trade, since we will have better and more modern equipment for transferring containers," said  Rodrigo Galleguillos, STI CEO.With this addition, STI will have a total of eight STS and eight RTG cranes…

Copyright ink drop/AdobeStock

Analysis: Meltdown in the Container Shipping Sector Gains Speed

Facing global economic headwinds, the volume of containerized cargo movement continues to plummet, Peter Sand, Chief Analyst, Xeneta, summarizes: “It is clear that the carriers are no longer in charge, the shippers are.”Peter, it seems like the news in the container shipping sector started as a flow and has turned into a torrent. There was some data released yesterday that showed a 9.1% drop in September year on year for dry containers, and a 2.3 decline in the reefer sector.

Thomas Okbo, GAC Group Vice President, Europe & Africa. Image courtesy GAC

GAC Extends European Footprint with New Office in Algeciras, Spain

GAC Group opened the first of several planned offices in Spain, at the port of Algeciras. The move, which comes just three years after the opening of GAC Gibraltar, represents the latest step in the company’s European growth strategy.Located in the province of Cádiz, Algeciras is Spain’s largest port, with more than 10 km of quays catering to all types of freight and passenger traffic.GAC Spain will offer a range of integrated ship agency, husbandry and ship spares logistics services for up to 60…

Image courtesy DP World

DP World Launches Tech Innovation Center in India

DP World has opened a new technology center in Gurgaon, India, its third this year as it invests in developing next-gen global trade innovative.More than 240 people will be based at the new office, about 30-km southwest of India’s capital New Delhi. It will house development teams for DP World’s latest trade and logistics solutions, aiming to "revolutionize how trade flows through every link of the global supply chain."The opening follows the launch of new technology centers in Hyderabad and Bangalore earlier this year.According to DP World…

(Photo: Port of Vancouver)

Time-lapse: Centerm Terminal Expansion at Port of Vancouver

A video shared by the Port of Vancouver shows a time-lapse of the land construction in the western expansion area at Centerm Terminal. The footage highlights construction from the start of the project in the summer of 2019 until the completion of the new land area in the summer 2022.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is building the Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project to help meet increasing demand for containers shipped through the Port of Vancouver. These projects are expected to be complete by 2023.

Ports of Singapore and LA, Long Beach to Establish a Green and Digital Shipping Corridor

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and C40 Cities have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex. The corridor will focus on low- and zero-carbon fuels for bunkering, as well as digital tools to support deployment of low- and zero-carbon ships.This collaborative effort supports the Green Shipping Challenge launched during the World Leaders’ Summit at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, this week.

(Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Busan, Pacific Northwest Seaports Partner on Decarbonization

The Northwest Seaport Alliance announced its newest decarbonization effort as part of the Green Shipping Challenge at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh.The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), the marine cargo partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle, announced its partnership with the Republic of Korea, the Busan Port Authority, and the United…

© giannis / Adobe Stock

Greece Likely to Cancel Alexandroupolis Port Sale

Greece is likely to cancel the sale of its northern port of Alexandroupolis, mainly due to the port’s upgraded role following the war in Ukraine, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.Greece in September received two binding bids for a 67% stake in the port of Alexandroupolis.The bidders were Quintana Infrastructure and Development through Liberty Port Holdings Single Member, and International Port Investments Alexandroupolis, a joint venture of Black Summit Financial Group, Euroports, EFA Group and GEK Terna.(Reuters - Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou and Lefteris Pap

(Photo: DP World)

DP World to Invest Around $500 Million to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Dubai-owned ports giant DP World intends to invest around $500 million to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in its operations by 700,000 tonnes over the next five years, state news agency WAM reported on Monday, citing the company's chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.DP World's plans include transitioning its global fleet from diesel to electric power, investing in renewable energy, and exploring fuel alternatives, Sulayem said via video conference during the COP27 summit in Egypt, WAM added.(Reuters - Reporting by Lina Najem, Editing by Louise Heavens)

Bahri Logistics to Acquire Remaining Stake in JV with Bolloré

Bahri said t its business unit Bahri Logistics has entered into a sales and purchase agreement with Bolloré Logistics, one of the largest transport and logistics companies in the world, to acquire 40 percent of the share capital of their joint venture, Bahri Bolloré Logistics. Following the proposed transaction, Bahri Bolloré Logistics will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Bahri and will be renamed Bahri Logistics. The Board of Directors and shareholders of Bahri have approved the acquisition.Headquartered in Riyadh…

DP World’s unique proprietary Box Bay technology.Image courtesy DP World

DP World Taps Young Minds for New Global Trade Solutions

DP World recently opened its doors to students from the top universities in UAE and India to  reimagine global supply chains and create new technology-driven solutions in its first-ever innovation challenge, THE BIG TECH PROJECT.DP World challenged the university students to design and build prototypes of their proposed trade solutions, under the expert guidance of mentors from DP World's Global Technology team. After receiving dozens of entries, four finalists have now been selected, with three from India and one from the UAE.

(Image: Liebherr)

Port Canaveral Orders Liebherr Mobile Harbor Crane

Port Canaveral has signed an agreement with the Liebherr Group to acquire another mobile harbor crane from the company to support the Port’s growing cargo operations. The 320-foot-tall Liebherr LMH 600 is the second mobile harbor crane to be deployed at Port Canaveral and is part of a new mobile harbor crane product line recently launched by Liebherr. The Port’s first, a Liebherr LMH 600, was entered into service in early 2019.“This new mobile harbor crane is an important acquisition to enhance our abilities to accommodate an expanding portfolio of diverse cargo…

Copyright Ammit/AdobeStock

Gone to the Dogs: Stowaway Detection and Removal in South Africa

Stowaways on ships can present a cost and logistics problem for shipowners and ship masters, particularly when trying to find a friendly port willing and able to accept and help re-patriate these maritime trespassers. Costly and inefficient in the best circumstance, if a ship has to re-route and come off trade, the financial dent grows rapidly. Enter Patrick Mooney, owner, APEX Stowaway Detection and his team Jack Russell terriers, as they are proving instrumental in finding and removing stowaways in South African ports.Prior to starting Apex Stowaway Detection…

Copyright MaxSafaniuk/AdobeStock

ContainerPort Group Offers Expedited Services to "Liberate Distressed Containers"

ContainerPort Group (CPG) launched its Expedited Services team, as part of its larger Logistics unit, focused to find solutions to move customer-critical containers that are not easily accessible or otherwise detained at rail yards and container yards across the country.“Customers continue to have difficulty getting their freight delivered on-time due to a number of factors,” said CPG Executive VP Mike Williams, head of CPG Logistics and Commercial. “It could be tied up with detention and demurrage charges, overweight for a certain carrier, or perhaps a lack of available chassis.

Sean Strawbridge (Photo: Port of Corpus Christi)

AAPA Elects Strawbridge as Next Board Chairman

Trade group the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) elected a new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sean Strawbridge of the Port of Corpus Christi, last week during its 111th Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla. Outgoing Chairman Mario Cordero of the Port of Long Beach made the formal announcement during his address to members and attendees.AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor remarked on the transition, "Our work at AAPA is bolstered by the leadership and input of our chairperson and board of directors.

Governor McMaster, elected officials, SC Ports leadership, Palmetto Railways, CSX and Norfolk Southern broke ground on SC Ports' new rail-served intermodal yard today. (Photo/SCPA/Janie Traywick)

Port of Charleston Adding Near-dock Rail

South Carolina Ports will soon have near-dock rail and an inner-harbor barge operation to ensure fluidity and capacity for the Southeast supply chain.SC Ports officials and elected officials recently gathered in North Charleston to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Navy Base Intermodal Facility. SC Ports is developing the rail-served intermodal yard to provide near-dock rail to the Port of Charleston.“This resolves the last remaining competitive disadvantage we have as a major East Coast container port,” SC Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said.

© tuastockphoto / Adobe Stock

Port of New Orleans Updates Design for New Container Terminal

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) announced progress on the Louisiana International Terminal in St. Bernard Parish, including investments in sustainability, updates on transportation infrastructure, and a new terminal design that directly addresses early community input on traffic, neighborhood buffers, drainage and more.The $1.5 billion container facility on the Lower Mississippi River will serve larger vessels coming online in the container industry. Without a terminal downriver from the Crescent City Connection Bridge…

© foto-select / Adobe Stock

Germany's Scholz Defends Chinese Port Sale, Stresses Need to Diversify Ties

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday stressed the need for Europe to diversify its relations to ensure it is not dependent on any one nation, a day after he pushed through a decision to let a Chinese firm invest in a terminal at the country's largest port.Businesses must ensure that they have multiple supply chains to obtain their goods and that their investments are not concentrated on just one country, added Scholz in a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens."Those who had not considered this carefully enough for a long time are doing it now in lig

Copyright bannafarsai/AdobeStock

DOT Announces $703M in Port Funding; 41 Projects in 22 States

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced more than $703 million to fund 41 projects in 22 states and one territory that designed to help improve port facilities through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program. Following is the full list of FY 2022 Port Infrastructure Development Grant Awards:ALASKANorth Extension Stabilization Step 1 Project ($68,700,000), Anchorage, AlaskaThe Project will reconfigure and realign the shoreline within the “North Extension” (the area north of the existing general cargo terminals) at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska.

(Image: Crowley)

Crowley, Humboldt Bay to Develop and Operate California Wind Terminal

Crowley signed an agreement on Thursday with the Port of Humboldt Bay to exclusively negotiate to be the developer and operator of a terminal to serve as California’s first hub for offshore wind energy installations. Through Crowley’s Wind Services group, the company will enter into negotiations with the port to lease and serve as the port’s developer of the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Marine Terminal. The services provided will support tenants in the manufacturing, installation and operation of offshore wind floating platforms…

(Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Tugs to Use Shore Power at Port of Lake Charles

Crowley said its Ocean Class tugboats are now equipped to connect to shore power at the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana.Shore power infrastructure from Entergy Services, Inc. will allow Crowley's vessels to connect to electricity when not in service instead of running on diesel-fueled generators.The result will be an estimated reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by more than 500 metric tons per year, Crowley said.The Jacksonville, Fla. based shipping and logistics firm in 2021 announced its commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its operations by 2050.

© donvictori0 / Adobe Stock

Trinidad Designing LNG Hub to Feed the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago's state-owned gas company has started work on designing a small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub that could help the Caribbean move away from oil-based power generation, the firm told Reuters.Trinidad is Latin America's largest LNG exporter and the project, expected to be operational by 2025, will have a handling capacity of up to 500,000 tonnes a year, National Gas Company (NGC) said. The facility, capable of storing, handling and shipping LNG for the region…

Copyright Idanupong/AdobeStock

Video: Container Carrier Capacity Adjustment - Too Little, Too Late?

While drama in the container shipping sector has calmed a bit, container carriers still wrestle with unexpected drops in demand. Peter Sand, Xeneta, discusses vessel capacity moves and their likely impact on rates, as well as the first containership sent to the ship scrap yard in more than 18 months.Q: Peter, the last time that we spoke, you were succinct in saying that this market is a mess, with spot rates plunging in what traditionally is the busiest shipping season in the US. Has that picture changed in the last few weeks?Peter Sand, XenetaHas it changed from being a mess? Not really.

Image courtesy SAAM Towage

SAAM Quibian Reaches Port of Manzanillo

SAAM Towage's new tug, which will bolster the company's services in the Colon area, including support for ships transiting the Panama Canal, has already reached the Port of Manzanillo.The SAAM Quibian, purchased from Türkiye-based Sanmar Shipyards, features high maneuverability, which makes for more energy efficient operations. And, thanks to its compact design, it allows for safe maneuvering.The third new tug to join the Panamanian fleet, the Quibian owes its name to the legend…

Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5

Idled St. Croix Refinery Risks Explosion, 'Catastrophic' Releases

Equipment corrosion at an oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands presents a risk of fire, explosion or other "catastrophic" releases of hazardous substances, U.S. environmental regulators said on Tuesday, after performing an inspection last month.The idled St. Croix refinery, formerly called Limetree Bay, was shut down by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May 2021 after a series of chemical releases into the environment sickened neighboring residents. The refinery was sold in December 2021 for $62 million to West Indies Petroleum and Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation…

(Photo: Port of Barcelona)

Port of Barcelona Inks Shore Power Deal with PowerCon

The Port of Barcelona and Denmark's PowerCon A/S have started building the pilot project to provide electrical power to ships at the BEST terminal. The company has been awarded the contract for this project, which is part of Phase Zero of the Wharf Electrification Plan developed by the Port of Barcelona and includes the drafting and performance of the project as well as the ships' connection and disconnection service and the maintenance of the installation. The contract has been awarded for €4…

© Uwe / Adobe Stock

Italy Commissioner Gives OK for New LNG Terminal in Piombino

A state-appointed commissioner in Italy on Tuesday gave his formal go-ahead to the set up of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port of Piombino, on the western coast of the country.Preparatory works by gas grid operator Snam for the infrastructure can start on Wednesday, Commissioner Eugenio Giani said during a press conference in Florence.The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), which is part of a broader plan designed by the former government of Mario Draghi to replace dwindling Russian gas supplies, needs to be operational by end-March.The gas grid operator said

© Wolfgang Jargstorff / Adobe Stock

Germany Hashes Out Compromise to Allow Smaller Stake China Port Deal

Germany may allow China's Cosco to take a smaller stake than originally planned in a Hamburg port terminal, in what an economy ministry source on Tuesday described as an "emergency solution" to approve the deal but mitigate the impact.Shipping giant Cosco made a bid last year to take a 35% stake in one of logistics firm HHLA's three terminals in Germany's largest port, but the German coalition has been divided over whether to let the deal go ahead.The compromise would see Berlin approving a sale of 24.9% of the terminal to Cosco, several government sources said.

Clay Crain (Photo: APM Terminals)

Crain Named Managing Director at APM Terminals Liberia

Clay Crain will take over as Managing Director of APM Terminals Liberia effective November 1 and pending necessary approvals, replacing Jonathan Graham, who will take on a new role within Global Operations at APM Terminals and relocate back to the U.S.A U.S. national, Crain comes with over 30 years of experience largely in oil and gas sector, including with leading players such as Weatherford International and EXPRO International and has been involved in various aspects of running businesses in West Africa and Latin America.

(Image: Cavotec)

Cavotec Unveils Ultra-fast Megawatt Charging System

Cleantech engineering company Cavotec this week unveiled its ultra-fast Megawatt Charging System (MCS), a turnkey DC charging solution with grid-to-inlet functionality, capable of providing up to 3MW of power from a single connector to support the decarbonization of vessels and industrial vehicles.“MCS enables the safe and quick connection of heavy-duty vehicles and ships to electrical power in a reliable, ergonomic unit. As the most powerful system on the market, MCS significantly reduces typical charging times…

(Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Retrofitted Electric Cranes Go to Work at the Port of Long Beach

Longshore workers are using nine electric cranes to stack containers at one of the Port of Long Beach’s busiest terminals in a large-scale demonstration project as the Port and its partners pursue a goal of a zero-emissions cargo handling fleet by 2030.The demonstration at SSA Marine Pier J is part of the Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition Project, which is funded in large part by a $9.7 million California Energy Commission grant. The Port, the CEC and Southern California…

Copyright Tjeerd/AdobeStock

New Study to Look at Irish Ports and Offshore Wind

Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), a specialist engineering consultant, is undertaking an EU-wide study to determine potential funding models to improve Irish port infrastructure to the scale required to achieve the Government target of 7 GW of offshore wind in Irish waters by 2030. It follows GDG’s recent National Ports Study, conducted on behalf of Wind Energy Ireland, which found that only one out of 13 major ports on the island of Ireland is ready to be used for constructing offshore wind farms.

(Photo: Snam)

Tuscany Requests Costly Compensations for New Italian LNG Terminal

The region of Tuscany has asked for hundreds of millions of euros in investments in exchange for allowing a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Tuscan port of Piombino, the Italian region said.In a statement on Monday, the region's administration said it had approved the new terminal, adding it was sending a list of requests to the national government.In June Italian state-controlled gas grid operator Snam bought a new floating storage and regasification unit (FRSU) in an effort to boost the country's energy security in the face of dwindling Russian gas supplies.Tuscany President E

Image courtesy of Nanshan Group

Svanehøj Inks Deal to Supply Chinese LNG-import Terminal

In February 2023, Svanehøj Tank Control Systems will deliver the tank gauging system for COOEC’s six new LNG tanks for the Longkou Nanshan LNG Terminal which is under construction.Global investments in LNG are increasing, not least in China, which is currently constructing around 40 LNG tanks with the capacity of 220,000 cu. m. To secure the LNG storage, one of the largest EPCI contractors for offshore oil and gas industry in the Asia Pacific region, COOEC, has chosen Svanehøj Tank Control Systems to implement tank gauging system to improve safety on six new LNG tanks of 220…

© engel.ac / Adobe Stock

EU Warned Germany Against Chinese Port Investment

The European Commission warned the German government last spring not to approve an investment by China's Cosco into Hamburg's port, German daily Handelsblatt reported on Friday, citing sources.Shipping giant Cosco last year made a bid to take a 35% stake in one of three terminals in Germany's largest port in the northern city of Hamburg.Germany's ruling coalition is divided over whether to approve the investment, government sources say, even as Beijing urges Berlin not to politicize the bid and the port authority warns this could hurt the economy.According to Handelsblatt…

© Paul / Adobe Stock

Liverpool Port Workers to Strike for Another Two Weeks

Workers at a Liverpool port, owned by Peel Ports Group, will go on strike from Monday for two weeks after talks with the port operating company broke down due to disagreements over increase in pay, UK's Unite union said on Friday.Peel Ports' board has continued to deny workers a pay rise while its profits soared, Unite said, adding that "any chance to halt the industrial action has been lost after Peel Ports board intervened to stop the deal, which had been agreed in principle, from going ahead."Nearly 600 dock workers at the Liverpool port went on strike from Oct. 11 and to Oct.

(Photo: Valenciaport)

Arrival of Natural Gas at Valenciaport Triples

The arrival of natural gas at the Port of Sagunto has tripled during the first nine months of this year to reach 3,038,695 tonnes compared to 1,039,875 tonnes in 2021, which represents an increase of 192.22% according to data from the Statistical Bulletin of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV). Of this total, practically 60% comes from the United States, which has become the main supplier to the Sagunto site. A situation marked by the geopolitical scenario - with the war in Ukraine or the situation with Algeria - which has positioned the Port of Sagunto…

(Photo: SAAM)

Shareholders Approve SAAM's $1 Billion Terminals Sale to Hapag-Lloyd

SAAM shareholders at an extraordinary shareholder’s meeting on Tuesday approved a deal valued at about $1 billion to sell 100% of the shares of its subsidiaries SAAM Ports and SAAM Logistics, as well as the real estate assets belonging to the logistics business, to the German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd.The agreement, first announced earlier this month, consists of selling SAAM’s stakes in the 10 port terminals it operates in six countries in the Americas (five are in Chile)…

(Photo: Watts Marine)

Unique Ship-to-shore Power System Helps Accelerate Decarbonization Efforts in Maritime Sector

Innovative electrical substation design is at heart of cold-ironing system that allows cruise ships to shut down and plug into shore-side power and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at ports.In 2018, the UN International Maritime Organization set a goal to cut the maritime greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2050. One approach to decarbonization is cold ironing, where a vessel shuts down all on-board power generation from diesel engines and connects to shore power supplied by the local utility.

© JET-PIX / Adobe Stock

Police Guard LNG Ports as Germany Fast-tracks Critical Infrastructure Law

Germany has ordered police to guard LNG terminals under construction and increased aerial supervision of its rail network as it prepares a law to bolster the protection of critical infrastructure, its interior minister told Reuters.Suspected sabotage on the German rail network and on the Baltic Sea gas pipelines linking Germany and Russia in recent weeks have raised concerns about the country's exposure to attacks.Minister Nancy Faeser said in an interview it was not possible to comprehensively protect all of the more than 33…

(Photo: Stockholms Hamnar / Ports of Stockholm)

Ports of Stockholm to Pilot Hybrid Hydrogen-diesel RoRo Tractors

Volvo Penta, a provider of industrial power solutions, CMB.TECH a cleantech company with a focus on hydrogen solutions and Ports of Stockholm, one of the world’s largest passenger ports and one of Sweden’s largest freight ports, are collaborating to jointly pilot and operate RoRo (roll on, roll off) tractors running on hydrogen-diesel dual fuel powertrains as part of Ports of Stockholm’s fossil-free operations goals. The first pilot RoRo tractor is due to be delivered in 2023.“We…

© Pixel-Shot / Adobe Stock

Hungary's New Container Terminal Aims to Boost Ukrainian Grains Shipments

Europe's largest land-based container terminal started operating near Hungary's border with Ukraine on Tuesday, aiming to increase shipments of Ukrainian grains via Hungary to Adriatic ports.The East-West Gate terminal, built at a cost of about 40 billion forints ($95.65 million), allows containers to be transferred between wide and standard gauge rail tracks as well as between trains and trucks.It "will have a huge role in shipping Ukrainian grains," Hungarian Foreign Minister…

© creativenature.nl / Adobe Stock

Port of Antwerp-Bruges Reports Slight Growth Despite Ongoing Challenges

After nine months, the total throughput of Port of Antwerp-Bruges was 217.4 million tonnes, a slight increase of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. Despite the negative impact of the geopolitical and macroeconomic context, all cargo flows are recording growth, with the exception of the container segment, which remains under pressure. Together with a series of announcements of new investments in the port platforms of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, this confirms the attractiveness and resilience of the unified port.After nine months…

© peopleimages / Adobe Stock

Puntland State Port is Getting a Revamp

The port city of Bosaso, located at the north-eastern corner of Somalia, provides a striking example of the interlinkage between security and infrastructure. The city benefited from the civil war that ravaged the southern parts of Somalia in the 1990s and 2000s. It developed into a booming trade center. But increased violence in Bosaso has negatively affected international trade in the last decade. Security improvements and the recovery of other ports in Somalia and Somaliland have provided alternatives.In July 2022…

(Photo: Valenciaport)

Valenciaport, a Reference Model of Port-city and Decarbonization for the World Bank

Valenciaport has positioned itself as a benchmark in the relationship between the port and the city, favoring the harmonization of the port environment to make it closer to the city with milestones such as the transfer to the city of the Balcón al Mar in 2013 or more recently the Special Plan of the South Zone 1 for the Nazaret area. The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has been invited by the World Bank to present its good practices in the port-city relationship, digitalization…

© Ulf / Adobe Stock

Limestone, Cement Continue to Lead the Way for the Port of Green Bay

The month of September saw 190,083 tons of cargo shipped through the Port of Green Bay, bringing the total cargo shipments to 1.3 million tons for the 2022 shipping season. Limestone and cement were again the top cargos moving through the port in September, with 72,453 tons of domestic limestone imported and 45,936 tons of cement imports.At 1,303,956 tons shipped through the end of September, total cargo is down about 5% from a year ago.“While we have dropped a bit behind the 2021 year-to-date tonnage total…

(Photo: Greater Victoria Harbor Authority)

Air Quality Monitors Installed in Greater Victoria Harbor

The Greater Victoria Harbor Authority (GVHA) said it is employing air quality monitors to measure dust, dirt, soot and other pollutants from motorized vehicles or vessels.Six PurpleAir Air Quality Monitors are located at the cruise terminal, two at Fisherman’s Wharf and two at Victoria International Marina, giving residents the ability to view real-time PM2.5 concentrations for Victoria and also surrounding areas. PM2.5 refers to particles in the air that reduce visibility or cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.

(Photo: Transnet)

Transnet Strike Costing Miners $44 Million a Day

South African miners are losing 815 million rand ($44 million) in export revenue per day due to an ongoing strike at state-owned logistics firm Transnet which has hit commodity exports, an industry body said on Thursday.Transnet's freight rail and port workers earlier said they had rejected a revised pay offer and vowed to continue the strike which started a week ago.The Minerals Council of South Africa said major mineral export harbors were currently operating at between 12% and 30% of their daily averages due to the strike.

(Image: Titan / BioValue)

Titan to Build World’s Largest Biomethane Liquefaction Plant

Titan has unveiled plans to build and operate a liquified biomethane plant in the Port of Amsterdam allowing supply to ships and trucks.The production project for 200,000 tonnes of LBM per year is said to be the world's largest.BioValue, one of the largest biogas suppliers in the Netherlands, has been contracted for the exclusive off-take of all on-site produced biogas, and Linde Engineering has signed on to perform the basic engineering.BioValue will supply a significant part of the biogas required for the total LBM production.


Wilhelmsen to Buy Vopak Agencies

Wilhelmsen Port Services has entered into an agreement with Vopak to acquire 100% of maritime services provider Vopak Agencies and 50% of Diize. "Vopak Agencies and Diize are highly complementary and a perfect match for the global reach of Wilhelmsen Port Services’ maritime network of 2 200 ports," Wilhelmsen Port Services said.Wilhelmsen said that Vopak Agencies had a strong track record within both hub services and port agency within the tanker segments in Europe and extensive experience within their field.

Nyhamna plant which processes gas from Ormen Lange offshore field - Credit: Shell (file image)

Threat Against Major Gas Plant Resolved, Norwegian Police Say

Norwegian police on Thursday responded to a threat made by telephone against the Nyhamna gas processing plant, one of Europe's largest energy export facilities, and later said the incident had been resolved. The threat came amid heightened concerns about the security of oil and gas infrastructure following suspected sabotage of Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines to Europe, though plant operator Gassco and offshore producers Shell and Equinor said output had not been interrupted.

(Photo: Massport)

Massport Completes $850 Million Upgrade at Conley Container Terminal

Nearly $850 million in upgrades at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal has made way for largers ships, new services and connections to more global ports in the Port of Boston.Prior to the Port’s modernization, Conley offered two services reaching seven major global ports. Now, Conley Terminal offers direct connectivity to 25 global ports, including several in China, North Europe, Southeast Asia including Vietnam and India, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Latin America through five services…