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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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DP World's Dubai Box Volumes Slip

DP World's Dubai shipping container volumes fell by 6.3% in the second quarter, the port operator reported on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive quarterly drop.DP World blamed the drop on the loss of lower margin cargo and challenging market conditions, but said it expected more stable throughput for the rest of the year.It handled 3.9 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) in the three months to June 30 at its Dubai ports, compared with 4.2 million in the same 2018 period.DP World operates Dubai's Jebel Ali…

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Bridges Arrive at Port of Rotterdam

The first parts of a steel arch bridge arrived at the Rozenburg lock on pontoons for Theemswegtracé yesterday (Monday, July 22).The other parts of this bridge will arrive later in this month, a press note from Port of Rotterdam said. At the location next to the lock, these bridge sections will be built into an arched bridge, with a single span of 172.8 m. The total length of the bridge is 176.8 m. The bridge is intended for the Theemswegtracé. There will be a total of two arched bridges in this section.In August…

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APM Terminals Acclaims Maasvlakte II

The APM Terminals Maasvlakte II’s new rail service between the Rotterdam terminal and Venlo, a key logistics hub on the Dutch-German border has been a huge success so far, claimed the port operator.APM Terminals said that following the success of the initial five-times-per-week service, plans are already in place to scale this up to 14 times per week over the coming weeks. Venlo, a key logistics hotspot, was identified as an opportunity for the terminal following a gravity analysis involving key customers.

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Intermarine UK Selected for Portland Port Expansion

Intermarine UK has been selected to take part in a major infrastructure project designed to increase capacity at Portland Port in Dorset.The firm operates a 2,400 sq. m. fabrication and welding facility at the port on England’s south coast, which it opened in 2018 following a $936,000 investment. Acting as a subcontractor for project lead CMP Thames Ltd, Intermarine UK has been tasked with fabricating a number of steel structures that will extend the mooring capacity of Queen’s…

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Stena Bulk Asks to Visit Crew of Seized Tanker

The British operator of the tanker seized by Tehran, Stena Bulk, made a request on Sunday, July 21st, to visit the 23 crew members of the seized tanker Stena Impero, and is expecting a response from the Iranian government.A statement from the tanker operator quoted President and Chief Executive of Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell, as saying: “I can confirm a formal request for permission to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero has been made to the authorities at the Port of Bandar Abbas.“The request has been acknowledged, but we await a formal response.

File Photo: Belt and Road Initiative, State Information Center

New China-Europe Intermodal Route Opened

Marking the opening of a new China-Europe freight train route a freight train left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, heading for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.According to a report in Xinhua, the train consists of 42 containers loaded with laptops, LED panels, green tea and other products manufactured in Hunan province.With this service, Zhuzhou has become the third city in Hunan Province to open international freight train route to Europe after Changsha and…

File Image of the Stena Impero (CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com / © Erwin Willemse

Iran: British-flagged Tanker Seized in Gulf

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.The Revolutionary…

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Riga Port Aims Growth with LNG Move

The Baltic Sea port, Port of Riga is now offering regular port services for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and boost its container throughput."By officially welcoming the new container ship Containerships Polar, the Port has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels," said a press note from the Latvia’s major port said.It is planned that the first two 100% LNG-powered vessels Containerships…

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Iran's Amirabad Port Gets Investments

Iran's Amirabad port is attracting huge investments - 239 companies already committed investments, 13 of which are being under construction with 6700 billion Rials ($160mln ) worth of investment.“A new transit corridor will be formed on the axis of Amirabad - Dogharoon - Chabahar”, said Amirabad ports and maritime Manager Siavash Rezvani.He said that to increase the transit influence of Iran in the region, the new corridor will be formed with the transit axis of Amirabad-Dogharoon-Chabahar…

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Tema Port MPS Terminal 3 to Begin Phase 3

Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS Terminal 3 at Tema Port, Ghana, announced that shareholders had approved the immediate construction of Phase 2 with completion expected by end of 2020, two years earlier than initially planned.With a depth of 18 meters, the new entrance channel to the Port is one of the deepest in Africa, allowing the worlds’ biggest vessels to enter both today and in the coming years.The harbor basin provides the space to dredge deeper and build additional wharves if required.

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ONE Launches India-Europe Direct Service

Ocean Network Express (ONE)  announced the launch of a new direct service, the Indian Ocean Service 3 (IO3), which covers South East India, Mediterranean, and North Europe.The new product will offer new port coverage and boost reliability to a wider range of direct port call options to ONE’s valued customers, the Japanese container shipping company said in a press release.It will also further expand ONE’s already comprehensive service offerings and allow its clients to enjoy greater choice while bringing efficiency and additional values to the supply chain…

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GSL Fixes Keta with OOCL

Marshall Islands-incorporated Global Ship Lease (GSL) has agreed a new charter for the 2003-built, 2,207 TEU GSL Keta.The containership charter owner said in a press release that commencing in late July, the vessel will be chartered for minimum 50 days / maximum 90 days to Hong Kong-based container shipping and logistics service company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) at a fixed rate of $8,700 per day.Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said, “We are pleased to have signed this charter at an improved rate with a top-tier counterparty in OOCL.

Iran Grain Ships Stranded in Brazil due to U.S. Sanctions

Two Iranian vessels have been stranded for weeks at Brazilian ports, unable to head back to Iran due to lack of fuel, which state-run oil firm Petrobras refuses to sell them due to sanctions imposed by the United States.The vessels Bavand and Termeh came to Brazil a couple months ago carrying urea, a petrochemical product used as fertilizer. They were expected to load corn and return to Iran, but lacked enough fuel for the trip, the port operator in Paranaguá told Reuters.Food is not covered by U.S.

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Two Container Giants Visits Austalian Port

Two of the largest-capacity container ships to ever visit Australia are making calls to the Fremantle Inner Harbour this month.The first one, Maersk Skarstind, has already arrived in Fremantle. Maersk Skarstind berthed around 9.30pm on July 15th assisted by a pilot and three Svitzer tugs.Capable of carrying more than 9400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) each—around double the number on most container ships visiting Australia—Maersk Skarstind and MSC Elma are about 300 meters long and 48 meters wide.While MSC Archimidis…

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported another successful year, handling record cargo volumes, rail moves and inland port activity in fiscal year 2019.SPCA, which owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston and Georgetown, as well as Inland Ports in Greer, South Carolina and Dillon, South Carolina, handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June 30, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200…

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Pilbara Ports Annual Throughput Down

Australia's Pilbara Ports Authority has delivered a total annual throughput of 697.2 million tonnes (Mt) for the 2018/19 financial year. This result is a less than 1% change (decrease of 2.06 million tonnes) from last year’s record annual throughput.In June 2019, Pilbara Ports Authority achieved a total monthly throughput of 64Mt, a 1% increase on the same month in 2018. Iron ore throughput for June 2019 increased 2% from June 2018, to 60.2Mt. Total iron ore throughput for 2018/19 was 647.8Mt…

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RoPax Ferry Finbo Cargo Enters Muuga Port

The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is strengthening its position as a RoRo hub in the Baltic region.The wholly owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said in a press release that the Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line recently began connecting the port of Muuga, where HHLA TK Estonia operates a multi-function terminal, with Vuosaari in Finland. Twice daily, the RoPax ferry Finbo Cargo enters the port of Muuga, which is about 20 kilometres east of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

Dead weevils along a wall of a bulk terminal warehouse (Photo: ABTO)

Fumigation Doesn't Work for Some Ship Cargoes

The fumigation of grain cargoes using certain pesticides, namely plant protection products, may not be effective in controlling insect larvae, resulting in cargo damage or loss.Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA), an operator of bulk terminals in Galicia, Spain, and Chairman, Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group, ICHCA,  said: “We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation…

A coal bulker underway. File Image: K Line

Baltic Index Propelled Again by Capesize, Panamax Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index rose on Wednesday, driven by demand for capesize and panamax vessels.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 2.6%, or 53 points, to 2,064, its highest since January 2014. The index has surged about 60% this year. The index extended gains for a seventh straight session, mainly driven by strong demand for vessels that ship iron ore from Brazil.A restart of Vale SA's Brucutu mine in Brazil that was shut in early February after a tailings dam burst…

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Two Chinese Ports Halt Coal Imports

Chinese customs is no longer permitting coal cargoes to enter the country at the ports of Jingtang and Caofeidian, said three coal traders, who were told by customs officials of the halt on Tuesday.Customs officials at the port of Jingtang, one of China's biggest coking coal import points, and the neighbouring port of Caofeidian said they would halt customs declearation services from July 16 until further notice, the traders said on Wednesday.No reason was given for the service halt at the ports…

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AIDA Cruises to Trial Fuel Cells

The  American/British-owned German cruise line AIDA Cruises announced that it is planning the first practical trial of fuel cells (battery power) aboard an AIDA ship by 2021.The trial will take place in cooperation with Meyer Werft within the scope of the ‘Pa-X-ell 2’ project promoted by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.The German brand of Carnival Corporation said in a press note that it has been focusing for many years in research into and the…

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AIDA Orders 2 More LNG-Fueled Ships

AIDA Cruises, the German brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, informed that it is planning to commission two more LNG-powered ships with low-emission propulsion by 2023.AIDA has already been engaging in research into and development of the use of LNG in the cruise industry for over 10 years.With AIDAnova's launch at the end of 2018, the company commissioned the world's first cruise ship that can be operated entirely with low-emission LNG both at sea and in port.Two more of these innovative AIDA ships will be commissioned in 2021 and 2023 respectively."Thanks to the use of LNG…

From left: Bernhard Simon, CEO Dachser, Albert Johnston, Managing Director, Johnston Logistics
and soon of Dachser Ireland as well as Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser, at transport logistic in Munich. (Photo: Dachser)

Johnston Logistics Becoming Dachser Ireland

Dachser recently announced that newly acquired Ireland-based Johnston Logistics Ltd. will officially launch as Dachser Ireland Ltd. and be fully integrated into the Dachser network by September 2019. Expanding its footprint into the Irish market further demonstrates Dachser’s commitment to growing its network and having a presence in key markets throughout the world.Dachser and Johnston Logistics have been partners since 2007. In 2017, Dachser acquired a majority stake in the company, one of the most important logistics providers in the Irish market.

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LCS Commissioning Scheduled for Indiana Port

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will host Indiana’s first U.S. Navy vessel commissioning ceremony when it commissions the USS Indianapolis littoral combat ship on Saturday, Oct. 26 at its facility on Lake Michigan.The commissioning of USS Indianapolis will mark the fourth time a U.S. Navy vessel will bear the name of Indiana’s capital city. The name has a rich heritage, dating back to World War I. The most notable vessel, USS Indianapolis (CA 35), was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1945 in the closing days of World War II. Only 317 of the 1,196 men on board survived.

"Marella Explorer" in Kiel / Foto: PORT OF KIEL

Maiden Call by Marella at Port of Kiel

On Tuesday morning (16th July) the cruise ship “Marella Explorer” berthed in the port of Kiel with 2,000 mostly anglophone passengers on-board. The vessel follows an itinerary of 14 days leading it all across the Baltic Sea. It started in Newcastle on 13th July and will conclude its cruise in the same port on July 27th.On the occasion of its maiden call, the Lord Mayor of Kiel, Dr Ulf Kämpfer, welcomed Captain John Spencer Clark to the State Capital City of Schleswig-Holstein and presented him with the traditional inaugural plaque.

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Höegh Trapper Back to Mackay

Roll-on/roll-off  (RO-RO) vessel Höegh Trapper recently returned to the Port of Mackay as part of its Europe US, Mexico and Oceania service.To commemorate the occasion representatives from North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, traditional owners and council members from Mackay as well as customers and service providers were invited to tour the vessel.Being the largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier in the world, the guests were welcomed to showcase the vessel’s flexibility and wide range of cargoes it can cater to.Captain Nicky Colaco…

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Tema Port T3 Welcomes First Cargo Vessel

The first commercial vessel, Maersk Cape Coast has docked at the Terminal 3 at Tema Port after 3 years of expansion and modernization works to complete the first two berths.The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, which operates the harbor is located along the Gulf of Guinea, said that with the state-of-the-art technology and equipment, 1,427 containers were discharged and 730 containers loaded.Incidentally, Maersk Cape Coast was inaugurated and christened at the port of Tema in 2011.

Map: Ocean Network Express

ONE Offers New African Service

Container lines Ocean Network Express (ONE) is launching a new service covering Africa, India and the Middle East (AIM).The new product will broaden ONE’s already expansive global coverage by offering direct port calls between West Africa, South Africa and key locations in West Asia.The new service will offer market leading transit times between the West Asian ports of Jebel Ali, Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Colombo and African ports of Durban, Cape Town, Tema, Tincan and Apapa.The AIM Service…

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JIT Trial Cuts Emissions

"Just-In-Time" (JIT) operations have the potential to cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help reduce harmful emissions as well as save on fuel costs.According to International Maritime Organization (IMO), this can be achieved by communicating in advance the relevant information to the ship about the requested time of arrival - allowing the ship to adjust to optimum speed. A desktop trial in Just-In-Time ship operations has yielded positive results, showing emissions…

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Hapag-Lloyd Launches New Africa Service

Hapag-Lloyd is expanding its African liner services and will offer its MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service starting in October 2019. It will include direct connections between the Arabian Gulf, India, Colombo (Sri Lanka), La Réunion, South Africa and West Africa.MIAX is integrated into the Global Mainline Network with the central ports Jebel Ali (Dubai) and Colombo. Hapag-Lloyd will operate MIAX jointly with Ocean Network Express.

Captain Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO of AOT and CEO and Founder of leading Singapore-based shipmanager Synergy Group (Photo: Synergy)

ClassNK Certification for SMARTSHIP

ClassNK  confirmed type approval certification for SMARTShip, a patented digital shipping solution developed by Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT).SMARTShip, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that enables the onboard operation of multiple systems with varying degrees of autonomy, has already been installed on more than 30 vessels, with another 60 ships are at various stages of the set-up process.ClassNK’s certification for SMARTShip approves the solution as a ‘Computer Based System’ which conforms to the Class Society’s rules governing a product performing ‘Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics’…

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Port of Oakland Exports Up in June

The Port of Oakland has reported that containerized export volume increased 4.2 percent in June 2019 compared to June 2018 totals. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 74,901 20-foot loaded export containers last month—compared to 71,894 in June 2018.The Port has now reported year-over-year export volume gains in four consecutive months. The Port said import volume declined 7.2 percent in June after rising in the four previous months. Oakland’s total cargo volume – imports, exports, and empty containers – is up 3.6 percent through six months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).

INSIGHTS: John F. Reinhart, CEO, Virginia Port Authority (VPA)

John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia’s marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.Under his leadership, the goal has been to…

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Shipping Majors Join CargoSmart Digital Initiative

The provider of software-as-a-service based shipping and logistics solutions, CargoSmart has announced the official execution of the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) Services Agreement with shipping majors.According to a statement from the shipment management software company, CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping, COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP), Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group have signed up with it.As per the agreement…

Cestra “Ces” Butner  (Photo: Port of Oakland)

Butner Gets a Third Term in Oakland

Cestra “Ces” Butner will serve a third term as President of the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.  President Butner joined the Board of Port Commissioners in 2012.  He first served as President from July 2013 to July 2014.  He was voted to a second term in July 2018.  President Butner founded Horizon Beverage Company, the Oakland-based distributorship serving northern Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties.  He sold the company in 2015.

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Group CEO Samskip (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip Appoints Laaksonen as Group CEO

Samskip, a European multimodal service provider group, appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive.Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1st, 2019, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships, where he led the Finnish group’s aggressive growth from 2012. He also brings significant experience from the shipper perspective, having occupied progressively senior logistics roles in the chemicals, forest products and automotive sectors.

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Container Volumes Fall at PoLB

Cargo traffic at the Port of Long Beach decreased in June compared to the same month in 2018, continuing a yearlong trend.Last June was the busiest month in the port’s 108-year history and capped the busiest second quarter during the busiest year ever.“The story we saw develop in 2018 was retailers forwarding goods to beat tariffs,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “For 2019, it seems that the cargo is all here and warehouses are filled. That’s disrupting container movement and the growth we would normally see this time of year.”A total of 677…

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MSC Reiterates No Shark Fin Policy

Swiss-based shipping line MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is taking the opportunity to clarify and raise awareness of its zero-tolerance position on shark fin carriage, following a reported shark fin discovery earlier this year, involving a booking by another container carrier."MSC is proud to be implementing since several years a complete global ban on consignments of any type of shark fin and of endangered shark," said the global container shipping and a company in a press…

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore speaking at the China Maritime Forum (CMF) (Photo: MPA)

Singapore, China ink Maritime Collaboration MoU

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Waterborne Transport Research Institute (WTI), an agency under China’s Ministry of Transport during the 2019 Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum (MPF). The MOU seeks to enhance cooperation in information exchange and research and development (R&D) between the two agencies, in areas such as smart port technology, maritime safety, and environmental protection.

Go-slow at Port Hits South African Car and Commodity Exports

A go-slow by workers at a major South African port is hitting exports of cars and other commodities, the country's Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday.State-owned rail operator Transnet said it had suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in what it said was an illegal industrial action."We are getting reports of a go-slow at some of our ports which is beginning to (have an) impact on the export of vehicles from South Africa in particular but perhaps other commodities as well…

Captain Andrew Kinsey, Senior Risk Marine Consultant with Allianz Risk Consultant (ARC)

Shipping Losses Lowest This Century as New Dangers Emerge

The Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019 provides a unique and in-depth look at the emerging risks facing international shipping stakeholders.Large shipping losses are now at their lowest level this century having declined by over 50% year-on-year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2019. The annual study analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons (GT). AGCS provides global marine and shipping insurance for all types of marine risk…

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DP World to Issue $700 million in Bonds, Sukuk

Port operator DP World plans to raise at least $700 million through conventional and Islamic bond issues on Thursday, documents issued by banks involved in the deal showed.Majority owned by the Dubai government, DP World plans to issue benchmark sukuk with a 10-year maturity. Benchmark bonds are generally meant to be over $500 million.The Islamic paper is being marketed with an initial guidance of around 230 basis points over mid-swaps.Barclays, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank…

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UK to Insist on Zero Emission Ships from 2025

Britain's government on Thursday said all new ships ordered from 2025 and aimed for its waters must be equipped with zero emission technology, as part of a new plan to cut maritime pollution.Britain last month announced a target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, making it the first among the major G7 countries to set such a goal.As part of a new "Clean Maritime Plan" unveiled on Thursday, the government said ships ordered from 2025 onwards must have zero-emission capabilities.

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Port of Los Angeles June Volumes Up 5.8%

The Port of Los Angeles moved 764,777 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June, the busiest June in the Port’s 112-year history.The month marked the end of Fiscal Year 2018-19 in which the Port moved 9,688,252 TEUs, a 5.7 percent improvement over the previous fiscal year, a press release from the American  port said.“Completing the busiest 12-month period in the Port’s history makes me proud of our extraordinary capabilities and grateful to all our stakeholders,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.“With container exchange per vessel at record levels…

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SC Ports Reports Record Cargo Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled record cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston in fiscal year 2019.SCPA handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume.SCPA moved 200,406 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month. As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 112,988 pier containers in June for a total of 1.36 million pier containers annually…

Lisa Wheldon  (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Adds Wheldon to Commercial Team

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), the No. 1 port by container volume in the State of Florida, has announced that transportation industry professional Lisa Wheldon has joined the organization as Director, Cargo & Intermodal Rail. Wheldon will be responsible for developing containerized cargo business in major regional markets and for managing JAXPORT’s relationships with rail service providers.Wheldon has more than 20 years of experience working in the transportation and logistics industry, most recently serving as the Director of BCO Sales for Direct ChassisLink, Inc.

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PIL Upgrades SE Asia - Aus Services

Singapore-based shipping company Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd (PIL) announced improvements to its Southeast Asia to Australia services to meet the changing needs of the markets.PIL's current Australia-Asia Alliance Service 1 and 2 (AA1 & AA2) will be upgraded to offer more competitive transit times and better port connections.The enhanced AA1 and AA2 services will cover all major ports in Australia with effect from early August, shipper said in a press note.Port rotations of AA1 will be Laem Chabang – Singapore –Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane - Singapore – Laem Chabang.

AmeraMex: $500,000 Order for Box Handlers

AmeraMex International, Inc. (OTC: AMMX), a provider of heavy equipment for logistics companies, announced that it has received a $500,000 order for container handlers. The equipment will ship before the end of July.AmeraMex CEO Lee Hamre commented, “We recently purchased 21 used container handlers for refurbishment  in our Chico, CA facility. We have already received our first order for some of the handlers and will ship to our customer later this month. Refurbished container handlers acquired from customers/logistics companies replacing existing equipment is a large part of our business.

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Light Sweet Crude Exports Jump at LOOP

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) exported a record 283,333 barrels per day of light sweet crude last month, according to trade sources, as prices weakened against global Brent.LOOP, which exports mostly medium sour grades produced in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, last month exported more than twice the amount of light sweet from the prior month. Overall exports of U.S. crude hit a record 3.77 million barrels per day (bpd) one week in June, U.S. government data showed.A decline in oil imports at the facility, stemming from record U.S.

Flying into New Orleans with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, USCG, provides a ‘birds eye view’ on the robust and diverse business in and around the lower Mississippi River.  Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Admiral Schultz Emphasizes Maritime as a Driver of U.S. Commerce

Last month Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was invited to join Admiral Karl Schultz, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, on a trek to New Orleans for an underway tour on board a mid-stream transfer operation in the Mississippi River. As the U.S. inland waterway system has endured historic water levels for more than six months, the destination provided a perfect backdrop to discuss several key messages coming from USCG leadership: the maritime industry’s critical role in facilitating U.S.

Andy Barrons, Navis Chief Strategy Officer

TERMINAL OPERATING SOFTWARE: Compass Leads the Way

As YILPORT Rolls Out the Navis’ Compass Visual Workflow Management Application, the collaborative tool promises improved planning and greater visibility across five terminals. And, that’s just the beginning.In May, Navis announced that YILPORT Holding Inc. would roll out Navis’ Compass visual workflow management application to five terminals that already use Navis N4. The goal is to bring enhanced visibility, communication and collaboration to the planning process across all of the terminals.

Vado Gateway Terminal. Pic: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Opens Vado Gateway

APM Terminals has confirmed that its new Vado Gateway terminal, located in the Vado Ligure Port Complex, North Western Italy, will be inaugurated on 12 December this year.With the placement of the terminal’s last caisson this week - an important milestone in the build - the commercial team have been actively engaging with the market. The launch commenced with an event at the Genoa Aquarium last month.Future services offered by the terminal were presented to key managers from the main Maritime Companies and Shipping Houses operating in the Italian market.Once operational…

Eng. Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO. Photo: Bahri

Bahri Intros ‘ISupplier’ Platform

The Saudi Arabian logistics and transportation giant Bahri has announced the launch of its ‘iSupplier’ portal, as part of further strengthening its commitment to enhancing the quality of its services and deepening business relationship with key partners.The online platform will serve as a dedicated communication channel between Bahri’s Corporate Procurement and suppliers and contractors, it said.A fast and convenient platform, ‘iSupplier’ will enable Bahri to have easy access to a larger segment of suppliers and contractors in Saudi Arabia’s private sector.

file Image of a DP world managed facility (CREDIT: DP World)

DP World Hires Banks for Dollar Bond Issue

Port operator DP World has hired banks to arrange a series of investor meetings ahead of a potential issue of 10-year U.S. dollar-denominated sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a document issued by one of the banks leading the deal showed.DP World, majority owned by the Dubai government, mandated Citi, Dubai Islamic Bank and Standard Chartered to arrange the meetings to be held in Hong Kong, Singapore and London, starting on Wednesday July 10.The three banks, together with Barclays, Deutsche Bank…

Recent crane deliveries to Greenwich Terminals in Philadelphia, PA / CREDIT: Philaport

Ramping (Up) to Lift Port Production

As North America’s larger ports continue to increase capacity, dredging and air drafts are receiving the attention they deserve. As bigger post-Panamax boxships begin to arrive, none of that means anything unless truck turn times and TEU moves per hour can be improved. The innovative and evolving supply chain of cranes is the ultimate answer.As 2019 passes its midpoint, the backlog 2019, one firm, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), a global heavy-duty equipment manufacturer listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange…

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Hapag-Lloyd Adds VRS

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has decided to implement a global vessel risk surcharge (VRS) following recent maritime incidents in the Gulf of Oman.The container line said that operating costs for its services have increased in the Middle East Gulf region as a result of tanker attacks that took place in the Strait of Hormuz.Other major carriers including CMA CGM, X-Press Feeders, and NYK have already impose a war risk surcharge on cargo destined for the Arabian Gulf or Middle East region due to heightened tensions in the region.As of July 15…

Photo: © Hollandse Hoogte / Berlinda van Dam, Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Dutch Seaports Hit Record Volumes

Dutch seaports processed a record volume of goods in 2018 as the throughput of containers increased the most, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total volume of incoming and outgoing cargo shipments to and from Dutch seaports reached a historic high of almost 605 million tonnes in 2018."This is an increase of over 1.5 percent relative to 2017. At 4.5 percent, container transhipment saw the highest increase," CBS said.Two-thirds of cargo handling in Dutch seaports consisted of unloaded goods in 2018.

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Azerbaijan- U.S. Maritime Meet

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has hosted a meeting with the guests from the United States of America.The meeting was attended by Robert Sekuta, former US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan in 2015-2018, former Read Admiral Ron MacLaren, director of the US Joint Reserve Forces, and Afghan Niftiyev, Director of the Caspian Research Center.ASCO Chairman Rauf Veliyev informed the guests about crucial projects implemented in Azerbaijan for the development of the transport system in recent years.

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More Women Joining Maritime Industry

More women are joining the maritime ranks in a variety of professions within the industry, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).To encourage this trend, IMO supported a training course aimed at female officials from maritime and port authorities.According to the UN body, 25 women from 17 developing countries took part in the two-week "Women in Port Management" course, hosted in Le Havre, France (24 June - 5 July).The course covered lectures on port management, port security, marine environment, facilitation of maritime traffic, marketing, port logistics and other topics.

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Maersk, Major Shippers Hike Gulf-bound Box Rates

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