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Taiwan’s CPC halts bunkering operations at Suao, Hualien ports on typhoon

Taiwan’s largest state-owned oil company CPC Corporation will halt its bunkering operations at Suao and Hualien ports at 6 pm Friday (1000 GMT) ahead of Typhoon Nesat, the company said in a statement Friday. “We expect the typhoon to plow into Taiwan on Saturday afternoon,” said another market source based in Taiwan. Both Suao and Hualien ports are located in northeastern Taiwan. Bunkering activity at Taiwan’s largest bunkering port, Kaohsiung, in the southwest, which averages bunker sales of 200,000-300,000 mt/month, was heard to be operating normally Friday, according to local ...

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Port Solicits Proposals For Zero-Emissions Technology

The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbor craft to cleaner engines. Harbor craft are the second-largest source of diesel particulate matter air pollution in San Pedro Bay, comprising 18 percent of the emissions. The vessels also contribute 10 percent of nitrogen oxide and 6 percent of greenhouse gas pollution. Under state regulations, most of the boats have engines meeting Tier 2 emission level standards. “We ...

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The Port of Gdansk Authority participates in a debate on the Silk Road

Representatives of the Port of Gdansk Authority took part in one of the most important international conferences dedicated to the Silk Road idea for the second time already. This year, the 3rd Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum, organised cyclically in Ningbo, China, focused on the development of sea and road transport with the participation of Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, and China, among others. The Port of Gdansk Authority attended the 3rd Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum. For the PGA’s representatives, this was yet another visit in ...

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Big container ships headed to Charleston and other East Coast ports dominate Panama Canal traffic

The OOCL France container ship, part of the Ocean Alliance, is among the vessels capable of carrying up to 14,000 cargo boxes on trips through the expanded Panama Canal. The cargo carrier visited the Port of Charleston in June. Provided/Panama Canal Authority Slightly more than half of the ships that sailed through the expanded Panama Canal during its first full year of operations were container vessels capable of carrying up to 14,000 cargo boxes, according to a new report by industry analyst Alphaliner. That includes an Ocean Alliance service that’s ...

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Port of Chittagong tops container growth

In 2016, 126 ports handled more than 1m teu of containers, according to DynaLiners’ ‘The Millionaires’ roundup, which found 82 ports had grown. The report confirmed that five ports had growth of 25% or more. These included Chittagong, Bangladesh (26%); London, UK (26%); Salalah, Oman (29%); Southampton, UK (26%); and Tangshan, China (27%). 14 ports reached over 10m teu. These included Antwerp, Belgium; Busan, South Korea; Dubai, UAE; Hong Kong; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Port Kelang, Malaysia; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Singapore and Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao and Shanghai, China. New entrants to ...

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S. Korea’s seaport cargo up 5.2 pct in H1

Cargo processed at South Korean seaports rose more than 5 percent during the first six months of the year on brisk outbound shipments, government data showed Thursday. Cargo handled at the country’s ports came to 789.16 million tons in the January-June period, up 52 percent from 750 million tons tallied a year earlier, according to data by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Non-container cargo gained 2.3 percent on-year to 548.11 million tons over the cited period, while container freight rose 5.1 percent to 13.46 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). ...

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Statement Port of Rotterdam barge waiting times

Over the past few weeks, the Port Authority has received a number of signals about increasing waiting times for inland vessels at the container terminals in Rotterdam’s port area. Various inland shipping and transport organisations in the Netherlands and abroad have expressed their concerns about what they see as overly long waiting times – both in the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Of course, as the Port Authority, we take these concerns very seriously. We realise that companies may well experience regularly-increasing waiting times as a structural problem, and that ...

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Valencia upgrades to accommodate 20,000 teu ships

Valencia Port Authority (APV) is to dredge 690,000 cubic metres to deepen existing quays to accommodate vessels of up to 20,000 teu. The recovered spoil will then be used as infill material for Phase I of the new northern container terminal. The work, which will cost €5.2m, should see both projects finished in mid-2018. APV is investing a total of €18m to allow all three of its container terminals to handle the latest generation of box ship. Alongside draft is being deepened to a depth of 17m-18m. Once work is ...

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EU tells Belgium, France to end tax exemptions for ports

The European Commission told Belgium and France on Thursday to end corporate tax exemptions they granted to their ports to avoid distortions of competition and said it was looking into taxation issues at other ports in Europe. The Commission, which oversees competition policy in the 28-nation EU, said the two countries had until the end of 2017 to remove the exemptions. However, because the exemptions were in place before Belgium and France joined the EU, the Commission said it could not ask the two to recover aid already granted. Belgian ...

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NorthWest Seaport Alliance: Total year-to-date container volumes up 7 percent

Total container volumes for the gateway declined 1 percent in June, but total year-to-date Northwest Seaport Alliance volumes are up 7 percent. Year to date, full import volumes were up 7 percent to 694,175 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). Meanwhile, full exports grew 2 percent to 476,745 TEUs. Total international container volume, including empties, increased 10 percent year to date to 1,477,870 TEUs. Full imports for the month of June declined 10 percent to 115,788 TEUs compared to last year. Full exports were down 15 percent to 73,916 TEUs for the ...

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Oman ready to become region’s import, export hub

Oman has announced its readiness to become the import/export hub of the region. The GCC member was one of the countries that stood to benefit from the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar after deciding to remain neutral during the regional crises that saw four of its Arab neighbours impose a siege on a fellow Arab state. One of the measures taken by the blockading countries was to deny Qatar access to their ports. Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at the UAE’s massive port in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, or in Abu ...

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Tokyo Gas gets Bangladesh LNG terminal feasibility study contract

Tokyo Gas Co said on Thursday its wholly owned unit Tokyo Gas Engineering Solutions Corp has got an order to conduct a feasibility engineering study at an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in Bangladesh. The order that was jointly won with engineering consultant Nippon Koei Co was awarded by state-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas & Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla), Tokyo Gas said in a statement. Bangladesh plans to start importing LNG next year, and its demand for gas is expected to accelerate in the coming years. Petrobangla has signed preliminary ...

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INTELS has competitive advantage over other terminal operators- NPA boss

Usman, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has said that INTELS Nigeria Limited has competitive advantage over other terminal operators, in handling of oil and gas cargo in Nigeria. Speaking the previous Monday in Lagos, on a Television Continental (TVC) Business Programme, Usman described INTELS as a well-established terminal operator that has been in business for more than 30 years. ”INTELS should not shy away from competing with other terminals. They should welcome the fact that having established their logistics business, they should be able to compete and ...

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Kelly: Security at US ports a top priority

The US’ Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said that security at US shipping ports, including the testing of containers and vessels for biological and radiological hazards, is a top priority to the prevention of terrorism. According to ABC, Mr Kelly observed a nuclear-detection drill while onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, which cruised near the Port of Los Angeles in Southern California. Members of the Coast Guard’s new California-based Maritime Safety and Security Team conducted the short-notice maritime response drill, boarding the cutter and undertaking a sweep for radiation. ...

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Sound financial basis for future investments

Antwerp Port Authority has closed its financial year with a consolidated profit of 122.7 million euros. This result is largely due to a one-off factor, namely a capital gain on the sale of the company’s former headquarters. Meeting customers’ expectations Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren declared: “We need to have sufficient financial reserves to offer our customers the reliable, cost-efficient service that they expect. Maritime accessibility, good-quality hinterland connections via the different transport modes, sufficient capacity and efficient infrastructure are just some of our customers’ expectations, and we will have ...

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