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Possible EU subsidy for international CO2 storage cooperation

The European Union is prepared in principle to provide a subsidy for a project to store CO2 from industry in Antwerp, Ghent, Zeeland and Rotterdam beneath the North Sea. This was revealed in the list of energy projects that the European Parliament approved on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 and that, as a result, received ‘Project of Common Interest’ (PCI) status. The Porthos project is in preparation in Rotterdam. This will enable various companies to supply CO2 to a transport pipeline that runs straight through the port area. The CO2 will ...

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Industry Voices: The Future of Automation

At the Explore Automation event in Tampere Finland in October 2019, Kalmar brought together a diverse group of industry professionals to a panel discussion on the future of automation. The panel was hosted by Mikko Mononen, Vice President, Sales, EMEIA, Kalmar, and joining the discussion were Stefan Wiech, Partner, Hamburg Port Consulting, which is a global port consulting specialist with extensive automation experience; John Alvarez, Assistant Vice President, Automation Excellence, TraPac Los Angeles, a port automation pioneer from the US West Coast; Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions; Timo Alho, ...

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‘I want to make huge waves!’

In Rotterdam we are continuously searching for answers to make the port smarter, more efficient, better and more sustainable. In the ‘Making Waves’ column series, Port Authority partners talk about how they view the smart port. Marjolein Boer, Manager Innovation at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is on a mission: to bring worlds together. ‘Innovations are created where worlds converge. The Port of Rotterdam is the place where that happens. We’re creating the port of the future here – in a strong innovation ecosystem, which is at the heart of ...

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UK Ports Seize Freeports Opportunity

UK port organisations have welcomed the launch of a 10-week consultation by the government which aims to establish up to 10 new freeports across the UK. The government wants to announce the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021, in the wake of the UK leaving the EU. The consultation is due to run until 20 April 2020, following which the Government will invite sea, air and rail ports to bid for Freeport status on a competitive ...

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Record results for Hamburg Invest: Realignment of business development is paying off

A total of 11,530 jobs created and secured, about 1,100 companies serviced, and an investment volume of over EUR 656 million: these are the key figures of Hamburg Invest for the year 2019, and also Hamburg Invest’s best results yet. In 2019, activities were mainly directed at companies with a focus on creating knowledge- and technology-oriented value as well as businesses seeking to relocate for Brexit-related reasons. The majority of businesses serviced by Hamburg Invest were innovative SMEs as well as startups. The annual press conference of Hamburg Invest was ...

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Cargo re-routed to U.S. ports amid ongoing pipeline protests

What happened: The Association of Canadian Port Authorities says the economic impacts of ongoing anti-pipeline protests have been felt immediately. Why it matters: Protests in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have blocked infrastructure critical to the movement of goods and people across the country. In some cases, ships are being turned away from Canada and cargo re-routed to ports in the United States. Port authorities are beginning to turn incoming ships away from Canadian gateways as anti-pipeline protests continue to disrupt trade and transportation infrastructure across the country. Some cargo ...

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Record number of participants in PortXL innovation programme

After a year of scouting and two exciting pitch days, a total of 27 innovative projects were selected during the 5th edition of PortXL: the first innovation accelerator programme for the maritime sector. Over the next few months, 10 start-ups and 17 scale-ups will set to work on their products. An intensive 100-day coaching and support programme will help prepare them for market. The participants will be presenting their final results during the closing ‘Shakedown’ event on 25 June. Innovative companies PortXL Port of Rotterdam Pitch days Forty innovative companies ...

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Indian Ports Bill Finally Approved

A significantly delayed ports bill that aims to improve efficiency amongst India’s ports has finally been approved by the Indian government. The Major Ports Authority Bill, which until now had been pending since 2016, was approved by the Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The bill will be introduced in the ongoing session of Parliament and replaces the existing regulations under the 1963 Major Port Trusts Act The Major Port Authorities Bill aims to improve the efficiency of India’s 12 major ports by enabling decision-making ...

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Crude oil, iron ore, coal cargo offloading slows in virus-hit China

Calculating the exact impact on commodity markets from the coronavirus epidemic in China is still a fraught process, with too many unknown variables, but there are some early signs of the effect on physical shipments. China’s imports of crude oil and iron ore so far in February are running at levels well below the preceding months, and also from the same month last year, according to vessel-tracking and port data compiled by Refinitiv. To be clear, what the numbers show is that the rate of discharge of cargoes is considerably ...

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HHLA achieves targets for the year: Moderate increase in container throughput, significant rise in transport volume

According to preliminary unaudited figures, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its Group revenue by 6.8 percent to € 1.38 billion in the 2019 financial year (previous year: € 1.29 billion). The Group’s operating result (EBIT) of € 222 million (previous year: € 204 million) grew by 8.8 percent. The listed Port Logistics subgroup generated revenue of € 1.35 billion (previous year: € 1.26 billion) and an operating result (EBIT) of € 205 million (previous year: € 188 million). In total, 7.6 million standard containers (TEU) were handled at ...

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APM Terminals focuses on sustainable port development for KBSP

Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Hidd, Bahrain. An invaluable part of Bahrain’s national infrastructure and growth, the Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP), operated by APM Terminals Bahrain for over a decade has been a facilitator for the Kingdom’s economic progress. With over 800 people working across a wide range of maritime and logistics operations of one of the most efficient ports in the region and 64% Bahrainisation, sustainable port development continues to be a core focus area for APM Terminals Bahrain to drive KBSP’s future growth. In line with their global ...

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Online public voting opens for IAPH 2020 World Ports Sustainability Awards

Following close scrutiny of a long list of forty-five candidate projects by an expert jury, three finalists have now been announced for each of the six categories of 2020 World Ports Sustainability Awards. These candidates can now be voted for by the public online on the WPSP website until Friday, 28 February, whose selection will count for 30% of the final tally of points for each finalist. IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program’s Technical Director Antonis Michail commented : “The final eighteen projects from the original long list fulfil the ambition ...

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Port Houston Container Volume Spikes

Container activity at Port Houston was up 25 percent in January compared to the same period a year ago, marking a significant increase to begin the new year. “Expansion of the Houston Ship Channel and investments in our landside marine terminals are our top priorities” A total of 268,773 twenty-foot equivalent units moved across Port Houston’s docks in January, compared to 214,952 TEUs in January of last year. The hike in container units comes on the heels of a record-setting year in 2019, when Port Houston saw an increase of ...

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US Port-Related Funding Slashed

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has said it is concerned over significant declines to federally funded, port-related programmes in President Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget. It said that while the overall budget request is higher than last year’s, all port-related programmes would receive less than in FY’20 appropriations. “We’re very apprehensive about the President’s fiscal 2021 budget,” said Chris Connor, AAPA president and CEO. “Adequate federal investments into U.S. port-related infrastructure, on the landside and the waterside, are crucial for the safe, efficient movement of goods so the nation ...

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