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With 2 big ports, Gujarat sets off race for Tesla plant

Jostling has started to host the assembling or production plant of Tesla Inc, after the Elon Musk-led electric car-maker opened a research and development unit in Bengaluru ahead of hitting the road in India. With India’s biggest ports — Kandla and Mundra — in Gujarat, the State is pitching for the Tesla unit. The first indication that Gujarat will pursue Tesla aggressively came from SK Mehta, Chairman of Centre-owned Deendayal Port Trust (formerly Kandla Port Trust). “The Smart Industrial Port City that Deendayal Port Trust is developing on more than ...

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Fresh controversy over ports handling rice cargo

A fresh controversy has erupted over the possible diversion of rice cargo, traditionally meant for the anchorage port, to Kakinada Deep Water Port (DWP). AP Maritime Board is proposing to allow handling of surplus rice cargo at the new port, reserving cargo sufficient for seven ships to the anchorage port. This proposal was placed before steel barge owners, port workers, carry and forward agents and others in shipping trade. There is stiff opposition from workers and steel barge owners who argue that if the traditional rice cargo is also handled ...

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Port of Antwerp: Record container throughput limits losses in 2020, the year of coronavirus

The total throughput of Port of Antwerp in 2020 amounted to 231 million metric tonnes of cargo, a fall of 3.1% compared with the previous year. Thanks to the buoyant container throughput rates, which set a new record, the port was able to limit the overall decline in throughput. Compared with most other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range, the port held up very well despite a year dominated by coronavirus and other trade tensions. The investment in pioneering projects relating to energy transition, digitalisation, and mobility have also laid ...

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DP World Antwerp Gateway orders fleet of Automated Stacking Cranes from Konecranes

DP World Antwerp Gateway has ordered a fleet of 34 Automated Stacking Cranes (Konecranes Gottwald ARMGs) for its container terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. The cranes will be an expansion to the current fleet of 20 ARMGs currently in operation. The first batch will be delivered in Q2 2022, the last batch by 2026. This order was booked in December 2020. DP World Antwerp Gateway was very motivated to continue their current operating concept, using their current ASC system delivered by Gottwald in 2006. With this new ASC system, featuring a ...

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CITU opposes Indian Ports Bill

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said The Indian Ports Bill – 2020, proposed by the Centre will deprive the State governments of their power over minor ports. Speaking to the media here on Sunday, CITU State president Ch. Narasinga Rao, city general secretary M. Jaggu Naidu and the national vice-president of the Water Transport Workers Federation V.S. Padmanabha Raju said the States would lose the revenue they are presently getting from the minor ports and the Centre would gain hegemony over them. The takeover of the powers of ...

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Reclamation southwest of Shek Kwu Chau for integrated waste management facilities Monday, January 18, 2021, Hong Kong For approximately 12 months, reclamation works involving sand filling, hydrographic survey, and construction of seawall and breakwater will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent shoreline: (A) 22° 11.334’N 113° 59.462’E (B) 22° 11.149’N 113° 59.466’E (C) 22° 11.144’N 113° 59.289’E (D) 22° 11.237’N 113° 58.828’E (E) 22° 11.373’N 113° 58.744’E (F) 22° 11.491’N 113° 58.709’E ...

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Venice LNG obtains the Authorization Decree for the construction and operation of the LNG storage terminal in Porto Marghera

Gian Luigi Triboldi, President and CEO of Venice LNG: “We are pleased to give our contribution to promote the use of LNG, which plays a key role in the energy transition process” Venice, January 15th, 2021 – Venice LNG, a subsidiary of the Decal Spa Group operating in Porto Marghera for over 60 years, welcomes the news that the Ministry of Economic Development in agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport issued the Authorization Decree for the construction and operation of the first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) storage in ...

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Brexit: Irish hauliers ‘bypassing Welsh ports’, say bosses

Irish hauliers are bypassing Welsh ports to avoid Brexit bureaucracy, industry leaders say. So-called “teething problems” with new export rules are causing “enormous strain on staff”, according to one haulage company. But others warn of a longer-term shift by truck firms from using Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. Gwynedd Shipping said it was operating at 65% normal volumes and the pressure of extra paperwork was challenging. Andrew Kinsella, the firm’s managing director, said: “It’s an enormous strain on our staff in terms of processing bookings. “We process around 400 or ...

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The dynamism of the Asian market and the rise in fuel prices increase freight rates in Valenciaport

The Valencia Containerised Freight Index (VCFI) of December experienced a growth of 4.19% with respect to the previous month, confirming the trend of the last five months of the year of increased freight rates. The high demand for traffic with China and the rise in fuel prices have played a major role in this increase. Thus, the VCFI as a thermometer of the evolution of maritime transport prices is demonstrating the recovery of economic activity. Thus, freight rates end 2020 with a new all-time high of 1,423.2 points, an increase ...

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BPA: Government must act immediately on seafood exports

The British Ports Association has written to Ministers about the continuing issues affecting seafood exports to the EU. At an urgent meeting of 20 fishing ports from across the UK on Friday, numerous serious issues were raised with new processes that are affecting landings and undermining the fisheries sector. Issues exporting seafood to the EU are affecting UK fishing ports’ competitiveness and must be addressed immediately. The BPA has joined calls for compensation for those negatively affected. Many ports have reported that boats usually landing into their harbours are either ...

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Transshipment containers up by 2.5 million at Jeddah Islamic Port in 2020 despite pandemic

The Jeddah Islamic Port has achieved a remarkable increase in the number of transshipment containers by 2.5 million standard containers during the year 2020, an increase of 12 percent compared to the same period of 2019, amid an integrated system of competitive services. This continuous increase in transshipment activity, which is an added value to the economy, comes from the value-added services that the world’s hub ports seek to increase by attracting regular international shipping lines to them, in line with the Kingdom’s ambition to transform into a global logistics ...

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Port of Long Beach Moves A Record 8.1 Million TEUs In 2020

Essential workers at the Port of Long Beach moved more than 8.1 million cargo container units in 2020, setting a record in the face of economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing trade war with China. The Port ended 2020, its busiest year on record, with 8,113,315 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved, an increase of 6.3% from 2019. Imports rose 6.4% to 3,998,340 TEUs. Exports totaled 1,475,888 TEUs, up 0.2%, while empty containers increased 9.9% to 2,639,088 TEUs. The Port exceeded the previous annual record set in ...

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Hamad Port’s cargo handling soars with start of Container Terminal 2

Within days after inauguration of its initial operations, Container Terminal 2 (CT2) at Hamad Port has started receiving container ships. Yesterday both Container Terminal 1 and Container Terminal 2 received two vessels each and this new development will increase cargo handling capacity of Hamad Port. “QTerminals welcomed four vessels at CT1 and CT2 at Hamad Port. A full house! The discharging and loading of the containers was carried out safely, efficiently and effectively, as always,” QTerminals announced in a tweet. The first ship had arrived at CT2 of Hamad Port ...

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Coal exports from Port of Newcastle strong despite China’s ban on Australian coal

While Australian coal remains off limits in China, the trade tensions have barely dented overall export figures from Australia’s largest coal terminal, with producers finding other international markets. China usually accounts for 20 per cent of exports from the Port of Newcastle, and when coal ships stopped leaving for China in November, it raised the prospect of a shortfall in demand. Yet, overall export figures for December show only a 3 per cent decline on the previous year. A total of 14.9 million tonnes of coal were exported from the ...

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Port of Los Angeles Cargo Reaches 9.2 Million TEUs in 2020

The nation’s busiest container port moved 9.2 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in 2020, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka announced at the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s sixth annual State of the Port of Los Angeles – a virtual event this year. A late-year surge of pandemic-induced consumer spending helped boost volumes to near 2019 levels, making 2020 the fourth highest-volume year in the Port’s history. “Our container business in 2020 was the most erratic we have ever seen, with volumes plunging nearly 19% in the first five ...

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