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China’s Guangzhou Gas says LNG import terminal to begin operations by H2 2022

China’s Guangzhou Gas Group said the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank and jetty it’s building on the southern coast in Guangzhou is expected to begin commercial operation by second-half 2022, with initial annual throughput of 1 million tonnes. In slides presented at a gas conference in Shanghai, the company said it would begin issuing tenders to buy over 1 million tonnes per year of LNG for the medium and long term in 2021. Local government-backed Guangzhou Gas, one of China’s fast-growing players in the LNG sector outside the national ...

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ACM clears acquisition of container terminal

The Netherlands Authority for Consumer and Markets (ACM) has cleared the acquisition of a container terminal in the country. Hutchison Ports Netherlands, parent company of container terminal operator ECT, can now acquire container terminal APM Terminals Rotterdam. In its investigation, ACM primarily looked at competition between terminal services for containers that are directly shipped to destinations elsewhere in Europe. ACM’s investigation reveals that the market share of the group to which ECT belongs will increase only slightly as a result of the acquisition and there are no significant consequences for ...

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Throughput in first three quarters falls 8.8% short of last year’s total

The port of Rotterdam handled a total of 103.4 million tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2020. Total throughput over the first nine months of the year stands at 322.3 million tonnes. This is 8.8% lower than the volume recorded in the equivalent period last year. The main throughput categories to record a decline in volumes were crude oil, iron ore, coal and mineral oil products. In contrast, the port could report an increase in agribulk volumes, with only a very modest decline in container throughput. In comparison ...

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Hyundai ships hydrogen trucks via Antwerp

By the end of this year, Hyundai Motors will ship 50 hydrogen trucks via the port of Antwerp to the Hyundai site in Switzerland. The aim is to ship 1,600 trucks to Europe via Antwerp by 2025. At the International Car Operators terminal, two cargoes of hydrogen trucks have already arrived from the South Korean port of Kwangyang. From the terminal, they will depart on transport to the Hyundai site in Zurich. Switzerland is one of the countries with the largest share of hydropower in the world and opened the ...

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First tanker heading to Louisiana Cameron LNG since Hurricane Delta

The first liquefied natural gas tanker to go to Cameron LNG’s export plant in Louisiana since Hurricane Delta was set to arrive on Tuesday. Golar Seal was currently sailing up the Calcasieu Ship Channel on its way to Cameron, according to Refinitiv ship tracking data. The last vessel to go to Cameron was SK Audace on Oct. 4-5, according to the Refinitiv data. That tanker left before Hurricane Delta hit the coast near Cameron on Oct. 9. The U.S. Coast Guard said it will allow vessels with drafts less than ...

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Essar Bulk Terminal wins green nod for ₹2,000 crore LNG terminal at Hazira Port

Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd, a unit of Essar Ports Ltd, has won approval from a key environment clearance agency to build a ₹2,000-crore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at its port located at Hazira in Gujarat’s Surat district. Essar Ports Ltd is the port operating unit of Ruias’ promoted Essar Group. The expert appraisal committee (EAC) has recommended the project to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for grant of environmental and coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance, according to a document seen by BusinessLine. Essar Bulk Terminal runs ...

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Port Houston Monthly Container Volumes Rise Yearly total surpasses 2 million TEUs, despite pandemic

Port Houston’s container activity in September surpassed the record level of TEUs for the same month last year, despite the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has slowed global commerce this year. This is the first turn toward growth since the effects of the pandemic in March. Port Houston handled 254,405TEUsin September, 1% more than September of 2019 when a total of 251,524 TEUs were handled. For all of 2020, container activity already eclipsed the 2 million TEU mark, hitting2,165,581 TEUs. That was just3% less than the 2,232,036 TEUs ...

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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

Traffic suspension for yacht race Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Bosphorus, Turkey Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus will be suspended from 12:00 to 16:00 hours local time on Saturday, 24 October, due to the Visa Bosphorus Regatta Yacht Race. For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at [email protected] Safety zone established around rig Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Sabine Bank Channel, United States The large semi-submersible rig JASMINIA remains stationary in Sabine Bank Channel near gated buoys 17 and 18. Salvage operations are ongoing. Personnel are on board ...

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China LPG port flows ease after congestion amid tight controls, military exercises

LPG imports in China have started to resume as ports eased from congestion caused by tighter management of discharging hazardous chemicals during the National holidays, while Chinese military maneuvers in several sea areas disrupted ship movements, trade sources said. Chinese authorities tighten control of hazardous waste discharge annually during the national holidays, which fell over the first week of October in 2020. A ship owned by a major Chinese propane dehydrogenation, or PDH, plant operator was heard to have been affected by the military exercises, a market source said. The ...

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Iron ore arrivals at Chinese ports rose 480,000 mt on week

A total of 103 vessels carrying 15.15 million mt of iron ore arrived at major Chinese ports during October 11-17, SMM estimates. This was up 480,000 mt from the previous week, and was up 4,65 million mt from the same period last year. The amount of arrivals in Shandong declined on the week, while those in Tangshan rose slightly. For the same week, iron ore deliveries leaving Australian ports increased 890,000 mt on a weekly basis, and 5.34 million mt on a yearly basis, to 17.55 million mt. Shipments that ...

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Dutch Port throughput slumped in first half of 2020

In the first six months of 2020, the volume of transhipments at Dutch seaports declined by nearly 10 percent relative to the same period last year. Incoming shipments fell more rapidly than outgoing. Bulk cargo, such as petroleum and coal, declined more sharply than container shipments. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures on inward and outward maritime transport. In the first half of 2020, Dutch seaports transhipped 281 million tonnes of cargo, down from 311 million tonnes in the first two quarters of 2019. Inbound cargo (unloading ...

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Port of Salalah Registers 100% in Roll-on, Roll-off Cargo Ship Operations

The Port of Salalah has registered 100pc in Roll-on, Roll-off Cargo Ship Operations (or RORO business). The port made major progress in receiving an increasing number of Yemen-bound consignments of vehicles that are imported via Salalah and transported by land to Yemen. A statement issued here today said the number of vehicles shipped to Salalah doubled over the past six months. The Port of Salalah handled 18,000 vehicles imported from the beginning of 2020 to August 2020, compared to 7,000 imported during the corresponding period in 2019. This growth augmented ...

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DCSA launches Just-in-Time Port Call programme to facilitate vessel speed optimisation and reduce CO2 emissions

Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral, non-profit group established to further digitalisation of container shipping technology standards, in conjunction with its nine member carriers, today published standard data definitions for the port call process. This is the first publication of the DCSA Just-in-Time (JIT) Port Call programme. By moving container shipping towards a JIT port call process, DCSA port call standards will enable container ships to optimise their steaming speed, thereby lowering fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. To provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments, DCSA ...

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Indian Ports Association takes the limelight at the World Logistics Awards 2020

In the recent World Logistics Awards 2020, held on October 14th virtually, Indian Ports Association (IPA), an apex body of Major Ports under the administrative control of Ministry of Shipping, bagged three National Award 2020 – the Excellence in Logistic & Supply Chain and Excellence in Public Sector Unit under categories for Best E-Governance Implementation, Best-in-Class IT system Provider and Best IT project of the Year, all for PCS1x. IPA has demarked itself by being one of the forerunners to bring digitalization in the maritime industry. Bringing in the digital ...

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Coast Guard opens Louisiana Calcasieu Ship Channel to more traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard said over the weekend it will allow vessels with drafts less than 36 feet (11 meters) to transit the Calcasieu Channel in Louisiana as local and federal agencies clean up obstructions in the waterway following Hurricane Delta. The Coast Guard said vessels with a draft of more than 25 feet but less than 36 feet can travel the channel with a local pilot during daylight hours only. The Calcasieu Channel allows vessels to access the Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant, oil refineries in Lake ...

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