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British Ports Association Responds to Brexit Vote

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association: The ports industry notes developments in Parliament this evening and some in our sector will have real concern about the increasing possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit outcome. We would urge the Government to clarify its alternative plans immediately and do whatever is necessary to avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU. We have now been discussing the implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit with Ministers and officials for more than two years and we know they fully appreciate the disruption ...

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Singapore’s container throughput grows by 8.7 pct in 2018

Singapore’s container throughput grew by 8.7 percent to 36.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2018, said Lam Pin Min, senior minister of state for transport and health, here on Monday. According to a press release from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Lam said the total cargo throughput handled in Singapore reached 630 million tonnes last year, compared to 627.7 million tonnes in 2017. Lam said the Port of Singapore maintained a stable performance in 2018, and Singapore retained its position as the world’s leading bunkering port. ...

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HK port sector fights back after slipping to 7th place

The last time Hong Kong’s container port was ranked at the top globally was in 2004. Since then, it has gradually slipped to the No.7 spot, due to diminishing competitiveness in efficiency and costs. To fight back, four operators recently announced the formation of “Hong Kong Seaport Alliance” to jointly manage their berths. Hong Kong’s container port throughout amounted to 21.98 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2004, making it the world’s busiest container port. Back then, Singapore handled 21.33 million TEUs, while Shanghai and Shenzhen only carried up to ...

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Bangladesh’s second LNG terminal to start in March; supply faces hiccups

Bangladesh’s second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is expected to start operations in mid-March though domestic pipeline constraints means it will be unable to fully supply gas demand to the country’s capital Dhaka. Summit Corp, a subsidiary of Bangladesh’s Summit Holdings, and partner Mitsubishi Corp are expected to start operations at their floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) off the country’s coast by the middle of March and ahead of schedule, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. A Summit Corp spokeswoman confirmed in an emailed response ...

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All Libyan oil and non-oil ports closed due to bad weather -shipper

All Libyan oil and non-oil ports were closed on Tuesday due to bad weather, a shipper and a port worker said. Tankers were waiting to load at the Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina, Zawiya and Hariga oil ports, the shipper said.

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Bunker operations in Malta restart as weather conditions improve: port authority

Bunker operations in Malta restarted late Tuesday morning, after weather conditions improved, a spokesman for the port authority said late Tuesday morning, however they are restricted. “Bunkering operations [have] resumed at Area 4,” a spokesman for the port authority said. Operations in the port of Malta were suspended early Monday morning as a result of strong winds and subsequent high swells, S&P Global Platts previously reported. In comparison with Monday’s delivered RMG 380 assessment of $377/mt, indications on Tuesday were stable to higher at $375-385/mt. Source:

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Waypoint Port Services Singapore poised for sustained growth in 2019 at new office premises

Waypoint Port Services Singapore Pte Ltd (‘Waypoint Singapore’), an integrated shipping agency, celebrated the opening of its new office premises with an inauguration event last week. The guest of honour for the event was Schulte Group CEO, Ian Beveridge, COO of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, David Furnival, and CFO of Bernhard Schulte, Tobias Pinker, who cut the ribbon at the ceremony. Other guests included customers and partners of Waypoint Singapore, representatives from port operators PSA Singapore and Jurong Port, and officials from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Velu Ramoo, ...

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Kalmar’s Hybrid RTGs to deliver eco-efficient performance for Exolgan Container Terminal, Buenos Aires

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Exolgan S.A. to supply a total of four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with hybrid drivelines for its container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The order, which also includes the supply of a spare parts package for the machines, was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to take place in late 2019. The Exolgan terminal in Buenos Aires is a general cargo and container-handling port terminal with strategic road, rail and river transport connections. As the leading port ...

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‘No Deal’ Brexit Could See Irish Hauliers Being ‘Blocked’ At UK Ports

Irish trucks using the UK as a land bridge to the Continent face being ‘blocked’ at ports if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Minister Regina Doherty has said. Tomorrow British MPs are expected to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, which if defeated – as is expected – makes a no deal Brexit the UK government’s default position. If it is a no deal, the Irish Government has admitted that Irish hauliers will face extra delays as UK trucks will be prioritised for passage through clogged-up ports ...

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Installation & maintenance of silt barricades Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Singapore

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British Ports Association statement ahead of Brexit Vote

It is important to remember that, in the seemingly unlikely event that this deal is agreed by Parliament, this is the beginning of a process, not the end of it. We have yet to negotiate more than the basic principles behind our future relationship with the EU and there remains much to be agreed, including fundamental questions around if and how goods are checked and handled at the border. If the deal tonight falls, then we would encourage Government to urgently set out its plans for avoiding a disorderly withdrawal ...

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High swells warning not affecting bunkering operations in Callao, Peru: sources

Reports of high swells in Callao, Peru, are not expected to affect bunker operations there, market sources said Monday. Port agents warned of high swells along the central coast — from Chimbote to San Nicolas — from Monday through Wednesday. A local supplier source said that at the moment there was no concern at all about the swells. Wave heights up to 50% more than normal are expected until Monday afternoon, the Peruvian Navy reported in a statement on its site. “At the moment it’s not affecting us, but it ...

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Dublin Port: How Is It Preparing For a Possible No-Deal Brexit?

On top of the roof of Dublin Port Company’s headquarters, you can see lots of building work amidst all the docked ships at the River Liffey’s mouth. And while that construction is not entirely Brexit-related, management at the port, BBC News reports, says it has to be prepared for the possibility of a no-deal and any potential economic fallout. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March, whether or not there is a negotiated deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping that her draft Withdrawal Agreement ...

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Port Qasim dockers end strike

Chinese company Huaneng Fuyun Port and Shipping (HFPS), which operates berths three and four at Port Qasim , Karachi, has paid five months salary (from July 18 to November 18) to Pakistani dock workers in the port through two cheques of a total amount of Rs20.547 million. Sources in the Ports and Shipping told The Nation on Sunday that a deal was brokered at a meeting on the weekend between representatives of Huaneng Fuyun Port and Shipping (HFPS) and representatives of 1,751 dockers, social workers, human rights activists and trade ...

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ABP: £250M To Keep Britain Trading Through Brexit

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports operator, recently announced an additional investment to boost facilities at its Port of Hull, bringing the group’s total investment to £250 million since the EU referendum in 2016. This programme of investment demonstrates the group’s commitment to keeping Britain trading with Europe and the rest of the world after Brexit. ABP is actively working to support businesses anxious about the event of a No-Deal Brexit and the potential severe disruption this may cause at the Port of Dover. ABP’s container and ferry ...

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