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High volume vessel calls as a result of blank sailings put pressure on port operations

The tenth WPSP-IAPH COVID19 Port Economic Impact Barometer published today reveals an important development for ports located in countries where lockdown restrictions are being eased. This report accumulates results from ninety ports predominantly located in Europe and the Americas, with some representation from Africa and the Far East. More ports than in any of the past surveys reported a return to ‘business as normal’ as regards the number of cargo vessels calls. Nonetheless, while cargo vessels beyond containerships increasingly arrive at the same numbers as the year before, the container ...

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Konecranes to deliver mobile harbor crane to new terminal in Trieste

In the second quarter of 2020, Piattaforma Logistica Trieste S.r.L. (PLT) ordered an eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane for a new terminal in the Port of Trieste in northeastern Italy. After delivery in September and commissioning in October, the crane will handle containers, general cargo and heavy project cargo. PLT is a partnership formed by local companies to build and operate in a public private partnership (PPP) with the Trieste Port Authority, a new marine terminal in the Port of Trieste, at the very north end of the Adriatic ...

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Mundra overtakes JNPT to emerge largest container port by volumes

Mundra Port, India’s biggest commercial port by volumes and the flagship port of the Adani Group, edged past state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to emerge the largest container port in the country in the April-June quarter. Mundra handled 970,940 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) while JNPT loaded 847,844 TEUs. A TEU is the standard size of a container and a common measure of capacity in the container business. “Our next goal is making Mundra the largest container port in the world,” said Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adani ...

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New container line opens between Ctg, Kolkata ports

A new container line has started operating between Chattogram and Kolkata seaports in a significant move to boost Indo-Bangladesh trade. The vessel,Harmann Schepper, left the Ctgport on Thursday last while another vessel, Asiatic Moon, a Singapore flag carrier, left Kolkata port for Ctg port on Friday last, people having direct knowledge on the issue told the FE on Sunday. Asiatic Moon left from Syamaee Port (SMP), erstwhile Kolkata Port Trust, carrying 300 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containers. These are the biggest vessels by size operating between the two ports ...

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Dunkerque-Port Recognized For Its Environmental Performance

On June 24, Dunkerque-Port was again awarded PERS certification (Port Environmental Review System) set up by the EcoPorts network and issued by the ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation). This environmental management certification, specific to the port sector, attests to correct compliance with current rules and standards, and rewards involvement in projects and initiatives for better environmental performance in ports. Its renewal for Dunkerque-Port confirms the global action carried out for more than a decade by the port in favour of environmental conservation within the framework of its activities. The new ...

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Indian Port sector to witness cargo volume contraction, project delays: ICRA

Although the port sector has been classified under essential services and remained operational during the lockdown, the adverse impact on domestic economic activity as well as a slowdown in global trade has resulted in a steep contraction in cargo volumes at the major ports. Similar to the 22 per cent decline in April, May also saw a 22 per cent decline in throughout output, according to a research report by rating agency ICRA. While the decline was across major cargo categories, petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL), thermal coal and container ...

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Russian ports to start collecting investment charge in 2020

Collection of the investment charge in Russian ports will start in 2020, head of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) Alexander Poshivai told reporters on Friday. “It was approved in thirteen ports of our country and we will accordingly start working with the already approved investment charge. Certainly [the charge collection will start this year – TASS],” the official said. “Concerning the investment charge, it has been introduced in just 13 of our 67 ports, that is, it was enacted exactly where needed,” Podshivai said. Its effect on ...

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Abu Dhabi Terminals improves its global connectivity with the MSC and 2M ‘JADE’ service

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the managers and operators of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, recently welcomed yet another new main line service to its growing network. The JADE service which forms part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and 2M alliance networks, provides ADT customers with additional direct coverage and fast transit times from the Mediterranean and Red Sea into Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi into South East Asia and North Asia. The first vessel call on this new service to Abu Dhabi took place on Monday, 8th June when ...

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Cadiz-Port Holds Its First Round Table Addressing The Future Of Marine Renewable Energies

Cádiz-Port, the Association of the Port Community of Cádiz, addressed the possibilities of development of the renewable energy industry in the Bay by holding its first round table on the 1st of July: “Renewable Energies and the Industry of the Bay of Cádiz. A look at the future”. An initiative that forms part of the Neo Cadiz Bay project, in which one of its main objectives is the creation of a debate on the current scenario of Renewable Energy in Spain, and the strategic and legal mechanisms necessary to transform ...

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Suez Canal new incentive to Vehicles Carriers

“Vehicle Carriers ” coming g from ports at North West t of Europe till Santander port a nd heading to port o f Singapore and its Eastern ports at South East of Asia and the Fa r East shall be granted a rebate o f 8 % fro m Suez Canal normal tolls. Any operating company wishing to benefit from this circular must submit a request through its shipping agency before sailing from port of origin. The request must state: vessel’s particulars, origin port, sailing date, destination port, ETA to ...

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Traffic at India’s major ports falls 20% in June qtr due to lockdowns

Major ports in India, which handle more than half of the country’s seaborne trade, had a nearly 20% fall in traffic during the quarter ended June, the Indian Ports Association (IPA) said, as coronavirus lockdowns slowed economic activity. India’s twelve state-run major ports handled 141.9 million tonnes of shipments in the quarter ended June 30, compared with 176.7 million tonnes the previous year, the IPA data showed. The handling of major types of shipments such as crude oil, coal and containers fell, except for iron ore and fertilizers, the data ...

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India Customs tightens clearance process for Chinese imports

India had recently tightened physical checks on imports from China, causing delays in clearing of consigned Chinese goods, consequently clogging ports and freight stations in the south Asian nation. Instead of the usual random checks of imported cargoes, the Indian customs authorities began subjecting all Chinese imports to full physical scrutiny on 22 June, bringing clearances to a halt until 2 July. The 100% physical checks on Chinese cargoes were conducted without any formal orders from the Indian government, according to industry sources. Following appeals from domestic industry bodies affected ...

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“Kiel Canal traffic dues will be suspended” – Kiel-Canal Initiative welcomes decisive step by politicians

With the support of the five federal states of Northern Germany and the German Shipbrokers Association, the Kiel Canal Initiative has persistently campaigned for the suspension of the traffic dues for the Kiel Canal in recent months and welcomes the decision taken on 01.07.2020 by the federal government to waive the traffic dues until 31.12.2020. “Caused by the Corona crisis, the maritime economy is under massive cost pressure and traffic on the Kiel Canal is experiencing an unprecedented decline,” emphasizes Jens Broder Knudsen, Chairman of the Kiel-Canal Initiative. This decline ...

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Container growth slows in FY’20

The growth in container handling at the country’s prime sea port of Chittagong slowed down to nearly 3.0 per cent in the just-concluded fiscal year due to poor shipment. This is provisional statistics prepared by the Chittagong Port Authority. The shipment was hit hard in May when merchandise export slumped by over 60 per cent as a result of poor demand for Bangladeshi goods in Europe and the USA. Import also nosedived in May dipping by over 31 per cent to US$ 3.5 billion, according to Bangladesh Bank. But people ...

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Driving Efficiency at Nigerian Ports

There is no doubt that the most common mode of transport in international trade is sea transport, this is as a result of the large amount of cargo that is transported on sea. There are more than 2000 seaports around the world, from the ones with a single berth location handling a few hundreds tons of cargo annually to huge facilities handling about 300 million tons of cargo a year. More than 80 per cent of trade with origins or destinations in tonnage is water-borne. Ports are emerging more and ...

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