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IAPH seeks Secretary General

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is the world’s leading peak body representing the interests of Port Authorities and associated maritime industries. The Association has 166 Member Ports plus 137 Associate Members in some 90 countries. The organization has been serving its members for over 60 years through the sharing of information, and the work of its Technical Committees. In addition, the Association holds regular Regional and World Conferences which are highly regarded and well attended. Articles 23 to 31 of the IAPH Constitution stipulate that the management ...

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ICTSI Subic hits milestone 200,000th TEU move

Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) operating the New Container Terminals 1 and 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport, capped 2018 with a milestone after reaching its 200,000th twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) move last 23 December. The event was marked by the offloading of a milestone CMA CGM steel box from MV Sinar Sangir. “We are proud of reaching this latest milestone. More than hitting our targets, this new record highlights Subic Bay International Terminal’s capability to continuously outpace market growth, ...

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Construction of Outfalls at the Former Kai Tak Runway Monday, January 21, 2019, Hong Kong

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Free trade port efforts gain traction

China will step up efforts to accelerate free trade port construction this year, a further step to build on the success of free trade zones across the country, the Ministry of Commerce said. Assistant Minister of Commerce Ren Hongbin said one of the ministry’s priorities in 2019 is to advance the building of free trade zones and explore steps to construct free trade ports in China. The ministry will draw on international experience and come up with policies and institutional systems for building free trade ports “as soon as possible”, ...

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Partnerships Key to Improving Prosperity and Economic Development in Africa Says DP World Chairman and CEO

The key to African economic emergence lies in removal of barriers, increased connectivity between nations and infrastructure development, DP World’s Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, told African leaders and top executives in Dakar Senegal. “We be believe in the viability of Africa, we believe in investing in the continent during our investment in Senegal we improved efficiency and volumes 135 percent in 10 years,” Mr Bin Sulayem told the audience at the Africa Emergence Conference 2019 in Dakar Senegal. Addressing a panel on how private ...

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Software Team Leader leads his crew to succeed

From a kid who loves big machines to a professional who likes to work with people, Team Leader Petri Vuorenpää outlines his career path. Q: What were your passions as a child for your future work? – Machines have always been part of my life. As a young boy I loved to drive a tractor at my grandparents’ place, so naturally, my dream job then was to be a tractor or excavator operator. – I started my studies with a hands-on approach that still pays off: a dual qualification that ...

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India: Slide in iron ore, fertiliser traffic hits growth of major ports

Major ports witnessed subdued growth in cargo during April-December of FY19 as key commodities like iron ore and raw fertilisers slid consistently in volumes. Total cargo traffic shipped through major ports inched up only 3.77 per cent in this period. Ports of Mormugao, Mumbai and Chidambaranar showed de-growth of 27.52 per cent, 4.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively. Iron ore cargo- pellets included, dipped 10.9 per cent in the period under review. Raw fertilizer shipments, too, fell 9.51 per cent. Major ports had to contend with tepid growth ...

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Chinese port sparks controversy in Uruguay

More than 500 vessels carrying Chinese flags could soon dock west of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo after Shandong BaoMa Fisheries Group received authorisation to construct a duty-free zone comprising a port, a shipyard and a factory to process and freeze fish. The US$200 million project is to be installed on a 28-hectare plot in Punta Yeguas, a mostly rural area with a public park, angering local residents. Conservationists say the port threatens the South Atlantic marine ecosystem – an area already plagued by excessive and illegal fishing – by enabling vessels ...

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Guangzhou (Nansha) port, bigger, smarter, more connected ahead to lead ports in the Greater Bay Area

The vision of a “Greater Bay Area” (GBA), China’s economic hub encompassing 11 urban southern Chinese cities, has caught the imagination of regional governments, corporations and investors. The plan to integrate the cities in fields of manufacturing, services, financing and high-tech is going to offer the bay area container port market a wealth of new opportunities. Guangzhou (Nansha) port, located at the mouth of the Pearl River Estuary and the geographical center of the GBA, has been a major commercial and trading port in China over the past thousand years, ...

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Russian wheat deep sea port traders eye $260/mt as origination costs soar

Russian deep sea port 12.5% protein wheat traders are eyeing $260/mt as supply evaporates and origination costs soar. Prices for FOB Handysize vessels currently stand at $243.75/mt as assessed by S&P Global Platts. This represents a rise of $6.50 since January 2 and Russian wheat’s firm advance towards its all-time high on Platts records at $249/mt set in February 2015. The lack of deliverable supply near port has been supporting the price over the last couple of months, prompting sellers to hunt for wheat further inland in more remote regions ...

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India watchdog orders DP, Maersk units to withdraw some notices to clients at Mumbai port

India’s antitrust watchdog has ordered Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk and Dubai’s DP World to withdraw certain customer advisories which it said could hamper growth of the country’s largest container port in Mumbai, a document seen by Reuters showed. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last year ordered a probe into suspected antitrust violations by DP World DPW.DI and Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) units at the terminals they operate at state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Handling 66 million tonnes of cargo in the last fiscal year to March, JNPT is critical to India’s ...

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Rice exports via Kolkata, Haldia ports fall 55% in 2 years

Shobha Roy Rice exports from West Bengal through the Kolkata and Haldia ports have dropped by 55 per cent in the last two years. According to exporters association, the State shipped close to 30,000 containers, around 8.4 lakh tonnes (lt) of rice in 2016-17 through the two ports. However, in 2017-18, it exported 13,000 containers (3.64 lt). The exports through the ports during April-December of the current fiscal is close to 12,000 containers (3.36 lt). Infra bottlenecks The exporters’ association feels the low draft at Kolkata Port and inadequate infrastructure, ...

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Dublin Port’s Cargo Volumes Grow by 4.3% for the Second Year in a Row

Dublin Port Company has today reported full-year trading figures for 2018. The latest figures show that cargo volumes through Dublin Port hit record levels for the fourth year in a row with growth of 4.3% to reach a new record 38.0m gross tonnes in 2018. This brings overall growth at Dublin Port in the five years since economic recovery began in 2013 to +35.7%. To facilitate future growth, Dublin Port continues to invest in new infrastructure based on its Masterplan 2040 and a €1 billion ten-year programme of works is ...

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Exports From Khorramshahr Port Up 16 Percent

More than 1.5 million tons of commodities were exported from Khorramshahr Port in the southern Khuzestan Province during the first 10 months of the current Iranian year on March 21, 2018, registering a 16% increase compared with the similar period of last year. Director General of Khorramshahr Port and Maritime Organization Nourollah Asadi was quoted as saying by the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development on Wednesday that the exported goods over the period mainly included mineral products and construction materials. Source: Financial Tribune

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Incumbents Welcome To Bid For Valencia Concession

Valencia has confirmed that incumbent operators are free to participate in the tender for its fourth container terminal with no requirement to increase current capacity levels. However, the tender document also allows incumbents to bid to develop a terminal with a capacity of 50% more than their existing facility and to then abandon their existing facility, benefitting from certain financial concessions. Speaking exclusively to Port Strategy, a port spokesperson said that if incumbents opted for the latter route it would be possible, through mutual agreement between the operator and the ...

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