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Port of Corpus Christi approves $217M in bonds for ship channel, capital needs

For the Port of Corpus Christi, expanding its ship channel will be the project that positions the port and the United States as global leaders in energy exports. Port officials on Tuesday made a decision highlighting just how important that is. Port commissioners voted to approve $217 million in bonds that would help pay for work to expand the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, as well as other capital needs that are needed for operations at the port. At least $102 million of the total issued bonds will be set aside ...

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Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow

The Antwerp Port Authority and the Antwerp blockchain start-up T-Mining have developed a solution to make document flows safer and more efficient. Documents, such as certificates of origin and phytosanitary certificates, are transferred via blockchain technology and the document flow is automated by means of so-called “Smart Contracts”. Together with Belfruco, Enzafruit, PortApp, 1-Stop and T&G Global, a specific solution was developed for phytosanitary certificates – which guarantee the safety of fruit and vegetables. With this pilot project, the port of Antwerp confirms its pioneering role in the field of ...

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Energy Monitoring Is Part Of Automation

Energy monitoring is becoming increasingly important in container terminal management as terminals look to automation, the global vice president of sales, ports & terminals at Identec Solutions has said. Operators are under pressure to reduce energy consumption and refrigerated containers (reefers), which are often managed by an automated system, consume around 50% of energy at ports. This needs to be reduced to reduce costs, improve efficiency and green operations, said Stephan Piworus. He said: “Most terminals just pay for the peak power so if you reduce the peak power, which ...

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APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. receives Authorized Economic Operator certification -the internationally recognized security standard

Instituted by the World Customs Organization, the Authorized Economic Operator certification, AEO, is a program that aims at preventing unlawful trade across borders andfacilitating legitimate tradedesignates. By getting the AEO certification, APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. is acknowledged as a ‘secure’ and ‘reliable’ trade partner in the global supply chain and will enable delivery of higher efficiencies and speedexport-import services. “We are proud to have received this certification. It is a validation of our long-standing values and commitment towards safety and security. In addition, this internationally recognized security standard enables ...

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APM Terminals Management BV : ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam

The logistics surrounding the Port of Rotterdam are daunting. Eight deep sea terminals; 600 barges with 150 different owners; some 150,000 shippers from across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany all relying on the port. The result is a fragmented and complex area – which especially affects the delivery of fresh produce. Delivering fresh fruit, vegetables and other goods demands efficient, timely and reliable logistics chains. From the terminals to the importers’ distribution centres to the local European consumers, clean lines of delivery are key. It was that demand that led ...

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Kalmar to support continued expansion at Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals with new order for customised RMGs

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals (RST) to supply two Kalmar rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes with remote control and extensive customisation. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2018 second quarter order intake. The first crane will be delivered in Q4 of 2019 and the second during Q1 of 2020. Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals, located in the Port of Rotterdam, is the largest short sea shipping hub in Europe, with over 320 employees working around the clock to process over 800,000 containers each year. ...

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Myanmar exports over one million ton of rice from Yangon ports

Myanmar exported more than one million ton of rice from Yangon ports between 2014-15 FY and 2017-18 FY, according to Myanma Port Authority (MPA). “Myanmar exported one million ton of rice from Yangon ports within four fiscal years and most of them are exported from Sule port terminal,” said Managing Director Ni Aung from the MPA. It exported over 160,000 tons of rice in 2014-15 FY, about 41,000 tons of rice in 2015-16 FY, over 195,000 tons of rice in 2016-17 FY and over 630,000 tons of rice in 2017-18 ...

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KPA breaks 3-year ship performance record

The Kenya Ports Authority has recorded huge improvement in cargo clearance and ship performance in just a few days since the new management took office. On Monday, the parastatal announced it had reduced the number of containers sitting at the port from an all time high of 22,500 to about 10,000. New MD Daniel Manduku attributed the improvement to efficiency measures, including seamless connection of operations between discharge and eventual delivery to location. “We are committed to ensure that the numbers go much lower while maintaining good business practice. Those ...

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Mumbai port’s vehicle exports grow 11% in FY18

Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has bucked the national trend of a decline in exports of passenger vehicles (in units) and registered an increase of about 11% in the last fiscal 2017-18. The growth rate was higher at 21% in the 2016-17 fiscal. According to a report of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), there was a decline of 1.5% in passenger vehicle exports in 2017-18. The positive trend of growth in the segment continues in the new fiscal 2018-19. Exports of passenger vehicles during April-May, 2018 was 41,602 units, ...

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Budget confirms spending on Glebe Island bulk terminal to handle building products

With the privatised Port of Newcastle still wanting to build a container terminal, the NSW government appears to think Newcastle is too far away from Sydney to handle the imported building products that are needed to feed the capital city’s building boom. Although Port Botany, like Newcastle, has been privatised, the port of Sydney has not, and its facilities are operated by the Maritime Authority of NSW. In the budget papers, the government says it is proposing to build a multi-purpose terminal at Glebe Island in Sydney Harbour to import ...

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Navis Launches New Module of Loading Computer MACS3 for Ship Navigation in Polar Waters

When navigating through polar waters, additional hazards such as ice accumulation and low temperatures that can affect a ship’s stability must be taken into consideration, according to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code). Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, has introduced a new MACS3 loading computer module that automates stability calculations in compliance with the IMO Polar Code. The new ...

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Port of Newcastle tiffs with Gardior over potential Macquarie role TIF stake

The trustee overseeing a change of manager for The Infrastructure Fund’s 50 per cent stake in the Port of Newcastle has told shareholders that it is taking “appropriate measures” to protect the port despite concerns over a potential conflict of interest if a Macquarie fund is appointed. TIF, which shares ownership of the port in a 50-50 joint venture with China Merchants and owns stakes in Perth and Queensland airports as well as the Sydney Desalination Plant and the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, has been in upheaval since mid-2017, when ...

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Odesa seaport decreases freight handling by 11.2 percent in Jan-May

Odesa seaport in January-May 2018 handled 9.269 million tonnes of cargo, which was 11.18 percent down year-over-year. In January-May 2018, the port reduced the transshipment of exported cargo by 10.72 percent, to 6.971 million tonnes, while the handing of imported cargo increased by 9.5 percent, to 1.736 million tonnes, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority said. Transit freight shipments fell by 46.7 percent, to 541,220 tonnes, those of coastal cargo shipment fell by 24.6 percent, to 21,150 tonnes. Transshipment of liquid cargo decreased by 39.1 percent, to 590,870 tonnes, that of ...

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Port of Virginia, major shipping hub for US commerce, plans big expansion

The Port of Virginia is one of the most significant ports in the United States. It facilitates $242 million worth of commerce a day, and a full 9 percent — or 343,000 — of Virginia’s jobs are port-related. But there’s a problem. It’s not big enough. Not when cargo ships have gotten bigger, which threatens both business and safety. Experts say deepening and widening of the port at its channel is crucial. Rick Wester, captain of the Port of Virginia, notes the channel isn’t wide enough with ships double or ...

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