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DP World London Gateway Secures New Feeder Service

A new weekly service, operated by Unifeeder, will start at DP World London Gateway at the end of February 2020, providing an additional service for the logistics trade hub. The Anna G will be the first vessel to call at DP World London Gateway, marking the start of the new service, which offers fast connectivity from northern England and Scotland to deep-sea markets. The new service will provide a crucial link between London Gateway and the UK East Coast ports network as well as the Northern Range hinterland at Antwerp, ...

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JNPT renews MoU with Antwerp Port Training Centre to train maritime professionals

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and APEC (Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Centre) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) on February 14, 2020, to establish the JNPT-APEC port training center as a centre of excellence for Indian & international port professionals. JNPT – APEC Port Training Center is a cooperation between JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust), APEC and the Port of Antwerp. JNPT-APEC entered into the first MoU in 2015 and this has been further renewed this year considering the importance of skilled maritime professionals for the development of world economies. 3 ...

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Expansion works in the port of Sines in Portugal have been awarded

The expansion of the Port of Sines, a facility that may become part of the Belt and Road initiative, has been awarded, and now the tender for the concession of the new Vasco da Gama Terminal is underway. The Board of Directors of the Port of Sines stated that the work on the extension of the East Pier of the port, to be completed by the first quarter of 2023, had been awarded to Conduril – Engenharia, with an investment of approximately €72 million. The contract includes the extension of ...

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CONCOR to make global foray from Vizag

The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) will begin its first-ever international operations from Visakhapatnam to Chittagong in Bangladesh and make an exim container terminal operational at Guntur from February. CONCOR Chief General Manager D. Satyanarayana told The Hindu on Thursday that the corporation with 28 port container terminals was confined to domestic service, but for the first time obtained all clearances from Bangladesh to expand its operations to that country through Chittagong Port and ships with containers would initially be sent from Visakhapatnam, Krishnapatnam and Chennai and slowly expand depending ...

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Refrigerated cargo is being diverted from Chinese ports

The initial assessment of the coronavirus effect on ocean shipping was: It will slash Chinese exports of containerized, factory-made goods and reduce China’s import demand for industrial and energy bulk commodities. As it turns out, that appraisal missed a big part of the fallout picture. The Chinese population still has the same demand for food, but a major logistical hurdle has emerged to the import of perishables — and the consequences are reverberating across global agricultural export markets, including in the U.S. Perishables are imported in refrigerated containers or “reefers.” ...

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Canadian Ports Impacted By Pipeline Protesters Blocking Rail Lines

The protests that have been blocking portions of the rail network in Canada are affecting port operations on both coasts. Protesters in support of a First Nations’ group’s objections to the location of a proposed pipeline in British Columbia have been blocking portions of Canada’s rail network over the past week, causing Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) to shut down its eastern operations and VIA Rail to cancel much of its passenger rail service. The blockades have also disrupted service on Canadian National’s (CN) western operations. At the Port of Vancouver, ...

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Port operator records $2 mil. increase in total revenue

Arawak Port Development (APD) Limited saw a nearly $2 million increase in total revenue for the six months ending December 31 2019, when compared to the same period the previous year. In its unaudited interim financial statements, the BISX-listed port operator noted its total revenue for the period was $17,313,954 compared to $15,476,514 for the six months ending December 2018. The company also reported that for the period, total earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA) was $7,924,250 when compared to $6,571,066 the same period the previous year. The company ...

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Expert cites climate change risk to ports

The Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses (Pianc) said climate change poses a serious threat that could affect waterborne transport infrastructure. Pianc said climate change represents a significant risk to business, operations, safety and infrastructure that could create impact on local, national and global economies. The waterborne transport infrastructure would be adversely affected, and so, there is urgent need for port and waterway operators to take urgent action to strengthen resilience. “Ports and waterways around the world were experiencing air and water temperature increases, rising sea levels and changes in ...

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Big data user to be rewarded in WPSP Resilient Infrastructure Award Category

In this IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program area of interest, resilient port and port-related infrastructure (both physical and digital) projects aim at anticipating demands of maritime transport and landside logistics. Resilient when faced with real changes in climate and weather conditions, resilient infrastructure projects also need to be developed in harmony with local communities, nature and heritage. The shortlisted projects are fine examples of how to apply technology and data in order to improve resilience in port operations across the spectrum of activities. Collaborative project – Green and Connected Ports ...

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Protesters disrupt shipments in Brazil’s largest port -union

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 17 – Brazilian truck drivers began protesting early on Monday at Latin America’s largest port in Santos, affecting the unloading of shipments and arrival of trucks at the port, the union representing some of the protesters said. The protesters are demanding a reduction of value-added taxes on gasoline and diesel, the port’s management said. A press representative for the port said it could not confirm the information provided by the union. But the port did say that the protest had affected some unloading activities. Marcelo ...

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New Zealand ports see growth amid potential cargo shift

New Zealand’s ports have generally continued to experience growth in container volumes amid potential that all freight operations at the Ports of Auckland could eventually get dispersed amongst other nearby ports. Ports of Auckland plays a huge role in New Zealand’s trade with other countries, being that it handles the second highest amount of container volumes in New Zealand, with the Port of Tauranga taking first place. However, the Ports of Auckland did experience year-over-year declines in net profit and container volumes for fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30, ...

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Ukraine weekly seaport grain exports jump 55% to 1.17 mln T – APK-Inform

Ukrainian grain exports from sea ports rose to 1.17 million tonnes in the week of Feb. 8-14 from 755,000 tonnes a week earlier, preliminary data from APK-Inform consultancy showed. Wheat exports rose to 205,000 tonnes from 134,000 tonnes, while corn shipments rose to 888,000 tonnes from 607,000 tonnes, the consultancy said. Most of Ukraine’s grain exports last week headed to Egypt, Netherlands and Libya. The consultancy said grain exports jumped to about 37.5 million tonnes so far during the 2019-20 July-June season, from 26.3 million tonnes in the same period ...

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Theochari: ‘Free ports can revitalise the UK’s forgotten coastal communities’

Maritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari, writes for City AM about the government’s Free ports consultation. Britain has always been a maritime nation. But for decades, our coastal communities have been ignored. Now, in the wake of Brexit, it’s high time we invested in these areas — and the government’s announcement that it is beginning a consultation on 10 free ports is a major step towards realising the potential of these communities. Seafaring is a part of our national identity. But for much of the twentieth century, our maritime sector has ...

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Fuel with lower sulphur for shipping is available at major ports

The enforcement of an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ruling that fuel oil for ships should have a sulphur limit of 0.5percent, versus 3.5previously, from January 1, has not disrupted shipping and the cleaner fuels are available at major ports. South African Maritime Safety Authority technical spokesperson Captain Saroor Ali said there had been no disruptions. The ports notified the vessels before berthing about their fuel requirements, specifications and if they had scrubbers on board – a scrubber allows the vessel to continue using the less cleaner fuel with a 0.35 ...

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