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Seaports In Ukraine Cut Cargo Handling By 2%

Freight handling at Ukrainian seaports in January-May 2018 totaled 54.3 million tonnes, which is 2.13% less than a year ago, according to data from the Ukrainian Sea Port Authority. According to its data, the volume of transshipment of imported cargo increased by 16% and amounted to 9.05 million tonnes. The volume of transshipment of exported cargo decreased 7.35%, to 39.71 million tonnes. Handling of transit freights rose by 11.2%, to 4.824 million tonnes and handling of coastal freight rose by 49.3%, to 714,730 tonnes. Transshipment of liquid freight fell by ...

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Weaker Ports Risk Abandonment In Digital Sprint

Weaker or smaller ports that are unable to keep up with digitalisation and infrastructure demands could be abandoned by shipping lines, delegates at an IMO special event on ports heard. After sessions discussing the electronic exchange of information, the Single Window environment and trade facilitation, speakers were asked: will ships refuse to call at ports which lag behind in these areas? Jan Hoffmann, chief of UNCTAD’s trade logistics branch, said: “We monitor ports’ connectivity with shipping. We do observe, and have to some extent quantified, that the smallest and weakest ...

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Egypt’s Suez canal reports record high $5.585 bln annual revenue

Egypt’s revenue from the Suez Canal for the 2017-2018 financial year rose 11.5 percent to a record high $5.585 billion (4.20 billion pounds), the canal authority said in a statement on its website. Revenue a year earlier was $5.008 billion, it said. The financial year has not yet finished, however. Egypt’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to the end of June. The canal authority did not explain why it had released figures ahead of the end of the fiscal year. It announced on Saturday increased revenue in May, and ...

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Somalia, Ethiopia to jointly invest in four seaports on the Red Sea

Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the world’s most strategic waterways. After Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo hosted Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed for a meeting at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the two leaders issued a joint statement of pledges to cooperate on everything from the development of infrastructure including roads linking the two countries to expanding visa services to promote cultural exchanges. ...

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Coal vessel departures from Colombian ports drop on week: cFlow

Ten laden vessels departed key Colombian coal terminals in the week to Friday, down from 11 the previous week, with Europe rather than South America the key destination for Colombian coal, according to S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow. Two ships departed for terminals in Northwest Europe, unchanged from the previous week, while five ships headed for terminals in Southern Europe and Turkey, up from four the week previous. The total dead-weight tonnage of the vessels sailing was 1.1 million dwt, from 1.4 million dwt the previous week. Two ...

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Australia’s Port Kembla reopens after cargo ship blaze

A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours. The port was shut soon after the blaze began before dawn on the MV Iron Chieftain as it unloaded dolomite, a mineral used in steelmaking which was destined for BlueScope Steel Ltd’s nearby blast furnace. No injuries were reported. “Shipping recommenced and the port reopened at 1130 (0130 GMT) and is expected to be back on schedule by around ...

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Singapore’s MPA to take action against suppliers selling off-spec fuel

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will tighten its vigil over bunker suppliers not willing to conform to the ISO 8217 bunker fuel specifications while supplying marine fuels. “As a leading bunkering hub, MPA works closely with the stakeholders to provide bunker quality assurance through SS524 (Singapore Standard Specification for Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain) and TR48 (Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering),” an MPA spokeswoman said Wednesday in a statement. While the MPA regularly monitors the quality of fuel supplied to ships by collecting and testing ...

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Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam

A scrubber technology that saves on fuel costs while at the same time complying with the IMO 2020 0.5% sulfur emission regulations. Van Oord, also active in dredging and the construction of wind farms at sea, sees benefits in this solution. Marine scrubber-technology leader Ionada BV signed, during the PortXL event ‘Shakedown’, a pilot-agreement with Van Oord for the testing of Ionada’s Semi-Dry-Scrubbing-technology aboard the Van Oord vessel Lelystad, a hopper dredger. Ionada is one of the fourteen start-ups/scale-ups that signed contracts/pilot-agreements at Shakedown yesterday with well-known corporates. Contracts and ...

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Texas oil port to raise $300 million for work to handle U.S. shale export boom

Port officials on Tuesday are expected to consider $300 million in financing that would prepare the country’s largest oil-export port – Corpus Christi, Texas – to handle a surge in U.S. shale production over the next five years. International buyers would like more U.S. crude but are unable to get it because of infrastructure constraints along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Terminals originally designed for imports only recently have revamped operations to handle exports including accepting larger tankers preferred by China and other oil buyers. The Port of Corpus Christi Commission ...

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Nor Lines new customer for Titan LNG at the City terminal Rotterdam

Shipping company Nor Lines has allocated its two LNG (liquefied natural gas) powered multipurpose vessels to a bi-weekly (liner) service from the SCA terminal in Rotterdam to the Norwegian coast: The MV Kvitnos and the MV Kvitbjørn. The ships are bunkering, like the Wes Amelie, with Titan LNG at the City Terminal in the Prins Willem Alexander harbour (port number 2790). The LNG is delivered to the vessels by trucks. The Port of Rotterdam and Titan LNG have set up the site temporarily to bunker LNG to sea-going vessels until ...

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DP World denies out-of-court settlement in Djibouti port dispute

DP World, the fourth biggest port operator globally, will not consider alternative legal options outside a court settlement in a dispute with the Djibouti government over the Doraleh Container Terminal. The Nasdaq-listed company is awaiting a ruling by the International Arbitration Court in London, a DP World spokesman said in a statement Saturday, in response to media reports that it is considering settling the matter outside the court. “We await the outcome of this process,” a DP World spokesperson said. “We remain committed to operating Doraleh port as per the ...

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Dredging resumes at Azhikkal port channel

The stalled mechanical dredging of the Azhikkal Port channel here has resumed nearly a year after the much-awaited dredging work formally got under way in August last year when Ports Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran flagged off the operation of the cutter-suction dredger, CSD Chandragiri. The operation of the dredger was to have begun after its formal inauguration nearly two years after it was brought here with much fanfare. It took another 10 months for the actual dredging to increase the depth of the basin and the channel to begin. The plan ...

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Sea ports reel under double-digit growth of oil demand

Sea ports are struggling to handle double-digit growth of oil demand in the country and they need befitting uplifts to reduce infrastructure deficit, industry officials said. The officials said the ports are inadequately equipped to match a 33 percent annual growth of local oil industry. Oil imports have increased 32 percent in the past five years. Pakistan imported 18.1 million tons of petroleum products in 2013, which soared to 23.9 million tons in 2017. Approximately 20 cargoes are added up with an increase of every one million tons/annum, an import ...

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Thousands of containers lying at Vietnam’s seaports

Thousands of containers containing recyclable and used materials are piling up at seaports in the localities of Hải Phòng, HCM City and Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu, reducing the productivity and efficiency of ports’ operations and negatively affecting the import-export activities of Vietnamese enterprises. According to the report issued by the Việt Nam Maritime Administration, by the end of May, nearly 28,000 containers were stuck at seaports, including nearly 6,800 containers in Hải Phòng City ports, 14,600 in HCM City and about 6,500 in Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province. The main causes, the ...

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Vessel queue at South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal falls: cFlow

Fifteen ships were queuing at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa Wednesday, down slightly from 17 two weeks earlier, according to cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software. The reduction of the queue is understood to be caused by an easing of supply tightness which had been in place for the last few months, although sources said the current situation was not having much direct impact on prices. “Nothing seems seriously delayed” a sell side source said. Stocks at the terminal were heard to be around 4 million-4.3 ...

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