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No-deal Brexit could disrupt UK ports, minister warns

A no-deal Brexit could lead to up to six months of disruption at certain ports, according to a British minister, who promised to focus on pharmaceuticals as the UK creates contingency plans as the date of Brexit is approaching.

ACCC: NSW Ports agreements with New South Wales are anti-competitive

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court over the agreements signed between NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd and the State of New South Wales, claiming that these have an anti-competitive purpose and effect.

UNCTAD: Ports need to be protected from climate change impacts

In order for the world trade system to cope with the projected impacts of climate change, it has to transform. Climate change’s impacts and the pressing need to prepare ports and coastal transport infrastructure, are now on the spotlight, UNCTAD’s chief of policy and legislation, Regina Asariotis said.

Ballpark to be created at Port of Portland’s Terminal 2

Portland Diamond Project (PDP) signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to develop the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 property. Namely, the agreement regards the building of a ballpark along the Willamette River.

FEPORT: Consistency and coordination needed between EU policies

FEPORT called for consistency and coordination between different EU policies affecting the private cargo handling industry. Namely, FEPORT members discussed their expectations for the future and commented upon the recent ITF Report on the impact of alliances in container shipping.

Dredging project agreed for port of Guayaquil

Jan De Nul announced the signing of a 25-year concession agreement with the Municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador, for the deepening of a 95 kilometre-long access channel to the Port of Guayaquil. The contract was signed on December 5.

Port of Rotterdam’s carrousel plan to grow breakbulk sector

The smart carrousel plan in the Waalhaven was signed recently. According to the plan, in the coming three-and-a-half years, 12 hectares of industrial site and 1,155 metres of quay will undergo a user change. The port infrastructure will also be renovated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, to give an additional growth incentive to the Rotterdam breakbulk sector.

New pier to be built at Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) will collaborate with Alaska Native-owned Huna Totem Corporation to build a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point, Huna Totem’s world-class cruise ship destination in Hoonah, Alaska.

Port of Galveston to have new cruise terminal

The Port of Galveston announced on December 5 that it signed an MOU with Royal Caribbean Cruises for the development and operation of a new cruise terminal. The new facility is expected to start operations in fall 2021.

Port of Amsterdam trials monitoring system to explore drones

The Port of Amsterdam is set to conduct a four-week drone detection system trial, aimed to build understanding of how, where and why drones are flying over the Port of Amsterdam, as well as to monitor the potential of drones for numerous use applications across its, and its customers’ operations. 

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