The Port of Baltimore recorded its best quarter ever during the first quarter of 2018 as a record amount of general cargo and containers were handled in the state-owned public marine terminals. Specifically, 2,765,247 tons of general cargo crossed the public piers during the first three months of 2018.
Green Marine, the North American environmental certification program for maritime transportation, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Worldwide Network of Port Cities to combine efforts to promote the social acceptability of ports.
The port community is represented in IMO through various organisations. Through closer cooperation between respective organisations, the ports will be able to take on its various challenges, was the key message of IAPH President Santiago Garcia Milà during IMO’s special event on ports, on 11 June.
The International Association of Ports and Harbors and ICHCA International, the global NGO for cargo handling operations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the Terminal Operators Conference in Rotterdam, to pursue cooperative projects of mutual interest, with a focus on sustainability.
Global trade by sea depends on the communication between ships, ports and everyone that is involved, from port operators, to regulators, to maritime security experts and innovators in technology. That was the message of a special event on ports, held at IMO Headquarters on June 11.
Dunkerque-Port has received the EcoPorts network’s PERS certification, granted by the ESPO. PERS certifications imply that a port is effectively monitoring the environmental challenges and is implementing an improved environmental management. The certification is valid for two years.
The Port of Newcastle will launch the Newcastle Bulk Terminal development at Walsh Point, Kooragang Island. The launch of the Terminal is a $33 million investment made by the Port of Newcastle in bulk cargo handling equipment, infrastructure and additional strategic initiatives. Kooragang 2 and 3 berths will be dismantled.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a test project with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation. The program aims to enable cargo owners and terminal operators to monitor more precisely the time at which a container can be transferred for further transport.
Imports at US’s major retail container ports will set record numbers this summer and fall, despite the fact that the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates said. The first half of 2018 is expected to handle a total of 10.2 million TEU.
On 6 June, the European Commission published the proposal for the next Connecting Europe Facility, setting out the objectives of the financial instrument and the funding modalities. ESPO welcomed this development, but noted that the “cross-border” element should also include the maritime dimension.
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