The port handled 68 cruise liners bringing over 140,000 passengers and crew to the region. In the container industry, combined total traffic through the Port and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017, a very good increase of 8.6% compared to 2016. Total imports increased by 6.4% while exports increased by 12.3%.
The Port of Gothenburg informed that it proceeded to the implementation of increased automation, regarding large-scale pumping between terminals and refineries. The new system provides the terminals with fast notification about when pumping can take place, as well as information about the cost on completion.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released the 2017 statistics for cargo through the Port. According to them overall cargo volume through the port reached a new record of 142.1 million tonnes. Sectors that presented the biggest growth were containers and bulk grain.
The South Carolina Ports Authority welcomed two new ship-to-shore cranes at the Wando Welch Terminal, to further enhance the handling of neo-Panamax vessels. The cranes arrived at the port just a day prior to the beginning of Charleston Harbor Deepening Project construction.
A formal ceremony was held at Terminal de Contenedores de Moín in Costa Rica, on February 23rd to commemorate the arrival of the facility’s first three Ship-to-Shore cranes and six Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes. The new deep-water facility, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, will open in February 2019, propelling Costa Rica into a new role as a key global logistics hub for the region.
Port of Auckland informed that a battery-powered truck has entered the port’s fleet for the first time, testing the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling. It’s the only electric truck alongside more than 6,000 diesel-powered vehicles registered at the Port.
This is because of the planned shutdown involving the Engen refinery, which began earlier in February. It has been previously reported that there was a shortage of bunker fuel at the port as the refinery shutdown began to take effect, with no 180 CST fuel available for spot sales.
Currently the Port of Rotterdam serves as the gateway to Europe. A point from where incoming cargo is distributed across the European hinterland. However with the new ‘Silk Road Railway’, the port will change from a gateway to a final destination. China considers Rotterdam to be ‘the long way round’ and wants to find a shortcut.
Regarding recent developments on the UK’s future border arrangements, British Ports Association issued a response saying that it supports the UK Government’s plan for unobstructed trade with the EU after Brexit.
Greece’s largest port Piraeus, entered a new era after handling 20,000 TEU vessels earlier this week, as COSCO Shipping Taurus giga container vessel, one of the biggest in the world, docked in the port. Taurus is the largest vessel to dock at Piraeus Container Terminal.
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