China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited completed acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal in Brazil, the biggest so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector. On 22 February, the signing of the letter of intent closed the TCP transaction in the Federal Senate of Brazil.
The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in cooperation with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust welcomed the arrival of a new ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme.
The Port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, in order to keep in closer touch with the UK economic situation, as the Brexit is soon to happen. As the Port informed commercial relations between the port and the UK are very significant.
The Port of Oslo announced a new environmentally friendly line at the port. Namely, the shipping companies Viasea and Containerships has started a new weekly route from Klaipeda in Lithuania via Gdynia in Poland to Oslo. The first departure from Klaipeda will take place on 5th April 2018.
As the Port of Hamburg tries to enhance its services, it released its results for 2017 and informed that it will try to transform into a Port 4.0 in the future, to develop its digital business models. In order to do that it plans to improve its infrastructure, implement fairway adjustments and secure good general conditions.
Europe Beyond Coal groups and other NGOs, including Greenpeace and German Watch, have called on the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb; the CEO of Rotterdam Port, Mr. Allard Castelein; and the Rotterdam City Council, to phase-out coal transshipments, to mark the end of coal use in Europe.
Responding to the publication of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report on ‘Brexit: Trade in Food’, the British Ports Association warned that the lack of agreements on cross-border environmental health standards, can cause a major disruption at UK and EU ports.
A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a development agreement for the initial investments in a waste-to-chemistry plant in Rotterdam. This will be the first plant of this type in Europe to offer a sustainable alternative for waste incineration, by converting plastic and mixed waste into new raw materials for industry.
In 2017, the sale of bunker oil in the Rotterdam bunker port was reduced from 10.1 million m3 to 9.9 million m3. The throughput of bunkered LNG increased from less than 100 tonnes to 1500 tonnes. Most bunkers contain fuel oil, in 2017, 8.3 million m3.
China is currently carrying out its large foreign policy project, called Belt and Road Initiative. In the concept of this policy, Chinese companies are making big investments at European ports, hoping to connect Europe and Asia enhance China’s power.
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