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Port of Rotterdam CEO calls EU to invest more in ports

During the 15th ESPO conference, the CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein, called on the European Union to increase its investments in the infrastructure of ports and hinterland connections. This will further enhance Europe’s economy and competitive position.

Latin American and the Caribbean ports see increased containerised cargo

The containerized cargo in Latin American and the Caribbean ports increased around 6.1% in 2017, according to data released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. This shows a rebound over the last three years, when low or negative growth rates in container throughput were recorded.

EIB funds €50m for Port of Marseille development

The European Investment Bank will support the development of Marseille’s port. Namely, it will allocate €50m for five strategic projects in a variety of sectors such as container terminals in the Port of Marseille Fos, the reorganization of the Corsican/ Maghreb ferry terminals and the development of the Feuillane logistics zone.

Port of Malmo conducts its first LNG bunkering

The Port of Malmo informed that it conducted its first LNG bunkering operation. The operation took place while the vessel “Ireland”, which unloaded cement in Malmö, was provided with LNG via tanker lorries. The Port is now evaluating various solutions for more LNG bunkering, such as bunkering from ships.

Fuel contamination reported at Port of Houston

On 26th April 2018, Veritas Petroleum Services issued a Bunker Alert informing about sticking of fuel plungers, fuel-pump seizures and failures affecting multiple vessels when burning fuel oil bunkered in Houston, Texas. However, in a recent update, VPS said that the problem has been increased.

Uruguay to present its plan for port activity 2018-2035

Víctor Rossi, Uruguay’s Transport & Public Works Minister, informed that mid-year Uruguay will present its master plan for port activity 2018-2035. As Mr. Rossi said, the plan is now in its final stage of development. The plan contains projections about new operational and commercial areas, which include the construction of new docks, port expansion and more services.

BPO wants to ensure infrastructure investment after Brexit

As the European ports industry will gather in Rotterdam for the European Sea Ports Organisation Annual Conference, from 31 May to 1 June, the British Ports Association called the UK Government to make sure that public transport and infrastructure funding are increased after Brexit to keep UK freight operators and ports competitive.

ECSA welcomes proposed PRF revision but points out concerns

A new Directive on Port Reception Facilities is expected to ensure there are adequate port reception facilities available, require an advance waste notification from ships and ease monitoring and enforcement through existing systems for electronic reporting and the exchange of information, said ECSA.

Port of St. Petersburg doubles funds to improve its infrastructure

As part of the upgrading programme the Port spent its resources on new full-revolving electric portal cranes with capacity of up to 40 tonnes. These cranes will be delivered to the berths during this year. The Port also acquired special tooling for transshipment of reinforcing steel.

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