Providing its comment on the rejection of the Brexit plan, BPA said that the government must set out its alternative plans and prevent a disorderly withdrawal from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes. This is the largest defeat for a government in history.
Port of Oakland container volume achieved an all-time high in 2018. Specifically, the Port handled the equivalent of 2.55 million 20-foot containers last year. An increase of 5.2% from 2017. This was the second year in a row that the Port of Oakland achieves a record volume.
Ineos, a London-based chemicals company, opted for Port of Antwerp in Belgium, to use as a location to built two new petrochemical plants. The plan is based on a 3 billion euros investment and is to create 400 new jobs directly and five times that number indirectly, according to the port’s statement. The company aims to construct a propane dehydrogenation unit and an ethane cracker in Northwest Europe.
Ecodelta, a new trailing suction hopper (TSHD), run by LNG, was christened on January 11 in the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The dredging vessel is the key component of the new contract entered into force by Bagger & Aannemingsmaatschappij Van der Kamp and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
China’s Shanghai International Port Group continues leading the way as the world’s busiest container port for a ninth year in a row. The port reached the 42.01 TEUs container throughput in 2018, experiencing an increase of 4% in comparison to 40.23 TEUs that were recorded during 2017.
The Port of Virginia achieved a new annual record for container cargo volume. Specifically it handled over 2.85 million TEUs in 2018. This represents a slight percent increase over 2017 total. In 2018, the port’s TEU volumes increased by 5% over 2017.
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has entered into a preliminary collaboration agreement with financial institution Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and natural gas infrastructure company Snam, aiming to implement medium-term strategic projects for the innovation of port facilities in Italy and of sustainable technologies applied to maritime transport.
Some of the investments include £50 million to improve capacity at its container terminals at ABP’s ports of Hull and Immingham; £65 million to ensure the future of the steel industry on the river Humber; £55 million to enhance the automotive and cruise offering in the Port of Southampton; and other investments throughout 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales.
Qatar’s ports reached an annual record concerning their performance during 2018 with round growth in all the segments. According to the Peninsula, the ports in the country achieved highest annual performance in containers, vessels and livestock segments in 2018.
The Port of Singapore announced that it maintained a stable performance in 2018, with container throughput growing by 8.7% and reaching 36.6 million TEUs. Regarding the annual vessel arrival tonnage, it reached 2.79 billion gross tonnes in 2018, same to the 2.8 billion GT achieved in 2017.
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