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ESPO notes key priorities ahead the revision of RFD

Ahead the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive by the Commission, the European Sea Ports Organisation outlined its main priorities and concerns on this upcoming proposal. The implementation of the RFD as it stands does not achieve its main aim, i.e. that of reducing the administrative burden, ESPO noted. 

Port of Rotterdam extends Port railway line

The Port of Rotterdam Authority awarded consortium SaVe the contract to construct the substructure for the Theemsweg route. The re-routing of part of the Port railway line aims to increase freight train traffic. This will improve the railway connection between the western port area and the hinterland.

1,000 ports commit to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Ports all over the world are aiming for a future built around sustainable economic models. Thus, nearly 1000 ports and port-related companies committed themselves to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, during an event in Antwerp, under the auspices of the World Ports Sustainability Program, on 22 March. The commitments made by the international port community are recorded in the historic Charter of the WPSP.

IMO, IAPH work on ports emission reduction strategy

A strategic partnership of the IMO-GloMEEP and the International Association of Ports and Harbors is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and draw up a port emission reduction strategy. A new three-day workshop package on the “Prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions” is being developed as part of the partnership.

New Ship-to-Shore crane starts operation in Port of Savannah

The first of Georgia Ports Authority’s four new Neo-Panamax cranes started their operations this week, bringing GPA’s operating fleet to 27. The super-sized crane is tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock. The crane started work on Wednesday on a 13,300 TEU container unit Hapag Lloyd vessel.

Climate costs for Asian ports can reach up to US$49 billion

The report considers the climate risk of 53 of the Asia Pacific region’s largest ports and estimates costs for adaptation. Taking into consideration ports in Japan, China and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, South Korea and Malaysia, the report concludes in a low case cost of around US$30.9 billion and a high case cost of around US$49.4 billion.

Port of Long Beach handled more that 600,700 TEUs in February

Port of Long Beach reported a remarkable start to 2018, as the Port recorded another record for cargo volume for February, after having done the same on January. Namely, the Port of Long Beach handled 661,790 TEUs in February. The 661,790 TEUs that the Port handled is a 32.8% increase compared to February 2017.

China to involve in Djibouti’s port development

Speaking to local media, Djibouti’s Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh said that the country welcomes China’s attempt to involve in the country’s port development. The two countries also agreed on a partnership to improve general cooperation between them.

Likely Brexit deal looks like ‘no deal’ for ports, says BPA

Following agreement UK and EU on a transition deal and, ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association issued a new report, calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition, that allows both businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.

New space for operations to be created at Port of Rotterdam

Terminal operator OBA will clear part of its coal-handling site this year in order to maker room for other dry-bulk commodities. This decision is driven by the reduced demand for coal storage. The two partners agreed for OBA to clear more than 20% of its site to accommodate new operations, starting in the first quarter of 2018.


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