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.
Over the past year, the port of Amsterdam saw the total number of maritime accidents in 32, down from 44 the previous year. Around 7,000 seagoing vessels arrived in the North Sea Canal Area in 2017, including nearly 4,700 in the Port of Amsterdam, while approximately 40,000 barges called at the port region.
2017 saw particularly strong growth in container throughput of 12.3% in tonnes in the port of Rotterdam. Total cargo throughput rose by 1.3%, with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016. Total tonnage increased from 461 million to 467 million. The increase in containers was offset by a fall in dry bulk of 2.6% and in wet bulk of 4.1%.
The three best performing dry bulk terminals in the world are Santander and Bilbao in Spain and Quebec in Canada, according to BIMCO’s 2017 Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report. The report evaluates terminal and port performance from worldwide to improve safety standards and the turnaround time of ships calling ports.
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