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New Indian bill to provide more flexibility for major ports

In a bid to professionalize governance of India’s major ports, the Government has introduced the Major Port Authorities Bill in Parliament, to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. Under the proposed Bill, all major ports will be empowered to make their own master plan for areas within their port limit to the exclusion of any State or local regulations.

Port of Oakland reveals 5-year strategic plan

According to the plan, Oakland cargo volume should reach 2.6 million 20-foot containers by 2022. The plan also calls for 8% more containerized cargo volume in Oakland by 2022. Furthermore, a key element of the strategic plan will be reducing diesel emissions.

Port of Rotterdam to focus on improving safety and efficiency

The Port of Rotterdam’s top priorities are still safety and ensuring that processes in the port area run efficiently. No major nautical incidents occurred in the port during 2017, and even though the number of ship movements increased, the number of minor incidents was lower than in previous years.

European Ports are in need of further investment

European seaports are currently in need of important investments of around 48 €billion for the period 2018 – 2027. As these investment needs are mostly caused by dynamic and continuous trends, such as the logistics industry development, the port industry and environmental requirements, port investments will remain crucial in the future.

NWSA raises concerns about US’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum

Steel and aluminum imports through the NWSA and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport surpassed $2.5 billion in value in 2017. Those imports either go directly to Washington-based manufacturers or are processed through logistics services and routed to other destinations in the US.

Bremen, Bremerhaven Ports sign up to Arctic Commitment

The German ports Bremen and Bremerhaven have cooperated in a campaign to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with more than 80 companies, organisations, politicians, NGOs and explorers. bremenports signed the Arctic Commitment to eliminate heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, and called other ports to join as well.

Norwegian Cruise Line to build terminal at PortMiami

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, revealed their plans for a new Norwegian Cruise Line terminal at PortMiami. The project will begin in May 2018, and is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2019.

Record number of cruise passengers visit British ports

The number of cruise passengers visiting Britain continues to rise for the tenth consecutive year, with passenger day calls having quadrupled to 1.415 million in the last decade, including an increase of 17% over 2016, according to figures released by CruiseBritain. Cruise passengers arrived through 68 cruise ports in 2018 and stepped ashore for the day from 120 individual ships, with many ships calling on multiple occasions.

Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam to expand jetty capacity

Odfjell Terminals will extend its existing jetty to accommodate vessels of the LR2 size with a maximum of 160,000 dwt. The expansion is done in close cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam. Odfjell expects to use the renewed jetty in the last quarter of 2018.

Port of Long Beach starts Data-Sharing Project

The Port of Long Beach and GE Transportation will collaborate to improve cargo flow at the Port of Long Beach. The Port is launching a pilot program with GE Transportation to increase visibility, enhance real-time decision-making and optimize cargo movement through the Port. 


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