This is because of the planned shutdown involving the Engen refinery, which began earlier in February. It has been previously reported that there was a shortage of bunker fuel at the port as the refinery shutdown began to take effect, with no 180 CST fuel available for spot sales.
Currently the Port of Rotterdam serves as the gateway to Europe. A point from where incoming cargo is distributed across the European hinterland. However with the new ‘Silk Road Railway’, the port will change from a gateway to a final destination. China considers Rotterdam to be ‘the long way round’ and wants to find a shortcut.
Regarding recent developments on the UK’s future border arrangements, British Ports Association issued a response saying that it supports the UK Government’s plan for unobstructed trade with the EU after Brexit.
Greece’s largest port Piraeus, entered a new era after handling 20,000 TEU vessels earlier this week, as COSCO Shipping Taurus giga container vessel, one of the biggest in the world, docked in the port. Taurus is the largest vessel to dock at Piraeus Container Terminal.
China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited completed acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal in Brazil, the biggest so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector. On 22 February, the signing of the letter of intent closed the TCP transaction in the Federal Senate of Brazil.
The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in cooperation with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust welcomed the arrival of a new ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme.
The Port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, in order to keep in closer touch with the UK economic situation, as the Brexit is soon to happen. As the Port informed commercial relations between the port and the UK are very significant.
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.
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