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.
The Port of Helsinki noted a record year in 2018, with a total of 14.7 million tonnes of goods, noting an increase of 3.3% compared to the previous year, while it maintained its position as the busiest passenger port in Europe, with a higher than ever number of international cruise tourists.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore with US $2.4 million to repower marine engines and upgrade equipment that is used to move cargo to reduce emissions at the port. The EPA funding comes from a ‘Diesel Emission Reduction Act’ grant.
The major ports of India together handled 518.6 million tonnes of cargo during the period April to December 2018, compared to 499.7 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, noting a growth of 3.77%.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that the first all-electric straddle carrier in the US is coming to the Port of New York and New Jersey by the end of this year. This is part of initiatives to meet goals for greenhouse gas emissions reductions set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement.
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