Waste has become a challenging issue that the shipping industry has to deal with, not only because it affects marine life and oceans, but because it is also a barrier to ports and their operations. Thus, the EU funded SAFEMED IV project will run on the ports of Arzew, Bejaia, Skida, old and new port and Algiers in Algeria.
Builders of a specialized fireboat for Port Canaveral have released details about the high-tech vessel, which will provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for the Port and surrounding communities. The vessel will offer enhanced fire protection and response time capabilities to serve expanding maritime and commercial space industry operations at the Port.
Pilbara Ports Authority informed that it has delivered a total monthly throughput of 56.5 million tonnes (Mt) for the month of October 2019. This throughput was a 2% decrease compared to the same month in 2018. The total throughput for the 2019/20 financial year to date is 232Mt, which marks an increase of no more than 1% from the same time last year.
Reuters reports that China plans on making a billion-dollar investment in port of Sao Luis via China Communications Construction Company, in Brazil, part of the largest foreign direct investment into Brazil this year. The announcement will be made during the meeting of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the BRICS group of emerging nations.
The US Government issued a $20 million grant to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) for the upgrade of the port of Boston’s Paul W. Conley Container Terminal. The investment is in line with the $900 million investment in American infrastructure, which was announced by the US Department of Transporation on November 12, 2019.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), stated that a national policy on maritime and cooperation amongst stakeholders in the industry would go a long way in placing the sector in a pedestal that would lead to economic growth.
The Port of San Diego announced that it is purchasing seven vehicles for its work fleet that will run on renewable diesel fuel. Specifically, the Port’s General Services staff will use the vehicles as part of their maintenance duties at the Port’s facilities, 22 parks and other areas.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued its positive performance in the first nine months of 2019. Container throughput increased moderately because of the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired last year, and improved slightly at the Hamburg terminals. What is more, an important rise in container transport was achieved.
MPA Singapore issued its port-performance for October 2019, focusing on key port indicators, such as the number of vessels arriving, the container throughput, the cargo throughput and the bunker sales. Generally, October saw an increase in vessel arrivals and container throughput, but a decrease in cargo volumes and bunker sales.
An ongoing trade war between US and China seems to affect volumes in the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest port in the US, which saw a 2.4% reduction in its TEUs handled through October, compared to the same month last year.
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