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US temporarily stops review on Trafigura’s oil export project

US maritime officials decided to suspend the review of Trafigura’s application for a Gulf Coast deepwater terminal, as they are waiting for additional information, a US Coast Guard official informed on March 15. The suspension will lead to at least a month delay in Trafigura’s plans. For its side, Trafigura downplayed the significance of the suspension.

Port of Newcastle welcomes its largest ever fuel tanker

The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle in 220 years of commercial operations arrived on March 18. The 244-metre Pro Alliance long range 2 class tanker berthed at Stolthaven’s Mayfield 7 dedicated bulk liquids terminal, which is a purpose-built facility serving vessels of that size. This new milestone comes after the arrival of the port’s first long range 1 tanker in early January.

DP World to start using Jebel Ali port’s Terminal 4 during 2019

DP World is possible to start using the fourth terminal at its flagship Jebel Ali port during the second half of 2019, as the use of the terminal was delayed because of a softening market. Given the slow-down in the market, DP World had decided to postpone the utilization of the new terminal and refurbish Terminal 1 instead.

US welcomes largest container ship ever at its ports

The largest container ship ever to call on the US arrived at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach last week. The MSC-operated 19,500 TEU ‘MSC Eloane’ arrived in Los Angeles on 13 March, as part of a 2M alliance service

MSC under negotiations for Italy’s largest container terminal

Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is interested in buying a share in Medcenter Container Terminal from Italian terminal operator Contship Italia.  Both parties have been negotiating for the transaction of Contship Italia’s 50% shares in CSM Italia Gate, the company that controls MCT, which is the concessionaire of the container terminal activities in the port of Gioia Tauro where MSC is already a partner and the customer.

Infographic: Top 20 of the world’s busiest ports

As trade volumes continue to increase, the world’s busiest ports continue to grow larger and more efficient to meet demand. In just the last four years, the median annual volume of the top 50 ports jumped from 5.49 to 5.86 million TEUs. The World Economic Forum, in cooperation with Visual Capitalist, issued an infographic depicting the world’s busiest ports.

Cold Ironing: The role of ports in reducing shipping emissions

With the shipping industry entering a new, environmentally-friendly period, stakeholders in the maritime industry are seeking for ways to reduce their ships’ emissions. Apart from choosing green fuels and scrubbers, ports come to add another solution: Cold Ironing. This is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth, while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.

Cyprus’s new industrial port of Vassilikos to operate in 2023

The construction of the new industrial port of Vassilikos is expected to begin operations in 2023, as Cyprus News Agency reports. The port will operate as a service centre for the oil and gas industry in Cyprus and the wider region, and its costs will be around €250 million.

Port of Virginia’s volumes increase 4.3%

The Port of Virginia is still reporting near-peak season cargo volumes, due to the completion of all 13 new container stacks at Virginia International Gateway. This project brought the total number of stacks at the terminal to 28. It was the best February in the port’s history with 228,151 TEUs, or 127,596 containers, compared to last year.


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