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MCT begins upgrades in light of expected volume increase

The Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) is improving and upgrading at its port terminal, trying to become a premier international gateway in Mindanao, the Philippines. The terminal aims to be a transshipment hub connecting Northern Mindanao to Visayas and other parts of the country.

Port of Tampa Bay finishes dredging project a year earlier

Port Tampa Bay’s Big Bend Channel Expansion project is finished a year earlier from the scheduled time. The project that costed $63 million will enable the accommodation of larger vessels in the port’s terminals at Port Redwing. The project deepened the Big Bend Channel from 34 to 43 feet. It widened the entrance channel from 200 to 250 feet for a length of 1.9 miles, and it deepened the existing turning basin to 43 feet.

Port of Huelva renews EcoPorts’ environmental management standard

The Spanish Port of Huelva renewed its EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS) after obtaining it for the first time in 2016. Following this development, ESPO congratulated the Port for this achievement. To receive PERS certification, ports need among others to improve communication with the local community and increase transparency.

ABP prepares for busy cruise season at Port of Cardiff

ABP South Wales is preparing for a busy 2019 cruise season at the Port of Cardiff, following a popular programme of passenger vessel calls in 2018. The passenger ship ‘Marco Polo’, owned and operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), will kick off the season on 22 April.

Update on Yemen ports situation

The North of England P&I Club correspondent has confirmed the situation with regard port status in Yemen, as of 17 April. The Club advised Masters to remain in close contact with the appointed agent and have all cargo documentation ready when requested by officials.

Record container volumes for NWSA in Q1 2019

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the US ports of Tacoma and Seattle, handled a record of 775,522 TEUs for total international container volumes in the first quarter of 2019, a 12% increase over the same period last year.

Port of Ngqura is the first to have fixed sand bypass system

Port of Ngqura in South Africa is the first port, globally, to have constructed a jet pump sand bypass system, enabling it to be in line with its dredging targets of 240,000 tons of sand per year. It’s the only port in South Africa to have a record of decision – environmental legislation – for its construction and operation.

US Virgin Islands aim to be the number one tourism destination

According to US’s Virgin Islands Governor, Albert Bryan, the US Virgin Islands aim to be placed as the number one tourism destination in the Caribbean by  employing robust public-private partnerships. The port Authority is also experiencing a progress with the permanent repairs of its 119 facilities damaged in the hurricanes of September 2017.

Maritime sector against Oakland Ballpark plan

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and other maritime players are against the Oakand A’s planned baseball stadium complex on the Oakland waterfront. They support that the Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest port in the US, and the non-industrial use of it will bring barriers for maritime operators.

Port of Seattle marks 20-year celebration as a cruise port

The Port of Seattle, celebrating 20 years as a homeport, welcomes the 2019 cruise season with the arrival of the first ship—Celebrity Eclipse, at the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. The Port expects an estimated 1,208,590 revenue cruise passengers this year, breaking last year’s record of 1,114,888.

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