North Sea Port plans to introduce a ‘limited increase’ in tariffs for ships docking at both the Zeeland and the Ghent ports by approximately 25% less than the expected inflation.
On 3 December, the European Council reached a general approach on a proposal to bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call, under a system called a European maritime single window. Commenting on this, ECSA and the World Shipping Council welcome the adoption.
The Scottish Port of Cromarty Firth announced that Roadbridge UK Ltd has won the contract to construct the new £30 million Energy and Cruise Hub. The build will start in January 2019, with work expected to be completed by spring 2020.
The European Council reached a general approach on a proposal to bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call, under a European maritime single window. The proposal is expected to increase efficiency of operations by ensuring reporting procedures are the same for all port calls, aiming to boost competitiveness of the maritime sector in the long-run.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise shipping company, announced an agreement with Spain’s Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be the first concession-holder to operate the Canary Islands’ and Mid Atlantic’s newest cruise terminal. With more than 600,000 passengers each year, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Canary Islands and Spain.
SSA Marine’s Terminal 18 exceeded 1 million TEUs in yearly container volume. This is the first time in Washington’s history that a single marine terminal handled a million TEUs in a year. Now, the terminal is on track to surpass 1.1 million TEUs by the end of 2018.
Port of Rotterdam’s Cees Boon spoke about LNG bunkering licenses that the Port will provide. Namely, he estimates that by 2020, the Port will have granted nine licenses to LNG bunker providers.
The Port of Vancouver has completed a shore power facility, which will enable ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources. The Shore Power Technology for Ports program, Canada and the Port of Vancouver have contributed $3.5 million to the Centerm project, for a total investment of $7 million.
Denmark’s most modern container port will be completed by the end of 2021 and it will be a sustainable and automated container terminal in Copenhagen. The area in Outer Northern Harbour is fairly anonymous, however, the current works remind that this is where the container terminal will be in three years from now.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a loan of EUR 195 million to support the upgrade of the Italian Ports of Rome and Lazio as per the Port Authority’s multi-year investment plan. The approved loan will cover the financing of the extension of the Port of Civitavecchia, about 60 km north-west of Rome, and the construction of a new seaport for freights and passengers in Fiumicino, 20 km west of the capital.
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