Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in 2018 resulted to 469.0 million tonnes, a little bit higher than 2017. Container transhipment reached a 4.5% increase in tonnage, whereas measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, increased by 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs.
ECSA and WSC have welcomed the agreement reached by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission in their ‘trilogue discussions’ on the European Maritime Single Window environment proposal last week. The agreement not only harmonises the data that must be reported but also the way that it should be transmitted.
The annual throughput of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36% compared to 2017, maintaining its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia inaugurated the King Abdullah Port during his visit to King Abdullah Economic City, on February 11. The King Abdullah Port is the kingdom and region’s first port developed, managed and operated by the private sector. King Abdullah Port was established on the basis of an ambitious vision that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia needs to accommodate modern vessels.
Sentinel Midstream, a Texas-based midstream solution provider, is the latest company to present its designs for the development of a new deepwater terminal, located near Freeport, Texas. The proposed Texas Gulflink will be capable of fully loading Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) vessels.
While the voting procedure for the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards is open, Mr. Henri van der Weide, Advisor Harbour Master Department, Port of Amsterdam, highlights that all stakeholders need to work together toward a more sustainable future for the maritime industry and refers to port’s strategic actions for these couple years.
While the voting procedure for the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards is open, Mr. Andreas Slotte, Head of Sustainable Development, Port of Helsinki, says that the port has been very active in sustainable development for which it has been nominated in the ‘Port’ category among other distinguished nominees. Mr Slotte notes that a ‘win-win situation’ where energy savings benefit both the environment and the income statement can be achieved; in this regard, change in mindset and the current business model are needed.
According to Asian Terminals Inc., they are seeking to expand their services beyond the international gateway ports in Manila and Batangas to improve logistics cycles for manufacturers, shippers and transporters in support of the country’s growing economy. The projects are to help the terminal accomplish greater operational synergies, helping the industry cope with logistic barriers and also enable them create growth opportunities in the future.
Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN are preparing a Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project, in which CO2 from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed. The three companies are cooperating on preparing this project, under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.
The Port of Kalama awarded the contract for the Port T-barge Facility Project to Bergerson Construction on December 2018. The project that will take place at the north end of the marina, will begin the following week. The project includes Washington sales tax, the removal of steel and timber piles and the placing of new steel piles to prepare for placement of the T-barge bought by the Port for the creation of a commercial dock space.
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