The overall freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp increased from January through September 2019 by 1.1% in comparison with the same period last year. The container volume rose by as much as 6.4%. On the other hand, the slowdown in the world economy cut the growth rate of more volatile trade flows.
The Mauritanian Port of Nouadhibou will soon be able to welcome vessels with a capacity of up to 250,000 tons, following works on the deepening and widening dredging of the 25-km long entrance channel this month. The project is supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The British Ports Association (BPA) and Currency UK, published a report on the decline in the value of the pound. The publication plots sterling against the US dollar and the euro and explores three aspects on the economy: exports, energy and infrastructure.
The cruise ship “AIDAprima” marked the ending of the cruise season for Port of Kiel in 2019, with the port having 32 vessels calling this season on 174 separate occasions, in comparison to 2018’s 169, with an overall tonnage of 15 million GT.
APM Terminals Barcelona announced a new milestone registering a total of 5,394 movements during one port call, on the container ship ‘Millau Bridge’. This is the highest level of activity registered on a ship in the Catalan terminal since 2017.
The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) announced that the Greek Committee of Planning and Development of Ports (ESAL) approved investments of € 611.8 million, covering all the business units of the company. This investment paves the way for waterfront improvements at Greece’s main seaport.
The State Government of Hamburg has given the green light to the port of Hamburg, through a €76m expansion of shore power supply, that will help the port improve its emissions and air quality, by offering shore power to cruise liners and mega-containerships from 2022. The shore-based power units is planned to be completed in 2022, with regular operation from 2023.
Findings of a study performed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Stedin and TenneT into the consequences of the energy transition for the power grid in Rotterdam’s port area, estimate that there will be a substantial increase by a factor of two and possibly even four, in the demand for green and other electric power over the next few decades on the part of Rotterdam’s industrial sector.
The Port of Los Angeles managed less containers of imported goods in September, following the ongoing trade war between the US and China, as the US sanctions affected the port given that it is the busiest one for ocean trade with China, as Reuters reports.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam Authority, PortBase, all partners including Customs as well as all the relevant municipalities are putting their efforts to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit on Thursday, 31 October 2019, in attempts to mitigate any delays coming from additional customs formalities at Rotterdam en Vlaardingen ferry terminals.
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