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MSC omits calls for some vessels in Port of Sines

Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC, is for the time being omitting calls at  Sines Container Terminal in Portugal due to an oil spill caused by a Panama-flagged vessel. The company is looking for alternatives in order not to harm the terminal’s operations.

Port of Rotterdam begins salvaging wrecked ship

Port of Rotterdam announced that it began operations, along with Rijkswaterstaat (The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), salvaging a shipwreck in the Nieuwe Waterweg. When the facility is ready, it will be the first time that vessels with a draft of 15 metres will be able to voyage and reach the Botlekhavens. The wreck removal will enable more than 50% of cargo to be transported by vessels in that area.

Port of Long Beach’s marks second-busiest Q1 in history

Despite the feeling of uncertainty, the Port of Long Beach marked the second busiest Q1 in its history, transmitting up to 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from January to March. Mainly, the figure is based only in Q1 of 2018, when the Port reached an annual record for container movement at 8.1 million TEUs. 

North Carolina Terminal gets third neo-panamax crane

North Carolina Ports announced that its third neo-Panamax crane arrived at the port of Wilmington after a three-month voyage from Shanghai, China. The new crane, Nhen Hua 25, is the same with the two other neo-Panamax units that arrived in the North Carolina Ports in March 2018.

ICTSI applauds gov’s decision on overstaying containers

International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) welcomed the small steps taken from the Philippine government to clear Manila ports of overstaying cargo. Almost one month after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) issued an ultimatum for overstaying containers, Manila International Container Terminal’s utilization decreased by about 20%, from 90% in January 2019, to 70% in early April.

Stormy weather affects ship traffic at Houston oil port

The USCG eliminated, on March 7, the traffic located along a specific area of the Houston Ship Channel, after severe weather conditions halted cleanup operations that were being conducted because of the petrochemical fire and the chemical spill of the previous month.

IMO: Electronic information exchange mandatory for ports from 8 April

​A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into effect from 8 April 2019, as the IMO’s Facilitation Committee meets for its 43rd session, on 8-12 April. The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient.

Nigeria to build new deep-sea port to address congestion

Nigeria is creating a new deep-sea port and is also considering building two new facilities to ease congestion in its key harbours of the commercial capital, Lagos. Lagos’s harbours currently handle around 80% of all shipping traffic in Nigeria. The ports of Lagos are a hub for cargo sailing transiting through Nigeria, but inefficiency and congested roads to the ports create daily queues of hundreds of trucks.

Companies interested in Porthos CO2 storage project

The past weeks, many were the companies interested in taking part in the Porthos CO2 transport and storage project in Rotterdam. The project is an initiative of EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The goal of the project is to achieve a generally accessible transport and storage infrastructure into which multiple parties can supply CO2. 

Archaeology may forever halt Cosco’s Piraeus port plans

Cosco’s investment plan for the port of Piraeus may become history under archaeological threats. After a meeting that was conducted on April 2, Greece’s powerful Central Archaeological Council (KAS) struck a major blow to the Cosco-owned Piraeus Port Authority’s (PPA) $675m master plan by characterising a large part of Piraeus as an area of archaeological interest that must be protected.


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