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Container volumes drop at Port of Long Beach in July

After setting a 107-year record in container handling volumes in June, the Port of Long Beach saw a 4.4% decline in container volumes in July compared to the same month a year ago. The port attributed the drop to shipping alliances’ decisions in July to shift vessel deployment and port calls.

Port of Rotterdam will replace slopes to clean oil pollution

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will replace a section of the slopes stretching over more than 9 kilometres that have been contaminated by the ‘Bow Jubail’ oil spill. Currently, cleaning is still focused on those sections of the port infrastructure that have not yet been cleaned.

US announces funds to improve marine highways

The US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $4,872,000 in grants to six Marine Highway projects. The funding aims to enhance existing marine highways serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, and support the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island.

Drought reduces ships’ cargoes at Port of Rosario, Argentina

Grain transport ships using Argentina’s port hub of Rosario, needed to reduce their cargo by between 3,200 and 4,300 tonnes, due to the low water level in the Parana River, according to the Rosario grains exchange. Almost 80% of Argentina’s agricultural and agroindustrial exports to international markets is transported through the Parana River.

Port of Amsterdam to accommodate largest solar project in the city

Over 41,000 solar panels will provide sustainable energy in the Port of Amsterdam for logistics services provider CWT. The panels will be spread across five locations, and they will form the largest solar project in Amsterdam. Once these solar panels are operating, they will generate enough sustainable energy to supply green electricity to 3,100 households.

BIFA: Felixstowe problems still affecting freight forwarders

Responding to a statement by the owners of the port of Felixstowe that its recently introduced new terminal operating system is now stable, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said that freight forwarders are still experiencing problems.

Canada transfers four port facilities to develop prosperity

The Government of Canada announced an agreement in principle for the transfer, as of 30 March 2020, of the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna to the Government of Quebec, under the Port Facility Transfer Program, which is expected to contribute to the sustainability of these facilities.

New deep water port to be built in Texas

Trafigura has applied to build a deep water port in Texas, US. The port will be able to load supertankers, supplying the very much needed oil export infrastructure to the country. The port will enable VLCCs to load cargo via a single-point mooring buoy system and will have a capacity of about 500,000 barrels per day.

Port of Long Beach votes on fuel-cell power plant and new fueling station

The Port of Long Beach will vote on a proposal by Toyota Logistics Services to reconfigure its facility at Pier B and build a renewable fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station, on Monday, August 13. The facility will include a 2.3-megawatt fuel-cell power plant and a new fueling station that includes pumps dedicated to hydrogen.

UN: Port of Hodeidah must remain open to help civilians

During a briefing on the conflicts around Hodeidah port, Director of Operations and Advocacy division, John Ging, highlighted the importance that this port and the port of Saleef remain open. This will facilitate the flow of imports, in order to cover urgent needs for the people that are in distress.

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