The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomed the decision by IMO to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. The Port Authority will also contribute to climate-friendly shipping, by offering smart digital solutions, developing infrastructure for climate-friendly fuels and promoting clean opportunities in the port.
The British Ports Association called the UK’s Prime Minister to provide funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. BPA is concerned that the ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks.
The UK Department for Transport published the report “Transport infrastructure for our global future: a study of England’s port connectivity.” The report includes a number of recommendations to improve the UK ports. The study focuses at the current challenges and opportunities for port and freight connectivity, and makes specific recommendations which the government and industry can work together to achieve.
US are reportedly concerned about a takeover by the Chinese COSCO, regarding a large container terminal in Long Beach, California. The terminal is part of COSCO’s plan to buy the shipping company Orient Overseas International. The expected acquisition of Orient Overseas Container Line is about to be completed until the end of June.
Three major Indian ports, Paradip, Kamarajar, and VO Chidambarnar Port, are all set to pioneer water recycling and desalination of sea water in the port premises, after a decision made at the recent meeting of port chairmen, chaired by the Indian Minister of Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari.
Container throughput in the Port of Rotterdam increased by 4.6% by weight to 35.9 million tonnes and 6.1% by volume to 3.5 million TEUs. This increase continues from last year and is caused by increased throughput performance of the port’s large container terminals. However, there was less freight than in the same period last year.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority will construct 16 tide pools along the north side of Calandkanaal. These pools ensure that water is retained for a longer time in the pools during low tide. The pools will embed raw concrete basins in the banks of the waterway. The pools will become mini ecosystems, something that is largely absent in modern ports.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority launched the first version of its new digital application “Pronto”. The application wants to achieve a more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, and a precise planning and coordination of bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. It also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port.
The port of Antwerp reported a very good first quarter with a freight volume of 58,328,678 tonnes, an increase of 7.1% from the same period last year. The main driver of the increase is the container freight which had a growth of 9.5% compared with the first three months of 2017. The container volume rose by 9.5% to 32,580,600 tonnes.
All stakeholders involved in the port of Antwerp signed a roadmap of measures to improve the container barge transport. With this agreement the parties worked out feasible solutions to permit sustainable growth of container barge transport in the port of Antwerp. The agreements focus on three main areas: Planning & collaboration; Consolidation; Digitisation.
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