The UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, highlighted the opportunities for ports in facilitating trade and driving the UK economy, during a reception organised by the British Ports Association, on 12 September. Currently, 95% of the UK’s trade moves through its seaports.
Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo is the world’s top port with the highest container growth for the first half of 2018, according to a Sri Lanka’s Ports and Shipping Ministry statement. Namely, the Port of Colombo has grew by 15.6% in container handling for the first half of 2018, out of the top 30 global ports.
In 2017, the Port of Barcelona recorded its best results yet in cargo handling as it seeks to become the fastest-growing European port. Total traffic (including all cargo modes) surpassed 61 million tonnes for the first time, recording a year-on-year increase of 26%.
The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Hampton Roads, Virginia has suspended port operations and ordered the port to close. This was decided in order to prepare for Hurricane Florence. In addition, Hampton Roads are under Condition Zulu, which means that gale-force winds are expected.
For the period from April-August 2018, nine Ports: Kolkata (incl. Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port with 17.24%.
The Hanseatic and University City of Rostock, AIDA Cruises and Rostock Port signed a letter of intent to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable cruise shipping on the Rostock. The agreement includes the construction of a shore power plant in Rostock-Warnemünde by 2020.
The Port of Long Beach has received preliminary approval for a $50 million grant from the California Air Resources Board for the Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation Project, a transformative demonstration of a near-zero and zero-emissions supply chain at US’ second-busiest port.
Scotland chose Dales Voe in Shetland as the best location for an ultra-deep water port. This aims to improve the supply chain, as it would be able to win more large scale decommissioning projects. This location would have the best and most cost effective location for decommissioning work.
Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach dropped by 1.9% in August compared to the same month the year before. Namely, a total of 679,543 twenty-foot equivalent units were moved through the Port. This is contrary to August 2017, which was one of the busiest months in the Port of Long Beach’s history.
China’s Maritime Safety Administration will carry out special security inspections on vessels entering Shanghai Huangpu River & Yangtze River Shanghai from 15 September through to 15 November. If a ship entering the concerned waters is found to be carrying a drone, the MSA will require the vessel to dispose it immediately.
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