One of the world’s largest container vessels, ‘COSCO shipping Pisces’, that has a capacity of 20.000 TEU, was docked at Piraeus port on February 15, after voyaging for one month from China. This is the vessel’s first voyage, after its delivery on January 15.
Port of Brussels reached a record in 2018 concerning its cargo volumes, topping 5 million tonnes for the first time since the port’s construction, 25 years ago. The cargo traffic rose by 375.000 tonnes, by 7.7% over 2017. Yet, transit traffic was decreased by 15.000 tonnes, providing an overall increase of 5.2% and resulting to overall volume of cargo offloaded and onloaded at the port in 2018 to 7.3 million tonnes.
Ineos, a London-based chemicals company, opted for Port of Antwerp in Belgium, to use as a location to built two new petrochemical plants. The plan is based on a 3 billion euros investment and is to create 400 new jobs directly and five times that number indirectly, according to the port’s statement. The company aims to construct a propane dehydrogenation unit and an ethane cracker in Northwest Europe.
The Port of Antwerp signed an agreement with Enabel, the Belgian development agency, to collaborate in order to achieve more sustainable development for ports in developing countries.
The European Commission has decided that reductions in compensation payments granted by the Port of Antwerp to two container terminal operators, were awarded on market terms. For this reason they do not involve State aid within the meaning of EU rules.
Ro/Ro traffic between Sweden and the continent are increasing, as volumes between Gothenburg and Belgium have risen for the ninth consecutive year. Namely, the forecast for 2018 expects a 10% increase for Ro/Ro units. An even further expansion of the service structure took place during the autumn, with the shipping companies linking up Spanish, Greek and Turkish ports to the growing European network.
North Sea Port wants to improve the trade relations with Canada, focusing on bulk cargo and foodstuffs. From its part, the port of Quebec wants to develop its position in the region as a supply and removal port for bulk goods. Moreover, Quebec explores the possibilities for cars and containers.
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