Port of Oakland reported that its containerized agricultural exports are boosting, despite the trade war. The farm good shipments in the first four months of 2019 saw a 12% increase from the previous year. According to the port, the majority of its shipments are sent to Asia, despite US’s tariffs.
According to Port of Riga, during Q1 of 2019 the volume of handled cargo remained stable, reaching the 11 million tonnes. Although the volume of bulk cargo reduced by 6.1% and the volume of liquid bulk by 7.7%, the general growth wasn’t affected.
The ‘BBC Amethyst’ anchored in Porto do Açu, Brazil, becoming the first ship to make the big crossing from Antwerp to the Brazilian sea port. This is considered an important achievement for the Port of Antwerp and the local partners who invested in the Brazilian port. Antwerp and the Brazilian ports combine to ship about 6.2 million tonnes of goods every year.
The Port of Rotterdam is attempting to expand its position as Western Europe’s biggest transit port for agricultural, horticultural and fishery sector products. Part of this strategy is the creation of the Rotterdam Food Hub at Calandkanaal, at the entrance to Maasvlakte. This hub is a 60-hectare industrial site, offering facilities for ‘agrofood’ sector companies.
According to Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Abadan, Arvandankar and Choabdeh ports experienced an increase of 56% in 2018. Iran is developing its ports and its shipping power and in the meantime, the country aims to a low-sulphur shipping, as the Deputy Director has commented in the past that low-sulphur fuel should be a priority for the Iranian fleet.
Port of Newcastle’s coal exports increased 5% during the first quarter of 2019, reaching 27.3m tonnes. Namely, March volumes rose 0.5m tonnes year on year to 9.1m tonnes, in spite of worries about customs delays that could affect exports to China. In comparison to February, March volumes were up by 0.2m tonnes. What is more, the number of ships awaiting to take delivery from the port reduced to five.
The Port of Corpus Christi approved a 50-year lease agreement with Lone Star Ports, a joint venture between the Carlyle Group and the Berry Group, for about 200 acres on Harbor Island to develop a new petroleum export terminal. The facility will connect US crude producers with all major international markets. The facility on Harbor Island is planned to be the deepest-draft safe harbor crude export facility in the US.
During 2018, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo showing a 12% increase in comparison to 2017’s numbers. The increase of cargo traffic is attributed the development of yards dedicated for transshipment of cast iron, metal scrap, ore, mineral fertilizers and containers.
South Africa’s port of Durban resulted with an overall throughput of 2.975 million TEU, increased from the 2.699 million in 2017. That’s an rise of 276.000 TEU for the year, equal to over 10%, which will be a boost to Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). Nationally the increase on containers was 5.3% with the total for all ports reaching 4.833 million TEU, according to the Mercury.
Magellan Midstream Partners LP is discussing with companies that develop crude transportation assets in Freeport, Texas, as it plans to build a US crude export terminal instead of its previously scheduled spot off Corpus Christi. Despite Corpus Christi construction, the pipeline operator considers all of its options, including an offshore terminal off Freeport, closer to its crude storage and terminal assets in Houston, according to Mark Roles, senior vice president at Magellan.
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