The German government is launching a set of measures in order to promote shore-generated power in an effort to make the country’s ports cleaner. Vessels in Germany’s ports in the future will be using renewable shore-based energy instead of burning fossil fuels to generate shipboard electric power.
The cruise ship “AIDAprima” marked the ending of the cruise season for Port of Kiel in 2019, with the port having 32 vessels calling this season on 174 separate occasions, in comparison to 2018’s 169, with an overall tonnage of 15 million GT.
Hamburg-based Nauticor, conducted its first ever ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation at the Elbehafen Brunsbüttel, part of Brunsbüttel Ports, the first at a German port. The vessel bunkered LNG to DEME’s TSHD Scheldt River delivering a total of 300 cubic meters of the chilled fuel.
BEHALA informed that the construction of the world’s first emission-free push boat will start in October 2019. The ship is expected to have been completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. The boat will be used mainly for transporting goods on the Berlin-Hamburg and inner-city transport routes.
French shipping and logistics firm CMA CGM Group announced the introduction of Rhine Valley Rail, a new rail service connecting the Port of Rotterdam with the German hinterland. The new service will officially start with its first train departure in Dortmund on October 18th.
Growth of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the G20 area reduced to 0.7% in the second quarter of 2019, in comparison to 0.8% in the previous quarter, according to OECD provisional estimates. On the other hand, GDP growth showed a strong increase in South Africa and Korea, to 0.8% and 1.0%, respectively.
China is the Port of Hamburg’s largest trading partner, with the Port being China’s Gateway to Europe for Chinese products, and at the same time as the German export trade’s gateway to the Far East. In 2018, the Port of Hamburg handled around 2.6 million TEU or standard containers for the China Trade.
During August, Germany and Denmark conducted oil spill response exercises to excel their response on an accident that could lead to a huge environmental disaster; To assist the exercise, EMSA participated, providing authorities with live feed footage from lightweight Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
Innogy and RWE Supply & Trading inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Deutsche Bahn (German Rail – DB) for the supply of electricity from the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm. The project will commence in 2024 and will run for five years.
Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions announced it has become a partner of the Bavarian Hydrogen Council, focusing on expanding hydrogen technology in Bavaria. As partner, the company will work with other major players from politics, finance and science to drive the development of hydrogen technology.
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