The ‘MSC Katya R’ of 4,112 TEU is one of the seven ships that MSC operates between Ecuador and Northern Europe. The ships will serve Moín on a weekly basis and Antwerp will now become the first European unloading port, before Rotterdam and Bremerhaven.
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After two record monthly results in April and May, with more than 1 million TEU, the Belgian Port of Antwerp closed the second quarter with a strong month in June. The total freight volume handled by the Port was up 0.7% during the first six months compared with the same period last year.
Europe’s first inland-waterway LNG bunker vessel conducted its first bunkering operations in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp. The ‘LNG London’ vessel, owned by LNG Shipping – cooperation between Victrol and Sogestran, is on a long-term charter to Shell.
Standic, a Dutch tank storage company, announced its plans on constructing a new chemical storage terminal in Antwerp, doubling its capacity. The terminal will be located in the 5th Haven dock with an initial storage capacity of 96,000 m³, which can be expanded in future to 230,000 m³. It is due to enter operation in 2021.
Port of Montreal announced via its Twitter account that it renewed its cooperation agreement with port of Antwerp. Port of Montreal and Antwerp have been collaborating for six years; The first cooperation agreement between the two ports was signed in 2013 for three years and got renewed in 2016.
The container terminals on the Right bank of the Scheldt in the Port of Antwerp will be open as of Monday 3 June. This means that the PSA Europa and Noordzee terminals will be open 24 hours per day on weekdays. The MedRepair empty container depot on the Right bank will open one hour earlier.
Hamburg Sud and Maersk launched a service connecting Europe and the key perishables markets of Central America, the Caribbean and the western coast of South America. In northern Europe, Antwerp is the first port of call. A regional feeder network will connect the key ports of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia through transshipment hubs in Panama.
The port data platform NxtPort has collaborated with the Antwerp breakbulk community in order to develop a new app. Called Bulkchain, it aims to simplify administration and make the supply chain simpler, faster and more efficient. Bulkchain was launched at the AntwerpXL breakbulk trade fair and its first two modules are now active. Namely terminal delivery order; and terminal delivery confirmation.
NIMASA announced its partnership with the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, in efforts to boost trade and encourage foreign direct investment opportunities in the Nigerian maritime sector. The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, announced the collaboration when he played host to a team from the Port of Antwerp in Belgium led by the Director, Africa Port of Antwerp International, Mr. Nico Vertongen, in Lagos.
Three amongst the largest European ports, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Ghent, are planned to be used to capture and bury 10m tonnes of CO2 emissions under the North Sea. The aim of the project is to build the CO2 network in the port of Rotterdam by 2026, with work then to be completed in the following four years on a cross-border pipeline to Antwerp and the North Sea port by Ghent.
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