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UK shipping to face many changes in the future

According to the report “Future of the sea”, the shipping industry is a vital part of the UK economy, as 95% of imports and exports are carried by sea. The UK maritime sector is the largest in Europe, worth an estimated £14.5 billion. Growing population and development will increase the demand for the transport of goods and the drive to mitigate against climate change will put pressure on the shipping industry to lower CO2 emissions.

Port related projects in US gained $72.7 million

Of the total 41 projects awarded grants in the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, five are port-related, although only two out of 40 port applications submitted, are going to marine port authorities. Namely, port-related projects will receive a total of $72.7 million, amounting to 14.5%.

BPA unveils Port Futures programme

The British Ports Association announced a new Port Futures project to examine emerging threats to and opportunities for British ports. The rolling programme of activity, labelled Horizon, will address key issues for ports over the next 50 years, including infrastructure and skills.

Indian major ports record positive growth 4.58%

The biggest ports in India have recorded a growth of 4.58% and altogether they have handled 560.97 million tonnes of cargo from April 2017 to January, 2018, compared to the 536.41 million tonnes handled during the same period last year.

ICTSI to start operations in Papua New Guinea

ICTSI South Pacific International Container Terminal, a subsidiary of global operator International Container Terminal Services, announced that it has started operations at the Lae Tidal Basin in Lae, Papua New Guinea. SPICT received authorization begin operations from the PNG Government. According to the agreement, SPICT will begin the transition by rolling out the terminal’s new operating system, Navis N4.

Attempts must continue to improve nautical standards

The standards were created by the Port Call Optimisation Task Force, the International Harbour Masters’ Association, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and GS1. This first series of standards regard nautical terms that relate to vessels sailing in and out of ports and wants to ensure great efficiency in the area of loading ships and ship-related services.

Gard updates on Yemeni ports situation

Gard released an update, regarding the port situation in Yemen as it stands on 22 January 2018, informing on what ports are open and which are closed. The capacity of the open ports may, however, be limited, and there may be a lack of fuel supplies and other basic services.

DP World, NIIF to cooperate on ports investments

DP World and India’s NIIF released a statement announcing the creation of an investment platform to invest in ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. The platform will invest up to $3 billion to acquire assets and develop projects in the sector.

BPA: British ports important to UK economy

The British Ports Association released a video highlighting the importance of ports to the UK’s economy. The film uses new economic impact study data produced for Maritime UK, showing the value of the UK ports industry.

Port of Antwerp takes permanent control of Port de Cotonou

Port of Antwerp announced that it has signed the agreements to enroll the management of the Port de Cotonou in Benin, on January 10. The deal closed after the Port of Antwerp agreed with the Port of Cotonou, to temporarily manage the later, back in December.


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