IMO focuses on the role of ports to achieve emissions reduction

The role of ports in achieving emissions reductions was highlighted at the Future Port congress, Bilbao, Spain, from 12 to 14 February. Ports are considered key players in the maritime transport system when it comes to meeting ambitious emissions reduction. In fact, IMO’s initial greenhouse gas strategy recognizes that shipping and ports are closely linked.

San Vicente Terminal in Chile receives two new STS gantry cranes

San Vicente Terminal Internacional, Chile, reached a milestone in its modernization plan on February 16. Namely, the terminal welcomed two new, state-of-the-art STS gantry cranes, part of an investment of around US$ 20 million. The cranes stand 80 meters tall, and have a lifting capacity of 100 tons at the cargo hook, along with a reach of 62 meters. This enables them to service vessels up to 50 meters in beam.

Green field deep sea port to be built in Bangladesh

Royal HaskoningDHV and the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology are selected as the master plan consultants for the Payra Deep Sea Port Development Project in Bangladesh. The development of the Payra Deep Sea Port aims to improve capacity and transit times, and support the country’s economic growth. The port is planned to start operations by 2022.

King Abdullah Port annual throughput increases by 36% in 2018

The annual throughput of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36% compared to 2017, maintaining its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling.

Port or Rotterdam, partners prepare Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project

Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN are preparing a Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project, in which CO2 from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed. The three companies are cooperating on preparing this project, under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.

Ports of Piraeus, Venice and Chioggia to enhance cargo flows

The CEO of the Port Authority of Piraeus, Captain Fu Chengqiu and the President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Pino Musolino, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 11, to enhance relations and cargo flows between the two ports. The memorandum also aims to improve the exchange of best practices and know-how in port management.

Three consortiums racing to construct dry port off Cairo

Three consortiums are currently competing to construct a dry port west of Cairo, with a worth of $100 million, according to the Egyptian finance ministry. The project will be a public-private collaboration between the General Authority For Ports and Dry Land and the consortium that will win. The Port will be built on about 104 acres in 6th of October City, a suburb of the capital.

New shipping channel to be built in Istanbul

Foreign construction companies are interested in building the shipping channel in Istanbul, according to the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Namely, the preparation of the shipping channel project has been completed. The channel will be 43 kilometers. The Istanbul channel aims to reduce the burden of shipping on the Bosphorus Strait, and prevent the threat of environmental and human-made disasters

Port of Cairns will accommodate larger cruise ships after dredging

Australia’s Port of Cairns will soon be ready to welcome larger cruise ships as the Queensland government announced an AUD 127 million contract for the dredging and construction works as part of the Cairns Shipping Development Project. The project aims to enable bigger vessels entering the port, and thus, increase the number of visiting cruise ships.

Vale’s terminal in Vitoria, Brazil closes

Brazil has closed a port terminal operated by miner Vale SA in Vitoria, in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Specifically, Vitoria fined the company 35 million reais ($9.5 million) for throwing mining residues in the sea. Commenting on the development, Vitoria Mayor Luciano Rezende noted that ‘pollution cannot be justified by tax revenue any more’.


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