Global container port throughput declined in February

In February 2019, the global container port throughput index declined to 114 points, after reaching 131 points in January, according to Drewry’s latest assessment for April 2019. This was mainly due to the Chinese New Year celebrated in February 2019 which dampened activity levels.

A North Sea Agreement would be significant for ports

The Port of Rotterdam Authority considers it crucial that the North Sea Consultation works towards a North Sea Agreement in the upcoming six months. This consultation is investigating where on the North Sea the challenges regarding food, energy and nature can be combined and where choices will need to be made.

Port of Rotterdam successfully adopts innovation, report says

The businesses in the Port of Rotterdam have managed to catch up with companies elsewhere in the Netherlands. This is one of the results of the new edition of the Port Innovation Barometer, a multiannual study regarding innovation and the innovation climate in the Rotterdam port region, which was performed on behalf of SmartPort and the Port of Rotterdam Authority by the Erasmus Centre for Business Innovation.

Iran, Bulgaria to widen cooperation in ports and maritime transport

Iran and Bulgaria have signed six Memoranda of Understanding to enhance cooperation in different fields, including ports and maritime transport, postal services, trade, meteorology, and standardization policies. Bulgaria also welcomed a continuation of the discussions on developing the Greece-Bulgaria-Black Sea-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Armenia-Iran transport corridor.

Port of Huelva renews EcoPorts’ environmental management standard

The Spanish Port of Huelva renewed its EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS) after obtaining it for the first time in 2016. Following this development, ESPO congratulated the Port for this achievement. To receive PERS certification, ports need among others to improve communication with the local community and increase transparency.

German seaports increase the volume of cargo in 2018

German seaports handled 304.7 million tons of seaborne goods during 2018. This is an increase of 1.7%, in comparison to 2017, as the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced in the beginning of this week. In addition, the number of goods which German seaports received from other ports rose by 2%. Moreover, the shipping of goods from German seaports over the world’s oceans grew slightly by 1.8%.

Port of Riga, Port of Qingdao sign partnership agreement

Last week, the Ministry of Transport of Latvia and companies from the transport sector took part in the China International Logistics Week in Xi’an. One of the most important events was the International Logistics Exhibition ‘China Western International Logistics Expo 2019, during which the Freeport of Riga signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Qingdao in China. 

Watch: How can digitalization improve harbour craft sub-sector

Digital technology has helped SMEs in the harbour craft sub-sector to seize new opportunities and make large steps in improving operational efficiency, enhancing capabilities and upskilling workers to achieve better job satisfaction and work-life balance. With an electronic booking system misudnerstanding with the counter can be prevented,while it will also help save time in finding the location of the vessel based on GPS.

Six of the ten busiest container ports are in China

China had six of the world’s 10 largest container ports in 2018, stretching from its north to the south. This is the result of China’s 1 trillion yuans investment since 2012, aiming to enhance the facilities in the country’s ports. What is more, China’s external trade, including both imports and exports, increased to US$4.55 trillion last year, which marks a rise of around ten times since joining the WTO.


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