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Port of Barcelona receives investment to improve efficiency

APM Terminals has invested €47 million in the Port of Barcelona over recent months. The most recent investment was the acquisition of 29 new straddle carriers, which will help APM Terminals Barcelona improve efficiency once operational this month. 

World’s first gas-powered catamaran under construction

Baleària, Spanish shipping company, announced its deal with Armón shipyards, for the construction of the Eleanor Roosevelt fast ferry. According to the company, it will be the first catamaran high-speed passenger vessel to navigate powered by liquefied natural gas is progressing in its construction process in the workshops of the Gijón company. 

Spain discovers 10 tons of hashish on board container ship, crew arrested

Spanish authorities informed that they have captured hashish worth about 20 million euros ($22 million) from a container ship that allegedly was smuggling the drug from North Africa to the eastern Mediterranean. The seizure of the drugs and the arrest of the crew is a result of a six-months tracking by the authorities.

APM Terminals Algeciras to increase its tractor fleet

APM Terminals Algeciras, one of the largest container terminal in the Mediterranean, is renewing and increasing its fleet of terminal tractors. The company has began introducing the new Terberg YT222 model, which features better ergonomics, safety and environmental impact.

Carnival emits 10 times more emissions than all of Europe’s cars, study reports

Carnival Corporation emitted about 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOx) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals. As for Royal Caribbean Cruises, it is second, with yet four times worse than the European car fleet.

First floating wind platform in Spain inaugurated

Spain’s first floating wind platform was officially presented during an event in the Canary Islands Wednesday, after more than ten years of research. Built and assembled in the Canary shipyard, the W2Power prototype is the first multi-turbine wind platform worldwide to reach this technological level.

European goods dominated Spanish ports in 2018

About half of the 563 million tons handled in Spanish ports in 2018 had a country in the European continent as origin/destination, according to figures released by Ports of the State. In 2018, Spanish ports handled more than 102 million tons of solid bulk.

MSC invests in modernization of container terminal at Port of Las Palmas

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) along with the Port Authority of Las Palmas have ratified an investment plan for the Port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The aim is to establish the Port of Las Palmas as a key hub for shipping traffic with the African West Coast. Approximately EUR 9 million will be funded to modernize the Port, a process that will take place over the course of eight years.

Grimaldi urges for stricter controls on cargo sea transport

After Grimaldi’s Grande Europa caught fire, the company launched an appeal to introduce more stringent controls and regulations on cargo sea transport, not only for rolling units but also for containers. Grimaldi Group requested more controls on car batteries, which often cause short-circuits on board vessels, as well as in port terminals.

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