Port of Helsinki becomes busiest passenger port in Europe

In 2017 Helsinki became the busiest passenger port in Europe and possibly the world, carrying  12.3 million passengers. Passenger numbers continued to increase on the Helsinki-Tallinn route in particular, reflecting the development of Helsinki and Tallinn into ‘twin cities’.

Port of LA announces record cargo volumes in 2017

The Port of Los Angeles moved more cargo in 2017 than in any time in the Port’s 110-year history, racking up 9,343,192 TEUs, a 5.5% increase over 2016’s record-breaking year. This is the most cargo moved annually by a Western Hemisphere port.

Lego inspirations by shipping

LEGO officially launched a new product inspired by shipping. This is not the first time for the company, as there are already many fascinating LEGO models in the market set with ship theme. 

BIMCO: Caution required in 2018 to maintain market progress

2017 was a mostly year of change to better, but a cautious approach is still needed for 2018 to maintain the progress already achieved, BIMCO noted. Specially, BIMCO expects an improvement in dry bulk and container shipping sectors, while for tanker sector, there is a potential upside in low fleet growth for both crude oil and oil product tankers.

Spain forces make largest seizure of cocaine on containership

The drug trafficking organization had carefully camouflaged 5,883 kilograms of cocaine, distributed in 5,299 pills, “perfectly hidden” inside containers with a shipment of bananas onboard the vessel ‘Banak’, coming from Colombia and heading to El Prat. The value of this quantity is estimated at 210 million euros.

Newcastle reveals plan for new terminal construction

The NSW Government and Port of Newcastle revealed the design of the new Newcastle Cruise Terminal. The purpose-built facility will cover approximately 3,000m2 and will include facilities for passenger drop-off and pick up, coach parking and vessel provisioning.

Two Captains recognized with IMO bravery award

Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston were recognized for their role in averting a tragedy in September 2016, when the tanker they were piloting broke down in the Houston Ship Channel in the middle of the night and burst into flames, after colliding with mooring dolphins.

PSA sets Guinness World Record for largest container image

Singapore terminal operator PSA has achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest shipping container image, the Lion Head. The record was achieved during the commemoration event celebrating the contributions of Tanjong Pagar Terminal to Singapore’s economy.

Ports of Auckland announces 30-year Master Plan

Ports of Auckland announced the draft of a 30-year Master Plan in order to further develop the port of Auckland while it is being relocated. The plan for the Auckland port aims to balances Auckland’s economic, social and environmental needs.

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