And says it's not liable for illegal aid

EU okays Alitalia successor

Milan - EU competition regulators on Friday gave the green light to a slimmed down successor to Alitalia and said the new state-owned airline was not liable for repaying 900 million euros ($1.1 billion) in illegal state aid received by its predecessor

NOC says

Loading resumes at two Libyan oil ports

Tripoli - Loading operations at the Libyan oil terminals of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf resumed on Friday after a stoppage, National Oil Corporation and two engineers at the ports said. Exports were still halted at a third terminal, Hariga, where people have blocked loading operations, an engineer there said. Libyan oil output has been over 1.3 million barrels per day for much of 2021

On anti-COVID-19 measures

Congestion at South China ports worsens

Beijing - Congestion at container shipping ports in southern China is worsening as authorities step up disinfection measures amid a flare-up in COVID-19 cases, causing the biggest backlog since at least 2019. More than 150 coronavirus cases have been reported in Guangdong province, a key manufacturing and exporting hub in southern China

Terminal operators

No bids in Portugal's tender for Sines container port terminal

The bidding deadline was set for April 6 following a postponement from late 2020. "Naturally, we are aware that this pandemic context is not the best for a tender of this nature," Jose Luis Cacho, president of the administration of the Ports of Sines and Algarve, told Reuters to explain the absence of offers.


Singapore becomes a global cruise leader, for now

Singapore has seen relatively few domestic COVID-19 cases since last year. The Singapore cruises are open only to its 5.7 million residents, who have been unable to leave the tiny country for leisure and have settled instead for activities like staycations and even indoor camping.

The decision

Turkey to increase southern Mersin province’ capacity

Mersin - The country’s Transport and Infrastructure Ministry stated that the capability of a port in Turkey’s southern Mersin province is going to be extended from 2.8 million to 3.6 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). Two mega container ships with a length of 400 meters (1,312 feet) is going to be capable to harbor at the same time at the Mersin International Port

But +7.6% gross volume growth in Q4

DP World reports flat growth for FY2020

Dubai - DP World Limited handled 19.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals in 4Q2020, with gross container volumes increasing by 7.6% year-on-year on a reported basis and up 6.5% on a like-for-like basis. On a FY2020 basis, DP World handled 71.2 million TEU, flat year-on-year and up 0.2% on a like-for-like basis


The port of Beirut, six months after the devastating explosion / GALLERY

Officials have said the explosion was caused by chemicals that went up in flames after being stored at the port in poor conditions for years. Combi Lift signed the contract to remove flammable and highly reactive chemicals from containers at the port, some of them in storage since 2009.

Exports to surge amid global shortage

India lines up deepwater port for rice

Mumbai - India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh will use a deepwater port to export rice for the first time in decades amid a global shortage of the grain, according to a government order seen by Reuters, which could raise shipments this year by a fifth. The order, issued late on Wednesday, allows Kakinada Deep Water Port to handle rice until more capacity is created at the adjoining Anchorage Port. Congestion at the Kakinada Anchorage Port

IAPH data

25% of ports have increased share of empty container handling

London - 25% of ports have an increased share of empty container handlings due to the Covid crisis, reports an International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) survey. The report had a 46.2% response from Europe, a 15.5% from Central and South America, 9.2% from North America, 18.4% from North Asia, South East Asia, and Australia, 9.2% from Africa, and 1.5% from Middle East-Central Asia

New tender

Rijeka port to restart procedure for container terminal

Rijeka - Croatia's Rijeka port will restart the procedure for selecting a concessionaire to develop and run the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal. The board of directors of the Rijeka port has decided to cancel the current selection process and launch a new tender. In September, Luka Rijeka extended the procedure for selecting a concessionaire for the terminal until the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic

DEME in the consortium

Contract awarded for Ravenna Port Hub development

Ravenna - A major contract for the construction of the Ravenna Port Hub in Italy has been awarded to a consortium including DEME’s subsidiary Dredging International and Italian construction company Consorzio Stabile Grandi Lavori. The first phase of the project includes the excavation of five million m³ of sediments in the outer and inner channels

The German group

Eurokai's traffic slowing down

In the third quarter of this year the port terminals belonging to Eurokai have handled a container traffic equal to 2.77 million teu, with a decrease of -4.9% on the corresponding period of 2019. 

The port

Hong Kong gains ground

Last month the container traffic in the port of Hong Kong was equal to 1.56 million teu, with a slight increase of + 0.7%

After Albayrak and Uysal

Turkey's new economic chiefs need new crisis playbook / ANALYSIS

London - Turkey's two new economic czars will need a fresh crisis playbook if they are to keep the lira and the economy from plunging into deeper turmoil. The shock departure of finance minister Berat Albayrak, who is President Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, and central bank chief Murat Uysal over the weekend gave the lira its best day in over two years on Monday

China's busiest port

Ningbo's traffic grows

Ningbo Zhoushan recorded a 22.9% year-on-year increase in rail and sea freight cargo volume in the first 10 months of the year, announced by China Railway Shanghai Group Co. Ltd

Short of last year’s total

Rotterdam's throughput in first three quarters falls 8.8%

Rotterdam - The port of Rotterdam handled a total of 103.4 million tonnes of freight in the third quarter of 2020. Total throughput over the first nine months of the year stands at 322.3 million tonnes. This is 8.8% lower than the volume recorded in the equivalent period last year. The main throughput categories to record a decline in volumes were crude oil, iron ore, coal and mineral oil products

After Israeli-UAE agreement

Dubai's DP World to partner with Israeli firm in bid for Haifa Port

Jerusalem - Dubai's DP World is partnering with an Israeli group to bid for one of Israel's two main ports and to examine opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states, it said on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an historic agreement to normalize ties

In the first half

Hutchison Port volumes impacted by global trade decline on COVID-19

Hong Kong - Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPHT) has seen its overall container throughput decline and profit fall in the first half due to the severe slowdown in global trade amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From January to June 2020, throughout of HPH Trust ports overall was recorded at 10.28m teu, down 8% year-on-year


Chinese ports hit capacity as virus tests slow clearing

Testing of imported food for the novel coronavirus is pushing capacity at some major Chinese ports to their limit, major shippers told customers this week, warning of additional fees and possible diversions to other ports

The agreement

CMPort and Thessaloniki Port ink agreement on information system

Thessaloniki - China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) held a virtual signing ceremony with the Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A.(ThPA) in Shenzhen, Greece and Hong Kong and signed two agreements on the strategic cooperation and port information system


UK denies wanting to build lorry park in Dover

Britain’s government has no plans to build a new lorry park in Dover, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Monday, adding that ministers would create infrastructure away from ports and instead inland

The ISCD Index

Singapore retains top spot as international shipping centre for 7th consecutive year

Singapore - The Baltic Exchange, in collaboration with Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, has published the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. The index, in its 7th edition, provides an independent ranking of the performance of the world’s largest cities that offer port and shipping business services


Long Beach: -6,9% in container traffic during 2020 H1

Long Beach - The coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer U.S. west coast ports. The Port of Long Beach on Friday reported that 602,180 TEU was moved across its docks in June, making for an 11.1% decline compared to June 2019. Imports shrank 9.3% to 300,714 TEUs, exports dropped 12.2% to 117,538 TEUs, and empty containers shipped overseas to Asia were down 13.1% to 183,928 TEUs


Port of Antwerp limits damage during corona crisis

Antwerp - The total throughput of the Port of Antwerp fell by 4.9% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019. After a strong first quarter, the port experienced a decline in the transhipment of all flows of goods, with the exception of the container sector. Despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis on global production and logistics chains and a pandemic-driven drop in demand, the port remained 100% operational

A new application

Europe’s busiest port launches blockchain-based container handling pilot

Rotterdam - Port of Rotterdam said it will launch an application called the Secure Container Release, which it says is “significantly less susceptible to fraud” then the current widely used PIN-based method of verification. The three month pilot project will include some the biggest stakeholders in the maritime industry, including Ocean Network Express, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Hutchison Ports


Bremen does not suffer from the pandemic

Last April, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on maritime traffic seem to have affected only marginally the activity of the German port of Bremen/Bremerhaven


Port of Piraeus sees marginal container volume growth in Q1

Piraeus - Greece’s largest port – Piraeus – saw marginal increase in the number of containers handled in the first quarter of 2020. Despite the great decline in international trade due to COVID-19, Piraeus managed to marginally increase the number of containers handled on an annual basis


Port of Sines receives tanker powered by LNG

On this trip, the ship “Eagle Brasilia”, coming from the port of Sullom Voe, in the United Kingdom, docked at the Liquid Bulk Terminal to unload 100 thousand tons of crude to the Sines refinery


Throughput volume falls at Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam - In what the Port of Rotterdam called an “exceptional first quarter” the port experienced a 9.3% decrease in throughput compared with the same period for 2019. Throughput in the first quarter 2020 was 112.4 million tonnes compared with 123.9 million tonnes in 2019


Italian ports in 2019: containers are resisting, cruises were booming / ANALYSIS

Genoa - In 2019 the Italian ports have handled about 403 million tons. It holds the container sector. Roro traffic , in the past years the spearhead of Italian port,  shines less. Looking at the statistics of the Port network authorities, 2019 was the great year of cruises - an industry now stopped due to the effect of the coronavirus


Port of Sines to double its terminal

With the consignment of the East Breakwater enlargement, the expansion works will begin, thus allowing the port to double the containerized cargo installed capacity

Cargo volume

Port of New York surpasses Long Beach

During 2019, the port handled 5,231,418 loaded TEUs, surpassing the loaded imports handled by the Port of Long Beach, elevating the port to No. 2 in the nation for the first time in two decades


Trade war, Long Beach sees "better times ahead"

The Port of Long Beach navigated a trade dispute with China, new technology and evolving trade routes in 2019, culminating in its second-busiest year on record by moving more than 7.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units


Antwerp confirms its "record year"

With a 6th year record, growth in all cargotypes and a recent wave of investments, 2018 has been a "grand cru" year for the Port of Antwerp

But less traffic with the UK

Port of Zeebrugge grows by 14.2%

The Belgian port of Zeebrugge handled a total volume of 45.8 million tonnes in 2019. This 14.2 percent growth is the result of advancement in all important sectors


Traffic remains stable in Rotterdam

2019 was a relatively safe year for shipping in the port of Rotterdam, with 29,491 sea-going vessels arriving compared to 29,476 last year 


Georgia scraps deal on major port project

Georgia has ended an investment agreement with an international consortium for one of the biggest projects in the former Soviet country, the construction of a major deep sea port on the Black Sea coast


Umm Qasr capacity upgrade completed

Basra - Global terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has inaugurated two new berths at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr. The additional capacity allows the port to handle 14,000 teu capacity container vessels for the first time


Greek authority axes Piraeus expansion

Athens - Greece’s Port Planning and Development Committee has rejected a plan submitted by Cosco-controlled Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) to build a fourth container terminal at the port as part of a EUR800m ($881m) investment master plan


New DP World terminal starts up in Guayaquil

Guayaquil - Global terminal operator DP World has commenced operations at its new greenfield container port in Posorja, Ecuador, located near the approaches to Guayaquil. The $ 540 million first phase of the project entailed the construction of a 750,000 TEU capacity terminal


Port of Los Angeles September imports fall

Los Angeles - The Port of Los Angeles, the busiest for ocean trade with China, processed fewer containers of imported goods in September as the prolonged U.S.-China trade war whipsaws global supply chains. Imports fell 2.9% to 402,320 TEUs, or 20-foot equivalent units, in September


Piraeus leads Cosco’s overseas ports

Beijing - Cosco Shipping Ports Limited, the world’s leading ports operator, yesterday announced interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries for the six months ended 30 June 2019. Revenue was US$ 517.9 million +4.5% yoy