Tanger Med is the first port in Mediterranean-Europe Region

Middle East container ports are the most efficient in the world

Ports in the Middle East took four of the top five spots in the second edition of the global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence. CPPI is a comparable index of global container port

Between Hapag Lloyd and Contship

Damietta Alliance developing and operating a new container terminal

Damietta - A new terminal will be built in the port of Damietta, Egypt. For this purpose, a Joint Venture was founded to develop and operate the new “Terminal 2” in the port. The Joint Venture Damietta Alliance Container Terminal consists of three core shareholders

Five new URTS tractors

Dole invests 1,5 million dollars in electrification at San Diego Terminal

At a ceremony at its terminal yard at the Port of San Diego, California, Dole Food Company announced a $1.5 million dollar electrification project at its West Coast port operation. This project has funded five new electric utility tractor rigs (UTRS) to add to Dole’s growing electric fleet

united states

CDC drops COVID-19 health warning for cruise ship travelers

“While cruising will always pose some risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers will make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, much like they do in all other travel settings," CDC spokesman Dave Daigle said

The energy crisis

When it comes to oil, the global economy is still hooked / ANALYSIS

The world may be less dependent on oil now than it was during the energy shocks of the 1970s, but the Ukraine conflict is stark evidence of a stubborn craving that can still disrupt economies, confound policymakers and spark political strife

Profit from operations increased by 13.7%

PSA International posts revenues of $4.6 billion in 2021

Terminal operator PSA International has posted its operational and financial results for 2021. The company reported revenues of $4.6 billion for last year, an increase of 11.7% over the $4.1 billion in 2020

After river's dredging

Hamburg completes Elbe expansion to accommodate larger ships

Hamburg - The Port of Hamburg has completed and made available to ships an expansion of the waterway along the Elbe River connecting Hamburg to the North Sea at Cuxhaven. Port officials are calling the project a major enhancement to the port’s capabilities


Construction begins at DP World's $1.1 bln port in Senegal

DP World has said the first phase will include 840 metres of quay and a 5 km marine channel designed to handle 366-metre vessels, with a second phase adding 410 metres of container quay and further dredging to handle 400-metre vessels

Due to COVID 19 outbreak

UK: global supply chain crisis supports small ports

London - As the global supply chain crisis continues to escalate, suppliers are rerouting shipments into the UK through smaller ports like Liverpool. The sudden upsurge in demand for online retail instigated major disruptions in the global supply chain sector, following worldwide lockdowns due to the COVID-19 outbreak in November 2019


Port congestion getting worse

London - Vessel and port congestion levels in 2021 have been unprecedented, significantly impacting capacity in the Container and Bulker sectors and disrupting global supply chains, says VesselsValue in its 2021 Port Congestion Report (FULL REPORT INSIDE)

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