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


La Spezia-Casablanca deal to improve freight exchange

Genova - Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority (AdSP) and the Agence Nationale des Ports of Morocco have signed an agreement to start a project between the port of La Spezia and the port of Casablanca for the implementation of a logistics corridor


Tangier port to become Mediterranean’s largest

Tangier - Already the biggest port in Africa with an annual volume of 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in 2018, Tanger Med will add six million in capacity after its extension worth 1.3 billion euros making it the largest in terms of container capacity in the Mediterranean.


“The Italian Ports Association at TL Munich 2019”/ GALLERY

Transport Logistics represents the largest e most important exhibition in the intermodal and logistics filed, and its statistics over the years confirm this. Italian ports and freight villages signed an agreement with the Italian Trade Agency last August so as to enhance investments in the country


Mariners set to strike at South African ports from Thursday

Cape Town - South Africa’s transport workers union Satawu threatened a “total shutdown” at major ports across the country from Thursday after issuing a 48-hour strike notice for mariners over a payment dispute, the union said on Tuesday.


Two 20,000 teu COSCO megaships at Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi - CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, a container terminal built and operated by China’s COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSP) at Khalifa Port in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports, has received two of the world’s largest mega-vessels within less than a month


NCSP Group up 5%

Novorossiysk - The aggregate throughput of the stevedoring companies incorporated in Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group made 23.4 mn tons during January-February 2019 growing 4.9% year-on-year. Novorossiysk-based assets of the group handled over 14.1 mn tons


New York/New Jersey tackling port congestion

New York - Congestion is a challenge that is not new to the Port of New York and New Jersey, but it has taken on an added dimension of late. The introduction of a new generation of megaships create cargo spikes when they call on the port


Piraeus Port Authority shows good 2018 results

Piraeus - The annual briefing to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)of the results of Piraeus Port Authority SA for the year 2018 took place at the headquarters of PPA S.A. in the presence of the CEO of PPA S.A. Captain Fu Chengqiu and Angelos Karakostas, Deputy CEO


Djibouti orders to pay DP World $530M

Djibouti - A court in London has awarded global ports operator DP World $385 million in compensation for the government of Djibouti’s decision to shut it out of previously-agreed development opportunities. When adding in unpaid royalties, the total award comes to $533 million


Diversification means growth for DP World

Dubai - This week, DP World announced a year-over-year revenue increase that would be large for any sector, and perhaps exceptionally large for ports. Worldwide, the global terminal operator saw revenues rise by 20%


New York-New Jersey Port, delays are easing

New York - Volumes continue to remain strong even during seasonal slow patch and trucking capacity still remains tight in the region. The Port of New York and New Jersey is seeing truck turn times improve and delays lessen as terminals there work down the January backlog of containers


Libya dreams of mega port in history-laden east

Sisah - Texas-based security firm Guidry Group confirmed to Reuters it planned to sign a 35-year deal to build and operate the project in a region once occupied by the ancient Greeks, before handing it back to the local authority.


“Docker 4.0 to be international and IT skilled” / INTERVIEW

Genova - In the Port 4.0, that runs towards the automation of as many activities as possible, the work on the dock is not destined to become extinct, but rather to evolve. A path that however can not pass only through the transformation of processes, but rather from the training of workers


Seafarer dies in fall aboard rockdumping vessel

Bruges - Officials in Bruges, Belgium are investigating the death of a Dutch seafarer aboard the specialized fallpipe vessel Simon Stevin. On Monday night, the “Stevin” was at the port of Zeebrugge, and the crew was moving steel pipes


Bettolo, MSC’s close-up plans

Genova - Go ahead all and well in a hurry. MSC has further accelerated the Bettolo operation, confirming its willingness to land in Genoa and make the container terminal operational on those areas that are still empty. The strategy, anticipated by the Secolo XIX/The MediTelegraph


Port of Genoa pulls the brake after bridge collapse

Genovq - The port of Genoa loses traffic, interrupting a positive historical series (except between 2015 and 2016) almost a decade in which the airport recorded growth: “the portt will close the year down by 0.5%, despite the first months marked a strong growth, but combined with Savona is first Italian port”


Commission recommends taxation of ports in Italy and Spain

Brussels - The European Commission has proposed, in two separate decisions, that Italy and Spain align their taxation of ports with State aid rules. The Commission remains committed to ensure a level playing field across the EU in this key economic sector


Gioia Tauro, strike in port

Gioia Tauro - On Monday morning the workers of the port of Gioia Tauro will return to cross their arms. Next to them, together with the leaders of the Uiltrasporti Calabria, there will also be Santo Biondo, general secretary of the Uil Calabria


Los Angeles port sets all-time cargo record

Los Angeles - The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Wednesday said they set all-time records for moving cargo in 2018, after U.S. retailers and manufacturers pulled forward imports to avoid higher tariffs on Chinese goods


“Ports, North and Med still far away” / INTERVIEW

Genova - At the beginning of 2019, BIMCO, has published an overview of the year that awaits global shipping, in the dry and liquid cargo and container sectors. Peter Sand, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, answers for a focus on the prospects of maritime transport in Europe


Qatar’s ports record highest annual growth

Doha - Qatar’s ports have delivered an impressive performance last year with all round growth in all the segments. The ports in the country achieved highest annual performance in containers, vessels and livestock segments in 2018


Antwerp port looks to capacity expansion

Antwerp - Belgium’s Antwerp port has confirmed a need for additional container handling capacity as the port concluded 2018 with expected growth in all types of cargo. Jacques Vandermeiren, ceo of Antwerp Port Authority, highlighted that the port is already far beyond its optimum capacity limits in the terminals


HK box volumes inch down in November

Hong Kong - The port of Hong Kong saw its container throughput inched down in November compared to the year-ago level, according to statistics from the Hong Kong Marine Department. In November, box volumes at the main Kwai Tsing terminal were recorded at 1.33m teu, down 1.5%


Gioia Tauro: investment or loss of concession

Gioia Tauro - “In 2017 the Port of Gioia Tauro recorded a 16% volume drop and this year will experience a further 6% drop; It’s no longer possible to continue this way, we need a breakthrough . ” This was said by Italy’s Minister for Infrastructure, Danilo Toninelli, on a visit to the port of Gioia Tauro


GAC to set up operations in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi -Leading integrated shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC is opening a warehouse and open yard in the Middle East’s largest industrial zone and a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)


“Bari and Brindisi are East Asia’s first ports of call in the EU” / INTERVIEW

“We believe that the Authority must support the traffic that suits each port’s specialisations. According to the scenarios we have studied, we know that the terminals of the Southern Adriatic can increase trade of goods with the Balkans and with the so-called MENA countries (editor’s note: Middle East and North Africa).”


“Middle East ports must explore innovative approaches”

Dubai - According to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), entitled “Will Middle Eastern Ports Continue to Succeed?”, ports across the region have enjoyed success by building high-quality infrastructure to serve the large cargo volumes flowing through the region


Unions, container port of Cagliari at peak

Cagliari - With a net traffic loss of 72 in just three years, the Canal Port of Cagliari is literally sinking. This is what emerges from a complaint-dossier made known by UilTrasporti Sardegna, which examines the traffic trend at Cagliari’s freight yard and analyses the problems that prevent Cagliari from succeeding


Naples: EU Commission “condemns” Authority

Naples - The €44 million subsidy granted by the Italian state to the Port Authority of Naples to restore the dry docks rented to Cantieri del Mediterraneo is illegal state aid. The late collection of concession fees by the Port Authority, on the other hand, does not constitute State aid


AEN, Ilva and a turbine. Genoa will not break / GALLERY

Genova - Say hello to the AE94.3A. The electricity it will generate will brighten the homes of 200,000 Tunisian families. On reaching Mornaguia, Tunisia, please inform the Societe Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz that it wasn’t easy to assemble this in good time after the Morandi Bridge of Genoa collapsed


Iran says Qatar wants more ships to travel to ports

Tehran - Hadi Haqshenas, the managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran,was quoted by the domestic media in Tehran as saying that Qatar had demanded to make the required changes so that more ships would travel between its Hamad Port and Iran’s Bushehr Port.


«The port of Genoa is fully operational»

Genoa - «The port of Genoa will be able to regularly meet the demand for services related to the international traffic of goods and passengers, both on cruise ships and on ferries».


Two cranes arrive at MDC terminal in Carrara

Marina di Carrara - The new MDC terminal in Marina di Carrara starts up with the arrival of two 350-tonne carrying capacity cranes. “It is the beginning of a new era at the port,” said the chairman of the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea, Carla Roncallo


Yilport closest to landing the port of Taranto

Taranto - The port of Taranto and the container terminal have their eyes set on Turkey’s Yilport Holding AS. On Tuesday, the Port System Authority of the Ionian Sea, whose president is Sergio Prete, acknowledging the “preliminary positive evaluation by the Permanent Internal Commission”


Genoa: container traffic is growing

Genova - With 1,126,089 containers handled from January to June 2018, the port of Genoa has recorded 5.7% more than the 1,065,000 TEUs it achieved in the first half of 2017, confirming that it is the driving force in the city’s economy


Algeciras hits record throughput in H1 2018

Algeciras - Throughput of goods at the Spanish port totalled 53.8 million tons in the first six months of the year, but bunker volumes showed a significant dip. Total throughput at Algeciras grew 9.6% in H1 2018 compared to the same period last year