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


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