UK Maritime Minister to prioritize transport and freeports

The UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, recently said that the new Government is ready to “turbo boost” rail infrastructure in the North, while meeting with maritime industry leaders in Merseyside.

The Minister stated that “if the maritime industry didn’t do what it did this country would grind to a halt,” adding that she will continue to play a major role in the implementation of the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy, which is looking to spark a new era of growth in the maritime sector,...

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Recently-built Port of Gwadar handles first Afghan cargo

Gwadar port in Pakistan has started handling cargo bound for Afghanistan. This is considered as a positive development for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, however experts believe that the economic sustainability of the port is far from certain.

Namely, on January 14, the cargo ship Diyala unloaded two containers covered by the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement. The cargo was then transported from Gwadar to Afghanistan through the Chaman border crossing through northern...

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Israel decides to advance with privatization of Port of Haifa

Israel approved the Haifa Port privatization plans. The new owner will have to invest around NIS 1 billion in the port, including the cost of upgrading infrastructure, as well as financing the layoff of about 200 workers.

The investor will take full control of the northern port from the government-owned Haifa Port Company, with the sale expected to be completed within two years. The new owner is expected to operate the port until 2054.

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Rotterdam launches “Port of Opportunities” event

Port of Rotterdam announced that during World Port Days 2020, “Port of Opportunities” is going to be the new theme for the public maritime event.Namely, the organization wants to show how important the freedom of the last 75 year has been for the port and the rest of the Netherlands’ development.

For the records, World Port Days is an annual maritime festival and this is the 43rd edition for the event.

As port of Rotterdam reported, the event will take place on 4, 5 and 6 September 2020, while...

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ITF Seafarers’ Trust launches new OSH training program

ITF Seafarers’ Trust launched a new three stage occupational safety and health education program for port workers in Aqaba, Jordan.

Specifically, this program features an app based awareness raising component followed by face-to-face training and work place assignments- and is designed to increase worker participation in the OSH agenda, complementing company initiatives where they exist creating a safer environment for both dockers and seafarers visiting the ports.

ITF Regional Secretary, Bilal...

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Port of Helsinki cargo throughput declines by 2% in 2019

The Port of Helsinki, Finland, issued a update on 2019’s throughput, from January to December 2019, informing that the port saw a 2% year-on-year decline in the number of cargo it handled.

Specifically, the port handled 14.42 million tonnes of cargo, in other words a 2% decline, year-on-year.

Moreover, the turnover of trucks and semitrailers also decreased by 0.4% to 600,000 units, while the transshipment of dry bulk cargo fell by 13.3% to 1.7 million tonnes, container throughput grew by 3.9% to...

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Port of Rostock sees its first STS LNG bunkering

Marking the second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in Germany, the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’, has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel ‘Orion’. For the Port of Rostock, this ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation is a first.

‘Orion’ is currently at the Liebherr construction yard in the Port of Rostock, where it is being equipped with a 5,000-tonne crane. The ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG is another milestone in the construction of this vessel, which...

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Petrolesport berths to increase cargo handling capabilities

The Global Ports Group will renew and upgrade the handling equipment at its terminal network in the North-West and the Russian Far East, in order to increase the effectiveness of its cargo handling capabilities.

Under the program Petrolesport (PLP), one of Global Ports’ terminals, and Liebherr Russland, signed a contract for the manufacturing and supply of an LHM 550 mobile harbour crane. The new crane with a capacity of 144 tonnes will arrive at PLP’s berths in April 2020. LHM 550 can operate...

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NPA updates synergy with Ogun on Olokola Deep Seaport project

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority collaborated with Ogun State Government in efforts to ensure the workability of the Olokola Deep Seaport project.

Specifically, the two partners met in efforts to boost relations and achieve a better cooperation amongst stakeholders, with the aim that the port industry grows parallel with the Global Best Practices.

The meeting was conducted in the presence of the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Oyedele-Salako and the Ogun State...

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Ports in France blocked amidst protests

French ports are blocked as workers protest, aiming to make President Emmanuel Macron to scrap a planned pension overhaul. Namely, ferry services were disrupted, while some bulk carriers were kept at anchor.

Thousands of workers are protesting for a sixth day, with French trade unions blocking ports, aiming to make President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned pension overhaul.

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Namely, the CGT union set its sights on French ports. In fact, ferry services to...

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