In Guinea, Conakry Terminal just earned the ISO 9001: 2015 certification for its quality management system. Internationally recognized, it was released by Bureau Veritas, one of the leaders in ICT (Information and Communication technologies) and just rewarded efforts made by Conakry Terminal since the beginning of 2015. Activities covered by ISO 9001: 2015 certification are reception and delivery of the containers for imports, transshipment and exports as well as the load-in and load-out. They include also inspection, storage and monitoring of the containers in their fleet as well as the roll-in/roll-out system of vehicles reception and delivery. Provision of information and documents related to stakeholders, billing location and financial activities are also included.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has recently launched the World Ports Climate Action Program in which port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will be joining forces and working together on projects that address the issue of global warning. The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on increasing efficiency of supply chains using digital tools; advancing common and ambitious policy approaches aimed at reducing missions within larger geographic areas; accelerating development of in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions. Including other specific actions as accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification ion of ship propulsion systems and accelerating efforts to fully decarbonise cargo-handling facilities in the ports.
“The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warning to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport. As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, I am convinced that the ports can make a significant contribution. I am pleased to see that international port authorities have taken on a leading role in this area, committing to collaborative projects that can further advance the decarbonisation of the maritime transport sector,” said Allard Castelein, President & Chief Executive Officer at Port of Rotterdam.
The Port Authority organisations call upon the shipping industry and other ports to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement, asking the governments and regulators to adopt or, at very last, international policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding support to relevant R&D and pilot projects.
The Antwerp Port Authority is taking various initiatives in order to be fully prepared for Brexit including the appointment of Justin Atkin, owner of Ragged Edge Consulting, as the new representative for the UK and Ireland. With more than 20 years of experience in transport, shipping and logistics, Atkin assumed his role on 1 September 2018.
“The UK was always a self-evident market for us. Brexit brings new challenges for us, and our new representative will act as our eyes and ears, keeping us in touch with the economic situation and the impact of Brexit on Antwep’s business. We also count on Justin to place Antwerp even more strongly on the map for the UK and Ireland, and to attract new sources of cargo and investment, “ explained Wim Dillen, Regional Development Manager at Antwerp Port Authority.
With an annual freight volume of around 15 million tonnes the UK is the port of Antwerp’s third-largest maritime trading partner after the USA and Russia. According to the Port Authority, Antwerp is also ideally situated as an investment location close to the European centres of decision-making, and as the gateway to Europe from where the continent can be served quickly and efficiently, given that 50% of UK production is bound for continental Europe.
“The actual impact of Brexit is still uncertain,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority. “Last year there was a decrease of nearly 8% in trade with the UK, probably due to this uncertainly. But with Brexit rapidly approaching we want to concentrate on maintaining and even expanding our market position within the United Kingdom.”
Other initiatives being taken by the Port Authority include Brexit taskforce that has been set up with representatives of the port community, Customs & Excise and the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain.
With Bruno Le Maire (French Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance), Elisabeth Borne (Transportation Minister) as well as the CEO of the CMA-CGM group Rodolphe Saadé, the inauguration of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry container ship recently took place in the port of Le Havre. This cargo with exceptional dimensions (400m long, 59m width and able to ship 20 600 PVE or 123 km of containers) just spent 467 days at sea from Asia and will leave tomorrow full of french goods for the Asian markets.
On Wednesday June 27th, the first constitutive general meeting of the MEDPorts association took place in Marseille, gathering approximately twenty port authorities of the Mediterranean region. This initiative, impelled by the port of Marseille-Fos in 2016, materialized the formal establishment of the association. MEDPorts aims to put in place a cooperation area strengthened for the Mediterranean region, under a long-term structure to share the collective ambition to give the ports a better visibility in the worldwide sea transport market.
Twenty port authorities attended to this meeting, gathering ports from ten countries from both sides of the Mediterranean sea. The twenty founding members are Algesiras, Arzew, Barcelona, Bastia, Bejaia, Beyrouth, Civitavecchia, Damiette, Luka Koper, Malta Freeport, Marseille Fos, The Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports (gathering Tunisian ports), Puertos del Estado, Skikda, Tanger Med, Serport (gathering Algerian ports), Tarragone, Toulon, Valence, Venise. They are awaiting confirmation of the Agence Nationale des Ports of Morocco, Alexandria, Durres and Thessaloniki.
In the Port of Vado Ligure, in Northeastern Italy, the dredging company Co.Ed.Mar is using for some time its self-propelled barge « Wise », in which a brand new Liebherr duty cycle crawler crane HS 8130 HD is installed in order to remove the sediment. Fitted with a hydraulic clamshell bucket, the machine has a handling performance of 400 cubic meters per hour, which is equal to the barge loading capacity, and has cycle times of only 45 seconds. These operations take place within the port expansion, wishing to extend its capacity and welcome more and larger vessels.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the port of Marseille Fos signed at the end of May a financial partnership of 50 million euros. The monetary institution has undertaken to pay this amount in order to support the development projects of the port. Five of them include a global investment of 136 million euros and concern among other things the redevelopment of several terminals and the « expansion of the North channel for the large cruise ships reception », as the port announced. This partnership follows the previous one signed in 2008 to build the Fos 2XL terminal.
Photo : Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chairwoman of Marseille Fos and Ambroise Fayolle, BEI’s Vice-President
Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.
DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest container terminal, has surpassed the handling of 9 million TEU since its opening 10 years ago.
With 1.3 km of deep-water quay-line, 11 STS cranes handles over 460 vessels per year. In 2017, DCT Gdansk was ranked as the 16th largest port in Europe with 1.6 million TEUs processed.
“The DCT terminal that we see today, is the product of constant investment year after year to create a true gateway to the world for Poland,” said Cameron Thorpe, of DCT Gdansk SA.
In March, Konecranes was selected to supply two Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 mobile harbor cranes for the Port of Dover’s new cargo facilities as part of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. The Model 5 mobile harbor cranes, which have a maximum lifting capacity of 125 t and an outreach of up to 51 m, operate with a hybrid drive technology that reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions while reducing noise pollution at the port. They will be used to handle mainly containers and palletised fruit on the new multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. The DWDR is the largest single investment ever made by the Port of Dover and will ultimately be a very important instrument to cope with the constant increase in port traffic in the UK.