Dubai-based port operator DP World has just announced the acquisition of the British ferry company P&O Ferries and its logistics branch P&O Ferrymasters for GBP322 million (about EUR369 million). With its fleet of 21 vessels, P&O Ferries offers more than 30,000 connections per year between Great Britain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium while P&O Ferrymasters provides supply chain solutions in 19 European locations. This acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive from the first full year of consolidation and is expected to achieve DP World’s return targets.
After having spent 5 years at the head of the Management Board of the port of Marseille Fos, Christine Cabau Woehrel will leave her position as CEO with effect from March 12,2019. She will then join the CMA-CGM shipping company, where she had already held several positions between 1987 and 2011, to become director of assets. The appointment of her replacement will take place in the coming weeks.
“During the past five years, thanks to her outstanding professional qualities and flawless dynamism, Christine Cabau Woehrel has implemented an ambitious development plan that has resulted in a diversification of activities, the creation of new traffics, a spectacular improvement of all the financial indicators and a decisive step towards the ecological transition, “ commented the Chairman of the Marseille Fos Supervisory Board, Jean-Marc Forneri.
Euroports Germany has recently taken a delivery of the first out of two Liebherr LHM 550 in order to increase the turnover at the multipurpose terminal in the Port of Rostock, Germany. Both cranes come in a two-rope configuration with a maximum lifting capacity of up to 144 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 metres. The difficult conditions at the Euroports pier were a challenge in the configuration process. Liebherr has found a custom-made solution with specially adapted double supporting pads in order to comply with the prescribed ground pressures.
Ordered in 2018, one of the two cranes was shipped fully assembled in mid-December from the Liebherr plant to the 500 metres distant pier of Euroports. The machines will be used for different applications like project cargo, bulk and containers.
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