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PwC: African governments should recognise that ports benefit trade

African governments need to recognise ports as facilitators of trade and growth instead of focusing on extracting revenue from them according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). PwC asserted that contrastingly to China, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) “the business case for port expansion is often only defined once capacity is already constrained and thus many ports operate under severe pressure while ... Read More »

IMO agrees to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The target was agreed following a week of debate in London Credit: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to halve shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 despite many nations hoping for a larger reduction. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed a cut in GHG emissions of at least 50% compared with 2008 levels despite a number of states, including Pacific islands and Northern European countries, wanting to reduce GHG ... Read More »

Yilport signs Letter of Intent with Gulfport Mississippi

The port has strong reefer potential according to Robert Yuksel Yildirim, CEO of Yilport Holding

Mississippi State Port Authority and Yilport Holding have executed a letter of intent (LoI) to allow for due diligence and negotiations regarding the potential location of the global terminal operator at the Port of Gulfport. With the Port of Gulfport nearing completion of the US$570m restoration project, Yilport would commit to investing in additional facility and equipment upgrades. This would ... Read More »

Zero-emissions port project launched in Long Beach

The RTGs will be converted into fully electric equipment

The Port of Long Beach, Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Energy Commission have launched the largest pilot project for zero-emissions cranes and other cargo-handling equipment for seaports in the US. Funded mostly by a US$9.7m grant from the California Energy Commission, the project will bring 25 vehicles that are zero- or near zero-emissions to the West Coast hub ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd and Electrolux work on cutting sulphur dioxide emissions

Hamburg Süd and its Swedish customer Electrolux collaborated to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions during three Latin American port calls in in March. The Santa Catarina, which has a capacity of 7,114 teu, used cleaner marine gas oil (MGO) instead of standard heavy fuel oil (HFO) to operate its auxiliary engines and boilers during calls at Manzanillo (Mexico), Callao (Peru), Iquique ... Read More »

Chiquita orders 2,500 Star Cool reefers

1,000 units will have Controlled Atmosphere

Chiquita Brands International has ordered 2,500 Star Cool Integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) with the units to be deployed on the banana producer’s shipping services. Of the batch, 1,000 integrated containers are equipped with MCI’s Star Cool Controlled Atmosphere (CA) system, which preserves the freshness of bananas during transit. By controlling the ripening, Star Cool CA aims to ... Read More »

ICTSI’s Papua New Guinea project wins local support

Noho-Magae, an organisation representing the Baruni and Tatana communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has joined as a shareholder of Motukea International Terminal in Port Moresby. ICTSI won a 25-year concession to operate the new Port of Motukea, which is designed to handle larger international vessels and facilitate greater trade with Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and other markets in the ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Ports opens container freight station

EGA exports metal to more than 60 countries

Abu Dhabi Ports has opened a new freight station in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) to transfer metal into containers before they are exported. The operator opened the facility in partnership with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to reduce the aluminium producer’s trucking. Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and CEO, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve ... Read More »

Rising volumes boost revenue at HHLA

Revenue at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) rose by 6.3% to €1.25bn (US$1.54bn) due to increased container throughput and container transport and successful management of the property portfolio. Volumes rose by 8.1% to 7.2m teu last year at the largest terminal in the Port of Hamburg. Operating profit (EBIT) increased by 5.6%, despite one-off expenses for an organisational restructuring ... Read More »