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Monthly Archives: January 2010

SSAT complains of unfair treatment at the Port of Oakland

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that SSA Terminals (SSAT) has filed a complaint asserting that the City of Oakland, acting by and through its Board of Port Commissioners, has violated the Shipping Act of 1984. The complaint alleges that the Port has entered into a lease agreement with a competing (Ports America) terminal that is more favourable in terms of rental and use of marine terminal facilities than those provided to SSAT. Read More »

Antwerp port welcomes Dutch go-ahead for Scheldt deepening

Antwerp Port Authority and Alfaport Antwerpen have expressed their satisfaction with the January 13, 2010 decision by the Dutch Council of State overturning the stay of deepening work in the Western Scheldt. The decision means that dredging will be able to start in the shortest possible time. Read More »

H1N1 2009 virus – port public health concerns

The International Shipping Federation, the UK Association of Port Health Authorities UK and the Hamburg Port Health Centre Institute for Occupational and Maritime Medicine, have joined together to express their concerns on public health interventions practiced at seaports during the pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009. Read More »

Montreal poised for a slow recovery in 2010

On January 5, Sylvie Vachon, the president and CEO of Montreal Port Authority (MPA), officially marked the beginning of a new year of activity by presenting the traditional gold-headed cane to Capt. Steven Lloyd as master of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the port in 2010 without a stopover. Read More »

Is DCT Gdansk the new hub for the Baltic Sea region?

On January 4 2010, DCT Gdansk received the largest container vessel ever to call at Poland when the 8,200 teu Maersk Taikung (length 332 m; beam 43.2 m; draft 14.5 m) arrived from the Far East. From January 2010, Maersk post-Panamax ships sailing on Maersk Line’s AE10 service from China will call at DCT Gdansk every Monday with Polish, Russian and Finnish cargo. Read More »

Panama celebrates a decade of Canal management

December 31, 2009, marked a decade of management of the Panama Canal by Panama and a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta spoke of his vision for Panama’s hopeful future. Read More »

PSA suffers a double digit fall in container volumes in 2009

PSA International (PSA) handled 56.93m teu at its port projects around the world for the year ending 31 December 2009 representing a decline of 9.9% over 2008, with PSA Singapore Terminals contributing 25.14m teu (-13.1%) of the total. This first-ever decline in PSA’s global container throughput was brought on by the sharp contraction in world trade last year. Read More »