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Leading port authorities launch climate action programme

The project is a response to the Paris Climate Agreement

The port authorities of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Vancouver have launched a collaborative initiative to address global warming. The World Ports Climate Action Program is a response to the Paris Agreement, which calls signatories to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that global warming will be limited to well below 2°C. The new initiative ... Read More »

BT delivers wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp

BT has delivered a wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp that aims to help analyse and optimise processes and operations. The solution is designed to meet the growing demands of connected devices and to provide secure and resilient connectivity for the 900 people working at Antwerp Gateway. Based on Rajant Corporation’s Kinetic Mesh, it aims to enable always-on communications ... Read More »

Road traffic responsible for majority of emissions at ports

London Gateway has invested in electric cranes

Port operations in the UK only make up a small proportion of total air quality emissions, particularly in urban locations, according to research from consultancy Arup. The study found that air quality around ports is dominated by road traffic emissions, predominantly diesel cars and HGVs (including but not confined to port related traffic). Michael Bull, global environmental consulting leader at ... Read More »

Port Freeport invests in LED lighting

Georgia-based manufacturer Bright Light Systems (BLS) has completed Phase 1 of the transition to high-mast energy-efficient LED lighting at Port Freeport, Texas. The two-phase project began with the replacement of the legacy 1000-watt high pressure sodium lights in the Inner Harbour Area and the next phase, scheduled to begin in October, will replace the high mast lighting in the Velasco ... Read More »

Transnet to commence berth deepening project at Durban

ZPMC cranes in Durban

The Port of Durban will be able to accommodate larger container vessels as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) plans to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) by 2023. Currently larger vessels can only enter the channel at high tide while super post-Panamax vessels with a capacity of 9,200 teu take up two berths of the North Quay, ... Read More »

Container volumes fall in Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach has recorded a 1.9% year-on-year fall in container volumes with throughput in August falling to just under 680,000 teu. Imports declined 3.6% to 343,000 teu, exports grew by 1.9% to just under 120,000 teu, and empty containers fell by 1.1% to just under 217,000 teu. Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach executive director, said: “Our ... Read More »

CMA CGM’s volumes up 9.6%

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM has reported a 9.6% year-on-year increase in throughput for the second quarter of 2018 as volumes rose to 5.19m teu, reflecting the strength of the Ocean Alliance. The carrier attributed the growth to the strength of Transpacific and Asia/Gulf lines, as well as services to and from South America. Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM ... Read More »

Extra capacity brings bigger ships in Iraq

Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) has welcomed its largest container vessel at Iraq’s Port of Umm Qasr, where a new terminal development programme has progressively boosted capacity. Evergreen’s 5,652 teu-capacity Ever Useful, with a length of 285 m, beam of 40 m and a weight of 69,246 tonnes, called at Berth 27 at the end of August. BGT, operated by International ... Read More »

CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd begin offering container reuse service in Mexico

CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd are now offering an empty container service in Mexico whereby shippers can reuse import boxes to export goods. The reUse service, offered by the Avantida online platform, means that containers do not have to return back to a port or an assigned depot before being rerouted back to shippers. This can eliminate waiting times at depots ... Read More »

ONE eyes solution for sulphur limit

ONE evaluated three solutions

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has suggested low sulphur gas oil (LSGO) is “one of the most realistic” solutions to achieving the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit. The Japanese carrier evaluated three different methods of achieving the limit, which was set by the International Maritime Organization and requires the sulphur content of fuel to be below 0.5% as of 2020 compared to ... Read More »