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EPA offers US$5 million to cut diesel fumes at US ports with air pollution

THE US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will give US$5 million to retrofit, replace or re-power diesel engines operating at ports in areas with poor air quality, reports American Shipper. Cargo owners are hurt by such environmental agency “mitigation efforts” because … Continue reading

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ICTSI Manila builds capacity

Despite a rise of over 40% in cargo movements since the lifting of the Manila truck ban, anticipation of a surge in trade with the sustained robust growth of the Philippine economy, and following approval from the government to develop … Continue reading

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Antwerp port representative receives Golden Magnolia Award in Shanghai

Jan Van der Borght, the representative of the port of Antwerp in Shanghai, has been presented with the Golden Magnolia Award. Two years ago he won the Silver Magnolia Award, so that now he is only the second Belgian and … Continue reading

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Coal stocks at key Indian ports rise 4.7% to 11.19 mil mt: Interocean

Coal stocks at 16 major Indian ports were at 11.19 million mt as of September 26, up 4.7% from a week ago, according to data released late Friday by Indian ship broker Interocean. Of this, thermal coal accounted for 8.71 … Continue reading

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GCC ports to address challenge facing $7.3 billion logistics sector

Booming GCC logistics sector continues to pile pressure on region’s ports as trade demand outpaces infrastructure development; multi-billion dollar port expansion programmes and new GCC rail network to transform maritime landscape but current bottlenecks to be addressed at high-level Seatrade … Continue reading

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Customs swoop at 15 African ports and net 113 million fake meds

INSPECTIONS of 290 containers at 15 African ports has netted 113 million counterfeit pharmaceuticals during an operation led by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), in association with the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM). The operation took place … Continue reading

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Port of Antwerp reinforces collaboration with Houston

The USA is an important trading partner for the port of Antwerp. With a freight volume of 21 million tonnes (2013) America is Antwerp’s largest overseas trading partner by far. To further strengthen the trade relations between the two regions … Continue reading

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Shenzhen to offer US$32.6 million annually to cut ship, port emissions

THE Shenzhen municipal government has announced an offer up to CNY200 million (US$32.6 million) a year to cut ship and port emissions starting October 1. Under the scheme, port and ship operators will be encouraged to install and use shore … Continue reading

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Court rules for Rotterdam in 3-year fight with Hutchison port operator

A ROTTERDAM court has backed the Rotterdam Port Authority against Hong Kong-based Hutchison’s European Container Terminals (ECT) in three-year dispute over who should have run Maasvlakte2. Hutchison’s ECT claimed US$1.7 billion in lost earnings from the award of the two … Continue reading

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US West Coast Dockworkers Struggling to Reach Agreement; Port of LA proposes 50 pc cvut in Labour Force

US west coast dockworkers and shippers are struggling to reach an agreement with terminals as they continue to replace the labour force with robots to achieve automation. The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) is said to be particularly affected. Media … Continue reading

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India: Govt set for unified licensing of cargo handling agents

Casting aside objections from stevedores and shore-handling agents, the shipping ministry will frame rules to issue a unified permit to cargo-handlers at non-mechanized berths at ports owned by the Union government. Besides allowing private firms to set up cargo terminals, … Continue reading

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India: Kolkata port reverses decision on LNG facility

The Kolkata port trust has reversed its decision taken in November to allow a Hiranandani Group company to set up a gas storage and re-gasification unit on a nomination basis, after the Union shipping ministry advised in late August that … Continue reading

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August volume at Charleston, South Carolina up 13pc to 163,970 TEU

THE South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), which runs the ports of Charleston, Georgetown and Greer, has posted a 13.4 per cent increase in August container volume to 163,970 TEU, making a strong start to the first two months of the … Continue reading

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Saudi Ports Authority: ports’ capacity amounts to 532 million tons per year

Saudi Ports Authority has operated since the month of Ramadan in 1396AH , nine major industrial and commercial ports in the Kingdom ensuring 95% of the Kingdom’s exports and imports handled through these ports (excluding crude oil). The Authority said … Continue reading

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Rotterdam mulls joining Prince Rupert, cutting fees for C02 minded eco-ships

THE Port of Rotterdam is considering reduced port fees for vessels that report carbon emissions and use indices such as the A to G ship-efficiency index developed from RightShip and the Carbon War Room NGO. The Port of Prince Rupert … Continue reading

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Port Authority consults potential users of LNG bunker station

By the beginning of 2016 the port of Antwerp will have an LNG bunkering and filling station for barges. The procedure for construction of the station is currently under way. In order to brief the future constructor as fully as … Continue reading

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India: The big fight for port cargo

The controversy over the functioning of stevedores and on-shore cargo-handling agents who load and unload bulk cargo onto and from ships at the non-mechanized berths at the 12 ports owned by the Indian government is primarily the outcome of a … Continue reading

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Port of Cleveland & Spliethoff to Add Second Sailing to Cleveland-Europe Express

The Port of Cleveland and Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group announced today their mutual intent to add a second monthly vessel to the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE), the only scheduled ocean service for containerized and breakbulk freight operating between Europe and a Great … Continue reading

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LA August up 6.7pc to 757,702 TEU while LB down 9.1pc to 573,083 TEU

THE Port of Los Angeles’ August volumes increased 6.7 per cent year on year, rising to 757,702 TEU while Long Beach’s throughpout fell 9.1 per cent to 573,083 TEU. Long Beach said that the slip came on top of high … Continue reading

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Shipping ministry for reconsidering security ban on China’s ZPMC cranes

The shipping ministry has asked security agencies to reconsider their decision to deny clearance to Chinese crane maker Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) for supplying cargo handling equipment to India’s 12 state-owned ports. “We have asked the security … Continue reading

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Container volume at Port of Naples falls 14pc in first half to 209,000 TEU

CONTAINER throughput at the Port of Naples fell 14.3 per cent in the first six months of the year to 209,000 TEU from 244,000 TEU in the same period last year. Of the total volume in first half, 162,000 TEU … Continue reading

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Port of Dar es Salaam wins US$565 million in World Bank, UK loans and grants

TANZANIA has received US$565 million in World Bank and British loans and grants for the Port of Dar es Salaam to make it a regional hub, lifting annual capacity to 28 million tonnes from 14.6 million tonnes today. The World … Continue reading

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India: Chabahar port project may get approval soon

The Narendra Modi government is expected to give the go-ahead to India developing the strategic Iranian port of Chabahar in the coming weeks, a move expected to give the country an alternative route to landlocked Afghanistan and the resource-rich central … Continue reading

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August cargo volumes at Port of Los Angeles highest since 2010

Container traffic at the Port of Los Angeles last month reached its highest level in four years, according to monthly cargo volumes released by the port Monday. Imports and exports at the port totaled 757,702 TEUs, a 6.7% increase from … Continue reading

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