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SINGAPORE: May 10, 2019. PSA International (PSA) and SATS are to provide shippers and logistics companies greater supply chain efficiency by boosting Singapore as a key multimodal hub.

PSA is a port group with operations in Singapore and Antwerp plus a network of 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 17 countries. SATS is a provider of gateway services in over 60 locations and 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East.

PSAPSA and SATS say their recently-signed MoU will lead to collaboration on a wide range of cross-industry initiatives in the perishables, electronics, and e-commerce sectors.

From “Yard-to-Port” data linkages and network extensions between both companies to enhanced track-and-trace capabilities, the partnership is expected to produce data transparency and ease of shipment within different FTZs.

The two companies will also integrate their IT systems to build data analytics capabilities. COSYS+, a cargo terminal handling and management system operated by SATS, will be linked with CALISTATM, the global supply chain platform developed by PSA’s subsidiary GeTS Asia, to provide real-time updates and greater visibility for shipments transported via multimodal channels.

“When SATS became the world’s first ground handler to provide multimodal meat transshipment services between New Zealand and the EU, we demonstrated that multimodal connectivity can attract higher trade flows. Today, we hope our cross-industry initiatives with PSA will now enable the whole industry to market efficient multimodal solutions globally, through Singapore.” said Alex Hungate, SATS president and CEO.

PSA International group CEO Tan Chong Meng added: “Shippers are increasingly seeking innovative multimodal solutions for their cargo to reach their preferred markets competitively. This partnership with SATS will enhance Singapore’s ability to offer unique air-sea multimodal connectivity to fulfill these demands.”

Mark GeilenkirchenMUSCAT, Oman: May 2, 2019. Sohar Port and Freezone has launched an online route planner providing information on available connections to hinterland destinations. The SOHAR Navigate platform is the first of its kind in the region and will comprise of sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide.

Commenting on the launch of the proprietary tool, Mark Geilenkirchen (pictured), CEO of Sohar Port and Freezone noted, “The Navigate platform was initially launched by our partner, Port of Rotterdam. It is considered the most comprehensive route planner of its kind. Capitalising on this technology, we have modified SOHAR Navigate to suit our regional and global stakeholders and provide them with outreach, as well as a user-friendly means to locate the most efficient and optimal routes for their activities. Users of SOHAR Navigate are able to plan routes from specific areas, via SOHAR, in an easy and convenient way.”

The platform takes into consideration the specified point of departure and the desired final destination, to offer the user several different routes. Based on modality and expected transportation time, users can then choose whichever option works best for them. The platform also offers extensive analysis tools and dashboards with relevant user data.

Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar added, “Sohar Navigate has been developed especially for companies seeking smarter ways to plan their container transports. The launch of the beta version of this tool is a good first step and we are excited about its role in the global logistics market. With the addition of more operational data, Sohar Navigate will become an increasingly valuable resource to improve efficiency within the supply chain. It will also provide visible and convenient options for local importer and exporter groups, who generally rely on logistic providers.”

Sohar Navigate comprises of a business directory and the option to get in touch with any specific organisation, while also providing insight into the carbon footprint of any container transport.

ROTTERDAM: April 23, 2019. New figures published by the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEA), suggest the industrial sector at the Port of Rotterdam has cut its emissions by 13.6 percent over the past two years, the equivalent reduction of 4.2 million tonnes.

port of orotterdam co2The key contributor to this decrease is the closure of several outdated coal-fired plants in mid-2017. However natural gas power stations were used more which led to a collective increase of 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 since 2016. Last year the coal and gas-fired plants released 27 percent less CO2, or four million tonnes, than in 2016.

The NEA notes that in 2018 the refineries cut their emissions by 6.6 percent or 0.6 million tonnes compared to 2016. Since 2005 Rotterdam refineries have reduced their CO2 emissions by 20 percent or 2.1 million tonnes, as production rose 4.0 percent.

The Port of Rotterdam says its refineries are making far more low-sulphur products - a relatively energy-intensive category – as emissions increased from companies that produce industrial gases, including hydrogen that is used to desulphurise fuels.

The NEA figures include 96 percent of all emissions released by Rotterdam’s industrial sector.

PORT OF ROTTERDAM: March 25, 2019. A pilot programme by IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam has successfully refuelled the CMA CGM 4,095 TEU MV White Shark with sustainable marine bio-fuel oil.

CMA CGM White SharkSubsequent data from the trial will give the maritime sector information into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil for the benefit of all industry stakeholders says the group.

The sustainable marine bio-fuel oil is developed by GoodFuels and is completely derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil products. It is expected to deliver 80-90 percent well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions - all without any requirement for engine modifications.

Last week GoodFuels and partner bunkering company Reinplus Fiwado fuelled the first inland vessel from Combined Cargo Terminals (CCT) in Rotterdam on 100 percent sustainable biofuel.

The test consisted of 50 percent blend and 100 percent sustainable biofuel and is a continuation of an earlier successful pilot with Heineken where a 30 percent blend was used.

“This 100 percent applicability demonstrates that drop-in marine biofuels are by far the easiest and fastest way of decarbonizing inland vessels – and will significantly help in boosting air quality as well,” explained GoodFuels CEO Dirk Kronemeijer. “Great news also for cargo owners such as Heineken who now have the option to execute a full coast to coast green corridor from their Zoeterwoude brewery to major export markets such as the USA.”

OAKLAND, CA: February 19, 2019. SSA Terminals, operator of Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), has placed a $30 million order for three ship-to-shore cranes from Shanghai-based manufacturer ZPMC for delivery in mid-2020.

SSA Terminals OAK 2The cranes, as high as 440 feet with booms upraised, would be delivered partially assembled to assure clearance under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Port of Oakland said the mega gantry cranes are required to handle container ships with a capacity of 23,000 TEU stacked 12-high above deck.

“This demonstrates the faith that business partners have in Oakland as a trade gateway,” said Port Maritime director John Driscoll. “There’s no more visible sign of a port’s growth than installing larger ship-to-shore cranes.”

According to SSA the new cranes would have a lift height of 174 feet above the dock and reach 225 feet across a ship’s deck. The terminal operator, which currently operates 10 cranes, said it would remove three older versions when the new ones are installed.

“Big ships are the future,” said SSA Containers president Ed DeNike. “They’re coming to Oakland and we’re going to be ready for them.”

OICT handles more than 60 percent of the Port’s total cargo volume.

JACKSONVILLE, FL: March 04, 2019. The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has signed a US$238.7 million, 25-year agreement with terminal operator SSA Marine to develop and operate a new container terminal at the port's Blount Island Marine Terminal.

SSA Marine will contribute up to US$129.7 million for the use of the terminal and facility upgrades, including the addition of three new 100-gauge container cranes. JAXPORT will complete US$109 million in berth rehabilitation and upgrades that are already underway and allow the terminal to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.

jaxport SSA signing“We are thrilled to partner with a major international terminal operator that is as dedicated as we are to contributing to the economic vitality of Northeast Florida,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “The significant investments SSA Marine has committed to this facility, accompanied by their unparalleled industry knowledge and experience, allows us to take full advantage of all of the opportunities the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project creates for our port and our region.”

The new facility is an expansion of SSA Marine’s current leasehold at Blount Island and will offer deepwater berthing space to accommodate fully loaded Post-Panamax container ships calling JAXPORT from Asia.

The Seattle-based company has been a partner with the port for over 40 years and currently leases 50 acres at Blount Island that will expand to 80 acres with the new terminal that is estimated to create or protect 3,000 jobs over the first 10 years of the contract.

“SSA Marine has a longstanding commitment to Jacksonville and we are proud to invest in this community in such a meaningful way,” said SSA Conventional president Mark Knudsen. “The port’s strong leadership team and strategic location in the growing southeast U.S. market—combined with the efficiencies created by a deeper harbor— give us the tools we need to operate a world-class container terminal and further position Jacksonville as a gateway for global trade.”

SSA Marine is a privately-held marine terminal operator at more than 250 facilities and rail operations in the U.S., Canada, Latin and South America, Asia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Pictured: JAXPORT CEO Eric Green and SSA Conventional president Mark Knudsen shake hands at the signing ceremony this week.

PORT OF ROTTERDAM: February 08, 2019. The Port of Rotterdam is collaborating with energy suppliers to explore the large-scale production and application of ‘blue hydrogen’ in the Rotterdam industrial area.

Blue hydrogen is obtained from natural gas or industrial residual gasses by splitting them into hydrogen (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The captured CO2 would be safely stored in empty gas fields in the North Sea or re-used as chemical building blocks.

LNG Gate Port of RotterdamThe goal is to replace natural gas and coal production with blue hydrogen to deliver a substantial reduction in CO2-emissions of two megatons per annum in 2025 rising to six megatons by 2030.

In addition to the Port, project participants are Deltalinqs, TNO, Air Liquide, BP, EBN, Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, GasTerra, Linde, OCI Nitrogen, Shell, TAQA, Uniper and Koninklijke Vopak. Together they represent a hydrogen value chain from production to end-users.

At the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco last year the co-chairs of the Hydrogen Council, Air Liquide CEO Benoit Potier and Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai, called on governments to ensure that 100 percent of hydrogen fuel used in different modes of transport is decarbonised by 2030.

“Transport may be our first target, but with right level of support we will see positive effects across many sectors. We believe hydrogen can play a key role in the clean energy transition and we are ready to work together with governments to help create the right technical, financial and legislative environment that will enable decarbonised hydrogen to scale up,” declared the two men.

Rotterdam says the opportunities for hydrogen and electrification development will help the Netherlands achieve its 2030 emissions goals.

VLISSINGEN, The Netherlands: February, 21 2019. Chiquita Brands has begun operating five containerships between Central America and the North Sea Port of Vlissingen in a bid to serve Northern European destinations with the best transit time in the industry.

Chiquita NSPThe company says the investment will result in fresher bananas and a longer shelf life, thanks to new “ultra-efficient containers” that use software that automatically regulates the containers’ compressor to control the atmosphere and reduce CO2 emissions by 17,000 tons annually - as each new container is 50 percent more energy-efficient than older models.

The new vessels have also helped to reduce the handling of fruit at ports and increased stowage capacity by 12.5 percent, thanks to a more efficient storage from origin to destination, guaranteeing the cold chain. The result is more bananas can be shipper per sailing, using less energy while improving fruit quality.

"Looking back over these past years work with the container fleet upgrade, we can proudly say we have achieved something remarkable," said Carlos Lopez Flores, president of Chiquita. "We've saved an unprecedented amount of energy – the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 3,000 cars per year."

This week the first Chiquita ‘Great White Fleet’ containership arrived at the specialist temperature-controlled facilities of Kloosterboer in North Sea Port as part of an expected increase in banana traffic from 400,000 tonnes to 720,000 tonnes and an additional 150 calls annually.

Kloosterboer is acquiring additional land from North Sea Port to store Chiquita’s reefers as part of a plan to develop it as a ‘food port’. Founded in 1925, the company remains a family-run business with over 4.7 million cubic metres of refrigerated capacity for food products including fish, meat, fruit, fruit juices and concentrates, dairy and potato products.

PORT OF ROTTERDAM: January 30, 2019. CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships has become the first company in Europe to complete successfully a ship-to-ship, LNG-fuelled bunker this month.

M/S Containerships Nord, with a capacity of 1,400 TEU, took on 240 tonnes of Marine LNG – an amount that enables the vessel to make two round trips between Rotterdam and St Petersburg via the Kiel canal.

LNG ContainershipsFuture fuelling will be carried out at a normal operational berth simultaneously with loading and discharging operations.

Tahir Faruqui, general manager Shell Global Downstream LNG said: “We are proud to supply Containerships with a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry. LNG bunkering is a very safe operation and we look forward to conducting simultaneous operations with Containerships in the future”.

The vessel departed the Wenchong Shipyard, China in mid-December and reached European waters via the Suez Canal 18 days later. The three sister vessels will follow the same route after their delivery later this year. The vessels have an LNG-powered range of 14 days and they will be bunkered once per roundtrip during their regular service loop between Containerships’ core ports in the North and Baltic Seas.

The company says it aims to create a complete, LNG based door-to-door supply chain in Europe with investment in both LNG-fueled ships and trucks. Containerships’ parent company, CMA CGM, is also committed to LNG-technology and has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes. Collectively, the companies have 13 newbuilds powered by LNG on their order books to be delivered between 2018 and 2020. This includes CMA CGM’s nine 22,000-TEU vessels on order with China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

LNG emits zero sulfur oxides and virtually zero particulate matter. Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG also emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxides. The company says best practice should see a 10-20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuels.

PORT OF ROTTERDAM: February 19, 2019. Inland waterway operators TMA Logistics, Container Terminals Utrecht (CTU) and VCL are providing a joint container service with 17 departures a week between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam.

barge box linkWith 250,000 containers transported annually via the inland waterway, the ‘North West Central Corridor’ will result in a more reliable barge product, more sustainable transport and fewer handling delays at the terminals, say the operators.

The initiative is supported by the Rotterdam and Amsterdam container terminals, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme Lean & Green Europe.

Initially seven barge vessels will consolidate 150 – 200 TEU for one deep-sea container terminal in Rotterdam (RWG, APMT, ECT Delta, ECT Euromax) and transport 5,000 containers a week via the inland waterway.

“Collaboration in corridors is absolutely vital,” said Etienne Morrien, director of CTU. “As ‘hinterland’ we need to adapt to the growth in cargo using innovative solutions to keep inland shipping competitive and reliable."

Rens Rohde, CFO of TMA Holding added: “Bundling means lower demurrage and detention costs for our clients. It also means fewer containers transported by road."

Rob Smit, Hinterland manager at the Port of Amsterdam noted: "Good handling of inland container shipping is vital to the development of the Netherlands as Europe’s most efficient and reliable logistics hub. We wholeheartedly support these kinds of projects in which the sector’s interests come first."

LIMASSOL, Cyprus: January 23, 2019. DP World Limassol has upgraded its multipurpose port terminal with the delivery by the Dutch marine outsize cargo carrier RollDock of a new, high-tech mobile harbour crane and a reach stacker.

DP World says the new equipment will be used for the loading and unloading of general cargo, breakbulk and oil and gas equipment, enhancing the efficiency, productivity and safety of port operations and reducing vessel turnaround time.

ROLLDOCK CYPRUS“The new equipment is an integral part of our commitment to provide high quality trade enabling services in Cyprus,” explained DP World Limassol general manager, Charles Meaby. “The LHM 420 mobile harbour crane from Liebherr is a great investment for the Port. With its heavy lifting capability, innovative services the new crane will help maximise the multipurpose port’s potential.

Igor Nedelchenko, Area Sales manager for Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes added: “The new cranes will enable DP World Limassol to work more universally and with a higher turnover at all berths of the terminal. The SOLAS-compliant weighing system installed in both units will benefit both the operation and maintenance.”

In April 2016 DP World was awarded a 25-year concession to manage the three-quay, multipurpose terminal in Limassol. In addition to a new passenger facility capable of handling the world’s largest cruise ships, operations include break-bulk, general cargo, RoRo, and oil & gas services.

The company says it wants to improve the port’s prospects for the long term, leading to job creation and better services for the wider Cypriot business community.

In a related move, this week DP World subsidiary P&O Ferries announced it was to transfer the registry of its six cross-Channel ferries from the UK to Cyprus due to the continued political uncertainty surrounding a post-Brexit Britain.

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