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DUBAI: January 22, 2019. On his way to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem told African political and business leaders in Dakar, Senegal that the key to African economic success lies in the removal of barriers, increased connectivity between nations and infrastructure development.

“We believe in the viability of Africa [and] we believe in investing in the continent. During our investment in Senegal we improved efficiency and volumes 135 percent in 10 years,” Bin Sulayem told the Africa Emergence Conference 2019 in Dakar.

Cyprus DP World“The removal of trade barriers is very important. In Africa tariffs are 50 percent higher in than in Latin America and Asia,” he said. “Intra regional trade in Africa is only 12 percent while in Europe, Asia and Latin America [it] is over 50 percent; we need to improve this to prosper,” he added.

Bin Sulayem reiterated his company’s commitment to supporting the economic growth of Senegal and developing Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway for West Africa.

Attending the conference, Senegal president Macky Sall added: “What the CEO said is the truth. In Senegal we have experienced a change because DP World was present before I became president with a concession of 25 years at the Port of Dakar.”

“Country stability is essential but also the stability of the contracts between the a state and the private sector to develop foreign investment. It is evident that the public investment cannot satisfy the basic needs of the population so we need to work with private sector,” he continued.

DP World has operations in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda and Algeria and has recently signed an agreement with the Republic of Mali to develop a logistics platform and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the country’s first deep-sea port.

Pictured: DP World’s multipurpose terminal at the Port of Limassol, Cyprus - a country where DP World subsidiary P&O Ferries is to transfer the registry of its six cross-Channel UK ferries to retain EU tax benefits in a post-Brexit Britain.

PORT OF FELIXSTOWE, UK: January 21, 2019. DFDS and the Port of Felixstowe have agreed to increase their RoRo ferry capacity by over 40 percent with a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities.

DFDS“This investment is driven by our long-term confidence in the ro/ro route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam. We are seeing increasing interest in both ro/ro and short sea container connections at all three of our UK ports as shippers seek to minimise risks to their supply chains resulting from Brexit,” explained Hutchison Ports executive director Clemence Cheng.

The agreement includes replacing one of the Port’s existing RoRo bridges with a floating linkspan capable of handling the latest generation of ro/ro vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied RoRo traffic.

“We are very excited about this investment which allows us to further enhance the high level of customer service that is expected by our clients,” added DFDS president and CEO Niels Smedegaard. “It is also a further step in our striving to provide necessary capacity to continue supporting our customers’ trade and business, even in a possible post-Brexit world.”

GHENT/DOVER: January 17, 2018. North Sea Port (NSP) says it is “keeping a close eye on developments” following the decision this week by Britain’s Parliament to reject UK prime minister Theresa May’s post-Brexit solution.

NSP is the result of a merger in December 2017 between Zeeland Seaports and the Ghent Port Company and represents a cross-border area of 60 kilometers from Flushing, Borsele and Terneuzen in the Netherlands to Ghent in Belgium.

The UK is NSP’s second-largest trading partner accounting for 9.0 percent of its total annual volume of 70.3 million tons that includes vehicles, containers, construction materials, chemical products, fertilisers and energy and petroleum products.

North Sea Port“Whether it comes to a Brexit deal or a hard Brexit, North Sea Port has been consulting with the companies who do business with the United Kingdom for quite some time,” said NSP in a statement. “In light of potential issues, preparations are being taken and information exchanged regarding stockpiling, Customs formalities, financial repercussions and the impact on IT.”

On the other side of the Channel, the Port of Dover has reiterated that its preparations for a no-deal Brexit have also been under way for some time.

Kasper Moos, the Dover managing director of ferry company DFDS said: “We have been preparing for a wide range of scenarios along with the port and our partners. We have adapted our IT systems and are building Customs expertise so we can offer Customs and other services to our customers to help mitigate any effect. We are now intensifying work to ensure those customers are preparing for any new border processes in order to protect their business and keep people and goods flowing through this vital trade route.”

With no parliamentary agreement in sight and more UK citizens stockpiling food and other essential items, the port says there has never been “more public scrutiny on trade and the efficient movement of goods”.

Currently Dover handles an average 10,000 trucks day from 120 ferry movements by P&O Ferries and DFDS. To keep the traffic and goods moving the port says it will be essential the UK government and EU Member States ensure the logistics industry receives timely data to prepare the required documentation in advance.

“Throughout the Brexit debate, what people have been desiring is certainty. Uncertainty is continuing, but we are prepared,” declared Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister.

P&O Ferries managing director Short Routes David Stretch added: “We have been working with the authorities on detailed preparations to support our operation at Dover which, along with our ports on the east coast of England, will continue to give customers a range of options for connecting with Europe under every scenario.”

HONG KONG: January 10, 2019. Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals, and Asia Container Terminals have announced plans to form a joint operating agreement called the 'Hong Kong Seaport Alliance'.

The Hong Kong Competition Commission has responded by opening, "as a matter of priority", an investigation into the proposal in order to determine whether it contravenes  the First Conduct Rule of the Competition Ordinance by preventing, restricting or distorting competition in Hong Kong.

Hong KongThe Seaport Alliance is a joint operating agreement designed to enhance the overall competitiveness of  port via a total of 23 berths and the use of a common terminal operating system. If approved, the four companies plan to begin services this year.

“The formation of the Seaport Alliance will further enhance efficiencies, increase utilisation and improve our overall service offering to customers,” said Gerry Yim, managing director of Hongkong International Terminals Limited. “The Seaport Alliance will ensure that the Port of Hong Kong remains a valuable contributor to our economy, both as an employer and as a facilitator of global trade,” he added.

The four companies say the proposed collaboration is in response to a rapidly changing business environment including the formation of new carrier alliances, carrier industry consolidation and the dramatic increase in vessel size over the last few years.

“The Seaport Alliance will improve the value proposition of Hong Kong to customers, while reducing emissions and enabling Hong Kong to more effectively compete within the region,” said Peter Levesque, group managing director of Modern Terminals Limited. “For almost two centuries Hong Kong has played a vital role in the facilitation of global trade. The Seaport Alliance, and the application of new technologies, will enable Hong Kong to thrive as an international shipping hub for decades to come,” he said.

The port and logistics sector accounts for 3.2 percent of Hong Kong GDP and provides more than 174,000 industry related jobs.

“The maritime and port industry is a major part of trading and logistics which is one of the four economic pillars of Hong Kong. We will work together to enhance the position of Hong Kong as an international shipping centre,” said Lawrence Shum, managing director of COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited.

DOVER: October 02, 2018. As Britain’s ruling Conservative party meets in Birmingham for its annual conference, the Port of Dover has warned that post-Brexit government plans to divert traffic to other UK ports will cost £2.5 billion, citing a study by Oxera Consulting.

The port says it handles up to 110 miles of freight traffic a day via 120 ferry crossings to and from Europe in support of Britain’s just-in-time supply chains that require “frictionless trade” with the EU.

Port of Dover UKPort of Dover head of EU Exit Tim Reardon commented: “It is clearly good news that the government recognises the need to keep traffic flowing through Dover, not just for the port but for everyone who relies on the goods in the lorries. Trying to divert the traffic through other ports is a non-starter. The port capacity isn’t there, and a whole new fleet of ferries would be needed which simply doesn’t exist.

“Successful future trade with Europe must be about delivering a realistic solution. That means a free-flowing Dover, whose speed, efficiency and capacity cannot be replicated without adding significant cost to the supply chain,” he continued.

According to the port, it has been working with Theresa May’s government for truck traffic to be pre-notified to Customs so that the flow of vehicles can transit Britain's premier trade gateway unimpeded.

Established by Royal Charter in 1606, Dover handles £122 billion, or 17 percent, of the UK’s total annual trade in goods and processes 2.6 million trucks a year. Every day the port handles 120 ferry departures and arrivals, with a 45-50 minute turnaround by P&O Ferries and DFDS, and 400-500 freight vehicles per hour at peak periods.

Reardon added: “We are determined that our customers can continue to rely on Dover, so that their customers can keep factories busy, shops full and prices low for consumers across the UK.”

TEESPORT, UK: January 04, 2019. With just over 80 days to Brexit, UK port operator PD Ports says a £3 billion government plan to upgrade the 76-mile rail route between Leeds and Manchester without provision for freight is “both unwelcome and deeply troubling” for the North of England economy.

teesport3According to reports, if UK Transport secretary Chris Grayling approves the Trans-Pennine plan, tunnels will not be enlarged to accommodate container trains and there won’t be enough track to allow them to overtake slower services.

Last month Grayling caused more controversy when he agreed a £13.8 million deal with UK start-up Seaborne Freight to operate post-Brexit ferry services between the Channel ports of Ramsgate and Ostend.

On closer investigation the company admits to no experience in owning or operating freight ferries. Asked to explain his decision Grayling told the BBC: “We haven’t plucked this out of thin air.”

PD Ports says a failure to invest in additional rail freight capacity on the Trans-Pennine route would leave an over-reliance on the heavily congested M62 motorway at a time when the lack of UK licensed truck drivers is having a negative impact on UK supply chains and constraining the growth and development of British ports.

The company says its Teesport rail terminal, built at a cost of £3 million in 2014, continues to see a truck-to-rail modal shift with volumes surpassing 40,000 moves per annum.

“There is a significant demand from our customers to be able to move freight east to west through this Northern corridor allowing shorter distances to be covered by rail,” said the company in a statement. “This proposed decision to remove an alternative option of rail transport for freight could have a devastating effect on freight distribution, particularly once Brexit has reached its conclusion in March 2019.”

LONDON: September 27, 2018. UK port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International (MTI) to determine the use of blockchain technology for improving port connectivity.

Samskip cargo handled at the Port of Hull websiteABP operates 21 ports across the UK, handling 25 percent of the country’s seaborne cargo. So being able to transfer all types of cargo quickly and smoothly through its ports remains critical.

“We handle almost 100 million tonnes of cargo across all sectors every year so we are a significant gateway for our customers’ supply chains,” commented Jens Skibsted Nielsen, ABP Commercial director. “This MoU with MTI is a demonstration of our commitment to technical innovation and finding new ways to improve the UK’s supply chains.”

Ron Crean, group head of Marketing for ABP and leader of this project noted: “Our aim is to support our customers in achieving frictionless trade. Based on the results from our previous proof of concept project, we are now looking at ways to deploy enterprise-level solutions that can deliver trust, security and speed.”

As part of the agreement, ABP will commit to participating in MTI’s blockchain solution that could offer a way to securely link disparate ways of working and reduce time spent on manually re-entering data, ensuring a single version of an event.

“Blockchain is the buzzword of the logistics industry at the moment,” said Jody Cleworth, founder and CEO of MTI. “Yet some of the projects making a big splash are blockchain in name only. Blockchain-enabled technology has the potential to provide a transparent, secure and accurate way of capturing and sharing data with key parties, but for MTI the critical part is interoperability – it has to be able to openly connect with existing systems.

“The logistics industry is awash with proprietary technology that forces users to work in a certain way – with blockchain, we can connect all those systems to ensure data is accurately and quickly shared, helping speed-up and simplify the flow of trade in and out of the UK,” he added.

(Pictured: handling a Samskip container at the UK Port of Hull.)

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone: November 27, 2018. The Freetown container terminal extension was officially opened this month by Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio and Cyrille Bolloré CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics (pictured).

Freetown Terminal 807x442Bolloré Ports won the management tender in March 2011 and since then the existing yards have been refurbished and the wharf lengthened to handle a traffic increase of over 30 percent.

With a 270 metres extension, the quayside is now 977 metres long and with a water depth of 13 metres, can accommodate vessels up to 6,000 TEU for the first time.

“This partnership between the Sierra Leone government and the Bolloré Group is an illustration of a successful public-private partnership, we are very proud of the work accomplished by our teams,” declared Cyrille Bolloré. “Our commitment to the country is long-term and we really want to support its logistic transformation to contribute to the growth of Sierra Leone's economy.”

Bolloré Ports says it contributes to the economic and social development of the countries where it operates by recruiting and training local employees – including Sierra Leone where 99 percent of its port staff is local.

The company operates 16 concessions in Africa including Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Bénin, Nigeria, Cameroon, C.A.R, Gabon, Congo, Union of the Comoros and Réunion, France.

Mike Gallacher Ports Australia Chief Executive signing the WPSP agreement in SydneySYDNEY: September 25, 2018. Ports Australia has joined the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP), an initiative by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).

The program, which launched earlier this year, aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide and encourage cooperation with supply chain partners in governance, optimization of vessel calls, environmental landside management and LNG bunkering.

Ports Australia represents 80 Australian ports, including all the country’s metro ports, six Marine Authority members and several state-level Departments for Transport and Infrastructure.

IAPH's managing director Patrick Verhoeven commented: "The addition of Ports Australia is major step forward for us. Quite a number of their members have already embarked on initiatives that enhance resilient infrastructure, improve energy usage, and focus on challenges directly related to climate change, safety and security, governance and community outreach.”

Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher (pictured) added: “Australian Ports operate in a diverse range on environments and communities and each one is faced with its own unique challenges.

"There has been a deep-rooted understanding and respect in Australia for our unique environments and the communities that rely on our ports. This has driven port operators to constantly explore innovative ways of running their terminals. From solar power, to marine rehabilitation, eliminating toxic fire-fighting foam and building a resilient and diverse workforce, Australian Ports have much to be proud of and we want to share our experiences with the wider global port community.” he continued.

KIGALI, Rwanda: November 14, 2018. DP World and the Rwandan government have opened East Africa’s first Inland Dry Port, 20 kilometers from the capital city Kigali and close to the international airport.

Kigali RwandaThe US$35 million, 13 hectares facility features an Inland Container Terminal with modern warehousing capacity, a container yard and administrative and services buildings.

Rwanda is working closely with Tanzania on a new standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Kigali (pictured) that will add a direct rail corridor to the two existing road routes, further improving connectivity for containers and bulk goods.

The cost of shipping a 20-foot container from Shanghai to Mombasa varies from US$500 to US$1,000. The cost of moving the same container from Mombasa to Kigali can go as high as US$4,000. DP World says its new Inland Port is designed to help reduce transit costs to Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC, a growing region of over 40 million people.

The company says it is also establishing a road transport­ solution that will allow clients to fully outsource their end-to-end logistics needs, including international shipments, clearances, repacking and final deliveries.

In 2016, DP World was granted a 25-year concession to develop the Inland Port that has an annual capacity of 50,000 TEUs and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space.

ATHENS: September 13, 2018. GAC has become the first ship’s agency in the UK to join the Green Award (GA) Foundation. Under the scheme, GA-certified ships that use GAC’s services at UK ports can claim a 10 percent discount.

The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 by the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport.

GAC UK Green AwardThe object of the GA is to create a market preference for “extra clean, extra safe” seagoing vessels that reduce the risk of damage to the marine environment.

GAC UK managing director Herman Jorgensen said his company signed up as a commitment to improving the environment by supporting shipowners and operators who share the same ethos.

GAC UK handles around 7,000 calls at UK ports every year and follows sister companies in Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece that have already joined the scheme.

Presenting the GA to Jorgensen in Athens recently, chairman Dimitrios Mattheou said: “At Green Award we aim at promoting high safety, quality and environmental standards within the maritime community on a voluntary basis. The realization of the importance of having a strong will to change for the best, to support the best practices and excellence in shipping, are crucial for achieving sustainable results.

“We are glad that GAC Group is so consistently committed to this approach and enrolls its fourth agency to Green Award. It is unique as they are the first and only ship agent with four branches in our system,” he added.

(Pictured left to right: GAC UK managing director Herman Jorgensen, GA chairman Dimitrios Mattheou and executive director Jan Fransen.)

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