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Theodore Roosevelt CMA CGMPANAMA CANAL: August 22, 2017. The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a capacity for 14,855 TEU, has become the largest box ship to traverse the expanded Canal locks on its South Atlantic Express (SAX) sailing from Asia to the U.S. East Coast.

The weekly Ocean Alliance SAX service is composed of 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs, including some that also transited the Expanded Canal in May - becoming the largest capacity ships to do so at the time.

The CMA CGM vessel (right) originated in Shanghai and will make port calls at Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk before arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey, which recently completed a four-year, US$1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to accept ships larger than 9,500 TEU.

"Today's transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the Expanded Canal, but also its impact on reshaping world trade," said Panama Canal administrator Jorge Quijano.

This includes helping mitigate climate change: By traveling via Panama, the vessel saved 29,561 tons of CO2 in bypassing the Cape of Good Hope.

According to the Panama Canal Authority (PAC), in its first year of operation the Expanded Canal has helped reduce 17 million tons of CO2 emissions due to shorter transits by larger vessels. For its next fiscal year beginning in October, the PAC expects to handle 13,000 vessels, including 2,335 Neopanamax, for a record 429.4 million Panama Canal tons.

SYDNEY: July 25, 2017. DP World Australia has set up a logistics stevedoring subsidiary DP World Logistics Australia and full-service container park Botany Intermodal as part of a long-term strategy "to move beyond the port gate", and offer customers transport and intermodal solutions.

DP World Logistics AustraliaManaging director and CEO Paul Scurrah said the move is a natural extension of a local and global network stretching across DP World's 70 international container terminals: "As a critical link in the cargo logistics chain, we're growing our Australian business in a way that makes sense.

"This new intermodal business aligns with our plans to develop operations that complement DP World Australia's stevedoring business," he added.

Botany Intermodal is connected to the Southern Sydney Freight Line and DP World expects the link will improve rail efficiency and speed of service for adjacent stevedoring operations.

"DP World Logistics Australia will offer fast and efficient container coordination, movement, cleaning, repairs, refurbishment and storage services to customers who are transiting container freight into and out of the terminals," explained chief operating officer Mark Hulme.

Last month DP World Australia became the "stevedore of choice" for all COSCO Shipping calls at its Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne container terminals.

COSCO Shipping managing director Oceania Yong Pan said that the company had demonstrated a level of service that set it apart in Australia: "Last year, we selected DP World Australia as our major stevedore service for our Australian flagship A3 services. My congratulations to all at DP World Australia for their efforts and commitment to COSCO shipping," he continued.

KRIBI, Cameroon: July 25, 2017. CMA CGM and Bolloré Transport & Logistics have signed a 25-year concession to manage a new container terminal at the Port of Kribi in partnership with the State of Cameroon.

Kribi CameroonIn April this year Eximbank China agreed to provide a US$740 million loan and credit for phase two of the port's development that will include a 700-meter container berth to handle vessels up to 11,000 TEU and an annual box throughput of 1.3 million.

Kribi (right) is strategically situated on the Gulf of Guinea about 200 miles south of Douala, the Cameroon capital and home to its largest seaport. Connected to the city of Edéa, Kribi provides a gateway to Chad and the Central African Republic and complements existing services at Douala.

"We are proud of the confidence placed by Cameroon in the Bolloré Ports/CMA CGM/CHEC consortium," commented Philippe Labonne, deputy CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CEO of Bolloré Ports. "With the new port of Kribi, Cameroon now has a second hub port at its disposal, which completes its infrastructure network. Our consortium, thanks to its maritime, port and logical know-how, is going to enable the Kribi port platform to play its role as a growth accelerator for Cameroon and the region," he continued.

Kribi port traffic will also include iron ore, alumina, aluminum and liquefied natural gas and hydrocarbons.

In addition to Douala, where the company added a third gantry crane last month, Bolloré Ports manages container terminals in Conakry, Freetown, Monrovia, Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan, Lomé, Bénin, Cotonou, Lagos, Bangui, Libreville, Port-Gentil, Pointe-Noire, and Reunion.

In May, the company was appointed shipping agent to COSCO in the Congo where it already represents Grimaldi, Bocs, Mandarin and Hamburg Süd.

SAN PEDRO BAY, CA: July 19, 2017. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, America's two largest ports, have published a plan to reduce trucks and terminal equipment emissions "to zero or near-zero" levels by 2035 at an estimated cost of US$7-US$14 billion.

Green port of LAXThe two ports handle approximately 40 percent of all U.S. containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its exports. Their updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

A shopping list of objectives planned to launch next year include: a zero emissions drayage fleet by 2035; zero emissions from terminal equipment by 2030; a reduction in at-berth emissions; technology to attract the cleanest vessels; the use of rail for 50 percent of all inbound cargo exiting the ports; developing charging standards for electric cargo handling equipment; minimizing truck turn times; exploring the use of short-haul rail, staging yards and intelligent transportation systems; and supporting terminal equipment electrification, alternative fuels and other energy resource goals.

"These ports are going where no port has gone before," said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. "Based on what we've already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we're ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead."

The ports say their updated CAAP incorporates feedback from nearly two years of extensive dialogue with industry, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and neighboring communities.

"Working closely with all our partners has been crucial to our success. That same collaboration went into the development of the 2017 CAAP and will be indispensable going forward," added Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero. "Since 2006, the Clean Air Action Plan has been a model for programs to reduce health risks and air quality impacts from port operations worldwide. We remain committed to being leaders in seaport sustainability."

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: April 18, 2017. A report by the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) says the SEK4.0 billion cost of deepening the approach to the Port of Gothenburg to accommodate the world's largest container ships will result in a threefold gain to the country's economy.

Gothenburg Port Authority CEO Magnus Kårestedt called the deepening of the five kilometers approach to the container port from 13.5 meters to 16.5 meters "one of the most profitable projects for the future in Sweden".

ACL GOTKårestedt said that at present box ships with a capacity of over 5,000 TEU can only load 50 percent of their capacity while some are so large they are unable to make a port call and are forced to bypass Sweden completely.

The STA calculates that Swedish importers and exporters could reduce their transport costs substantially if there was greater opportunity to ship their freight directly to and from Gothenburg.

"With this record-breaking [cost-benefit] ratio, we are hopeful that the deepening of the fairway will be prioritized," said Kårestedt. "The government has also expressed an ambition to invest in shipping as it is the most cost-effective and environmentally wise means of transporting freight," he added.

Gothenburg port traffic figures last year indicate the deepening of the approach is overdue: While overall volumes rose by almost three million tonnes in 2016 - up from 38.2 million to 40.9 million - container volumes fell three percent to 798,000 TEU handled.

"The upturn can be attributed largely to the rise in the number of cars shipped via the port but also to higher volumes at the Energy Port and a good rate of activity at our RoRo terminals," explained Kårestedt. A total of 538,000 RoRo units were shipped last year, up two percent on 2015.

Gothenburg is the largest automotive gateway in Sweden - handling imports from Mazda, Nissan and Renault and exports from Volvo. Last year saw a 15 percent increase in throughput to 246,000 cars, up 15 percent on 2015 and the highest figure since the financial crisis of 2008.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH: June 23, 2017. Port and rail drivers working as independent contractors for XPO Cartage, part of XPO Logistics, began a strike this week protesting against unfair labor practices.

The drivers are striking against job misclassification and retaliation, harassment and intimidation after filing claims for wage theft with the California Labor Commissioner's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Drivers have picketed the twin ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, and the Intermodal Rail Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), when XPO trucks attempt to enter marine terminals and the rail yard.

Teamsters XPO"We are here supporting the drivers in their struggle against this illegal misclassification scheme, which denies them of their rights and forces them to live in poverty," said Fred Potter, a Teamsters Union vice president and director of the union's Port Division.

There are 12,000 drayage drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach who move containerized cargo on and off the docks.

The Teamsters claim companies are classifying these workers as independent contractors in order to reduce wages and avoid paying benefits.

According to the union, the California Labor Commissioner has awarded US$1 million to five drivers employed by XPO Logistics; XPO is appealing the decision.

A year long investigation by the USA TODAY Network published earlier this month found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past 10 years forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on execessive debt. The newspaper says if a driver quits, the company seizes his truck and keeps the payments; if a driver misses a payment, the company fires him and keeps the truck.

This form of employment has been described as "sharecroppers on wheels" because of a debt peonage or a debt servitude system allegedly created by the misclassification.

The Teamsters say XPO's major drayage customers include Toyota, BMW, Procter and Gamble, and Sony.

Meanwhile Bradley Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics, has won a Glassdoor UK Employees' Choice Award for 2017.

According to a survey by the job site, Jacobs ranks No. 34 out of 50 with 89 percent employee approval "based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews XPO's UK employees shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year". The No.1 choice is Anglia Water and its CEO Peter Simpson, who accrued a 98 percent approval rating.

Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO said: "We know that CEO approval ratings correlate to overall employee satisfaction and trust in senior leadership, which contributes to long-term employee engagement, ultimately helping an employer's recruiting and retention efforts."

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ABU DHABI: April 18, 2017. Abu Dhabi Ports is providing the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) with a 550 square meter warehouse in Zayed Port as part of a renewed partnership with the humanitarian agency.

The move follows the declaration by UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that 2017 would be a "Year of Giving".

Commenting on the announcement, the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "'Giving' is a value we cherish and saw personified in the UAE's Founding Father Sheikh Zayed.

Abu Dhabi Ports  ERC MOU"We continue to see this philanthropic legacy embodied by his sons and ingrained in the DNA of our society. Through my humble experience, I believe giving is not limited to monetary donations. Rather, 'giving' is defined by the differences we make: the differences in someone's life, in a society, or in a nation. Sheikh Zayed's legacy is not measured in the generous donations he made to the less fortunate only, but in the impact he has had on our lives and our country forever.

"This is our goal for the Year of Giving – to make a difference in the lives of those we care for, and in ourselves," he added.

Sheikh Mohammed also noted the contributions made by corporations saying the UAE would continue to help business leaders give back: "When people spend their lives accumulating material assets and wealth, they quickly learn that there is no meaning in life unless they share their wealth in the service of others. We thank them wholeheartedly."

Acknowledging the increased cooperation with Abu Dhabi Ports, ERC project manager Sultan Al Shehi said: "We greatly value this noble initiative. The warehouse will be dedicated to storing donated furniture after revamping and repackaging it. We expect to provide furniture for more than 1000 families in need this year all over the country."

As part of its humanitarian aid program, the UAE has already provided US$2 billion in relief and development assistance to people affected by the war in Yemen, including the ERC's transport of those recently injured for treatment at Indian hospitals.

"The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen has reached catastrophic levels due to the intransigence of the militias who prevent the entry of relief aid and medicines to the various Yemeni regions," said the government.

Pictured: Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi (left), and HE Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, secretary general of the UAE Red Crescent Authority.

SAVANNAH, GA: MAY 15, 2017. COSCO Development, at 13,000 TEU the largest box ship to call at an U.S. East Coast port, moved a record 10,000 containers during its 30-hour call at the Port of Savannah on May 12.

Crews were able to complete more than 220 container moves per hour during a period in which the Georgia Port Authority (GPA) and International Longshoremen worked a total of nine vessels, moving more than 21,600 TEUs.

According to Drewry Maritime Research, world container traffic rose an unexpected 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to he same period last year.

COSCO Dev and  GA gov. Nahan Dean"It's fair to say that the few, if any, saw this extreme growth coming," Drewry declared. "If confirmed, a quarterly rate of 10 percent for loaded container traffic would far exceed anything seen since 2010 - when demand rebounded sharply following the crash of 2009."

GPA executive director Griff Lynch said the port call of the COSCO vessel is the start of a new era in the U.S. East Coast container trade: "With their shift to larger, more cost-effective vessels, the shipping lines are gravitating toward gateway ports. The Port of Savannah is perfectly suited to handle the larger exchanges of Neo-Panamax vessels."

According to the GPA, Savannah handled 8.2 percent of U.S. containerized cargo and 10.3 percent of all containerized exports in 2015.

"Savannah is already the load center for trade in the U.S. Southeast, but deepening our harbor to better accommodate vessels such as the 'Development will make Savannah even more attractive to cargo owners," added Lynch.

When completed in 2021, the Savannah's harbor expansion will result in a depth of 49 feet at low tide at its outer entrance and 47 feet in the inner harbor. As a result, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers forecasts a US$262 million saving for companies moving goods through Savannah's Garden City Terminal.

Georgia's deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute US$20.4 billion in income, US$84.1 billion in revenue and US$2.3 billion in state and local taxes to its economy.

"This is another example of how the Port of Savannah is the gateway not just for the U.S. Southeast, but for America's East Coast," said Georgia governor Nathan Deal, speaking at the call of the COSCO Development (pictured). "The numbers are impressive; our customers have spoken, and the Port of Savannah is clearly the must-call port," he declared.

BBC Chartering Jacksonville 1JACKSONVILLE, FL: April 07, 2017. BBC Chartering has delivered two 260-ton cryogenic liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks for Crowley Maritime's new shore-side fueling facility at the Port of Jacksonville.

The 260-ton tanks, which are 170 feet long, were manufactured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic and moved via river barge to Hamburg, Germany prior to loading on BBC's heavylift vessel for the 4,000 nautical miles sailing to Jacksonville.

The unloading included a 26-axle trailer to move the tanks to their permanent location at the port's Talleyrand Marine Terminal.

Owned by Eagle LNG, the tanks will provide LNG fuel to Crowley's two new Commitment Class ships, among the world's first combination Container-Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) vessels powered by LNG.

"The highly anticipated arrival of these remarkable LNG storage tanks is an important milestone in our project. It further demonstrates we are firmly in the era of LNG fueling," said Eagle LNG president Sean Lalani.

Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, Crowley's El Coquí and Taíno will use LNG as their primary fuel, providing significant reductions in emissions. El Coquí, launched on March 20, will begin service in the second half of this year followed by her sister ship in 2018.

Crowley's Commitment Class project is a US$550 million investment that includes the LNG-powered ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company's Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Port of Jacksonville is a pioneer in the supply of LNG as a preferred fuel source for the maritime industry. The Talleyrand LNG fuel depot is expected to be operational in late summer 2017 prior to arrival of the first Crowley ship.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings is the holding company of the 125-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides project solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets.

HAMBURG: May 09, 2017 – Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has moved two 870 tonnes cranes from a decommissioned power station at London's port of Tilbury to Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Tilbury Power Station was built as a coal-powered station and then converted to run on 100 percent biomass fuel before it closed in 2013.

HHL Tilbury-1The former power station site is now being considered for a £100 million new port complex. Forth Ports, which owns Tilbury Port, bought the land in March last year.

The proposed new facility, known as Tilbury 2, would be built on 51 hectares of the power staton site and include a new deep water container jetty and RoRo terminal.

The removal of the two cranes was particularly complicated by having to rely on 28-year-old handmade drawings with no precise weight or centre of gravity data, according to Emek Ersin Takmaz, head of Projects for HHL's Engineering Department.

"Further, these cranes were not designed to be lifted, mandating a complex lifting arrangement which required specialist engineering expertise," he said.

The units were eventually loaded from the power station site to the HHL Tokyo via a spacer barge due to a tidal range of six meters that prohibited direct vessel access.

HHL's commercial, engineering, and operations teams provided a first-class service throughout the project said Scott Lang, project manager for the Armitt Group that aranged the charter. "They worked professionally, thoroughly, and technically to overcome every eventuality that occurred as a result of the limited information available of these aged units," he continued.

SINGAPORE: March 27, 2017. CMA CGM and PSA Singapore have added two more berths to their container terminal joint venture for a total capacity of four million TEUs per annum.

The CMA CGM - PSA Lion Terminal has now averaged more than 160 TEU moves per hour for mega vessel calls since the beginning of 2017.

PSA SingaporePSA International reported a 3.0 percent rise in revenue to S$3.68 billion in 2016 and a net profit of S$1.17 billion, a fall of 7.5 percent compared to the previous year.

The group handled a total of 67.83 million TEUs during the period, an increase of 5.5 percent, of which PSA Singapore handled 30.59 million.

Commenting on the results, PSA chairman Fock Siew Wah said the group had achieved a set of creditable results last year in a world "beset with pivotal events that shook the social, political and economic fabric of nations".

Noting the heightened geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, Britain's decision to exit from the European Union, and the "specter of protectionism" following Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, he said 2017 will likely be another year "fraught with uncertainties but also opportunities".

Group CEO Tan Chong Meng observed that last year was "a period of unrelenting trials and tribulations", burdened with a prolonged period of sluggish trade, sustained low oil prices, excess liner shipping capacity and depressed freight rates.

He said the industry also had to deal with unprecedented consolidation through alliances and mergers of major shipping lines plus the aftermath of the Hanjin bankruptcy.

Tan added that his company is exploring the use of technologies in order to ensure the port of the future "is more efficient, connected, automated and responsive - including the provision of adaptive and pre-emptive capabilities" for its customers.

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