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23 September 2023 - Year XXVII
Independent journal on economy and transport policy
02:58 GMT+2




"We look back over our most read stories from the first three months of the year to revisit the topics your reading habits revealed as key drivers in the maritime industry in Q1 2020"
As with other trade-focussed shipping sectors, coronavirus has weighed heavily on container shipping in the first months of 2020. Locations of containers and other essential equipment have posed problems for the trade and several companies have stepped up to offer free digital tools to assist operators and owners in overcoming the various challenges shipping is facing as the virus continues its worldwide spread. But, while coronavirus dominates much of the news cycle, readers continue to seek out information on innovations within the container shipping sector, notably Maersk's battery retrofit pilot programme and CMA CGM's series of LNG-powered newbuilding vessels with integral bunker tanks. Also of note are funding plans throughout Asia for container ports and terminals.

To read each story in full, click on the headline, the image or the link at the end of the text.

1. How Maersk will benefit from battery retrofitMaersk's battery pilot programme on a box ship will allow the ship operator to weigh up benefits versus retrofit costs - and could lead to it implementing the project learnings to other assets including terminals. In Q2 2020 a containerised 600-kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board Maersk Cape Town to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.
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2. Free tools for maintaining ship operations during the coronavirus pandemic
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK was one of the first nations to recognise that commercial vessels and seafarers play a vital role in maintaining the overseas portion of any logistical supply chain. The problem for ship operators is that the regulations being imposed on ships is constantly changing. Maritime logistics and ships agency Wilhelmsen has produced the COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions Map. This map, which is being updated three times a day during the pandemic, shows the restrictions being imposed globally on vessels and crew. It is one example of a number of digital tools helping ship owners and operators to continue to operate during the pandemic.
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3. Coronavirus: container equipment shortage getting 'even worse'
Equipment imbalances and empty container repositioning is a problem that costs the shipping industry US$20Bn annually, but due to the Coronavirus it "got even worse for most carriers or NVOs (non-vessel operating carriers)", according to Container xChange, the company behind the Container Availability Index (CAx).
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4. Major port developments accelerate in Asia
Governments throughout Asia are helping to fund new ports and terminals for container cargoes and building logistics hubs. China, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia will all invest heavily in port infrastructure to boost terminal facilities for container ship operators.
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5. CMA CGM's newbuilds feature integral bunker tanks In September 2019, when CMA CGM's Jacques Saade, one of the largest container ships built so far, rolled out of Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard, it boasted not only new navigation and environmentally friendly features but also several trend-setting technological choices in container ship LNG propulsion. CMA CGM Jacques Saade and eight future sister ships feature integrated membrane tanks. These new vessels will join the Group's fleet in 2020 on the French Asia Line (Asia-Northern Europe) and will be registered with the French International Register, confirming the Group's commitment to operate under the French flag.
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Turkish shipyard Med Marine delivers a new tugboat to the Vernicos Scafi
It is the first means of new construction of the fleet of the Greek-Italian joint venture
Kenya Ports Authority privatizes benches at ports of Lamu and Mombasa
Launched an international competition that also includes a special economic zone
Last month, freight traffic in the port of Taranto increased by 6.9% percent.
In the first eight months of 2023, a decline of -4.0%
New paints to contain the propagation of fires on ships and construction sites
Messina Group has taken delivery of its second full container ship
Has a transport capacity of 4,600 teu
Approda in Genoa the first container ship of the FIM service of HMM
Scalo to container terminal of PSA Italy
Visual Sailing List
Departure ports
Arrival ports by:
- alphabetical order
- country
- geographical areas
First meeting of the technical table on security of work in the port
Among the proposals, insert some port job profiles between the "usurante/gravest" job categories
Hapag-Lloyd will equip all of its internet connection ships through the Starlink satellite network
Success of tests started in May
In the June-August period, FedEx Group revenues fell by -6.7% percent.
Net profit marked a growth of 23.2%
Cooperation of ICHCA and PEMA to improve the safety of handling goods
Spearport, necessary to minimize red tape in ports
Botta : paper documents are an absurdity in the age of digitalization
Germany's Rhenus acquires the two terminals of the Rietlanden Terminals in the port of Amsterdam
Germany's Rhenus acquires the two terminals of the Rietlanden Terminals in the port of Amsterdam
Singapore / Holzwickede
Dutch company will be ceded in two stages by Singaporean JERA Global Markets
In August the port of Algeciras handled 424mila containers (+ 1.5%)
In the first eight months of 2023, the total was 3.16 million teu (-0.4%)
Conference on the Promotion of Health in the Port Workers of the Straits
It will be held on October 2 in Messina
Ukrzaliznytsia-RCG Agreement for the development of intermodal transport between Ukraine and Austria
In short, the testing of the transport of semi-trailers on the Kiev-Budapest line will begin.
In the first half of 2023 the revenues of the Chinese terminalist group CMPort decreased by -10.8%
Hong Kong
Container traffic grew by 0.3%
Union Pilots has strongly criticized the procedure for renewing the piloting tariffs
Bellomo : well the updating of the fares of local practical
At the MITO terminal of the port of Cagliari the first container ship coming out of a Ukrainian port
Landed 2,114 containers
The Cool Logistics Global event will be held for the first time in Italy
The event is scheduled from 10 to October 12 next in Genoa
In the first quarter of this year, the traffic of goods in Greek ports has returned to growth
However, the total was lower than pre-pandemic levels.
Last month, shipping containers handled by the port of Valencia fell by -11.7% percent.
In the first eight months of this year, the decline was -10.6% percent.
In August, container traffic in Hong Kong port fell by -9.4% percent.
Hong Kong
Decline of -15.1% in the first eight months of 2023
Last month, container traffic in the port of Los Angeles returned to growth.
Los Angeles
In the first eight months of 2023, a decline of -21.0% percent was marked
Italian Ports:
Ancona Genoa Ravenna
Augusta Gioia Tauro Salerno
Bari La Spezia Savona
Brindisi Leghorn Taranto
Cagliari Naples Trapani
Carrara Palermo Trieste
Civitavecchia Piombino Venice
Italian Interports: list World Ports: map
ShipownersShipbuilding and Shiprepairing Yards
ForwardersShip Suppliers
Shipping AgentsTruckers
Conference on the Promotion of Health in the Port Workers of the Straits
It will be held on October 2 in Messina
The Cool Logistics Global event will be held for the first time in Italy
The event is scheduled from 10 to October 12 next in Genoa
››› Meetings File
España demanda una revisión instantánea de los puertos vecinos de transbordo
(El Mercantil)
Shipping minister resigns in aftermath of ferry passenger's death
››› Press Review File
FORUM of Shipping
and Logistics
Relazione del presidente Daniele Rossi
Napoli, 30 settembre 2020
››› File
Last month freight traffic in the port of Singapore grew by 1.7% percent
The containers were over 3.3 million (+ 2.0%)
On October 2 in Lugano, the sixth edition of "A Sea of Switzerland" will be held in Lugano.
The conference will be articulated in three sessions
In August, freight traffic in Russian ports grew by 5% percent
St. Petersburg
Increase in dry goods. Decline of liquid bulk bulk
New agency of Negro families, Clavarino and Schenone to provide services to the construction of the new Genoa Dam
In August, container traffic in the port of Long Beach decreased by -15.4%
Long Beach
In the first eight months of 2023, the decline was -24.4%
New freight train service Verona-Wuppertal of Rail Cargo Group
Made three weekly rotations
Cargill yields 25% percent of the KSK grain terminal of the port of Novorossiysk
The share will be acquired by Russia's Delo
Stranded a drug trade in the port of Salerno
Detected 104 pans of cocaine and the deposit to which they were intended
Ferrante (MIT) : amendments to the European Directive 2023/959 to avoid distortions that penalise Italian transhipment ports
It would allow Gioia Tauro to be placed on the same list in which ports such as Tangeri Med and Port Said are included.
MOL Chemical Tankers will buy the Fairfield Chemichal Carries
Singapore / New York
The Singaporean company's fleet will rise to 121 chimichiere vessels
In the second quarter, freight traffic in Tunisian ports grew by 13.0% percent.
The Goulette
Loads at landing and boarding increasing by 14.3% and 11.0%, respectively
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