• 2017 September 15 15:18

    Constructive dialogue on more efficient handling of inland container shipping leads to action plan

    Dutch, German and Swiss representatives of shippers, freight forwarders, barge operators, inland terminals, container terminals operators and shipping lines representatives have drawn up constructive agreements to ensure a more efficient handling of inland container shipping through the whole supply chain, to and from Rotterdam. Over the coming period, these organisations will continue working in several groups on possible solutions to the bottlenecks they have identified jointly, of which some look into solutions on the very short term and others analyse the whole supply chain, says press release of the Port of Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has agreed to facilitate the further elaboration of these plans in follow-up discussions. In addition, the Port Authority made €3 million available to fund initiatives from the market that could make a contribution in the short term.

    At the invitation of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, all the stakeholders met in Rotterdam for the first time on Friday, 8 September to discuss the various signals received in recent months about increasing waiting times. Each year, over 12 million container units are handled in the port of Rotterdam, around three million of which arrive and leave on inland vessels.

    Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam Authority: “I am delighted that today we have had a very positive and constructive discussion with all organisations involved. It gives us great hope to note that there is a willingness among organisations to continue to put the importance of fast and efficient handling first in the changing and competitive container market. It is essential for everyone involved to realise that container handling benefits from a smooth-running logistics chain.”

    The representatives of shippers, freight forwarders, barge operators, inland terminals, container terminals operators and shipping lines expressed their concerns about the current situation and indicated what they felt could be done towards improving the handling of inland shipping. At the meeting, the Port of Rotterdam Authority outlined the initiatives that are already being adopted by the market in order to improve the situation. For instance, the Port Authority is working on a link between the container terminals on the Maasvlakte which will enable the straightforward swapping of containers. The Port Authority is also working on digital solutions that will provide better insight into the availability of inland shipping capacity and a greater ability to match cargo and capacity to each other.

    The Port Authority also pledged three million euros on Friday to support market participants’ joint plans that will lead to a more efficient and reliable handling of inland container shipping. Over the coming months the market participants’ plans, aimed at leading to a more efficient and reliable handling of inland container shipping, will be assessed jointly. Certain conditions must be met in order to qualify for a loan from the three-million-euro fund. The following meeting, at which progress will be discussed, is planned for November.

    The meeting followed various signals about increasing waiting times for inland container shipping. A number of inland operators and transport organisations in the Netherlands and abroad had raised their concerns about what they considered to be overly long waiting times in Rotterdam and Antwerp.

    In recent months there have been periods in which due to a range of circumstances, the waiting times for barge traffic rose to above-average levels. For instance, the Rotterdam container terminals had seen strong growth in throughput during the first half of the year whilst having to adapt to the alliances’ new sailing schedules, among other things. A cyber attack on two terminals meant that hardly any containers could be loaded or unloaded for one and a half weeks.




2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:30 MEYER WERFT handed over AIDAnova to AIDA Cruises
18:21 IMO led panel discussion on wreck removal challenges at Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management

2018 December 11

17:59 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet makes a call to the Republic of Djibouti
17:33 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted training exercise in the Sea of Japan
17:10 Port of Antwerp International to consult USPA on tariff setting, concession and environmental policy
16:46 Van Oord supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:21 Yamal LNG reached full capacity
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
15:32 Georgia Ports Authority on track for 4.3M TEUs in 2018
15:20 Four new sponsors confirmed to join line-up at 2019’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
15:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to North Europe
14:48 Draft law on Arctic administration approved in the third reading by Russia’s State Duma
14:32 ECSA welcomes the decision by the EU Commission to update the EU list of ship recycling facilities
14:02 Global Ship Lease announces new long-term charter agreements with CMA CGM
13:32 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and Wonsild Dry to merge as of January 2019
13:15 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 11M’18 grew by 13% Y-o-Y to 45.61 million tonnes
13:02 COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurate CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal
12:46 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% to 746.81 million tonnes
12:13 Alfa Laval sells more than 100 GCU units for LNG newbuilds
12:01 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
11:44 One icebreaker escort operation performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 10-11
11:40 The second phase of IMO-implemented safe and sustainable ship recycling project in Bangladesh starts
11:17 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:58 NYK сoncludes long-term charter agreement for three LNG carriers with MC
10:30 MAN Cryo and partners develop marine liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system
10:05 Port of Gdansk reports new quarterly record
09:39 Brent Crude futures price up 0.37% to $60.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $51.16
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,385 points

2018 December 10

18:08 US major retail container ports imports reach 2 million containers in October 2018
17:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 67,300 for its environmental programme in 9M’2018, up 6% YoY
17:27 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 322 ships in navigation season 2018-2019