• 2018 January 19 12:45

    Port of Antwerp scores 5th record year in a row

    The port of Antwerp says it has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 million tonnes), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 million tonnes). Only dry bulk such as coal and ores lagged behind in the tables, finishing the year with a drop of 3.7% (12.2 million tonnes).

    Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, drew positive conclusions: “Finishing the year with such strong growth figures gives us confidence for the future. The port companies too remain firmly convinced of the advantages of Antwerp and the strengths that it has to offer, witness the many investments that we were able to welcome in 2017. In 2018 we seek to build further on the momentum of the previous year. This means that we will take the entire world as the scale for our decisions, with maximum facilitation for our customers as the basis.”

    Containers

    The container volume rose in 2017 by 4.3% in tonnage (to 122,969,409 tonnes) and by 4.1% in terms of the number of standard containers (to 10,450,897 TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent units). The last quarter of 2017 scored best in relative terms for the year as a whole, with growth of 7% (in TEU) compared with the last quarter of the previous year. In addition to that there were three months in 2017 (May, August and October) with an absolute record volume of more than 900,000 TEU.As regards trading routes the most progress was made by North America (up 11.6%), Latin America (up 8.5%) and the Far East (up 7.7%). The USA performed particularly well as a trading partner for Antwerp with 9.7% overall growth in the volume of laden containers, with container imports being up by as much as 10.4%. By contrast in Europe, Antwerp’s biggest trading partner, the port lost volume (down by 3.6%), due partly to the loss of imports for transhipment.

    Jacques Vandermeiren: “In the coming years too we expect further growth in the container volume, and so in 2018 we will continue to work hard on providing additional container handling capacity in Antwerp.”

    Breakbulk

    The ro/ro volume rose sharply in 2017, up 10.5% to 5,052,403 tonnes. The number of cars handled for its part was up by 4.0% to 1,238,128 units.Conventional breakbulk also made significant progress in comparison with the previous year. At the end of 2017 the figure stood at 10,273,369 tonnes, representing growth of 4.8%. In this segment growth was significantly apparent in imports and exports of iron and steel (up 7.8% to 8,350,565 tonnes). There was spectacular growth in imports of raw iron and steel from India (up 91% to 520,209 tonnes). Imports of steel from countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and closer to home Turkey expanded in 2017 as the result of a better performing steel industry, thus offsetting a sharp dip in imports from China (down 44% to 657,308 tonnes). The latter development was largely due to the anti-dumping measures taken by the EU to curb imports of Chinese steel at below market prices.

    Liquid bulk

    The volume of liquid bulk topped out in 2017 with growth of 5.7% (to 73,134,912 tonnes). In fact the last quarter of 2017 was the best ever in this segment. The rise in the total volume of liquid bulk was driven by an increase in the amount of crude oil handled, up by no less than 49.9% (to 5,963,279 tonnes). The volume of oil derivatives, accounting for nearly three quarters of the total within this segment, rose once more in 2017 by 3.1%, to 52,939,495 tonnes.

    Dry bulk

    The dry bulk volume declined last year by 3.7%, down to 12,176,518 tonnes. On the other hand the amount of fertilisers handled – the largest category within dry bulk – increased by 3.7% to 3,734,661 tonnes. The ore volume also experienced strong growth of 12.7%, to 2,385,536 tonnes. At the other end of the spectrum there was an ongoing decline in the volume of coal, down by 54.2% to 477,515 tonnes.

    Seagoing ships

    A total of 14,223 seagoing ships called at Antwerp in 2017, a decrease of 1.7% compared with the previous year. On the other hand the overall gross tonnage of these ships rose by 1.4%, to 406,762,315 GT.




2018 February 18

09:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from Finland, Russia, Baltic States, Sweden, UK to East Asia (incl. Japan)
09:21 Preparing to define the Baltic Sea’s significant marine areas
09:19 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Fourth Container Terminal of JNPT in Mumbai
09:14 Holland America Line to launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages

2018 February 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:54 Future Outlook Forum will take place on 20 March as part of Intermodal Asia 2018
17:36 Global Container Terminals orders 10 more Konecranes RTGs for its terminals in British Columbia
17:09 University of Kent partnership helps the Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency
17:06 Port of Oakland reports 2.1 percent increase in export volume in January 2017
16:58 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 9.2% to 1.81 million TEUs in January 2018
16:35 Royal Vopak expands Vopak tank terminal (JTT) in the Port of Jakarta - Indonesia
16:05 DP World signs agreement with government of Jammu and Kashmir at World Government Summit
15:53 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 11,600 t of fish in January 2018, up 26.1% Y-o-Y (photo)
15:26 Cargo traffic through NSR in 2017 grew by 36% Y-o-Y to 9.9 mln t
15:25 PPR 5 agrees on the outline of IMO draft guidelines for implementation of the 2020 sulphur limit
15:01 NOVATEK to invest USD 1.5 billion in construction of LNG terminal at Kamchatka
14:37 Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at Volga-Caspian Canal
14:14 22 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 15-16
13:49 TransContainer’s net income in 2017 more than doubled Y-o-Y to RUB 5.42 million
13:25 Nuclear power plant of Vaygach icebreaker breaks Arktika’s record
12:30 Rosmorport appoints Irina Egorova as Chief Accountant of its Vanino Branch (photo)
11:56 BSM and Babcock International Group collaborate on innovative LNG Supply Vessel
11:23 EBRD supports efficient grain logistics in Ukraine
11:00 WFS, Marinvest, IINO, Mitsui, NYK to build four new ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol
10:28 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky leaves Mumbai port, India
10:00 Port of Rotterdam container throughput up 12.3% in 2017
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.51% to $64.66, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $61.67
09:39 New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance
09:34 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,089 points

2018 February 15

18:27 Largest vessel to call at The Port of Philadelphia arrives from the West Coast of South America
18:06 Ampelmann gangway system installed succesfully on the Wagenborg Offshore's Walk to Work vessel
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to China & Far East
16:57 Bunker market in anticipation of upward correction
16:38 Container throughput drives growth in Rotterdam
16:05 Caterpillar Marine announces upgrades to reman models in commercial and yachting applications
15:57 Kont to build 4 cruise terminals in the Leningrad Region
15:24 Number of maritime accidents in North Sea Canal Area down in 2017
15:04 LUKOIL's hydrocarbon production in 2017 up 2.4% Y-o-Y to 2.23 million boe per day
14:39 Peresvet and Oslyabya, ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet, sail in training zone in Sea of Japan
14:16 UN Environment visits IMO
13:43 Jan De Nul to install wind turbine generators in Germany
13:12 Seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was stable Y-o-Y at 136.5 million tons
12:25 Railway infrastructure management issues of importance to Lithuania discussed with EU Transport Commissioner
12:01 ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software
11:44 Repair of tanker "President Heydar Aliyev" of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company completed
11:17 Fuel oil prices are going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:17 RIKON AS plans to launch manufacturing of mobile cranes in the Port of Riga
10:53 18 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 14-15
10:26 Posidonia 2018 to host international unveil of industry titans JV – International Maritime Industries
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.81% to $64.88, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.14% to $61.28
09:40 Sailors of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla start training for Sea Cup 2018
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,095 points

2018 February 14

18:14 Tilbury2 examination process begins
17:51 PortXL selected port related start-ups and scale-ups for 2018
17:25 The Finnish Supreme Court did not grant the leave to appeal on the fairway dues dispute between Finnlines and the Finnish State
17:03 Documentation for maintenance dredging at Kavkaz and Taman ports obtains state environmental approval (photo)
16:44 PTP enforced FAS decision on the appeal of Baltic Sea Tug Agency
16:25 CMA CGM announces PSS from North Europe to Canada East Coast
15:52 Rosmorport target classroom opens at Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping