• 2018 July 19 18:23

    MPA and Port of Rotterdam Authority to continue cooperation in information exchange and R&D

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D) today, at the sidelines of the 4th Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) held in Long Beach, USA from 16 to 18 July 2018. The Port of Long Beach is the first USA port to host PAR, MPA said in its press release.

    2 Since the commencement of the MoU in 2015, MPA and PoR have been working together in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management Systems. The renewal of the MoU, signed by Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and Mr Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of PoR, seeks to further the collaboration between the two counterparts in port digitalisation, port services, port safety and operations and handling of autonomous vessels in port.

    3 Mr Tan said, “This renewal of the MoU between PoR and MPA reaffirms the commitment of both parties to jointly collaborate and exchange best practices and new ideas. Collaboration in maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and innovation not only fosters partnerships between MPA and PoR, but also benefits the maritime innovation ecosystem.”

    4 “In a rapidly changing world, it has become more important than ever to join forces with other international partners to see how we can make our ports better, safer, smarter and more efficient. This renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the MPA and PoR is a good example of this. Together, we are working on the port of the future by exchanging knowledge,” said Mr Castelein.

    4th Port Authorities’ Roundtable

    5 Inaugurated by MPA in 2015, PAR is a key platform for leaders of port authorities to gather and discuss key issues of mutual interest, exchange best practices and promote closer collaboration. PAR 2018 was hosted by Long Beach with the theme “The Port of the Future” and topics discussed included optimising port operations of the future, integrating ports and cities: sustainability & stewardship, protecting ports in the future and preparing the workforce of the future. PAR2018 saw a total of 14 participating port authorities, including Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Montreal Port Authority and Barcelona Port Authority which participated for the first time.

    6 Mr Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), was the guest speaker at the event and spoke on the “Emerging Trends Affecting Port Authorities”. He said “Geo-political developments, shipping strategies, digitisation and climate change present multiple challenges for port authorities worldwide. Through leadership in sustainability and deeper forms of cross-border cooperation, port authorities will be in a stronger position to meet these trends and secure prosperity for their local communities.”

    7 Mr Tan delivered a segment on “Digital Strategies for Next Generation Port”. He shared on MPA’s latest digitalisation initiatives in the areas of port, shipping and services. He also spoke about PIER71, MPA’s Maritime Technology Acceleration Programme and MPA Living Lab as a platform to experiment with new concepts of operations.

    8 “This gathering of leaders from the world’s most esteemed port authorities helps all of us pursue that goal of making a better future for our ports and the economies and communities we serve,” said Mr Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach.

    9. Mr Xiao Hui, Director for Comprehensive Planning Division from the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission said, “The Shanghai Port is very glad to attend PAR for the first time. We have learnt from the experience of each port and look forward to promote common port initiatives through further collaboration.”

    10 “We would like to thank the Port of Long Beach for hosting PAR 2018 and we are pleased to welcome new participants, namely Port of Shanghai, Port of Montreal and Port of Barcelona this year. With PAR participants bringing with them their expertise and ideas, we look forward to the continued collaborations between like-minded ports for PAR to be a high-level key platform to exchange best practices, new ideas and solutions. These exchanges are key in light of emerging trends such as the automation and digitalisation of the industry as well as maritime talent issues that are affecting port authorities,” said Mr Tan.




2019 January 21

21:25 Nine dead in two ships fire accident in the Kerch Strait
18:15 Port of Oakland hails shipping lines, terminal for clean air work
17:36 Evac acquires of UK service company Transvac
17:06 High Speed Transfers signs contract for third Damen FCS 2710 fast crew supplier
16:35 DFDS starts trials of Jinling Shipyard’s newbuild
16:05 Prototype most powerful wind turbine in the world Haliade-X 12 MW installed at Maasvlakte this summer
15:36 Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping launched today
15:29 Yang Ming provides new China-Malaysia direct service
14:55 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled over 28.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 12.5% Y-o-Y
14:33 Incat to build a new ship for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago
14:03 CMA CGM joins to the world’s largest operational agreement extention
13:27 Algoma receives full refund for shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik and 3Maj Shipyard
13:13 ESL Shipping strengthens its Chartering team
12:46 Leonid Mashaev appointed as Acting General Director of “State Customer’s Directorate for Seaborne Transport Development Programmes”
12:18 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 14,769 in RF spot market
11:49 Dublin Port’s сargo volumes up by 4.3% in 2018
11:22 FESCO and ZIH launching a container train from Germany to China through the Far East
10:55 14 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 20-21
10:27 TransContainer announced its preliminary operating results for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2018
10:04 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $54.28
09:40 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2018 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 14.05 million tonnes
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,112 points

2019 January 20

16:08 Subsea 7 acquires multi-purpose offshore construction and dive support vessel
15:03 TEPCO and Ørsted sign MoU to work jointly on offshore wind projects
13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company
12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
10:47 Algoma provides update on status of fleet renewal

2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
15:16 Evac expansion continues with acquisition of UK service company Transvac Systems
14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
14:19 Port of Ust-Luga handled 98.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 4% Y-o-Y
14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $61.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $52.64
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points