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Tallink Grupp Vessel Joins Research Project for Autonomous Ships
Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp has joined researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Aalto University and Fleetrange Ltd. to develop techniques for autonomous navigation for ships.
The research project, carried out under a programme of, and funded by, the European Space Agency (ESA), would focus on autonomous navigation as a means of improving safety, using a combination of different sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Dorian LPG Invests in Three More Scrubbers
Gas carrier owner and operator Dorian LPG has decided to increase its investment in exhaust gas cleaning systems, rising the total of scrubbers under contract to ten.
Namely, the company said it signed agreements for three additional scrubbers, following the initial investment in this technology revealed in August 2018.
APL Vancouver Hit by Fire off Vietnam
The Singapore-flagged containership APL Vancouver suffered fire in the early morning hours of January 31, while it was sailing from Shekou to Singapore.
The source of the fire aboard the 115,060 dwt vessel is currently unknown, and no dangerous cargo has been loaded in the cargo hold as per the stowage information.
Croatia: FID Adopted for Krk LNG Terminal
The final investment decision for the floating LNG terminal on the Croatian Island of Krk was adopted on January 31, 2019.
The decision was adopted based on the results of the binding Open Season procedure which determines future revenues of the project, the projection of capital expenditures in relation to the conducted procurement procedures for FSRU vessel and EPC works (construction of jetty with auxiliary facilities and high-pressure connecting gas pipeline for the receiving LNG terminal) and the projections of required investment by LNG Croatia shareholders.
Ports of Stockholm Ends 2018 with Record Revenue, Cruise Passenger Numbers
Swedish Ports of Stockholm wrapped up 2018 as a record revenue year, with stable freight volumes and a record number of cruise passengers.
The figures summary for 2018 shows a new revenue record of SEK 866 million (USD 94.9 million), SEK 10 million more than the record set in 2017.
APM Terminals, Partners to Develop Terminal in Bangkok
Container terminal operator APM Terminals has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar to develop a greenfield container terminal in Bangkok, Thailand.
The MoU was signed after Sahathai Terminal PLC (PORT) and Mitr Phol Sugar formed a joint venture to develop the container terminal in October 2018.
GPH Inks 30-Year Concession for Antigua Cruise Port
Cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has signed a 30-year concession agreement with Antigua and Barbuda for cruise port operations in Antigua on an exclusive basis.
The company said that the deal was agreed following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on November 9, 2018.
Oldendorff Carriers Takes Delivery of Eco Ship Quintet
Germany-based dry bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers started 2019 with the delivery of five new eco ships, four of which were delivered on the same day.
The ships in question are Jan Oldendorff, John Oldendorff, Julius Oldendorff, Midland Trader and Kai Oldendorff.
Milaha Launches Its 1st European Service
Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Milaha has launched the new Black Sea Express Service (BSX) - the company s first European service linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
The new direct feeder service will be connecting Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Russia and will initially be served by two vessels with a 1,700 TEU capacity and 300 reefer plugs.
Cargo volumes in South African ports on the rise
Predictions as to how last year would end for the port of Durban proved reasonably accurate. Containerised cargo, which always attracts the most attention in the port and for the good reason of Durban having the premier container terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, finished with a throughput of 2.975million TEU (twenty foot container equivalents) - up from the 2.699million in 2017.
DP World chairman: 2019 will be challenging for ports operator
The chairman of Dubai s DP World said the port operator was facing a challenging 2019 and the US-China trade dispute had created uncertainty in the market.
DP World to invest up to Dh1bn expanding Jebel Ali in 2019
DP World, the global ports operator, plans to spend between Dh500 million and Dh1 billion to expand Jebel Ali free zone this year and seeks new acquisitions following a deal to buy a Chilean ports operator last month.
"Dh500m is what the free zone and board is committing to expansion in 2019 - this could be more equipment, warehousing, accommodation, land development or more roads," DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said on Sunday.
Import revenue up by 3.9% as paperless port boosts corruption ranking score
Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) data show that import revenue increased by 3.9 percent at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
The total import revenue increased from about GH¢12.7billion in 2017 to GH¢13,191.79million as at the end of 2018.
Tema Port expansion project receives 27 gantry cranes
On the 1st of February 2019, Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) received the 2nd batch of gantry cranes ordered for the Tema Port Expansion Project.
This follows the purchase agreement signed in August 2017 between Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (ZPMC) and MPS led by Minister of Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah for the total of 27 Gantry Cranes; 7 Ship-To-Shore gantry cranes (STS) on the waterfront and 20 electric Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes (eRTG) in the yard.