Air & Seaport News

  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

    Jun 18, 2018 — A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
  • Congestion and delays at port of Felixstowe expected to continue

    Jun 15, 2018 — The UK’s major container gateway of Felixstowe is expected to continue experiencing severe congestion after the troubled implementation of a new IT system. An advisory issued by MSC said all carriers calling at the port were still experiencing “significant delays”.
  • Australia, Paris MoU Ban Cargo Ships Following Port State Control Detentions

    Jun 12, 2018 — The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna after it was detained by port state control inspectors for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. Separately, the Paris MoU on Monday announced it has banned two ships for a period of three months each after they were detained in Russia and the U.K., respectively.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Monthly Tonnage Record (Again)

    Jun 7, 2018 — The Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record last month, breaking the previously-held record the third time since the opening of the Expanded Panama two years ago. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the autonomous agency of the Panama Government responsible for the management of waterway, said it recorded a new record of 38.1 million tons after facilitating the transit of 1,231 vessels in May 2018.
  • Philippines secures $173m Korea loan for new Cebu port project

    Jun 6, 2018 — Following Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea, a $172.6m loan agreement has been signed for the construction of the $199.3m Cebu International Container Port (CICT), local reports cited the Department of Finance (DOF) as saying.
  • Indonesia, India Plan to Develop Strategic Indian Ocean Port

    May 31, 2018 — Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta.
  • Strikes in Brazil

    May 24, 2018 — OMNI would like to thank Laura Ganon at Fink Mobility for providing the following information about two strikes in Brazil.
  • New Port of Rotterdam app cuts waiting time by 20%, reduces CO2 emissions

    May 24, 2018 — The port said in a press release that the application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at its terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port, it added.
  • Cargo hit by customs delays as Brazil officials stage new walk-out

    May 17, 2018 — More strikes have hit Brazilian customs offices – the National Union of Fiscal Auditors began a 30-day walk out on Monday. Day-to-day operations across all customs offices in the country will be affected by the dispute, but the union says “essential” services will continue to be provided.
  • Ukraine plans two major projects in Black Sea ports this year

    May 7, 2018 — Ukraine plans to launch two major projects in Black Sea ports this year, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said Friday, citing the country’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. One of the projects envisages the construction of a container terminal in the port of Chornomorsk, while another project stipulates for the modernization of the port of Yuzhny, the USPA said in a statement.
  • Port of Montreal project set to expand rail infrastructure

    May 4, 2018 — The Canadian government will invest CA$18.4 million to improve rail infrastructure at the Port of Montreal, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced last week. The intermodal project will "optimize" the port's rail network capacity, particularly in the port's interchange zone.
  • U.S. Questions COSCO’s Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report

    Apr 23, 2018 — A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • Patrick bracing for seven-day strike at Port Botany

    Apr 16, 2018 — Patrick stevedores is urgently seeking to stop allegedly unlawful industrial action at Port Botany as it braces for a seven-day strike that threatens to cripple its operations. The company has alleged the Maritime Union of Australia is unlawfully organising stevedores to refuse to work with an alternative workforce in solidarity with the terminal's contracted maintenance crew, who are preparing to take a week of protected industrial action from Wednesday.
  • U.S. West Coast ports report mixed message for first quarter

    Apr 16, 2018 — The Port of Long Beach has completed its best ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever.
  • Iqbal says Gwadar Port to emerge as top sea port of Asia

    Apr 11, 2018 — Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that Gwadar Port will emerge as the top sea port of Asia after completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
  • Morocco’s Tanger-Med port running at full speed

    Apr 10, 2018 — Inaugurated in 2007, the Tanger-Med port complex, not far from the Strait of Gibraltar, handled 51.3 million tonnes of cargo, on a par with the Port of London. Its industrial park, connected to a free-trade zone, is creating jobs at a rate that “exceeds expectations,” port Director-General Jaafar Mrhardy. With 750 companies and thousands of employees, the port generated $6.8 billion of revenue in 2017.
  • Schiphol's head of cargo talks mergers, slots and new challenges

    Mar 30, 2018 — Schiphol Airport’s decision to merge its cargo department with its aviation marketing division took many in the industry by surprise, given its support for the development of its freight business over the past few years. However, Schiphol head of cargo Jonas van Stekelenburg points out this is not the first time the two departments have been merged: they have been combined twice in the past 30 years and twice they have separated again.
  • Suez Canal resumes activities after stability of weather

    Mar 30, 2018 — Suez Canal ports reopened and maritime activities were resumed on Thursday after the weather conditions improved. Villages and towns of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, particularly those overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, witnessed severe winds on Thursday, which lead to the closure of El Brols port.
  • Abu Dhabi Ports signs agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — Abu Dhabi Ports inked a new agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to explore new commercial opportunities between Chinese companies interested in investing in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (KPFTZ), which is considered the largest free trade zone in the region.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...