Swedish port workers organized in the Swedish Dockworkers' Union have taken APM Terminals to labor court. This is due to the protracted conflict between the two parties, which ended with a deal in the spring.
German customs agents have made a large cocaine discovery on board a container vessel in the Port of Hamburg. The vessel arrived from Uruguay and was headed for Antwerp, the illegal cargo was marked as being soybeans.
The Port of Hamburg rediscovers a growth path and raises handled volumes in a first quarter in which a four-fold increase in container cargoes from the US made the country the port's most important trade partner after China.
Port authorities have temporarily banned a bunker supplier from operating in the world's biggest bunker port following inspection. According to the inspection firm, the ban is due to the use of magnets to affect mass flow meters, writes Ship & Bunker.
Three companies are joining forces to explore the potential for creating "green" hydrogen which emits less CO2 than traditional hydrogen. This could potentially save 350,000 tons annually, says one of the companies.
The Dutch shipowners have for years been working to introduce a new licensing scheme in order to resolve the bunker problems in Rotterdam. Suppliers, meanwhile, say that shipping companies also carry some of the responsibility.
The Port of Rotterdam is considering mass flow meters as one of several measures to combat bunker problems, says a spokesperson from the port after several shipping companies told ShippingWatch that they are experiencing problems with undersupply.
Several shipping companies are experiencing problems when they tank fuel for their ships in Rotterdam. One company is now considering taking matters into its own hands with an unconventional proposal for its suppliers.
One in three containers floating though the Port of Hamburg is on its way to or from China. And yet, port executive Axel Mattern is not worried about the turmoil surrounding the Chinese economy. There is still a momentum, says Mattern in an interview with ShippingWatch.
The Port of Gothenburg will get a new chief executive in June when Elvir Dzanic joins the port. He will switch from a position as vice president at Ceva Logistics, which is in the process of being acquired by CMA CGM.
With a new platform, port authorities in Rotterdam will send signals regarding weather and water conditions in real time to make freight planning easier. There is huge potential, says the port, which sees a future when sensors are used on everything from sailings to quays.
The port conflict continues in Sweden, where port workers today and tomorrow are striking in the ro-ro terminal in the Port of Gothenburg, Scandinavia's largest port. Port workers are now flagging more strikes.
Four port companies wants to enter a collaboration in one of the world's largest ports, Hong Kong. Now, the port's largest customer, Maersk, has sent a warning to the authorities who are evaluating whether competition is threatened.
Swedish authorities have for years refrained from making a decision about open-loop scrubbers. This now makes Gothenburg Port Authority take action. A clear yes or no is needed, says Edvard Molitor, Senior Manager, Environment, at Port of Gothenburg to ShippingWatch.
The Greek authorities have shelved a planned tender for a new facility in the Port of Piraeus, which is owned by China's Cosco. The case marks the latest example of the Chinese shipping group's challenges related to the massive port acquisition.
In a new report, the EU says that the state-owned container port in Antwerp acted in accordance with state aid rules, when port authorities during the financial crisis changed the minimum requirements for the number of containers two terminal companies were required to drive through the port.
Drewry projects a historically low percentage growth of container terminals' total capacity heading towards 2022. However, the maritime and supply chain consultancy firm expects that utilization rates will increase, which is welcome news for existing terminals.
Operational disturbances and major labor strike costs at APM Terminals in Gothenburg are a thing of the past. But the terminal still has some way to go before it fulfills its ambitions, Managing Director Henrik Kristensen tells ShippingWatch.