• 2017 November 10 18:06

    Antwerp port community announces action plan for more efficient container barge handling

    The Antwerp port community has drawn up an action plan to make container barge handling in the port more efficient, Antwerp port said in its press release. Container handling has come under heavy pressure in some shipping terminals over the past few months. The rapidly growing volumes and the ever larger sizes of seagoing ships calling at the port in combination with labour shortages have led to peak loads on the terminals, with long waiting times for container barges as a result.

    Since barge traffic is important for the port community as a whole, for sustainable transport of freight to and from the hinterland, serious efforts have been put into drawing up an action plan in the past few months aimed at making structural improvements in the short term. At the beginning of this week the action plan received the backing of the shipping terminals involved, together with the barge operators, shipping lines, shippers, forwarders, the Flemish government, Vlaamse Waterweg (waterway operator), Alfaport-Voka (Chamber of Commerce) and Antwerp Port Authority.

    Specifically, efforts will focus on the following action points:

    Full digitisation: at present, not all the available information is passed on to all players in the supply chain. To remedy this situation a port-wide data exchange platform is being developed that will give all parties direct access to the real-time information they need. NxtPort will take the lead in this.

    Closer collaboration for planning: there is already a planning tool available for efficient organisation of loading and unloading containers in the port, namely the Barge Traffic System or BTS. With this application, barge operators can give advance notice of their arrival at a terminal, request a time slot or pass on other information to the terminal operator. A planned update to the system will encourage barge operators to make even greater use of it. In combination with BTS, the port community is working on central barge planning, with a central unit drawing up schedules for all container terminals in the port.

    Bundling of volumes: at the moment, container barge volumes are too often presented on the shipping terminals in small volumes, which leads to sub-optimum use being made of the terminal resources. It’s the difference between ten suppliers each delivering one package, or one supplier delivering ten packages. The port community would much prefer the second scenario. To achieve this, measures will be taken to combine the volumes, both within the port and outside it. In this way barges will in future present larger volumes at the shipping terminals.

    Ensuring a sufficient number of dock workers: CEPA (the employers’ association responsible for hiring dockers) already started recruiting additional dock workers and drivers this summer. Also there will be additional training courses so that the dockers will be available sooner for handling barge containers.

    Finally, there will be additional dedicated berths for barges.

    Great efforts will be put into further project initiation for each action point during the coming weeks. A summit meeting of the CEOs involved will be held at the end of January under the aegis of the Port Authority.
     
    On 6 July this year the Port Authority organised a Container Barge Round Table meeting with all partners in the supply chain to discuss the problem of delays in container barge handling. A declaration of intent was signed by DPW, MPET, PSA, ICBO, ASV, Alfaport-Voka, MOW, Vlaamse Waterweg, VEA, OTM and the Port Authority, aimed at making structural improvements to container barge handling. Dedicated workshops were then held in September in order to outline the challenges involved in the process of making structural and incremental improvements in handling. Then in October particular topics and action plans were discussed in greater detail with the parties involved. Finally, on 6 November the action plan was approved by the CEOs concerned and the necessary commitments were made.




2017 November 25

06:59 Inchcape Shipping Services appointed agents for COSCO SHIPPING Lines in Papua New Guinea

2017 November 24

20:49 Pella Shipyard launches Karakurt-class first serial corvette (Project 2280) ‘Typhoon’
18:06 Sanmar delivers two ASD tugs
18:06 RN Bunker supplies fuel to Rosmorport's STS Mir
17:36 DHT Holdings announces sale of its three oldest VLCCs
17:15 IMO holds training for port security staff in Guinea
16:47 Wärtsilä introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
16:46 Cargo traffic in Kama Basin of Russia’s IWW grew by 22.4% to 13.40 mln t (photo)
16:27 IMO addresses invasive aquatic species carried in ballast water through BWM Convention
15:59 State Duma approves prolongation of RF Government Decree No 383 through 2019
15:28 Bolwerk LLC selected as general contractor to build an international marine terminal in Pionersky, Kaliningrad Region
15:03 PSA Singapore and NUS sign MOU to develop Human Capital to support the growth of the port industry
14:31 Design works under MTH project to be completed in 2018
14:03 APM Terminals Inland Services expands to serve the industrial belt around Pune, India
13:40 Euronav sells VLCC Artois
13:29 Navigation season is over in White Sea – Onega Lake Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
13:02 The Port of Montreal invests in greening
12:30 ZIM posts Q3 2017 results
12:12 Lead buoy tender of Project BLV04 build for FSUE Rosmorport is put into operation (photo)
12:00 Public Transport Authority raises Saudi flag on Bahri’s fifth VLCC received in 2017
11:30 GVT to increase the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China
11:14 Europort confirms role as international maritime business hub
11:01 British ports welcome Budget announcements on Brexit scenario funding and freight review
10:45 Financial support for the Polar Code and the Sustainable Development Goals
10:31 European ports welcome the EP Transport Committee vote for a stronger CEF budget
10:11 Finnlines finishes the first lengthening project of ro-ro vessel
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.27% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $58.46
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points
07:48 Palau International Ship Registry is the fastest growing flag

2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award