• 2017 November 24 11:14

    Europort confirms role as international maritime business hub

     Europort’s vital role as a hub for global maritime business was reflected in its continuing attractiveness to international visitors and a series of business deals signed while the 2017 event was in session.

    A busy four days in Rotterdam starting 7 November saw 26,733 visitors from 93 countries descend on the Rotterdam Ahoy venue, where a total of 1,100 exhibitors including 14 country pavilions welcomed guests, with many of the 40 side events focusing on three core themes: Big Data; The Human Factor; and The Environmental Age.

    In a first for Europort, the 2017 event also hosted the US Coast Guard’s Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) 2017 Awards, marking Rotterdam’s debut as a venue for the prestigious ceremony. The Awards recognized the contribution of 11 companies from the Netherlands which have made their vessels available for search and rescue around the world. Benjamin M. Strong, Director, AMVER Maritime Relations at the US Coast Guard, said: “Rotterdam is a major port and presenting AMVER awards to our Dutch partners at Europort just made sense.”

    Among other innovations this year was a special breakfast organised by inland shipping association Royal BLN-Schuttevaer, presenting a vision for inland waterway transport, followed by a discussion with politicians formatted in the style of popular Dutch TV show 'Dit was het nieuws' (‘This was the News’). Meanwhile, a new mini-symposium on the Royal Netherlands Navy replacement programmes saw the Netherlands Maritime Technology and the NIDV Foundation introduce discussions on the opportunities and challenges connected with building new Dutch submarines, frigates and minesweepers.

    Also jostling for attention at Europort 2017 were the strongly-attended CEDA Dredging Days and the well-received RINA ‘Power & Propulsion Alternatives for Ships’ event, which explored new fueling propositions for ships and the use of emissions-free technologies including renewables. Europort’s topical approach to constituencies that other events find hard to reach was further demonstrated in a special OSPAR gathering focusing on Handling (Plastic) garbage in the Fishing Sector.

    The Europort 2017 agenda was enhanced by four ‘masterclasses’ offering insights into subjects that are now firmly part of the maritime lexicon. A Human Resources masterclass, for example, underpinned the broad-based commitment of Europort 2017 to Human Capital, in its role as a catalyst for the next maritime generation. The week brought the innovative Meet Your

    Peers Event, organised by Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT), and the YoungShip 'Captains of industry and how to become one’ seminar.

    Albrecht Grell, Executive Vice President DNV GL, told the opening Europort session that “if the maritime industry is not at the forefront of technology, the next generation will not be there – the industry will not be interesting enough for them”. Accordingly, this year’s event included the Start-Up Plaza, where new maritime entrepreneurs put on five-minute pitches on a special stage within the plaza. The last day also saw a 'Maximising Young Talent' showcase session that allowed 10 would-be entrepreneurial students to pitch their innovations at ‘Speakers' Corner’, with the best winning prizes awarded by jury and public vote selection.

    Energy Efficiency and ‘Big Data’ also warranted separate masterclasses, with the latter reflecting the emergence of an industry game-changer as far as fleet management is concerned. “When it comes to gathering KPIs such as fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance, collecting and understanding data is crucial,” suggested Matt Duke, VP Digital platform, Maritime Industry – Kongsberg Digital.

    Meanwhile, while most people are familiar with the Internet of Things, its impact on the supply chain is less well understood. Europort 2017 included a special masterclass focusing on Blockchain technology, and the advantages of distributed ledgers.

    Elsewhere, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) opened a ‘Shipowners Lounge’ and, all round, the Rotterdam event once more demonstrated its credentials as a vital meeting place for maritime business, positioned at the heart of a global community.

    Yannick Eberhard, Simulator Engineer for PROMARIN described Europort as “the perfect match between clients and suppliers”. Caterpillar Marine unveiled its new multi-engine optimisation tool for the first time while, exhibition visitors were also introduced to new propulsion, automation and wheelhouse technology for tugs. These included thruster technologies from Veth Propulsion, who introduced its integrated electric-driven L-drive at the exhibition, and the presentation of integrated X-Connect automation, alarm monitoring and power control systems by Ulstein Power & Control.

    Furthermore, Dr. Hossein Ghorbani, CEO of Iran’s Arvandan shipbuilding company, commented: “Arvandan signed a MoU with DAMEN Shipyards covering the construction of two offshore vessels. After this exhibition, many high-profile companies are looking forward to developing collaboration with Arvandan and we have had a very good exchange with the manufacturers and equipment suppliers.”

    The next edition of Europort will be held between 5-8 November 2019.




2018 October 15

12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018
09:12 Port of New Orleans receives Excellence Award for Master Plan

2018 October 13

09:06 OOCL fleet moves forward to meet IMO 2020 regulation
09:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
08:56 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian new build contracts
08:54 Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in fiscal year 2018

2018 October 12

18:07 Port of Antwerp on track for sixth record year
17:36 Strengthening of Kaliningrad seaway canal's embankment included in Russia’s territorial development strategy through 2025
17:08 Stena Bulk in partnership with Bay Crest Management for expansion in Asia
16:04 Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work at DP World Berbera in Somaliland
15:52 LNG Croatia invited bids for import LNG terminal infrastructure
15:35 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company continues expanding its operations in international waters
15:03 Maersk Line announces an increase in FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
14:47 Minister Berner: Finland strives to reduce emissions from shipping
14:03 CMA CGM to introduce new quarterly BAF for long term contracts from 1st of January 2019
13:44 LUKOIL commissions fifth well at Filanovsky field second stage
13:21 Ocean Network Express enters bilateral feeder network cooperation with Hapag - Lloyd
13:10 MOL consolidation service succeeds with trial of remote container tracking management device
12:28 Germany furthers support to WMU with Simulator Lab refurbishment
12:05 Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group in China and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to establish a shipbuilding joint venture
11:47 BPO pays a visit to the Port of Ust-Luga
11:26 Rosterminalugol exported 16 million tonnes of coal YTD
11:05 Grimaldi further boosts its freight services to Sardinia
10:54 Bunker prices continue going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:50 Port of Gothenburg starts construction of new terminal
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 1.2% to $81.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $71.81
10:11 De Boer holds naming ceremony for Damen RSD WID Tug 2915 Hybrid Fregate and ASD Tug 2310 SD Papillon
10:09 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,515 points
09:58 Damen signs for another three years as founding partner of the Nederlands Dans Theater
09:51 Fuel oil prices show no significant changes in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
09:33 RF Government approves plan for modernization and expansion of core infrastructure
09:14 Vimpel Shipyard launches border patrol boat of Project 1496М1 built for FSB Border Guard Service

2018 October 11

19:00 Gasum becomes 100% owner of Skangas, consolidates its position as the leading Nordic LNG provider
18:36 FLEX LNG to enter into transaction to acqure five 5th generation LNG newbuildings
18:27 Caterpillar Marine announces the latest generation of azimuth thrusters - MTA v3
17:50 Cruise ship crash, ship grounding force watchdog to act
17:27 Economic value of UK ports industry highlighted by British Ports Association
17:22 Throughput of Russian seaports in 9M’18 grew by 4% Y-o-Y to 604.2 million tonnes (detalization)
17:06 PSP Investments welcomes new investment partners to Forth Ports
16:25 Marine Recruiting Agency to train Rosmorport employees
16:08 CMA CGM reaffirms its ambition to turn CEVA into a stronger logistics leader
15:59 MSC adds new rail service in Spain
15:24 MABUX warns bunker prices may be vulnerable amid the uncertainties on both the supply and demand side
14:36 Okskaya Sudoverf shipyard upgrades its equipment
13:58 In-built oil recovery system of IB Polaris undergoing tests – Arctia prepared to offer oil recovery services