• 2018 January 15 17:06

    Number of sea-going vessels entered the port of Rotterdam up to 29,646 in 2017

    Over the past year, 29,646 sea-going vessels entered the port of Rotterdam. This is over 600 more than the preceding year (29,022 sea-going vessels), the company said in its press release. The number of incidents in the port fell from 159 to 129. This included one ‘serious accident’. The incident in question involved an inland vessel that went adrift after hitting a groyne with its rudder. According to National Harbour Master René de Vries, the decrease in the number of minor incidents can be explained by the Port Authority’s investments in infrastructure in recent years. “Thanks to the new buoy configurations and dolphins, there were considerably fewer minor bollard-ship collisions and fewer barges went adrift due to bad weather.”

    Efficiency in inspections continued to increase further in 2017. Over the past five years, the number of inspections decreased from 11,000 to approximately 8,500. For example, 2017 was the first year in which the Seaport Police and the Port Authority held joint inspections of pleasure craft in the port area.

    There was a significant drop in the number of minor spills. The Port Authority is still working to determine what contributed to this decrease. The total volume of spilled liquid was more or less equal to last year however. This is mainly due to a spill in the Botlek area.

    The past year marks the Port Authority’s first participation in a pilot project that focuses on autonomous shipping. The Harbour Master expects this trend to become explicitly relevant for Rotterdam in the medium term and is introducing standardisations with the port’s Traffic Guidance System to prepare it accordingly. In 2018, the Port Authority will continue to participate in pilot projects that take structural advantage of autonomous shipping – and unmanned aircraft – in its own operations.

    2017 saw various worldwide agreements being signed about international terminology within the shipping sector. This development is important for the PRONTO (Port Rendezvous Of Nautical and Terminal Operations) project. This online communications platform supports ship agents and other operators. The main objective is to realise a more transparent and efficient planning of ship services, including pilotage and the use of terminal and bunker services. This results in fewer and shorter delays. The PRONTO application is presently functional and is being tested and used in Rotterdam within a number of pilot projects (in collaboration with Maersk, Shell, MSC and various terminals and service providers). The initial results are promising: the first pilot projects yielded 20% time savings in port calls. PRONTO will be rolled out further over the course of 2018. For example the launch of the new Shiptracker module.

    As a consequence of a large-scale global cyberattack with ransomware (NotPetya), which affected companies all over the world – including a container terminal in the port of Rotterdam – one could observe a stronger general focus on cybersecurity in the second half of 2017. When it came to raising awareness of cybersecurity issues, the local private sector could definitely use some help and companies made grateful use of the FERM platform in this context. FERM was set up in 2016 by the Port Authority and various partners to inform companies in Rotterdam’s port area about cybersecurity and encourage collaboration in this area. Within the port of Rotterdam, the Port Authority has worked together with nautical service providers on building up an organisational structure around the Nautical Crisis Team that ensures that the port remains accessible during the possible failure of a key ICT system. Next year, this collaboration will result in a central cybersecurity hotline for the port area.

    The Port Authority wants to encourage the transition from fuel oil to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transport fuel for the shipping sector. Over the past few years, the Port Authority has worked to prepare systems and staff for the arrival of LNG-powered vessels. 2017 saw the first LNG bunker vessel, the Cardissa, become operational in Rotterdam’s port area. The relevant legislation and regulations have been improved and updated to enable the smoother bunkering of LNG. “We expect that by 2020, LNG bunkering will be a routine operation in the port of Rotterdam,” says René de Vries.

2020 February 23

15:01 Great Lakes reports record full year results
14:32 AAM completes 80’ patrol vessel for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dep't
13:37 EDS HV Group completes scope of work at Vattenfall’s HR3 wind farm
12:23 Ingeteam signs the contract with Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore for hybrid electric propulsion system delivery of two Ro-Ro vessels
11:21 USCG, other agencies to conduct search and rescue exercise near Perdido Bay

2020 February 22

17:14 First Subsea provide Cable Protection Systems for NnG
14:48 Med Marine: Turkish-built tug equipped with SCHOTTEL bestseller
13:41 CSBA study finds U.S. dredging industry a critical component of national security
11:39 USCG Cutter Legare returns home after interdicting over 3,300 pounds of drugs
10:47 Ray Fitzgerald to rejoin Crowley as COO

2020 February 21

18:12 Digitization of KN: paper is no longer used in the operation of Klaipėda LNG terminal
17:48 NIBULON Shipyard is about to launch second non-self-propelled open type vessel
17:17 CMA CGM announces Emergency Space Surcharge from North Europe, Scandinavia & Poland to West Med, East Med, Adriatic & North Africa
16:59 New roll trailers put into operation at Bronka port
16:04 AS Tallink Grupp’s wholly-owned subsidiary AS Hansatee Cargo merged with Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary AS Tallink
15:25 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved adjusted design documentation under Nord Stream 2 project
15:02 OCEAN Industries orders MAN Propulsion Packages for Royal Canadian Navy tugs
14:13 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Coronis with Koch and cancellation of the sale of a Capesize dry bulk vessel
13:01 COSCO SHIPPING Lines provides water and rail transport services
12:40 Wärtsilä LPG Fuel Supply System the first ever to undergo engine testing
12:12 ABS to class world’s largest B-Tank VLECs by Jiangnan
11:30 Coronavirus disease 2019 – IMO urges no unnecessary delays to ships
11:09 World’s first LPG-retrofit order exercises option for four additional engines
10:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 21
10:43 Biofouling demands collective, urgent and ‘proactive’ approach, stresses Bellona
10:09 Cod farming set for rebound as savvy investors rush to back Norcod
09:55 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia
09:43 GTT acquires Icelandic company Marorka, an expert in Smart Shipping
09:35 BlueWater Reporting closely monitoring blanked sailings amid coronavirus outbreak
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.73% to $58.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.61% to $53.55
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 480 points

2020 February 20

18:27 SMOOTH PORTS Partners met and discussed in Livorno
18:07 UNIIQ invests in Tetrahedron’s innovative crane for next-gen wind turbines
17:52 RF Navy’s Admiral Kasatonov frigate left for Barents Sea to continue testing
17:30 Evergreen issues notice for reefer cargo to Shanghai、Ningbo and Xingang, China
17:17 Tersan Shipyard (Turkey) delivers lead crab catching and processing ship of Project ST184
17:00 West Africa Container Terminal to commence Phase 2 upgrade
16:53 Port of Rotterdam increases sales of LNG and VLSFO
16:53 Indonesia hosts new national workshop on maritime security risk
16:29 UN agencies collaborate to promote seafarers’ rights treaty
16:04 INOK TM and Admiral Makarov SUMIS sign agreement on cooperation
15:38 Rosmorport reports on its icebreaker support in Russian seaports as of February 17, 2020
15:11 Rosmorport changes tariffs for services offered at the seaport of Kaliningrad
14:47 BIMCO joins Japan to regulate carbon intensity of existing ships
14:25 ESPO published its Position Paper on European Green Deal objectives in ports
14:02 CHIMBUSCO starts to supply China-produced low sulphur bunker oil to international ships
13:43 Top-level speakers announced for Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2020 in London
13:20 Throughput of Russia’s river ports fell by 11.6%, from 143.1 million tonnes in 2010 to 126.5 million tonnes in 2019
13:01 BC Ferries names and christens the first two Island Class ferries
12:46 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:31 National Marine Dredging Company and Royal IHC launch TSHD GHASHA
12:08 Port of Baku and Tamiz Shahar cooperate on environmental issues
11:48 Hapag-Lloyd improves operating result by more than 80 percent in 2019
11:41 Port of Gdynia widens its internal entrance to 140 m
11:15 CMA CGM announces PSS for exports from East Russia
10:52 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduces new scheme of oil and gas equipment approval
10:24 Main contractor Damen and more than a hundred companies contribute to Combat Support Ship
10:24 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 20
09:53 Ships of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet left for Atlantic to perform combat training tasks
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.32% to $59.31, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $53.73