• 2018 March 19 15:17

    North Rhine-Westphalia and Port of Rotterdam make start on port agreement

    The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be working together to further optimise logistics connections between Europe’s largest port and the German hinterland. During his working visit to Rotterdam, NRW Traffic Minister Hendrik Wüst officially launched the two parties’ talks regarding a port agreement, says PRA.

    Prime Minister Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia had already gained a good impression of the port of Rotterdam and its relationship with the German federated state in September 2017 – on what was actually his first official foreign visit. Today it was Traffic Minister Hendrik Wüst’s turn to visit Rotterdam, to experience the size, scale and importance of solid collaboration between the sea port and NRW first-hand.

    During his visit, Wüst met with a number of people, including Allard Castelein (CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority) and Emile Hoogsteden (Vice President, Director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics). They discussed logistics and industrial activity challenges faced by both the Port Authority and NRW. To gain a clear picture of Rotterdam’s vast port complex, the Minister also visited a number of port areas.

    The Traffic Minister’s visit to Rotterdam marks the start of talks regarding an agreement geared toward the optimisation of the hinterland connections and the logistics chain. This port agreement was already announced in the coalition agreement of North Rhine-Westphalia’s state government. The parties expect to sign the agreement after the summer of 2018.

    Allard Castelein: “I am very pleased that Traffic Minister Hendrik Wüst’s first international working visit is taking place here, in Rotterdam. His visit continues the tradition established by the new government of NRW. It is testimony to our good relations and draws attention to the challenges that we, NRW and Rotterdam, have in common. Together, we aim to ensure that our clients and businesses in NRW can operate competitively within the world’s most efficient logistics chains. Moreover, we have a shared interest when it comes to finding answers to today’s challenges in the context of climate change and the energy transition. The visits by Prime Minister Laschet and Minister Wüst once again underlined our joint responsibility. Our colleagues can be found in NRW every day, and we plan to pay a return visit to Düsseldorf this summer.”

    The port of Rotterdam is the largest sea port in Europe. The port owes this leading position to its excellent accessibility for ocean shipping, its strong intermodal connections and the 180,000 people who work in and on behalf of Rotterdam’s port and industrial area.

    Handling 60% of NRW’s cargo flows, Rotterdam ranks as the German state’s premier sea port. 2017 saw a strong increase in Rotterdam’s container throughput – by 12.3% compared to 2016. The total cargo throughput increased by 1.3% in 2017. This continued the growth trend recorded in 2016. A total of 467 million tonnes were transported via Rotterdam in 2017. This increase in container throughput was offset by decreases in the volume of dry bulk (-2.6%) and liquid bulk (-4.1%) transported via Rotterdam. Breakbulk (roll-on/roll-off and other breakbulk) throughput increased by 7%.




2018 July 17

18:24 North P&I Club and 24Vision ink partnership agreement
18:07 Lockheed Martin awarded Navy's contract worth more than $450 million in FMS funding for MMSC project
17:55 TransContainer announced its operating results for the second quarter and the first half of 2018
17:27 Equinor buys shares for use in the group's Share saving plan
17:11 Vigor Marine LLC gets Navy's contract for USNS Mercy mid-term availability
16:56 Okskaya Sudoverf puts into operation Belmax 4, fourth non-self-propelled barge of Project ROB20
16:34 Prosafe awarded important contract in Brazil
15:47 Orsted opts for Tekmar's CPS for Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm projects
15:28 Port of Rotterdam places a bee colony in the port area
14:44 Baltic Ports Conference 2018 will focus on financing, economy and energy supply
14:23 Jan De Nul launches ultra-low emission vessel Diogo Cão in China
13:41 Severnaya Verf will lay down a longline factory vessel Gandvik-1 on July 20
13:16 Tidewater and GulfMark to combine to create global offshore leader
12:48 Containership MOL Truth earned 'Ship of the Year 2017'
12:19 15,000 TEU container ship “Afif” named in London Gateway
11:27 Huntington Ingalls begins post-delivery work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
11:17 Boskalis secures contract of total value of $65 million
10:53 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:29 ABS to class FSRU for Turkey’s oil and gas distributor
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $72.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.01% to $67.06
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,695 points

2018 July 16

18:31 APL adds port calls to West Asia Express Service
18:16 Diana Shipping announces signing and drawdown of a US$75M Term Loan Facility with BNP Paribas
17:55 Director Kopczynska addresses WMU students and faculty on maritime Europe
17:40 Great Lakes announces receipt of $70 million San Jacinto award
17:33 Bollinger Shipyards commits USCG icebreaker program to Florida
17:31 New vehicle terminal announced at the Port of Southampton
17:18 Hapag-Lloyd hikes rates for East Asia-Arabian Gulf trade
17:08 ING Bank signed a USD 80 million syndicated loan agreement with NIBULON
16:43 Minimum training standards for fishers under review
16:25 USCG rescues 7 people from capsized boat near Horn Island
16:20 Port of Antwerp sets new records with best half year ever
15:56 Freeport of Riga showed good growth in the first half of 2018
15:32 Maersk Drilling secures two contract extensions in the North Sea
15:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 3.6% to 9.88 million TEUs in Jan-June’18
15:03 Van Oord will acquire MPI Offshore
14:44 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,589 in RF spot market
14:35 Wärtsilä to assist Transocean with thruster maintenance optimisation and dry-docking cost reductions
14:25 Jan De Nul Group acquires part of MPI’s offshore business unit
14:11 Fednav accepts delivery of MV Federal Dee, its 60th owned vessel
13:46 Eastern Shipbuilding inks contract with Bisso Offshore for RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tug duo
13:27 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s fleet is involved in a new international project
13:07 Court dismisses EUR 9 million claim against Armada Seismic Invest II AS
13:06 Hong Kong will host ShipTek Ship Owning & Ship Management Conference & Awards on 30 August 2018
12:48 Marine Recruiting Agency takes on a project of training crane specialists in Estonia
12:23 SEACOR Holdings announced that it favors a business combination of Dorian LPG LTD. and BW LPG Limited
12:02 IMO head highlights key maritime issues during trip to China
11:25 Fincantieri contracted to build LNG-fueled pair for TUI Cruises
11:01 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,666 points
10:44 Brent Crude futures price down 0.5% to $74.96, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.64% to $69.5
10:25 Mexico benefits from IMO training on port security
10:02 IMO held port emissions training for Argentina
09:52 CMA CGM's FAK rates for Asia to Red Sea trades
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in HI’18 up 1.7% Y-o-Y to 25.35 million tonnes
09:18 Port of Singapore throughput in HI’18 grew by 0.8% Y-o-Y to 312.79 million tonnes

2018 July 15

11:24 MAN Energy Solutions ready for SMM 2018
10:43 CMA CGM informs of FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean

2018 July 14

12:40 CMA CGM announces GRR for Far East to East Africa trade
11:41 ABP: Container terminal operation expansion to meet growing demand
10:14 Navtek selects Corvus Energy to provide battery for the world's first all-electric tug