• 2018 April 24 08:48

    City of Antwerp and Antwerp Port Authority start urban mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg

    An Antwerp delegation led by Mayor Bart De Wever is on an urban mission in Russia from 23 to 28 April visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg aiming to consolidate and expand the close trade relations between Russia and Antwerp and its seaport, City of Antwerp said in its press release. Russia has indeed been one of the most important trading partners for decades. The mission started today with an Antwerp business seminar in Moscow. More than 100 Russian companies attended this event. The seminar sets a strong focus on digital innovation, one of both partners’ particular growth clusters.

    "The city of Antwerp and the Port Authority have recently set up several new digital innovation projects. These will bring us sustained economic growth”, explains Mayor Bart De Wever. "Through this business seminar in Russia, we want to realize partnerships between Antwerp and Russian companies and attract investors to invest in our Belgian city.”

    The Port of Antwerp in particular, Europe’s second largest port, offers many opportunities for further investments. Freight traffic between Russia and Antwerp has been on the rise for years. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority, explains: “In 2017, more than 14 million tonnes of cargo have been transported between Russia and Antwerp. This makes Russia to our second most important trading partner at present. And there are still many opportunities for future cooperation. The digital transformation of the logistic business is in full gear and as a port, we want to enable the business development of our partners by acting as a catalyst for the digital opportunities. The new digital business portal NxtPort consolidates the data from the different sources and enables the development of targeted supply chain solutions."

    Together with the Port Authority, the University of Antwerp, the imec research institute and the employers federation Agoria, the city created “The Beacon”, a business and innovation hub for heavyweights in the IoT. Key objective is to build a distinctive ecosystem bringing together corporates, start-ups, research, academia, sponsors on IoT applications for logistics, industry and smart city. The city of Antwerp has the clear ambition to be a true Capital of Things open to international ideas and innovation.

    The city of Antwerp and research institute imec have set up a smart zone, a part of the city where experiments in smart city applications are taking place. Imec is developing the largest living lab in Europe. The commitment of citizens is crucial in this smart city approach. Smart lighting, smart mobility, smart logistics are the first projects.
     
    During the business seminar in Moscow, Antwerp fulfils its brand promise of being open for business and organized a competition for Russian innovators. Five Russian start-ups presented their projects to an Antwerp expert jury. The winning start-up of this pitch is CPS LAB, which develops complex integrated solutions for the industry based on smart bracelets, tags and the industrial platform of Internet of Things. The solutions are aimed in particular at increasing efficiency and ensuring the safety of employees, objects and cargo. Their modular architecture allows for configuration of the bracelets with all required functions, hardware and software. In addition, this enables CPS LAB to develop solutions that meet the tasks and requirements of all industries. The winner is now invited to spend a month in Antwerp free of charge to discover business opportunities in the city. In doing so, Antwerp is fulfilling its brand promise of 'open for business'.

    The Port of Antwerp has a long tradition as a European gateway for Russian trade flows. Transported goods include chemical products, steel, project cargo and container cargo. And this strong partnership is growing. Early February this year, the Arctic Shipping Company launched a new multipurpose liner service connecting St. Petersburg and Antwerp biweekly.

    And the Port of Antwerp wants to continue to offer the best opportunities for Russian shippers, shipping companies and logisticians. “We are working hard to become a 'port of the future' by implementing IoT projects which will also benefit our Russian partners”, says Jacques Vandermeiren. As part of this commitment, the Port of Antwerp is implementing intelligent technologies in port infrastructure and services. Examples are the smart Deurganck dock for efficient shipping operations or the digital business enabler NxtPort for smart supply chain solutions.

    The next stop of the urban mission will be St. Petersburg on 25-27 April. Antwerp and St. Petersburg are celebrating 60th anniversary of their town twinning this year.

    At the beginning of February this year, the Arctic Shipping Company launched a new liner service between St. Petersburg and Antwerp. Two multipurpose ships with a net deadweight tonnage of 11,500 tonseach transport conventional goods such as steel, project cargo and break bulk as well as 20' and 40' containers on the route. The ships operate every two weeks and are ice-classified. Depending on the cargo, they call at the various terminals in St. Petersburg, such as KCTL, Tetramet and St. Petersburg Terminal.

    Main Russian Ports
    •Primorsk
    •Ust-Luga
    •St. Petersburg
    •Murmansk
    •Vysotsk
    •Others: Kaliningrad, Black Sea Ports, Archangelsk, Siberian & Far East Ports




2018 August 22

09:08 Atlantic RoRo Carriers makes its first vessel call at The Port of Philadelphia
08:35 Maersk Line introduces digital rate distribution solution

2018 August 21

18:28 JMS-designed RV Virginia is launched, to be delivered to VIMS
18:11 UCL Ports’ Multipurpose Reloading Complex invests heavily in development
18:02 Railway to Sabetta to be built on a concession basis, regional official says
17:24 Ukrainian seaports see a 2.5% decline in Jan-Jul cargo volumes, to 73.9 million tonnes
17:12 Equinor extends contract with Prosafe for Safe Boreas
16:16 M/V RK-19 drydocking and refit begins at Delo Group’s Aleksino Port Marina Shiprepair Yard
16:12 V.Group launches project ‘Embark’ to transform crewing
15:31 Team Tankers reports Q2 net income of $4.4 million
15:11 MOL announces additional investment in PKT Logistics Group, Malaysia
14:47 Kenia Port Authority takes delivery of new 75bp tugboat Eugene
14:31 GasLog inks new charter agreements, orders LNG carrier duo
13:38 All-Russian Aquarobotech 2018 marine robotics competition kicks off in Vladivostok
13:08 Fangcun Port in China to close effective 1st October 2018
13:02 Ministry of Natural Resources offers to set up the NSR development project office
12:24 Far East ports bunker prices open the week on a bearish note
12:08 CMA CGM announces PSS from Asia, India, the Middle East and America to Nigeria
11:21 OSCE mission barred from access to the Russian flagged tanker detained in Kherson port
11:13 Wärtsilä to build Smart Technology Hub, next-generation innovation and production centre in Finland
11:08 MSC slows ships to help protect whales in U.S. waters
10:41 Baltic Dry Index adds 4 pts to 1727 points
10:28 Port of Long Beach box volume rose 11.3% in Jan-Jul to 4.64 million TEUs
10:17 Crude oil futures gain slightly to $72.23 in London and to $65.53 in New York
10:08 HELCOM publishes report on sewage port reception facilities in the Baltic Sea
09:29 Port of Los Angeles seven-month container volumes down 2.59% to 5.14 million TEUs
09:08 Port of Long Beach approves Toyota's Green Terminal makeover
08:26 Crowley successfully supports Appomattox platform tow-out in the U.S. Gulf

2018 August 20

18:26 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard delivers sixth serial oil barge BELMAX 6 of ROB20 design
18:06 Dan-Bunkering expands and merges with Australian company
17:36 Carbon Trust and Fistuca announce successful execution of offshore test of innovative new installation technology
17:26 Russian owners, operators stop shipping to Ukraine for fear of loosing cargo
17:09 ESL Shipping takes delivery of eco-friendly bulk carrier Haaga
17:05 Teekay LNG Partners mandates banks to arrange Fixed Income Investor Call
16:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
16:05 Royal Wagenborg's m.v. Nassauborg discharges timber in Alexandria
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
15:02 Maersk and Vopak to launch 0,5% sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam
14:48 SHI awarded contract for LNG carrier duo from Celsius Tankers
14:23 Spot market price for Russian M100 product ended last week higher at an average of RUB 18,212 / pmt
13:21 Baltic Shipyard loads heavyweight propulsion units onto the 60MW LK-60 nuclear-powered icebreaker URAL
13:11 APL's Eagle Express Service delivers X-factor in Los Angeles
12:13 Golden Ocean Group to equip its 16 Capsize vessels with scrubbers
12:10 ANL to implement Operational Cost Recovery Surcharge in Chittagong Port
11:07 Port of Vyborg volumes in first seven months rose 28% to 970,000 tonnes
10:57 Golden Ocean announces Q2 2018 results
10:17 Crude oil futures prices edge down to $71.61 in London, in New York to $64.95
10:03 Port of Everett breaks ground on $36 mln South Terminal Wharf Modernization Project
10:03 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1723 points
09:57 Chinese Blockchain Company Yuanben to protect the safety of global maritime freight data
09:36 Box traffic at busiest Chinese ports in Jan-Jul rose 4.1% to 5.36 billion tons
09:28 Port of Hong Kong seven-month box volumes drop 4.4% to 11,5 million TEUs
08:44 Kongsberg Maritime wins contracts for nine hybrid Ro-Ro vessels

2018 August 19

08:19 CMA CGM announces GRR from UAE to East Africa
08:14 Maersk Line introduces Peak Season Surcharge – Scope World to Apapa, Nigeria and Tin Can Island Port, Nigeria
08:12 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
08:07 Maersk Line increases rates from Middle East & Indian sub-continent to North America

2018 August 18

08:03 Port of Oakland to build Seaport Logistics Complex
08:00 CMA CGM announces PSS from Europe, Scandinavia, Black Sea and West Med to Indian Ocean islands
07:57 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe