• 2018 July 19 18:23

    MPA and Port of Rotterdam Authority to continue cooperation in information exchange and R&D

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D) today, at the sidelines of the 4th Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) held in Long Beach, USA from 16 to 18 July 2018. The Port of Long Beach is the first USA port to host PAR, MPA said in its press release.

    2 Since the commencement of the MoU in 2015, MPA and PoR have been working together in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management Systems. The renewal of the MoU, signed by Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and Mr Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of PoR, seeks to further the collaboration between the two counterparts in port digitalisation, port services, port safety and operations and handling of autonomous vessels in port.

    3 Mr Tan said, “This renewal of the MoU between PoR and MPA reaffirms the commitment of both parties to jointly collaborate and exchange best practices and new ideas. Collaboration in maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and innovation not only fosters partnerships between MPA and PoR, but also benefits the maritime innovation ecosystem.”

    4 “In a rapidly changing world, it has become more important than ever to join forces with other international partners to see how we can make our ports better, safer, smarter and more efficient. This renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the MPA and PoR is a good example of this. Together, we are working on the port of the future by exchanging knowledge,” said Mr Castelein.

    4th Port Authorities’ Roundtable

    5 Inaugurated by MPA in 2015, PAR is a key platform for leaders of port authorities to gather and discuss key issues of mutual interest, exchange best practices and promote closer collaboration. PAR 2018 was hosted by Long Beach with the theme “The Port of the Future” and topics discussed included optimising port operations of the future, integrating ports and cities: sustainability & stewardship, protecting ports in the future and preparing the workforce of the future. PAR2018 saw a total of 14 participating port authorities, including Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Montreal Port Authority and Barcelona Port Authority which participated for the first time.

    6 Mr Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), was the guest speaker at the event and spoke on the “Emerging Trends Affecting Port Authorities”. He said “Geo-political developments, shipping strategies, digitisation and climate change present multiple challenges for port authorities worldwide. Through leadership in sustainability and deeper forms of cross-border cooperation, port authorities will be in a stronger position to meet these trends and secure prosperity for their local communities.”

    7 Mr Tan delivered a segment on “Digital Strategies for Next Generation Port”. He shared on MPA’s latest digitalisation initiatives in the areas of port, shipping and services. He also spoke about PIER71, MPA’s Maritime Technology Acceleration Programme and MPA Living Lab as a platform to experiment with new concepts of operations.

    8 “This gathering of leaders from the world’s most esteemed port authorities helps all of us pursue that goal of making a better future for our ports and the economies and communities we serve,” said Mr Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach.

    9. Mr Xiao Hui, Director for Comprehensive Planning Division from the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission said, “The Shanghai Port is very glad to attend PAR for the first time. We have learnt from the experience of each port and look forward to promote common port initiatives through further collaboration.”

    10 “We would like to thank the Port of Long Beach for hosting PAR 2018 and we are pleased to welcome new participants, namely Port of Shanghai, Port of Montreal and Port of Barcelona this year. With PAR participants bringing with them their expertise and ideas, we look forward to the continued collaborations between like-minded ports for PAR to be a high-level key platform to exchange best practices, new ideas and solutions. These exchanges are key in light of emerging trends such as the automation and digitalisation of the industry as well as maritime talent issues that are affecting port authorities,” said Mr Tan.




2019 February 19

17:03 Jan De Nul and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh enter into agreement for the development and dredging of access channels, turning basins, anchorages and berthing areas
16:29 TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL join forces to establish Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam-Corridor
16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
16:03 MOL conducts underwater drone demonstration test for vessel bottom inspection
15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
13:33 Ecochlor announces BWMS retrofit contract with Alaskan Tanker Company
13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
12:24 Social allocations of Multipurpose Reloading Complex grew by 22% YoY to RUB 3.8 million in 2018
12:01 Rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg up to 398,000 TEUs in 2018
11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
11:41 Port of Hamburg sets record for seaport-hinterland rail traffic in 2018
11:39 IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week
11:18 Concordia Damen celebrates naming of innovative Sendo Liner
11:15 ASCO hosted a training course for instructors
10:47 24 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 18-19
10:22 ABP bolsters business with paper company joining Port of Hull
09:58 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.42% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $56.19
09:40 BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 643 points

2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
17:36 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:41 MAN Energy Solutions launches new TCT turbocharger series
16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting
15:02 Suez Canal extends its dry bulk vessels tolls reduction
14:43 Gazprom and Almaz-Antey Corporation sign contract for batch manufacturing of subsea production equipment
14:20 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 15,842 in RF spot market
14:02 MOL Chemical Tankers acquires 20% share of Dutch tank container company Den Hartogh
13:39 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress to gather over 200 Russian and foreign participants
13:15 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia Japan service network for 2019
12:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port and Damen sign contract on delivery of tug by summer 2019
12:18 33 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 17-18
11:53 World Maritime University signs MoU with Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
11:30 Coastal fish assessments to continue in Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
11:07 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on ultra-luxury cruise ship "Silver Moon"
10:55 Finnpilot Pilotage amendments its service terms during validity of winter assistance restrictions
10:26 ASCO is interested in cooperation with prominent shipping companies
10:07 Diana Shipping announces the sale of two Panamax dry bulk vessels and time charter contracts for m/v Crystalia and m/v Maera with Glencore
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.17% to $66.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $56.23
09:21 Baltic Dry Index is up to 639 points
09:07 Panama Canal Board of Directors appoints new Canal Administrator and Deputy Administrator
08:07 IMO conducts training course to enhance maritime security in Kenya
07:32 Valencia hosts first internal technical meeting of European project “H2PORTS - Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports”

2019 February 17

16:59 Coast Guard responds to vessel fire near Rockport, Texas
15:09 Kleven Shipyard delivers to Maersk the AHTS Maersk Maker
14:33 Danube high-speed low-wash ferry offers new level of efficiency and reliability
13:21 Interorient Marine Services Ltd. convicted and sentenced for oil discharge
12:39 USCG assists in rescue of five people from sunken vessel near Dutch Harbor
11:01 European ports welcome agreement on the European Maritime Single Window environment

2019 February 16

16:15 Ribbon-cutting kicks off ICTSI´s Batumi terminal expansion project
14:42 Höegh’s RoRo solution chosen for 112MT Transformer shipment
13:28 Torqeedo wins Innovation Award at Miami International Boat Show for powerful new inboard electric propulsion system
12:13 Telford Offshore beefs up its fleet
10:26 Chevron inks new LNG agreement with GS Caltex