• 2018 September 20 13:04

    Port of Antwerp works on structural solutions to improve mobility

    One year ago Antwerp Port Authority and private sector companies announced their commitment to reduce the mobility pressure on freight transport and personal transport, with temporary, short-term measures in addition to structural, long-term solutions, the company said in its press release.

    "Mobility is one of our five strategic spearheads. To ensure further sustainable growth of the port in future, it must remain accessible both to people and to goods," explains Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. "But the current mobility situation is a serious drag on companies in the port. There is no silver bullet for the problem of mobility in and around Antwerp. We are assuming our social responsibility by searching for structural solutions together with the entire port community, both for goods and for personal transport."

    LIST OF INITIATIVES FOR GOODS TRANSPORT:

    Night logistics: an appeal to the community

    A Night Logistics Action Plan has been set up and workshops with all the parties involved (shippers, forwarders, shipping companies, terminals, agents, hauliers etc.) will begin in October. With this project the Port Authority seeks to emphasise its role as community builder.
     
    New and upgraded parking facilities

    In order to deal with the problem of the lack of parking space in the port, a large, modern truck park is being built on the Left bank. This will offer space for 370 trucks, with all modern facilities including toilets and showers, wifi, camera surveillance and vending machines. It will also be energy-neutral, thanks to solar panels. There is already a truck park with 200 spaces on the Right bank, where the facilities will be expanded and modernised on the model of the Left bank. Once planning permission has been obtained this truck park is expected to be in use by the summer of 2020. The Port Authority is investing 8.3 million euros in this project.
     
    Streamlining container barge transport

    In the barge transport sector, Antwerp Port Authority signed a Container Barge Action Plan earlier this year with three main components, namely scheduling & collaboration, consolidation and digitisation. These measures in combination should make container barge transport more efficient, for all partners in the supply chain. Various pilot projects will start this autumn.

    One pilot project for consolidation of small container volumes is due to start on 5 November 2018. As of that date only barges with a minimum of 30 moves per call (loading plus unloading) will be allowed to call directly at the shipping terminals in the port. Another trial project in the Container Barge Action Plan is "Central Barge Scheduling" which comes into operation on 1 October. There will then be a single, central scheduling unit for barge loading and unloading operations. The schedules drawn up by this unit will be followed by the various container terminals in the port, including PSA, DP World and MPET, with the help of scheduling software and the BTS berth reservation system. Having a single, central point of contact will also make the scheduling cycle simpler and more efficient. This in turn will benefit the consolidation project, since there will be closer coordination between the central scheduling unit and the consolidation hubs.

    Doubling the share of rail transport

    Rail at present only accounts for 7% of transport within the port, a situation that urgently needs to change. In addition to promoting barge transport the Port Authority aims to put its full support behind rail transport, with the aim of doubling the amount of use made of rail in the next five years. Responsibility for making this happen has been assumed by Railport, a joint initiative by Antwerp Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation and the industry associations essenscia Flanders and Voka Alfaport. Nils van Vliet was appointed CEO in June this year, and after a period of studies and pilot projects for distributed transport his task will be to introduce practical initiatives for improving and promoting rail transport. In the meantime constructive discussions have started with Infrabel to develop a new management model for rail infrastructure within the port, in order to make rail transport more flexible and efficient.

    Port Authority Mobility Manager Tom Verlinden explains: "To improve mobility in and around the port we aim to create a modal shift that brings the share of truck transport down from 55% to 43% by the year 2030. To help achieve this we want to double the share of rail transport to 15% and to raise the barge share from 38% to 42%. At the moment we are already getting 2.1 million trucks off the road annually thanks to barge transport. That's more than 8000 trucks per day, which is to say we avoid a continuous line of trucks 120 km long. Further gains in efficiency can only improve this situation."
     
    LIST OF INITIATIVES FOR PERSONAL TRANSPORT:

    Water Bus, a crucial success
    Since first being introduced on 1 July 2017 the Water Bus has carried more than 300,000 passengers. The Port Authority now seeks to further promote this form of water mobility in combination with bicycle traffic, in collaboration with the other stakeholders. The Water Bus service will therefore be extended from 8 October onwards. Next year there will be a third expansion, on the Albert canal.
     
    Bike Bus, another successful initiative

    The Bike Bus for its part has already carried more than 50,000 commuter passengers since the service started on 3 April, representing an average of 9000 to 10,000 passengers per month. Meantime, further improvements have been made to the service. A web app was recently launched that allows users to track the buses in real time. And to offer alternatives for yet more commuters, an interlinked system of bus transport and a collective electric bike system in the port area is planned for next year.
     
    Safe cycling

    In addition to the above initiatives the Port Authority is investing in safe cycling infrastructure. This will improve cycling mobility, safety and convenience over a wide area where there is no public transport.
    "Together with the port community and employees we are working to create an accessible port," says Tom Verlinden. "We are offering numerous possibilities as an alternative to avoid the traffic jams. The Water Bus and Bike Bus are good examples of the modal split for personal transport, making the port a good deal more accessible for soft, alternative means of commuter traffic for the 60,000 employees in the port."




2018 October 18

17:33 The first vessel in Klaveness Combination Carriers next generation of combination carriers named at New Yangzi Shipyard in China
17:17 Cargo transportation via Northern Sea Route can reach 17 million tonnes in 2018
17:03 Savannah container trade up 12 percent in September 2018
16:55 PGRK: sales strategy of Pavlovskoye deposit project is focused on foreign markets
16:33 SITC Logistics Group signs strategic cooperation agreement with Chengdu Port Investment Group and Guangzhou Port Logistics Group
16:03 NYK and Horiba to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships
15:34 Thames freight volume rises by 40% as Thames Vision strategy starts to bear fruit
15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority and research institute TNO present results of the study at IMO meeting
15:31 Dublin Port volumes grow by 4.7% in first nine months. By year end, 36% growth in just six years
15:03 Chinese Lingang group invests 85 million euros in Zeebrugge inner port
14:47 Practical aspects of LNG bunkering to be discussed at the dedicated conference in Moscow on October 24
14:33 Nouryon, Tata Steel, and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop the largest green hydrogen cluster in Europe
14:24 Bunker prices may change irregular next week amid rising volatility on global fuel market, expert says
14:11 Tallink and Rauma marine constructions sign letter of intent for the construction of new shuttle ferry
14:02 VesselMan and DNV GL team up to offer optimized solution for dry-docking management
13:30 Project Forward paves the way for meeting IMO’s reduction on CO2 emissions
13:14 Equinor’s share saving plan allocates shares
13:02 Damen Shipyards Group and Abu Dhabi Ports sign contract for two Damen ASD Tugs 2411
12:52 Volumes transported by TransContainer’s flatcars and containers grew by 5.1% Y-o-Y to 1.38 million TEUs
12:43 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for M/V Astarte with Glencore
12:40 Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf adds three new certifications
12:30 Vympel Shipyard launches third coast guard boat of Project 1496М1, Lamantin, for FSB Border Guard Service
12:11 Equinor focuses NCS portfolio through sale of non-core discovery
11:51 Securitas Technology BV installing cameras in the Port of Rotterdam
11:28 HII starts fabrication of amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8)
10:55 Seafarers’ mental health is focus of new training programme offered free to mariners worldwide
10:51 RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet detachment to conduct exercise East China Sea
10:13 Ulstein secures contract for design of Jones Act compliant SOV vessel
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.07% to $79.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.1% to $67.61
09:39 Myanmar officials trained in forming maritime transport policy
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,554 points

2018 October 17

18:03 PGNiG and Venture Global LNG announce LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements for 2 million tonnes per year
17:46 The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China
17:22 Port Manatee enjoys record fiscal year with diverse growth
17:00 North Sea Port and Titan LNG successfully supply sea-going vessel with LNG fuel
16:55 33 LNG carriers and 8 gas condensate carriers with export cargo left port Sabetta in April-June 2018
16:24 Baku International Sea Trade Port launches two new tugboats
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama trade
15:46 New BIMCO & IBIA Bunkering Guide available
15:23 NOVATEK and Fluxys plan to build an LNG terminal in Rostock
15:02 NYK develops original software that diagnoses combustion chamber problems
14:40 RF Government allocates RUB 8.4 billion for the Far East development
14:21 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreements
14:03 CMA CGM implements Empty Repositioning Surcharge for exports from all Turkish ports
13:32 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation Borssele I & II
13:21 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 9M’18 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 95.9 million tonnes
13:04 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Asia-Africa trade
12:30 GTT and Dongsung Finetec sign a Memorandum of Understanding
12:02 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and partners sign MoU for 3D printing facility and applications in maritime sector
11:53 Identifying barriers to cutting emissions through just-in-time operations
11:27 Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt joins V.Group
10:50 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $81.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.06% to $71.88
10:42 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Europe-Africa trade
10:37 Damen Shipyards Galati hands over 74-metre fishery research vessel to Angolan government
10:27 Maritime Arctic Competence Center opens in Saint-Petersburg
09:42 KN invests in environmental protection measures
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,578 points

2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 9M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 10.65 million tonnes