• 2021 July 27 18:34

    Port of Kaohsiung wins International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) 2021 Award

    The Port of Kaohsiung has been named the honored recipient of the 2021 World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) award for Resilient Physical Infrastructure. The WPSP award results were announced yesterday (June 24th) by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), according to the company's release.

    This year, Port of Kaohsiung represented Taiwan's international commercial port group in IAPH's WPSP award program, submitting its Master Plan for Future Development and Construction (2017-2021) for consideration in the "Resilient Physical Infrastructure" category. During the first round of judging (70% of the final score), the IAPH panel gave high marks to Port of Kaohsiung's construction and environmental planning in Phase-2 of the Intercontinental Container Terminal (ICT) project and to the port's development of Kao Port Park and construction of the Great Harbor Pedestrian Bridge. The panel score secured Port of Kaohsiung's position as a top-three finalist alongside Australia's Port of Brisbane and the United States' Port of San Diego. The second round of judging (30% of the final score) tallied the results of online public voting.

    IAPH launched the World Ports Sustainability Program in 2018 to recognize the global leadership of ports in contributing to sustainable development in the following five facets: resilient physical infrastructure; climate and energy; health, safety, and security; community outreach and port-city dialogue; and governance and ethics. Each facet relates directly to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, and treats the port and overall environment as one.

    The Port of Kaohsiung submitted the Master Plan for Future Development and Construction (2017-2021) as the core of its submission for consideration for the 2021 WPSP Resilient Physical Infrastructure Award. This plan details the innovative and sustainable approaches taken in constructing the port's new ICT in terms of new land reclamation, dredging and backfill, sand-extraction monitoring, energy and carbon reduction measures, green construction methods, and innovative workarounds for project bottlenecks, as well as the successes achieved in renovating and rejuvenating the port's Old Port District.

    The main objectives of Port of Kaohsiung's most recent 5-year Master Plan were to address the pressing need to efficiently handle increasingly large commercial vessels, to effectively service the evolving needs of domestic and international trade environments, and to relocate the more than 300 petrochemical storage tanks and related facilities in the Old Port District away from downtown Kaohsiung City in order to facilitate the synergistic development of both port and city and consolidate/streamline key industry operations at the port. Thus, working to proactively resolve chronic, long-term differences between the port and city, Port of Kaohsiung initiated comprehensive plans to relocate highly polluting, highly dangerous petrochemical and heavy industrial operations from sections of the port adjacent to downtown Kaohsiung City to newly reclaimed land along the Taiwan Strait. In addition, green and eco-friendly construction methods were used in the construction of new port facilities, a segregation strategy was implemented for arriving and departing vessels, and state-of-the-art environmental protection facilities were installed. Furthermore, the Old Port District was revitalized and reinvigorated via projects such as KW2, Kao Port Park, and the Great Harbor Pedestrian Bridge, creating new, vibrant links between port and city. The port's Master Plan and associated action items thus paved the way forward for continued commercial and industrial development at the port while bringing port and city closer together and creating new, blue horizons for port-city cooperation and mutual prosperity.

    The Port of Kaohsiung ICT project is Taiwan's largest marine engineering project in recent decades, with major related components including construction of an outer breakwater, coastal berths, and reclaimed land. In line with eco-sustainability principles, the ICT project incorporates key water ecology protection / conservation initiatives. The completed ICT will provide multiple new, deep-water wharves able to handle the world's largest container ships, add significant new land area for associated commercial activity, resolve the port's need for land to relocate near-city petrochemical storage tanks, and significantly streamline general port operations. Overall, these changes are advancing the Port of Kaohsiung further toward striking an optimal, 'eco-port' balance among the priorities of industry, society, and environmentally sustainable development. Importantly, Port of Kaohsiung's Master Plan for Future Development and Construction (2017-2021) solidly hits a number of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, most notably including "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure", "Climate Action", "Affordable and Clean Energy", "Life Below Water", "Life on Land", "Sustainable Cities and Communities", and "Good Health and Well-Being".

    In recent years, in addition to strategically diversifying its core operations, Port of Kaohsiung has placed significant emphasis on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility as part of a coordinated effort to become one of the world's best-run ports. Beyond regularly maintaining ESPO EcoPorts certification, which it has consistently held since 2014, Port of Kaohsiung is deepening its eco-sustainability-related commitments and action. The results of this year's IAPH WPSP awards program focus international recognition and affirmation on the practical results achieved by the environmental protection efforts of Taiwan's ports.

2021 September 24

15:03 Maersk invests in electrofuels startup company
14:40 International conference “Inland waterways: strategic potential for growth” focused on INFUTURE project was held on September 20
14:13 Dredge spoil disposal system planned for fairway deepening project
13:57 LAS Vice Admiral Kulakov went to the Atlantic
13:33 Wärtsilä ensures optimal performance and minimal carbon footprint for world’s most environmentally friendly ferry
13:09 Wan Hai Lines holds online ship naming ceremony for new vessels
12:38 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launched unmanned research ship Pioner-M
12:10 Record mid-year cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver in 2021
11:46 SCF Group wins sci-tech award for development in Arctic exploration
11:02 Rolls-Royce and Overmarine continue cooperation with future-oriented mtu technologies
10:07 Tallink Grupp secures another short-term charter deal for vessel Silja Europa
09:59 MPA, SSA and GCNS sign MoU to raise carbon accounting capabilities amongst maritime companies in Singapore
09:41 MABUX: Global Bunker Market may continue firm upward trend on Sept 24
09:24 Crude oil prices continue increasing
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of September 23

2021 September 23

18:05 Maersk calls Jafza home for its first Warehousing & Distribution facility in the UAE
17:25 GTT and Deltamarin receive AiP from American Bureau of Shipping for their new design applied for LNG fueled tanker
17:05 LR grows fleet optimisation offering with GreenSteam acquisition
16:25 The Port of Rotterdam Authority helps German DeltaPort to be a regional hydrogen hub
16:15 Panama Canal joins to the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
15:39 Dry cargo vessel of RSD59 design, Alexander Ivanov, leaves for sea trials
15:21 ABS grants AIP for next generation liquified CO2 carrier JDP designs
15:05 Synergy Group to take over Maersk Tankers’ technical management business
14:37 DNV and LISCR award AiP to HHI for 40,000 CBM liquefied CO2 carrier design
14:17 Kaliningrad region and FESCO to cooperate in the field of logistics
13:48 Damen can build icebreaking ships for Russia’s Arctic projects within short timeframes
13:25 Sweden’s largest port solar cell system inaugurated at Stockholm Norvik Port
13:15 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 38, 2021
12:56 Keel-laying of Damen tug series for Atomflot held in Saint-Petersburg
12:51 MSC invests in new efficiency solution to reduce emissions from fleet
11:00 13th Annual Capital Link Shipping & Marine Services Forum took place with great success on September 13, 2021
11:00 Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines sign partnership to cooperate on smart ship and autonomous ship control solutions
10:34 APM Terminals partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals
09:58 Torqeedo and Fassmer Shipyard announce the CIT-E Ferry - a passenger ferry for public transport
09:46 MABUX: Global Bunker Market may demonstrate firm upward evolution on Sept 23
09:29 Crude oil prices continue increasing
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of September 22

2021 September 22

18:05 ClassNK joins as signatory to Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
17:47 Localization level of LK-60 icebreakers estimated at 92% in finance terms
17:20 Torvald Klaveness joins over 150 industry leaders and organizations in call for decisive government action to enable full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050
16:55 SC Zvezda counts on signing contracts for 10 tankers under Vostok Oil project in October 2021
16:31 Transition to unmanned navigation and navigation with reduced crews will be possible in Russia in three years
16:30 LR, HHI and KSOE sign MoU to develop digital twin technology for an LNG carrier
16:10 APM Terminals Pipavav marks 1,000 days of safe operations
15:39 Wärtsilä and SHI agree to collaborate on ammonia fuelled engines for future newbuilds
15:14 NAVTEK proves first zero-emissions tugboat performance
14:43 Additional EUR 90 million to be invested in Saimaa Canal infrastructure development
14:14 Valmet AB orders Agilon automated warehouse solution and overhead cranes from Konecranes
13:57 Northern Sea Route will be covered with satellite communication services – expert
13:16 ABB’s Eero Lehtovaara appointed Chair of EU association Waterborne Technology Platform
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12:04 Big Data Exchange, National University of Singapore and Sembcorp Marine to explore development of sustainable ocean Data centres
11:31 Russia’s Inland Water Transport Development Concept aimed at raising IWW cargo traffic by 65%
11:08 Pier T Terminal in the Port of Long Beach begins pilot program for 24-hour cargo pickup
10:40 Vadim Shpityak appointed as General Manager of Moby Dik and Yanino Logistic Park
10:15 Tollerort to become preferred hub for COSCO services
09:57 More than 300 ships to be built by 2032 under subsidized leasing programmes
09:40 Crude oil prices increase on reduction of reserves
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09:22 Baltic Dry Index as of September 21