InterManager Daily News 29.12.2021.

1. EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven launches automation project

EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW) is planning to convert its container handling operations in the coming years from a manual process to an automated system. The respective automation project will get underway in January 2022. The project has an investment volume of around 150 million euros over the next three years. The terminal is expecting to carry out its first automated berthing operations as early as 2024.

2. Chemours Supplier award to Odfjell Terminals Houston

Odfjell Terminals Houston has been selected to receive the 2021 Chemours Supplier Award. The award acknowledges ‘the companies that have distinguished themselves by driving quality, innovation and sustainability improvements in Chemours’ supply chain’. The award was granted following a selection process where Chemours chose four of its more than 10,000 suppliers at the global level. Long-term partnership and sustainability performance improvement were the key elements guiding the selection.

3. The Port Authority of Valencia carries out an eco-efficiency analysis as part of the ECOPORT III project

The eco-efficiency study has been carried out by researchers from the Centre for Research in Project Management, Innovation and Sustainability (PRINS) of the Universitat Politècnica de València. The PAV also has Eco-efficiency Guides to promote sustainability criteria in companies in the port areas of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandia.

4. Record breaking year for Wolfurt-Rotterdam TransFER

Rail Cargo Group started the connection in 2016, delivering 6,686 TEU that year. “The growth since can be attributed on the one hand to the attractivity of the port itself”, explains Berhard Ebner, Business Unit Manager Intermodal of the Austrian company. “On the other hand, we have succeeded in persuading our customers of the quality and commercial efficiency of our Wolfurt–Rotterdam TransFER. This train connects Western Europe with economic centres in South and South-eastern Europe, like Koper and Trieste. In addition, a direct connection to other Austrian terminals is provided.”

5. Captain and first officer of the Wakashio sentenced

The captain and first officer of the Wakashio bulk carrier which smashed into a coral reef off Mauritius, unleashing the Indian Ocean archipelago’s worst environmental disaster, will be released imminently after their 20-month sentence was commuted yesterday. The vessel’s captain and first officer were found guilty of “endangering safe navigation”Their lawyer says good behaviour and time already served in jail means a 20-month sentence will be commuted

6. Sumitomo leads the ammonia-fuelled charge

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation is spearheading ammonia-fuelled ship developments both at home and overseas. The giant trading house has launched a project to design and develop an ammonia-fuelled 80,000 dwt dry bulk carrier together with Oshima Shipbuilding with a planned first ship due to deliver by 2025.

7. EU Weighs Sweeping New Powers to Maintain Supplies During Crises

The European Union is weighing a broad set of new powers, including possible export controls, that would give it the ability to protect the bloc’s supply chain during periods of crisis. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will unveil the proposal as soon as the spring, according to an EU official familiar with the plan.

8. New Pipeline Leak in Southern California Waters

Officials in California are investigating a new pipeline leak in San Pedro Bay, California, near the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Over the weekend, California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response confirmed that DCOR, LLC has been identified as a responsible party after reports of sheens off Bolsa Chica State Beach, adjacent to Huntington Beach.

9. Logistics Hiring Surge In California’s Inland Empire Can’t Satisfy Demand

The number of people working in transportation and warehousing near the nation’s busiest port complex in Southern California has surged almost 24% during the Covid-19 pandemic, but even so, plenty of vacancies remain. Between February 2020 and October 2021, the number of workers in these industries in a logistics-heavy region known as the Inland Empire rose by 36,500 to 192,100, according to an analysis by the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the University of California, Riverside School of Business.

10. Rotterdam First Ever European Port To Surpass 15 Million TEU

THE Port of Rotterdam increased throughput 7.8 per cent year on year in the first nine months to 15 million TEU, reports London’s Port Technology. It was the first European port to surpass 15 million TEU within a year. Transshipment box numbers grew more than tonnage due to a sharp decline in the average weight of full containers, said the report. Transport prices have sharply risen over the past few quarters also.


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