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The Port handled 2,601,162 lorries in 2017 – up on the previous record by almost 10,000 units. It brings the total increase over the last five years to just under 650,000 units or 33% per cent.

This continued growth, says Port of Dover Chief Executive Tim Waggott, is proof that Dover continues to be the port of choice for hauliers travelling to and from Europe – the UK’s largest trading partner.

The latest figures, released today, also underline the need for a post-Brexit trade deal that ensures continued traffic fluidity at this crucial export/import gateway which handles up to 17% of the UK’s entire trade in goods worth up to an estimated £122 billion last year. As Europe’s busiest ferry port, there remains no substitutable capacity elsewhere in the UK to handle Dover’s trade volumes.

Mr Waggott said: “We offer supply chains the shortest sea crossing between the UK and the Continent and, as such, will continue to be the most efficient strategic choice for hauliers.

“The recent year-on-year increases in freight traffic through the Port and continued growth projections further highlight that this key trade route connecting Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe is vital to the UK’s economic prosperity as well as the rest of the EU.

“With Brexit talks about to move on to trade, it is essential that all sides commit to the right solution to ensure fluidity at Dover and the wider trade corridor along with a more resilient strategic road network to support it. Jobs and livelihoods depend on it.”

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) – one of the UK’s largest trades associations, representing the interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air – echoed Mr Waggott’s calls on post-Brexit trade requirements.

James Hookham, the FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The ease with which vehicles and their loads can pass through Dover and the French ports will be a big test of the post-Brexit arrangement. With Ro-Ro traffic growing at the current rates, getting clarification on how any future Customs procedures at Dover and elsewhere will work is the top priority for European logistics and supply chain managers in 2018.”

Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at British Chambers of Commerce, agreed. She said: “It is great news that the Port of Dover is setting records, demonstrating its importance as a route for trade with Europe.

“It is therefore now important to ensure that ports and businesses all across the UK get clarity as our trading relationship with the EU changes.

“The UK Government must ensure to maintain customs cooperation with the EU, minimise customs administration at the border, as well as commit to infrastructure projects that facilitate the flow of goods to and from Europe.”

And Jean-Marc Puissesseau, President-General Manager of Port Boulogne Calais, added his support for fluid trade post-Brexit. He said: “Like the Port of Dover, the Port of Calais is expecting to confirm record freight traffic this year, with 2 million heavy goods vehicles passing through in 2017.

“Forecast growth in freight traffic on both sides of the Channel in the coming years proves that the Calais / Dover route, the shortest and most economical route, remains a strategic choice for the transport and logistics industry.

“It is essential for the Port of Calais and its hinterland that this traffic flow is maintained and that the ongoing discussions between Europe and Great Britain over Brexit ensure the route’s durability.”

Record-breaking cruise season in Copenhagen

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The cruise season was a successful one for Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP. Copenhagen welcomed 850,000 passengers, setting a new record. CMP is now investing in continued growth. A new terminal is being built in Copenhagen, and as from April 2018 Visby will form part of CMP’s cruise operations.

Cruise operations continue to have the wind in their sails. As the figures for 2017 are added up, CMP has welcomed 325 ships and 850,000 passengers to Copenhagen. This is a new passenger record, which is partly the result of the ships becoming bigger and bigger.

“Last season we welcomed 15 larger ships, each with around 4,000 passengers. That number increased many times over this year, as we welcomed 55 such ships. Although the number of passengers increased, we’ve also managed to maintain our high levels of service and quality. That’s something I take pride in,” says Arnt Møller Pedersen, COO Cruise & Ferries, Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.

153 of the visits were what are referred to as turnaround calls, where passengers start or end their cruise in Copenhagen. During the season, CMP played host to 72 different vessels from 36 shipping companies.

“The last call of the summer season was made by the ship Aidavita at Langelinie. We now have six Christmas and New Year cruises scheduled before the season finally comes to an end,” says Arnt Møller Pedersen.

Next year the number of ships calling at Copenhagen will increase to 337 and the number of passengers to 875,000. At the same time, CMP will be welcome nine ships to Malmö with a total of 10,000 passengers.

Operations will be extended next April, when the new cruise terminal in Visby opens and CMP takes over its operation. Visby is expected to welcome 90,000 passengers in 2018, twice the level it saw this year.

Södra’s port becomes fossil-fuel free

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Photographer: Sofia Ernerot

Södra’s port in Mönsterås will become completely free from fossil fuels in October. All work vehicles and cranes at the port will begin using HVO* diesel – a completely fossil-free alternative to standard diesel.

Södra’s port has four cranes and 16 work vehicles. Together, these handle about three million tonnes of freight each year. The freight is loaded for transport to Europe by land and sea and includes 430,000 tonnes of paper pulp and 170,000 m³ of sawn timber. This will now be carried out using only fossil-free HVO diesel.

“As a representative of a green industry, we consider this an obvious next step,” said Niclas Strömqvist, Site Manager at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

The switchover at the port began in the spring of 2017 and was completed at the end of September. The move is part of Södra’s sustainability targets that aim to achieve fossil-free production by 2020 and fossil-free transportation by 2030 – targets adopted in 2016 and assigned the same status as Södra’s financial targets.

“Efforts have focused on examining and ensuring that the HVO diesel is compatible with existing equipment at the port. We are always on the lookout for climate-smart solutions. This is in line with how we want to act and operate as a company,” said Jörgen Erlandsson, Head of Technology, Environment and Quality at Södra’s port in Mönsterås.

HVO is both a climate-smart and economical alternative to synthetically produced petrodiesel. The raw materials for Södra’s HVO are slaughterhouse waste and rapeseed oil.

“HVO is a better environmental choice because it is 100-percent fossil-free. This means it is completely renewable and greenhouse gas emissions are substantially lower,” said Åsa Forss, Manager of Södra’s wood-chip truck fleet.

* Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

Yet another regular ocean link between the Port of Gdansk and Asia

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The Port of Gdansk’s network of regular maritime connections was enriched by yet another link, this time of the Ro-Ro type, operated by Bahri.

Bahri, the national shipping company of Saudi Arabia, specialising in the transport of general cargo, fuels, chemicals, and dry bulk cargo for nearly 40 years now, offers transport services mainly in the area of South Asia, in particular the Arabian Peninsula, North America’s east coast and Northern Europe. At the moment, apart from Gdansk, the company’s ships also regularly call at European ports such as Hamburg, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, and Bilbao.

The company’s decision to include the Port of Gdansk in its network of regular shipping links is closely connected, among others, with the performance of a big, several-year contract for the delivery of tanks signed by one of Poland’s leading manufacturers of railway cars and a Saudi railway operator.

The tanks are delivered from the south of Poland to the Port of Gdansk by rail and then rolled directly onto specialist roll trailers, on which they are loaded onto the ship. The transshipment operations are carried out by the Port Gdanski Eksploatacja (Port of Gdansk Cargo Logistics SA) company, and ship agency services are provided by Wilhelmsen Ships.

This is not the first contract of this type which is a result of the activities of Polish industry in the Arabian Peninsula, especially recently. Polish products enjoy particular interest from importers from Asia, where, apart from Polish food, the country’s industry is also highly valued. According to Eurostat data, within the last decade, domestic export increased by 35%, when expressed in tonnes. Poland’s foreign trade in this period recorded quite big increases in the case of overseas connections, including with countries such as China, India, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

For the Port of Gdansk, Polish producers’ increased export activity, especially with overseas countries, results in the activation of long-distance ocean links in new directions, and for Gdansk’s terminals – a real chance to obtain new cargo.

Bahri’s decision to select Gdansk and provide regular calls at the port at least once a month on the Dammam – Jebel Ali – Djibouti – Jeddah – Bilbao – Hamburg – Gdansk – Antwerp – Tilbury route will undoubtedly contribute not only to the enrichment of Gdansk’s network of shipping connections, but also – for the first time in Gdansk’s port – to the creation of loading opportunities for cargo directed to or from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The new ocean line also provides a real chance of increasing the participation of the Ro-Ro type of transshipments in the port’s cargo structure.

Port of Barcelona container traffic up 13% in first half

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The Port of Barcelona ended 2015 with positive results in its key traffic indicators, with record figures in foreign trade and certain strategic cargo segments such as vehicles and motorways of the sea.

Containers are a key traffic and a good barometer of the economic environment, and the Port registered 2 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units, equivalent to one 20-foot container), up 4% year on year. This growth was even higher if taken only in terms of foreign trade. Export containers at the Port of Barcelona increased by 6.5%, while on the import side there was year-on-year growth of 9%.

These results also indicate that export container traffic at the Port of Barcelona in 2015 was 52% higher than before the onset of the crisis in 2008. In addition to showing faster growth, the figures also point to a significant change in the make-up of the foreign trade handled by the Port. While imports accounted for 54% of international trade and exports for 46% in 2008, today this ratio has been inverted, with 58% of containers for export and 42% for import.

As for total traffic, an indicator that includes all cargo segments, the Port of Barcelona managed more than 47 million tonnes of freight in 2015, up 1.5% on the previous year, when the total volume was 46.3 million tonnes.

All-time record in vehicles traffic

Vehicles traffic performed very well in 2015, recording a year-on-year increase of 18%. The Port of Barcelona closed the year with 881,893 cars transported, which is an all-time record, 80,000 units more than the previous record from 2007, when 801,400 vehicles came through our facilities.

Once again, the boost in foreign trade was responsible for these results. Exports accounted for the bulk of the units handled, with 453,357 vehicles shipped to various destinations around the world (up 5%). Although in lesser measure, there was also a sharp rise in imports (172,143 units), which grew 41% thanks to the recovery of the domestic market.

21.5% increase in the use of the motorways of the sea

Another record-breaking figure was the volume of goods transported by the motorways of the sea -the short sea shipping lines connecting the Catalan capital with several destinations in Italy and North Africa. In 2015 the Port of Barcelona’s motorways of the sea channelled 136,659 ITUs (intermodal transport units, equivalent to one truck, platform or trailer), marking an increase of 21.5%.

The dynamism experienced by traffic with Italy (to which we are connected via services to Civitavecchia, Livorno, Genoa, Savona and Porto Torres) is behind this excellent performance, which translated to nearly 137,000 trucks diverted from the roads to the maritime mode. The Port of Barcelona has established itself as a leader in the Iberian Peninsula for short sea shipping traffic, a mode of transport with significant economic and environmental advantages.

More passengers in turnaround

As for passenger traffic, it is worth noting that more than 3.7 million travellers used the Port of Barcelona in 2015 (up 7%), including regular ferry users (1.1 million) and cruise passengers.

There were 2.54 million tourist cruise passengers, representing an increase of 7%. However, it should be underlined that the largest increase concerned cruise passengers in turnaround (those who begin and end their cruise in Barcelona and therefore represent a greater economic contribution to the city), who represented an 11% rise (compared to the 3% growth in passengers in transit).

First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Finland arrived at Skangas LNG import terminal in Pori

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Sunday July 10th 2016 the first shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived at the Gasum’s subsidiary Skangas LNG terminal in Pori. To be completed in August, the facility is the first LNG import terminal in Finland. LNG was brought with the time chartered Skangas Coral Energy carrier from the North West Europe. The Skangas LNG terminal is undergoing commissioning, and commercial deliveries to customers will begin in September. LNG will help diversify the Finnish energy market as it enables deliveries to industrial operators outside the gas pipeline network as well as for maritime and heavy-duty road transport.

The construction of the Skangas LNG import terminal in Pori has progressed according to the planned schedule without any accidents resulting in absence from work. The Skangas terminal project has provided 320 full-time equivalents of employment and at best the total number of people working on the site at the same time has been 230. Once operational, the terminal will employ around 10 people directly and around 50 other people indirectly.  The project’s total investment amounts to €81 million, and energy support at €23 million was granted for the terminal project by the Finnish Ministry for Employment and the Economy.

Finland’s energy market will be diversified in September 2016 once the first commercial deliveries of LNG to customers take place. LNG enables deliveries to industrial operators outside the gas pipeline network as well as for maritime and heavy-duty road transport. Access to natural gas is an important competitiveness factor for current industrial operators in the area as well as for the Port of Pori, including Porin Prosessivoima, Huntsman Pigments and Additives Oy and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy.

“As part of our progress toward a carbon-neutral society, we’re now able to improve access to energy-efficient and clean LNG as an energy alternative. LNG can help achieve significant emission cuts while also facilitating the preservation of the competitiveness of the Finnish export industry. With the Coral Energy LNG carrier now having arrived safely in Finland, we’ll be able to begin LNG deliveries to our customers immediately on the agreed schedule. I’m very pleased with the progress made with our strategy, and we’re strengthening our position as the leading LNG player in the Nordic countries,” says Gasum CEO and Chair of the Skangas Board of Directors Johanna Lamminen.

LNG meets the requirements set by the Sulphur Directive regulating shipping emissions as well as the stricter emission limits to be applied in the future. LNG can be also used to replace the use of petroleum-based fuels in industry, energy production and heavy-duty road transport. Using LNG instead of oil helps achieve significant cuts in particulate as well as sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The use of LNG also enables a switch to liquefied biogas (LBG) without any additional investments.

In 2015 Skangas supplied a total of 376,700 tonnes (5.2 TWh) of LNG in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Skangas has an LNG production plant and terminal in Risavika, Norway, LNG terminals in Øra, Norway and Lysekil, Sweden, and the Pori terminal in Finland will be opened in August 2016. Progress in the construction of the Tornio MangaLNG joint project is being made as planned, and the terminal will be completed in Tornio, Finland, in 2018.

Kalmar wins an order for 14 new Kalmar T2 terminal tractors from Abu Dhabi Terminals

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to deliver 14 new Kalmar T2 terminal tractors to Abu Dhabi Terminals’ (ADT) who operate and manage the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), which is the first semi-automated container terminal in the Middle East. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2016 second quarter order intake, with delivery taking place in the beginning of October 2016.

Neil Watson, Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Terminals, says: “Khalifa Port Container Terminal is one of the most technologically advanced and fastest growing container terminals in the world and we continuously seek ways to ensure high and consistent productivity to the benefits of our customers. Kalmar’s ability to provide quality, reliable and cost effective machines means they are a natural choice for ADT’s terminal equipment, and we look forward to building on our relationship going forward.”

Mikko Lehtinen, Director, Business Development, Terminal Tractors at Kalmar, says: “We are delighted that ADT has once again chosen Kalmar equipment to support their business operations. Kalmar has a long history with ADT and we highly value this opportunity to be part of their development activities.”  

Kalmar T2 terminal tractor was launched for the European market in the autumn of 2015. It features reliable, driver focused design, an ergonomic cabin, improved powertrain efficiency and modular construction as to allow optimised operational performance and lowest lifetime cost of ownership. Kalmar T2 is designed to operate both in the busiest distribution terminals as well as in heavier (LoLo) port operations.

Kalmar delivers eight diesel-electric straddle carriers to Port of Tauranga in New Zealand

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won an order to deliver eight diesel-electric straddle carriers to the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2015 fourth quarter and 2016 first quarter order intakes, with delivery taking place during 2016.

Located on New Zealand’s North Island, the Port of Tauranga is the country’s largest container terminal and premier freight gateway, with a current annual volume of 930,000 TEU. With significant land holdings, the port’s key strength lies in its ability to grow to meet customer requirements and market demands, particularly the trend towards ever-larger container vessels. The port has invested NZD350 million over five years in order to prepare for these larger vessels.

Port of Tauranga currently operates a fleet of 28 Kalmar straddle carriers. The straddle carriers are used for loading road trucks and rail wagons, as well as for transporting containers to and from the quay cranes. The Port of Tauranga has been gradually switching over to diesel-electric straddle carriers to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. The terminal is also using Terminal Operating System (TOS) from Navis, part of Cargotec.

Dan Kneebone, Property & Infrastructure Manager at Port of Tauranga, says: “Kalmar diesel-electric straddle carriers play a vital role in helping to maximize productivity and efficiency while reducing running costs and environmental impact of our operations. Diesel-electric straddle carriers provide more efficiency through their twin lifting capability. This means that each straddle can pick up two containers instead of just one, which obviously leads to much quicker vessel turnaround times. They also are environmentally friendlier, which is very important to us.  We appreciate Kalmar’s excellent local technical support, technological innovation and reliable delivery schedules. These new units will help us to remain competitive by ensuring that we are well prepared to handle significantly larger volumes of cargo per shipment.”

John Nash, Sales Manager, Australia and New Zealand at Kalmar, says: “Our cooperation with the Port of Tauranga dates back to early 1990s when Sulphur Point, on the western side of the port, was opened with ten straddle carriers. Seven of the original straddles are still running. We’re proud to continue supporting Tauranga Container Terminal and are delighted that they have once again chosen Kalmar diesel-electric straddle carriers, offering superior fuel efficiency, low noise and fewer emissions. Another benefit of using our machines is the ease of integration into the port’s existing equipment pool.”

Kalmar to deliver 10 straddle carriers to DP World’s West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne

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 Kalmar will deliver ten diesel-electric straddle carriers to DP World's West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. Image courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation.
Kalmar will deliver ten diesel-electric straddle carriers to DP World’s West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. Image courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received orders for 10 diesel-electric straddle carriers from DP World for their West Swanson Terminal in Melbourne, Australia. One order for five units was booked in Cargotec’s 2015 fourth quarter order intake and the other five units were booked in 2016 first quarter order intake. The machines will be delivered during the third quarter of 2016.
Max Kruse, Chief Operating Officer, DP World Australia, says: “At DP World, we are committed to working towards an ultimate policy of zero harm to people and the environment. Kalmar straddle carriers have been chosen for our existing terminal in Melbourne for their energy efficiency, reliability and operator comfort.”
Peter McLean, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand at Kalmar says: “We are excited to receive this order from our long standing customer DP World. We are pleased to offer them a solution that boosts productivity, efficiency and safety through increased operating performance and superior operator ergonomics.”
The newly redesigned cabin on these Kalmar straddle carriers features a more spacious interior as well as a new window geometry that reduces night-time reflections and cabin noise.

Kalmar wins order for nine diesel-electric straddle carriers from EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg

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Kalmar 20.9.2013 Tampere. Photo: Laura Vesa
Kalmar 20.9.2013 Tampere. Photo: Laura Vesa

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to deliver nine diesel-electric straddle carriers to EUROGATE, Europe’s leading shipping line-independent container terminal operator, for use in their Hamburg Container Terminal. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2016 first quarter order intake, with delivery taking place during quarter four in 2016.

Peter Zielinski, Managing Director, EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg, says: “Protecting the environment is a high priority at EUROGATE, and investing in Kalmar diesel-electric straddle carriers contributes to our goal of continuously reducing the company’s ecological footprint by cutting fuel usage and exhaust emissions.”

Mikko Mononen, Director, Sales and Project Management, Intelligent Horizontal Transportation Solutions at Kalmar, says: “As a long-standing customer, we highly value the relationship with EUROGATE and it is a privilege to be involved in their development activities. We’re delighted that they have once again chosen Kalmar equipment to support their business operations.”

EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg is a modern facility that operates state-of-the-art container gantries and straddle carriers.