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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Antwerp Port Focus on Container Barge Handling

File Image: The Port of Antwerp

The Antwerp port community has drawn up an action plan to make container barge handling in the port more efficient. Container handling has come under heavy pressure in some shipping terminals over the past few months. The rapidly growing volumes and the ever larger sizes of seagoing ships calling at the port in combination with labour shortages have led to peak loads on the terminals, with long waiting times for container barges as a result. Since barge traffic is important for the port community as a whole…

DNV Assists Belgium Towards LNG Bunkering

The Flemish government and the port authorities of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Fluxys have published a feasibility study on LNG bunkering. DNV provided a market forecasting study, a regulatory analysis and modelled the LNG supply logistics. The Flemish government is now acting on DNV recommendations to ensure the safe introduction of LNG bunkering at Flemish seaports. The market study led to a forecasted LNG bunkering demand for each port derived from shipping and world energy market forecasts, while the logistics model allows the ports to simulate, compare and calculate costs of different LNG bunkering supply chain options. The combined results serve as strategic and tactical decision support tool for the ports in developing their LNG bunkering infrastructure.

LNG Bunkers in Europe – DNV Leads Discussion

Recognising that LNG is one of the best solutions for complying with upcoming emission regulations for ships, DNV is currently conducting a feasibility study for the Flemish Government relating to the provision of LNG bunkering facilities in three Belgian ports. The annual Process & Asset Risk Management Conference (PARC) focused on LNG opportunities in addition to debating the future of energy supply. The conference, which was hosted by DNV in Brussels, brought together EU regulators, industry experts and port representatives. Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Ghent add to the list of European ports making an investment in LNG bunkering facilities, which includes ports in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Poland.

Research Vessel Delivered by Damen for 'Silent' Operation

Simon Stevin': Photo credit Damen

Damen delivers silent in operation Research Vessel ‘Simon Stevin’ to DAB Vloot, the Flemish Government fleet operator. The RV 3609 was jointly designed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and VLIZ, the Flemish Institute for the Sea. While hull and hot works were built at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania), the outfitting was done by Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (The Netherlands). The ‘Simon Stevin’ will be used offshore for scientific research on climate change, sustainable fishing, energy production at sea and for educational purposes.

Antwerp Ro/Ro Terminals Start with Paperless Export

Antwerp roro terminal

ICO and AET, the two ro/ro terminals in the port of Antwerp, are now also connected to the e-Desk. The Antwerp Port Community System (APCS) introduced the e-Desk for containers already in 2012, and this year the successful collaboration has been extended to rolling stock. The port of Zeebrugge (ICO and WWL) started the e-Desk for ro/ro in February, and now the Antwerp terminals are following suit. All exports of new and second-hand vehicles and exports or transit of containers can now be declared electronically, so that paper declarations and accompanying documents are no longer necessary.

Antwerp Port Authority Invests $2.2B

The board of directors of Antwerp Port Authority has approved the long-term financial plan (2011-2025), representing an amount of $2.2b. With this ambitious investment plan the Port Authority is banking on the future. This plan is only possible thanks to the sustainable financial policy that the Port Authority has followed in recent years. "It is these financial results, without trying to maximize profits, that even after a period of crisis give us a sufficient financial basis to implement this investment program that is so important to our customers, and to go ahead with the priority activities and investments," said Port Authority CEO Eddy Bruyninckx.

Work Starts on World's Biggest Lock

Work Starts on the Biggest Lock in the World in the Port of Antwerp. In the Port of Antwerp the construction of the second lock on the Left Bank has officially started. Over the coming years the new construction project will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Belgium, with 255 people working daily on building the biggest lock in the world. The lock is due to open in 2016 and will cost around EUR 340 million of which 50% will be financed by the European Investment Bank. The Flemish KBC Bank is also making available a EUR 81 million credit line, with the balance being provided by the Antwerp Port Authority and the Flemish Government. In recent years the development of the Port of Antwerp has been concentrated on the Left Bank.

Port Logistics Seminar Opens in Antwerp Port

Opening ceremony in the city hall of Antwerp

The Port Logistics seminar was officially opened on Wednesday this week by Alexander De Croo, Belgian deputy prime minister and minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services. The seminar is organised by APEC-Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center, the training institute of the port of Antwerp. It is being attended by 33 participants from 21 different countries including Indonesia, Ukraine and Vietnam. Such seminars and courses enable the port of Antwerp to make its know-how, expertise and other advantages known around the world.

Princess Astrid visits DP World

As HRH Princess Astrid visits Dubai, DP World helps to drive growth in the port of Antwerp

Antwerp Gateway, managed by DP World (one of the largest container terminal operators in the world) is a significant contributor to the success of the Port of Antwerp. Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority, met with Mr. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Mr. Mohammed Sharaf, respectively chairman and CEO of DP World, on Thursday during the Belgian mission to Dubai headed by HRH Princess Astrid. After the meeting both CEO’s took part in a lunch, in presence of HRH Princess Astrid.

Giant Gates for Deurganck Dock Lock, Antwerp

The lock gates have the same length and thickness as those of the Berendrecht lock. -

The four gates for the Deurganck dock lock in the port of Antwerp will begin their journey from China at the beginning of April. The gigantic gates are being built by the Chinese steel constructor ZPMC, together with the trolleys on which the gates will ride, two combined road/rail bridges, the caisson and other items. A ceremony was held on Wednesday 18 March in the Chinese city of Changxing to mark the official completion of the construction work. The ceremony was attended by Freddy Aerts…

EU authorizes Flemish Financial Support

The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections to the Flemish authorities' plan to provide financial support for the construction of loading and unloading facilities along the Flemish inland waterways in Belgium The Flemish Region in Belgium will put into effect a five year aid scheme aiming at making inland waterways more accessible and developing their use for freight transport. The scheme will provide financial support for the construction of loading and unloading facilities along Flemish inland waterways through Public-Private-Partnerships. The public authority will contribute to the costs related to the infrastructure whereas the private partner will make all other necessary investments and develop new or additional transport tonnage on inland waterways.

Unique Investment Opportunity in Antwerp Port

Antwerp Port

A unique, particularly attractive investment location of 96 hectares has become available in the port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe. The site in the heart of the European Union is particularly suitable for industrial development. The zone offers a number of intrinsic advantages including trimodal access and an existing area of ready-to-use buildings. These are amplified by the environment in which the site is embedded: a port that functions as the gateway to Europe…

Double Record set by Antwerp Port

Port Keeps growing Courtesy Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is on course to handle more than 200 million tonnes of freight this year for the first time ever. And in container transhipment too a new record has been set, with more than 9 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) being handled. In comparison with last year nearly 8% more containers will be transhipped. With these growth figures Antwerp is performing significantly better than Rotterdam and Hamburg, the number 1 and 3 ports respectively in North-West Europe. The port of Antwerp has a particularly rich history.

Statoil & Partners Win Offshore Canada Bid

(Image courtesy Statoil)

Statoil, Chevron Canada and Repsol E&P Canada have been named the successful bidders for exploration rights on two land parcels in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This was the result of a land sale issued by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). The land parcels are located west of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery in the Flemish Pass Basin. Statoil will be the operator of both licences with a 50 % interest. Chevron Canada has 40 % and Repsol E&P Canada has 10%.

UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping, with backing from 40 shipping companies, has this week written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, asking the Government to double the amount of funding available for seafarer training as soon as possible. The letter was also sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and the Minister of State, Department for Transport, John Hayes. The UK Chamber, in conjunction with Nautilus International, has submitted a proposal for the Government's existing Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) scheme to be extended.

Rig Deal Offshore Canada

Husky Energy, Suncor Energy and Statoil Canada reportedly signed a deal to share an offshore rig, helping support continued activity off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast, according to a recent report from www.vancouversun.com. The three-year agreement will see the major oil and gas producers share use of the Henry Goodrich semi-submersible drilling unit for separate projects. It is the second such rig-sharing deal between the corporations with drilling contractor TransOcean, operator of the ill-fated Macondo rig for BP in this spring's offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico disaster. The prior agreement led to the drilling of the Ballicatters well on the Grand Banks by Suncor Energy…

Port House, Antwerp inaugurated

New Port House in Antwerp Photo Port of Antwerp

The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – bringing together the port’s 500 staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city. With 12 km of docks, Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, serving 15,000 sea trade ships and 60,000 inland barges each year. As the threshold between the city and its vast port, Mexico Island in Antwerp’s Kattendijk dock on Quay 63 was selected as the site for the new head office.

Garbage Barge, European Style

The European Commission decided today to authorise a Belgium Flemish scheme to promote domestic waste transport through inland waterways. The project will offset the additional costs of transporting domestic waste by inland waterway rather than by road. In Flanders, the municipalities and, by delegation, the local authorities' agencies have a statutory responsibility to collect and dispose of domestic waste from their territory. At present, all municipalities and local authorities in Flanders transport domestic waste by road. The transport of domestic waste by inland waterway rather than by road would impose additional costs that are mainly due to the handling installations necessary (in particular, the container cranes).

St. Lawrence Seaway – mooring wire eye splices

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice reminding masters that mechanical eye splices on mooring wires for use on ships transiting the Seaway are not permitted. The eyes of mooring wires are to be of the ‘hand’ spliced construction or of the ‘Flemish’ construction only. Masters are to have mooring wire certificates available for inspection/verification. Seaway Notice No. 9 – 2004 (HK Law).

Barco and Fabricom GTI Team Up

Barco, together with Fabricom GTI, has been selected to install a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system, including new radars, for the port of Antwerp. This port project, which was commissioned by the Flemish Agency for Maritime Services and Coast, Shipping Assistance Division and by the port of Antwerp, has a total contract value of 4.2 million euro. Barco's component-based VTS technology will offer Antwerp’s VTS operators an innovative and reliable traffic control system and will significantly enhance the safety at Europe’s second largest port.

Antwerp Port to boost Indonesia's Infrastructure

Deal Signed at Belgium-Indonesia Maritime Summit Photo Antwerp Port

The Indonesian government has ambitious plans for major infrastructure projects in the near future in order to give a massive boost to the country’s economy, already the largest in South-East Asia. Its shopping list includes among other things the construction of dozens of ports to serve the country’s almost 14,000 islands. To achieve this the Indonesian government is looking abroad for international expertise from among others Antwerp, the second-largest port in Europe. During the foreign trade mission headed by Princess Astrid of Belgium…

Canada May Ask Far-offshore Drillers to Pay Extra

Canada may ask oil companies to contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars or more the country has to pay to an international body if they drill far offshore, according to an internal government memo. If that happens, it could make the operations more expensive and strain talks that companies will have with provincial governments, which already require them to pay royalties. A United Nations convention, which Canada ratified in 2003, says signatories need to pay the International Seabed Authority (ISA) if companies drill on the "extended continental shelf," the seabed part of a country's landmass, but more than 200 nautical miles (230 miles) offshore. It was never clear from where that money should come.

DEME Invests in Flemish Dredging Tech

Cutter Suction Dredger ‘D’Artagnan’ (Photo: DEME)

Following a successful laser cladding pilot project in 2015, Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with VITO spin-off Laser Cladding Venture (LCV) to strengthen the cutter incisors used to dredge hard soils. Laser cladding is a coating technique in which a laser melts metal powders into objects. The wear-resistant and anticorrosive layers that are applied improve the durability of the mechanical parts. In a pilot phase…

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