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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Port Of Amsterdam News

Amsterdam Port Committed to Reducing Shipping Emissions

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam aims to reduce shipping emissions and minimise the environmental impact of these emissions by working with the shipping sector. In its Clean Shipping Vision for 2030, the Port describes how it intends to achieve its sustainability objectives through concrete actions, such as reducing emissions of docked sea cruise ships by 50 percent. The Clean Shipping Vision has a wide scope that encompasses emissions from ships themselves and those associated with port activities such as loading and unloading.

Port of Amsterdam, Gujarat Strengthen Cooperation

Pic Courtesy: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam signed a Letter of Intent (Lol) with Gujarat Ports Infrastructure & Development Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Gujarat Maritime Board. The intention is to enhance trade between Gujarat and Amsterdam and intensify existing cooperation. The signing of LoI by AK Rakesh, Chairman of Gujarat Ports Infrastructure & Development Company Limited and CEO and Vice-Chairman of Gujarat Maritime Board and Anthony Van Der Hoest, Commercial Director-Logistics, Port of Amsterdam took place in Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India) during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint by 25%

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its fleet of five patrol vessels. The vessels will now run on fuel containing 30% exceptionally high-quality biodiesel. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% compared to fossil diesel. Marleen van de Kerkhof, Port of Amsterdam Harbour Master: ‘Clean shipping is a key spearhead of our sustainability strategy. Part of this strategy entails making our own patrol vessels more sustainable.

EIB Antes €165 Mln for Amsterdam Sea Lock

The current Noordersluis lock was built in 1929

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide EUR 165 million (187.5m) to support the construction of a new sea lock at IJmuiden, the principal access to the Dutch Port of Amsterdam. The current Noordersluis lock was built in 1929 and the new larger lock will ensure that the next generation of bulk carriers, container ships and cruise ships can continue to access the Port of Amsterdam and the North Sea Canal, and is expected to reduce waiting time for ships. The new sea lock will be 500 meters long, 70 meters wide and 18 meters deep, and able to operate in all tides.

Svitzer Amstel is Named in the Netherlands

(Photo: Sanmar)

A naming ceremony was held on August 30, 2016 for Svitzer Amstel, a new Sanmar ASD 60-metric-ton bollard pull tug operating in the Port of Amsterdam. The naming ceremony of Svitzer Amstel built by Sanmar Shipyards, was hosted by Port Towage Amsterdam. On behalf of Sanmar, Projects Director Ali Gürün and Marketing Director Pınar Gürün Korkmaz have attended the event. In witness of the invited guests and with the Svitzer Amstel alongside on the quay, Dertje Meijer, former CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, named the tug.

Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level. The level a vessel has attained – Bronze, Silver or Gold – will determine the discount on the Inland Harbour Dues its operator pays for Amsterdam harbour waters. Port of Amsterdam’s membership in the Green Award program is consistent with its sustained efforts to reduce its own impact on the environment and promote clean air, cleaner water and clean soil. The Port has been an incentive provider for sea-faring vessels carrying the Green Award certificate for many years now…

Transhipment NSC Ports Down 1%

Location of canal in dark blue Courtesy Wikipedia

The seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, saw transhipment decrease in 2015 for the first time in years. The decrease amounted to 1%, with a total of 97 million tonnes in 2015 compared to 97.8 million tonnes in 2014. Port of Amsterdam is the largest port in the region and saw its transhipment edged down by 1.8% to 78.4 million tonnes (2014: 79.8 million tonnes). The above transhipment figures are tentative. The definitive figures will be published within a few weeks.

Damen Introduces Anti-Fouling Foil

Thorn-D

Port of Amsterdam starts with sustainable film on patrol vessel. Damen Shipyards (Gorinchem, Netherlands) and the Port of Amsterdam are launching a pilot project  to test Thorn-D, a relatively new antifouling film that is applied to ships’ hulls below the water line. The film has an expected lifetime of five years. That is much longer than conventional antifouling coatings, which need to be replaced every six months on average. Dr Rik Breur, the founder of supplier Micanti, developed the film and tested it extensively on trial surfaces and work vessels.

Top Year for Port of Amsterdam

In his New Year's speech, executive director of the Amsterdam Port Authority, Hans Gerson announced that 2001 had proven another record year. Amsterdam Ports, comprising the ports of Amsterdam, Zaanstad, Beverwijk and IJmuiden, achieved a substantial increase of 5 percent to over 67 million tons. This makes Amsterdam Ports among the fastest growing ports in Western Europe. Transhipments in the Port of Amsterdam alone increased by almost 10 percent. Numbers of vessels rose by 2.5 percent to 9,360, underscoring the ongoing increase in scale of shipping to Amsterdam. Some 108 cruise ships visited the port, against 100 in the previous year. Of the 67 million tons, coal represented 18.5 million tons, a 5.8 percent growth. Oil increased by a significant 15.1 percent to 13 million tons.

Dutch Green Ports to be Model for Turkey

Photo by DHA

Netherlands will be a model for Turkey’s ports within an environmentally-friendly Green Port implementation, says Daily News. Port of Amsterdam and Dutch officials said that they were ready to boost ties with Turkey suring their visit to Istanbul, Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions (IMEAK) Chamber of Shipping branch in the Aegean province of İzmir. IMEAK İzmir branch board chairman Yusuf Öztürk announced the work for the Green Port Project has resumed, while 17 ports, including Egeports in Kuşadası, have applied to receive a Green Port certificate.

Sanmar Built Vessel Join Svitzer’s Fleet

Tugboat Shipyard at Tuzla Bay. Photo: Sanmar Tugboat

Sanmar Shipyard Tuzla has built M/T Svitzer Amstel (Boğaçay XII) will join Svitzer’s fleet at the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The vessel measures 24.4m x 11.25m with a 60 tonne bollard pull derived from a pair of 3512 C Caterpillar engines, each developing 1,765kW at 1,800 rev/min. connected to Rolls Royce azimuthing thrusters of US 205 FP type. Sanmar has delivered two sister vessels to Svitzer in 2014 named as Bogacay II and Svitzer Tyne. Last month Svitzer signed a newbuilding contract with Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey for the construction of six vessels…

Port of Amsterdam Signs Pact with Port of Fujairah

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam, STC-Group Holding and Iskes Towage & Salvage signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Amsterdam with Port of Fujairah (PoF), one of the largest oil storage and bunkering hubs in the world. The agreement focuses on further strategic cooperation. Located on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, the port of Fujairah has seen tremendous growth in the past decades, turning from a regional multi-purpose Port into an important part of the global oil supply chain.

Apple Founder's Megayacht Free to Leave

Megayacht Venus: Photo courtesy of Philippe Starck

The court order to have the megayacht arrested in the Port of Amsterdam had been obtained earlier by the designer Philippe Stark. The vessel, which reportedly cost over 100 million euros ($130 million) to build, was impounded after Starck claimed that Jobs' estate still owed him three million euros for his contribution to its design, reports AFP. The aluminium-hulled yacht was built by Royal De Vries shipbuilder's in Aalsmeer, just south of Amsterdam, with interiors designed by Starck. A deposit paid enabled the vessel's detention to be lifted.

Port of Amsterdam Opens Second All Weather Terminal

The recent dedication of the second All Weather Terminal in the Port of Amsterdam will more than double the handling capacity for weather sensitive products. This facility is the only one of its kind in The Netherlands. Since the first All Weather Terminal was completed in l998, the volume of weather sensitive cargo, such as paper and pulp products, steel coils and aluminum, has grown from 230,000 to 850,000 tons. As a result of the positive response of the market, Waterland Company, the designer and operator of the first terminal, has constructed a second facility, which will increase terminal handling capacity to over 2 million tons. The combined length of the two terminals is now approximately 590 ft.

Cory Brothers Opens in Amsterdam Port

Kevin Gorman, MD Photo Cory Brothers

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is delighted to announce the opening of Cory Brothers (The Netherlands) BV, in the port of Amsterdam, servicing the ARA range. The new company commences operations on the 1st May 2016 and compliments the groups recent office openings in Houston and Atlanta in the USA, strengthening the Cory Brothers global brand. Cory Brothers (The Netherlands) BV will be heavily involved in Oil, Gas & Dry agency business across the ARA region, providing an efficient and seamless service to its clients.

Port of Amsterdam Records Growth

by 3% to reach 35.9 million tons compared to the same period last year. 2.2% to 25.7 million tons and 6.9% to 9.9 million tons respectively. cargo categories improved performance. million tons. Dry bulk movement grew by 3.4% to 23.6 million tons. million tons. pleased with the results. operating ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. Amsterdam is becoming ever more significant to the national economy. coastal port of IJmuiden. feed and oil-bearing seeds) increased by 4% to reach 5.5 million tons. ban on the use of animal meal in feed. tons. quarter also for ores, which helped this cargo category increase by 3% up to 4.6 million tons. Transport of fertilizers almost doubled in the first six months. to 846,000 tons. continued to growth due to the ongoing boom in construction. months.

Euro Coal: Prices Drop on Mild Weather Outlook

European physical coal prices on Monday dropped to their lowest level since last summer as mild weather pulled down demand. Cargoes for delivery in March to the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA) were valued around $73.50 a tonne on Monday, down $0.8 since Friday and to their lowest level since early July 2013. Traders said the price drop was a result of low demand and healthy supplies. "Our stocks are full, and the weather outlook suggests that the mild winter will go directly into a mild spring. At the same time we're looking at improved supply availability from Colombia from April," said one coal trader with a utility. Meteorologists expect an early spring to continue to bring warmer-than-usual conditions over most of Europe, implying sustained weak energy demand.

Mild Weather in Europe Hurts Coal Prices

European physical coal prices on Monday dropped to their lowest level since last summer as mild weather pulled down demand. Cargos for delivery in March to the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA) were valued around $73.50 per metric ton on Monday, down $0.8 since Friday and to their lowest level since early July 2013. Traders said the price drop was a result of low demand and healthy supplies. "Our stocks are full, and the weather outlook suggests that the mild winter will go directly into a mild spring. At the same time we're looking at improved supply availability from Colombia from April," said one coal trader with a utility. Meteorologists expect an early spring to continue to bring warmer-than-usual conditions over most of Europe, implying sustained weak energy demand.

The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities: OECD Synthesis Report

A new OECD report, The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report, outlines the role of ports in urban and national economies. The report, to be released in Rotterdam on 9, September 2013, provides policy recommendations to increase the positive economic impacts and mitigate negative impacts related to environment, land use and traffic congestion. OECD Deputy Secretary General Yves LETERME and Mr. -          Mrs. -          Mr. -          Mr. -          Mrs. -          Mrs. -          Mrs. -          Mr. -          Mr. -          Mr. -          Mr. -          Mr. Patrick DAHER (President Supervisory Board, Port of Marseille). The conference takes place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (LantarenVenster, Otto Reuchlinweg 996, Rotterdam), on Monday 9 September, from 9:15 to 17:30.

Gasoline Traders Begin Using Floating Storage

At least two tankers booked in recent days; Gasoline stocks at record high in Europe, U.S. Traders have begun storing gasoline on tankers off the coast of Europe as land storage tanks near maximum capacity, the latest sign of increasing stress in the refined oil products market. While demand for gasoline and its blending components was exceptionally high last year, particularly in the United States and China, a seasonal dip in demand has caused large product build-ups in the Atlantic basin in recent week. At least three long-range tankers have been booked for storage in recent days, according to shipping data, traders and ship brokers.

EU Investigating Dutch Port Tax Schemes

Taxation of Dutch ports could breach EU competition rules. France, Belgium warned over their tax treatment of ports; EU executive could broaden investigation to other EU ports. The European Union's competition watchdog on Wednesday opened an investigation into tax exemptions granted to ports in the Netherlands and warned France and Belgium their taxation of ports may breach EU state aid rules. The EU will look into whether corporate tax exemptions for some Dutch public companies - including the operator of Rotterdam port…

World Ports Conference: Discuss LNG Trends

With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels, members of the International Association of Ports and Harbors are laying the groundwork for how ports worldwide can accommodate this emerging trend. LNG will be the focus of technical committee and panel discussions at IAPH’s 28th World Ports Conference May 6-10 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. It is generally expected that by 2015 a number of progressive shipping lines will have LNG-powered vessels in their fleet, presenting a challenge for ports and shipping lines worldwide. Some vessels today are already LNG-powered and more are on order.

Seismic Vessel to be Refit at Shipdock Amsterdam

Polarcus Naila. Photo: Damen

Ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, received a contract for the propulsion upgrade of the 3D Seismic Vessel Polarcus Naila. The ultra-modern vessel will arrive at Shipdockin February 2014 for its six-week conversion. In addition to the propulsion upgrade the vessel will also undergo modification works in order to be classified as a Special Purpose Ship. Furthermore, the scope of work includes Ballast Water Treatment installation, installation of a new workboat and davits, relocation of the MOB and the five-year special survey.

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