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Delay in Opening of World’s Largest Sea Lock

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The new sea lock, which will be the world’s largest, will be opened later than initially planned. Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, informed the Dutch House of Representatives of the modified schedule for the completion of the lock near IJmuiden yesterday (July 03). The sea lock will be completed 27 months later. The date will consequently be moved to no later than the end of January 2022. The delay will not have any consequences for…

Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

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In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships. The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema. While the chemical recycling technology used in the past has worked, Bin2Barrel is the first company to utilize it commercially.

CWT Solar Project in Port of Amsterdam

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More than 41,000 solar panels will generate sustainable energy in the Port of Amsterdam for logistics services provider CWT. Spread across five locations, the panels will together form the largest solar project in Amsterdam.In addition to transport and sea shipping operations, CWT is active in the Port of Amsterdam in fields including storage of cocoa and coffee. In order to carry out these activities in a sustainable manner, CWT has opted to use the roofs of its buildings to generate solar power.

HoogTij to Build Deep-sea Quay

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The construction of a 900-metre-deep deep-sea quay near the HoogTij business park along the North Sea Canal is set to begin this summer. HoogTij is divided into two parts: a site reserved for port-related companies (the maritime section) and a site intended for land-based companies (the land section). The total area can accommodate 130 hectares of business activity. HoogTij is a project initiated by the Municipality of Zaanstad, Port of Amsterdam and Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Haventerrein Westzaan (the Haventerrein Westzaan Development Company).

Amsterdam Sea Lock May Add Special Passage Regime

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The National Water Distribution Committee has issued a request for measure scenarios to be formulated, with the aim of limiting saltwater intrusion via the locks at IJmuiden as a result of the drought in the Netherlands.These scenarios are currently being developed. One possible option is to introduce a special passage regime, whereby filling the locks when empty will be limited as far as possible.There is a drought in the Netherlands and thus a shortage of fresh water. In the Western Netherlands…

SPECIAL REPORT: GREAT LAKES BUSINESS and The Great Lakes Group

Joe Starck, Great Lakes Group President

Embracing and spanning the full breadth of Great Lakes geography and business mix, GLG’s Joe Starck has his multi-missioned firm looking to the future – in more ways than one.The Great Lakes Group (GLG) takes its beginnings from its 1899 incorporation by industrial icon John D. Rockefeller, who formed the Great Lakes Towing to satisfy the demands of a Midwest industrial revolution that brought bigger ships to the region. Existing vessels, unable to keep up with demand, were supplemented and replaced by a fleet of as many as 100 tugboats; the first steel tugs in the region.

Port of Amsterdam: Adjustment Lock Passage Regime in IJmuiden

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Because of the ongoing period of drought, and on the advice of the National Water Coordination Committee, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management has switched to the so called KWA scenario (‘Klimaatbestendige Wateraanvoer’).One of the decisions made is that it is necessary to adjust the lock passage regime in IJmuiden to reduce saltwater intrusion from the North Sea Canal into the Amsterdam Rhine Canal.Therefore Port of Amsterdam will start the optimisation of the passage process, from Thursday 26 July 2018 at 06.00 pm.

Port of Amsterdam Doubles Discount for Green Ships

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Port of Amsterdam said the maximum Environmental Ship Index (ESI) discount is doubled for ships with ESI certificates and liquefied natural gas (LNG).For some years Port of Amsterdam has been giving discounts on port dues to vessels listed in the ESI that have attained an ESI score of 20 points or higher."As of 1 August, we will be increasing this incentive by adding another discount: Port of Amsterdam will be doubling the maximum ESI discount for vessels that are in the possession of an ESI certificate and use LNG for their main engine or auxiliary engine…

Amsterdam Port Transhipment Down 4.8% in 1H 2018

Image: Port of Amsterdam (Photo: Vollers)

Transhipment in the North Sea Canal Area at the seaports Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad declined to 49.4 million tonnes in the first half of 2018, a decrease of 5.1%. The Port of Amsterdam saw transhipment fall by 4.8% to 40.2 million tonnes.In IJmuiden, transhipment declined to 9.3 million tonnes (-4.4%), Beverwijk registered a decline to 282,000 tonnes (-18.6%) and in Zaanstad transhipment fell to 84,000 tonnes (-59.3%).The decline in Amsterdam in the first half of the year was due to two cargo flows: coal and oil products.

Amsterdam Attracts Superyachts

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HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam announced in May 2018 their ambition to put Amsterdam on the map as a top destination for superyachts.The last two months more than 10 superyachts have chosen Amsterdam as their destination. They include Reef Chief, Aviva, Avanti, Forever One and Big Eagle.According to a press release from the port, the Amsterdam is attractive to owners and captains of superyachts on account of "the wide selection of berths located in the city centre…

Port of Amsterdam Launches Digital Business Guide

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Port of Amsterdam is launching the Portle digital business guide. The new search engine provides access to all businesses and terminals that are located in the Port of Amsterdam and conduct business in and around the port area. Portle increases the online visibility and findability of port companies. How do you find the right company and suitable partner in the preferred port? Starting today, the answer is only a couple of clicks away on https://portle.portofamsterdam.com/en.

Amsterdam Becomes Destination for Superyachts

Photo credits: SuperYacht Times provided by Port of Amsterdam

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with excellent re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. A quiet transformation has been underway in the superyacht world for some years now. Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest…

Netherlands to Ban Degassing on Inland Navigation Vessels

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

"The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Van Nieuwenhuizen wants the degasification ban to be introduced in the Netherlands by mid-2020," said the statement. A taskforce will be set up in order to ensure in partnership with the business community that the introduction of this national degassing ban runs smoothly. Port of Amsterdam is one of the organisations that will be participating in this process. This marks another step in our liveability programme: a clean and safe port region for local residents and businesses.

Port of Amsterdam, Titan LNG Contract for FlexFueler001

Photo: Titan LNG

Port of Amsterdam and Titan LNG have signed a long-term contract for the “home” location of Titan’s bunkering pontoon: the FlexFueler001. This pontoon will be the first of its kind in Europe providing easy, affordable and safe LNG bunkering services of this cleaner marine fuel. The agreement underpins the ports’ ambition to facilitate the development of the LNG bunkering market in Amsterdam. Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam: “We believe in LNG as a shipping fuel and Titan…

Samskip to Sail Between Hull and Amsterdam

Photos: Samskip Holding B.V.

Samskip has announced a major enhancement in its shortsea and multimodal services between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with the addition of direct connections between Amsterdam and Hull three times a week. The value proposition to customers will also include barge and rail systems connecting the European hinterland to Amsterdam. With effect from mid-March, and departing from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the new calls and the port's European hinterland…

Charter Sailboats Visiting Amsterdam can Use De Ruijterkade

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Charter sailboats visiting Amsterdam in order to allow their passengers to embark or disembark or spend the night as part of a sailing trip or cruise can continue to use interior Wharf 14 on De Ruijterkade, subject to certain conditions. Initially, this arrangement applied until 1 December 2017. The Netherlands Association for Professional Charters (Vereniging voor de Beroepschartervaart/BBZ) has requested the State Harbour Master to extend the transition period until the berths in the Oude Houthaven section are available for use. These berths will be delivered later than originally expected.

Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam Creates Space for New Operations

First step in Port of Amsterdam transition strategy. Image: Port of Amsterdam

Terminal operator OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam) will be clearing part of its coal-handling site this year in order to further diversify into other dry-bulk commodities. Its decision is prompted by the reduced demand for coal storage. This represents a key new step for Port of Amsterdam in its push towards sustainability, while the change is part of OBA’s strategy of becoming a multi-purpose terminal. OBA and Port of Amsterdam have expressed their joint intention to help advance the energy transition and have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to formalise this objective.

New Samskip Container Service for Amsterdam

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

A new short-sea container service between Amsterdam and Hull has been formally inaugurated with the first call of the 340-TEU vessel THEA II at Amsterdam Container Terminal (ACT). The new service, operated by leading short sea container operator Samskip, offers three sailings a week on this new route with vessels departing from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Commenting on the new service, Clemence Cheng, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: “Amsterdam Container Terminal offers shipping lines the opportunity to serve their customers in a fast…

Damen Shipping Multiple Pontoons to Rotterdam

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The SAL Heavy Lift vessel MV Lone loaded onboard a newly built batch of eleven Damen flat top Pontoons in Shanghai. MV Lone is bringing the pontoons to the Netherlands. The majority of the pontoons will be available quickly to Damen’s clients from stock. Two of the pontoons have been sold already to a client in the Netherlands. The pontoons have diverse applications in civil construction projects, fish farms, heavy lift, dredging and renewable energy operations amongst other things.

VSDV Group Comes to Amsterdam Port Premises

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Netherlands- based Van Straalen De Vries (VSDV) Transport Group began work of new building on the Port of Amsterdam’s Beiraweg. The ceremony was attended by VSDV Group family members, shareholders and employees. The company’s directors turned the first sod together for the new cross-dock facility, which is being built by the Aan de Stegge construction and engineering company on behalf of Peeters Vervoerscentrale and Van Staaveren Amsterdam. The building will be completed by the 2018 Builders Holidays in July/August.

Amsterdam Port Revenue Grows in 2017

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Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. realised revenue of EUR 150.1 million, compared to EUR 146.3 million in 2016. The operating result increased from EUR 73.3 million in 2016 to EUR 74.3 million in 2017. These and other key figures are stated in the annual report published. Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: "Record transshipment of 81.3 million tonnes in 2017 contributed to our good operating result of more than 74 million euros. 2017 also saw the arrival of a number of fantastic businesses in the Port…

Amsterdam Port Becoming a Smart Global Hub

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

The growing number of construction projects in the Greater Amsterdam Area has created a need for a smart and efficient method for transporting materials to building sites. In an effort to meet this demand, the City of Amsterdam, Port of Amsterdam, Waternet and TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) have launched a partnership project in Amsterdam focussing on building logistics. As part of the project, commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment…

Port of Amsterdam Introduces Bin2Barrel

Photo: Port of Amsterdam

In the port of Amsterdam the construction has started of a new facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for the transport sector, which will cut down CO₂ emission by 57,000 tonnes per year. It is the first project of Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company focusing on the development of Plastic-to projects. This is how synthetic materials that could not be reused otherwise will now become reusable in a useful application, while at the same time offering a more sustainable alternative for traditional transport fuels.

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