France Loading Rare Wheat Shipment for China
A vessel was loading wheat for export to China at the northern French port of Dunkirk on Monday, according to shipping sources and data, in what would be the first such shipment since last year.The Sotka bulk carrier was due to load around 57,000 tonnes of grain destined for the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, port data showed.The cereal being loaded was wheat, shipping sources said.France has in recent years exported large volumes of barley to China but wheat shipments to China are rare.The current loading would be the first since late 2018, which was at the time the first French wheat sh
Cabau Woehre to be CMA CGM's Director of Assets
Christine Cabau Woehrel is leaving her post as CEO of the Marseille Fos port authority effective March 12, rejoining shipping giant CMA CGM to become director of assets, with main responsibility for the management of more than 500 vessels, newbuildings, the container fleet, intermodal assets and the group’s terminals. She began her varied career with the company in 1987, leaving in 2011 to work as a transport consultant. She was appointed CEO of the port of Dunkirk the following year before moving to leading French port Marseille Fos in 2014.
120 LNG Newbuilds Currently Under Construction
Dunkerque LNG SAS, which constructs and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, provided an overview of their port infrastructure to meet up to 13 BCM (billion cubic metres) of LNG import demand into France and Belgium as well as providing full LNG ship bunkering operations.Whilst most of the world’s 118 LNG-powered vessels currently operate in the Baltic Sea, Dunkerque LNG’s director of business development Cécile Grégoire-David predicted that the majority of the world’s…
Container Shippers Opt For Waterway Transport At Dunkirk
After starting a new waterway container service between Dunkirk and Valenciennes in May this year, Nord Ports Shuttle (NPS) is gearing up for a significant increase in its transport capacity on the Dunkirk to Dourges line.This initiative is a response to fast-growing demand: in June NPS again beat a monthly record for traffic to and from Dunkirk, with nearly 2,800 TEU.The LDCT terminal at Dourges is currently served by two barges carrying 78 and 88 TEU respectively, offering four…
Dunkerque-Port Gets “PERS” Certification From Ecoports Network
In line with the commitments of the PA2D (Sustainable Development and Action Plan), Dunkerque-Port has just received the EcoPorts network's PERS certification (Port Environmental Review System), granted by the ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation). This environmental management certification, specific to the port sector, attests to correct compliance with current rules and standards, and rewards involvement in projects and initiatives for better environmental performance in ports.
Work in Progress to Expand Dunkirk Box Terminal
Container handling in the Port of Dunkirk takes place mainly at the Flanders Terminal. The activity continues to grow steadily, with numbers increasing from 200,000 TEU in 2010 to 375,000 TEU in 2017. In February 2017, to maintain this development and ensure that the world's largest container carriers can be berthed in all sea conditions, the Port of Dunkirk, as Project Owner, launched the building of the Flanders Terminal Extension. This extension will enable the container terminal operator, as of 2019, to berth two new-generation megamax container carriers simultaneously.
Dunkirk, Dunkerque Port Sign LNG Pact
Dunkirk's LNG Terminal and Dunkerque-Port signed an agreement for the development of an liquefied natural gas (LNG) station to supply tank trucks. The use of LNG by shipping has grown significantly in recent months with new projects (orders for ships, LNG supply stations, etc). A month after signing the agreement, Dunkerque LNG and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) announced that they would supply LNG to the Honfleur, the first French ferry running on LNG, which will ply between Ouistreham and Portsmouth as of 2019.
Dunkirk Plans LNG Fueling Station
Dunkirk's LNG terminal and Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque have signed an agreement for the development of an LNG supply station. The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by shipping and road vehicles has grown significantly in recent months with new projects (orders for ships, LNG supply stations, etc). Dunkerque-Port and Dunkerque LNG are convinced of the role that LNG will play both at sea and on land in reducing greenhouse gas and particle emissions. Dunkerque-Port and Dunkerque LNG have signed a partnership agreement for the development of a station to supply LNG to tank trucks.
Dunkirk's Volumes Rise
Annual traffic for 2016 was over 46.7 MT, an increase of 0.3% compared with 2015. However, the port of Dunkirk did not escape the effects of the economic climate in 2016, which included the technical shutdowns, for maintenance, of the ArcelorMittal steel works blast furnace No. 4 and the Versalis petrochemicals plant, the permanent closure of SRD (Société de la Raffinerie de Dunkerque) and the delayed opening of the LNG terminal. In addition, grain exports have been penalised by a poor harvest since the summer of 2016.
New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station
Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000, which capabilities allow to steer any kind of ship in combination with any propulsion and steering system available on the market, Transas said. The compact simulator version was particularly adapted to the Dunkirk station's budget and training objectives.
New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives
Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now been confirmed by government decree. Her move marks a return to the headquarters city of CMA GGM, France’s biggest and the world’s third largest container carrier, where she worked from 1987-2011.
Marseilles, France, FOS Port Leadership Appointments
The Marseilles FOS port authority’s supervisory board has backed a French transport ministry proposal nominating Port of Dunkirk head Christine Cabau Woehrel as the new CEO in Marseilles. There is also a new chairman and deputy chairperson. Backing for the CEO's nomination came when the supervisory board launched its latest five-year term by also electing a chairman and deputy chairman from the 17-strong line-up of governmental, industry, business and staff representatives. The CEO's appointment will be ratified by a ministerial decree.
EU to Support Dunkirk Modernization
The European Union will co-finance with over €2.2 million from the TEN-T Program studies analyzing the possible ways to improve the rail connections to the French port of Dunkirk as well as the technical design for the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering station. The studies were both selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call and will analyze two distinct aspects affecting the Port of Dunkirk. The first project, which will receive EU support to the tune of over €1.1 million, will look at preparing a series of studies to improve the rail connections between the French national railway network and the Port.
Damen Acquires French Ship Repair Yard
As of this week, Damen Shipyards Group is the new owner of French shiprepair yard Arno Dunkerque, the only operator for ship repair and conversion in the 3rd largest French port, Dunkirk. The yard will continue its ship repair and conversion services. Furthermore, its personnel and management will remain in place, guaranteeing a seamless transition of the yard into the Damen Shipyards Group, which currently consists of more than 45 shipyards, repair & conversion yards and related companies.
BFI Increase Reflects Rise In Panamax Rates
Panamax vessels continued to attract higher rates last week, which was reflected in gains by the Baltic Freight Index (BFI) and the Baltic Panamax Index. The BFI jumped 19 points to 1,143, while the Baltic Panamax Index rose 25 points to 1,105. Quieter conditions for caper and handies were responsible for a modest two point rise in the Baltic Capesize Index to 1,377 and a four point increase on the Baltic Handy Index to 871, brokers said. Fresh grain business was confined to just one fixture from Cargill, who took the 1980 built Elikon to ship 25,000 tons wheat Hamburg/Algeria September 20/25 at $15.25. Panamaxes involved in period business were said to be making consistent gains…