Portugal News

03 Nov 2019

Portugal Announces Tender for Vasco da Gama Terminal

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The Portuguese government has issued a an international public  tender for the development of the Vasco da Gama container terminal at the Port of Sines, seeking a concessionaire who would invest in the project.According to the government sources, public tender will for a concession period of 50 years with an investment of 642 million euros, adding that the specifications include the construction and operation project, with a deadline of nine months for the submission of proposals.The…

01 Nov 2019

WaveRoller Tested in Portugal

WaveRoller towed in to position off the coast at Peniche in Portugal. (Photo: AW-Energy)

A first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based wave energy technology developer AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller’s control system to maximize its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s…

23 Oct 2019

Corporates Pledge for Healthy, Productive Ocean

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30 companies and institutional investors have signed up to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Sustainable Ocean Principles committing to take action to secure a healthy and productive ocean.UNGC is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.The signatories to the principles include the container ship and supply vessel operator A.P.

28 Oct 2019

Hurricane Pablo Eases, Will Weaken Further: NHC

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Hurricane Pablo decreased in intensity to become a tropical storm, with additional weakening expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.Pablo was located about 710 miles (1,150 km) northeast of the Lajes Air Base in Azores, Portugal, with a maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, the forecaster said.The tropical storm is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Monday morning.Reporting by Karthika Suresh Namboothiri

15 Oct 2019

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

At CMRE, it’s not just about the science. It’s about building trust and confidence in resilient systems. An interview with Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, ItalyTell us a little about yourself and CMRE. What does CMRE do, and how do you see your mission evolving?I came here from the Pentagon, where I was the science advisor for the director of operational test and evaluation. My experience has been working with operators on systems that they’re getting ready to field.

22 Oct 2019

Siemens Gamesa Buys Senvion Wind Biz

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German-Spanish  wind turbine manufacturing giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has agreed a $225m deal to buy 8.9GW of the European onshore service business of embattled Germany-based rival Senvion along with its smaller rival’s blade factory in Portugal.Senvion´s European service assets will strengthen Siemens Gamesa´s capacity and potential in an important segment. The acquisition of a Service fleet of 8.9GW from Senvion will take Siemens Gamesa to a total of nearly 69GW under maintenance…

12 Aug 2019

DNV GL Launches OMA Services

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The world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body DNV GL launched a new service in The Operational Modal Analysis (OMA), also known as ambient modal identification, detects the modal properties of a structure based on vibration data collected when the structure is under its operating conditions.As the wind industry strives to cut costs while producing more powerful turbines, traditional designs are being adapted with manufacturers producing taller…

02 Oct 2019

Cepsa, Exxonmobil Renew Marine Lubricant Pact

Pamela Skaufel, of Exxon Mobil, and Niurka Sancho, of Cepsa, during the signing of the agreement renewal. Photo: Cepsa

Spanish multinational oil and gas company Compañía Española de Petróleos (Cepsa) has renewed its agreement with ExxonMobil for the manufacture, distribution and supply of Mobil-brand marine lubricants in more than 130 ports in Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.Cepsa produces MobilGard lubricants at its plant in San Roque (Cadiz). The company serves as an official distributor in the Iberian market for a variety of marine vessels, including ocean-going vessels, coastal navigation vessels…

15 Aug 2019

US Patent Approval for Wave Energy

Jussi Ă…kerberg, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AW-Energy Oy (Photo: AW-Energy Oy)

AW-Energy Oy, a Finnish wave energy technology developer, received an “approval” for AW-Energy’s patent application from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The patent [PCT/050485] provides AW-Energy with broad IP protection of its latest generation WaveRoller device including a range of operating improvements made to the device’s system and infrastructure, particularly on fail safe operating improvements to protect against extreme weather conditions.“This is a significant and exciting decision by the USPTO…

16 Aug 2019

Migrants on Ship Center of Political Fight

A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, was stranded off the coast of Italy on Friday as a political battle in Rome stopped it from docking and even the medical conditions of those on board were disputed.The migrants, picked up off Libya over the last two weeks, are waiting to disembark on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, but far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered his officials not to let them do so.Salvini, who has built his popularity on a vigorous campaign against illegal immigration, is acting in defiance of his own prime minister and despite six European Union nations agreeing to take…

19 Aug 2019

Completion of the EU Research Project SHIPLYS

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SHIPLYS (Ship life cycle software solutions) is a three-year project that started in September 2016. The project is in response to needs of SME naval architects, shipbuilders and ship-owners, who, in order to survive in the world market, need to improve their capability to reduce the time and costs of design and production. SHIPLYS provides these improvements by developing functionality that includes rapid virtual prototyping and the ability to factor in LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis)…

16 Sep 2019

Wärtsilä Simulators for New Portuguese Facility

Ana Paula Vitorino, Portugal’s Minister of Sea & Cmdt. Rui Cunha, APDL Port Operations and Security Director, testing the Full Mission Bridge simulator  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has supplied simulators aimed to provide realistic hands-on training at a new facility in Portugal. The training center is developed and run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, LeixĹŤes and Vano do Castelo (APDL), and was inaugurated in the end of July at a ceremony headed by Portugal’s Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino. The order was placed in October 2018.The center is the country’s largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360 degree projection…

13 Oct 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Opens New South Europe HQ

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German cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG, officially opened its headquarter for the new region.CEO Rolf Habben Jansen presented the keys of the office complex in Genoa (Italy) to the new Senior Managing Director Juan Pablo Richards.During the opening event, Habben Jansen explained the motivation to create a new region: “After our merger with UASC in 2017 the Mediterranean region has gained more importance for us. That's why we are eager to bolster our competitive position…

01 Aug 2019

Yilport Pact for 49-Year Concession at Taranto

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Turkey's Yilport Holding signed a concession agreement with Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS), the managing institution of the Port of Taranto in Italy for the multipurpose terminal.The deal was signed on 30 July 2019, at Castello Aragonese in Taranto, Italy by Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Yilport Holding Chairman, and Sergio Prete, the President of Taranto Port Authority.The agreement appoints Yilport to undertake all operations at the multipurpose terminal of Taranto Port for 49 years.This is the 22nd marine port in Yilport Holding’s portfolio, and its first terminal in Italy.

15 May 2019

Svitzer Divests its Portuguese Business

Lisnave Shipyard in Setubal [Credit: Svitzer]

Svitzer intends to sell its Portuguese marine operations to Pioneiro do Rio, Serviços Maritimos, Lda., a company which has Rui Cruz, the current managing director of Svitzer Portugal, among its owners.The operation in Portugal has faced declining volumes and the synergy between the Portuguese ports and Svitzer’s remaining European and global portfolio has proven limited. Svitzer’s operation in Portugal covers three ports: Lisbon, Setubal, and Sines and holds a fleet of 15 tugs.

24 Jul 2019

Port of Sines Receives Milan Maersk

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Port of Sines, the first largest artificial port of Portugal, said that its Terminal XXI received, on July 21, the call of “Milan Maersk”, one of the world’s largest container ships, with capacity for 20.568 TEU (20 feet containers)."This is a sister-ship of “Madrid Maersk” that has been received several times in the recent past, is part of the largest category/class of container ships ever operated in Sines," said a statement from the Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority.Property of the Danish giant Maersk, the ship has 399 meters in length and 58.6 meters width.

16 May 2019

20 May is the European Maritime Day

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The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the European Union (EU) Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.This year, the annual event is being held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains".Representing EU and Norwegian Shipowners…

12 Jun 2019

Sines Port Delegation Visits Yantian Port

Pic: Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority, S. A.

The Port of Sines, a first largest artificial port of Portugal and a deep water port, has received a delegation from the Yantian Port, accompanied by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Lisbon.Aiming at discussing cooperation possibilities between the two ports, the delegation was particularly interested in the logistic potential of the Sines complex, highlighting the capacity to attract new investments, not only within the port jurisdiction area, but also at ZILS…

13 Jun 2019

EIB to Invest in Sustainable Transport

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of EUR 4.5 billion (USD 5bln) of new financing that will tackle investment gaps hindering private sector growth, including replacement of old buses and trains.The new EIB support will directly back projects in 23 countries, it said.The EIB agreed EUR 611 million of new financing to support energy transition, reduce carbon emissions and scale up renewable energy.This includes backing new solar power in Zambia and wind farms in Portugal…

02 Jul 2019

EU Deal has Germany Taking in Some Sea-Watch Migrants

Germany has agreed to take in about a dozen of the 41 migrants who arrived in Italy last month on board German charity rescue ship Sea-Watch, an Italian government source said on Tuesday.The compromise to diffuse tensions with the Italian government, which had ordered the ship not to enter Italian waters, also includes France, Portugal, Finland, and Luxemburg, which have agreed to share the burden of hosting the migrants.There was no immediate official reaction from Germany or Italy about the accord which was first reported by Spiegel magazine.The German captain of the ship, Carola Rackete, appeared before a court in Sicily on Monday…

17 May 2019

EC Launches Blue Economy Report

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European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report during the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s report confirms the blue economy’s role as an exciting growth sector, with opportunities both in established sectors like tourism and shipbuilding, and in emerging areas like ocean energy…

19 Jul 2019

Riga Port Aims Growth with LNG Move

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The Baltic Sea port, Port of Riga is now offering regular port services for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and boost its container throughput."By officially welcoming the new container ship Containerships Polar, the Port has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels," said a press note from the Latvia’s major port said.It is planned that the first two 100% LNG-powered vessels Containerships…

21 Jul 2019

TecnoVeritas Wins Approval for UOPV

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TecnoVeritas, a marine engineering consultancy company, announced that its UOPV (Unmanned Oceanic Patrol Vessel) project was approved by the Fundo Azul, run by the Directorate-General for Sea Policy of the Ministry of the Sea, Portugal.According to the provider of the energy management services and products for the maritime industry, the project itself is focused on maritime safety.UOPV is wave propelled and performs equally well on all headings including directly into wind and waves.

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