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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Record Year News

Transshipments at Port of Gdansk Exceed Last Year's Record

Photo: Port of Gdansk Authority SA

2016 is not yet over, but the volume of transshipments is already higher than in the previous record year, being currently estimated at more than 36.3 million tonnes. This is a result which, until recently, would have been out of reach for any Polish port, but today it has become reality. It puts Gdansk in sixth place among Baltic Sea ports, its highest position so far. This is what is shown by recently published data on the Baltic ports, with a summary of the first 11 months of this year.

Suez August Revenue Tops Record

File Photo: Tanker in Suez Canal.

Revenues from Egypt's Suez Canal reached $508 million in August, the highest monthly level in history, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Mohab Mamish said on Wednesday. The official Mena news agency quoted Mamish as saying that 2014 was set to be a record year for revenues from the waterway, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia. Official revenue figures for August have yet to be published. The Suez Canal, for which a major expansion is planned, is one of Egypt's main sources of foreign currency.   Reporting by Lin Noueihed and Omar Fahmy

European Offshore Wind Claims Record Year

According to a July 20 report from www.europolitics.com, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) claims 2010 will be a record year in terms of installations. To date, 118 new offshore wind turbines have been fully connected to the grid since the beginning of 2010. (Source: www.europolitics.com)

Port of Long Beach Cargo Dips

Dockworkers moved 637,091 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Photo Port of Long Beach

Container volume at the Port of Long Beach was down 7.7 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015, when harbor terminals handled a record amount of cargo. Dockworkers moved 637,091 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Imports totaled 325,608 containers, a 5.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Exports numbered 142,812 TEUs, a slight drop of 0.7 percent. Empties decreased to 168,671, 15.9 percent lower than July 2015, the Port’s strongest July on record. Due to continued market uncertainty and high inventory levels…

PHA Notches Record Year

In 2007, the Port of Houston Authority achieved its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking operating revenue. Year-end numbers project that the PHA increased operating revenue by $24 million, or 14 percent, over the previous year. “We could not have reached this achievement without the leadership of our dedicated port commissioners and port staff, who have remained committed to the business priorities that serve as the benchmark to the measurement of our success,” said PHA Executive Director H. Thomas Kornegay, who gave the presentation at the January 22 Port Commission meeting. The eight system-wide priority areas in which PHA achieved record-breaking success are: economic impact…

Port of Houston Expecting Record Cargo Year

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

“We fully expect to top last year’s container volume with another record year in 2016,” said Roger Guenther, Port of Houston Authority Executive Director, speaking to the Port Commission during its latest meeting. The Houston Port Authority said it has handled more than 1.6 million TEU through its container terminals to date this year, and it expects to maintain “strong growth” through the remainder of the year. All told, the port’s general cargo and container terminals handled more than 26 million tons of cargo through September.

Zeebrugge Traffic Up 6.6%

Total traffic through Zeebrugge port rose by 6.6 percent to 26.67 million tons in the first nine months of 1999. At the end of the year it expected total traffic to rise to 35 million tons versus 33.4 million tons in 1998. "On the basis of these interim figures we can see that 1999 will be an absolute record year," port management said in a statement, noting that traffic rose by more than 20 percent over the past three years. Port management said that while RoRo traffic posted the least growth in the first nine months of 1999 there were signs of a pick-up due to an improvement in the British economy. New car shipments grew strongly, rising by 114,000 tons to 661,000 since January. Shipments were seen rising to over one million by the end of the year.

Aker Yards, Brittany Ferries Sign for New Ferry

Aker Yards and the French company Brittany Ferries have signed a Letter of Intent for the building of a RoRo-passenger ferry worth approximately $130 million for delivery in October 2008. The ferry is designed to carry passengers, private cars and road cargo vehicles between France and the U.K. at a speed of 23 knots. The 167 m long and 26.8 m wide vessel will have space for 1,500 passengers and 1.1 km of vehicle deck space. The new type of ferry has been developed in a close co-operation between the Owner and the yard. "This has been a record year for Aker Yards in Finland: we have published contracts for 12 newbuildings and 7 conversions…

Hatteland Reports Growth in Marine Computers

Hatteland Display's marine computer and panel computer business has experienced a record year of sales in 2007. The company reports a 53% increase on the 2006 sales performance of its computers division having sold 2510 units up to mid November 2007. The company expects a year end figure of 3100 units, making for a total sales growth of approx. 89%. In order to reduce lead-time and to ensure that future order levels can be met, Hatteland Display recently improved many of its manufacturing processes at its Nedre Vats, Norway, development and manufacturing plant.

Port of Baltimore Sets Container Record in August

Photo: Port of Baltimore

The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore handled a record 86,149 twenty-foot-equivalent units of total container volume in August as shipping volume continued to swell. August volume of total containers, including empties, rose 12.6 percent year-over-year and surpassed the previous single-month record of 79,644 TEUs in June. Import loads totaled 58,340 TEUs, up 13.2 percent year-over year and just short of the June record of 59,532 TEUs. “The Port of Baltimore continues to demonstrate why it’s so important to the overall economic success of our state,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

Ohio Dredge Fleet Sets Dredging Record

Ellicott 460SL dredge, BRUTUS Photo ODNR

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently finished the 2016 dredging season, having removed more than 1 million cubic yards (apprx. 765,000 m3) of dredged material from state park lakes and other state properties. The State’s dredge fleet consists primarily of Ellicott Model 460SL swinging ladder dredges. The 1 million cubic yards of sediment is the most that has ever been removed in the history of the state’s dredging program. ODNR Director, James Zehringer, attributes ODNR’s dredging success to the dedicated staff and the strategic use of available resources…

A Record Year for S. Korean Shipbuilders

According to Asia Pulse/Yonhap, South Korea's shipbuilders enjoyed a bumper year in 2005, receiving the largest amount of orders in the world. Domestic shipbuilders received combined orders of 14.5 million compensated gross tons (CGT) in 2005, almost twice as much as the European Union, ranked second with 8.5 million CGT. The runners-up were China with 7 million CGT and Japan with 6.2 million CGT. Despite the industry's downturn, South Korean shipbuilders' global market share expanded last year to 38%, up from 36% a year earlier. At the end of last year, domestic shipbuilders had a combined order backlog of 39.7 million tons, breaking the 30-million-ton level for the second consecutive year.

Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Growing

File image: an offshore wind farm (Siemens)

New capacity edges down 5 pct from record 2013; industry body forecasts stable growth over 2015/6. Europe's offshore wind capacity kept up a steady rate of growth in 2014 and should expand at a similar pace on average over the coming two years, an industry report said on Friday. New capacity connected to the grid totalled 1,483 megawatts (MW), edging down from 1,567 MW in 2013 when a record number of turbines and wind farms were installed, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said.

Port Canaveral Sails Beyond Previous Records

More passengers sailed from Port Canaveral during fiscal year 2002 than any other time in the history of the world’s second busiest multi-day cruise port, an indication that the cruise industry is in economic recovery from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. According to Port figures, 3,824,240 revenue passengers cruised from Port Canaveral between October 1, 2001 and September 30, 2002. This exceeds previous records in 2000 and 2001. The numbers represent one-percent growth in 2000 and 5.4 percent growth in 2001. The cruise industry at Port Canaveral has an $276 million economic impact on Central Florida, according to a 1999 economic impact study.

Carrier’s Refrigeration Unit for Ships Tops Records

Reflecting the shipping industry’s continued trend in the adoption of energy efficient equipment which reduces lifecycle costs, Carrier Transicold reported that its PrimeLINE® container refrigeration unit has surpassed previous records, selling nearly the same number of units in 2011 as in the prior three years combined. “For four successive years, the PrimeLINE unit has outsold all competitive models, and 2011 – a record year for the industry – accelerated this trend,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold. Appel credited the PrimeLINE unit’s success with its industry-leading efficiency, which responds to the market’s need for more sustainable solutions. Carrier’s ThinLINE® unit, the historic market leader, also surpassed previous-year sales in 2011.

Record West African Oil Liftings, Most Sailing East

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Jose Gill)

Total WAF loadings for Asia hit record. Shipments of West African oil to China are set to surge to a record in January, boosting overall fixtures heading east to their highest in at least 14 years, a Reuters survey of shipping fixtures and traders showed on Wednesday. China's loadings are expected to jump by more than 20 percent from December to more than 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, the survey showed. The figure is the highest barrel-per-day total to sail for China since September, and is some 37 percent above the same month last year.

Jeffersonville Port Sets Quarterly Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville recorded the highest quarterly shipments in its 30-year history during the first quarter of 2015. Cargo volume exceeded 800,000 tons, up 10 percent from the previous record set in the first quarter of 2014. First quarter volumes of grain remained steady while steel cargoes more than doubled and fertilizer shipments were up nearly 30 percent from the record year-ago quarter, including a 70 percent increase in potash used in fertilizers. "The strong start to 2015 is testimony to this port's connection to international markets and the diverse portfolio of companies which are leaders in their respective business categories," said Port Director Scott Stewart.

Port Canaveral Soars to Record Year

For the first time in its history, more than 3 million multi-day cruise passengers sailed from Port Canaveral, contributing $40 million in cruise revenue during the fiscal year ending September 30, also a record as newer and larger cruise ships and 66 additional ship calls helped boost passenger totals. Cruise traffic rose 16.08 per percent with 3,100,199 passengers. Overall, Port Canaveral’s total revenues surged dramatically to nearly $57.8 million, eclipsing the previous Port record of $51.2 in 2006 by 13 percent.

Port of Antwerp Maintains Growth Trend

Antwerp port

The port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2014. That is 2.7% more than in the same period last year, itself already a record year. Container freight once more contributed good growth figures, while liquid bulk too continued the upward trend. The container freight volume rose by 4.0% during the first six months, to 53,553,954 tonnes. This corresponds to 4,416,132 TEU, an increase of 2.9%. March was an absolute record month for containers.

Record Year 2011 for N. American Cruise Line Industry

U.S. Analysis showed that 10.9 million passengers took 4,222 cruises for a record 71.8 million passenger nights, a 2.8 percent increase over 2010. Data also show a two-year surge in cruise capacity helped benefit ports and related businesses. A more complete analysis of cruise industry statistics is published in MARAD’s booklet North American Cruise Statistical Snapshot 2011, which is available for online review or downloading at www.marad.dot.gov/publications. For the fourth quarter of 2011, a record 18.9 million passenger nights were booked on North American cruises, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier. About 2.8 million passengers were carried on 1,075 cruises. Passenger nights are a measure of supply/demand for cruises while passengers (embarked) are a measure of supply/demand for U.S.

Port of Hueneme Celebrates Record FY 2013

Photo courtesy Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme, on the US West Coast, says it realizes another strong year in FY2013 achieving a record revenue total of approximately $13.4 million in Gross Operating Revenue for a 10.4% increase over FY 2012. The Port’s CEO, Kristin Decas and CFO, Andrew Palomares submitted the auditor’s report to the Port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners at its recent Commission Meeting. Commissioner President, Jason Hodge, noted "The numbers tell a very positive story about the Port’s financial performance and show our commitment to fiscal responsibility.

Record Bulk Shipping Demolition Rates in 1H15

Graph: BIMCO

Monthly demolition rates in the dry bulk shipping sector averaged 3.3 million DWT for 1H15, according to new figures from BIMCO, compared to 1.3 million DWT last year. This included a record 5.36 million DWT in April – the highest on record for a single month. The dry bulk shipping market has been at rock bottom since February with the Baltic Dry Index staying below 600 from 2 February to 13 May – its lowest levels ever. But with the high rates of demolition and an expected increase in demand through the 2H15, market conditions are expected to improve.

Lerwick Harbor sees Positive Outlook

LERWICK HARBOR

Lerwick's importance as a gateway for Shetland’s communities and industries is underlined by an increase in passenger traffic, cargo handled and fish landed in 2014. Passengers were up 11.8% to 179,352, with numbers on the roll-on/roll-off nightly ferries between the port and Kirkwall and Aberdeen increased by 2% to 135,629 compared with the previous year, despite the two vessels being off-route in sequence for a total five weeks for biennial servicing. A recovery in cruise traffic saw passengers up by 64% to 43,723.

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