Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries have signed a collaboration agreement to develop joint strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations through developing the technology for a decision supporting systems and to demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations. A key focus of the collaboration will be to consider a new research… Read more »


Italy’s Ignazio Messina launches Italy-Tunisia ro-ro link

Naples, Italy (PortSEurope) May 23, 2018 – Italian shipping company Ignazio Messina has launched a new ro-ro maritime link between Italy and Tunisia. The port of Rades will be connected weekly with Genoa harbour, but also with Naples, where the company returns after five years of absence. On this route, two ro-ro ships will be hired from the… Read more »


Feasibility studies start at ports of Olvia and Kherson, Ukraine

In March, MTBS (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions), local partner Interlegal and other consortium partners, started the feasibility studies and transaction advisory services for two pilot port concession projects in Ukraine. The main stakeholders are the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Ukrainian Seaport Authority (USPA), the Ports of Olvia (former Oktyabarsk) and Kherson, the International… Read more »


Trieste Marine Terminal sees increased rail traffic in Q1 2018

In January-March 2018, rail traffic connecting Pier VII with Italy and Europe increased by 65%, in relation to volumes. Budapest and Burghausen routes saw substantial increases in traffic handled, mainly due to the strengthening of the Hungarian service and the optimization of the second weekly rail connection with Burghausen, Upper Bavaria, which began in March… Read more »


China’s Polar Silk Road, a threat or an opportunity

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the  Chinese government that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, primarily the  People’s Republic of China (PRC), the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road (MSR), since 2013. Source: Mercator Institute for China Studies It aims… Read more »


Digitalisation and ICT innovations – A focus on port logistics

Shipping has been an important human activity throughout history, particularly where prosperity depended primarily on international and interregional trade. According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) statistics in  2017, shipping has an essential contribution to the world economy since more than 90% of the world’s trade, in volume,  is carried by sea. In a broader… Read more »


Ports need smarter GHG reduction incentives

A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development International Transport Forum report argues ports need to develop more and smarter incentives to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets for the shipping sector   Reducing Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lessons From Port-Based Incentives includes a global summary of 28 ports with environmentally-based port… Read more »