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CYBER LEGISLATION MAKES DEMANDS OF PORTS

FW’s Matthew Gore examines the implications of new virtual security regulations The importance of cyber security to the maritime transport sector was brought into sharp focus in June 2017 when the ‘NotPetya’ malware attack struck organisations in more than 60 countries worldwide, including many prominent organisations within the maritime transport sector. Incidents such as this… Read more »

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European ports welcome parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament supported yesterday the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth. The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which was voted by the Transport committee pointed out that taxation has a… Read more »

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European Commission to review the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan

 The European Commission is reviewing the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan in cooperation with the five countries involved (Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Ireland). A series of working sessions are being organized to promote the consultation on the future of the Atlantic Strategy and the corresponding Plan of Action.   The working session in Portugal is jointly… Read more »

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BLOCKCHAIN PROJECT TO IMPROVE PORT EFFICIENCY

Associated British Ports (ABP) will be working with a digital logistics enabler to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes to use blockchain technology to improve port connectivity.   The agreement with Marine Transport International (MTI) will see ABP participating a blockchain solution to improve shipments efficiency. “This MOU with MTI is a demonstration… Read more »

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Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging-Chasing Economies of Scale and Silk Ties

Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging. Stevie Knight reports. Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is targeting a draft that will make it the deepest facility in the whole of the Black and Asov seas region.   The long-term aim of Yuzhny is to be a hub on a competitive,… Read more »

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Third Privatization Phase for 10 Greek Ports

Greek assets body the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund plans to launch the third privatisation phase of 10 ports across Greece in autumn, with priority on four in Northern Greece, three in Attica as well as ports in Patra, Volos and Heraklio.   The third phase follows the sale of the Thessaloniki Port Authority to… Read more »

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Brexit: No 10 refuses to consider plans to have EU staff at British ports

Downing Street is refusing to consider proposals to have EU officials stationed at British ports serving Ireland, intended as part of a solution to the problem of the Irish border after Brexit. The compromise plan, which is under consideration by Ireland and Brussels, is aimed at “de-dramatising” the Irish border issue and reflects the fact… Read more »

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ESPO asks to recognise the cross-border dimension of EU ports and to strengthen the maritime connectivity in CEF II

The investment needs of European ports over the next ten years amount to 48 billion EUR. Many port investments score high in creating societal value but the return on investment for the investor, the port managing body, is often low and slow. For these investments, external funding is needed. Ports have only been able to… Read more »

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India Unveils Shipping Portal

The Indian government is to launch a customer-centric, secure, globally accessible e-governance platform named ‘Shipping Portal’ that will ensure transparency and efficiency in end-to-end solutions. Mansukh Mandaviya, India’s Union Minister of State unveiled the initiative. Speaking in Mumbai at a maritime stakeholders meeting organized by the Directorate General of Shipping (DG Shipping), part of India’s… Read more »