EU Opens Investigation into Port of Antwerp Container Terminal Operators
(Reuters) – The European Commission said on Friday it had opened an in-depth investigation into alleged state aid to two container terminal operators in Europe’s second busiest port, Antwerp in Belgium.
The Commission said concession agreements for PSA Antwerp NV and Antwerp Gateway NV contained a requirement for the handling of a minimum tonnage. The two did not reach this between 2009 and 2012, meaning they would have to pay compensation to the publicly-owned port authority.
However, the Antwerp Port Authority decided in 2013 to reduce the minimum tonnage retroactively, reducing the compensation to be paid by some 80 percent. https://gcaptain.com/2016/01/15/eu-opens-investigation-into-port-of-antwerp-container-terminal-operators/#.Vp86lirNy9I
Antwerp port boss calls for close alliance with Rotterdam
Rotterdam and Antwerp ports should work together more closely to head off the risks posed by Chinese investments in southern European ports, Antwerp’s chief executive Eddy Bruyninckx says in an interview with the Financieele Dagblad. For example, it would be sensible to develop joint storage facilities for goods heading to central and eastern Europe, he said. ‘We each play our part, but it would be wise to join forces to ship goods to Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary,’ he told the paper. These are countries which have more growth potential than the saturated western markets, Bruyninckx said. Rotterdam and Antwerp are currently the two biggest ports in Europe but China is building up its position in Piraeus, near Athens and in the Turkish port of Kumport. ‘China wants to lessen its dependence on the northern European ports,’ Frans Paul van der Putten, a researcher with the Clingendael Institute, told the paper. ‘China will eventually be able to ship products to central Europe more quickly via southern ports than Rotterdam or Antwerp.’
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Antwerp Prepares for Construction of LNG Bunker Barge Station
The Port of Antwerp says it is preparing to begin construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker station for barges, noting that a concession agreement is set for signing in the beginning of 2016.
With the Rhine-Main-Danube LNG Master Plan having come to a close on December 16, the Port of Antwerp says preparations for the bunker station reasserts the port's commitment to LNG bunker development. shipandbunker.com...
Bomin Launches Physical Bunker Operations in Antwerp
The Bomin Group, a leading global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today announced that it is launching a physical operation in Antwerp, Belgium, called Bomin Belgium BVBA. The expansion significantly strengthens Bomin’s position in a critical European bunkering hub and is in line with the company’s ambitious plans for growth throughout 2015.
Bomin Belgium BVBA consists of a team of four people with significant bunkering experience and strong networks within the local market, providing customers with high quality, efficient and reliable physical bunker supply across key ports.
As part of Bomin Belgium BVBA’s drive to ensure the transparency, accuracy and efficiency of its bunker supplies, the 2009-built bunker barge Vantage has been equipped with a mass flow meter. The vessel has a capacity of 3,500 metric tons, and fast pumping rates to drive speed of service and efficiencies in supply. Customers will have access to a full range of quality products, including IFO 380, ultra low sulphur fuel oil and DMA 0.1 %, with physical deliveries available in Antwerp, Ghent, Zelzate, Flushing and Terneuzen.
DP World Antwerp to get major crane upgrade from Kalmar
Three Kalmar STS cranes operated by DP World at the global port operator’s Antwerp Gateway are to be heightened by 6m to allow the port to accommodate larger container ships.
The project is to be undertaken by Kalmar, which will carry out all planning and engineering, including the installation of leg extensions underneath the portal beams in the existing flange junctions of the cranes.
The cranes have been operational at the port since 2005, but need to be extended to keep pace with the growth in the size of container ships in the last ten years.
The cranes are not just being heightened, according to a press release from DP World Antwerp, installations of consequential structural reinforcements in crane travel and trolley travel direction will also be carried out. Source: Arabian Supply Chain
Kalmar to deliver turnkey heightening of three ship-to-shore cranes for DP World Antwerp
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. The order was signed into Cargotec's first quarter of 2015 order intake, with the completion of the project scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2016, the company said in its press release.
Port of Antwerp has launched breakbulk application for more efficient freight handling. The Antwerp Port Community System (APCS) has now met this requirement with a new breakbulk application that will make today’s copying and re-copying of data a thing of the past. The result is more transparent, faster communication concerning cargoes, enabling them to be handled even more efficiently. More to read at: www.marinelink.co...
Port of Antwerp grants discount for ships with lower particulate emissions
As of 1 June 2015 the port of Antwerp will grant a discount to seagoing ships that use alternative technology to reduce emissions of particulates. The new discount comes on top of the existing ESI discount, which means that in some cases ships can benefit from a 30% reduction in the port dues that have to be paid whenever they call at Antwerp. With this additional environmental discount Antwerp Port Authority seeks to encourage investments in green technologies for more sustainable shipping, by supporting and rewarding these technology pioneers. The discount is being introduced for a period of three years and will be gradually reduced. www.hellenicshipp...
Filling of the Deurganckdok-lock in the Port of Antwerp started
April 27, started the filling of the Deurganckdok-lock in the Port of Antwerp (Waaslandport). This is the largest lock in the world with a water depth up to 21.30 m. The entire filling process (ca. 1.600.000 m3) will take about one week. Soon the four lock gates and two bascule bridges will arrive in Antwerp and be mounted afterwards. The Deurganckdok-lock will be put into operation during spring 2016.
TF expresses condolences over Antwerp docker deaths
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has expressed its condolences to the families and colleagues of three experienced dockworkers who died on Saturday in Antwerp, Belgium, after entering a ship’s hold to unload coal.
ITF president and chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, said: “Our thoughts are with the families, their colleagues and friends of these three men. This must be a desperately sad time for them.“We can never relax on port safety and accident prevention. Antwerp is a port where health and safety is taken very seriously, and, like the three men’s trade unions, we are confident that a full investigation will take place into what happened and how any resulting lessons can be implemented.”
He concluded: “Dock work is dangerous work and everyone involved must always do everything possible to minimise the risks. This is a timely reminder of the importance of Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April (28april.org), whose message is ‘Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living’.”