Singapore port container volumes have inched up in November compared to year-ago levels, putting the republic on track to achieve a historic high throughput this year.

Qingdao port, the leading crude oil and ore handling port of China, has started building its second 300,000 tonne-class crude oil terminal at Dong Jia Kou port area with completion scheduled by the end of 2019.

Container handling volumes at China’s Shanghai port have dipped in November compared to the year-ago period, according to figures from Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

The port of Amsterdam will be launching trials monitoring system to explore Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) usage in its airspace as part of the port’s innovation strategy.

Last week’s announcement by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) that it would ban open-loop scrubbers from its port waters from 1 January 2020 when IMO’s 0.5% global sulphur cap comes into force has set the cat among the pigeons for a growing number of owners opting to for exhaust gas cleaning for compliance with the regulation.

France’s Marseille Fos port is preparing to offer LNG bunkering services from the middle of next year on an initial smaller scale before further expansion from 2021.

Houston-based Eagle LNG Partners will be able to further develop its small-scale LNG bunkering operations after the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the company their draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).

Container volumes at China’s Shanghai port have risen in October compared to the year-ago period, but they dipped on a month-on-month comparison, according to data from Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) in southern Europe will be ready to handle 20,000 teu ultra-large containerships (ULCs) by 2022, stepping up from its present capacity of accommodating 16,600-teu boxships.

The port of Rotterdam has improved its container throughput in the first nine months, recording a 5.7% increase compared to the same period of last year.

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