Despite the tightened security around the Asean Summit next month, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) does not expect any high season delays as productivity at the three main ports in Manila is at a good level, local reports said.

Jeddah’s Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) has just taken delivery of four new super post-panamax ship-to-shore quay cranes from China’s ZPMC.

The Port of Rotterdam has benefitted from the investments in infrastructure it put in place ahead of the recovery in Asia-Europe volumes while also gaining from the re-alignment of the alliances and rise of the ultra large container vessels.

Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP) continues to perform well in September, with overall volumes rising 18% to 7.7m teu from 6.5m teu previously, driven by huge gains in its overseas investments and recovery in traditional markets such as the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta regions.

We are told, mainly by people with an axe to grind on climate change, that the world’s weather is getting more violent. And on cue, violent weather events seem to come along more regularly, whether it is this year’s hurricane season or the incidence of typhoons in 2016-17.

Commodities-focussed north China port operator Qinghuangdao Port reported good cargo throughput growth in the first nine months of the year, with overall throughput at its three terminals rising 30% to 290.7m tonnes from 224.3m tonnes in the previous corresponding quarter.

DP World is to build a new 400 m berth at the port of Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.

Nearly all of the Port of Durban had reopened to marine operations by 4pm on Thursday, however, some issues remained with terminal handling equipment damaged in Tuesday’s storms.

The Port of Durban is expected to re-open at midday on Thursday after surveys to assess damage from Tuesday's storms that left three vessels grounded and sank a floating dock.

Ports having to deal with mega-vessels potentially have to face all the challenges but with little of the upside from any increase in call size.

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