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Busan Port Authority (BPA) today announced the opening of its London branch office, and outlined its expansion plans back in Korea.

Yesterday, the Shipping Professional Network London (SPNL) released the results of its “Future London” report, a far-reaching consultation covering the continuing role of London in the shipping sphere.

Stolt-Nielsen and Trafigura have announced they are to cooperate on the development of a bitumen storage and distribution centre in the UK.


From the closure of the Coryton refinery to the opening of London Gateway; from the disappointment of a biomass power station that didn’t work out, to the triumph of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant; while all ports see their ups and downs, perhaps those overseen by Richard Everitt during his nine years at the head of the Port of London Authority have been more extreme than most.

Listening to shipping research guru Martin Stopford explain what he sees as the future of major shipping cities on Wednesday was always going to give a lot of food for thought. To make it just that a bit more interesting Stopford was being quizzed onstage by the new chief executive of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Andrew Tan, a man who clearly has a vested interest in the topic.

DP World’s London Gateway was officially inaugurated on Thursday with the arrival of its first scheduled liner call by the 4,900 teu MOL Caledon.

Koji Sekimizu, secretary general of IMO, opened the ICS conference in London this morning with a call for the systematic review of prescriptive safety regulation, and a shift towards goal-based standards. 

London is threatened as a shipping business hub by competition from the Far East, according to a survey of young professionals by the Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL), in conjunction with Moore Stephens.

So, the long-anticipated and much discussed moving and shaking has started among Britain's major ports. DP World London Gateway, due to open in the fourth quarter this year, has signed up its first customer, the consortium that operates the Southern Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS).

London is looking to strengthen its maritime and shipping business links in Latin America.

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