A plan to deepen the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet, equal to that of the Panama Canal, has received the key backing of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Port of Hong Kong predictably continued to see a slide in throughput in July as volumes fell 7.9% overall to 1.64m teu.

Cosco Shipping Ports has continued its strong and steady pace of growth in July, with overall throughput rising 12.1% to 8.59m teu, led by a stellar performance at its Bohai Rim ports and overseas terminals.

Port users at Malaysia's Port Klang’s will get a six-month reprieve as the government deferred the planned 15% tariff hike from September 1 this year to March 1, 2019.

The UAE’s election as the first Middle East member of the 40-member IMO Council last December placed all things maritime in the country under a brighter spotlight. For Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) in particular, which was established in 2007 to regulate, coordinate and supervise all aspects of the maritime sector in that emirate, this brought both greater responsibility and opportunity.

The Port of Felixstowe reported an improvement in volumes handled last week, although still lower than expectations, as it continues to grapple with problems caused by its new terminal operating system installed last month.

The debate continues at European level on what e-navigation systems should be, and what they should - or should not – deliver.

The European Commission’s Reporting Formalities Directive 2010/65 required all member states to have a national Single Window for electronic reporting in place by 2015. The concept was laudable enough – create one, single system through which masters and officers could submit all required information, only once. Never, goes the theory, will they be asked for the same information twice.

Despite the success of the privatisation of Greece’s two leading ports Piraeus and Thessaloniki, port operations is to center on concessions agreements rather than sell-offs as Greek ports endeavour to become more competitive.

ABP is investing £15m ($19.9m) in a new vehicle terminal at the Port of Southampton.

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