Europe’s southern gateway terminals are proving increasingly competitive and certain factors may have the potential to change the landscape significantly in the near future. This was the conclusion of a panel of liner shipping industry experts at a recent webinar organised by Contship Italia Group.

Developments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering are continuing apace as more projects take shape. ABS is working with Athens-based probunkers to provide technical support for the design of a fleet of specialist LNG bunker vessels for port operations.

Greece is a bridge between Europe and China, and China-Greece cooperation could develop much faster and to a greater extent, said Greek Parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis, who has just spent a week in Beijing and Shanghai, cultivating relations between the two countries.

After divesting its interests in Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf Holdings (Chiwan Wharf) in February, the former has in turn bought a 38.7% stake in China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) for RMB24.7bn in an all share offer.

Construction of the Port of Cape Town's Maritime Training Centre has been completed and it is set to open its doors in September.

As the challenges mount for global shipping, there is a greater need for ever higher levels of efficiency. This was the premise for the setting up of the Port Call Optimisation Task Force, which was driven by calls from major shipping companies such as Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM and Shell for greater efficiency to help them plan their port and shipping operations better.

Terminal operator DP World has rejected reports that it might settle out of court in its dispute with the Djibouti government.

In this faster-track, ever more digital world, surely one of the greatest pleasures is still to bump into old friends and colleagues unexpectedly.

Panama is joining the shipping digital community with the first web platform in the region which allows Panamanian importers and exporters to take advantage of this maritime and air connectivity.

The global economy appeared to be ticking along in the first quarter, with cargo throughput at all major ports rising by 3.4% from the first quarter of 2017, according to the Shanghai International Shipping Institute’s (SISI) latest Global Port Development Report for Q1 2018.

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