Elbe solutions now urgent as the cost mounts for Port of Hamburg

By Alexander Whiteman

The port of Hamburg may have prevented further declines in the first half of 2017, but the delays surrounding the expansion of the Elbe Fairway continue to cost the German gateway. Container volumes for the period were flat on last year’s at 4.45 million TEUs, and while some saw this as a welcome respite after two years of decline, the port continued to lose ground.

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Cruise industry of crucial importance to Halifax

As owner of Ambassatours Gray Line, Murphy’s Restaurant, Harbour Hopper and other charter vessels, Dennis Campbell knows the significance of the cruise industry to businesses in the port, the city and the province. For the past 30 years Campbell has watched the port’s cruise business grow “from something that was a second thought in the city” economically “to something today that is without a doubt a major economic generator.”

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Temperature-controlled cargo of key importance to Port of Halifax

Looking out at a modern containerized cargo terminal, an image that jumps out immediately is the wide range of colours. The boxes come in a wide range of colours – bright red, navy blue, several shades of orange – but it’s the white boxes that signify a very specific type of cargo and that is high-value products and goods that need to be held at a certain temperature.

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Halifax Port Days always a venue for problem-solving discussion

Delving into deep discussions on marine trade can spark many thoughts and ideas on how to make ports more efficient and thus more competitive. During Halifax Port Days, expert panel discussions have become a highly anticipated part of the event’s agenda with participation not only from highly respected panelists but often from conference delegates who push panelists with insightful questions. This year’s topic promises to be as interesting as those of the past as panelists discuss, “What parts of the supply chain need innovating, including trade-enabling investment, to elevate Canada’s ability to compete globally?”

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Shore power project completed at Port of Montreal

Montreal Port Authority has completed its shore power project allowing vessels docking at the Port’s new cruise terminal to be powered by utility-generated electricity. This two-pronged project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2,800 tonnes per year.

This is the first green initiative of its kind in Quebec. The project was rolled out in two phases. The first was shore power for wintering vessels and the second, for cruise ships. In 2016, the MPA developed four power supply stations at berths 25, 27, 29 and M2 for vessels that winter at the Port.

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One year on, the expanded Panama Canal still ‘surpassing expectations’

By Mike Wackett

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the expanded waterway, described as a game-changing event in the history of maritime transport. ACP said the expanded canal’s inauguration on 26 June 2016 had resulted in “redrawn global trade routes”. The first post-panamax vessel to transit the canal was the specially renamed 9,443 TEU Cosco Shipping Panama. Prior to the $5.2 billion upgrade and widening of its locks, the 77km canal linking the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic was restricted to vessels of about 5,100 TEU capacity.

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Halifax is Nova Scotia’s cool cargo hub

By Tom Peters

Maintaining the quality of imported wine and beer is an absolute necessity for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), and is one of the reasons NSLC relies on the cool supply chain through Port of Halifax. “Of the 890 containers last year with shipments of wine, beer and spirits, 197 or 22 per cent, were insulated and 196 were reefer containers,” said Beverley Ware, NSLC’s Communications Advisor. She said the insulated and reefer containers carry beer and wine from such countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

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Accipiter Radar brings next-generation maritime domain awareness to Port of Windsor

For the past 5 years, the port of Windsor has been ground zero for the development and implementation of a radar-based next generation, shared, cross-border, maritime domain awareness (MDA) system that aims to offer low-cost and enhanced safety, security and environmental protection related to local marine traffic. Located at the heart of the 3,700 km long, bi-national, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping System, the opportunity to partner with so many trade corridor stakeholders couldn’t be better.

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