European Ports

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12 Feb 2016
Big Port of St. Petersburg, Russia’s busiest seaport in terms of container traffic, posted a 27.8 percent year-over-year decline in container throughput for 2015 but is planning to regain its lead in the market in the coming years.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
11 Feb 2016
The Port of Felixstowe will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with the new SOLAS container weight regulation that will be enforced from July 1, and to avoid potential export disruption.
10 Feb 2016
The rough Asia-Europe trade market and tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the West had a devastating impact on the Port of Hamburg’s throughput in 2015 by causing it to lose its status as the second-busiest port in Europe.
10 Feb 2016
China Merchants Group plans to build a new outer seaport on the basis of the existing Klaipeda seaport in Lithuania, one of the largest seaports in the Baltics, while investing in in Klaipedos Smelte, the largest loading company in the port, according to recent statements from Arturas Drungilas, director of marketing and general affairs for the Klaipeda seaport.
09 Feb 2016
A dozen tugboats pulled a mega-ship out of the mud of the Elbe River so that it could call at the Port of Hamburg, illustrating the pressure such gargantuan ships place on ports and rescue crews.
04 Feb 2016
Rotterdam’s pioneering automated container terminals face tough challenges as they strive to hit ambitious productivity targets in their first full year of operations with the rest of the European waterfront looking on.
04 Feb 2016
China Shipping Container Lines’ mega-ship Indian Ocean has run aground in the Elbe river roughly 19 miles from the Port of Hamburg, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.
03 Feb 2016
Greek ports will come to a standstill Thursday for the third time this year as dockers, seamen and tug crews join a nationwide, general, 24-hour strike.
03 Feb 2016
The precipitous drop in Russia’s container traffic last year due to its slowing economy and Western sanctions has created a shortage of containers estimated at 400,000 for Moscow shipping companies, and it could continue to grow.
01 Feb 2016
The Port of Gothenburg’s container traffic declined by 2 percent in 2015 in contrast to a 3 percent increase in total freight handled by the largest Scandinavian cargo hub.