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Alabama U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sign Project Partnership Agreement to deepen Port of Mobile 



Alabama U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sign Project Partnership Agreement to deepen Port of Mobile. Image: Wikimedia/ Adrien Lamarre, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Alabama’s seaport modernization program reached another critical milestone when the State of Alabama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into the Project Partnership Agreement that will deepen and widen the Port of Mobile in late 2024 or early 2025.

Colonel Sebastien P. Joly, Commander of the Mobile District, and John C. Driscoll, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Alabama State Port Authority, signed the agreement, which allows the Corps of Engineers to move into contracting and construction phases to take the Port of Mobile’s federal channel to a depth of 50 feet. Construction is expected to begin on the approximately $365.7 million project by the end of this year. 

Mobile Harbor modernization program received full federal funding in February this year upon passage of the Energy & Water Development and Related Agencies Act. Under the Act, approximately $377.6 million is available to qualifying projects in Alabama and two other U.S. Gulf states. Key features of the program will explore innovative ways of executing dredging in a logical, sequenced manner, unconstrained by more traditional project-specific, account-specific, or single-year work plans. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) lauded today’s crucial and final step that allows the Corps to move forward on construction. “Today’s signing of the Mobile Harbor Project agreement is yet another milestone in the process of the deepening and widening the Port of Mobile. The completion of this historic project will transform Alabama, expanding economic opportunities throughout our state and the region. Further, the modernization of Alabama’s primary port will increase the United States’ competitiveness in the global market. I am extremely grateful for the support of the Army Corps of Engineers and the work of the Alabama State Port Authority to ensure that this project, which I have spent years championing, crosses the finish line with ease,” said Shelby. 

The Mobile Harbor Modernization project also received the State of Alabama’s funding commitment in March 2019 when Alabama Legislature passed and Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) signed into law the Rebuild Alabama Act that allocates a portion of state fuel tax proceeds to support approximately $150 million in bonds to meet the federal cost-share requirements for the harbor project.

“Beyond the impact on the local and state levels, the Port of Mobile serves as a catalyst to our nation’s competitive position in the global economy. I have been proud to support The Mobile Harbor Modernization project, and I look forward to watching the growing benefits our Port will have in the years to come,” Gov. Ivey said. “The Port of Mobile is now poised to become a major hub for export activity, and this is yet another giant step forward in supporting our industries in the Americas and beyond. Alabama can be proud of the powerful economic tool that is our own Port of Mobile.” 

The Mobile Harbor deepening and widening project received its Record of Decision in September 2019, following an extensive four-year, environmental impact and economic feasibility study. With both federal funding and the state’s match secured, the project can now leverage ongoing terminal investments in more Alabama’s only seaport to ensure economies of scale and competitive rates for the seaport’s mining, manufacturing, agribusiness and retail/distribution shippers.

Just this past year, the Port Authority completed its $50 million, Phase 3 expansion that added 20 acres of container handling yard and extended the dock to allow simultaneous berth of two Post-Panamax sized ships. The project complements prior investments totaling $450 million in marine and rail container intermodal facilities. “The Mobile Harbor project leverages shore-side port investments that provide shippers cost competitive transportation solutions in an ever changing and increasingly competitive global economy,” said John Driscoll. “I’m deeply appreciative of the groundwork my predecessor, Jimmy Lyons, and the Authority’s team, delivered to realize this important project.” 

The Alabama State Port Authority represents the State of Alabama’s public, deep-water terminals serving general cargo, container, over-dimensional and bulk cargoes. In CY2019, the public seaport terminals generated over 150,000 jobs and $25.4 billion in economic value to the state. The public terminals have immediate access to two interstate systems, five (5) Class 1 railroads, and nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterway connections.


KIZAD breaks ground on new developments of warehouses, showrooms and industrial units



KIZAD breaks ground on new developments of warehouses, showrooms and industrial units. Image: Abu Dhabi Ports
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Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, announced breaking ground for its new products for supporting the increasing demand for pre-built facilities in KIZAD.

The range of small-to-medium light-industrial warehousing units comprise the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh phases of the KIZAD Logistics Park and are set to be introduced to the market starting from the end of the year to cater to increasing customer demands for additional ready to move facilities.

Abdullah Al Hameli, Acting Head of Industrial Zones Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Industrial activity and warehousing demand has been quite resilient, and we are confident that launching these ultra-modern units will propel tremendous growth in Abu Dhabi’s manufacturing base. Customers are looking for flexible and asset-light options, and we are expanding our portfolio to address these needs through the launching of a new modular, pre-built units in various sizes and configurations.

“With the availability of options to buy or lease warehouses based upon a business’s individual requirements, investors are benefit from our flexible offers for low-cost operations at scale as well as our ability to offer the region’s lowest utility costs. This is complemented by the unique location at the industrial heart of the UAE, and its direct access to global markets via our flagship deep-water port, Khalifa Port.”

New developments in KLP 4 and KLP 5 span total plot area of approx. 250,000 sqm, and offer a range of mixed-use warehousing and light industrial units. These comprise of 26 showroom warehouse units (24 units of 795 sqm and two units of 1,920 sqm) and 88 small-to-medium light-industrial and warehousing units (76 units of 500 sqm; six units of 1,000 sqm; one unit of 1,666 sqm; and six light industrial units of 1,028 sqm).

Further, KLP 6 & KLP 7 offer dedicated plots spanning a total of 330,000 sqm, housing 20 large terraced units, each with an individual floor space of 2,500 sqm, while KLP 7 will feature 56 medium light-industrial and warehousing units.

Located in KIZAD Area A, all modules will be equipped with raised floors, open loading yard access for trucks and forklifts, ample on-site parking will include their own office area with toilets and kitchenettes.

KLP’s launch is the latest in a series of recent developments announced by the Middle East’s largest industrial zone. Earlier this month, KIZAD broke ground on a dedicated Truck Plaza, the largest in the region, to meet the needs of truck drivers and the zone’s growing industrial community.

The Plaza, roughly equal in size to 12 soccer fields, comprises shaded truck, bus and car parking spaces together with a community centre, a fuel station, and several retail outlets including a convenience store, restaurants, a car care service, and a mosque.

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The German Minister of Foreign Affairs visits the Port of Valencia and expresses his wish to increase cooperation with Spanish ports



The German Minister of Foreign Affairs visits the Port of Valencia and expresses his wish to increase cooperation with Spanish ports. Image: Port Authority of Valencia
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The German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, has been received in the Port of Valencia by the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig and the President of the Port Authority of Valencia, Aurelio Martínez. Heiko Maas has shown interest in the Valencian terminals; a port whose potential in the export sector he knows perfectly (his father worked in the Ford factory in Almussafes).

Maas has signed in the Valenciaport’s book of honour and has travelled along one of the gangways through which cruise ship tourists pass to access the ships.

From the top floor of the Trasmediterránea terminal, and with a view to the passenger and container terminals, the President of Valenciaport explained to the German Minister that the Port of Valencia closed the 2019 financial year with 5.5 million containers; a figure that places it as the leading and strategic port in Southern Europe, with traffic volumes that range from almost 10 million TEUs in the German port of Hamburg to 4.4 million in Bremen (the second largest port in Germany).

In this sense, Aurelio Martinez explained to the German president that Valenciaport is making an effort in investments and future projects to continue being the great strategic reference of European ports in the Mediterranean. “We are a great port in terms of traffic, efficiency, call times and connectivity and we also want to be a great port in terms of decarbonisation and climate change actions”.

About the port of Valencia, Heiko Maas said that “it is a great port, with a volume of traffic and business that could be placed halfway between the German ports of Hamburg and Bremen, the first and second German port. Between the German and Spanish ports, such as Valencia, there are numerous cooperation and investment projects, and my wish would be to increase this cooperation. There is great potential between the two sides, and that is precisely what we are working for today in Valencia”.

Spain, a safe tourist destination

In response to questions from German journalists about the coronavirus crisis and the tourism sector, Heiko Maas explained that “the Spanish government has taken very drastic measures and has maintained them for a long time and is currently working in collaboration with Berlin to see what kind of measures it can take to carry out a de-escalation with guarantees. We are working to see how tourism will be this summer, and we are seeing very responsible behaviour from Spain. I am very confident that thanks to these measures taken by the Spanish government, tourism in Spain will be able to be done in a very safe way”.

“In fact, -Maas continued- we have established protocols to see models of action in the case of possible positives; and therefore, the Spanish-German collaboration is being extremely fruitful.  I am very confident that we can do our part. This summer’s tourism in Spain will be different, but thanks to the measures that have been adopted, it will be a tourism that meets all the guarantees”.

“It is my wish, -Heiko Maas expressed- that all German tourists who want to spend their holidays in Spain behave in a very responsible manner and that they respect all the rules that are being imposed, which are very different from those we knew before. This self-responsibility is very important so that everywhere in Europe we avoid all possible outbreaks”.

Valenciaport, a reference point in Europe

Valenciaport mobilized around 5.5 million containers in 2019, while the main German ports such as Hamburg and Bremen managed 9.3 and 4.8 million, respectively. In terms of tonnes of goods, APV ports operated over 81 million, compared to 136 million in Hamburg and 69 million in Bremen. In the movement of cars, we must point out the more than 722,000 vehicles that were managed in the facilities of Valenciaport, while in Bremen this figure reached 2.1 million, a service that does not operate the port of Hamburg.

The president of the PAV explained to the German minister that “Valenciaport closed the 2019 financial year with 5.5 million containers, placing it as the 5th port in Europe. Valenciaport is the connection of the Mediterranean with more than 1,000

At the forefront of innovative projects

Valenciaport is cooperating with German ports and entities in around fifteen projects related to the reduction of the carbon footprint, mobility of people and goods, cyber security, big data, improvement of logistic connections, environmental sustainability or circular economy, among others. “Cooperation between European ports is essential for Europe to continue to move forward on the path to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the logistics chain and the entry and exit of goods to other parts of the world, hence the importance of creating synergies and common front to place us at the forefront of ports,” said the president of the PAV.

Thus, among the collaboration projects, it is worth mentioning the COREALIS initiative, with NEC Laboratories Europe, which proposes a strategic and innovative framework, supported by disruptive technologies, including IoT, data analysis, next generation traffic management and 5G, for ports to manage capacity, traffic, efficiency and future environmental challenges.

Also noteworthy is the PROUT project, in collaboration with Wuppertal Institut Fur Klima for the improvement of urban mobility of both passengers and goods in cities, or the DATAPORTS initiative to promote data integration for the use of the port community, a project being developed by the APV in collaboration with the University of Duisburg-Essen and Fraunhofer Gessellschaft Zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung.

Another outstanding action is the GREEN C PORTS project, together with the Valenciaport Foundation, which aims to achieve, through digitalisation, an increase in the efficiency of port operations, the promotion of the environmental sustainability of the Port and the environmental performance of operations in which the German ports of Bremerhaven and Wilhemshaven also participate.

In addition, the LOOP-PORTS project is being developed with the University of Hamburg. This is funded by EIT Climate-KIC and aims to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy in the port sector by creating a Port Network in this area that will provide an innovation ecosystem around port activity and stimulate the dissemination of circular economy initiatives.

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Port of Cardiff celebrates new contract with leading energy company



Port of Cardiff celebrates new contract with leading energy company. Image: Port of Cardiff
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The Port of Cardiff has celebrated the start of a new contract with Valero, a global refiner specialising in the manufacture of transportation fuels and petrochemical products, which will help power the economy of Wales’ Capital city and the wider region.

The Port of Cardiff has celebrated the start of a new contract with Valero, a global refiner specialising in the manufacture of transportation fuels and petrochemical products, which will help power the economy of Wales’ Capital city and the wider region.

The new long-term agreement includes occupation of a 12-acre storage and distribution terminal adjacent to ABP’s Roath Dock in Cardiff which will be fed by coastal tankers utilising Cardiff’s multimodal and deep-sea connectivity.

As part of the agreement, Valero will be importing predominantly road fuels, including petrol, ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) and biofuels, as well as heating fuels, into Cardiff for distribution to the regional market in South Wales.

Valero utilises a coastal shipping service linking its West Wales refinery in Pembroke to its network of storage and distribution terminals around the UK and Ireland, with expectations to handle considerable liquid bulk tonnage through Cardiff every year.

ABP’s Port of Cardiff’s strategic location facilitates access to a market of 1.5 million people living in the Cardiff Capital Region, which equals approximately half the population of Wales.

In preparation for the new contract, ABP has made significant investments in enhancing port infrastructure, including investing  more than £400,000 in jetty infrastructure upgrades and recently completion of a five year programme to replace both the inner and outer lock gates, representing a £5 million investment to secure  marine access for the next 50 years. ​​​​​​​

Andrew Harston, Regional Director for ABP’s Wales and Short Sea Ports, said: “Valero is a great example of a company that is able to use sea transport for the 100 mile journey from Pembroke to Cardiff.

“ABP has a longstanding relationship with Valero and we look forward to this continuing our collaboration into the future with this new agreement.”

ABP owns and operates 21 ports across the UK, located in close proximity to important domestic industrial clusters, logistics hubs and major conurbations. ABP owns a total of 3,743 ha of freehold land, which includes 960 ha of strategic development land in prime locations across the country.

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