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Port of Antwerp scores 7th record year in a row

In 2019 Port of Antwerp scored strong growth for the seventh year in a row, with the freight volume up 1.3% to 238 million tonnes

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Port of Antwerp scores 7th record year in a row. Image: Port of Antwerp

In 2019 Port of Antwerp scored strong growth for the seventh year in a row, with the freight volume up 1.3% to 238 million tonnes. Although some segments are clearly under pressure due to economic reasons the port is making progress overall. But this progress is not just economic: in social terms the port is also making clear steps in favour of sustainability and mobility.

Growth Figures in 2019
In 2019 Port of Antwerp developed further as a major international port. Despite increasing tension in world trade it achieved strong growth this year once more in terms of total freight volume. Container freight in particular gained market share (up from 27.5% to 28.2%), while the dry bulk segment for its part saw its total volume expand by 3.4%. In breakbulk on the other hand, with steel as the main product, the consequences of turbulence in world were clearly felt, resulting in an overall contraction of 13%. In the liquid bulk segment too the volume was down, by 4.4%, due mainly to the slowdown in economic growth and fluctuations in oil prices.

 

Port of Antwerp scores 7th record year in a row. Image: Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp scores 7th record year in a row. Image: Port of Antwerp

Launching Ramp towards the future
In 2019 a strong foundation was laid for the future success of Port of Antwerp and the economic activity with which it is closely linked, with large investments being announced in the chemical and logistics sectors. In addition to a record investment of 3 billion euros by INEOS in the Antwerp chemical cluster, this year also saw work starting on the ECLUSE steam distribution network. In addition ExxonMobil’s Delayed Coker Unit went into operation, and there were other investments by players such as BASF, Borealis and Standic.

Emphasis on Sustainbility

Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren explained: “We are using the technology and expertise that we have in the port to smooth the path towards becoming a carbon-neutral port. We are striving for a multi-fuel port where various sustainable fuels are available beside one another. In the near future we’ll be experimenting with tugs powered by sustainable methanol hydrogen. Other interesting avenues that we are exploring are Carbon Capture & Utilisation and Carbon Capture & Storage, along with ways of re-using carbon in circular processes. It is our ambition to make the sustainable transition a reality, and Port of Antwerp has a pioneering role to play here.”

Further efforrts towards better Mobility
Port of Antwerp continues to put great efforts into improving mobility, by more efficient consolidation of freight traffic, further digitisation of the port infrastructure and coordinated management of rail infrastructure.

“A growing port is a port in motion, and we aim to further extend the modal shift in future. Last year 24 million tonnes of freight was carried by rail. That’s 7% of the total freight volume. We aim to double this to 15% by 2030. Pipelines too have an increasingly important role to play,” Jacques Vandermeiren concluded.

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CMA CGM introduces NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, a unique, unprecedented solution for business networking

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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce the launch of NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the first and only business matchmaking solution on the market.

NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, a unique, unprecedented solution to accelerate business growth for the CMA CGM Group’s customers

In line with its Customer Centricity strategy, CMA CGM is committed to providing customized support to its clients as they pursue international expansion and business development. With NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the Group gives them the ability to expand their activity worldwide, to create new business opportunities and to find the suppliers or customers that best meet their needs.

The CMA CGM teams are available to help the Group’s clients:

  • Find trustworthy partners;
  • Diversify their customer and/or supplier portfolio;
  • Reach new markets;
  • Leverage alternative business opportunities;
  • Reduce the cost, time and effort associated with business development;
  • Find better quality products and more advantageous terms.

CMA CGM leverages its trusted network for ever more innovative solutions

NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES is backed by the unique network of the CMA CGM Group. Present in 160 countries through its 755 offices, the Group deals with companies operating in a wide variety of business sectors: textile, food, agriculture, manufactured goods, industrial equipment, etc.

A dedicated team based at the Group’s head office in Marseille screens its clients to find the most reliable, driven and dynamic business partners. To ensure adherence to the highest standards, potential partners must meet the following criteria to participate in NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES:

  • Have a business expansion plan;
  • Have a long-term relationship with CMA CGM;
  • Comply with the CMA CGM Code of Ethics;
  • Demonstrate sound management (clear of liabilities and outstanding payments to CMA CGM).

The business matchmaking occurs in three main stages:

  • The client tells the CMA CGM team about its business goals;
  • CMA CGM presents them with a list of potential new business partners;
  • The two potential partners begin negotiating to develop their activity. The exporter only incurs fees if an agreement is signed.

Marking the launch of NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice President – Commercial & Agencies Network, CMA CGM Group, declares:

With NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES, the CMA CGM Group is leveraging the trusted network it has built over the course of its 40-plus years of experience. By helping our customers grow with ever more innovative solutions, we are reaffirming our desire to put clients at the heart of our strategy.

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Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership

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DP World and Swissterminal Holding AG, the leading container terminal operator in Switzerland, have entered a strategic partnership.

With effect from 20 January 2020, DP World has taken a stake of 44% in Swissterminal Holding AG with the Mayer family, who founded the business, remaining the majority shareholder. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are well connected to Europe’s leading container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports of La Spezia, Genoa, Ravenna and Trieste south of the Alps.

DP World has grown from its roots in Jebel Ali Port in Dubai to be a leading global trade enabler offering end-to-end logistics to cargo owners through its network of 150 operations in more than 50 countries including ports, economic zones, warehousing, feeder services and inland transport.

Focusing on faster growing markets and key trade routes DP World is developing technology to remove inefficiencies in the supply chain. Through DP World Inland, the company is well established in the German and Belgian inland markets and operates four terminals including trimodal transport systems supporting trade flows to connect to the northern range seaports in Europe.

The Swissterminal and DP World partnership is expected to deliver a strong competitive advantage and enhance the industry-leading position of both companies. The cooperation is anticipated to expand the companies’ terminal networks, increase efficiency and grow their service portfolios. With the transaction, no major structural changes within the respective companies are planned, and Roman Mayer will continue to serve as Swissterminal’s CEO.

Dr Martin Neese, Managing Director of DP World Logistics, said: “We are excited to invest in an innovative container terminal operator with extensive industry know-how, committed employees and strong values. The strategic partnership with Swissterminal strengthens DP World’s position as a leading provider of inland supply chain solutions. Swissterminal is a perfect match to our existing inland and seaport operations in Europe. We look forward to developing new intermodal solutions together for the benefit of our customers”.

“We are delighted to welcome DP World as our partner, particularly at a time when we are seeing numerous opportunities for Switzerland to grow its success as a major global logistics hub,” said Roman Mayer, CEO Swissterminal AG.

“By merging our family-owned business with such a large, international organisation which shares our long-term vision, we will be well-equipped to deliver long-term sustainable growth and cater to a changing industry landscape”, he added.

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Collaboration key to port’s future

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The Port of Long Beach navigated a trade dispute with China, new technology and evolving trade routes in 2019, culminating in its second-busiest year on record by moving more than 7.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units, Executive Director Mario Cordero announced Wednesday at the annual State of the Port address.

Cordero was introduced by Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal in front of an audience of more than 750 industry partners, community members and civic leaders gathered at the Long Beach Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

As a leader in environmental sustainability and community engagement, Lowenthal said the Port is poised to have a prosperous 2020 despite dramatic changes within the goods movement industry.

“Ours is the task of promoting trade so that this city, region, state and nation can thrive,” Lowenthal said. “It’s our responsibility to see that Port resources are used wisely to keep us competitive and a leader in goods movement.”

The Port wrapped up 2019, its second-busiest year on record, with 7,632,032 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved, a decrease of 5.7% from the record-setting pace logged in 2018. Imports slid 8.3% to 3,758,438 TEUs. Exports totaled 1,472,802 TEUs, down 3.3%, while empties decreased 2.8% to 2,400,792 TEUs.

Terminal operators and dockworkers moved 665,261 TEUs in December, a 10.3% decline compared to December 2018. Imports were down 13.4% to 323,231 TEUs. Export TEUs jumped 10.6% to 125,395 units, while empties dropped 15.1% to 216,635 TEUs.

Looking ahead into 2020, Cordero sounded an optimistic note of “better times ahead” and progress on trade war discussions, while also pointing out the challenges of lagging business investment and continued uncertainty in the industry.

“At the end of the day, we need to be ready for whatever may come,” Cordero said in his speech. “We need to compete, we need to innovate, we need to lead. And most of all, we need to collaborate.”

The best way to do that, Cordero said, is to distinguish Long Beach as the Port of Choice by working toward operational excellence with labor, shipping companies, ocean carriers, truckers and other industry partners.

Key projects launched over the past decade are nearing completion, including the replacement for the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. The new cable-stayed span is scheduled to open to traffic later this year.

Additionally, construction is scheduled to wrap up in 2021 on the final phase of the Long Beach Container Terminal, creating the greenest, most technologically advanced terminal in North America. Over the next decade, the Port also plans to invest an additional $1 billion in rail improvements that will speed the flow of goods across the country while reducing local road traffic.

Cordero on Wednesday also unveiled a new logo for the Port, aimed at conveying a message of operational excellence, and a commitment to partnership with industry and the community.

And coming soon, the Port will launch a completely redesigned website, making it easier for businesses and the community to interact with the Port and find essential information. The new polb.com will be mobile-friendly and easy to navigate and search, featuring stunning imagery and new interactive features.

The Port of Long Beach’s 2019 TEU totals are available at this link. December 2019 detailed statistics are here.

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