On the 15th and 16th September, Port Finance International is bringing its series of executive level port development conferences to North Africa for the first time, hosted in Casablanca. PFI Morocco will be held under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics. The conference will bring together key figures from port authorities, terminals, banks and investors, law firms and governing bodies across Africa and international locations to consider commercial outlook and discuss plans, projects and projections for this exciting country.
The Moroccan Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance, Marsa Maroc, ANP, APM Terminals, ADB, EIB, TMPA, OECD, IFC and the Port of Amsterdam among others, will spend 2 days exploring Moroccan port projects and infrastructure financing, focusing on how this development will act as a stimulus for the economy as a wholeand will review and discuss the impact and development of investments in the regions ports and terminals. Discussion will also focus on public private partnerships and how Morocco can capitalise on its strategic positioning to become a logistics hub between Europe and Africa.
CONTAINER throughput at mainland China ports grew 3.3 per cent to 17 million TEU in July compared to the same month last year.
Marine ports handled 15.3 million TEU, up 4.4 per cent from last July, while inland ports handled 1.7 million TEU, down 4.8 per cent year on year.
A conference session titled ‘Sulphur regulation - fair competition and enforcement’ will be presented by Roger Strevens, VP Environment for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).
“The sulphur emissions situation is endlessly discussed in the media but the real issue, as I see it, is the enforcement of it” explains Roger Strevens. “Within the European ECA, the level of compliance testing is very low. In addition, the compliance costs are heavier than the fines. What this creates is a temptation to not comply and that can put companies who do comply (such as WWL) at a significant competitive disadvantage.”
High cube 40ft containers are stealing a march on traditional 40ft equipment and by the end of 2013 represented just short of 50% of the maritime container fleet, according to Drewry’s recently published Container Census report.
The overall fleet of maritime 40ft high cube containers grew by over 7% in 2013, a much faster pace than the global container fleet whose growth was limited to just 4.3%.
St. Petersburg, Russia based Marine Multipurpose Complex Bronka (MMPK Bronka) mulls over the deployment of a Floating Storage and Offloading Vessel for bunkering operations at the future outer harbour, a Fenix LLC executive said.
Aleksey Shukletsov, Executive Director with Fenix LLC, the Bronka project investor told journalists at the round table meeting “Discussion of the Strategy for social and economic development of Saint-Petersburg through 2030 in the context of Transport Logistics Complex” the company has received proposals of bunker fuel suppliers on deployment of a bunker fuel storage / offloading tanker with one or two operators providing bunkering services at the floating terminal.
The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has publically released its latest market surveys on global port equipment deliveries. Prepared annually, the reports are key elements in the Association’s work of providing independent intelligence on key equipment and technology trends in the ports and terminals sector.