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A more sustainable and decarbonised port, a more innovative port that attracts talent and generates disruptive projects, a benchmark port in alternative energies, a digitalised and safe port, a port that promotes new spaces for its neighbours or a port that creates synergies with the railway. These are some of the strategic objectives of the Port Authority of Valencia to turn the València, Sagunto and Gandia port areas into benchmark infrastructures that combine sustainability and economic growth at the service of the business fabric and society. To this end, Valenciaport is going to invest a total of 1,098 million euros in the 2021-2025 Business Plan, spending by and for the people at the centre of its actions. An investment that aims to make the port facilities more competitive, efficient, effective and intelligent under the common umbrella of the port community of linking all initiatives to the environment and the fight against climate change, strengthening the city-port relationship and generating wealth and employment in its area of influence.
The PAV Investment Plan, validated by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda through Puertos del Estado, will undertake projects to consolidate Valenciaport as a strategic hub in the Mediterranean, through which 41% of goods enter and leave Spain by sea, and which will close the 2021 financial year with an increase in total and container traffic, in a sector, maritime transport, which will continue to grow in the coming years. The APV’s proposal supports the continued modernisation and growth of port facilities to meet the needs of import/export companies. At the same time, it makes a clear commitment to alternative energies to which it will allocate more than 60 million euros for projects such as the electrical substation of the Port of València, the location of photovoltaic plants in Valencia or Gandia, the installation of wind energy, the electrical connection of the Port of Sagunto or energy efficiency actions.
In addition, the PAV is going to reinforce the city-port relationship to promote the connection with its neighbours and tourists visiting the Valencian Community. Among other actions, it is going to allocate more than 65 million to initiatives such as the multiple services building and the plans in the Nazaret area, the recovery of the RoyalStair in the Port of València, the ideas competition for the areas for the revitalisation and citizen use of the Port of Gandia, the development of the northern area and the adaptation of the jetty in the Port of Sagunto.
Port of València
Thus, among the main investments in the Port of València, the 2021-2025 Business Plan foresees 397 million euros for the dredging and North Container Terminal to be in the inland waters of the breakwater of the northern extension. An infrastructure that makes the growth of economic activity and the generation of qualified employment compatible with sustainability, as it will be the most eco-efficient terminal with a clear commitment to electrification, renewable energies and rail access. The proposal also contemplates 27.4 million euros for the refurbishment of the plot and rehabilitation of the old shipyard, adaptation of the berths of breakwater Turia and Grada y Fondo docks, as well as other facilities for international traffic of the new Public Passenger Terminal.
The Plan foresees 25.1 million euros for the refurbishment of the South Quay, phase 1 for the generation and adaptation of new surfaces and berths. In terms of railway accessibility, 44.4 million euros will be allocated for the remodelling of the road and railway network between the Poniente and Costa docks; 12.6 million euros for the supply of track equipment, remodelling of the railway network between the Poniente and Levante docks, adaptation and electrification of the northern railway network and 39.9 million euros for road and railway networks linked to the terminal and northern access.
In port-city actions, 54.6 million euros will be invested in the multiple services building in front of Nazaret, the recovery of the RoyalStair, the urban city development of the area next to Nazaret and compensatory actions for the road and railway accessibility works.
About the Port of Sagunto, the PAV’s Plan establishes among the most outstanding actions the refurbishment works of the Center dock 2 with 7.5 million euros or the north dock with 12 million euros. In terms of accessibility, it is worth mentioning the inner railway network with 14.6 million euros or the new southern access with 9.2 million euros. In the integration of the city with the port area, 5.7 million euros have been earmarked for the development for public use of the northern area and 2.8 million for the adaptation of the jetty. In addition, other actions such as the improvements to the Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza line, the railway access to the Sagunto area or the construction of the railway yard must also be included.
Port of Gandia
The 2021-2025 Business Plan includes, among the main investments for the Port of Gandia, a total of 14.5 million euros for the works of shelter, enclosure and berthing of the Serpis 2 quay, while 2.8 million euros are foreseen for the dredging of the entrance channel to the port, 1.7 million euros for the office and services building or 1.3 million euros for the reorganisation of the commercial spaces of the old access. It also includes 2 million euros for the actions linked to the ideas competition for the areas for citizen use in the Port of Gandia.
The Port of Valencia begins electrification of its docks
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A new step in the decarbonisation of the Port of Valencia and its firm commitment to be an emission neutral site by 2030. The Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has put out to tender the drafting and execution of the works for the electrical connection to ships for the Transversal Costa-MSC quay. This is the first electrification or Onshore Power Supply (OPS) project to be carried out by Valenciaport in the Valencian precinct.
The APV is thus initiating the procedure for the award of the contract for the drafting and execution of the project for the installation of electrical connections for ships and the maintenance of the same at the Transversal de Costa quay. To this end, Valenciaport has jointly launched the drafting of the construction project, the execution of its works and the maintenance of the installations in the same procedure for an amount of 12,468,626.8 euros (VAT included).
Onshore Power Supply (OPS) electrification infrastructures have been consolidated as a very useful tool for the decarbonisation of ports, as this system avoids the use of auxiliary engines of ships when they are docked in the enclosures. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions – due to the use of electricity that eliminates the consumption of fossil fuels used in these auxiliary engines – and stops the emission of particles and polluting gases.
This OPS initiative in the Port of Valencia will be carried out in parallel with the works on the new electrical substation – a second substation is also planned – which was put out to tender last month with a base budget of around 11 million euros and a completion period of 24 months. This infrastructure will be responsible for supplying green energy to the first OPS electrification project of the Transversal de Costa-MSC quay.
In this regard, Joan Calabuig, president of Valenciaport, stressed that “these are just two examples of real projects in the execution phase that confirm the firm commitment that Valenciaport is making to achieve the goal of being a zero-emissions port by 2030, twenty years ahead of the European Green Pact. It is a commitment to sustainability and to the society of our environment that is supported by initiatives such as the electrification of the docks, the use of hydrogen in port operations, the installation of photovoltaic plants or the commitment to intermodality with the railway. We are committed to sustainable growth that reinforces our position as a port of reference in the Mediterranean”.
Project included in the Next Generation Funds
The joint contracting of the preparation of the project and the execution of the corresponding works in the same procedure is carried out in response to the fact that there are no references in Europe compatible with the ISO/IEC/IEEE 80005 standard and in Spain there is currently no previous experience of OPS projects in operation with the characteristics of the pilot project defined by the Port Authority of Valencia. The combination of the individual components required for this type of installation (transformers, protection cells, disconnectors, frequency converters, etc.) with infrastructures for supplying electricity to ships requires specific projects, with technically complex solutions that have to be designed specifically for each location. In addition, and given that the execution of the construction project is subsidised by the European Union’s Next Generation funds and the Spanish Government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, the joint tender is the only way to meet the established deadlines, since if two separate contracts were launched, the one for the execution of the construction project could not be launched until the one for the drafting of the construction project had been awarded, which would mean that the work would be completed beyond the deadline for the execution of the works to meet the target set by Europe.
MOL joins GCMD as impact partner to accelerate decarbonisation
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The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation GCMD and MOL announced the signing of a five-year Impact Partnership agreement. On the same day, both parties held a signing ceremony at the GCMD office in Singapore.
Decarbonisation in the maritime industry is a challenge that needs to be achieved through accelerating collaboration and increasing investment by shipping companies, their customers, ports, energy suppliers and public sector actors. As an Impact Partner of GCMD, MOL will utilise its expertise developed over their long history and make various contributions and collaborations through its participation in GCMD’s projects, including providing access to vessels, operating data and evaluation reports so that internal learnings can be shared publicly and used for future trials.
MOL is one of the world’s leaders in the maritime industry and has been leading worldwide discussions on achieving decarbonisation. The carbon budget concept imposes a ceiling to the cumulative amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that can be emitted globally in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius by 2050. Intermediate targets to reduce emissions, in addition to a net-zero target, are necessary. While plans are in place to adopt low or zero emissions vessels in the future, it is important to deploy measures to reduce emissions now. Such measures include the use of low-carbon and transition fuels that are available today, and deploying energy savings devices onboard vessels. MOL will bring its extensive capabilities and experience to bear as it joins GCMD and existing partners to accelerate international shipping’s decarbonisation.
Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, said: “We are proud to have MOL, one of the leading shipowners in Japan, come onboard as an Impact Partner. We are excited to tap on MOL’s track record in developing technical energy efficiency measures to broaden our perspective as we scope an initiative to help increase industry adoption of measures that can increase fuel efficiency of ships.”
Toshiaki Tanaka, Representative Director, Executive Vice President Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of MOL, said: “We are very pleased to be a partner of one of the most important global coalitions. We will make our biggest effort to contribute and accelerate progress towards the net zero future in maritime industry, together with GCMD and all its partners.”
About the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) was set up on 1 August 2021 as a non-profit organisation. Our strategic partners include the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP, BW Group, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Foundation Det Norske Veritas, Ocean Network Express, Seatrium, bp, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK. Beyond the strategic partners, GCMD has brought on board 15 partners that engage at the centre level, in addition to more than 80 partners that engage at the project level.
Strategically located in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub and second largest container port, GCMD aims to help the industry eliminate GHG emissions by shaping standards for future fuels, piloting low-carbon solutions in an end-to-end manner under real-world operations conditions, financing first-of-a-kind projects, and fostering collaboration across sectors.
Wan Hai Lines establishes its new office in India
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Aiming to further enhance service quality and gain a stronger foothold in the Indian sub-continent, Wan Hai Lines has established its India new office in Kolkata in July 2023. Contact details for the new office are as follows: WAN HAI LINES (INDIA) PVT. LTD 3rd Floor, Block C, Apeejay House, 15 Park Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700016 TEL: 91-33-4450 4500 According to the 2023 Foreign Trade Policy announced by the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India’s export trade volume will reach 2 trillion US dollars in 2030.
Therefore, benefiting from government policy incentives and the shifting trend of the global supply chain, India’s status in global manufacturing and international trade is increasing, which is conducive to maintaining long-term high economic growth. And the proportion of global exports has increased significantly. In addition, the continuous economic stimulus policy will help revitalize the domestic economy, and domestic demand is expected to increase significantly. Therefore, Wan Hai is optimistic about India’s future import and export situation. And also through the establishment of a new office to improve the overall operating efficiency.
Wan Hai India Kolkata office held a grand opening reception in the evening of 27th July. During the banquet, there were many important customers & guests. The Kolkata Port Authority, Kolkata terminal operators, feeder operators and important local customers were invited to send representatives to attend the meeting to express their blessings to Wan Hai’s opening of the Kolkata market. At present, Wan Hai has six owned offices in India, namely Mumbai, Chennai, Mundra, and Vizag, Delhi and the sixth office Kolkata office. In addition to directly providing river port services, it will also simultaneously strengthen service links between India and neighboring countries, such as Nepal and Bhutan. It is expected to pursue customer first through continuous expansion in the future and sustainable business philosophy.