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Full containers dedicated to exports and imports grew again for the second consecutive month, by 1.78% and 10.71% respectively in June, according to data from the Statistical Bulletin of the Port Authority of Valencia. For the month, the total number of TEUs moved by Valenciaport continues to show a negative trend, recording 458,139 containers, 7.13% less than in June 2021, due especially to the drop in full containers dedicated to transit which has fallen by 17.7%, traffic that shipping lines have diverted to other enclosures. As for empty containers, the overall figure reflects a decrease of 4.56%. The same occurs with the total of goods handled, which reached 6,843,795, 7.25% less than in June of the previous year.
The semester continues to be marked by the current economic and geopolitical situation. The global uncertainty generated by the war in Ukraine, the rise in fuel prices, the high prices of raw materials and inflation are weighing on activity. Thus, between January and June this year, Valenciaport has mobilised a total of 41,641,585 tonnes, 2.37% less than the same period in 2021. A situation that especially affects containerised cargo, which fell by 7.55%, while liquid bulk cargo grew by 73.21%, solid bulk cargo down by 3.1% and non-containerised cargo increased by 5.41%.
These are figures that Valenciaport hopes will change the trend and increase container traffic again due to the reduction in congestion suffered in China and on the west coast of the United States, which have considerably reduced congestion in ports such as Shanghai, Ningbo or Los Angeles, and whose activity will arrive in the coming weeks.
During these first six months of the year, the activity of ro-ro traffic, which has grown by 3.86% and accumulated 6,562,770 tonnes, should be highlighted. The number of Intermodal Transport Units increased by 7%, while the number of cars in cargo regime increased by 5.73% and reached 291,601 units. Passenger traffic also grew, both regular traffic, which increased by 93.46%, and cruise traffic, which reached 157,744 compared to the six months of 2021, when there were no cruises.
About TEUs, during this semester a total of 2,637,604 TEUs have been mobilised, representing a decrease of 6.46%. Of which the full containers have fallen by 6.97%, among which the increase of 8.88% in full unloading containers (import) stands out, while those of cargo have fallen by 7.73% and those of transit have fallen by 11.55%. Empty containers fell by 4.51%.
In year-on-year terms, if we compare July 2021-June 2022 with the same period of the previous year, the total of goods has been more than 83.87 million tonnes with a fall of 1.81%. The total number of containers was 5,422,437, a decrease of 5%.
The United States, the most dynamic country and natural gas triples in volume
The PAV Statistical Bulletin for the first half of the year shows a general increase in imports and a decline in exports. The energy sector is the most dynamic, with a growth of 100%, highlighting the activity of natural gas entering through the port of Sagunto, which has tripled the total of this energy source, from 672,033 tonnes in 2021 to 1,849,854 tonnes in 2022. The United States is the main importer of natural gas, followed by Nigeria and Oman.
Regarding foreign sales, vehicles and transport elements (-1.12%), agri-foodstuffs (-10.26%) fell, although fruit and vegetables grew by 8.48%, construction materials (-6.38%), chemical products (-15.23%) and other goods (-15%).
In terms of total traffic by country, the United States generated the most traffic with a total of 4,691,115 tonnes and an increase of 21.39%, with a 200% increase in imports. This was followed by Italy with 3,952,173 tonnes and an increase of 2.56%, while China, with a decrease of 6.27%, generated a total of 3,160,236 tonnes. The dynamism of the United Kingdom stands out, which has increased its traffic with Valenciaport in the first half of the year by 70%, other countries that have also grown have been the Netherlands by 26.92% and Belgium by 24%. The number of containers handled with China was 278,261 (-7.73%), followed by the United States with 261,299 (-4%) and Turkey with 137,509 (-16.9%). The most dynamic countries between January and June were the United Kingdom (+71.41%), Australia (+24.09%) and Greece (+23.97%).
By geographical areas, the main container market is the Mediterranean-Black Sea with 454,600 TEUs and a drop of 10.44%; followed by the Far East with 382,765 TEUs (-4.32%); and West Africa with 166,777 TEUs (-4.76%). The areas with the highest growth in the first five months were Atlantic Europe with a growth of 56.48%, Australia (+24.09%) and the Baltic States (+10.32%).
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.