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South Florida Container Terminal welcomes CMA CGM Medgulf service

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South Florida Container Terminal welcomes CMA CGM Medgulf service. Image: APM Terminals
South Florida Container Terminal welcomes CMA CGM Medgulf service. Image: APM Terminals
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South Florida Container Terminal located in the Port of Miami, welcomed the new CMA CGM Medgulf service. The weekly service offers Florida supply chains a first port of call to/from the West Med before proceeding into the U.S. Gulf and Mexico. The new route also offers an improved transit time from the Indian Subcontinent via Tanger, with 29-day transit to Miami.

The service started end of September 2022 and calls Tanger, Genoa, Valencia, Miami, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and Tanger. Six vessels will operate the service including the CMA CGM NAVEGANTES that called SFCT in October.

To prepare for future cargo growth and larger ships, SFCT is announcing an order for more cargo handling equipment at the port. 12 electric, emission-free, rubber tire gantry cranes have been ordered from Konecranes for delivery in Q2 2023.

The order comes on the heels of a three-year modernization project that transformed the facility into a more sustainable operation with new, electric rubber tire gantry cranes and added cargo storage space, using a densification model which allows 33% more usability in the container yard than before. This will increase capacity to approximately 300,000 lifts per year.

Hugh Healey, Head of SFCT said “Miami’s business center strength and Florida’s growing consumer market are creating excellent business opportunities for supply chain planners.We’re excited to welcome the new CMA CGM Medgulf service and also announce the next phase of our terminal improvement plan.”

New, touchless gate kiosks were added in 2020 to improve the trucker experience. Truckers enter and exit through weigh-in-motion scales with the help of ILA Clerks and Mechanics, processing their cargo information as they safely and efficiently move through the terminal.

The SFCT modernization project aligns with PortMiami’s master plan who is financing $38 million in port infrastructure improvements as well as applying for Federal Mega grant applications to achieve port decarbonization goals by electrifying yard handling equipment and yard trucks.

Miami is also the first port of call for Florida-bound cargo from Latin America and Asia. The port is the closest U.S. port to the Panama Canal and ideal for Latin America connections with close proximity to the Miami International Airport – for sea-air business and the Greater Miami Free Trade Zone. The Miami Customs District is one of the ten largest in the U.S., with total trade through its airports and seaports exceeding $100 billion annually.

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Mawani to develop two container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port

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The Saudi Ports Authority has announced the laying of the foundation stone for upgrading and developing two container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam under the Build-Operate-Transfer concession signed with Saudi Global Ports valued at over 7 billion riyals.

The launch ceremony was attended by H.E. Omar Hariri, President of Mawani, and Eng. Abdullah Al-Zamil, SGP Chairman, alongside senior logistics and maritime executives.

The project is set to take the national maritime regulator a step closer to realizing its Saudi Vision 2030- inspired roadmap centered around optimizing port operations and modernizing infrastructure to build a booming and sustainable maritime ecosystem while fulfilling the aspirations of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy to position the Kingdom as a global logistics destination connecting three major continents.

The concession will work on refurbishing berths and facilities across the Port’s first container terminal besides expanding berths and overhauling the container yard within the second container terminal to enable the Arabian Gulf hub to handle giant containerships. The development works will also add a custom-built sandbox to test cutting-edge technologies and conceptualize new processes before going online.

Apart from generating over 4,000 jobs in the local economy, the project is expected to raise the Port’s overall capacity by 120% to 7.5 million TEUs and strengthen the nation’s supply chains, boost its foreign trade, and improve the Kingdom’s rank in global indices.

As part of its long-term developmental strategy to deploy 160 high-impact projects at a total cost of over 4 billion riyals, Mawani is keen on partnering with leading industry players to transform Saudi ports into engines of growth and investment in the shipping and transportation sectors.

2022 represented a monumental year for King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam and its operator SGP with record-breaking annual performances across various indicators yielding the Port’s highest container throughput in its history at over two million TEUs.

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DP World’s container terminal reduces 55% of its net carbon emissions

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DP World’s container terminal at Southampton enjoyed its greenest-ever year in 2022 after delivering a 55% reduction in net carbon emissions from its fleet and installations.

DP World, the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, runs the UK’s most advanced logistics hubs: two deep water ports at Southampton and London Gateway with access to freight rail terminals, and a rapidly expanding logistics park on the doorstep of the capital.

The news represents a major step forward for DP World’s ambitious plans to reduce emissions after Southampton became the first port in the UK to eliminate fossil diesel from its operations entirely and transition to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) last April.

HVO is a renewable biodiesel derived from sustainable sources which, as well as lowering carbon dioxide emissions, reduces levels of nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide. DP World estimates the switch from diesel to HVO at the port saves around 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of taking more than 8,000 family cars off the roads.

Steve McCrindle, DP World’s Port Operations Director at Southampton, said: “We are delighted by the progress we have made on our green journey since moving to sustainable HVO last April. The transition away from fossil diesel means that the overwhelming majority of the fuel used at Southampton now comes from a green and renewable source.”

“We will use HVO for the entirety of 2023 and therefore expect a further 35% net reduction in carbon emissions from our fleet and installations by the end of the year, making for a 90% reduction compared with 2021. This sector-leading performance shows our commitment to playing our part in helping the UK meet its Net Zero 2050 policy,” McCrindle added.

DP World operates ports, terminals and logistics businesses on six continents. At London Gateway the new £350 million fourth berth, which will lift capacity by a third when it opens in 2024, will be all-electric and the UK’s first all-electric terminal tractor is now in service.

Southampton already has the highest proportion of containers moved by rail in the UK (up to 30%). Combined with London Gateway, this means around 300,000 trucks are taken off UK roads each year, saving emissions and reducing congestion.

The company has also earmarked a further £1 billion for investment in the UK over the next 10 years.

DP World announced plans in November last year to invest up to US$500 million to cut carbon emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000 tonnes over the next five years. The reduction represents a 20% cut from 2021 levels, through electrifying assets, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels. In the longer term, DP World aims to be a carbon neutral business by 2040 and has a clear roadmap to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 across its entire global network

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HHLA and CSPL agree to invest in CTT

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HHLA and CSPL close to finalising the agreement for an investment in CTT. Referring to the publication of a mandatory announcement by COSCO SHIPPING Ports Ltd on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 6 January 2023, a HHLA spokesperson states:

“We can confirm that in objective, constructive talks between Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), CSPL and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, it has been possible to agree on concrete conditions for CSPL’s participation in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort GmbH. HHLA and CSPL are currently in talks to clarify the final details and are aiming to finalise the transaction soon. HHLA is pleased to continue the cooperation with its long-standing business partner COSCO on a new level.”

Since October 2022, HHLA and CSPL have agreed under certain conditions to discuss a shareholding of less than 25 percent in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort GmbH with the German government. The parties have agreed not to disclose the contents of the agreement.

HHLA is one of Europe’s leading port and logistics companies with activities stretching beyond the Port of Hamburg into many parts of Europe. Together with its customers, HHLA develops logistical and digital hubs for the transport flows of the future. As a result, HHLA is paving the way for sustainable growth in its enterprise value.

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