British Ports Association has published a video to highlight their importance to the UK economy

British Ports Association has published a video to highlight their importance to the UK economy
British Ports Association has published a video to highlight their importance to the UK economy

The British Ports Association has launched a video highlighting the importance of ports to the UK’s economy. The film uses new economic impact study data produced for Maritime UK – an umbrella group promoting the industry – to highlight the value of the UK ports industry. The figures show that collectively the industry employs 101,000 people, handles almost 500 million tons of freight and contributes £7.5 billion ($7.9 billion) to the economy.

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British Marine research suggests boating sector growth for the sixth consecutive year

British Marine research suggests boating sector growth for the sixth consecutive year
British Marine research suggests boating sector growth for the sixth consecutive year

The UK’s leisure marine industry has achieved its sixth consecutive year of growth, according to research conducted by British Marine.

Industry revenues increased by 3.4% in 2017 – rising to £3.12bn – their highest level since the financial crisis of 2007/08. The sector directly contributed over £1.3bn to the UK economy between March 2016 – April 2017, while supporting over 33,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the UK’s manufacturing and service industries.

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Lerwick port expansion officially opened

The biggest expansion yet to service port users at Lerwick Harbour, Shetland Islands, UK was officially opened in mid July.

The £16.5 million quay was named Mair’s Pier by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott when he unveiled a new sign before invited guests, including port users, stakeholders and others.

Mr Scott said: “Lerwick Port Authority has, through the decades, invested in Shetland’s future. New quays, facilities and deeper, sheltered water reflect the needs of larger vessels, the ever-changing oil and gas industry and the importance of seafood to Shetland and the wider Scottish and UK economy.

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Alpeco delivers high speed refuelling solution for Jurong port

Alpeco, based in the UK, has designed, built and installed two jetty-based high speed dispensing units for refuelling a range of boats including small leisure craft, for Singapore-based CNC Petroleum.

The dispensers refuel vessels with diesel at flow rates of 100 LPM or 500 LPM and were installed on a jetty at Penjuru Terminal, Jurong Port.

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Shoreham Port unveils 20 year development plan

Shoreham Port looks forward to the next 20 years
Shoreham Port looks forward to the next 20 years

It’s been a busy start to 2017 at Shoreham Port with imports and exports flowing steadily through, new recruits joining the team and a number of development projects under way.

Recently, long-term plans at the Port have been in the spotlight. A framework for development for the Port over the next 20 years is set out in the Port’s Masterplan and in December the Masterplan underwent a ‘light touch review’ to bring the plans right up to date.

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Aberdeen Harbour expansion project approval announced

Commencement of a £350 million project to expand facilities at Aberdeen Harbour, which was recently granted planning consent in the form of Marine Licenses and a Harbour Revision Order by the Scottish Government, has been sanctioned by Aberdeen Harbour Board.

“We are delighted that, after six years of detailed planning and extensive consultation with our many stakeholders and the regulatory authorities, we are now in a position to approve commencement of construction”, stated Colin Parker, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board.

Following a detailed engagement process, Aberdeen Harbour Board, in partnership with Dragados UK, a main contractor, will develop facilities over the next three years that will represent a step change in the marine support capabilities in Scotland. These will transform the port’s ability to accommodate the trend for larger vessels we are witnessing across a whole range of industries.

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Liverpool set to become the Silicon Valley of the maritime world?

Article reprinted from the Liverpool Echo and written by Liam Murphy

Hi-tech barges could be built at Merseyside’s Cammell Laird as part of plans to make the region “the Silicon Valley for the maritime sector”. The aim is to replace the thousands of lorry journeys expected to be generated when the massive new Liverpool2 port is fully opened with tidal and solar powered vessels. Plans are now being drawn up for the barges – which could even be automated – to transport freight containers from the new deepwater port further inland down the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford docks.

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New policy to boost port development in India

The Maharashtra government is set to announce a new maritime policy for the development of the sector. The cabinet is likely to approve the policy on January 27, said people familiar with the development.

The draft policy was submitted to the government some time ago and it has been drafted by the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) with inputs from various stakeholders and experts.

A senior MMB officer confirmed to The Hindu that the policy is awaiting Cabinet approval, but declined to share details. Senior government officials said it would be announced by the Chief Minister.

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The Port of Prince Rupert port development could create 5,000 jobs

New plans revealed by the Port of Prince Rupert show that 5,000 new jobs could be created
New plans revealed by the Port of Prince Rupert show that 5,000 new jobs could be created

The Port of Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia, Canada has released a study projecting that its fully-realized development plan could generate almost 5,000 new jobs directly related to port activity, with corresponding increases in wages and government tax revenues.

Using a model derived from project proposals and land use plans, the forecast quantifies the potential growth of the port’s economic impact through 2025 and beyond. The model makes assumptions for capital investments, average employment levels and wages.

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Dublin Port Company opens new Alexandra Quay Container Terminal

Dublin  Port Company has officially opened its newly completed Alexandra Quay Container Terminal
Dublin Port Company has officially opened its newly completed Alexandra Quay Container Terminal

The opening marks the completion of the third and final phase of the development of the new facility. This third phase will enable the terminal to cater for an additional 80,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) per annum bringing the terminal’s total capacity to over 400,000 TEU per annum.

The initial two phases of the project created new runways for three rows of rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), a type of large mobile crane used for stacking shipping containers. The third and final phase added a fourth runway for RTGs and deepened and strengthened the quay wall to allow bigger container ships to be loaded and discharged with modern high speed ship-to-shore gantry cranes.

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Rotterdam World Gateway runs first test

Rotterdam World Gateway has now actively started commercial activities
Rotterdam World Gateway has now actively started commercial activities

On the evening of Saturday 17 January, the first commercial test vessel was handled at the Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal. In total, more than 150 containers were discharged. This made Rotterdam World Gateway’s first commercial container handling reality. After discharge, approximately half of the containers were loaded onto a barge on Sunday 18 January.

This first vessel marks the start of commercial activities at Rotterdam World Gateway. In the months ahead, Rotterdam World Gateway will be receiving commercial test ships more regularly, allowing the terminal to further increase volume and functionalities. In the second quarter of 2015, Rotterdam World Gateway will be ready to welcome the first weekly liner service.

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Work begins on £25M quay extension at Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne has confirmed Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd as the main contractor for the £25m extension of Riverside Quay
The Port of Tyne has confirmed Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd as the main contractor for the £25m extension of Riverside Quay

The Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the £25m extension of Riverside Quay, the Port’s multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields.

The main contract for over 300 metres of quay work includes a 125 metre quay extension, an upgrade of 118m of existing quay and 90m of quay wall renewal at the former McNulty site. The £18.6m contract was won by Tyneside-based Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd who will start construction this month.

This development is required to support the growth in cargo volumes being handled by the Port of Tyne, including the relatively new wood pellet imports used by power stations as they convert from coal to renewable fuels.

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