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  • 19 Jan 2018 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    This notification is for your kind attention from OPCA member AFL NV (Allround Forwarding & Logistics), Belgium.

    Please be informed that AFL NV (Allround Forwarding & Logistics) has recently moved to a new office.

    Details of their new office are as below:

    AFL NV (Allround Forwarding & Logistics)
    London Tower, Noorderplaats 9, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

    For your kind information.


  • 19 Jan 2018 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 17 January, 2018

    The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223.6 Mt of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year

    Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 Mt), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 Mt), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 Mt), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 Mt). Only dry bulk such as coal and ores lagged behind in the tables, finishing the year with a drop of 3.7% (12.2 Mt).

    Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, drew positive conclusions: “Finishing the year with such strong growth figures gives us confidence for the future. The port companies too remain firmly convinced of the advantages of Antwerp and the strengths that it has to offer, witness the many investments that we were able to welcome in 2017.

    "In 2018 we seek to build further on the momentum of the previous year. This means that we will take the entire world as the scale for our decisions, with maximum facilitation for our customers as the basis.”

    In unit terms, container volume rose by 4.1% in terms to 10,450,897 TEU. Q4 2017 scored best in relative terms for the year as a whole, with growth of 7% year-on-year. In addition, three months in 2017 (May, August and October) set absolute records of more than 900,000 TEU. In ro-ro, the number of new cars handled for was up by 4.0% to 1,238,128 units.


  • 18 Jan 2018 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    New members are going on to join Overseas Project Cargo Association from all around the world. Today we are happy to announce you that BRITISH AMERICAN SHIPPING LIMITED is our new member from UNITED KINGDOM.

    Let's welcome our new member on board of Overseas Project Cargo Association! Have a great cooperation together!

    ADDRESS: Unit A2, East Gores Business Park, Salmons Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RZ, United Kingdom
    CONTACT: Mark Fuller / Project Manager
    TEL: +44 (0)1394 691339


  • 17 Jan 2018 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    New members are going on to join Overseas Project Cargo Association from all around the world. Today we are happy to announce you that PRIMA SA TRANSPORT & TRADING is our new member from SWITZERLAND.

    Let's welcome our new member on board of Overseas Project Cargo Association! Have a great cooperation together!

    ADDRESS: Via Dante Alighieri, 12, 6830 - Chiasso, Switzerland
    CONTACT: Pietro Casagrande / President
    TEL: +41 91 6820476
    FAX: +41 91 6820479


    Since 1994, PRIMA has stood for reliability, accuracy and safety in "heavy load" transportation.

    PRIMA provides a 360° service for all transport needs: their staff takes care of solving any kind of problem: from disassembly to packing to document drafting and planning so that transport vehicles get to their final destination. They specialize in offering solutions to transport requirements that pose a number of challenges, those that seem impossible and that PRIMA makes do-able. PRIMA ranks at the top when it comes to know-how in transporting heavy loads to inaccessible locations in a short time.

    The human capital, the skill, the network that allows them to tackle difficulties and unexpected circumstances as though they were challenges make us the perfect partner for the hardest types of transport in terms of type and size of merchandise, or the terrain and paperwork hassle in the countries they cross with their vehicles. The experience and ingenuity of their staff allow PRIMA to guarantee each transport is a sure success.

    You can click here to see project photos of our new member.


  • 17 Jan 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 15 January, 2018

    DP World Antwerp Gateway is about to receive its two final STS cranes, bringing its quayside crane complement to eleven.

    The two Liebherr cranes, with a total € 21M price tag, will arrive at the Deurganckdok terminal on 16th and 20th January, having been assembled at the Delwaidedok since last August.

    The cranes were disclosed by Liebherr in WorldCargo News' July 2016 STS crane survey. Lifting height above rail is 52m and waterside oureach from waterside rail is 68m, sufficient for a 25-wide deck stow at Deurganckdok.

    They will become operational by late February, taking the terminal’s annual capacity to 2.8 M TEU.

    Later this year, the last of three 23-wide ZPMC STS gantries will be raised 7m. Five 20-wide Kalmar gantries have already been extended to reach 23 across.

    Antwerp Gateway comments that is now is fully geared to handle 20,000 TEU-plus container ships. Offering an ‘anytime’ accessibility for ships with a 13.1m draught, Deurganckdok can also accommodate ships drawing15.5m inbound when entering on the back of the right tide, and even 16m for right tide departures.

    The biggest containership yet to call at Antwerp – MADRID MAERSK (20,556 TEU, June 2017) has an operational draught of 16m. In the first nine months of 2017, Antwerp has had 130 calls in the 14,000- 18,000 TEU range and another 58 in the 18,000-21,000 TEU category.


  • 15 Jan 2018 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 12 January, 2018

    Cargo tonnage at Canada’s Port Saint John rose by more than 4 million tons in 2017, representing an increase of 15% year-over-year (YOY).

    Specifically, overall cargo tonnage handled last year was 30.5 million metric tons, compared to 26.4 million tons seen in 2016.

    What is more, the number of vessels calling at the port’s terminals increased to 927 in 2017 from 874 in 2016.

    All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017, according to the port.

    The port’s container volumes stood at 57,402 TEUs, compared to 90,262 TEUs reported a year earlier. As explained, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017. This second global container service joined Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) who has been calling Port Saint John on a weekly basis since 2012.

    “Our significant increase in tonnage for 2017 is attributable to the success of our stakeholders in the bulk sectors (dry, liquid and breakbulk) as well as our first year of operations with DP World at the multi-purpose cargo terminals on the West Side,” Jim Quinn, President & CEO of Port Saint John, commented.

    In January 2017, DP World Saint John started operating the multi-purpose container, bulk and breakbulk terminal at Saint John, enhancing the port’s capacity and productivity.

    Located in New Brunswick, Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.


  • 12 Jan 2018 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 10 January, 2018

    A roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) terminal has been opened at the Baku International Sea Trade Port in the Alyat settlement of Garadagh district, Azerbaijan.

    Ilham Aliyev, the country’s president, opened the terminal on January 9.

    The new terminal is capable of receiving 60,000 trucks or 1.8 million tons of cargo per year, Azerbaijan’s news agency CBC informed.

    As explained, the annual capacity of one bridge at the terminal is 800,000 tons and of the second 1 million tons. The remaining seven bridges are expected to be completed by the end of January.

    In addition, warehouses, auxiliary and other infrastructure facilities are to be completed until the end of Q1 2018, while the terminal’s operational building will be constructed by the end of May.

    The country’s government is working to develop the Port of Baku as the main maritime gateway to Azerbaijan and as a multimodal transit and logistics hub along the ancient Silk Road. The port is being developed in three phases. Once all phases are finished, the Port of Baku will be capable of handling about 25 million tons of freight and up to 1 million TEU annually.


  • 11 Jan 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous

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  • 10 Jan 2018 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 09 January, 2018

    Three second-hand vessel types are expected to see a considerable increase in value over the coming year, those being Handysize bulkers, LPG vessels and Long Range 1 (LR1) tankers.

    Namely, the value of a 15-year old Handysize bulker is set to increase by 33 percent from USD 5.75 million in the first quarter of 2018 to a forecasted value of USD 7.63 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to VesselsValue.

    Coming in second is 15-year-old LPG vessel sized 35,000 cbm. The value of LPG vessels is set to rise from USD 14.98 million in the first quarter of this year to USD 16.56 million in the corresponding quarter next year.

    The third vessel type are the 15-year-old LR1 tankers, with a forecasted 9 percent increase over the next 12 months.

    The recorded value of the LR1 tankers in the first quarter of 2018 is USD 8.92 million. The anticipated increase is set to reach USD 9.73 million, based on the forecast.

    The value increase in both the second-hand and newbuilding sector is said to be driven by higher steel prices, in addition to the reported recovery in the dry-bulk sector.


  • 08 Jan 2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Original news was published 05 January, 2018

    2017 was a good year for the Suez Canal as higher traffic in the waterway brought about a 5.6 percent revenue increase, totaling in USD 5.3 billion.

    The canal authority’s head Vice Admiral Mohab Mameesh said that the navigation traffic in the canal connecting Europe and Asia was up by 4.6 percent when compared to the corresponding figures from 2016.

    Traffic growth has resulted in 7.1 percent higher net tonnage in the past 12 months in comparison to the corresponding figures from the previous year.

    According to Mamesh, the higher figures reflect the importance of the canal for international trade.

    Moreover, he added that the state is seeking to benefit from the huge volume of cargoes that cross the canal annually by implementing an ambitious development project in the region which will see the establishment of industrial zones and creation of a more attractive climate for investors.

    In December, the canal saw 74 vessels cross the waterway in 24 hours, the highest number of single-day ship crossings in the Suez Canal’s history.

    The 74 large ships carried a total of 5.2 million tons of cargo, also a record weight of shipments in a single day.

    In August 2017, the canal authority cut tolls for LNG carriers operating between the American Gulf, Arabian Gulf zone, India and its eastern ports.

    The reduction followed discounts offered to dry bulk carriers in April 2017 as the canal authority was working on encouraging more ship transits through the canal.


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