Port of Singapore Sees Recovery in Container Traffic

first_imgzoom The world’s second busiest port, the Port of Singapore, reported an increase in its cargo container traffic during May, the first time in over a year, preliminary data published by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) show.The port handled a total of 2.665 million TEUs in May, 1.6 percent more that the 2.622 million TEUs seen during the same month a year ago.Due to the difficulties that the container shipping market experienced during 2015, the port witnessed a decrease in its container cargo, which fell to 2.383 million TEUs in February 2016.The Port of Singapore, which handled a total of 30.922 million TEUs in 2015, put in a mixed performance during the year, amid weak global economic conditions and structural changes in the maritime industry.The fundamental imbalance of the containers shipping market worsened in 2015, according to BIMCO. While the demand side delivered only a sluggish growth level, the supply side jumped by an astonishing 8.1%.Freight rates across the board saw lower levels more or less during 2015, while the depressing development and the accompanying volatility in 2015 were, even more, apparent in the spot market.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Damen’s Ballast Water Port Solution Put to Test

first_imgThe ballast water technology InvaSave has completed shipboard testing onboard the containership Henrike Schepers during which ballast water was taken in untreated and the efficacy of the technology was validated upon discharge, Damen Green Solutions said.The company said that, with these tests, the InvaSave technology demonstrates that it is capable of providing an IMO type approved backup in a port in the event of a failure in a vessel’s on board treatment systems to uptake or discharge ballast water.Furthermore, it can serve as a port-based alternative for those ship owners that may not want to retrofit an on board treatment system or be deployed in a port with a sudden outbreak of marine pests.“More and more countries are ratifying the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and it could enter into force in 2017; in any case, it is only a matter of time. Damen is cooperating with the service providers in the ports to provide this ballast water treatment service. This is also relevant for all port authorities, who could face congestion problems if they don’t have a contingency/emergency service in place,” said Damen Green Solutions Product Manager Matthijs Schuiten.Groningen Seaports is the first port to provide this ballast water treatment service. The solution is likely to appeal to other ports as well as ship owners, operating close to World Heritage Sites and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.IMO type approval is expected to be obtained 2016 and a patent is pending.Image Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more