The Port of Long Beach reported July throughput numbers on Tuesday, showing its most active July on record despite a “cooldown” in consumer spending.

Dockworkers and terminal operators at the port moved 785,843 TEU in July, a slim 0.13% increase from the previous record set in July 2021.

Total throughput was boosted by rising empty export containers, offsetting a year-over-year imports decline. Imports fell 1.8% to 376,175 TEUs, while empty containers moved through the port rose 2.8% to 300,257 TEUs. Exports were down 0.5% to 109,411 TEUs.

Looking by month, July’s numbers came in about 6% below June, which capped the port’s strongest quarter on record in Q2 2022, marking two consecutive quarters of record setting cargo volumes despite headwinds from inflation and fears of a looming recession.

“We are continuing to seek solutions to improve efficiency as a record-breaking number of containers move through the Port,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We hope to relieve some of the stress points by continuing to support a transition of the entire supply chain to 24/7 operations and ensuring our industry partners can track containers with our new Supply Chain Information Highway data solution.”

With July’s final numbers in, the Port of Long Beach has now broken monthly records in six out of the last seven months. Year-to-date, cargo volumes are up 4.6% compared to the same period in 2021, when the Port of Long Beach handled record cargo volumes of more than 9.3 million TEU.

“Our waterfront workforce continues to ensure trade moves through the Port at a record-setting pace,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman. “We continue to strengthen our partnerships with labor and industry to ensure our spot as a leader in trans-Pacific trade.”

The National Retail Federation said Monday it expects 2022 container imports into United States to surpass 2021 despite a “significant” slowdown over the remainder of the year.

Many retailers this year have brought in cargo early and shifted to East and Gulf Coast ports to avoid any potential disruptions related to ongoing contract negotiations between dockworkers and employers at West Coast ports. The NRF is predicting the slowdown to start in August and continue through the remainder of the year before deepening in 2023.

This West to East cargo shift has knocked the Port of Long Beach out of second place in the rankings of top U.S. container ports as Long Beach’s volumes now trail behind the Port of New York and New Jersey, which has not yet reported July numbers. The Port of Savannah has also been a benificiary of this shift, with the port reporting an 18% surge in cargo volumes in July compared to 2021.

Unfortunately, the shift has also contributed to growing backups on the East Coast, with most ships now arriving late. On the other hand, Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles backups have eased considerably from January’s peak, but with 25 ships still waiting in the queue as of Monday, they aren’t out of the woods yet.

Source: https://gcaptain.com/empties-lift-port-of-long-beach-to-new-july-record-as-imports-fall/


Critics of China’s Belt and Road program have long warned of the potential military uses of the Chinese-operated port at Hambantota, Sri Lanka, and successive Sri Lankan governments have denied that the port would benefit China’s PLA Navy. This past weekend, a Chinese missile tracking ship tried to call at the port, setting off a minor diplomatic scuffle with India and providing new evidence for the critique.

In 2016, a Chinese state-owned enterprise took over the port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on exceptionally favorable terms. The Sri Lankan government was heavily in debt to China, and to raise funds, it granted a 99-year lease on the underutilized port complex to China Merchants Port Holdings (CM Port) in exchange for $1.1 billion. For critics of China’s Belt and Road development program, Hambantota immediately became the go-to example of Beijing’s “debt diplomacy”: saddling a developing nation with debt to build unneeded infrastructure, then taking control of the distressed assets.

As a deepwater port, Hambantota also has dual-use application as a potential naval resupply point, which China’s critics in New Delhi and Washington, D.C. were quick to point out. Sri Lanka’s government has pushed back on this suggestion over the years. “There are no foreign naval bases in Sri Lanka,” Ranil Wikremesinghe, then prime minister of Sri Lanka, said in 2018. “The Hambantota Port is a commercial joint venture between our ports authority and China Merchants.”

These suspicions were put to the test this month with the planned arrival of the spy ship Yuan Wang 5, a ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship in China’s research vessel fleet. She was due to transit to Hambantota, arriving August 11 and departing August 17 after conducting replenishment. Her mission in the Indian Ocean, according to the China-oriented consultancy Belt and Road Initiative Sri Lanka (BRISL), is to “conduct space tracking, satellite control and research tracking in the northwestern part of the Indian Ocean region through August and September.”

However, India protested the plans for the ship’s arrival. India and Sri Lanka share a defense treaty that prohibits Colombo from allowing a foreign military (like China’s PLA Navy) to use Sri Lankan ports if the use damages India’s interests. The timing was particularly sensitive because India had just provided Sri Lanka with $4.5 billion in aid to bail out its collapsing economy.

After New Delhi’s objections, the (newly-formed) Sri Lankan administration of President Ranil Wickremesinghe asked the Chinese embassy to postpone the Yuan Wang 5’s port call “until further consultations.”

“Letting the Chinese military vessel dock at Hambantota would have compounded Sri Lanka’s other India-unfriendly actions since 2014, when two Chinese submarines separately docked at a new, Chinese-built container terminal in Colombo Port,” said Indian defense strategist Prof. Brahma Chellaney, speaking to the Times of India.

Source: https://maritime-executive.com/article/sri-lanka-turns-chinese-naval-vessel-away-from-port-of-hambantota

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released its Port State Control (PSC) Annual Report for 2021, which shows that detention and deficiency rates per inspection have continued to remain low, according to AMSA’s release.

AMSA Executive Director of Operations, Michael Drake, said the authority’s reputation for having a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance with internationally agreed standards, continued to have a positive influence on the quality of ships being brought to Australia.

The 2021 detention rate sat at just 5.6 per cent, down slightly from the 2020 detention rate of 5.9 per cent. The 2021 deficiency rate per inspection was just 2.2, almost on par with the 2020 rate of 2.1.

Source: https://en.portnews.ru/news/333572/


According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the $3 billion grant will prove vital in establishing innovative projects at ports to boost resiliency, expand cargo-handling capacity, and reduce emissions across supply chains.

Alongside these funds, the Inflation Reduction Act contains other provisions ports can benefit from – including another $2.6 billion allocated to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for protecting coastal communities and marine habitats from extreme weather; and a $1 billion grant for the replacement of heavy-duty vehicles with zero-emissions alternatives.

“The creation of a federal grant programme to reduce emissions and electrify ports demonstrates the federal government’s unprecedented attention to port infrastructure needs,” said the AAPA

“This federal grant programme will signal to equipment manufacturers and private investors that this electrification technology at ports will be ubiquitous in the coming years.”

The bill awaits approval from the House, which is expected to pass it as early as this week before US President Joe Biden can sign it into law.

“This bill makes the largest investment ever in combatting the existential crisis of climate change. […] The House should pass this as soon as possible and I look forward to signing it into law,” said President Biden in a recent announcement.

In July, US Congress representatives for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have proposed the Clean Shipping Act, the first legislation in the US tailored to target shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Clean Shipping Act of 2022 is modelled off of the European Union’s Fit for 55 regulatory framework for shipping.

Source: https://www.porttechnology.org/news/us-inflation-reduction-act-grants-3-billion-for-greener-ports/

  • The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is weighing whether it will extend the operations of the Shippers’ Protection Office (SPO) once the COVID-19 state of calamity expires in September
  • DOTr Undersecretary for Maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento said DOTr will evaluate the situation first, as shipping costs, particularly destination charges, remain high
  • An evaluation will find out how effective the SPO has been in resolving complaints
  • No definite date has been targeted for the evaluation but Sarmiento said it is a priority

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will evaluate relevance of the Shippers’ Protection Office (SPO), whether its operations will be extended once the COVID-19 state of calamity expires in September, according to a DOTr official.

Undersecretary for Maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento, in text messages to PortCalls, said DOTr will evaluate the situation first “before we decide to lift the SPO or not,” noting that shipping costs, especially destination charges, “are still high.”

The SPO was created in 2020 through DOTr Department Order No. 2020-008 as part of temporary measures to protect the public during the state of national calamity “from the impact and effects of exorbitant and unreasonable shipping fees resulting in increased prices for domestic consumers.”

The state of calamity under Proclamation No. 1281 will expire on September 12, unless it is lifted before that date or extended. Health Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has ordered a review of the state of calamity proclamation.

Sarmiento said he will evaluate how effective the SPO has been, noting:  “I’ll have to hear from complainants their side if the SPO is effective.”

He said he has no definite date yet on when the evaluation would start, but noted it is a priority.

Under DO 2020-008, the SPO is mandated to protect domestic and international shippers “against unreasonable fees and charges imposed by domestic and international shipping lines.” The SPO should look into “all complaints and issues related to the rates, charges, practices and operations of international and domestic shipping lines in the country.”

The SPO is headed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager as chair and administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as vice chair. The SPO Secretariat is headed by PPA’s Port Operations and Services Department.

Port users and stakeholders have long asked government to oversee operations of and charges levied by international shipping lines. No government agency has direct jurisdiction over these carriers, although liners’ agents/local offices are required to register with MARINA and to comply with Customs and tax rules.

There had been attempts in recent years to regulate local shipping charges, but all efforts have fallen through.

PPA earlier told PortCalls that as of June 9, 2022 the SPO received 88 complaints and inquiries since its establishment in 2020. Four of the 88 complaints had been addressed. Of these, 18 were resolved/closed, 10 referred to other government agencies, three awaiting comments from subjects of complaints, two for issuance of special orders, and 51 returned for non-compliance with the prescribed format.

Of the total, 68 were complaints against international shipping lines for unreturned container deposit, uncollected container refund, detention charges, demurrage and storage charges, cleaning fees, destination charges, container imbalance charges, empty return location, and unreleased delivery order/container release order.

Other complaints were against terminal operators, a domestic shipping line, a freight forwarder, a trucker, a container yard operator, and a bunkering service provider, according to a 2021 presentation by PPA.

There were also complaints on the increase in sea/air freight charges, change of port of discharge, and wrong gross weight. – Roumina Pablo

Source: https://www.portcalls.com/dotr-to-evaluate-relevance-of-shippers-protection-office/


The company’s net profit came at Rs 1,072 crore ($134 million) for the first quarter of FY22-23, against the Rs 1,278 Cr ($160 million) from the same period a year ago.

Consolidated EBITDA (excluding Gangavaram) grew by 11 per cent to Rs 3,005 Cr ($377 million), while revenue stood almost flat year-on-year at Rs 4,638 Cr ($582 million) – given the Rs 725 Cr ($9 million) decline in revenue from the SEZ business segment.

APSEZ reported that this decline was in line with its expectations.

Adani added that the overall strong performance was delivered by both its businesses – ports and logistics.

During Q1 FY23, the company handled 90.89 MMT of cargo, which is an approximately 8 per cent year-on-year growth. The growth was primarily led by dry cargo (11.2 per cent increase), followed by containers (3.2 per cent), and liquids including crude (5.6 per cent).

Mundra port continues to be the largest container handling port with 1.65 million TEU versus 1.48 million TEU managed by JNPT port during the quarter. Mundra crossed 50 MMT of cargo volumes in the initial 111 days of FY23.

Ports EBITDA grew 18 per cent to Rs 2,885 Cr ($362 million).

Revenue from the logistics business stood at Rs 360 Cr ($45 million), a growth of 34 per cent on account of improving container and terminal traffic, and the bulk segment with overall increase in the rolling stock.

Logistics business EBIDTA grew by 56 per cent to Rs 96 Cr ($12 million). According to the company, this was aided by increase in cargo volumes, cargo diversification, elimination of loss- making routes and operational efficiency measures.

Gangavaram Port reported revenue of Rs 414 Cr ($52 million) and EBIDTA of Rs 280 Cr ($35 million) in Q1 FY23, although these numbers are currently not consolidated in APSEZ results.

“Q1 FY23 has been the strongest quarter in APSEZ’s history, with a record cargo volume and highest ever quarterly EBITDA. This is a 11 per cent jump on a robust performance in the corresponding quarter last year that witnessed the post-Covid demand surge,” commented Karan Adani, CEO and Whole Time Director of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone.

“The company continued this strong performance in July and recorded 100 MMT of cargo through-put in the initial 99 days of FY23, a feat never achieved before.”

As Adani is set to commission two new terminals in the coming months, this growth will gain more momentum according to the company. The container terminal at Gangavaram Port will become operational next month, while the 5 MMT LNG terminal at Dhamra will be ready by the end of the year.

“Our strategy of connecting port gate to customer gate through an integrated utility model is starting to yield results,” added Adani.

“We are confident of achieving our full year guidance of 350-360 MMT cargo volumes and EBITDA of Rs 12,200-12,600 Cr ($1,5 billion). APSEZ remains committed to its philosophy of ensuring sustainable growth in partnership with our key stakeholders.”

Most recently, Adani Ports and Israeli firm Gadot and won the tender for the sale of Haifa port.

The group will buy the port for a sum of $1.18 billion. Adani Ports will have a 70 per cent stake and Gadot will hold the remaining 30 per cent.

Source: https://www.porttechnology.org/news/adani-ports-profit-dips-16-per-cent-amid-rise-in-volumes/


The managing authority has announced the ship named ZEN-HUA 35 arrived in Lagos on 5 August.

The ship conveyed the second batch shipment, comprising two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes with 115 packages of accessories and five Rubber-Tyred-Gantry (RTG) cranes with 270 packages of accessories from Shanghai.

The news follows the delivery of three Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore cranes and 10 RTGs a month ago. The number of cranes has now totalled five STS cranes and 15 RTG cranes.

The management added that yard equipment for the port is expected to be shipped shortly.

Lekki port is nearing completion as construction works are slated to be concluded by September.

Dredging and reclamation work is 98.43 per cent done, while work on the quay wall is 96.07 per cent finished.


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Europe’s largest ports have teamed together to create the world’s longest Green and Digital Corridor. Decarbonising shipping is a top priority for the agency addressing climate change and calls for the cooperation of the entire maritime industry.

“As a trusted global maritime hub, Singapore contributes actively to IMO’s efforts to make international shipping more sustainable, and global supply chains more resilient,” says S Iswaran, Minister for Transport and Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, Singapore.

He added that the collaboration demonstrates how like-minded partners can collaborate to supplement the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) efforts and that it will serve as a valuable platform to pilot concepts that can be scaled up for more green and global shipping.

The MoU will bring together stakeholders from the entire supply chain to launch the first sustainable vessels on the route by 2027. While international shipping currently relies heavily on marine gas oil (MGO) and low-sulfur fuel oil, sustainable alternatives such as biofuels, including biogases, are becoming more widely available.

Other alternatives, such as synthetic methane, hydrogen, and hydrogen-based fuels such as ammonia and methanol, are in various stages of research and development in preparation for future trials and deployment.

Each alternative fuel has its own set of challenges in terms of cost, availability, safety, and range limitations due to lower energy density when compared to fossil fuels. To address these issues, the MOU will bring together a broad coalition of shippers, fuel suppliers, and other businesses to collaborate on potential solutions.

Apart from alternative fuels, the MoU aims to improve maritime efficiency, safety, and the transparent flow of goods by establishing a digital trade lane for the exchange of relevant data, electronic documentation, and standards. This will allow for the smooth movement of vessels and cargo while also optimising vessel arrival times from port to port.

The port authorities will collaborate with some action partners as well as other supply chain partners. This will allow the Green and Digital Corridor project to gain investor trust, attract green financing, and launch joint bunkering pilots and trials for digitalization and the use of low- and zero-carbon fuels along the route.

Moreover, shipping is one of the most important industries to decarbonize because of its extensive international reach and growing volume. Authorities can enable carriers to switch to zero-carbon fuels and accelerate the transition to more sustainable shipping by bringing parties from across the supply chain together along one of the world’s busiest trade lanes.

The MoU bolsters Singapore’s strong economic partnership by reaffirming the country’s commitment to facilitating a multi-fuel bunkering transition as part of the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050 and accelerating digitalisation efforts to improve maritime efficiency and supply chain resilience.

The pilot will supplement efforts by the shipping industry and partners to support the decarbonisation and digitalisation transition for international shipping, with a focus on developing and scaling up green and digital solutions for wider adoption.

On the other hand, OpenGov Asia earlier reported that the MPA will keep advancing research and development, implementing marine technology (MarineTech), and enhancing maritime cybersecurity skills to establish industry-wide capabilities. This should increase the nation’s resilience and ability to handle disruptions.

Beyond 31 December 2022, MPA will continue to provide cash support for the deployment of previously authorised digital solutions to marine firms that qualify. More than 3,000 SMEs in the Sea Transport subsectors will be qualified to apply for co-funding because of the expansion.

Source: https://opengovasia.com/singapore-to-develop-worlds-longest-digital-green-maritime-corridor/

HAVANA, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Cuba sought on Sunday to bring under control a fire at its main oil storage facility that has killed one firefighter, drawing on help from Mexico and Venezuela to fight the raging flames.

A lightning strike on Friday ignited one of eight storage tanks at the Matazanas super tanker port 60 miles east of Havana. A second tank caught fire on Saturday, catching firefighters and others at the scene by surprise. Sixteen people were missing.

The second explosion injured more than 100 people, many first responders, and 24 remain hospitalized, five of those in critical condition.

Fire is seen over fuel storage tanks that exploded near Cuba’s supertanker port in Matanzas, Cuba, August 7, 2022.
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Fire is seen over fuel storage tanks that exploded near Cuba’s supertanker port in Matanzas, Cuba, August 7, 2022.
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

“We are facing a fire of such magnitude that it is very difficult to control in Cuba, where there are not all the means that are required,“ Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel told reporters.

On Sunday, 82 Mexican and 35 Venezuelan personnel experienced in combating fuel blazes joined the effort, bringing four planeloads of fire-fighting chemicals.

“The help is important, I would say that it is vital and it is going to be decisive,” Diaz-Canel said. Cuba had been using water and helicopters to battle the flames.

Jorge Pinon, director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy and Environment Program, said each tank at the facility could store 300,000 barrels and provided fuel to electric plants.

Cuba has been suffering daily blackouts and fuel shortages. The loss of fuel and storage capacity is likely to aggravate the situation, which has spurred small local protests in the last few months.


A fully automated terminal, the first of its kind built in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, began operations this week at Nansha port in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.

This is part of the fourth phase of the modernization of Nansha port, combining multimodal services related to sea, river and railway transportation in the area, according to Guangzhou Port Group.

Operation of the terminal will help inject momentum into the implementation of an overall plan to promote comprehensive cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the company said.

Development of a joint shipping and logistics trade center and construction of a world-class port cluster in the Greater Bay Area has become part of that plan, which was issued in June by the State Council, China’s Cabinet.

The fourth phase of the port is the first fully automated container terminal built by domestic scientific and technological enterprises and institutions. It includes four 100,000 metric-ton berths and their supporting container barge berths.

Construction of the new terminal began in late 2018, having integrated advanced technologies such as Beidou navigation, 5G communications, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.

The terminal adopts a new generation of automated container terminal technology by using new machines from automation equipment hardware to information systems. The new machinery led to the filing of more than 60 patents, including 31 classified as invention patents, according to the company.

“The terminal, which features smart and independent operations and low-carbon emissions, has contributed to the promotion of automated wharf technology,” said Li Yibo, Party secretary and chairman of Guangzhou Port Group.

After starting operations, the new terminal will be integrated with the Nansha port’s other terminals to form a specialized and large-scale terminal cluster, helping to greatly improve the port’s handling capacity, according to Li.

The new terminal has a designed annual throughput capacity of 4.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units, the company said. The annual container throughput of the entire Nansha port is expected to exceed 24 million twenty-foot equivalent units. Twenty-foot equivalent is the unit used by the industry to measure the cargo capacity of a ship or a port.

“It will help enhance the function of the international comprehensive transportation hub and provide strong support for Nansha to build itself into a major strategic high-level shipping and logistics platform in the Greater Bay Area, in coordination with Hong Kong and Macao,” Li said during a ceremony marking the launch of the service at the new terminal on Thursday.

The terminal has also become a green environmental protection demonstration project in the port industry, as it achieves zero emissions following the use of technologies such as new generation of Internet of Things sensing, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies, said Lionel Ni, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“It will provide exemplary solutions for the automation upgrading and transformation of traditional terminals in the world,” Ni said.

The university has teamed up with the port company and other domestic research and equipment enterprises to incorporate new technologies into construction of the smart terminal, which includes driverless intelligent guided vehicles and a low-speed automatic rail crane, said Ni.
Source: China Economic Net