Ports

Port of Mobile

Port of Mobile Container Volumes Remain Robust, Intermodal Rail Posts Triple Digit Growth

June 16, 2022 - Calendar year-to-date 2022 through May container volumes remained robust at the Port of Mobile posting 225,883 TEUs or an 11.6 percent gain over volumes handled during the same period last year. May 2022 container volumes at the Port of Mobile were down 6 percent handling 41,232 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) versus 43,865 TEUs handled in May 2021. May’s dip in container terminal volumes reflected the volatility of Trans-Pacific trade associated with prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

Uncongested and fluid, the Port’s intermodal rail growth in May exceeded expectations with 208 percent growth compared to May in 2021. Year to date 2022 intermodal rail volumes remained in triple digits with 130 percent growth over the same time-period in 2021. Refrigerated cargoes in May also saw a 43 percent increase over May 2021.

The Port of Mobile’s 225,883 TEUs handled puts the port on track to post another record-breaking year as the container carriers move into the peak season and China begins to open-up. In calendar year 2021, the Port of Mobile posted a record 502,623 TEUs. If container volumes hold their pattern, the port could surpass 542,000 TEUs lifts making for another record-breaking year.

“The Port of Mobile is enjoying rapid pace growth, and while there are a lot of numbers here, the bottom line is that shippers are finding our gateway efficient and service oriented,” said director and chief executive officer, John Driscoll.

In keeping ahead of the growth and shipper demand, the Alabama Port Authority, and its partner, APM Terminals, are investing to ensure fluidity and capacity for business. Newly announced investments include the phase four container terminal expansion, and an on-dock intermodal rail solution adding capacity and efficiencies through the gateway. The $104 million expansion program with APM Terminals adds 32 acres to the existing 134-acre marine terminal and increases annual throughput capacity to 1 million TEUs.

The Port Authority will also invest an additional $38 million in an inter-terminal connector between the container terminal and the intermodal rail facility and adjacent logistics park, along with some at-grade improvements to support warehouse and distribution facilities.

The Alabama Port Authority oversees the deep-water public port facilities at the Port of Mobile. The Port Authority’s container, general cargo and bulk facilities have immediate access to two interstate systems, five Class 1 railroads, nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterways and air cargo connections.

SOURCE: Alabama Port Authority 

 

Port of Tarragona

Port of Tarragona Sees Maritime Traffic Increase by 7.1% in May

June 22, 2022 - The Port of Tarragona reported maritime traffic at the Port continues with the upward trend by + 7.1%, compared to May 2021, handling a total of 2.69 million tons in its facilities.

In the accumulated period, January-May, the figures continue to mark a positive trend with a growth of 4.3%, with 13.02 million tonnes moved, compared to 2021.

The accumulated data recorded during May 2022 are characterized by an increase in the group of solids to be rented with + 25.2% and 3.7 million tons moved, as well as in the group of general load with + 28.8% with 1.2 million tons.

The data today place the Port of Tarragona in fifth place in the ranking of ports in the entire state port system.

Traffic by Category

On the one hand, during this month of May the steel products take relevance with an increase of 52.9% moving 70,390 tons.

It continues with a positive trend in the group of goods 'paper and paper pulp' with a + 13% with the 67,881 tons moved during this period, which positions this traffic in the best month of May in recent years.

On the other hand, the merchandise in container has been the big protagonist, so much monthly as accumulated (January-May). During the month of May are 106,128 tons transported in container which translates into an increase of 167%.

Continuing with the positive data, it is worth noting that non-containerized general cargo has increased by 16.5% to 180,175 tonnes.

Of note is the arrival, in mid-May in the waters of the Port of Tarragona, of two agri-food vessels with a total of 126,000 tonnes. Also the group of energetic gases of the oil, propane and butane, has moved 101,369 tons a + 121%; these movements are quite representative of the positive current in the Tarragona port area. Equally remarkable are the positive data of the bet in biofuel traffic with 18,960 tons with + 18.6%.

The Port of Tarragona is working on the diversification of traffic, which is also evident in the movements of steel and metallurgical products with 52.9% and 861.2% respectively during May 2022. The traffic of natural fertilizers and artificial (phosphate and potash) appear increased by 22.1%.

One of the unique traffic in the Port is fruits and vegetables that appear with + 11.3% and feed and fodder with 51.3%.

Starring Traffic in Accumulated Data

By groups of goods, the Port reports that there is a slight increase of 0.5% in energy products. The group of chemicals maintains the tonic and the accumulated represents + 4.3%.

The accumulated data register a prominence in the agri-food and livestock sector with an increase of 33.2% with relevant data in the group of cereals and their flours, almost 1.6M tons moved which means a + 32.7%, and the group of feed and fodder with almost 723,000 tons which translates into a + 37.1%.

As reflected in the monthly data, the group of paper and pulp continues to be quite important in port traffic with 218,674 tons which is + 4.4% in the accumulated.

Vehicle traffic manages to record positive data with 72,336 units representing a 7.8% increase.

The accumulated in goods in container translates in 501.960 tonnes with an increase of 166.6%. These data represent 48,205 yours with a + 144.8% increase in these five months.

SOURCE: Port of Tarragona

 

JAXPORT Blount Island

JAXPORT Completes Final Phase of $100 Million in Berth Improvements at Blount Island

 June 24, 2022 - The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced on June 23 the completion of the final phase of $100 million in berth enhancements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island. The last stage of the project, the rehabilitation of 700 linear feet of deepwater berthing space, was completed at the end of June in coordination with the recently completed Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project.

The SSA JCT now features a 47-foot channel depth with 2,400 linear feet of newly rebuilt berthing space capable of simultaneously accommodating two post-Panamax container ships.

The multi-faceted berth rehabilitation project began in 2016 with the installation of a high-voltage electrical system equipped to power up to 10 state-of-the-art environmentally friendly container cranes, including three already in use and an additional three currently on order by SSA Atlantic.

Subsequently, the berths were reconstructed in a series of four phases. Together, the berth improvements and eco-friendly cranes increase energy efficiencies, reduce emissions from diesel-powered cranes and enhance night-time operations through the addition of high-powered LED lighting. The berths also offer on-dock rail for cargo handling and feature heavy lift capabilities, including one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks.

The project was funded 75% by the Florida Department of Transportation with a 25% JAXPORT match.

“This project significantly enhances our deepwater berthing capabilities at Blount Island, maximizing the efficiencies created by the deepening project,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are grateful for the continued support from the State of Florida as we work to build the port of the future and bring more cargo — and the jobs and economic impact it supports — to Jacksonville.”

In addition to the reconstructed berths and new cranes, more than $72 million in phased yard improvements are underway to enable the SSA JCT to accommodate 500,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually. The yard improvements are funded by SSA Atlantic and a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to a depth of 47 was completed through Blount Island in May 2022. The project included the construction of a new vessel turning basin that now allows larger vessels calling the SSA JCT to turn around at Blount Island.

JAXPORT is Florida’s largest container port and one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports. Jacksonville’s 47-foot deepwater shipping channel offers two-way river traffic and no berth congestion. Nearly 100 million consumers live within a one-day truck drive with major interstates located within minutes of port terminals.

SOURCE: Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)

 

Port of Vancouver

Port of Vancouver Says Trade Steady in 2021 Despite Supply-Chain, Extreme Weather Challenges

March 24, 2022 - The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released 2021 year-end statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Despite the ongoing pandemic and global supply chain challenges, as well as extreme weather events in B.C., 2021 cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver increased by 1% from 145 to 146 million metric tonnes (MMT) over 2020.

“Vancouver’s port community met challenge after challenge in 2021 — sometimes working around the clock — to keep the port connected to national supply chains and goods flowing for Canadians,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency mandated to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver. “I’d like to recognize and thank industry and the workforce across the port for their exceptional work moving goods through Canada’s largest port in another complex year.”

In 2021, record container and foreign bulk volumes, as well as strong grain volumes in the first half of 2021, helped maintain cargo volumes through the port, despite a challenging trade landscape and the continued federal deferral of cruise in Canada due to COVID-19.

Following eight consecutive years of record grain volumes and a 2021 mid-year record of grain shipped through the port, 2021 grain volumes declined by 13% over 2020 after a drought in Western Canada diminished Canadian grain production for the latter half of the year. Port terminals mitigated volume reductions by drawing down and shipping stored grain, ending the year with the second-highest annual grain volume in the port’s history.

Declines were seen in sectors such as fertilizers (down 13%), chemicals (down 19%), lumber (down 14%), wood pulp (down 20%), and processed food products (down 22%), due to a combination of global supply chain challenges and weather events.

Continuing a long-term growth trend in container trade, shipping container quantities moved through the port reached a record 3.7 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2021, an increase of 6% compared to the previous year.

“The 2021 container story, while a record for the fifth year in a row, is a warning on two fronts: a looming container capacity shortage and the Lower Mainland’s industrial land shortage crisis,” Silvester said.

Container trade through Canada’s west coast has been growing at an average of 5% per year for the last decade, in line with the high case of forecasted growth. With continued growth, west coast terminals are expected to run out of capacity by the mid-to late-2020s. To meet increased demand for goods shipped in containers, the port authority has been leading the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, a proposed container terminal in Delta, B.C. The proposed project — which would be funded by the port authority and private investment — would increase container capacity on the west coast by 30% and has been designed to incrementally deliver a total of 2.4 million TEUs of capacity at the Port of Vancouver, delivering critical supply chain capacity and resilience. The project is pending a decision by the federal government before it can proceed.

“Globally-based supply-chain problems that Canadians are experiencing now are a preview of made-in-Canada supply-chain problems that are heading our way in a few years if, as a country, we don’t deliver urgently needed container terminal capacity,” Silvester said. “That’s why the port authority is leading the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project under our public-interest mandate, leveraging more than a decade of experience delivering high-quality, sustainable, forward-looking infrastructure projects for Canada and local communities. This project would be foundational to Canada’s trade future, but if we don’t act, it’s ours to lose—and those impacts will be felt from the west coast to the Prairies to Ontario and beyond, for many years to come.”

Another challenge highlighted by 2021 container trade statistics was an increase in exports of empty containers. Global market dynamics created a rush to return empty containers to ports in Asia to accommodate strong consumer demand in North America for containerized imports. This created real challenges for Canadian exporters, who were unable to access the empty containers that are usually in circulation to move their cargo. More supply chain capacity, enabled by sufficient industrial land across the port region, would help alleviate the congestion pressures on the supply chain created by demand surges and unexpected disruptions, while creating more flexibility and options for shippers to reach critical export markets.

“International demand for Canadian goods remains high, so this is a missed opportunity for Canada for additional exports,” Silvester said. “A central challenge we’re facing is the Lower Mainland’s industrial land crisis, which has squeezed key supply chain activities such as transloading and container storage out of the region. Having those functions close at hand supports a more resilient supply chain and facilitates Canadian exports.”

Silvester commended the Government of Canada for investing $4.1 million, in the wake of B.C. flooding, to help the port authority prepare a parcel of temporarily vacant industrial port lands in Richmond as a short-term empty container storage location. The site supports Canada’s supply chain by mitigating terminal congestion resulting from the storage and handling of empty containers.

“We applaud the Government of Canada for investing in a resilient supply chain and urge continued action to ensure sufficient industrial land is available in the Lower Mainland for the port to continue to facilitate Canada’s growing trade efficiently and reliably,” Silvester said. “When our core Canadian supply chains are constrained by the tightest industrial land market in North America, that’s a problem that reverberates across Canada.”

SOURCE: Port of Vancouver

 

AD Ports Group - Khalifa Port

Alexander Global Logistics and AD Ports in Talks to Develop Pulp and Paper Terminal in Abu Dhabi

March 21, 2022 - Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) announced that it is in talks with AD Ports Group to form a collaboration for the purpose of developing a world-class hub in Abu Dhabi for pulp and paper products in the Middle East.

“We are very excited about this project,” said Alexander Hellmers, Vice President of AGL. “We have the strongest belief that the combination of expertise and knowledge of the industry brought into this by Alexander Global Logistics, plus the strategic location, capabilities and resources provided by AD Ports Group, will soon allow the pulp and paper industry to have a world-class terminal to serve customers in the Abu Dhabi hinterland and reach all other destinations in the EMEA taking full advantage of the hub.”

AGL said that it will provide updates in the future as the collaboration moves forward.

SOURCE: Alexander Global Logistics GmbH

 
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