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U.S. Retail Imports Slow Down

By MarEx 2018-11-10 17:23:24

Imports at the U.S.’s major retail container ports have slowed down from their pre-holiday peak but remain at unusually high levels as retailers continue bringing in merchandise before tariffs increase in January, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Imports have usually dropped off significantly by this time of year, but we’re still seeing numbers that could have set records in the past,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and...

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Yemeni Coalition Forces Move Closer to Hodeidah's Port

By MarEx 2018-11-08 21:35:00

The assault on the strategic seaport of Hodeidah, Yemen advanced Thursday with reports that UAE-backed Yemeni forces have seized territory near Street 50, on the city's edge. The new gains put coalition forces about five miles away from the port complex.  The UN has repeatedly warned that fighting near Hodeidah's port could harm millions of Yemenis. An estimated eight million people in Yemen are considered food insecure, and the number may soon rise by an additional 3.5 million. As the port of Hodeidah...

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Asia Pacific Labor Unions Collaborate on Safety Concerns

By MarEx 2018-11-08 20:31:06

Labor unions representing workers across Hutchison Port’s terminal operations have come formed a regional safety committee to combat what they claim is the company’s poor safety record in the Asia Pacific. The unions involved include Serikat Pekerja – JICT in Indonesia, South Asia Port Terminal Democratic Worker’s Union in Pakistan and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). “Wherever we are located, the value of our lives is the same, and Hutchison Ports must elevate their safety standards to the highest...

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Port of Seattle Plans $340M Cruise Terminal Project

By MarEx 2018-11-08 20:05:00

The Port of Seattle, Washington is considering a $340 million plan to add a new cruise terminal and invest in other waterfront improvements.  The port welcomed 1.1 million cruise passengers last year, the second year in a row that it has surpassed the one-million-passenger mark, and it is looking for room to accommodate more growth. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the port has been in conversation with Seattle's mayor about renovating its existing cruise terminals, adding one more,...

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Total and Sempra Energy Sign MOU on North American LNG Projects

By MarEx 2018-11-08 19:55:30

Total and Sempra Energy have signed an MOU that provides the framework for cooperation in the development of North American LNG export projects. The scope of MOU covers continuing the development of the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export project in Louisiana and Energía Costa Azul (ECA) liquefaction-export project in Baja California, Mexico.  The MOU involves Total potentially contracting for up to about nine million tons per annum (Mtpa) of LNG offtake across Sempra Energy’s LNG export development projects on the U.S. Gulf...

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DP World Takes Djibouti Row to China

By MarEx 2018-11-08 19:32:38

DP World has filed a lawsuit against state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings in a Hong Kong court for building a free zone on a terminal at the center of its dispute with the Djibouti government.  The lawsuit seeks damages, interest and declaration that China Merchants unlawfully procured or induced Djibouti's breaches of its agreement with DP World, reports the Khaleej Times. A senior Djibouti government official has dismissed the accusation that the government was "illegally induced" to breach the contract...

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China and Myanmar Agree to $1.3 Billion Port Project

By MarEx 2018-11-08 19:07:00

The government Myanmar has reached a final, scaled-down agreement with Chinese engineering conglomerate CITIC for an expanded seaport at Kyaukpyu, on the Bay of Bengal. The framework agreement calls for a $1.3 billion terminal with two deep water berths, and is much smaller than an earlier version of the plan, which would have seen the construction of a $10 billion port and free zone complex.  Negotiations over the port have been under way for years, and Myanmar's government ultimately decided...

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Port of Hamburg's 5G Applications Pass Field Test

By MarEx 2018-11-08 19:03:05

The Hamburg Port Authority, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have had success in field testing a 5G application at the Port of Hamburg in Germany.  5G is a new network concept that integrates fixed-line and mobile communications. It is not solely about making bandwidths ever larger or speeds ever faster and will be used for many diverse applications with very different requirements in terms of speed, response time, security and capacity. It will play a key role in new applications emerging...

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Ukraine and Egypt Cooperate on Port Projects

By MarEx 2018-11-08 18:27:44

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the port authorities of two Egyptian ports: Alexandria and Damietta. The agreement, signed in Kyiv in the Ukraine on November 2, involves the establishment of a bilateral working group with representatives of shipping lines, traders and port operators to stimulate the implementation of joint projects. It also provides for information exchange to assist shipping companies, importers, exporters and forwarders, exchange of experience in port modernization and the development...

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Reefer Digitalization Services Grow

By MarEx 2018-11-08 17:55:48

The use of sensor-based technologies continues to grow in the logistics supply chain with two key announcements this week on refrigerated container (reefer) monitoring systems. Orbcomm launched its solution for remote monitoring and control of reefers traveling by land, rail or sea on Tuesday. The CT 3000 series provides wireless connectivity using ruggedized hardware and a Cloud-based analytics platform. It supports built-in and external sensors, cellular connectivity and wireless technologies to deliver data including asset location, status, performance and cargo...

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