PTI Advent 2018: Review


Throughout December, we at Port Technology International have been sourcing and writing unique content, giving our readers a different insight into the wide and varied world of ports and shipping.

We began by discovering the musical potential of shipping containers as David Jeremiah Mullins, from the US, treated us to a rendition of Schubert’s ‘Ellens dritter Gesang’ from within a container he’d recently acquired.

We went from there to the very heart of Christmas symbolism – the Arctic. In November 2018 we published an insight feature into the Arctic’s potential as a shipping route.

Therefore, it seemed only fitting that we returned and explored the three ports closest to the home of Santa himself, a journey which took us from Murmansk, Russia, to Nome, Alaska, and finally Nuuk, Greenland.

Day three saw us set ourselves a challenge. Our insatiable curiosity for all things maritime, and our love for Christmas led us to ask the question: How many Christmas trees can you fit in a container? To find out the answer – take a look here.

Another unique insight came in the shape of day four when we discovered just how far the average Christmas dinner travels before it reaches the supermarket shelves. We were as surprised as anyone to hear the answer.

Along came day five and so did the sights of major port cities at Christmas – giving us a visual representation of the power of Christmas around the world.

Things took a more serious turn for the next three days as we looked at the ghosts of shipping’s past, present and future. In doing so, we explored how overcapacity, tariffs and the IMO’s rules on emission affect the industry.

Amongst the countdown to Christmas, we decided to release expert insights on the future of ports and terminals from TBA’s Dr Yvo Saanen, with a particular focus on what to expect in 2019, which came on days eight and seventeen.

Furthermore, we also wanted to give some the industry’s leaders the chance to show how they mark Christmas and/or reflect on what 2018 has meant to them.

First up was the Port of Hamburg, which continued its tradition of delivering Christmas trees to seafarers from all over the world.

CMA CGM, the fourth biggest carrier in the world, released a video showing their staff’s role in helping their business grow.

Marine tech specialists ABB also released a video spreading the joys of Christmas and showing how ports and technology enable the flow of festive trade.

Finally, we took a look at what shipping means for the world economy and how it delivers Christmas every single year. We hope you've enjoyed counting down to Christmas with us this year and we look forward to doing it again in 2019.

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