The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the flagship operation of global port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), continues to perform optimally through the first half of 2017 as the terminal gears up for the peak season in the latter part of the year.
When Port Technology’s Container Terminal Automation Conference drew to a close in April, 2017 two key discussion themes that had emerged from many presenters and delegates were disruption and collaboration: Disruption to business models and collaboration between stakeholders across the supply chain. Both are seen to be critical in keeping the marine industry moving forward.
PortMaps is the Port of Rotterdam’s GISbased system for sharing port-related information. The home page of this system displays itself as a map of Rotterdam and all port data can be accessed from here. We believe that a spatial approach like this – à la Google – is definitely the way forward.
Ports must continually invest in infrastructure and efficient equipment to remain competitive. The largest ports in particular have made substantial upgrades to serve mega-vessels, for example triple-e vessels carrying more than 18,000 TEUs. Port container terminals have been transformed into mega-terminals capable of handling more than 3.5 million TEUs per year.
With about 90% of world trade carried by the international shipping industry. Ports are vital to the flow of commodities and capital worldwide. Terrorism that interrupts the flow of goods may have a severe effect on the global economy.
The world is currently experiencing a noticeable recovery in the petroleum and mineral resources sectors after suffering a major downturn for the last two years. This downturn saw market prices for nearly every resource commodity sink to such low levels that production was curtailed to minimal levels by many companies as they struggled to stay in business.
During the last World Maritime Day on September 25, 2016, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon sent a message: “Maritime education holds the future of shipping in its hands”. According to the International Maritime Organization, if the global fleet increases in size by 70% between now and 2030, the number of officers needed should increase by up to 850,000.
The latest Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA/LB) has set a goal of zero emissions for cargo handling equipment by 2030. This has spurred a number of responses claiming that this goal will require enormous investment costs and will be onerous to achieve.
Port Everglades, Florida’s top container port and one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, readily accepted a challenging opportunity with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality (EPA) to partner and coordinate research and modeling for covering port-related operations, technologies, and growth scenarios.