Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
In the first quarter of 2019 North Sea Port handled 17.8 million tons of maritime cargo transhipment, almost the same volume as the previous year. According to the port it remains on the same course.
The first quarter of 2019 was the third best quarter ever. With just under 200,000 tons less transhipment (-0.9%), the companies in North Sea Port have consolidated the growth which has been taking place over the past two years.
Bulk goods and containers
The rise in cargo transhipment via seagoing vessels is mainly related to dry bulk in which North Sea Port is the specialist. The increase can be seen in a strong construction market (sand, gravel and building materials) and in agribulk and animal feed. (See illustration here by courtesy of North Sea Port www.northseaport.com © )
Transhipment of containers has almost doubled as a result of attracting new services and the shift from transhipment of general cargo to transport in refrigerated containers, as is the case with bananas. Ro/ro and liquid bulk goods (petro-chemical products for example) have also fallen. Coal transhipment remains stable.
Inland traffic generated 14.5 million tons, a reduction of 300,000 tons (-2%). The total maritime and inland traffic for the first quarter thus amounted to 32.3 million tons.
North Sea Port offers many advantages for handling various types of cargo – its location on the open sea, accommodation of vessel draughts of up to 17 metres, congestion-free hinterland connections and specialised terminals.
With a central location in the logistical heart of Europe and a mix of transport links with activities and cargo in the European hinterland, North Sea Port is a true economic hub. The port is able to serve no fewer than 500 million consumers within a radius of 500 kilometres. With around 70.3 million tons of maritime cargo transhipped there annually, North Sea Port is among the top ten European ports.
North Sea Port is located along both banks of the Western Scheldt and is accessible to global shipping on the North Sea. The port area of Vlissingen and Borsele is a tidal harbour with direct access to the sea. Port areas of Terneuzen and Ghent are reached via the lock complex at Terneuzen, which lies at the head of the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. This straight and wide canal offers smooth and rapid nautical access to the harbour area of Ghent, at North Sea Port’s southern limit.
It was reported on 19 September that ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power facility, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at the berth
ABB has secured the contract covering the Republic of Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received approval from Incheon Port Authority (IPA). (Our attached illustration is reproduced by kind permission of the Port of Incheon ©)
Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: ‘As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.’
In addition to a new $160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019, the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities, it is reported.
At the start of this year’s London International Shipping Week on 9 September Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister, on behalf of the UK Government, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia (illustrated, © Trinity House), built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.
The new vessel, yet to be named, will provide and service aids to navigation in some of the most dangerous waters, marking channels and hazards and taking advantage of the latest technology.
Of this provision Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: ‘Our maritime sector is crucial to UK trade with 95% of our imports and exports transported by sea. With our waters becoming busier all the time, dealing with incidents quickly and efficiently is more important than ever. This new ship will support the General Lighthouse Authority to help future-proof their fleet and continue to support maritime safety and trade for generations to come.’