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A new study presented to the Brazilian minister of Transportation, Antonio Carlos Rodrigues, has proposed a project to return Brazil’s stake in  the international container vessel industry and create new trade routes serving the U.S. and Europe.

As Mexico prepares for wide ranging privatization in its energy sector, the country’s port sector is also getting ready for a sea change in the level of private investment.

Rodolfo Sabonge, Independent Consultant and Senior Expert Advisor at Mckinsey & Company talked to PFI about the Mexican Port sector ahead of PFI’s Mexico Forum which will be held on the 16th & 17th June.

With an expected 1.1% contraction of the Brazilian economy this year, the country’s shipyards are facing uncertainty, according to Ariovaldo Rocha, president of the shipyards syndicate, Sinaval.

Debate over the future of the Turkish ports has done little to dissuade investment flooding into the sector, delegates at the Port Finance international Istanbul forum heard last week, as some of the leading operators in the country met to discuss the future of the country’s maritime industry.

Özkan Poyraz, Deputy Undersecretary, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications opened the second day of the PFI Istanbul conference today and took the time to talk to PFI about some of the port development currently underway in Turkey.

The need to develop a master strategy to consolidate and develop Turkey’s ports remains one of the main issues facing the sector, delegates at PFI’s Istanbul forum heard today.

The Turkish port sector is moving into a new phase of growth as the country seeks to position itself as a leading regional shipment logistics centre and develop three key hub port projects, Harun Şişmanyazıcı, adviser to the board of Turkish Chamber of Shipping told delegates at the PFI Istanbul forum today.

A total of $28.9 billion of investment is required to upgrade U.S. transport infrastructure over the next 10 years in order to meet growing freight volumes, according to a new report from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).


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