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Port tariffs paid by seagoing ships calling at the Port of Rotterdam are set to rise at half the rate of inflation at 1% over the next three years as authorities seek to guarantee long term investment and maintain competitivity.

Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has announced plans to end its Trans-Pacific 5 (TP5) service from 15 January 2015 in a bid to cut costs. The service currently runs from North Asia to the US West Coast.

A recent report published by Hong Kong’s Transport and Housing Bureau suggests that Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, part of Kwai Chung Container Port, needs more land rather than another terminal.

Moroccan authorities have opened pre-qualification for construction tenders on its Nador West Med Port project.

The International Martitime Organisation (IMO) has announced plans to adopt new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations by 1 July 2016 along with a new Polar Code to govern the operation of ships passing through Arctic or Antarctic waters.

Analysis of container terminal assets by consultancy Drewry suggests that operational performance of the world’s container terminals vary widely dependant on location, terminal size and traffic type.

The Mexican ports authority (CGPMyM) and the country's Ministry of Transport and Communications (SCT) have announced plans to expand three ports on the Gulf of Mexico, according to a statement from the agency.

French shipping line CMA CGM has announced the expansion of its ASEA service between Asia and East Africa with the launch of two new services, ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania, to replace the previous single East African service.

Terminal operator DP World has announced a strategic partnership with China’s Qingdao Port Group to enhance port cooperation. The Strategic Framework Agreement signed between the two firms will aim to imoprove ties between respective operations in Qingdao and Dubai.

Improved transport infrastructure linking the Oman and Saudi Arabia is expected to boost future traffic to the Sohar Port and Freezone, according to the Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager at the port.


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