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The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) have released a new 'go-to' manual called the Port Planning and Investment Toolkit (PPIT) guide this week.

U.S. vice president Joe Biden has called for greater investment in U.S. ports, proclaiming the port sector as “the lifeblood of the U.S. economy," and responsible for $650 billion of income as well as 13 million jobs.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest container vessel operator, has announced it will change it South Africa to UK/Northwest Europe service to make a direct call at the deepwater London Gateway port instead of the Port of Felixstowe.

The Port of Hamburg has seen a 60% rise in the number of ultra large vessels calling at its docks since 2008. In total HHLA the port authority reported an increase from 621 in 2008 to 989.

Terminal operator APMT has dropped its plans to form a joint venture for its Elizabeth terminal in New Jersey after negotiations with port authorities failed to reach satisfactory conclusion.

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the Ocean Three Alliance consisting of CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. without the standard 45 day review due to the low U.S. volumes shipped by the three lines. FMCCommissioner Richard Lidinsky has called for an investigation into the handling of the case however and is said to be 'troubled' by the way staff handled the alliance's antitrust process.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) may privatise the busiest terminal at the Port of Boston in order to pay for ongoing dredging work.

European Union proposals to focus investment on peripheral ports in the economic bloc rather than existing dominant hubs have been shot down by leading operators and industry groups.

Singapore has launched a new $54 million research centre to tackle urban and port congestion.

The Costa Rican Supreme Court has given its approval to APM Terminals’ plans for the new Moin Container Terminal (TCM) in Limon on the Caribbean coast.


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