European first: truck parking with refugee scanner

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The parking lot at the E40 highway in Jabbeke (Belgium) has been completely renovated. The parking now has permanent scanners that check for hidden refugees in trucks. This parking area is one of the last large place where truck drivers can stop before approaching the ports of Dunkerque and Calais. It has always been a problematic place regarding refugees, trying to enter the lorries.

Marine Atlantic Accepts Delivery of the Ala’suinu

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Marine Atlantic took delivery of its newest vessel, the Ala’suinu, on February 7th.

Over the next several days, preparations will be underway to prepare for the journey home. This Stena RoRo E-Flexer is projected to arrive at Marine Atlantic’s facilities in April.

The Ala’suinu (pronounced Ah-laa-sue-in-ou), is a name that means “Traveller” in Mi’kmaq. The eagerly awaited vessel further builds upon Marine Atlantic’s commitment to the environment by reducing carbon emissions using battery power to complement the vessel’s efficient engine design. The Ala’suinu will also introduce measures to decrease underwater noise, reducing the impact on marine life. The vessel incorporates the latest Canadian accessibility standards and provides customers with a variety of amenities such as 146 passenger cabins (including 31 pet friendly cabins), 40 passenger pods, a variety of food service options, seating lounges, a children’s play area, and a kennel for pets.

The vessel will primarily operate on the Argentia service this summer, connecting customers between Cape Breton and eastern Newfoundland, and operate between Port aux Basques and North Sydney during the fall, winter, and spring periods.

Source: Marine Atlantic

Plans for e-methanol factory in Antwerp terminated

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The planned e-methanol factory in Port of Antwerp-Bruges will not be built. Despite receiving 1 million euros in subsidies from Flanders and the involvement of major players such as INEOS, Fluxys, and Engie, the green fuel for ships is too expensive and not attractive to shipping companies. Energy prices have risen due to the war in Ukraine and increasing geopolitical instability, further raising the costs of sustainable methanol. After extensive research, it has been concluded that customers are not willing to pay the higher price.


In 2024, GNV will add a third ship on the Genoa-Palermo route and take delivery of GNV POLARIS

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The Genoa-based and MSC-controlled ferry company, Grandi Navi Veloci, announced this week at the tourism exhibition Bit held in Milan that a third ferry will be deployed next summer on the Genova – Palermo regular route.

Matteo Della Valle, Chief Passengers Sales & Marketing Officer, stated that GNV recorded a 5% increase in transported passengers in 2023 compared to the previous year.

One of the significant developments for Grandi Navi Veloci in 2024 will be the delivery, scheduled for the last month of the year, of the new ship GNV Polaris, currently under construction at Ganghzou Shipyard International in China. This vessel is part of a broader order for four ships, each with a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 3,100 lane meters, along with 303 cabins. These four new units will be 218 meters long, with a beam of 29.6 meters and a maximum speed of 25 knots.

CLdN acquires the Distriport terminal of Broekman Logistics in Rotterdam

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CLdN announced the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Broekman Distriport Real Estate BV and its 100% subsidiary Broekman Distriport BV.

The acquisition offers the scope to further grow and diversify CLdN’s service offering to and from the port of Rotterdam.

Broekman Logistics announces investments in its Project Services terminal at Rotterdam-Heijplaat, converting it into a quayside location for assembly and technical services for industrial and offshore equipment and heavy machinery.

New Trieste – Damietta RoRo line officially presented and scheduled to sail from October

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The new regular RoRo line, set to be active from next October, linking the Italian port of Trieste with Damietta in Egypt, has been officially presented at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

The business partners of the initiative will be the Samer Group, DFDS shipping line, HHLA PLT Italy as the terminal operator, the local inland terminal of Interporto di Trieste, and SDAG, the freight forwarding company Trimar.

The transit time for sea transport will be roughly 70 hours and will be combined with rail services to and from Central and Northern Europe. Preclearing will also be another key factor, utilizing blockchain and document digitalization procedures. The vessel due to be deployed has a capacity of 200 semitrailers.