Global IT outage disrupts operations at European box terminals

A global IT outage, caused by a software update from American cybersecurity technology company CrowdStrike, has prompted disruptions in several European container terminals, including Poland’s Baltic Hub, UK’s port of Felixstowe and the Dutch port of Rotterdam.

Baltic Hub informed that on the morning of July 19, the terminal was affected by difficulties caused by an operating systems failure.

“The failure was global in nature and involved a third-party software provider used by Baltic Hub,” noted...

Port of Rotterdam nears 7 million TEUs in first half

In the first half of the year, Port of Rotterdam’s container throughput increased by 4.2% in tonnes to 67.1 million tonnes and by 2.2% in TEUs to 6.8 million TEUs.

The first quarter already saw a slight recovery in container throughput with this trend continuing in the second quarter.

“This is a direct consequence of an increase in demand for consumer goods,” pointed out a port official. Additionally, there is an early peak season as importers order their products earlier than usual due to longer...

Box shipments from Africa, Middle East, India and Pakistan to be collected via Secure Chain in Rotterdam

Beginning 1 October 2024, container shipments from Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan must utilize the Secure Chain system at the port of Rotterdam.

Major shipping lines will cease issuing PIN codes from this date onward. This ensures that containers from these regions are consistently and securely released using the new protocol. Access to terminals is restricted to authorized hauliers, rail operators, and barge operators under the Secure Chain framework.

This marks the third phase of...

Consortium to build scalable quantum internet connection in Rotterdam port

As part of the Quantum Delta NL programme, a consortium of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Q*Bird, Single Quantum, Cisco, Eurofiber, Portbase, Intermax and InnovationQuarter became the first in the world to build a scalable quantum internet connection in the port of Rotterdam.

A trial setup demonstrated that the use of quantum technology prevents access to sensitive information. In the future, it is believed this new communication system could improve the security of the tens of thousands of...

QTerminals Kramer Rotterdam site RTW-II connected to CER

QTerminals Kramer Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement for a temporary connection of the Rail Terminal West II (RTW-II) site to the Container Exchange Route (CER).

RTW-II is a temporary location of QTerminals Kramer Rotterdam situated on the Magallanestraat on the Maasvlakte and will be connected via the CER to other locations of QTerminals Kramer Rotterdam (RCT, KCL/DCS, KDD), the State Inspection Terminal of Dutch Customs, Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG)...

Port of Rotterdam handles 3.3 million TEUs in 2024 Q1

For the first time in three years, the container segment of the Rotterdam port is experiencing a slight uptick in throughput volumes.

There’s been a 3.3% increase in tonnes moved, rising from 31.5 million tonnes to 32.5 million tonnes, and a 2% rise in TEUs, reaching 3.3 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2024 at the Dutch port.

The situation in the Red Sea resulted in a notable decline in ships (-24.5%) and volume from Asia (-13.7%) during January and February, attributed to delays and missed...

Port of Rotterdam achieves 10% CO2 emission reduction in 2023

In 2023, there was a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions at the port of Rotterdam compared to 2022, amounting to a decrease of 2.2 million tons.

Emissions are now one-third lower than they were in 2016, which marked the peak year for CO2 emissions at the Dutch port. Furthermore, in 2023, CO2 emission levels reached 20.3 million tons, falling below those of the reference year 1990 (20.6 million tons) for the first time.

Source: EUROPA – Environment – Kyoto Protocol – European Union Transaction Log with...

European ports join forces to preserve shipping industry

In recent years, discussions among port authorities have often revolved around determining the largest port.

However, today, when the CEOs of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, North Sea Port, Duisburger Hafen AG, and Port of Rotterdam convene, their focus has shifted. Rather than comparing cargo volumes, they now seek to collaborate in ensuring a sustainable future for the European shipping industry.

As the European industry summit approaches on 17 and 18 April, these ports urge European government leaders...

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