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20Jul

ESPO's Port Performance Dashboard 2013

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On the 31st of May, ESPO held the tenth edition of its annual conference in Varna. The main highlight was a debate on the new ports policy regulation and communication of the European Commission, which were issued mid-May. During the conference, ESPO also presented the second edition of its port performance dashboard.

16Jul

Germany's gateways to the sea

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Germany's most important seaports are located at the coast of the Baltic Sea, and belong to separate states.

01May

Opinion: Total marine litter reduction and global ship dismantling solutions? Yes, we can!

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  • Reduction of marine litter: let’s meet the targets
  • Ship dismantling: yes to internationally balanced regulations
30Apr

Regulatory developments: NEW MARPOL ANNEX V AMENDMENTS INTO FORCE SINCE JANUARY 2013

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Recently, the new MARPOL Annex V amendments came in force. Under Annex V of the Convention, garbage includes all food, domestic and operational waste. With the exception of fresh fish, this implies all waste generated during the normal operation of the vessel. Furthermore, Annex V totally prohibits the disposal of plastics anywhere into the sea, and severely restricts discharges of other garbage from ships into coastal waters and Special Areas.

29Apr

Port news & backgrounds: Nigeria - Concession boosts port growth

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The 2006 concession of Nigeria’s seaports has triggered economic growth of the country. More and more private investors are venturing into the country’s maritime sector, fostering a higher turnout of goods and services in and around the Nigerian Port system. With privately owned companies involved in the daily running of the ports, cargo handling become more and more efficient, resulting in a staggering increase in cargo through-put. Although the country still faces poverty, overpopulation and serious environmental challenges, Nigeria’s ports are booming.