Private investments in ports: more than money...


Private investments in all sectors of the economy have proven to be not only important but also critical to the success of many projects. This is also the case in the port sector.

Private port companies and seaport terminals have injected several billion Euros to enhance European ports attractiveness and their competitiveness. These investments concern superstructure i.e., equipment as well as training, intermodal solutions, and all initiatives that optimize operations in ports. The building, management and maintenance of infrastructure including alternative fuels infrastructure are the responsibility of the Member States and their representatives, i.e., managing bodies of ports or port authorities. The confusion which for instance prevails in the context of the discussions on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation regarding the responsibilities of different stakeholders in ports can actually be easily solved by having a look at two important pieces of legislation, namely the Port Services Regulation and the Global Block Exemption Regulation[1].

Expectations from private actors to invest more funds to modernize EU ports should nevertheless be mirrored by more constructive and business friendly port governance rules and practices.  More efforts are needed to really involve private investors in the discussions regarding development projects.  

The decision of some port authorities to get involved in commercial activities whereby they compete with private port companies and terminals can also be a source of distortion of competition and far from the role of facilitators that many of port authorities want to privilege. This confusion of roles can ultimately discourage private actors to invest in a sustainable manner.

Private port companies and terminals are real allies in the development of attractive and competitive ports, but they cannot cope with a situation whereby their financial investments are welcome but not their views nor their recommendations. Governance rules should be subject to regular 360° evaluations to make sure that they are fit for purpose and serve the needs and expectations of port service providers and customers.

The necessity to invest in the multimodal connectivity of ports has also been discussed in Marseille in the framework of EUROMARITIME 2022, an important international fair gathering many representatives of maritime related industries. The roundtable on the causes of disruption in the maritime logistics chain again offered all participants the opportunity to agree that more commitments from the seaside to respect schedules are a must and that investments in additional capacities and hinterland transport infrastructure are very much needed to allow ports to breathe.

The relevant on field experience of private port companies and terminals which are since the start of COVID 19 and even more today with the terrible situation in Ukraine or the one resulting from the lockdown in Shanghai under very high pressure, can also be useful when discussing the next TEN-T priorities. FEPORT members look forward to having the opportunity to exchange with the EU Commission about rail freight corridors, inland waterways connections to ports, road transport and multimodal connectivity even after the TEN-T Days 2022 in Lyon.


[1] Regulation 2017/352 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and the 2017 amendment to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) stipulate that the the building, management and maintenance of infrastructure including alternative fuels infrastructure are the responsibility of the Member States and their representatives, i.e., managing bodies of ports or port authorities,



02-03.06..2022 – 18th ESPO Conference

On the 2nd and 3rd of June, FEPORT Secretariat attended the 18th conference of the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO), which took place in Valencia and was hosted by the Port Authority of Valencia. The theme of ESPO’s 2022 conference was “Empowering Europe’s ports”.

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Some of the questions discussed during the conference included how can ports prepare today for the world of tomorrow? Which role are Europe’s ports to play in the supply chains of tomorrow? How will the trade patterns evolve? How will the new energy landscape impact port infrastructure and spatial planning? Is the current energy crisis a catalyst of the green transition or a game stopper? In short, how to empower Europe’s ports and how can ports empower Europe’s economy and society? 

The conference also featured the presentation of the ESPO-EFIP study on the implications of the changing energy landscape on Europe’s ports.

Source: ESPO 



10.06.2022 FEPORT welcomes SEINEPORT Union as a new member and calls on EU institutions for more support to solve the bottlenecks in the maritime logistics chain

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After two years of COVID-19 pandemic which did not allow physical meetings, FEPORT members had the opportunity to gather in Hamburg in the framework of the General Assembly meeting of the organization. The meeting was partially also attended by the German Minister of Port Affairs and representatives from the European Tugowners Association (ETA), the European Freight Forwarders’ Association (CLECAT), and the European association of professional portside storekeepers of agribulk commodities (UNISTOCK).

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Many topics concerning the maritime industry were discussed in a context where port stakeholders are facing many challenges resulting from the pandemic and other disruptive events that occurred since 2020. The consequences of the war in Ukraine as well as the expected impact of the situation prevailing in Shanghai have also been extensively commented.

The general feeling is that expectations from port stakeholders to sort out all situations, for instance to compensate the lack of schedule reliability of other actors in the maritime logistics chain and to absorb the cascading effects of hectic administrative checks at Member States’ borders and/or the practical consequences of the implementation of some provisions of the EU mobility package on road haulage[1][1], are neither fair nor acceptable.

Member States must strive to solve bottlenecks on their territories and EU policy makers should pay more attention to the functioning of supply and logistics chains as some other countries like the USA do. Lessons from COVID-19 seem to be already forgotten while the security of supplies to the EU is once again at stake.

FEPORT members fully support the EU Commission’s EU-Ukraine solidarity lanes’ initiative but underline the necessity to also use this initiative as an opportunity to solve bottlenecks in the transport and logistics chain and to scale up investments in rail freight capacities and in the multimodal connectivity of ports. The EU transport network has been thought and conceived for peaceful times. It has real strengths but also requires further completion to enable more agility and resilience from the different modes of transport.

The “Fit for 55” proposals and more particularly the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) and the Emission Trading System (ETS) for maritime were among the other topics that were debated by FEPORT members. FEPORT underlines the need for legislators to safeguard consistency between EU texts. In this regard, and in line with Regulation 2017/352 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and the 2017 amendment to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), of which both specify that the management and maintenance of infrastructure is the responsibility of the port authorities, FEPORT considers that AFIR should also explicitly mention that the managing body of the port is the party responsible for the provision of the refuelling and recharging infrastructure.

With respect to ETS, FEPORT members reiterated their call for an additional ex-ante impact study that would provide a more precise evaluation of the risk of cargo diversion from EU ports to the advantage of non-EU ones once ETS enters into force. 

All topics discussed during the General Assembly were also relevant for SEINEPORT Union which has decided to join FEPORT.

The last two years have revealed the resilience of private port companies and seaport terminals. However, we need more recognition from policy makers regarding the role played by the private sector in ports. FEPORT members are ready to give and mobilize but we also need to get attention and support.” stated Mr Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.

“Today, we are particularly glad to welcome an association like SEINEPORT Union which gathers the professional organizations of the port communities of the Seine axis. FEPORT’s voice will be louder thanks to the support of all private companies evolving around this important axis. Our ambition for the coming years is to federate even more companies and organizations representing the private sector in European ports.” added Mr Gunther Bonz, President of FEPORT.

Our members are willing to play a role in all the topics wherein their daily and future investments need to be at least safeguarded, at best supported. Today we are glad to join FEPORT because we are convinced that the sharing of individual experiences in our territories contributes to the success of the group of private companies that we represent in all European ports.

Through this membership, SEINEPORT Union intends to participate in the construction of a Europe where the quality of listening to private investors will condition the effectiveness of our collective response to the major challenges of our time.“ mentioned Mr Christian Boulocher, President of SEINEPORT Union.


[1] Truck drivers are compelled to return to their country of origin every 8th week. While this obligation allows truck drivers to have the necessary and needed rest, the current shortage of drivers deprives European freight forwarders and road companies from a substantial part of their capacity.


10.06.2022 – President Biden criticizes ocean carriers for price increases

Following recent calls with several exporters such as retailers and farmers to discuss increasing shipping costs, US President Biden criticized Ocean Carriers for rising prices, arguing that: “one of the reasons prices have gone up is because a handful of companies who control the market have raised shipping prices by as much as 1,000%.”

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In Biden’s view such price surges are caused by a lack of competition and concentration in the market, and constitute one of the factors causing recent inflation.

Source: Splash 247


12.06.2022 FEPORT responds to call for feedback on the revised Trans-European Network for Transport Regulation proposal

On the 12th of June 2022, FEPORT responded to the call for feedback regarding the EU Commission’s proposal for a revised Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) Regulation proposal.

The revision of the TEN-T Regulation is of paramount importance for FEPORT members as infrastructure development policies – including the development of clean refuelling and recharging infrastructure – can have a significant impact on their operations and investments.

In its reply, FEPORT among others underlined the need to ensure consistency with the terminology of the Port Services Regulation and the General Block Exemption Regulation. FEPORT supports including a definition of “managing body of the port” in the revised TEN-T Regulation. Moreover, the TEN-T Regulation should also be aligned with the terminology present in the 2017 Amendment to the General Block Exemption Regulation[1] defining ‘port infrastructure’, including alternative fuels’ infrastructure, and ‘port superstructure’, so as to clarify the difference between the two and, thus, clearly refer to the body responsible for their building, management and maintenance.

In the specific case of alternative fuels infrastructure,  private port operators and terminals should not be responsible for supplying energy to a vessel. Although the consultation of terminals when planning the installation of this infrastructure remains of paramount importance given the impact this may have on their spatial planning and operational arrangements, the key actor in charge of the investment in refuelling and recharging infrastructure are port authorities or the managing bodies of ports which have significant knowledge regarding local taxation rules, including tax rebates or exemptions that might stimulate demand from the shipping side, electricity rates, and local (environmental) regulations. In addition, the Port Services Regulation, clearly recognizes the managing bodies of the port as the responsible actors for building, managing and maintaining infrastructure among which alternative fuels infrastructure of which the definition comprises onshore power supply.

In its reply, FEPORT also warned against the waste of public financial resources and taxpayers’ money, stressing that whenever projects of common interest embody European added value by increasing sustainability, cohesion, efficiency or users’ needs, Member States should guarantee that these projects continue to benefit from the optimization of infrastructure, its maintenance, consolidation and upgrading, so as to ensure adequate capacity and long-term usage by users and customers.

FEPORT’s reply strongly reflected the need to expand seaport connections to inland waterways and rail freight corridors. To improve such connectivity, the removal of local bottlenecks is crucial. As port terminals have a strong understanding regarding how local constraints hinder future integration of the transport system, their involvement in the governance bodies of the core network corridors is crucial.

FEPORT favors promoting combined transport in order to facilitate emission reductions, but stressed that one way to achieve the modal shift envisioned by the Green Deal is to clarify the TEN-T technical criteria for railway infrastructure on a number of points, for instance, regarding the minimum operational speed for freight.

According to FEPORT, also small non-TEN-T seaports play an important role in hinterland connectivity and the good functioning of the maritime logistics chain. Efforts to increase port and terminal connectivity should therefore not just focus on the core network, but also include connections to non-TEN-T seaports. A revision of the tonnage and passenger standards of the comprehensive network should also be reconsidered with the goal of integrating smaller ports.

FEPORT finally warned against distortion of competition by non-EU subsidized companies that could distort competition in EU ports and put at risk EU sovereignty and the security of supplies. FEPORT therefore calls for a more efficient FDI screening mechanism, allowing a real assessment of potential risks from FDI, including a common perspective regarding strategic assets and ecosystems.


[1] Article 2(g) added points (157), (158) and (161) of the 2017 Amendment of the General Block Exemption Regulation – extension to ports and airports



15.06.2022 Executive Vice-President Vestager answers question Member of Parliament regarding the application of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

On the 15th of June, MEP Bilbao Barandica (Spain, Renew Europe) received the Commission’s answer regarding her question on, among others, the impact of the functioning of Regulation (EC) No 9006/2009, the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), on inflation.

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In her view, the cost of international maritime container transport has witnessed a sustained rise of freight costs in combination with a constant reorganization of routes and/or cancellations of reservations made by clients. In her question to the Commission, she noted that while the CBER allows for operational arrangements between shipping companies, the regulation also aims to ensure that a fair share of the benefits generated by this increased efficiency is passed on to the users, both in terms of quality and price. However, at current, she notes, many stakeholders complain that the current application of the CBER fails to do this and instead gives rise to an oligopoly, which also seems to be confirmed by frequent media reports.

In light of the above, MEP Bilbao Barandica had submitted on the 21st of April the following written questions to the Commission:

  1. Are there reliable calculations of the impact this problem has on inflation[1]?
  2. The US authorities are already analyzing the behavior of shipping companies in relation to this issue. Does the Commission intend to conduct a similar analysis?
  3. In light of the facts presented above, could the aforementioned Consortia Block Exemption Regulation be revised?

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According to Executive Vice-President Vestager’s answer, transport costs do not play a significant role in the inflation we are currently witnessing. She referred in that respect to the European Central Bank’s annualized inflation rate for industrial goods which amounted to 3% in April 2022, of which only about one sixth (0.5%) was due to supply chain bottlenecks.

Moreover, the Commission has at this stage not identified the existence of anti-competitive collusion. Yet, the Commission does stand ready to consider necessary measures should it receive any clear and substantiated indication of anti-competitive behavior under Article 101 or 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.


[1] IMF study on data from 143 countries over the past 30 years established that shipping costs are an important driver of inflation around the world: when freight rates double, inflation picks up by about 0.7 percentage point. Most importantly, the effects are quite persistent, peaking after a year and lasting up to 18 months. This implies that the increase in shipping costs observed in 2021 could increase inflation by about 1.5 percentage points in 2022. How Soaring Shipping Costs Raise Prices Around the World – IMF Blog
In the first quarter, the observed rise in shipping costs is estimated to boost merchandise import price inflation (year-on-year) in OECD countries by 2.5 percentage points on average. After four quarters, depending on the scenario, the impact on merchandise import price inflation could still be between 0.6 to 3.5 percentage points. How will rising shipping cost affect inflation in OECD countries? – ECOSCOPE (



16.06.2022 – FEPORT contributes to impact assessment support study concerning the possible revision of the Regulation establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency

The EU Commission is currently conducting an impact assessment concerning the possible revision of Regulation (EC) 1406/2002, the Regulation laying down the mandate of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). To this end, they have commissioned a support study to be carried out by consultancy Ramboll, which should assess whether and to what extent EMSA’s mandate ought to be expanded.

FEPORT contributed to this support study by participating in an interview, underlining that EMSA’s mandate could be expanded to cover the safety of port workers when performing loading/unloading activities on board of ships.

At the same time, the enforcement of port related legislation should remain within the remit of Member States and local authorities, and does not require an increased involvement of EMSA.

Source: FEPORT



16.06.2022 – President Biden signs Ocean Shipping Reform Act

On the 16th of June, US President Joe Biden signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) into law. The law in particular seeks to counter rising freight rates, which President Biden listed as one of the drivers of current inflation.

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During the signing ceremony, President Biden stated that the law will stop “shipping companies taking advantage of American families, farmers, ranchers and businesses”.

OSRA will allow the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the US entity regulating shipping, to launch probes of liners’ business practices and to apply enforcement measures.  Moreover, OSRA will require ocean common carriers to report on a quarterly basis their total import/export tonnage to the FMC, while preventing them from unreasonably declining US exports.

While supported by many exporters who have seen their profits fall due to rising freight rates, liner representatives such as from the World Shipping Council criticised the Act and its underlying aim, stating that “recent weeks have seen several attempts to demonise ocean carriers by deploying us versus them rhetoric,”. This, according to WSC “is not only inaccurate but dangerous, as it undermines the ability to understand and work towards solving the root causes of America’s supply chain problems.”

Source: Splash 247



22.06.2022 - EU Council and Parliament reach deal on Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

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On the 22nd of June, Members of European Parliament and EU Member States reached a provisional agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, which will succeed the current non-Financial Reporting Directive, will require businesses to report regarding their impact on the environment, human rights, social standards and work ethics as of 2024.

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The CSRD will apply to all large companies, i.e., those companies with over 250 employees and a turnover above €40 mln. The Directive will apply regardless of whether companies are listed on the stock market or not.  According to the agreement, the information reported by companies will be independently certified and audited.

Some SMEs which listed on public markets will be subject to lighter reporting requirements and will have the possibility to opt out of the new Directive until 2028.

Also non-EU companies with substantial activity in the EU, i.e., more than €150mln annual turnover, will have to follow CSRD-based reporting rules.

As of next steps, EU Parliament and the Council will have to formally approve the agreement. Then, it will be published in the EU Official Journal and enter into force 20 days afterwards.

Source: European Parliament



22.06.2022 – European Parliament adopts its position on EU ETS

On the 22nd of June, Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) with 439 votes in favour, 157 against and 32 abstentions. The vote followed the Plenary session of the 7th of June, where the proposed text failed to pass.

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Parliament voted to include maritime transport into the EU ETS and wants to apply emission trading to all emissions on intra-EU voyages as of 2024, and to half of emissions on extra-EU voyages between 2024-2026.  Then, as of 2027 onwards, all extra-EU voyages will be covered. Aside from focussing on CO2, MEPs also voted to include methane and nitrous oxides in the scope of EU ETS.  Moreover, Parliament wants to include vessels of a gross tonnage of 400 and above in the Directive, even though they will be subject to simpler administrative requirements.

75% of the revenues raised by the auctioning of allowances to shipping will be put into an “Ocean Fund” which shall be used to support the transition towards an energy efficient and climate resilient EU maritime sector. The text adopted by Parliament also refers to refuelling and recharging infrastructure and measures to improve energy efficiency  in ports as possible recipients of funding.

The text recognizes that “evasive port calls in neighbouring non-EU countries could seriously jeopardise the effectiveness of the EU ETS in relation to maritime transport” and therefore requires the Commission to report biennially and, if necessary, propose a legislative proposal to address evasive port calls. Furthermore, already as of 2024, shipping companies will need to surrender allowances to cover 100% of their emissions for voyages between EU ports and non-EU ones that are situated less than 300 nautical miles away from the EU territory.

Source: European Parliament


22.06.2022 – FEPORT answers public consultation regarding better management and coordination of cross-border rail traffic

On the 22nd of June, FEPORT responded to the EU Commission consultation on “better management and coordination of cross-border rail traffic”.  The results of this consultation will feed into the revision process of the Rail Freight Corridors Regulation, for which a proposal is expected in Q3 2022.

In its reply, FEPORT stressed that, in order to increase the share of rail freight, legally binding rules on capacity sharing are necessary. Moreover, in order to be able to remove local bottlenecks, including those hampering cross-border rail traffic, the involvement of terminals in the governance of the corridors should be enhanced.

Source: FEPORT



30.06.2022 – FEPORT participates to EUROMARITIME conference on the causes of disruption in the maritime logistics chain - Marseille

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After two years of interruption due to COVID 19, many members of the maritime community in France and beyond gathered three days in Marseille in the framework of EUROMARITME Fair and conferences.

The event featured many exhibitors as well as representatives from the maritime logistics chain.

FEPORT Secretary General was invited to speak during the roundtable on the causes of the disruption in the maritime logistics chain involving representatives from the shipping industry, shipping agencies, freight forwarders and port authorities.

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Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid explained that expectations from port stakeholders to sort out all situations, for instance to compensate the lack of schedule reliability of other actors in the maritime logistics chain and to absorb the cascading effects of hectic administrative checks at Member States’ borders are neither fair nor acceptable.

Seaport terminals are not parking areas or open roof storage areas. They are bridges between different modes of transport. There is a need for more cooperation and discipline from all actors of the logistics chain to allow ports to breathe and function in a normal way” mentioned FEPORT Secretary General.

Member States must also strive to solve bottlenecks on their territories and EU policy makers should pay more attention to the functioning of supply and logistics chains as some other countries like the USA do as both shipping and EU exports deserve attention in the European Union” added Ms Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid.

It is time to scale up investments in rail freight capacities and in the multimodal connectivity of ports. The EU transport network has real strengths but also requires further completion to enable more agility and resilience from the different modes of transport” concluded FEPORT Secretary General.



Members' News Corner


31.05.2022 – Larger gantry cranes allow HHLA TK Estonia to strengthen its position in the Baltic region

On May 31st, two large container gantry cranes, previously in use at HHLA’s Container Terminal at the Buchardkai (Hamburg), were officially christened by Angela Titzrath, HHLA CEO, the Estonian Minister for Economics and Communications Taavi Aas and the CEO of HHLA TK Estonia Riia Sillave.

The two cranes will allow the handling of container ships up until a TEU of 14.000, which according to HHLA CEO will bring HHLA TK Estonia in an even better position to function as a hub in Baltic Sea traffic.

According to HHLA TK CEO Riia Sillave, “the customers will be served by cranes named Alfa and Bravo, thus also symbolically highlighting the beginning of a journey of containers either entering into Estonia or moving onwards from here into the world”.

“The new, larger gantry cranes will help HHLA TK to utilize its full potential for the handling of existing and future freight streams. We have invested over five million euros to be able to service vessels accommodating four times more containers than the ships able to dock in Muuga at the moment. In the future, calls in Muuga will be more attractive and efficient for global shipping companies. Thanks to the growth in handling capacity, Estonia’s opportunities as a multimodal logistics hub in Northern Europe will increase considerably”, HHLA Group CEO Angela Titzrath added.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News



31.05.2022 – Luka Koper profits for Q1 increases more than twofold on a year-to-year basis

Luka Koper reported its net quarter profit for Q1 2022 went up to €16.5 million, as compared to €7.5 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Also Luka Koper’s consolidated sales revenues increased by 19.6% to €70.9 million between January-March 2022. Moreover, the volumes handled in January-March rose by 18% on a year-to-year basis to 5.9 million tonnes.

The sharpest increase was seen in the general cargo segment (22%), whereas the container cargo volumes went up by 1% to 2.5 million tonnes.

Source: SeeNews



01.06.2022 - EUROGATE concludes agreement to connect East-West Gate Fényeslitke terminal to its rail network

On the 1st of June, Eurogate Rail Hungary Zrt. (ERH) has signed a cooperation agreement with East-West Intermodal Logistics Ltd, the investor in East-West Gate (EWG) terminal in Fényeslitke (Hungary) to connect this terminal to Eurogate’s rail network.

ERH will connect Fényeslitke to destinations in Germany (Hamburg, Duisburg and Munich), Austria (Vienna), Hungary (Budapest) and Romania (Arad). Under the agreement, ERH customers will be able to use EWG’s transshipment and storage services.

The agreement also includes technology knowledge transfer. For example, EWG will offer Eurogate insights into its experience with 5G networks, remote crane operation and virtual simulation.

“We are very pleased to enter this partnership with EWG. Through this agreement, we are not only offering our customers access to new key markets, but we are also working to stay at the forefront of our industry with EWG’s valuable technology insights,” said Christopher Beplat, board member of ERH and board member of EUROGATE Intermodal (EGIM).

“This partnership with EUROGATE is not only important for EWG, but also for Hungarian rail logistics as a whole. With this step, we are integrating Hungary into the international rail logistics network,” added János Tálosi.

The EWG terminal is currently in the final testing phase and will be operated by remotely controlled cranes by means of 5G technology. Moreover, a 3D digital twin will monitor the terminal’s operations in real time in order to alert staff if any irregularities are detected.

Source: Port Technology



27.06.2022 – DP World and PCFC sign agreement to modernise RO-RO terminal at the Port of Constanța

The Romanian government has signed an agreement with DP World and Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) regarding the development of new infrastructure at the Port of Constanța.

The Romanian government seeks to turn the Port of Constanța into one of the most important cargo and vehicle hubs in the Black Sea and, to that end, aims to develop a new Ro-Ro terminal.

DP World will invest in physical and electronic assets needed for the terminals’ development, including a new state-of-the-art X-ray scanner at the RO-RO terminals, which will reduce the time needed for physical inspections.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of PCFC and Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, commented the following on the agreement: ““A few weeks ago, we celebrated our 18th year of operations at DP World Costanta. We are proud of the confidence that the government of Romania continues to show in us and look forward to delivering a world-class, integrated supply chain solution that will enhance Costanta Port and Romania’s position in the region. This agreement is a testimony to the strength of the relationships we build with our partners around the globe.”

Source: Port Technology



27.06.2022 – HHLA CTA Terminal is awarded climate-neutral certification

HHLA’s Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA), situated in the Port of Hamburg, has again received the certification as a climate-neutral company from TÜV NORD.

HHLA first received this certification in 2019, thereby being the first container handling facility in the world to receive climate-neutral certification.

“Our technological excellence as well as process efficiency make climate-neutral container handling possible, and we are thus moving closer to our goal of becoming climate-neutral throughout the Group by 2040”, said Angela Titzrath, Chairwoamn of HHLA’s Executive Board.

Source: Port Technology


FEPORT meetings

08.09.2022               Board of Directors – Brussels

06.10.2022                Environment, Safety and Security Committee – Brussels

18.10.2022                 Social Affairs Committee – Brussels

20.10.2022                Customs and Logistics Committee – Brussels

10.11.2022                 Board of Directors – Remote

24.11.2022                 Port Policy Committee – Brussels


Institutional meetings

11/12.07.2022           TRAN Committee Meeting - Brussels

11/12.07.2022            ITRE Committee Meeting - Brussels

11/12.07.2022            EMPL Committee Meeting - Brussels

13.07.2022                 INTA Committee – Brussels

13.07.2022                 ECON Committee Meeting – Brussels


Other meetings

23.11.2022                  Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Ports meeting – Brussels



FEPORT Newsletter - June 2022