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MSC, Port of Valencia Trial IoT Network

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…As Scandlines Welcomes Court Decision to Shut Down Fehmarn Tunnel’s Financing***

Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has teamed up with the Port of Valencia, Spain, on a pilot Internet-of-Things (IoT) project, led by Traxens, a developer of a global solution for monitoring and coordinating multimodal transport.

Specifically, Traxens is working with MSC Terminal Valencia and the Port Authority at the Port of Valencia, and Fundacion Valenciaport (FVP).

The trial project, launched in September 2018, is aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the port due to easy monitoring of on-site road activity, improved fleet management as well as pre- and post-carriage management.

As part of the pilot project, MSC Spain trucks have been equipped with Traxens’ IoT devices, allowing for near real-time tracking of movement of vehicles. This can help port authorities to predict and manage potential congestions, as well as to anticipate truck arrivals at the gates.

Traxens has installed a gateway in the MSC Terminal to allow enhanced and secured connectivity. It will also provide access to its big data analytics platform, TraxensHub, via APIs, bringing enhanced analytics and reporting capabilities for port authorities.

“Our pilot project at the Port of Valencia is one of the first applications of an IoT system in a port environment and we are eagerly awaiting results,” said Jacques Delort, managing director of Traxens, stressing that big data is the future of the shipping industry.

“We have already used IoT devices by Traxens for tracking our containers and we believe that the functionality can really help port authorities in improving operations. This could bring benefits to all parties,” said Jaime Lopez, Intermodal Project Leader, MSC Spain.

“The Port of Valencia believes in the role of innovation and digitalization for the future of shipping ports, for example by using the PCS (Port Community Systems) integration platform. We are delighted to provide a trial site for Traxens, which could eventually result in the improvement of operations for the whole of the shipping industry,” said Miguel Llop, Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), from the Fundacion Valenciaport.

Traxens aims to extend its solution to other terminals within the Port of Valencia, by deploying additional gateways.

Port of Valencia Calls for Bids for New Terminal

The Port Authority of Valencia has called a public tender for the construction and operation of the new terminal at the Port of Valencia.

As World Maritime News reported earlier, the port has set sights on building a container terminal capable of handling ultra large containerships of up to 24,000 TEU. The initiative is in line with the anticipated container traffic growth at the port of Valencia by 2050.

The greenfield development is suitable for the concept of an automated terminal, as the port insists the terminal would have to be equipped with the latest technology for sustainable operations.

The quay would be granted under a concession of 35 years for partial concession occupancy bids, with the possibility of extension up to 50 years. Another option is a 50-year long concession for bids that envisage full occupation of the quay and the adjacent area necessary for the proposed terminal.

The terminal must cover a minimum of 800 m. of berthing line and 49 hectares, and has to be at least semi-automated.

The future concession holder will be provided with a berthing line of up to 1,970 m long with a draft of 20 metres alongside and throughout the dock, an adjacent compacted yard of some 137 hectares, as well as a maritime access channel with a draft of 22.50 m.

Those interested in submitting their bids may do so until May 8, 2019. The contract for construction of the terminal is expected to be awarded in July 2019.

The facility would be the fourth terminal at the port in addition to Noatum Terminal, MSC Valencia Terminal and APM Terminals.

In the meantime, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has cancelled the approval of the Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link’s financing model.

In July 2015, the EU Commission approved the Fehmarn project’s financing model without opening a formal procedure. The costs of the entire project are estimated to be DKK 64.4 billion (EUR 8.7 billion), part of which is funded by the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility.

European ferry operators Scandlines and Stena Line, providing services between Europe and the Scandinavian peninsula, appealed the decision, describing it as discriminatory and in breach of the EU State aid rules. Following a three-year long assessment of the case, the EU court found in favor of the two ferry companies.

“We are satisfied with the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. (…) Scandlines is not against a Fehmarn connection established with state aid. State aid may be necessary when completing such large-scale projects,” says Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, CEO of Scandlines.

“However, we do expect correct procedure, which entails transparency and fair competition. The aid must therefore be accurately and realistically defined, and it must be based on consistent assumptions and safeguarded against abuse. It is decisive for us that the tunnel cannot use the state finances as its sees fit to impose taxpayer-financed price pressure when traffic volumes do not live up to the optimistic prognoses and the ferries appear competitive. For the commission, this is basically a ‘do-over’ with a three-year delay. It is better late than never, but it is thought provoking that we as a private company have to spend time and money on ensuring that the EU commission complies with applicable rules.”

As explained, another reason behind Scandlines’ complaint is that the commission, approved state aid for at least 55 years following the opening of the tunnel, which is in stark contrast to the payback time of 36 years, the company pointed out.

The arguments are in line with Stena Line’s appeal which questioned the necessity of the aid, the duration of the aid and the undue distortion to the market by allowing the Fehmarn fixed link to dramatically reduce prices.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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