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Hong Kong port hit by outbreak of Covid-19 may shut temporarily

Hong Kong port hit by outbreak of Covid-19 may shut temporarily

 

Almost 70 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 10 days in Hong Kong’s port, which has become the country’s third largest epicentre of Covid-19, with 55 cases in the Kwai Tsing container terminal alone. Sofreight.com reports that port workers’ family members have already been diagnosed with Covid-19, confirming secondary transmission.

Experts suggest that the disease was most likely spread by sailors skipping quarantine or by frozen meat products or due to the living conditions of port personnel, who share a break room. Investigations are still ongoing. It is still unclear how many people have been infected. Teams are still gathering additional data. However, the port plays an important role in the lives of the people in Hong Kong as much of the supplies and fresh produce is imported. Hong Kong port is also the main entry point for products destined for South China.

Zhang Zhujun, director of the Bureau for Infectious Disease at the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, said that closing down the port is “a major decision”. Although closing down the port may help to stop this outbreak of Covid-19, this would also have a significant impact on Hong Kong distribution. The Hong Kong government is in discussion with port companies to help limit the interaction between port workers.

Kwai Chung dock is the eighth largest container terminal in the world. This is the logistical heart of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Kwai Chung dock processed more than 14.22 million containers in 2019. That is nearly 80% of all the containers that passed through Hong Kong port in that year.

 

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Transitex opens rail link between Elvas and the Port of Huelva

Transitex opens rail link between Elvas and the Port of Huelva copyright. Transitex
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Transitex will begin operating a weekly train between Elvas and the Port of Huelva in June 2020, marking a new phase in the company’s history. Transitex is aware of the growth of the region and the need for a varied offer of solutions that allows companies to continue growing in a sustainable way. The Port of Huelva, due to its growth, geographical proximity and the alternatives it offers, is a fundamental link in the success story that Transitex has helped to build, collaborating for the cohesion of this border area of ​​the peninsula.

Transitex began its activity in Elvas in July 2005 and operates between the logistics platform and the ports on the Atlantic coast. Containers are transported weekly from Elvas, offering logistics solutions from both sides of the border to increase the competitiveness of companies in the region. In the last 15 years, the ports of Sines, Setúbal, Lisbon and Leixões have received cargo transported by Transitex, a service integrated into the door-to-door offer that the network of its own offices allows it to build, across four continents.

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Algeciras Port improves its connectivity with Latin America

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Handling 4.7 million tons or 37% of the Spanish horticultural cargoes, Algeciras Bay Port became one of the principal ports for fruit & vegetables operators  

 

The Port of Algeciras is the largest Mediterranean port for all cargo traffic and the largest Spanish port. It is located in the Strait of Gibraltar, a transit way for 9 out of 20 principal maritime routes. Thanks to the strategic geographical location of Algeciras Port, it operates as the distribution centre for Southern Europe, Mediterranean countries and Northern Africa.

“Our current connectivity along with our competitive transit times make Algeciras the natural gateway for reefer cargo coming from Latin America and heading to South Europe, North Africa and Med” says J. Javier Lopez, Head of commercial division. “We connect directly with more than 200 ports, it takes just 7 days to come from Natal (North Brazil) and we are one hour away from Morocco by RORO and feeder service”

As a novelty in 2019, Algeciras has improved its transit times for import flows coming from some of the main producing countries in Latin America as Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico and Dominican Republic.

A wide range of services
offered by the Port community companies

With 109,4 million tons of total cargo (2019), the Port of Algeciras ranks the fourth among top EU ports. “We handle nearly 380,000 TEUS of import- export full cargo, some 56,000 TEUS of them are reefers, which is very important for us,” informs Mr. Lopez. “Furthermore, our Port community is highly specialised in reefer cargo, and the largest fruit exporters from South America keep trusting in our port capabilities.”  The current cold storage capacity in the port and surrounding area exceeds 30,000 pallets, and a wide range of services for refrigerated and frozen goods is offered. These companies cover load, storage, cargo consolidation and distribution to customer centers. They also handle custom office paperwork or quality controls, providing an extra value throughout the import and export process. Thanks to the unique border inspection post open for 24 hours 365 days a year, perishable commodities are released within 24 hours upon arrival. At present, most part of the Spanish horticultural cargoes (4.7 million tons or 37%) is carried out through Algeciras Bay Port.

The Port of Algeciras has 2 terminals: APMT and TTI-Algeciras, which was the first semiautomatic terminal in South Europe. They jointly fulfil 5.000 reefer connexions. New container services from Latin America and South Africa have emerged, ship capacity has increased, growing yearly around 10%, and the Port has been optimizing and automatizing all the logistic processes to become more efficient yet. Thanks to constant investment into its infrastructure, the Port of Algeciras can attend to the megaships (+23,000 TEUS) of the three shipping Alliances: 2M, The Alliance and Ocean Alliance.