• 2018 July 17 15:28

    Port of Rotterdam places a bee colony in the port area

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority has had a swarm of bees placed on the Maasvlakte in the verge next to the Stenen Baakplein. In this section of the Honey Highway, ten thousand bees will soon be collecting pollen and nectar. The goal of this initiative is the conservation of the original Dutch honey bee by reintroducing it to this region.

    The Honey Highway is now in full bloom. The flowers - planted last year by primary school children from Brielle - can be admired by motorists driving past on the A15. If they look in the other direction, they can enjoy a view of a flower bed several kilometres long. The flower bed features flowers such as the Evening Primrose and Viper’s Bugloss that sprouted up spontaneously along the pipeline corridors. “This sea of flowers is in line with our policy for sustainable development of the port. We specifically focus on and create extra room for bees,” said Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

    A first
    This is the first time the Port Authority has placed a bee colony in the port area. Beekeeper Anne Bac from Oostvoorne will be responsible for taking care of the bees. She will do this using a biodynamic approach to beekeeping that will result in a hardy bee species. In July she will be giving tours to people from Oostvoorne and Brielle and to employees of port-based businesses. “Something that is both necessary and fun,” says Deborah Post, the initiator of the Honey Highway. “The 5,000 square metres of perennial flowers at the Stenen Baakplein and the flowering shrubs in the Geuzebos should provide sufficient pollen and nectar for the bees to comfortably make it through the winter. The bees are able to fly up to seven kilometres so they can also reach Oostvoorne.”

    Port versus biodiversity
    The Honey Highway was launched as an initiative of the Port Authority in cooperation with Deborah. “While the bees may be minuscule creatures in the vastness of the port area with its enormous ships and stacks of containers, they are also extremely important,” says Jan Putters, Asset Manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

    Honey Highway
    Even though there is abundant green rye grass for dairy production in the Netherlands, there aren’t nearly enough flowers. Honey Highway is an initiative of biodynamic beekeeper Deborah Post. She wants to take steps for the conservation of bees, bumblebees and butterflies and rapidly reintroduce them to the Netherlands on a large scale. After all, people need bees to pollinate vegetables and fruits. This means bees are critical to our food chain. A permanent paradise for bees has been created by sowing 44 different perennial native species of flower seeds along the verges of motorways, railway tracks and provincial roads, and dikes.

    Jac Thijsse and Jan Wolkers thought the common Viper’s Bugloss with its beautiful flower stems with laden ultramarine blue blossoms to be one of our most exquisite wild plants.




2018 August 16

15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says
17:34 Maersk Line to rise rates from Far East to East Coast South America
17:30 Yang Ming orders ten 2,800 TEU containerships
17:19 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
16:05 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of oil tanker
15:04 Rosrybolovstvo looks into building a series of three RVs as from 2020
15:04 Concordia Maritime AB announces interim report for H1 2018
14:12 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spends over RUB 600,000 on employee benefits and rewards programme
13:20 Konecranes to deliver more electric RTGs to Luka Koper in Slovenia
13:02 Join Marinet Conference at SMM 2018, Hamburg
12:32 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives green light to NLR construction project
12:01 WW Ocean presents new-look trade maps resembling public transit maps
11:15 Port of Vancouver posts H1 2018 results
10:41 Aker Solutions wins orders for Liuhua power umbilical systems in China
10:21 Nor-Shipping 2019 devotes entire hall to new focus on Blue Economy
10:05 Crude oil futures drop 0.22% to $72.3 in London and 0.48% to $66.72 in New York
09:29 Bunker prices at Port of St. Petersburg show mixed movements

2018 August 14

18:30 Hapag-Lloyd annonces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:12 FE Railways' loaded freight in Jan-Jul up 2% to 28.2 million tonnes
18:07 Hapag-Lloyd changes terminals at Genoa on its MPS service
17:47 British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution
17:45 Euro Tank Terminal extends jetty at the port of Rotterdam
17:31 MEYER WERFT holds float out procedure for cruise ship for AIDA Cruises
17:29 APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain
17:27 MED MARINE delivers a 24m ASD Tug from Turkey to Estonia
16:24 Offshore installation vessel starts work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm
15:44 Logistec Corporation declares quarterly drvidends on shares
15:21 Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum Singapore initial speakers announced
15:02 Danaos Corporation announces closing of comprehensive debt refinancing
14:16 Sea Port St. Petersburg earmarked over $337,000 for bonus and social responsibility programmes
14:13 TTS Group ASA secures new contracts for access equipment and cranes for two reefer vessels
14:06 Ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga support green shipping, to implement incentives for LNG-powered ships as from August 15, 2018
13:39 Bunker prices in Far East seaports edge down
13:14 ExxonMobil is first to supply via an independently accredited MFMS in ARA
13:10 Port of Brisbane announce a successful bid for funding of Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports project
12:13 HHLA posts operating result for H1 2018
11:29 Rosterminalugol’s seven-month coal throughput hits the 13-million tonne mark
11:11 Crude oil futures price rises to $73.28 (London) and $67.81 (New York)
11:01 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract for m/v Protefs and a new time charter contract for m/v Nirefs with Hudson
10:58 GeoSea has taken delivery of self-propelled DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Apollo’
10:09 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Capesize class dry-bulk vessel