The 33,000 containers handled at JadeWeserPort since Germany’s only deepwater docks opened for business in September are a far cry from the annual 2.7 million forecast when state governments embarked on the 10 billion-euro ($13.1 billion) project a decade ago.
Methil port north of Edinburgh, once the focus of Scotland’s coal exports, is set to tap a greener kind of energy as Samsung Heavy Industry Co. constructs the world’s biggest wind turbine in the town’s faded harbor.
French police moved in to open fuel depots to release oil supplies blocked by strikers as walkouts at ports and refineries across the nation shut down crude imports and sparked shortages at filling stations.
France’s Seine River ports, Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, handled less crude oil and refinery products last year after refiner Petroplus Holdings AG temporarily halted operations in the first half, port group Haropa said.
Christine Lagarde , France’s finance minister, was at her Normandy weekend home on Saturday, May 8, juggling calls from President Nicolas Sarkozy , German finance chief Wolfgang Schaeuble and Dominique Strauss-Kahn , the Frenchman atop the International Monetary Fund, Bloomberg Markets reports in its August issue.