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Yildirim responds to port fee protests

Robert Yuksel Yildirim, president and CEO of Yildirim Holding

The chairman of Yilport Holding has responded to accusations that port fees at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador are being unfairly increased. After protests from banana producers, on November 27, representatives of the Ecuadorian province of El Oro requested that the public-private partnership between Yilport and the Ecuadorian government be re-examined. Workers in the province’s banana industry are angry at the ... Read More »

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Drewry releases list of world’s best-connected ports

Shipping analyst Drewry has released a new tool which measures how well-connected the world’s top ports are by giving them a connectivity index out of 100. These rankings suggest that the best-connected port is the world’s biggest, Shanghai, with a connectivity score of 100. Shanghai is followed closely by Ningbo (with a score of 93) and Singapore (89). The top 20 ... Read More »

Congestion leads Maersk to cut Shanghai and Chiwan calls

Maersk Line has announced that it will temporarily suspend calls at the ports of Shanghai and Chiwan (Shenzen) due to congestion. In a statement to customers, the company said that its AE2 and AE11 services have faced “significant reliability challenges largely driven by Asian port congestion leading to delays in ports.” The statement continued: “As there is no outlook for ... Read More »

ZPMC selects Cavotec RRC units

An operator controls STS cranes from a safe distance at Yangshan

Ship-to-shore crane manufacturer ZPMC has chosen Cavotec to deliver Radio Remote Control (RRC) units for its cranes in Tangier, Qingdao and Yangshen. At these terminals, ZPMC’s cranes are operated remotely from a control room and staff are not permitted near the cranes while they are in use. However, during commissioning and maintenance, operators are required to control the cranes on-site, exposing ... Read More »

Court orders end to Melbourne strike

VICT opened in January 2017

An Australian court has ordered union members to end their strike at Melbourne’s Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT). The dispute started when one member of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) was not given a security pass to continue working at the site. The MUA are also angry that they were not consulted on pay and working conditions as an ... Read More »

Alabama Port Authority joins criticism of tax reforms

The CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) has criticised the US government’s proposed tax reforms. The ‘Tax Cut and Jobs Act’ would repeal the tax exemption for advanced refunding bonds and perhaps also, depending which version of the act is passed, private activity bonds. Private activity bonds are a type of municipal bond which fund private sector projects ... Read More »

Hong Kong considers building homes above port

Lack of space is a problem in Hong Kong

A government-appointed committee is looking into the feasibility of moving Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing container terminal or of building homes on an elevated platform above it. The Task Force on Land Supply will ask Hong Kong residents for views on these two ideas, along with 13 other land supply solutions, in a public consultation in March 2018. Hong Kong’s container port ... Read More »

Ship breaks free of mooring in Boston

A 1,065 ft long container ship called the Helsinki Bridge broke free from its moorings at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal on Wednesday morning. The US Coast Guard and local fire and police services were called to the incident, which took place at around 45 minutes past midnight. According to the Coast Guard, ten terminal workers who were aboard the ... Read More »

US Ports criticise tax reform bill

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has criticised aspects of new legislation being proposed by the US authorities. In a statement, the AAPA said that infrastructure funding would be made more difficult by provisions in two separate ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ bills which have been approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both bills would repeal the tax ... Read More »

Halterm buys Konecranes RTGs

Halterm is the North American terminal closest to Europe

Haltern Container Terminal has purchased three Konecranes rubber-tyred gantry cranes. The terminal is situated in Halifax on Canada’s East Coast, making it the closest North American terminal to Europe. Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the new Konecranes RTGs will stack one-over-five containers high, and six rows plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control system, which ... Read More »

Philadelphia chooses ZPMC for gantry cranes

Philadelphia’s port operator has concluded the purchase agreement for two super post-Panamax container gantry cranes. The two cranes will be delivered by Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC) and will cost US$23.5m for both of them. The cranes will be put to work at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (PAMT), along with two other new gantry cranes purchased this year. The first ... Read More »