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Panama Canal commissions new dredger

Moving forward with its equipment upgrades for its expansion programme, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has awarded a $95.92m contract to IHC Beaver Dredgers B.V. to design and build a new, more powerful cutter suction dredger. The Dutch company is the world leader in the design, fabrication and supply of equipment and services for the dredging and alluvial mining industries, claiming 50% of the dredging market worldwide. Read More »

Konecranes acquires Spanish crane company

Konecranes acquired the entire share capital of Spanish crane and service company Eydimen 2000 S.L., based in San Sebastian in Northern Spain, at the beginning of March 2008. Prior to this transaction, Konecranes held 19.2 per cent of the share capital in Eydimen, which has been selling Konecranes-branded industrial cranes in Spain since 2005. Read More »

ICTSI reports 27% increase in revenues

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has reported full-year gross revenues from port operations of P=15bn for the year ended December 31 2007, up 27% from the P=11.85bn reported in 2006. Read More »

Tacoma boosts on-dock rail operations

Kalmar Industries has won an order from the Port of Tacoma on the US West Coast to supply seven CSC 340 straddle carriers for the Port’s extensive on-dock intermodal rail operations. The units, which will be used to load and unload double-stack container cars, will be delivered in October 2008. Read More »

TTS leads alliance bid for London Gateway

TTS Port Equipment is heading an alliance of leading industry players to bid for the prestigious London Gateway Port automated container terminal project. The Horizontal Transportation Alliance sees TTS Port Equipment working with ABB Crane Systems, Siemens Hybrid Drives, Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC), Danaher Motion and MAFI Transport Systems to submit a proposal for the project. Read More »

Mombasa growth highlights needs for expansion

The Port of Mombasa handled a record 15,925,955 tonnes of cargo in 2007, an increase of 1,507,017 tons or 10.5 per cent over 2006 volumes.

 Abdallah Hemed Mwaruwa, managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), said however that the impressive performance underlined the urgent need to increase cargo handling space at the port. Read More »

Volumes rise at Montreal

Led by a sharp increase in container traffic, the Montreal Port Authority’s (MPA) consolidated traffic volumes reached a record high of 26m tonnes in 2007, rising by 3.6% or 912,091 tonnes from 2006 figures. Read More »

CSAV opts for Carrier eAutoFresh system

Latin America’s largest shipping company, Chile-based CSAV, has become the first major line to adopt Carrier Transicold’s new eAutoFresh system for shipping produce between North and South America. The system features an innovative on-demand ventilation option designed for container refrigeration units. Read More »

Lonrho recruits Africa specialist

Lonrho Plc has recruited Peter Albeck as general manager of its Port and Shipping Division. Albeck joins the company from Safmarine, where he was chief commercial officer of the MPV Division from 2002, and brings 40 years of experience in the port and shipping industry across Africa and the North/South shipping lanes. Safmarine is regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping companies and the industry’s leading specialist in the Africa trade. Read More »