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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Grand Alliance opts for Cape route to cut costs

Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, MISC Berhad, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) have announced that they will re-route all eastbound EU3 service vessels around the Cape of Good Hope, instead of transiting the Suez Canal. Read More »

LA introduces new-generation electric yard trucks

Los Angeles’ green technology sector has taken another step forward with the opening of a manufacturing facility in Harbor City that will begin producing fleets of clean, all-electric, heavy-duty trucks capable of hauling 30-ton shipping containers in and around the San Pedro Bay port complex. The first of the ‘green’ trucks manufactured by Balqon Corp was driven off the assembly line by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Read More »

EC signs EPA with Cariforum countries

The European Commission has concluded a new Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Cariforum (Caribbean) states, applicable on a provisional basis from December 29, 2008. Read More »

New cranes start operation at ICTSI Ecuador unit

Contecon Guayaquil S.A. (CGSA), manager and operator of Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminal (GCMT) in Ecuador, has recently inaugurated three new quay cranes, eight rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and the newly reinforced berths 1B and 1C. Read More »

Shippers rationalise Asia–South America trade

Due to deteriorating market conditions, the Asia Express Consortium partners CCNI and Hamburg Süd and shipper MSC are to reduce capacity in the trade between Asia and Mexico and the West Coast of South America with immediate effect. This will be achieved by combining the current MSC service with Sling 2 of the Asia Express Consortium. Read More »

Kelvin Hughes Ltd opens new US office

London-based navigation solutions provider Kelvin Hughes Ltd has opened a new US office in Alexandria, Virginia. The primary role of the new office is to expand on the company’s existing presence in the US, providing a much greater level of local sales and support for customers there. It already has a service centre in New Orleans. Read More »