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Monthly Archives: November 2011

SMITCO ramps up with Tideworks

Colombia’s Santa Marta International Terminal Company (SMITCO), a joint venture between Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta and Manzanillo International Terminal - Panama, S.A is currently in the first phase of terminal development. With completion scheduled for mid-2012, phase one includes two post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes, four RTGs and an 8.7 hectare container yard with a capacity of 300,000 teu per year, expanding to 420,000 teu in a second phase. Read More »

Between a rock and a deep place

There is a double dose of good news for terminal operators in Brazil’s Port of Santos, South America’s premier port. Firstly, the Pedra de Itapema (Itapema Rock) was blasted from the main access channel and secondly, the threat of further industrial action has been averted. Read More »

Gothenburg wins environment award

The Swedish Port of Gothenburg was the winner of the ‘Air’ category in the prestigious Energy Globe Awards 2011, announced in Austria on Friday, for its work on shore-side power connection for vessels while at berth. Read More »

APMT reaffirms confidence in Costa Rica

Following our report last week (21 November) that APM Terminals (APMT) had rejected industry rumours that its Costa Rican concession at the new Moin Container Terminal (TCM) had run into difficulties and is unlikely to go ahead, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to the project. Read More »

Itajai tallclerks go back to work

In a general assembly earlier this week, Itajai tallyclerks were presented with a proposal made by their Union to APM Terminals (APMT). They subsequently voted 40 to 9 for an immediate return to work, ending a strike which had lasted for 22 days. Read More »

MSC to create major hub in Le Havre

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest shipping company, is to invest in the development of a new Port 2000 terminal in Le Havre in partnership with Terminaux de Normandie (TN) cargo-handling operator (Perrigault Group) in SETO and TNMSC companies. The move is designed to make the Le Havre one of the major cargo platforms in Western Europe. Read More »

New Pacific Northwest to Russian Far East service

The first sailing of FESCO Russian Pacific Line’s new direct fortnightly roll-on/roll-off service to Vladivostok and all points in the Russian Far East departed the US Port of Tacoma this week, with a variety of break-bulk, trucks, trailers and automobiles, as well as project cargoes on board the ‘STX Bluebird’, which will be arriving in Vladivostok on December 2. Read More »

First Gottwald MHCs for Papua New Guinea

The first Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) delivered by Demag Cranes to Papua New Guinea have been commissioned on behalf of PNG Ports Corporation, which is responsible for managing and monitoring all 16 state-owned ports in Papua New Guinea. Read More »