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Panama Canal implements ‘Just-in-Time’ trial

A new ‘Just-in-Time’ service allowing vessels to arrive at the Panama Canal much closer to their scheduled transit time, thereby achieving more efficient fuel usage by reducing the time they remain at anchor, has been introduced for a trial period by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). Read More »

Hannibal and IMS link Italian ports to Switzerland

The new Milan–Basel service offers competitive transit times

A new twice-weekly block-train shuttle service linking the container terminals of Genova, La Spezia and Ravenna with Basel, Switzerland’s major economic region, has been introduced by IMS Rail Switzerland and Hannibal SpA., the intermodal arm of Contship Italia Group. Read More »

New Monrovia wharf officially opens

Completed nine months ahead of schedule, the newly completed 600 m quay at the Freeport of Monrovia in Liberia has been officially opened by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Read More »

July date for new port tenders in Israel

Israel pledges to end monopolies at Ashdod and Haifa (Pictured)

In a move to reform the country’s ports, the Israeli government has set July 1 as the date for tenders to be issued for the private construction of two new ports, after pledging to end the monopolies at Ashdod and Haifa. Read More »

Expansion of Sohar container terminal begins

Construction has started on the US$130m expansion of the container terminal in the Port of Sohar, which will increase its annual capacity by over 87% to 1.5m teu. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Read More »

PTP orders RTGs for terminal expansion

PTP orders 26 E-RTGs with an option for a further 32

Malaysian terminal operator Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn. Bhd. (PTP) has placed an order for 26 electrically–driven rubber-tyred gantry cranes (E-RTGs) from Terex Port Solutions (TPS), the largest order of its kind for the manufacturer. Read More »

Christopher Lytle heads for top job at Oakland

Christopher Lytle

Christopher Lytle, Port of Long Beach executive director since November 2011, is to resign to take the top post at the Port of Oakland. Lytle will remain at Long Beach until mid-July, and is expected to begin his new job in Oakland shortly thereafter. Read More »

Rotterdam against extra bureaucracy

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Deltalinqs (the association of port industries) have raised concerns about the European Commission’s proposal to appoint an independent supervisor for ports in every Member State. Read More »