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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Yilport moves in on the Baltic

The Turkish terminal operator Yilport has added the Gävle Container Terminal (GCT) in Sweden to its portfolio, having acquired an 80% stake in the country’s second largest container terminal after Gothenburg.  The remaining 20% shares are held by the Gävle Municipality. The move removes the recent uncertainty over the ownership of the Swedish company.  Yilport, which has plans to upgrade the container terminal equipment ... Read More »

Thamesport gains West African Ro-Ro service

The ro-ro vessel Dresden made the first call

Netherlands-based RMR Shipping has chosen London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its North West Europe – West Africa ro-ro service, with the first call of the service made by the 176 m long ro-ro vessel Dresden earlier this week. The vessel has the versatility to handle a wide variety of cargoes through quarter and side ramps, which allow cargo to ... Read More »

IAPH and BIFA applaud IMO container weighing decision

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and the British International Freight Association (BIFA) have welcomed the adoption of the Amendment of SOLAS Regulation VI-2 regarding Mandatory Weighing of Gross Mass of Containers by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The amended rule requires shippers to submit verified gross weight of containers before loading onto ... Read More »

Kalmar raising the game in Barcelona

The three cranes will reach 47 m under spreader

Kalmar has been awarded the contract to increase the operating height of three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes by six metres for Terminal de Contenidors de Barcelona, S.L. (TCB) in Spain. The project has been initiated in anticipation of increased container traffic brought about by the arrival of larger vessels at the Port of Barcelona. The order was signed in April and ... Read More »

APMT signs Angolan JV

A new chapter for Angolan ports has been opened with the signing by APM Terminals and the Sociedade Gestora de Terminais S.A. (Sogester) of a 20-year concession joint-venture to operate, maintain and develop the Port of Namibe, Angola, which serves the hinterland from Namibe to Menongue and through the city of Lubango. Sogester, the leading operator in Luanda, will invest ... Read More »

Hyster introduces Tier 4 final trucks

Hyster increases fuel savings by up to 25%

Hyster has launched a full range of Stage IV/Tier 4 Final compliant ‘Big Trucks’ increasing fuel savings from 20% to up to 25% in ports and terminals, with the first machine above 18 tonnes lifting capacity scheduled to leave the company’s production line in Nijmegen in July. To achieve this, the Hyster 5-8 high empty container handler, the 18-20 tonne ... Read More »

Water Bill boost for US ports

Last week’s overwhelming positive vote by the US House of Representatives for the 2014 Water Resources Reform Development Act has secured various projects for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, along with the Port of Jacksonville. The bill now moves to the US Senate where it is also expected to be approved. The vote ensures that US ports ... Read More »

APMT meets Q1 increased demands from customers

Growth in container volumes across the global facilities of APM Terminals (APMT) reached 9% in the first quarter of this year at 9.4m teu, more than double the 4% growth registered generally in the market. From a financial perspective, the company announced a profit of US$215m against US$ 166m for the same period last year.  Profit, excluding divestment gains and ... Read More »

Combilift launches multi-functional straddle

The telescopic lifting frame can be adjusted independently to tilt containers

Combilift has launched its first new straddle carrier in four years after the machine was introduced in 2010.  The Combi-SC Top-Lift, incorporating a telescopic automatic spreader operated from the cab, can handle 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft containers, achieving throughput of up to 20 containers an hour. Described as an alternative to reachstackers, the company says that the new machine ... Read More »