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Monthly Archives: October 2014

COSCO Piraeus orders a further nine Kalmar E-RTGs

The cranes will help the port meet its twin goals

Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) in Greece has signed a repeat order with Kalmar for nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).  The cranes, four of which are the world’s widest, will help the port meet its twin goals of increasing both capacity and savings. Delivery is scheduled for 2015. This order further consolidates the partnership between the manufacturer and the terminal.  ... Read More »

DP World reports 9.0% like-for-like Q3 volume growth

DP World handled 44.8m teu across its global portfolio of container terminals during the first nine months of 2014, with gross container volumes growing by 9% on a like-for-like basis.  On a reported basis gross container volumes grew by 10.1%, with new volume at London Gateway (UK) and Embraport (Brazil) contributing to the increase. Growth for the nine month period was ... Read More »

Work starts on new Ashdod private port

Pan Mediterranean (CHEC) is building the US$876m Ashdod port

Construction work started this week (Tuesday) with a ground-breaking ceremony on one of the two new Mediterranean ports planned by the Israeli government as part of its reform of the country’s ports.  Earlier this month (October), the government also announced that it is to privatise the country’s two existing state-owned ports in Ashdod and Haifa in 2015 and 2016 respectively. ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Terminals punch through 2m teu at Khalifa

ADT has experienced 20% year-on-year growth

Two years after starting operations, Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), which manages and operates Khalifa Port Container Terminal, the first semi-automated advanced container terminal in the Middle East, has celebrated handling 2m teu. The milestone surpasses the company’s initial target, representing a 20% year-on-year increase in containers handled by ADT, driven by strong increases in both imports and exports, with volume ... Read More »

Phoenix introduces the EcoMod 450

Phoenix Products has introduced what it calls ‘its brightest idea yet’ – the EcoMod 450 LED floodlight, suitable for use in ports and terminals. The fixture is the latest edition to the company’s EcoMod series; with an output of up to 41,250 lumens the new model replaces up to 1500W HID conventional floodlights and can be used in new or ... Read More »

Jaxport invests in the future

Jaxport has finalised a US$37.6m contract for three new cranes

The US port of Jaxport in Jacksonville has finalised a US$37.6m contract to purchase three new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) for Blount Island Marine Terminal. With the cranes due to be operation by 2016, ZPMC will deliver and set-up of the units that will significantly increase the terminal’s cargo-handling capability.  The Florida Department of ... Read More »

Crowley’s LNG ConRo ships under construction

Construction has started on the first two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – roll- on/roll-off (ConRo) ‘Commitment Class’ ships for Crowley’s Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services. The 219.5 m long, 32.3 m beam and 10 m draught vessels have been designed to maximise the carriage of containers, having a cargo capacity of approximately 2,400 teu, with additional space for nearly ... Read More »

Third quarter growth for Antwerp and Rotterdam

The two largest Benelux ports, the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam, reported container throughput growth of 5.0% and 4.2% growth respectively in the first nine months of the year. Antwerp has handled 6,725,777 teu, with container volume rising by 6.0% to 81,127,972 tonnes while Rotterdam dealt with 9,213,118 teu despite a slow start to the year. Allard ... Read More »

APMT denies union claims of “victory” at Aqaba Container Terminal

The International Transport Workers’ Federation and APM Terminals dispute the outcome of contract negotiations at Aqaba Container Terminal

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has claimed a victory in a dispute over contract changes at Aqaba Container Terminal, which the terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) has disputed. Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), which is part-owned by APMT, has been negotiating a new collective contract with its workers’ union, ITF-affiliated General Union of Port Workers (GUPW) since March 2014. The ... Read More »