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Port of Long Beach: busiest November since 2007

The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1% growth in November when compared to the same month last year, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007. A total of 581,514 teu were moved through the port in November. Imports were recorded at 293,984 teu, down 0.9% from last year. Exports saw a 14.5% decrease ... Read More »

US West Coast delays hurting reliability

Congestion issues at US west coast ports contributed to lower on-time containership reliability in November, according to Drewry’s new Carrier Performance Insight report. With waiting times at anchor outside of USWC ports reportedly running to one week in some cases, carriers’ schedule reliability has understandably taken a big hit. The report indicates that transpacific ships were on average 2.4 days later than ... Read More »

Twelve straddle carriers delivered to Gothenburg

The new arrivals in Gothenburg are diesel-electric hybrids

The Swedish port of Gothenburg has taken delivery of 12 new straddle carriers. In a statement, APM Terminals (APMT) which operates APMT Gothenburg, said the delivery would increase storage capacity by 40% and increase productivity, with the ability to lift two 20 ft containers simultaneously. The final two machines were delivered last week and the oldest of Gothenburg’s 38 straddle ... Read More »

November growth in South Carolina

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has recorded another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13% year on year. The port handled 144,218 teu in November, an increase of 8% over the same month last year. Fiscal year-to-date container volumes are 11% ahead of plan, with 777,566 teu handled since July. As measured in pier containers, ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd enters East-West trade through UASC co-operation

Hamburg Süd have entered a slot exchange with UASC on several routes

German shipping company Hamburg Süd has entered the east-west trade through signing a “global co-operation agreement” with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The two shipping companies, the world’s 11th and 18th biggest respectively according to Alphaliner, have agreed a slot-exchange which will give Hamburg Süd slots on several UASC routes. Specifically, these are four Asia-US West Coast loops, one Asia-US ... Read More »

Nicaragua launches work on canal project

HKND Group Chairman Wang Jing speaks during the start of the first works of the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Brito town

Some 18 months after the highly controversial concession was granted to the Hong Kong-based HKND Group, Nicaragua has officially begun work on its hugely ambitious interoceanic canal project. “This moment will surely go down in history. I announce the start of work on the great canal of Nicaragua,” HKND boss Wang Jing said at the official ceremony, held in the ... Read More »

Watch: Terex Port Solutions enjoys Turkey at Christmas

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has delivered the first 12 of a total of 24 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Asyaport, a new international container terminal situated on the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. The cranes were designed and manufactured in the TPS facility in Xiamen, PR China. The machines are the first ever Terex RTG cranes delivered to Turkey, said Maurizio ... Read More »

Green light from environmental agency for APMT’s Moín project

An artist's impression of how the new APM Terminals facility will look

The Costa Rican government’s environmental agency, Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental (SETENA), has approved APM Terminals’ Moín Container Terminal project, with construction to start within 30 days of 19 January 2015. The first development phase of the US$1bn Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) will see the access channel and turning-basin dredged to 16 m, a new 1.5 km breakwater constructed ... Read More »

Marseilles Fos unveils US$440m growth strategy

The Marseilles Fos port authority has announced a four-year plan which involves €360m (US$440m) of investments before 2018. These developments include those already in the pipeline and will improve both the Marseilles and Fos harbour areas. In a statement, the authority said that in a context of economic constraints and falling oil traffic, private investors will be sought to add ... Read More »