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Construction of a new deepwater berth in DCT Gdansk has started

Polish terminal operator Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk has started work on its new €290m (US$326m) deepwater quay. On Thursday January 22, the terminal operator has handed over the construction site to the Belgian company N.V. BESIX – the general contractor and the designer of the new facility. DCT CEO Maciek Kwiatkowski said: “DCT Gdansk’s team, our shareholders, clients and the people ... Read More »

EU to support better sea connections across the Dover Strait

The EU’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Programme will back the improvement of the sea connection between Dover in the UK and Calais in France, to the tune of €14m (US$16m). The developments include better traffic management, berth enhancements and a new rail freight connection between Calais and southern France. The project will focus on solutions to adapt and enhance the current transport ... Read More »

Crowley to increase capacity, equipment and frequency to Puerto Rico

Crowley's triple deck El Morro roro barge leaving San Juan for the US

Crowley Maritime Corporation will add a 400 feu capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in Q1 this year, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan to four sailings each week. The company will also replace the existing 580 ft (177 m) triple-deck barges with larger, recently modified 730 ft (225 m) triple-deck barges ... Read More »

Port of New Orleans added to weekly CMA CGM Mexico to Europe service

The US port of New Orleans will be added to CMA CGM’s weekly Victory Bridge service between Mexico and Europe from February 2. Port president and CEO Gary LaGrange said: “Shippers will now have greater options, which will further strengthen our connections to not only Europe, but also the Mediterranean, Africa, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East.” After New ... Read More »

Watch: Vindskip designers claim 60% fuel savings

The shape of the ship’s hull generates an upward lift

An innovative design of ship claims it can reduce fuel costs by 60% and harmful emissions by 80%. The Vindskip model, designed by Norwegian company Lade AS, uses the unique, sail-like shape of its hull to generate an upward lift as the engine pushes the ship forward. The idea draws inspiration from the aerospace industry and uses ‘relative wind’, the ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam increases throughput by 6% in 2014

Allard Castelein predicted that in 2015 Rotterdam's growth would again be driven by containers

Container throughput at the Port of Rotterdam increased by 5.8% in 2014 over 2013. Whilst bulk throughput also grew strongly, oil throughput fell significantly and overall throughput was only up by 1%. The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam authority Allard Castelein said: “In 2015, we expect the same growth in throughput as last year, 1%. This year too, the ... Read More »

John McCain attempts to repeal Jones Act

American senator and ex-presidential candidate John McCain has filed an amendment to repeal the Jones Act, a US law which requires that all goods shipped between US ports are carried by vessels built, owned and operated by US citizens. He said in a statement: “I have long advocated for a full repeal of the Jones Act, an antiquated law that ... Read More »

PSA’s annual throughput up by 6%

Tan Chong Meng said last year was "challenging" for the industry

Global terminal operator PSA International has announced that the throughput at its terminals was 5.8% higher in 2014 than 2013. The company’s terminals handled 65m teu,  34m teu of which was handled at the company’s flagship PSA Singapore terminals, which saw a 4% increase over 2013. PSA’s CEO Tan Chong Meng said in a statement: “Last year was challenging for the ... Read More »

Dunkerque invests and increases throughput by 7%

Throughput at the Northern French port of Dunkerque increased by 7% in 2014, over 2013, to 310,000 teu. Of this throughput, 177,000 teu was made up of full containers, a  6% increase on 2013. Over the course of 2014, €32m (US$37m) was invested in the first year of the port’s five-year investment program. In 2015, €39m (US$45m) will be invested, ... Read More »