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Monthly Archives: February 2015

ICTSI and ILWU continue dispute in Portland despite national agreement

The Port of Portland's terminal 6 must deal with mounted backlog of cargo

West Coast operations resumed as normal this week as terminals began chipping away at container backlogs, all with the exception of Portland. According to ICTSI, which operates the Pacific-Northwest container terminal, a Hanjin Shipping vessel remained unattended after the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) refused to dispatch a full work crew, a claim which the ILWU disputed. ICTSI issued ... Read More »

Mixed messages from Greek government on Piraeus privatisation

The Piraeus Port Authority looks set to be finally sold off

Confusion reigns in Greece on whether the new government will block the privatisation of the Piraeus Port. The government, a coalition formed by the left-wing Syriza and the right-wing Independent Greeks party, was elected promising to halt austerity measures and the sell-off of the Piraeus Port company to interested parties including China’s Cosco. In January, this was still the government’s ... Read More »

Mombasa Port container terminal attracts bids of interest

The Port of Mombasa’s second container terminal has attracted interest from a number of international companies. An array of applications have reportedly been submitted from companies from all over the world including; Eurogate, Gulftainers, Adani Ports, Hutchison Ports Investments, PSA, Dalian Ports Co, PSA, DP World, Cosco Pacific, Transnet, ICTSI, China Merchants Holding, APM Terminals, CMA CGM and Terminal Investment ... Read More »

Morgan Stanley expected to sell Montreal Gateway

A deal is close to being agreed to sell Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership to a group led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada, according to reports from Bloomberg. The agreement will see Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure arm sell the terminal partnership to Fiera Axium in a deal estimated to be valued at nearly US$520m. An announcement of the deal is expected in ... Read More »

Kenya set to build monumental new port

Lamu

A construction project for a new port at Kenya’s Lamu Port has been given the green light following delays. Work on the new port will begin in March and will be part of the Lamu-Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, including new roads, a railway and a pipeline that is set to be completed by 2030 that will give landlocked ... Read More »

Liebherr sells mobile harbour crane to Dutch terminal

Container handling equipment manufacturer Liebherr has sold an LHM 420 mobile harbour crane to Swiss company Pacorini Metals, the operator of Pacorini Metals Terminals B.V. in Vlissingen in the Netherlands. The LHM 420 crane has an outreach of 48m and has a maximum lifting capacity, on the ropes, of 84 tonnes. It will be used for container handling as well ... Read More »

Port of Manila utilisation moves back on track

The port of Manila has seen utilisation rates return to normal following brief disruptions in operations during the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines last month. Operations slowed at the Philippine port between January 15 and 19. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) reported that the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and the ... Read More »

Terex end the year with large crane order

The Terex Gottwald Model 7 mobile harbour crane handles containers in a Turkish terminal.

Terex Port Solutions concluded business last year with a healthy influx in orders from terminal operators across the world, including an order for a Model 7 mobile harbour crane from Naples. The German port solutions company received a high order intake for various harbour crane models in 2014, with orders coming from Chile, Haiti, UAE, Finland, Belgium and Indonesia. A ... Read More »

PMA and ILWU finally agree a new five year contract

Late Friday evening February 20, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that a tentative deal had been reached on a new five year labour contract. Details of the agreement affecting around 20,000 West Coast dockworkers at 29 ports, who have been without a contract since July, were not released. The PMA and ... Read More »