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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Steady growth in container volumes and profits at the Port of Auckland

The Port of Auckland has announced steady growth in both container volumes and net profit for the six months ending 31December. The half-year figures  revealed that container volumes increased by 3% to 490,723 teu from 476,349 teu while net profit after tax rose to NZ$28.9m (US$25.4) from NZ$26.4m (US$23.2) over the same period in 2013. A statement from the New ... Read More »

Exclusive: G6 alliance cancels 36 voyages between Asia and the US West Coast

CM understands that the G6 shipping alliance has cancelled 36 sailings over nine of its 12 different trade routes between Asia and the US West Coast. The ships had been scheduled to sail between March and May but have been omitted because of “continued vessel delays caused by the US West Coast congestion situation”. Hapag-Lloyd, one of the alliance partners, told CM ... Read More »

Unit45 and Globe Tracker enter partnership on smart refrigerated containers

Unit45, the intermodal container manufacturing company, has teamed up with Globe Tracker International in a deal to develop smart refrigerated containers. Globe Tracker International is a company specialising in supply chain visibility and will begin working relations shortly with Unit45, which manufactures 45-foot containers. The new containers will combine data from the refrigeration unit with data collected from wireless sensors ... Read More »

West Coast’s loss is the East Coast’s gain as volumes affected by labour disputes

The West Coast congestion has taken its toll on Long Beach, usually one of the US's busiest ports

Ports on the US West Coast suffered a decline in container volumes in January as the ongoing labour disputes ensured congestion continued to plague operations. Some of these volumes have transferred to other US ports as the likes of Virginia and South Carolina on the East Coast excelled with double digit growth. Normally one of the country’s busiest container ports, ... Read More »

Paraguay’s Puerto Caacupe-mi launches new terminal operating system

Puerto Caacupe-mi in Paraguay has successfully implemented a new terminal operating system (TOS), installed by operational technology provider Navis, part of the Cargotec Corporation. With the N4 TOS up and running, the next phase will see Caacupe-mi integrate Kalmar Smartport, a range of automation solutions, to its new system at its Asuncion and Pilar facilities. Once complete, the services will ... Read More »

Call to curb size of ships calling at Santos

The Port of Santos's ability to safely handle large vessels has been questioned

A group of Brazilian pilots are asking national port authorities to limit the length of vessels permitted to call into the country’s largest container port, Santos. A ship owners’ representative warned of dire consequences if the navigators have their way. President of the Sao Paulo/Santos branch of national pilots’ association Conapra, Claudio Paulino, said it wants to see a 266 ... Read More »

Tuxpan Port plans to open second terminal

The Port of Tuxpan in Veracruz is expected to be granted permission from the Mexican government to build a second container terminal. The new terminal is thought to require the investment of an estimated US$500m with the aim to improve the port’s productivity to allow Tuxpan to deal with increased container ship traffic. The terminal is anticipated to have the ... Read More »

European Shippers’ Council calls for greater monitoring of shipping line cooperation

Hamburg Süd has already been involved in three new collaborations this year

The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) has called for greater data monitoring by national competition authorities following recent announcements regarding shipping line collaborations which, it claims, are bringing “the container liner market one step closer to total convergence”. In particular, the organisation which represents the logistic interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, wants a focus on “operational and juridical links between ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd signs agreement to buy CCNI

Hamburg Süd has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI) including the related general agency functions of Agunsa Agencias Universales S. A. (Agunsa). The take-over of the CCNI/Agunsa business is subject to appro­val by the competent antitrust authorities, scheduled to become effective at the end of March 2015. ... Read More »