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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Huge increase in Khalifa Port’s 2014 throughput

Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) in Abu Dhabi has increased its throughput in 2014 by 26% to 1.14m teu. In 2013, the port was the 118th biggest container port in the world, according to CM’s World Top 120 Container Ports 2014, and it can expect to move significantly up the rankings when it is published again in July. The port, which ... Read More »

Talks reported on Hutchison Port Holdings sale

The British port of Felixstowe is one of Hutchison's 52 ports

Chinese media have stated that Hutchison Whampoa Ltd (HWL) is pondering a partial sale of port assets in Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) to a consortium of state-owned firms based in mainland China. At the same time, chairman Li Ka-shing is said to be keen to snap up assets in Europe to restructure its business, which he has denied. ... Read More »

Construction of Oakland army base rail link project begins

A global logistics hub is envisioned for Oakland's decommissioned army base

A global logistics hub envisioned for Oakland’s decommissioned army base has taken a big step forward when the US Port of Oakland and Union Pacific (UP) railroad began construction to link the site with UP’s main line. The US$25m project is financed by the port and the California Transportation Commission’s Trade Corridors Improvement Fund. It’s part of a US$100m port ... Read More »

‘First’ direct China-Myanmar trade link launched

MCC Transport has started a service between China and Myanmar, to tap into a country which it views as having great potential for growth in international trade. The new Intra Asia 5 (IA5) service will reduce transit time from ports in China to Yangon, to 13 days from 18 in the case of Shanghai to Yangon, without the need for ... Read More »

Kingston Port workers in fear of their jobs

Almost 1,000 port workers in the Port of Kingston, one of the leading transhipment centres in the Caribbean and ranked 91st in CM’s World Top Container Ports, are uncertain of their future as they have no idea of what is happening with the proposed privatisation of Kingston Container Terminal (KCT). The biggest terminal in the port, KCT is owned by ... Read More »

Terberg produces 25,000th vehicle

Factory workers looked on as balloons were released and the tractor was unveiled

Dutch manufacturer Terberg has celebrated producing its 25,000th vehicle at its factory in the small village of Benschop, central Netherlands with the unveiling of the ro-ro tractor ordered by European ferry company DFDS. DFDS has been a customer since around 1974, only five years after the manufacturer built its first machine, and one year after it produced its first terminal ... Read More »

Kalmar secures orders for 512 terminal tractors in North America

The Ottawa T2 was first introduced to North American in 2014

Kalmar has struck a deal worth close to €40m (US$45.7m) in North America for a total of 512 of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. The Finnish company received the order during an annual North American dealer meeting in Florida. The deal ensures the introduction of the new tractor into the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Ottawa T2 tractors were ... Read More »

CentrePort digs deep for growth

New Zealand-based CentrePort is to seek consent by mid-2015 to dredge the shipping channel in Wellington harbour, in order for the port to accommodate ships almost twice the size of those currently handled by increasing the present draught from 11.5 m to 14.5 m. The project, which has been estimated to cost up to NZ$40m (US$29.5m), would require 8.6m cubic ... Read More »

DP World’s volumes up again in 2014

Jebel Ali port delivered an impressive performance

DP World Limited handled 60m teu across its global portfolio of container terminals during 2014, with gross container volumes growing by 8.9%.  New volume at London Gateway (UK) and Embraport (Brazil) contributed to the increase in reported volumes. Growth in 2014 was largely driven by the Asia Pacific and India Subcontinent region, Europe and UAE terminals. The flagship Jebel Ali ... Read More »