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Maersk Line announces order for up to 17 ultra-large containerships

Sung-Leep Jung, president and CEO of DSME, and Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line

Maersk Line has placed a US$1.8bn order for 11 second generation Triple-E ultra-large containerships (ULC), set to be delivered between April 2017 and May 2018, with an option to order six more. The Danish shipping line has revealed that the vessels will have a capacity of 19,630 teu each and will measure 400 m long with a draft of 16.5 m. Søren Toft, chief ... Read More »

Bangladesh High Court halts tender process at container terminal

Tender proceedings at the Port of Chittagong’s container terminals have been suspended by the Bangladesh High Court (HC) ahead of a bidding process for new terminal operators. The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) opened a tender process on 6 May to identify two separate private operators for four berths of the New Mooring Container Terminal. A petition has since been produced, ... Read More »

Ron Widdows: Landside cooperation is “inevitable”

Landside collaboration offers the container transportation industry its “single biggest remaining opportunity to reduce inefficiency” according to Ron Widdows, the former chief executive of Singapore-based firm, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). In an interview with CM during the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, he said that while alliances have helped carriers find economies of scale on the ocean, opportunities for ... Read More »

The Port of Felixstowe reveals expansion plan

The MSC Oscar makes its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe back in March

The Port of Felixstowe has announced plans for expansion that include doubling port capacity to accommodate the world’s largest vessels by 2030. The UK’s largest port, owned by Hutchison Ports UK, awarded the lead contract to expand its berthage to the Volker Stevin and Boskalis Westminster (VSBW) consortium. The extension will increase the combined lengths of berths eight and nine, ... Read More »

Konecranes produces 5,000th lift truck

The Swedish lift truck business of Finnish manufacturer Konecranes has built its 5,000th lift truck. The unit is a SMV CCX4, a reach stacker especially designed for intermodal operations, and with the capacity to lift wagons, trailers and swap bodies up to 45 tonnes capacity at first rail. The reachstacker will go to Cargo Terminal Lehmann, which is owned and ... Read More »

OECD cautions transport sector about the impact of mega-ships

The MSC Oscar is currently the world's largest container ship

The International Transport Forum (ITF), which is the transport arm of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has warned of the costs of mega-ships to the container industry as a whole in its latest report. According to the research, entitled “The Impact of Mega-Ships”, cost savings related to mega-ships are “decreasing with size” and annual transport costs for ... Read More »