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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Two new LNG bunker barge concepts to be developed

Jensen Maritime, a subsidiary of the US-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, has announced the development of two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts. The new barges are expected to be a resource for those with LNG needs at ports far from a LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation. The Seattle-based company’s first concept is outfitting an ... Read More »

UN denounces bombing of Hodeidah Port in Yemen as breach of international law

The scene in Hodeidah following the airstrikes
(Credit: MSC)

The UN has condemned Saudi coalition airstrikes on the Port of Hodeidah in Northern Yemen, which have resulted in the port’s closure while the country is threatened by famine. In a statement to the UN Security-Council, Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said: “These attacks are in clear contravention of international humanitarian law and are unacceptable.” The ... Read More »

PD Ports buys three new RTGs for Teesport

PD Ports has ordered three new rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) for Teesport as part of its £60m (US$94m) investment in the port over the past five years. The UK company bought the specialist cranes for the port in the North of the UK from Irish equipment manufacturer Liebherr Container Cranes. David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group CEO, said that the ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd gears up for the Panama Canal expansion with reefer order

The expanded Panama Canal will open next year

German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 reefer containers with a total capacity of 12,000 teu in preparation for the next year’s Panama Canal expansion. The “double-digit million” investment, which marks the largest reefer order in the company’s history, follows an order in April for five new 10,500 teu ships, with each able to accommodate up 2,100 reefers. The new ... Read More »

Globally ambitious Brookfield to acquire Asciano

Brookfield Infrastructure has announced an AU$8.9bn (US$6.6bn) deal to acquire Australian terminal operator Asciano, setting out its intentions to become a major global player in the ports industry. The subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, will invest US$2.8bn for an approximate 55% stake, marking the largest takeover of an Australian company since 2011. Asciano, which owns Patrick Corporation, currently has container terminal ... Read More »

Kalmar to supply mobile equipment to dry port in Kazakhstan

Six Kalmar DRT 450 reachstackers will be delivered

Finnish manufacturer Kalmar will supply mobile equipment to Kazakhstan’s in-land dry port KTZE – Khorgos Gateway with all units expected to be delivered by quarter four 2015. The company, part of Cargotec, will deliver two DCT80-45E7 empty container handlers, six DRT 450 reachstackers, seven TT 612d terminal tractors and ten terminal chassis Valerian Sand, managing director of Cargotec RUS said ... Read More »

Restrictions on container vessels carrying hazardous goods at Tianjin Port

Container ships with hazardous goods on board are currently unable to berth and discharge at Tianjin Port due to new restrictions. All arriving dangerous cargo has been requested to remain on board . Tianjin Municipal Transport Commission has issued notice to the port to cease handling tankers and container vessels carrying hazardous substances, following last week’s warehouse explosion. The commission ... Read More »

Port of Hamburg hit by weak trade and dredging “handicap”

The Port of Hamburg

A dredging “handicap” and lacklustre trade with China and Russia hurt the Port of Hamburg’s container volumes, as it experienced a 6.8% downturn in the first half of the year, handling 4.5m teu. The fall in cargos to and from China and Russia hit Hamburg especially hard as Hamburg handles a 6% higher proportion of transhipment cargo than European rivals, ... Read More »

Drewry: Potential Cosco-CSCL merger could cause domino effect

Industry analyst Drewry believes that the anticipated merger between Chinese state-owned companies, Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), could cause a domino effect on existing carrier alliances and further carrier mergers in Asia damaging to industry competition. In a weekly report, the maritime advisor stated that while the merger would make financial sense for the firms involved, it could ... Read More »