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Kalmar signs new automation contract with Port of Melbourne’s VICT

The new container terminal at Webb Dock will reach an annual capacity of 1.4m teu

Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has signed a new automation contract with Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd’s (VICT) new terminal in Melbourne, Australia, as part of Phase 2 of VICT’s automated container terminal project at Webb Dock East. The terminal, which is fully owned by the Philippines-based port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), is scheduled to receive eight additional automatic ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd lines up IPO before end of the year

German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has set out plans to hold an initial public offering (IPO) before the end of 2015, with hopes of raising US$500m. Funds raised from the share listing on the Frankfurt and Hamburg stock exchanges will be used for “further investments in ships and containers to further strengthen its capital structure, long-term growth and profitability”. The carrier ... Read More »

Port of Felixstowe receives two STS cranes as part of expansion plan

The Port of Felixstowe aspires to double its capacity by 2030

The Port of Felixstowe has received three new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC as part of the port’s investment programme to double its capacity by 2030. The STS cranes will be operated at Berths 8 and 9 of the port, which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the latest ultra-large container ships. The ... Read More »

Costa Rican pineapple exports to US down 19% in H1

Costa Rican pineapple exports were significantly lower in the first half of 2015 compared with the previous year, with adverse weather conditions and unfavourable exchange rates contributing to the decline. Volumes of the tropical fruit shipped between January and June were 15% lower year-on-year, with a total of 933,800 tonnes, according to the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Severe flooding hit ... Read More »

Croatia and Serbia re-open border after dispute over refugees

Queues at the Serbian-Croatian border have stretched to up to 12 km

Croatia and Serbia have re-opened their border after a dispute between the two over how to deal with the refugees trying to enter Croatia resulted in the two countries closing their borders to each other’s goods, stranding lorries and disturbing the supply chain. After Croatia closed seven of its eight road border crossings to all trucks carrying goods that are not ... Read More »

Chile’s biggest container port receives two STS and two RTG cranes

The cranes were delivered to Chile fully assembled from China

Chile’s San Antonio Internacional S.A. (STI) has announced that four new cranes have arrived at the terminal as part of its US$105m expansion plan. The four units, which include two ZPMC super post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and two rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) will be added to the existing six STS cranes and two RTGs at the terminal. The two STS ... Read More »

Port of Tallinn seeks new leaders after corruption allegations

The supervisory board of the Port of Tallinn has announced it is looking for a new chairman of its management board. Two members of its old management board, CEO Ain Kaljurand and his deputy Allan Kill resigned on August 27, 2015, after allegations of corruption were levelled against them and their homes and offices were searched by police. The allegations relate ... Read More »

Porsche selects Jaxport as South-Eastern US hub

Car manufacturer Porsche has announced that Jaxport will be its port of entry for new cars bound for dealers in the Southeastern United States from October 2015. Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) vehicle logistics manager Howard Chang said: “Porsche conducted an extensive bid process and found Jaxport and the selected processing company, Amports, offered the optimum combination of efficiency, quality ... Read More »

Strike hits Chennai International Terminals

PSA Chennai is suffering from a strike

Quay crane and rubber-tyred gantry crane operators have gone on strike at PSA-operated Chennai International Terminal. As of September 23, productivity was around 15 to 20 moves per hour, according to a customer advisory from NYK Line. The strike was called because the terminal operator is training management staff to operate the cranes. Negotiations are ongoing between the two sides. ... Read More »