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Kalmar introduces new battery technology for forklift trucks

Finnish equipment manufacturer Kalmar has launched a new emissions-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology for its range of 5-9 tonnes electric forklift trucks. The Li-ion technology, which is already frequently used is products such as electric cars and consumer electronics, is claimed to offer significantly more advantages than the traditionally-used lead-acid batteries. The new batteries, which are set to improve the ... Read More »

Transnet volumes down

Container volumes handled by Transnet Port Terminals slipped by 4.5% to 4.37m teu in the year ending on March 31, 2016. The decline occurred due to falls in transhipment, vehicle and transport equipment imports and exports of electronics, base metal and chemical products, caused by low demand both locally and internationally. According to a company statement, lower transshipment volumes were ... Read More »

Kalmar receives new order from the Port of Tauranga

The new units join 28 Kalmar straddle carriers already at the port

Finnish manufacturer Kalmar has received an order for eight new diesel-electric straddle carriers by the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand. The new order is part of the port’ ongoing process to gradually switch over to diesel-electric straddle carriers in attempt to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The new straddle carriers, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2016, ... Read More »

MSC to provide vessels for Liverpool2 trials

Liverpool2 will have a phased opening through the summer

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has committed vessel support to Peel Ports in the trials of the company’s new facilities Liverpool2. Berthing and marine trials, which started with MV MSC Nederland, will be followed by a variety of cargo handling tests throughout July and August this year, with four other MSC vessels being used during the trails. In addition to ... Read More »

Industry bodies release second guidance on container weighing

An industry coalition has released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document in an attempt to support a “smooth” implementation of the new container weighing regulations set to take effect on July 1, 2016. The document was released less than a week before the implementation of the amendments to SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) which ... Read More »

Expanded Panama Canal opens

The Panama Canal's expansion project  started in 2007

The expanded Panama Canal has officially opened following its inauguration on June 26. The inauguration transit of the expanded waterway, which was initially set to be finished by the end of 2014, began with the passage of Neopanamax vessel COSCO Shipping Panama through the Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side of the country. The transit concluded with the vessel’s ... Read More »

Antwerp Port Authority appoints new CEO

Jacques Vandermeiren (left) with outgoing CEO Eddy Bruyninckx (right)

Jacques Vandermeiren has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January, 2017, succeeding Eddy Bruyninckx who is retiring on 31 December, 2016 after 25 years as the head of the port authority. Until January 2015 Vandermeiren held the position of CEO of Elia, the listed company that operates the national electricity grid in Belgium. He also has ... Read More »

Yang Ming appoints Evergreen’s Bronson Hsieh as its chairman

Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming Transport Corporation has appointed Evergreen’s former vice chairman Chih-Chien Hsieh as its new chairman. Hsieh, who is also known as Bronson Hsieh, succeeded Frank Lu, who held the position of chairman at Yang Ming since 2003. Hsieh left Evergreen in March 2016 amid a succession battle between the children of the company’s late chairman, Chang Yung-fa, ... Read More »

Maersk fires CEO, considers break-up

Søren Skou will take up his new role on July 1

A. P. Moller-Maersk could be split up into separate companies according to its chairman after announcing Group CEO Nils Andersen is to be replaced by Søren Skou, current head of Maersk Line. Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen told The Financial Times: “We are looking into if we have the right structure: should we be a group as we are today or ... Read More »