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Monthly Archives: June 2016

UK freight strategy questioned

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has called for the British government to urgently introduce a national multi-modal freight strategy to help to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality and boost the economy. Far too many goods enter the UK via ports in the South East, leading to congestion around London, said the authors of a new report. According to the ... Read More »

DP World deploys first ERTGs in Jawaharlal Nehru Port

DP World-operated Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal opened in 2015

DP World’s container facilities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), India, are operating the first electrical rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs) deployed in the port’s container yard to date. The new cranes, which are in operation at the Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT), are claimed to feature a minimal carbon footprint and low operations cost. As part of a series ... Read More »

PSA Singapore buys 22 AGVs

PSA Singapore (PSA) has invested in 22 new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for its container terminals, bringing the fleet to 30 units. Operating round the clock, the AGVs will be used to transport containers between the quay side and the container yard completely without human drivers. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2017, and the new units will ... Read More »

Crowley renews lease agreement for Port Everglades’ terminal

Port Everglades handled a total of 1.1m teu in 2015

The US-based Crowley Liner Services has entered into a new 10-year agreement with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to lease and operate a 99-acre marine terminal at Port Everglades. The renewed agreement, which also includes two five-year extension options, was worth a total of US$157.8m. The lease agreement combines Crowley’s original 74-acre leasehold with the 25-acre leasehold owned ... Read More »

Liberia’s biggest port reintroduces 24-hour port accessibility

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially inaugurated the new system

The APM Terminals (APMT)-operated Freeport of Monrovia, Liberia, has installed a series of new navigational aids which allow 24-hour port access to the facilities for the first time in 30 years. The new port navigation system, which included 12 off-shore buoys and two land-based range markers, was installed at the total cost of approximately of US$500,000. The port was previously ... Read More »

FEPORT urges increase in EU transport budget

The Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) has joined 28 EU transport associations calling for the European Parliament and the Council to increase the EU budget for transport. Together with its fellow EU transport associations, FEPORT urged an increase in the budget for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which supports trans-European networks and infrastructures in sectors including transport, in ... Read More »

New Navis president outlines strategy

Benoit de la Tour, the new president of Navis, has laid out the IT solutions provider’s growth strategy, highlighting a willingness for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), backed by his experience in the field. The container industry newcomer is looking to target inefficiencies in the container transport market by “building or buying software”, centred around port community systems, booking systems, berthing ... Read More »

CMA CGM and PSA create container terminal joint venture

Artist's impression of the completed PPT at the end of next year

CMA CGM and PSA Singapore Terminals will form a joint venture company CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) to operate and use four mega container berths at Pasir Panjang Terminal (PPT) Phases 3 and 4 in Singapore. CPLT will start operations from the second half of 2016, providing long-term terminal services to CMA CGM and its shipping line affiliates. PPT Phases ... Read More »

Allianz questions Panama Canal’s use of tugs

Insurance company Allianz has become the latest organisation to question whether the Panama Canal’s plan to replace “mules” with tugs is safe. Andrew Kinsey, a senior marine risk consultant at Allianz, said in a report that just using tugs in the lock chamber means there is the potential for increased contact with the lock walls. “It is believed that the ... Read More »