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Monthly Archives: August 2016

New tunnels for reefer container maintenance in Hamburg

Staff can now access reefer containers on foot

Five tunnels which are required to maintain reefer containers, have gone into operation at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s (HHLA) Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). This adds additional storage capacity equivalent to a quarter of a storage block at CTA. The tunnels were built by Hamburger Container- und Chassis-Reparatur-Gesellschaft mbH (HCCR), a subsidiary of HHLA. Previously, since maintenance staff required access ... Read More »

Iran considers investment in Nicaragua Canal

Iran's foreign minister travelled with 120 officials from the public and private sectors

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Middle Eastern state could collaborate on the construction of the proposed Nicaragua Canal. On a trip to promote Iranian ties with Latin America, he stated: “Cooperation between Iran and Nicaragua can include collaboration in the construction of the [Grand] Interoceanic Canal to the areas of agriculture, energy production, petrochemistry, banking, ... Read More »

DP World hits setback in Melbourne union row

DP World has been temporarily prevented from using general dock workers to do the job of ‘linesmen’. Australia’s Fair Work Commission has issued a temporary order prohibiting DP World from using general dock workers to moor, unmoor and shift ships at its Melbourne terminal. Currently, these mooring duties are currently performed by external mooring providers, who employ workers known as ... Read More »

Asian carriers introduce new subcontinent services

Evergreen Line, “K” Line, COSCO, Wan Hai and Pacific International Lines (PIL) are combining to introduce two new joint services serving the China-India subcontinent trade from early September. Both will feature direct port calls at Karachi and Mundra with vessels of 4,200 in capacity. The PMX (Pakistan Mundra Express) service will utilise six ships, calling at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, ... Read More »

Konecranes confirms merger will lead to job losses

Konecranes expects to make short term job losses

Konecranes has confirmed that there will be job losses as a result of its merger with Terex’s material handling and port solutions (MHPS) segment. In a statement to shareholders, ahead of an emergency general meeting on September 15, the company said: “It is anticipated that there will be some overlap across certain functions within the organisation. While some reductions in ... Read More »

Hutchison to open another Karachi terminal in October

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has confirmed it will open its second container terminal in Karachi at the end of October 2016, according to Reuters. The new facility, South Asia Pakistan Terminals (SAPT), will aim to handle 250,000 teu in the first year of operations and more than 2m teu annually in five years. The terminal has already received new ship-to-shore ... Read More »

Equipment costs hit record lows

In general, container handling equipment has got cheaper

Lower costs and weaker demand have driven down the price of new container handling equipment to record lows, according to shipping analyst Drewry. The container equipment index price has fallen from US$1,900 at the end of 2014 to US$1,450 at the end of 2015, close to an all-time low. According to Drewry, the price fall is down to cheaper production ... Read More »

Samskip installs Rotterdam’s largest solar panel system

Logistics company Samskip has completed the installation of the Port of Rotterdam’s largest solar panel system as part of the facilities’ sustainability strategy. The company completed the project through its subsidiary frigoCare in partnership with Dutch renewable energy company Zon Exploitatie Nederland (ZEN). The new green energy system, which was installed on the roof of frigoCare’s 14,000 pallet-capacity cold-store in ... Read More »

Terex delivers MHC to ICTSI DR Congo

The new terminal is set to start operations in August

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has delivered the first of two new mobile harbour cranes (MHC) expected to be operated at ICTSI’s new container and general cargo terminal at the Port of Matadi, DR Congo. The new unit is the first of two Terex Model 5 cranes to be operated at the Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT). The cranes, which have a ... Read More »