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Mis-declared cargo causes over a quarter of incidents on ships

Shipping insurance provider UK P&I Club has claimed that over a quarter of incidents on ships are caused by mis-declared cargo. According to the Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurance provider, data captured by the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) over the 2013-2014 period revealed that 27% of incidents in terms of detected causation were attributable to mis-declaration of cargo. As ... Read More »

New container terminal opens in Tanjung Priok

The new Priok Container Terminal I at the Indonesian Tanjung Priok Port has started operations a month after it was originally scheduled to open, local media reported. The facility, which is the first terminal at the port’s new deep-sea harbour in North Jakarta, reportedly opened following clearance of the safety and security requirements issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation ... Read More »

No plans for dedicated Montego Bay container terminal

Montego Bay is on the north of the island

The Jamaican government has said that the ports of Montego Bay will be converted into a regional multipurpose port but not a dedicated container terminal. According to the Jamaica Observer, the country’s minister for job creation Horace Chang said that the new multipurpose port will have a berth dedicated to cargo as well as berths for cruise shipping and a ... Read More »

New capacity additions boost DP World’s profit

Port operator DP World has recorded a 43% increase in its profit before tax despite container throughput in the UAE region falling by 6% in the second half of 2016. The rise in pre-tax profit to US$703m was boosted by a 9% rise in the company’s revenue to US$2.1bn, supported by the acquisitions of the Free Zone at its flagship ... Read More »

Fire shuts down key Californian freight route

The affected area is a key overland transport route

A wildfire has shut down roads and railway lines between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which transport much of the container traffic which passes between Asia and the USA. On August 16, a drought-ridden mountain pass caught fire and major roads like Freeway 15, which connects Los Angeles and Long Beach to Nevada and Central USA, were shut down. Truckers ... Read More »

Halifax is the fastest-growing North American port

The Port of Halifax, Canada, has recorded the highest growth in container volumes in the first half of the year of all North American ports. Container throughput at the port, which is located on the East coast of Canada, went up by 20% year-on-year, from 197,000 teu in the first six months of 2015 to 235,000 teu in the same period ... Read More »

Seattle and Tacoma temporarily extend gate opening

Seattle and Tacoma's are likely to be open for longer

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma has launched a peak-season programme of late-opening and flexible gates. The Northwest Seaport Alliance announced it would reimburse terminal operators up to US$2m if they extend their gate opening hours. The programme, which will launch on August 22 and will run for twelve weeks, involves flexible gates from 7am to 8am and ... Read More »

Hamburg suffers throughput fall

The Port of Hamburg has reported a 1.2% loss in its container throughput in the first half of 2016. Container volumes went down from 4.51m teu in the first six months of 2015 to 4.45m teu in the same period this year. The port attributed the drop mainly to the downturn in transhipment services with Polish and Swedish ports, which ... Read More »

DP World explores shooting containers through tubes

Hyperloop claims it could be carrying containers by 2018

DP World has agreed to conduct feasibility studies into the possibility of moving containers through air-resistant tubes, perhaps at speeds of around 1,200 km/h. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with a US-based technology startup called Hyperloop. Hyperloop is developing a system which aims to transport passengers or cargo in levitating pods through tubes at up to 1,200 ... Read More »