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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Antwerp continues to outstrip rivals

Antwerp's throughput increased by 4% in the first three quarters of 2016

The Port of Antwerp’s container volumes increased by 4% in the first nine months of 2016 to 7.6m teu. This growth rate is slower than 2015’s 8% growth, which was higher than any other port in Europe. However 4% growth is still significantly higher than its North European competitors, allowing it to gain market share. For example, at its two ... Read More »

New container terminal planned in Sohar

The Oman government is planning to build an automated container terminal at Sohar Port with an annual capacity of 5m teu. According to the Times of Oman, government authorities are waiting for internal approval, which will be coincide with the commercial discussion with the port operator. The government will develop basic infrastructure for the proposed terminal (terminal D) while the ... Read More »

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil starts extension works

The project will be completed in the first quarter of 2017

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) in Ecuador has started construction works on a project to extend its dock by 120 m. Upon the project’s completion, the dock of the facility, which is operated by the Chilean company SAAM, will increase to 480 m from the current 360 m. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the first ... Read More »

Seatrade orders 4,000 reefers from Maersk Container Industry

Seatrade, the world’s largest specialised reefer carrier, has ordered 4,000 new Star Cool Integrated reefers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI), for a total in excess of US$55m. According to MCI, Seatrade “live-tested every relevant refrigeration unit option” before deciding on the Star Cool Integrated containers, with the order expected to be completed by December 2016. During this process, “closely monitored ... Read More »

CMA CGM works to develop LNG-powered container ships

The PERFECt project was launched in 2015

French shipping company CMA CGM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Engie to promote LNG as marine fuel for future container vessels. The agreement focuses on the development of a joint technical and economic study on the use of LNG as fuel for container ships and a further study on developing engineering specifications ... Read More »

Trapac to nearly double size of its Oakland terminal

TraPac, LLC plans to lease an additional 57 acres and two vessel berths on the Port of Oakland’s Outer Harbour, nearly doubling its marine terminal size. The proposed 14-year lease agreement, which TraPac disclosed at a meeting of Oakland’s board of port commissioners, becomes final if the board approves it at a meeting on October 27. Port maritime director John ... Read More »

Strike shuts down Medcenter Gioia Tauro terminal

Gioia Tauro is Italy's biggest transhipment hub

Workers at the Medcenter Container Terminal in Gioia Tauro have taken strike action against 442 threatened redundancies. The strike, which has continued for days over grievances which go back months, is reported to have shut down the container terminal. On 14 October, the unions representing workers announced that Contship Italia, the terminal’s operator, would re-evaluate the redundancies. However, this was ... Read More »

APM Terminals sells part of Vado stake

APM Terminals (APMT) has sold 49.9% of its stake in two terminals in Vado, Italy, to COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International Development, while retaining the remaining majority share. APMT had purchased the existing Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal in August 2015, with an annual capacity of 275,000 teu and more than half a million tonnes of refrigerated fruit. The ... Read More »

Bolloré starts expansion of its Freetown terminal

The project is expected to be completed in 2018

French port operator Bolloré Ports has officially started construction works to extend its container terminal at the Port of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The US$120m project, which will be entirely financed by the operator, includes construction of a 270 m quay extension with a depth of 13 m for a total of 3.5 ha and the establishment of a power plant ... Read More »