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Yearly Archives: 2016

China Merchants reveals future OBOR projects

China Merchants Group (CMG) is planning infrastructure projects in Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Belarus as it looks to take advantage of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) strategy. Company chairman Li Jianhong told China Daily that the state-owned terminal operator is constructing warehouses in the Port of Colombo as well as building a livestock wharf and a liquefied natural gas ... Read More »

Liebherr sells reachstacker to Antwerp

The windows are a distinguishing feature

The operator of an Antwerp intermodal terminal has ordered a Liebherr LRS 545 reachstacker. Katoen Natie’s new machine has a diesel engine and can stack five containers high in the first row and four containers high in the third row. As for loads, it is capable of handling 45 tonnes in the first row and 21 tonnes in the third ... Read More »

Baltic Container Terminal upgrades from Sparcs TOS to N4

Baltic Container Terminal in Latvia handles 281,000 teu annually

Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), located in Riga, Latvia, has gone live with Navis’s N4 version 3.1 terminal operating system (TOS). The terminal, which is part of the Malta-based Mariner Group, chose to upgrade from the existing Navis Sparcs TOS to N4 in March 2015. According to Dimity Kiselyev, BCT IT manager and board member, the integration capabilities of N4 was ... Read More »

Shuwaikh congestion worsens

Several lines have doubled their congestion surcharges on shipments to the Kuwaiti port of Shuwaikh as long-running delays worsen. Hapag-Lloyd, UASC and APL are among the lines which have increased their congestion surcharges from US$100/teu to US$200/teu. In July 2015, the port began to implement new customs procedures to increase security, which have had the side-effect of causing high yard ... Read More »

Antti Kaunonen appointed as Kalmar president

Kaunonen has specialised in automation previously

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has appointed Antti Kaunonen as its new president, replacing Olli Isotalo, as of July 1, 2016. Kaunonen, who is currently Kalmar’s senior vice president of its automation and project division, will report to Mika Vehviläinen, CEO of Cargotec, and become an executive board member of Cargotec. Mika Vehviläinen, CEO at Cargotec, said: “Antti has a wide ... Read More »

APMT to implement anti-collision system

APM Terminals (APMT) will implement a load collision prevention system (LCPS) across its global terminal network in 2017, after completing a successful trial in Bahrain. APMT Bahrain was the first terminal to introduce and live-test the LCPS, following two years of research, engineering and initial testing by APMT aimed at reducing the risk of accidents due to collisions in the ... Read More »

Reports of 300m teu mega-terminal disproved

Panama's two new terminals will be at either end of the canal

Marketing material seen by CM shows that reports that a Chinese company is planning to build a 300m teu capacity terminal in Panama are untrue. Rumours of a 300m teu capacity terminal stem from the Chinese government’s newspaper People’s Daily which made the claims, which were initially repeated widely, on May 25. In fact, while the Chinese Landbridge group will build a new terminal in Colon, ... Read More »

India aims to automate its gates

The Indian government is looking to automate its container terminal’s gates using radio-frequency identification (RFID). After this technology yielded positive results at India’s biggest state-owned port, Jawaharlal Nehru, the government wants other ports to follow suit. Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin and Paradip have already awarded contracts for new gate systems and the government expects their installation to be completed by the ... Read More »

Zoomlion abandons Terex bid

Chinese crane manufacturer Zoomlion has called off negotiations over its bid for Terex. “No agreement can be reached on the crucial terms,” said Zoomlion, in a filing on the Hong Kong Stock exchange. The news comes eleven days after Konecranes announced it was buying Terex’s material handling and port solutions business. That deal came with the caveat that it could ... Read More »