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MOL windshield reduces CO2 emissions

The device was installed on MOL Marvel

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has completed in-service testing of a wind resistance-reducing windshield which it claims reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 2%. As part of the test, the windshield, which was co-developed by the carrier, was installed on the bow of the containership MOL Marvel sailing at 17 knots per hour. According to MOL, the emissions reduction of approximately ... Read More »

American ports concerned about funding cuts in Trump budget

AAPA CEO Kurt Nagle was encouraged by a US$1tn commitment in infrastructure spending

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is worried about declines for most federally funded port-related programmes in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget. Reductions in funding forTransportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery(TIGER) discretionary grants, Harbour Maintenance Trust Fund (HMST) outlays, port security grants and assistance in reducing diesel emissions drew particular concern. However, the AAPA met the administration’s call to support ... Read More »

ICTSI pulls out of Nigeria terminal project

ICTSI has terminated a sub-concession agreement to develop and operate a container terminal at Lekki Port, Nigeria, despite its ongoing strategy of investing in Africa. The port operator’s subsidiary Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSE) and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) have mutually agreed to terminate it due to delays in executing the project. According to ICTSI, LICTSE ... Read More »

Finnish terminals become first to go live with N4 cloud TOS

Two Finnish container terminals Steveco Vuosaari and Steveco Mussalo have become the first in the world to go live with Navis’s N4 terminal operating system (TOS) in a hosted private cloud environment. Steveco sought a new TOS provider after learning that its legacy provider would no longer develop future versions of the software. The terminal operator then became the first ... Read More »

Guayaquil to operate Ecuador’s largest cranes

The terminal's dock will be extended by 120 m

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) has received Ecuador’s largest cranes as part of a wider expansion project. The SAAM-operated terminal took delivery of two new super post-Panamax cranes featuring a 105 m lift height and a 60 m horizontal outreach reaching 22 rows of containers. The machines, which have a container capacity of 65 tonnes, are able to load or unload ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC finally merge

Hapag-Lloyd's headquarters will remain in Hamburg

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have merged, creating the fifth largest shipping line in the world with a shared fleet capacity of 1.6m teu. It is hoped that the deal, which comes more than one year after discussions began, will deliver annual synergies of US$435m, making investments in new-buildings unnecessary for the next few years. The two majority ... Read More »

Port Everglades to start US$437m expansion project

Port Everglades is set to start a US$437.5m expansion project to add new berths and crane rail infrastructure after receiving unanimous approval from the local county commissioners. The two-part expansion plan includes construction of up to five new berths to handle larger cargo vessels, and the upgrade of the existing crane rail infrastructure to house new super post-Panamax units. As ... Read More »

Marsh: Blockchain can save $300 per container

A study by insurance broker Marsh indicates that using blockchain technology could help to save US$300 per container “in terms of labour and the time and money spent processing associated documents”. For an ultra-large container ship (ULCS) carrying 18,000 containers, the saving could amount to US$5.4m, the report stated. A previous study by Maersk said that, on average, about 30 ... Read More »

Kalmar delivers five RTGs to Taiwan

The units are expected to improve the terminals’ operational efficiency

Kalmar has delivered five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Evergreen International Storage & Transport in Taiwan. The new machines will be operated at the company’s Taoyuan Inland Container Terminal and Hsichih Inland Container Terminal. The new RTGs, which join six Kalmar empty container handlers already operated by the Taiwanese inland terminal operator, are expected to help the company improve its ... Read More »