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Hodeidah gifted four truck cranes

A donated truck crane arrives in Hodeidah

The Yemeni port of Hodeidah has been given four truck cranes by the United Nations World Food Programme. The cranes, which are funded by the US government, will allow the port to get more food and relief supplies into the famine-threatened country. The Tadano GT_600EX cranes are mounted on trucks, they can lift containers and will be working straight away ... Read More »

Bromma warns against cheap spare parts

Bromma claims its genuine twistlocks last longer than copies

Spreader manufacturer Bromma has produced a paper which claims that genuine spare parts outperform cheap copies by more than four times. The paper, authored by Bromma’s VP marketing Lars Meurling and structural design expert Jerker Lindström, tested twistlocks provided by Bromma’s sub-suppliers against cheap copies. Twistlock pins are the four devices which attack a crane’s spreader to a container. As they ... Read More »

PSA throughput up 10% in 2017

Volumes at PSA International’s terminals across the world have increased by 9.8% in 2017 to over 74m teu with its flagship facilities in Singapore accounting for 33.35m teu. The throughput growth was fairly evenly split between the company’s Singapore terminals (up 9%) and its terminals abroad (up 10.4%). PSA’s CEO Tan Chong Meng, said: “In 2017, the global economy saw ... Read More »

Felixstowe inaugurates yard expansion

13 ha of yard will be added to the terminal

The Port of Felixstowe has held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate its plans to add 13 ha of extra container yard. The new yard will be constructed directly behind Berth 9 of Hutchison’s terminal on the East Coast of England. About 3.2 of the 13 ha will be reclaimed from the seabed. Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, ... Read More »

Rail shuttle links French ports to Switzerland

A rail shuttle container service linking the major French ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland will be launched in mid-March in a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Operating three times per week, the service will run to the Swiss terminal of Chavornay – in the French-speaking region near Lausanne – after connecting rail shuttles from ... Read More »

Congestion hits embattled Yemeni ports

The Port of Hodeidah has been at the centre of controversy and fighting

CMA CGM has instituted a port congestion surcharge on Yemen’s largest port. The carrier has started to levy a charge of US$300 per teu on all shipments to the Port of Aden. Due to a civil war, the country’s population have been struggling to adequately feed themselves and the United Nations estimates that 17m people are in urgent need of ... Read More »

Konecranes appoints new investor relations chief

Konecranes has appointed a new Vice President, Investor Relations, from outside of the company. Eero Tuulos will join Konecranes in February from another Finnish company, Nokia, where he was Director of Investor Relations and where he was worked since 2009. Konecranes current chief of investor relations, Miika Kinnunen, will assume new responsibilities within Konecranes’ finance organisation and will continue to ... Read More »

Portland may lose dedicated container terminal

A consultant has recommended that Portland’s Terminal 6 (T-6) container terminal converts to become a multi-use terminal because of reduced Transpacific calls at the terminal. According to the Port of Portland, the consultant  concluded the most viable T-6 business model is a multi-use terminal that dedicates revenues from other terminal activities to support container service. The study found that Portland’s ability ... Read More »

US ports call for infrastructure funding

US Senate Building

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has told the US Senate that US ports should get US$66bn from Trump’s US$1tn infrastructure promise. The AAPA was represented by Port of Cleveland CEO William Friedman who made the case for water infrastructure to the US Senate’s committee on environment and public works. Friedman’s testimony to the hearing, titled ‘America’s water infrastructure ... Read More »