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Hybrid reachstacker in operation at Duisburg

Two such models are currently in operation

Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) has put a hybrid reachstacker from Konecranes into operation, the second of its kind worldwide. The first was the prototype which has been operating in Helsingborg for four years while a third will shortly be delivered to the Contargo Terminal in Emmelsum. The heavy-load stacker has a lifting capacity of 45 tonnes and consumes at least ... Read More »

Barcelona container volumes up 27%

Container throughput at the Port of Barcelona reached 1.3m teu for the first half of 2017, an increase of 27.2% year on year, in an indication of a boost resulting from dock worker strike action in Spain. With the likes of Algeciras having to divert vessels several times this year, the most notable increase occurred in transhipment containers, which rose ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp invests in Brazilian Port of Açu

Açu was chosen for its proximity to Minais Gerais

The Port of Antwerp plans to invest US$10m in Porto do Açu, a deep sea port which handles oil, gas, dry bulk, containers and other general cargo, in Rio de Janeiro state. The investment in the privately owned greenfield port complex will be made by the Belgian hub’s subsidiary, the Port of Antwerp International (PAI). According to the statement from ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam calls for greater state support

Container volumes are up in Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam has called for more structural support from the Dutch government, after becoming liable to pay corporation tax this year. A statement from the port authority noted: “Ports in neighbouring countries receive considerably more support on a structural basis from their national governments than their Dutch counterparts. “For example, there are now plans in Germany to halve ... Read More »

LA and Long Beach release new clean air action plan

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released the draft of their updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP). The 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals, focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The plan is to replace cargo equipment and diesel trucks with ... Read More »

Maersk adopts new protective IT measures

No data loss to third-parties is known to have occurred

Maersk has announced that new protective measures are in place following the cyber attack it suffered in late June. The Danish company noted in a statement: “This virus attack was a previously unseen type of malware, and updates and patches applied to both the Windows systems and our antivirus were not an effective protection in this particular case.” The company ... Read More »

Konecranes wins contract to supply a new Indonesian customer

Konecranes has won a contract to supply PT Prima Multi Terminal, a subsidiary of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia with an automated rubber-tyred gantry (ARTG) system. The Finnish company will deliver a total of three post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, eight all electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs), four remote operating stations (ross), a truck guidance system, intelligent gates for the container stacks, an ... Read More »

Legislation repealing Jones Act introduced to US Senate

Senator John McCain is trying to repeal the Jones Act for the fourth time

Legislation to repeal the law which constrains US domestic waterborne trade to US-built and owned vessels has been introduced to the Senate. Senator and ex-Presidential candidate John McCain has introduced the Open America’s Waters Act of 2017, which would repeal the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act. McCain said: “I have long advocated the repeal of ... Read More »

Antwerp continues to grow

The Port of Antwerp continued to grow following a record year, as teu throughput rose by 1.9% to 5.14m teu in the first six months of 2017. In terms of container cargo weight, volumes rose by 2.5% compared with the same period last year to 61,288,262 tonnes. Across all sectors the port handled 111,385,518 tonnes of freight, a 2.8% increase. ... Read More »

Port of Oakland appoints new president

Joan Story's term lasts for one year

The Port of Oakland, on the US West Coast, has appointed a real estate law expert who had been the port’s second vice president as its new president. Joan Story, who had been on the board for two years, was unanimously selected by Oakland’s seven-member governing body. The term lasts for one year and last year’s president, Michael Colbruno, will ... Read More »