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MSC ceases Iran operations

MSC had resumed calling Iran's Bandar Abbas in December 2015

MSC is ceasing to provide access to services to and from Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal. The Switzerland-based carrier noted in a statement that it had made the decision “in consideration of the impending US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and corresponding re-enlargement of its sanctions ... Read More »

TS Lines purchases 1,000 PrimeLine reefers

The units will be useful for handling durians

Taiwan’s TS Lines has purchased 1,000 PrimeLine container refrigeration units from Carrier Transicold as it looks to expand its capacity catering to the intra-Asia trade. The carrier’s refrigerated capacity will increase by around 24%, with the units to be installed on a combination of 20 ft and 40 ft containers. High cooling capacity and rapid pulldown are particularly important to ... Read More »

Steady growth at HHLA

Container volumes increased by 2.6% at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in the first quarter of 2018, driven by growth in Asian traffic. An 8.9% rise in Asian traffic was partially offset by a lower share in feeder traffic and higher storage fees, with revenue increasing moderately by 4.9% to €192m (US$227m). Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: ... Read More »

Antwerp receives Silk Road train

The train was loaded with 34 containers

The first train exclusively destined for the Port of Antwerp as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has arrived at the Belgian hub. The train left the Chinese port of Tangshan in late April and travelled via the border crossing of Alashankou, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland and Germany to reach its final destination, having covered a distance of 11,000 ... Read More »

UPS opens logistics hub at London Gateway

Logistics provider UPS has opened a 32,000 sq m package sorting and delivery facility worth US$163m (£120m) at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The new building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages ... Read More »

APL cuts carbon dioxide emissions

The carrier also registered fuel savings

American President Lines (APL) cut CO2 emissions by roughly 5% in 2017 compared to 2016, making it the eight consecutive year the carrier has achieved a reduction. APL also registered fuel savings of almost 5%, and the carrier attributed both achievements to operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, and the deployment of a fuel-efficient fleet of vessels. Dennis Yee, APL’s ... Read More »

Los Angeles operator plans US$70m investment

American terminal operator Eagle Marine Services (EMS) will invest over US$70m on equipment and technology at its Pier 300 terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in 2018. The operator is five months into a value creation programme and has ordered four new ZPMC super post-Panamax cranes, six Mitsui hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and 18 Taylor container handlers, amongst other ... Read More »

Navis releases updated terminal operating system

Navis has released the newest version of its terminal operating system (TOS), N4, which it said is focused on supporting performance and scalability for mega terminal activity. The new N4 3.6 is capable of supporting terminals with a throughput of up to 12m teu, and the company said the software offers a solution for terminals experiencing a rise in container ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd extends CEO’s contract

Rolf Habben Jansen

German carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s supervisory board has extended the contract of current CEO, Rolf Habben Jansen, to March 2024. The contract was set to expire in 2019, and the board unanimously agreed to a five year extension. Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading ... Read More »

ICTSI posts volume growth in first quarter

Filipino operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) posted steady operational and financial results in the first quarter of 2018, with throughput reaching 2.33m teu. This year-on-year volume growth of 2% was attributed to improvements in emerging markets such as ICTSI Iraq and ICTSI Democratic Republic of Congo. The new Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) and South Pacific International Container Terminal, ... Read More »