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EU eases state aid rules for port investments

The new rules aim to boost investment

The European Commission (EC) has eased rules for public investments in areas including ports and airports to facilitate and speed up member states’ investments in infrastructure. The new regulation exempts from prior state aid control member states’ investments of up to €150m in seaports and up to €50m in inland ports, including the cost of any dredging works needed to ... Read More »

Spanish ports face strikes again

Algeciras and other Spanish ports will once again have to prepare for strikes

Spanish ports are set for eight days of strike action in the coming weeks after parliament’s lower house passed a reform to liberalise port labour practices, which currently contravene EU legislation. The vote narrowly passed with 174 MPs in favour compared to 165 against and eight abstentions as the nationalist Catalan party PDeCAT abstained. An earlier version of the reforms ... Read More »

Digital supply chain solution launches in LA

GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles, USA, have launched a new digital ocean supply chain solution on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The solution aims to ensure an efficient flow of cargo at the port by providing a platform able to digitise maritime shipping data and share it ... Read More »

Four STS cranes to be heightened in Oakland

The cranes will be heightened by 27 ft

A nine month project to heighten four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes has begun at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in the Port of Oakland. The port authority is working in partnership with SSA Marine on the US$14m project to raise the 366-ft cranes by 27 ft. John Driscoll, the port’s maritime director, said: “Vessels are getting bigger and bigger and we’re ... Read More »

Asia’s first fully-automated terminal starts operations

Asia’s first fully-automated container terminal has started operations at the Port of Qingdao, China, local media reported. Following completion of its automated phase 4, Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN), which has a total annual capacity of 5.2m teu, handled the 13,386 teu COSCO France. The automated terminal features 660 m of quay equipped with seven remotely-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, ... Read More »

New container lifting system developed

The system uses the same principles as the lifting of beer cans

A British company has developed a new system to lift four or six empty containers as a single block. BLOK Container Systems (BCS) developed the system using the same principles as the lifting of a six pack of beer cans. The empty containers are lifted as a single block by using the company’s BLOK-Locks to link them, and specially designed ... Read More »

Navis launches N4 3.4

Navis has launched the latest version of its flagship terminal operating system (TOS) N4. N4 3.4 includes new features and enhancements in the areas of automation and optimisation; scalability and platform consolidation; performance, upgrades and support; and administrative processing. The new system is expected to allow customers to handle greater container volumes in a more stable and scalable platform environment, ... Read More »

China pledges over US$100bn for One Belt, One Road

Chinese president Xi Jinping has pledged to invest Rmb840bn (US$124bn) in One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects to build ports, roads, rail and industrial facilities connecting China to Europe. At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Rmb100bn (US$14.5bn) was confirmed to augment the Silk Road Fund while Rmb380bn (US$55.1bn) will be used for loans for infrastructure and development projects ... Read More »

Hutchison Ports Sohar launches new smart gate

The system features cameras using OCR technology

Hutchison Ports Sohar has launched a new auto gate system at its container facilities at the Port of Sohar, Oman. The new gate will use smart technologies to allow drivers to go through the gates with no documentation and avoid delays. The system features machine-readable cards storing driver information, cameras using optical character recognition (OCR) to recognise trucks, gate kiosks reading shipping ... Read More »

High bunker prices hit Hapag-Lloyd results

Rate increases are expected to help results later this year

Ongoing bunker price rises contributed to a tough first quarter of 2017 for Hapag-Lloyd with a loss of €62.1m (US$67.9m) despite an increase in transported volumes. Average bunker prices were the highest level seen since June 2015 at US$313 per tonne, up from last year’s figure of US$197 per tonne. During the quarter, the average freight rate was US$20 lower ... Read More »