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UK government claims Russia was behind NotPetya cyberattack

The UK government has blamed its Russian counterpart for the NotPetya cyber-attack in June 2017 that crippled Maersk and APM Terminals’ (APMT) operations. The attack could cost Maersk up to US$300m, and the UK Foreign Office claimed the Russian military ‘almost certainly’ launched the virus-based attack. The initial targets were said to be Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors, but ... Read More »

Forwarder joins Maersk-IBM blockchain initiative

Logistics prover Agility has become the first forwarder to collaborate on the Maersk-IBM blockchain solution initiative. The solution will aim to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting trade by using blockchain to manage and track containers. In collaborating, Agility has agreed to share and receive information on individual shipments using this new technology. Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility ... Read More »

Yilport’s terminals register 9.5% throughput growth in strong 2017

Yilport's Turkish terminals performed particularly well

Throughput at Yilport’s terminals grew by 9.5% to 4.3m teu in 2017 which the company attributed primarily to growing Turkish trade and Swedish exports. At Yilport’s Turkish container terminals Yilport Gebze and Yilport Gemlik volumes rose by 26% and 30% to 501,284 teu and 474,019 teu respectively. Yilport said the growth at Gemlik was supported by ongoing port expansion. The ... Read More »

Gdansk eyes further growth after strong 2017

Gdansk will add two ship-to-shore cranes later this year

Volumes at DCT Gdansk swelled by 24% in 2017 as container throughput at the Polish terminal fell just shy of 1.6m teu. The strong year was attributed to the full operational introduction of DCT Gdansk’s second terminal, T2, which doubled the facility’s capacity. Cameron Thorpe, CEO at DCT Gdansk, said: “The introduction of T2 facilitated the continued growth of our ... Read More »

Kalmar to service Swedish Yilport terminals

Kalmar has secured a contract for maintenance work at Yilport’s three Swedish cargo terminals: two in Gävle and one in Stockholm. The flexible Kalmar Care agreement covers maintaining terminal equipment such as container cranes and reach-stackers, and includes fixed-price maintenance coverage for both rental and owned equipment. Kalmar will also offer 24/7 on-call coverage. Eryn Dinyovszky, Nordic regional general manager ... Read More »

Swissterminal announces new company structure

Swissterminal will bundle its activities into two divisions

The Swiss logistics provider Swissterminal has announced plans to restructure its company to allow a stronger focus on various business areas and entering new markets. The company will bundle its activities into two divisions: one for operational activities and another for non-operational activities. As a result, the current Swissterminal Holding AG will be split up and a new holding, 2M-Holding, ... Read More »

HHLA posts strong 2017

Germany’s Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) reported a strong financially and operationally as throughput rose by 8.1% to 7.2m teu. At HHLA’s three terminals in Hamburg throughput rose by 8.3% to 6.9m teu while in Odessa, Ukraine, volumes rose by 3.4% to 0.3m teu. According to preliminary audits, HHLA’s group revenue rose by 6% to €1.25bn (US$1.53bn), while operating result ... Read More »

Maersk grows revenue and underlying profit in “unusual” year

A topsy-turvy  2017 saw Maersk deliver an underlying profit for its continuing operations of US$356m, compared to a loss of US$496m the previous year, although this fell significantly below expectations. An underlying profit of US$425.4m had been forecast while operating profit reached US$641m, far below the estimate of US$1.03bn. Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk, stated: “The past ... Read More »

Lase’s truck lifting prevention system installed at Incheon

SNCT has already ordered further Lase systems for existing cranes

The LaseTLP system for Truck Lifting Prevention has been commissioned for eight automatic rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes in the NewPort at Sun Kwang Container Terminal (SNCT) in Incheon, South Korea. In the automated Asian hub, 2D-laser scanners will aim to detect truck liftings, which  occur when any twistlock is locked or jammed, before the lifting of the truck has begun. Two 2D-laser scanners out of the ... Read More »

Second phase of ICTSI’s Basra investment underway

Basra Gateway Terminal

The phase two expansion of Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) is underway, with 400 m of quay and a 14 m draught to be completed by the third quarter of 2019, enabling vessels of up to 9,000 teu to be handled. On completion of this phase, the terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) will have invested US$250m, the lion’s ... Read More »