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Suez Canal convoy regime favours big ships

The revised rules for southbound transits implemented by the Suez Canal Authority at the beginning of this month (February), is benefitting large container vessels on passage back to the Far East from Europe, saving up to half a day sailing in certain circumstances. Under the new regime, container vessels over 95,000 ‘Special Suez Canal tonnage’ (SCGT), are now able to ... Read More »

MSC Antwerp expansion moves forward

Last year MSC handled 4.6m teu in the Port of Antwerp   (Photo: Port of Antwerp Authority)

The request by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to expand its operations in the Port of Antwerp has moved a step forward, following a decision by the Port Authority board of directors to enable the port’s management committee to consider how the project can be carried out. Last year, MSC announced that in order to accommodate future growth it wished to ... Read More »

Liner reliability set to decline

Liner shipping is becoming less reliable as operators ignore service standards in the rush to cut costs, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight report.  The bad news for shippers is that the situation is only going to get worse! Reliability worsened in every quarter of 2013, with the fourth-quarter decline taking the on-time average below 64%, the lowest it has ... Read More »

New Waalhaven Zuid distribution complex

ProDelta will develop over 32,000 m2 of storage space

Work is to start this month (February) on the demolition of part of the existing Waalhaven Zuid business park by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to make way for the redevelopment of almost four hectares of the site, which will become part of the Distriport Waalhaven complex being developed by ProDelta Real Estate. In total the company will develop in ... Read More »

Damaged equipment to delay Port Botany

The mid-2014 launch date is likely to be delayed

The opening of the automated container terminal at Patrick’s Port Botany is likely to be delayed because of damage sustained to equipment during transportation. Some 30 Kalmar AutoStrads being shipped to the port were damaged during a “significant storm” on the way to Australia, according to Asciano, Patrick’s owner. The full extent of the damage is currently unknown and will ... Read More »

Four Kalmar reachstackers headed to Sweden

Kalmar has been awarded a contract to supply four new-generation reachstackers and one terminal tractor to Stockholms Hamnar, one of the top five container terminals in Sweden. With throughput of just under 50,000 teu last year, the terminal, part of the Hutchison Port Holdings global network, is gearing up to boost productivity and cost-efficiency at the port. The order was ... Read More »

Eurogate surpassed 14m teu in 2013

Growth at Tangier was an impressive 84%

The Eurogate group handled 14.2m teu across Europe during 2013, representing growth of 7.3%, the first time in five years it has broken the 14m teu barrier. That growth was driven by its Italian Mediterranean terminals with over 11% growth, especially the transhipment terminals at Gioia Tauro and Cagliari, where traffic rose by 13% and 12% respectively. Atlantic terminals in ... Read More »

Kerry Siam Seaport implements N4

Thailand’s Kerry Siam Seaport (KSSP) has completed the implementation of Navis N4, successfully migrating from SPARCS Express, calling it “an important step in optimising and improving overall terminal effectiveness.” “We believe that the container terminal business will be the key to our growth and success over the next few years,” said Arnajak Thangsathityangkul, general manager of container terminal business. “In ... Read More »

Cargotec: “financially disappointing” 2013

Despite a stronger final quarter of 2013, equipment manufacturer Cargotec has described last year as “financially disappointing”. The group’s president and CEO Mika Vehviläinen said: “Despite our many achievements, 2013 was financially disappointing. However, it was pleasing during the fourth quarter to see the amount of orders received increase, while cash flow continued to strengthen from the third quarter.” Orders ... Read More »

DP World reports slight 2013 volume growth

Jebel Ali

DP World handled 55m teu across its global portfolio of container terminals during 2013, the company has announced, with gross container volumes rising by 0.7% on a like-for-like basis. The second half of the year delivered a stronger performance as volumes grew 3.6%, again on a like-for-like basis. On a reported basis gross volumes declined 1.9% mainly due to the ... Read More »