Monday , 19 March 2018
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Major carriers launch new Asia – Latin America services

The ACSA 1 service

CMA CGM, COSCO and Evergreen have launched three new combined services between Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America as the shake-up of the region’s dynamics gathers pace following Maersk’s acquisition of Hamburg Sud. According to the French carrier, the new offer, which begins on April 4, 2018, will provide expanded port coverage: ten ports in Asia, three ports in ... Read More »

Evergreen opts for paperless documentation

Evergreen Line has introduced a paperless Bill of Lading (B/L) and dispatch documentation via its ShipmentLink digital portal, hoping to enhance connectivity for exporters and importers with banks, insurers, regulators, customs and port authorities. The new services, provided in partnership with Bolero International, aim to lower shippers’ costs while making data transfer more accurate, efficient, reliable and secure. Container shippers ... Read More »

Ethiopia takes 19% stake in DP World Berbera Port

The signees played down the possibility of competition with Djibouti

The Ethiopian government will acquire a 19% stake in DP World Berbera Port following the signing of an agreement with the terminal operator and Somaliland Port Authority. The deal comes just days after the neighbouring Djibouti government controversially took control of Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), which DP World was the operator of, citing its poor performance. DP World will hold ... Read More »

Itajaí gains three new services

APM Terminals (APMT) Itajaí gained three new services in February, expecting to boost monthly container traffic to 36,000 teu. The facility first welcomed the Jacarandá Login, making the first call of a joint Login and Mercosul twice-weekly string serving South America’s East Coast, with calls at Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, and using Itajaí as a transhipment hub. CMA-CGM’s Brazil Express ... Read More »

Yilport begins dredging at Puerto Bolivar

The project's first phase will take three months

Yilport is to begin the first phase of its dredging programme at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador at the start of March, hoping to deepen the access channel and the quay side draught at the banana export hub. Parts of the access channel where the draught is currently 8.5 m will be dredged to a flat draught of 10 m mean low ... Read More »

Electric truck trialled at Oakland

More than 6,000 diesel trucks are operational at the port

A battery-powered truck is being trialled at the Port of Oakland to test the feasibility of zero-emission freight hauling. GSC Logistics, a Californian truck operator, said the US$250,000 demonstration truck would be used to transfer containers between its depot and Oakland’s marine terminals during a three-year trial. The 10-tonne semi-trailer vehicle began its trial earlier this month, making it the ... Read More »

PSA awards contract for software design

PSA Marine has awarded a contract to Ernst & Young Solutions to design and develop a software to boost productivity for terminals, vessel operators and vessel charterers. The programme, called Blue 5.0, will employ data analytics and machine learning to predict the duration of pilot journeys within the Port of Singapore more accurately, and thus allow terminals to plan and ... Read More »

Djiboutian government hits back at DP World

The government of Djibouti has rubbished DP World’s claims that it illegally seized the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) and said it had the legal right to assume management. The government has hit back at DP World’s assertions and said it assumed operations at the terminal in light of its recent poor performances and to “rectify irregularities in the agreement covering ... Read More »

Konecranes announces new safety suite

An example of Work Zone

Konecranes has launched a new software suite for its Smart Connected Lift Trucks range which the equipment company said will improve operational safety. The Work Zone suite offers a set of location-based services and will especially improve safety in busy, high-traffic environments, according to Konecranes. One of the services available will be geofencing, a new application which uses GPS technology ... Read More »

CMA CGM to set up multi-temperature warehouse at London Gateway

Farid Salem and Chris Lewis at the signing

CMA CGM is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature logistics facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a 1 ha cold store facility within a 2.4 ha logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into ... Read More »