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ICTSI receives legal advice for Thessaloniki bid

The port is currently operated by the ThPA under a 50-year concession

The Philippines-headquartered ICTSI is being advised by legal specialist Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) on its bid for a 67% stake in the Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. (ThPA), Greece. The port operator is one of three bidders which have submitted a final bid, including DP World and a consortium comprising Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH, Belterra Investments LTD and Terminal Link ... Read More »

Adani plans to build new port in Malaysia

India-based Adani Group’s port arm is reportedly looking to set up a new greenfield container port in Malaysia, according to local media. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (Apsez) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s largest port operating group MMC Port Holdings to look into the construction of a multi-purpose container port at Carey Island, in Malaysia’s Selangor state. ... Read More »

UK rail freight operators relinquish 50% of weekly path allocations

There are currently 4,967 freight paths in the Working Time Table (WTT)

Infrastructure manager Network Rail has announced that 50% of the UK rail freight operators’ weekly path allocations are being given up as they are not being used. The announcement followed a two-year review by Network Rail and freight rail operators into the industry in an attempt to increase the efficiency of freight operations. 4,702 unused allocated “paths”, which are the ... Read More »

Madagascar faces complaint over sacking of dockworkers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has filed an International Labour Organization (ILO) complaint against the government of Madagascar over firing 43 dockworkers for joining a union. The complaint was lodged on behalf of the ICTSI-operated Toamasina Port workers and their union SYGMMA following the government’s refusal to obey a court order saying that workers should be allowed to join ... Read More »

HHLA reports 2016 volume growth

Angela Titzrath started heading the company on January 1, 2017

German logistics and transportation company HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG has reported a 3.1% year-on-year rise to €1.8bn (US$1.9bn) in revenue in 2016. The group’s container throughput was up 1.5% year-on-year to 6.7m teu, boosted by a 10% volume growth to in its terminal in Odessa, Ukraine, and a 1.1% increase in volumes at its terminals in Hamburg, Germany. ... Read More »

China Merchants Port records 14% throughput growth

China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort) has reported a 14.5% year-on-year rise to 96m teu in its overall container throughput in 2016. In mainland China, container volumes were up 17% year-on-year to 72m et in 2016, mainly boosted by the contribution from a new equity investment in Dalian Port (PDA) Company Limited early last year. However, while most of the company’s ... Read More »

BPA: Trade facilitation should be prioritised in Brexit

The British Ports Association (BPA) has called for trade facilitation to be central in Brexit agreement. Following the UK government’s Article 50 notification, which officially started the two-year negotiation period culminating with the country leaving the European Union (EU), BPA’s CEO Richard Ballantyne warned that facilitation of trade should be given the highest priority. He said: “Ports provide vital economic ... Read More »

DP World to operate India’s first automated port gates

The gates feature Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology

Dubai-headquartered port operator DP World has introduced automated gates at its terminal in Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India. The introduction of the new gates, which are powered by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, represents the first time automated gates are operational in the country’s port industry. The project, which will allow single transactions to ... Read More »

US considers supporting offensive on Hodeidah Port

The US is considering whether to provide support for a potential UAE-led operation to drive Houthi rebels out of the Port of Hodeidah in Yemen, a key strategic node in the ongoing civil war. According to the Washington Post, Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary has sent a memo to the White House, asking to drop the Obama administration’s restrictions ... Read More »

Navis expands portfolio as part of new strategy

Navis president Benoit de la Tour

US-based operational technologies and services provider Navis has expanded its solution portfolio to include both terminal and carrier solutions, as well as cloud collaboration platform XVELA. The changes are part of a new, wider software strategy aiming to allow both container terminals and shipping lines to streamline their ocean supply chain and enhance collaboration. Navis terminal solutions include the N4 ... Read More »