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Union criticises Hutchison safety record as docker dies

Trade union leaders at Hutchison’s Jakarta container terminal has criticised the company’s safety record after a worker was killed at the terminal. Nova Hakim, union branch chair at Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT), said: “We are shocked and alarmed by the continuing carnage at the Hutchison’s terminal in Jakarta. Two workers have died within two months, and four within ... Read More »

CMA CGM completes acquisition of Mercosul

CMA CGM is looking to improve its South American offering

CMA CGM has announced that its acquisition of Brazilian container shipping company Mercosul is now complete. Mercosul was established in 1996 and is a specialist in cabotage and “door-to-door” services in South America. It serves more than 12 ports with its four 2,500 teu vessels and employs 130 people in Santos, Sao Paulo, Manus, Recife and Itajai. CMA CGM said ... Read More »

Russian terminal orders Kalmar straddle carriers

Global Ports has ordered 12 Kalmar straddle carriers for its JSC First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg. The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2017 fourth quarter order intake and delivery will take place during the fourth quarter of 2018. First Container Terminal (FCT) has a capacity of 1.25m teu and is directly connected with North European hub ports like Rotterdam, ... Read More »

Drewry releases list of world’s best-connected ports

Shipping analyst Drewry has released a new tool which measures how well-connected the world’s top ports are by giving them a connectivity index out of 100. These rankings suggest that the best-connected port is the world’s biggest, Shanghai, with a connectivity score of 100. Shanghai is followed closely by Ningbo (with a score of 93) and Singapore (89). The top 20 ... Read More »

Yildirim responds to port fee protests

The port has strong reefer potential according to Robert Yuksel Yildirim, CEO of Yilport Holding

The chairman of Yilport Holding has responded to accusations that port fees at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador are being unfairly increased. After protests from banana producers, on November 27, representatives of the Ecuadorian province of El Oro requested that the public-private partnership between Yilport and the Ecuadorian government be re-examined. Workers in the province’s banana industry are angry at the ... Read More »

Congestion leads Maersk to cut Shanghai and Chiwan calls

Maersk Line has announced that it will temporarily suspend calls at the ports of Shanghai and Chiwan (Shenzen) due to congestion. In a statement to customers, the company said that its AE2 and AE11 services have faced “significant reliability challenges largely driven by Asian port congestion leading to delays in ports.” The statement continued: “As there is no outlook for ... Read More »

ZPMC selects Cavotec RRC units

An operator controls STS cranes from a safe distance at Yangshan

Ship-to-shore crane manufacturer ZPMC has chosen Cavotec to deliver Radio Remote Control (RRC) units for its cranes in Tangier, Qingdao and Yangshen. At these terminals, ZPMC’s cranes are operated remotely from a control room and staff are not permitted near the cranes while they are in use. However, during commissioning and maintenance, operators are required to control the cranes on-site, exposing ... Read More »

Alabama Port Authority joins criticism of tax reforms

The CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) has criticised the US government’s proposed tax reforms. The ‘Tax Cut and Jobs Act’ would repeal the tax exemption for advanced refunding bonds and perhaps also, depending which version of the act is passed, private activity bonds. Private activity bonds are a type of municipal bond which fund private sector projects ... Read More »

Hong Kong considers building homes above port

Lack of space is a problem in Hong Kong

A government-appointed committee is looking into the feasibility of moving Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing container terminal or of building homes on an elevated platform above it. The Task Force on Land Supply will ask Hong Kong residents for views on these two ideas, along with 13 other land supply solutions, in a public consultation in March 2018. Hong Kong’s container port ... Read More »

Ship breaks free of mooring in Boston

A 1,065 ft long container ship called the Helsinki Bridge broke free from its moorings at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal on Wednesday morning. The US Coast Guard and local fire and police services were called to the incident, which took place at around 45 minutes past midnight. According to the Coast Guard, ten terminal workers who were aboard the ... Read More »