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Port Everglades to start US$437m expansion project

Port Everglades is set to start a US$437.5m expansion project to add new berths and crane rail infrastructure after receiving unanimous approval from the local county commissioners. The two-part expansion plan includes construction of up to five new berths to handle larger cargo vessels, and the upgrade of the existing crane rail infrastructure to house new super post-Panamax units. As ... Read More »

Marsh: Blockchain can save $300 per container

A study by insurance broker Marsh indicates that using blockchain technology could help to save US$300 per container “in terms of labour and the time and money spent processing associated documents”. For an ultra-large container ship (ULCS) carrying 18,000 containers, the saving could amount to US$5.4m, the report stated. A previous study by Maersk said that, on average, about 30 ... Read More »

Kalmar delivers five RTGs to Taiwan

The units are expected to improve the terminals’ operational efficiency

Kalmar has delivered five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Evergreen International Storage & Transport in Taiwan. The new machines will be operated at the company’s Taoyuan Inland Container Terminal and Hsichih Inland Container Terminal. The new RTGs, which join six Kalmar empty container handlers already operated by the Taiwanese inland terminal operator, are expected to help the company improve its ... Read More »

Dynamar: East & Southern Africa volumes to hit 7m teu by 2020

The overall number of full containers to be carried in East and Southern Africa by 2020 is anticipated to exceed 7m teu by 2020 according to Dynamar. In its latest report, the consultant pointed out that although South Africa’s economy is struggling, for East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands combined, the expected growth rate is nearly 10%. Nevertheless, the ... Read More »

Continental launches new tyre size

The new size is especially well-suited for container transport

Continental has expanded its terminal tyre portfolio with the production of a new tyre size for its TractorMaster. The new 280/75 R 22.5 size, which fits optimally on narrower rims in sizes 7.5/8.25–22.5 thanks to its low tyre diameter, is especially well-suited for container transport and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) operations. The tyre can be used on yard tractors and container ... Read More »

Hyster to electrify high capacity lift trucks

Hyster has announced that testing on high capacity lift trucks with electric motors is underway. The company, which pioneered profitable low emissions with Tier 4/Stage IV diesel engines on its big trucks range, is developing new solutions to achieve profitable zero emissions by electrifying trucks. According to the manufacturer, which is currently working on a project to electrify a laden ... Read More »

EU eases state aid rules for port investments

The new rules aim to boost investment

The European Commission (EC) has eased rules for public investments in areas including ports and airports to facilitate and speed up member states’ investments in infrastructure. The new regulation exempts from prior state aid control member states’ investments of up to €150m in seaports and up to €50m in inland ports, including the cost of any dredging works needed to ... Read More »

Spanish ports face strikes again

Algeciras and other Spanish ports will once again have to prepare for strikes

Spanish ports are set for eight days of strike action in the coming weeks after parliament’s lower house passed a reform to liberalise port labour practices, which currently contravene EU legislation. The vote narrowly passed with 174 MPs in favour compared to 165 against and eight abstentions as the nationalist Catalan party PDeCAT abstained. An earlier version of the reforms ... Read More »

Digital supply chain solution launches in LA

GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles, USA, have launched a new digital ocean supply chain solution on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The solution aims to ensure an efficient flow of cargo at the port by providing a platform able to digitise maritime shipping data and share it ... Read More »

Four STS cranes to be heightened in Oakland

The cranes will be heightened by 27 ft

A nine month project to heighten four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes has begun at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in the Port of Oakland. The port authority is working in partnership with SSA Marine on the US$14m project to raise the 366-ft cranes by 27 ft. John Driscoll, the port’s maritime director, said: “Vessels are getting bigger and bigger and we’re ... Read More »