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Asia’s first fully-automated terminal starts operations

Asia’s first fully-automated container terminal has started operations at the Port of Qingdao, China, local media reported. Following completion of its automated phase 4, Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN), which has a total annual capacity of 5.2m teu, handled the 13,386 teu COSCO France. The automated terminal features 660 m of quay equipped with seven remotely-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, ... Read More »

New container lifting system developed

The system uses the same principles as the lifting of beer cans

A British company has developed a new system to lift four or six empty containers as a single block. BLOK Container Systems (BCS) developed the system using the same principles as the lifting of a six pack of beer cans. The empty containers are lifted as a single block by using the company’s BLOK-Locks to link them, and specially designed ... Read More »

Navis launches N4 3.4

Navis has launched the latest version of its flagship terminal operating system (TOS) N4. N4 3.4 includes new features and enhancements in the areas of automation and optimisation; scalability and platform consolidation; performance, upgrades and support; and administrative processing. The new system is expected to allow customers to handle greater container volumes in a more stable and scalable platform environment, ... Read More »

China pledges over US$100bn for One Belt, One Road

Chinese president Xi Jinping has pledged to invest Rmb840bn (US$124bn) in One Belt One Road (OBOR) projects to build ports, roads, rail and industrial facilities connecting China to Europe. At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Rmb100bn (US$14.5bn) was confirmed to augment the Silk Road Fund while Rmb380bn (US$55.1bn) will be used for loans for infrastructure and development projects ... Read More »

Hutchison Ports Sohar launches new smart gate

The system features cameras using OCR technology

Hutchison Ports Sohar has launched a new auto gate system at its container facilities at the Port of Sohar, Oman. The new gate will use smart technologies to allow drivers to go through the gates with no documentation and avoid delays. The system features machine-readable cards storing driver information, cameras using optical character recognition (OCR) to recognise trucks, gate kiosks reading shipping ... Read More »

High bunker prices hit Hapag-Lloyd results

Rate increases are expected to help results later this year

Ongoing bunker price rises contributed to a tough first quarter of 2017 for Hapag-Lloyd with a loss of €62.1m (US$67.9m) despite an increase in transported volumes. Average bunker prices were the highest level seen since June 2015 at US$313 per tonne, up from last year’s figure of US$197 per tonne. During the quarter, the average freight rate was US$20 lower ... Read More »

Liebherr delivers new LHM 800 cranes to Montevideo

Liebherr Maritime Cranes has completed a four-year project to design, build and install two customised mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) for Montecon, a terminal operator at the Port of Montevideo in Uruguay. According to Liebherr, the two LHM 800 units, which the company claimed are the biggest MHCs in the world, were developed at Montecon’s request as there were no cranes of ... Read More »

Maersk remains upbeat despite mixed results

MCI was the group's most improved segment

Maersk Line suffered an underlying loss of US$80m in the first quarter of 2017 although the carrier still expects to improve its underlying result by US$1bn over the calendar year due to higher freight rates. Despite a 4.4% overall increase in freight rates, the shipping line’s results were hit by higher bunker costs. Rates on the East-West trades picked up ... Read More »

Adani’s Ennore terminal to open by mid-June

Adani Group’s new INR 1,270 crore (US$197m) container terminal at Ennore Port (also known as Kamarajar Port) is set to start operations within a month, the port’s chairman and managing director told local media. The terminal, which will have an annual handling capacity of 1.4m teu with a 730 m quay at its completion, will provide a new option for ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam launches navigation tool

The Port of Rotterdam is Europe's largest port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched an online route planner, providing information on available connections to hinterland destinations via sea, rail or barge. The beta version of the platform, named Navigate, contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals. Emile Hoogsteden, ... Read More »