Thursday , 19 July 2018
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Carrier Transicold reefers become even colder

Some of the Seaco NaturaLine units

Reefer manufacturer Carrier Transicold has announced that its NaturaLINE reefers can now reach new levels of coldness. The reefers can now achieve and maintain a temperature of -40 degrees Celsius, which is also -40 degrees Fahrenheit. The company’s senior product manager for global container refrigeration, Jim Taeckens, said: “The minus 40 C capability can help shipping lines – especially those seeking ... Read More »

CMA CGM completes transition from father to son

Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group executive officer

The founder of CMA CGM has announced that his son will take over his position as chairman of the board. Rodolphe Saadé has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Marseilles-based company since February 2017 but will now be both CEO and chair. His 80-year old father Jacques Saadé said: “To prepare the future, last February 7th I appointed Rodolphe Saadé to ... Read More »

Formula One star deepens Konecranes advertising deal

Konecranes has announced that it will be an “official partner” of Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas in the 2018 season. The company will put its logo on Bottas’s race overalls, website and social media as well as using advertising, videos and events to advertise the partnership. Konecranes CEO Panu Routila said: “We are very excited about this partnership with ... Read More »

PSA partners with University on Tuas automation

Singapore-based terminal operator PSA has teamed up with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in order to develop automation technology for its new port of Tuas. A memorandum of understanding has been signed which pledges joint development of curricula and programmes for NUS’ computing and engineering faculties. These will be geared towards students working on areas such as data analytics, ... Read More »

Barcelona invests in electric cars and vans

Sixte Cambra and Jose Alberto Carbonell with the electric vehicles

The Port of Barcelona has invested about €926,000 (US$1.1m) on electric vehicles and charging points. The port has incorporated vehicles with electric motors into the port fleet and installed charging infrastructure, both for the port fleet and other electric vehicles which use the port area. The additions to the port fleet are 25 pure electric units, 17 Nissan Leaf cars and ... Read More »

Noatum Bilbao orders two Kalmar RMGs

Noatrum Container Terminal Bilbao has ordered two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) for intermodal operation from Kalmar. The RMGs will be delivered during the first half of 2019 and will be used for intermodal operations at the railyard which contains four train tracks, five container stacking rows and a service lane for road trucks. Elvira Gallego Uribe, Terminal Manager at Noatum ... Read More »

Saudi-led coalition pledges to ease Yemen blockade

Hodeidah port following the strikes in August 2015 (Credit: MSC)

The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday that it would re-open Hodeidah port to aid shipments but did not say it would be re-opened to commercial traffic. The coalition has carried out a total blockade on Yemen’s ports airports since November 4 after a missile was fired at Riyadh airport. The missile was fired by Houthi forces, who are fighting against ... Read More »

SICK launches system against blind spot corrections

Sensing and imaging company SICK has launched a new system, which alerts operators of cranes and reachstackers to the risk of blind spots. The Visionary-B driver assistance system by integrating 3D imaging camera technology with exterior sensors and an in-cab monitor. The system identifies hazards in real time by detecting people or objects which are not part of the machine’s ... Read More »

Transnet receives 23 Kalmar straddle carriers

The spreader beam was one of the key elements of this project

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has received 23 straddle carriers for one of its Durban terminals. The Kalmar straddle carriers will be put to work at TPT Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation handling a throughput of 2.6m teu. Over the last 15 years, Kalmar has delivered in excess of 150 straddle carriers to TPT. The machine structures were ... Read More »

Handling tariffs cut by 19% at Port of Shanghai

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that from the start of 2018, the import and export handling tariff for non-transhipment containers at the Port of Shanghai will be lowered by 19.4% to RMB480 (US$72) per teu. The NDRC also ordered tariff cuts of between 11% and 21% at several other ports — including Tianjin, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Qingdao ... Read More »