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Maersk announces contingency plans for Spanish strikes

Maersk has announced contingency plans in light of the announced dock workers strike in Spain, which will affect the APM Terminals (APMT) facility in Algeciras among others. Strikes will be carried out for 24 hours starting from 0800 on June 5, 7 and 9 and as a result will affect the MSC Ilona and SL Illinois which were due to ... Read More »

DP World to take control of Embraport

The Brazilian competition regulator has approved DP World’s purchase of Odebrecht’s 66.7% share in the Embraport terminal at the Port of Santos, Brazil, local media reported. Following the purchase, for which the terms have yet to be finalised, DP World will take full control of the 1.3 m teu terminal. The Brazilian construction company has recently been involved in the ... Read More »

Panama Canal to change tolls structure

The expanded Panama Canal officially opened in June last year

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure in an attempt to attract more traffic and ensure competitiveness. The ACP decided to offer additional incentives to the containership segment after considering the current utilisation of the neo-Panamax locks and the feedback received during meetings with customers in Asia, Europe and North America. The ... Read More »

Liebherr to start crane retrofit project

Liebherr is set to retrofit an Eimskip container vessel with two new ship cranes. The company’s ship crane department is expected to start retrofitting the Icelandic shipping company’s ship with the two CBW 2800 ship cranes in September this year. The machines are able to handle cargo with a maximum outreach of 31.5 m and a maximum capacity of 60 ... Read More »

Red Sea Gateway Terminal completes US$70m expansion

RSGT had a capacity of 1.8m teu before the expansion

Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) in Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) has completed two parts of its expansion work, enabling it to handle three 14,000 teu vessels simultaneously. The facility, which is Saudi Arabia’s largest import terminal, has increased its berth length by more than 25% from 1,070 m to 1,350 m. Dredging of the turning basin has also finished, increasing ... Read More »

Asia’s first fully-automated terminal implements Navis N4

Asia’s first fully automated terminal Qingdao New Qianwan Container Terminal (QQCTN) has implemented Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) as part of the first phase of a wider automation project. The terminal, located at the Port of Qingdao, China, went live commercially earlier this month and is undergoing a three-phased automation project. According to Navis, QQCTN, which has two berths ... Read More »

MSC to expand Côte d’Ivoire terminal

The terminal will be able to handle 14,000 teu ships

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed a 35-year concession agreement to expand a container terminal at the Port of San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire. The project, which will involve a total initial investment of nearly CFA 300bn (US$511.4m), will allow San Pedro Container Terminal (TCSP) to handle 14,000 teu ships. After an initial phase in which San Pedro Port ... Read More »

Indonesian port operator orders eight mobile harbour cranes

PT Berlian Jasa Terminal Indonesia (PT BJTI) is to add eight more cranes to its existing fleet of eight Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes over the course of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018. For particularly eco-efficient operation, the new cranes will be equipped with an external power supply to hook up to the terminal’s mains, thus enabling PT ... Read More »

MOL windshield reduces CO2 emissions

The device was installed on MOL Marvel

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has completed in-service testing of a wind resistance-reducing windshield which it claims reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 2%. As part of the test, the windshield, which was co-developed by the carrier, was installed on the bow of the containership MOL Marvel sailing at 17 knots per hour. According to MOL, the emissions reduction of approximately ... Read More »

American ports concerned about funding cuts in Trump budget

AAPA CEO Kurt Nagle was encouraged by a US$1tn commitment in infrastructure spending

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is worried about declines for most federally funded port-related programmes in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget. Reductions in funding forTransportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery(TIGER) discretionary grants, Harbour Maintenance Trust Fund (HMST) outlays, port security grants and assistance in reducing diesel emissions drew particular concern. However, the AAPA met the administration’s call to support ... Read More »