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Guayaquil to operate Ecuador’s largest cranes

The terminal's dock will be extended by 120 m

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) has received Ecuador’s largest cranes as part of a wider expansion project. The SAAM-operated terminal took delivery of two new super post-Panamax cranes featuring a 105 m lift height and a 60 m horizontal outreach reaching 22 rows of containers. The machines, which have a container capacity of 65 tonnes, are able to load or unload ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC finally merge

Hapag-Lloyd's headquarters will remain in Hamburg

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have merged, creating the fifth largest shipping line in the world with a shared fleet capacity of 1.6m teu. It is hoped that the deal, which comes more than one year after discussions began, will deliver annual synergies of US$435m, making investments in new-buildings unnecessary for the next few years. The two majority ... Read More »

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 »