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ICTSI to expand Honduras terminal

A subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the first phase of the expansion of the Specialised Container and Cargo Terminal in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The first phase covers the construction of a 350 m long berth with a controlling depth of 15.5 m, two trestles that will ... Read More »

New Germany-Rotterdam rail service launches

It starts with a fixed schedule and two round trips per week

Container hinterland network Contargo has started a new rail connection between the Netherlands and Germany. The new Koblenz Multimodal Express service, which links Rotterdam to Koblenz, in the Middle Rhine, is beginning with a fixed schedule and two round trips per week. The train service is set to depart regularly from Rotterdam on Mondays and Thursdays, leave Koblenz on Tuesdays and ... Read More »

DP World to develop special economic zone in Kazakhstan

DP World already has a similar contract for Khorgos SEZ

DP World has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kazakhstan government for the development of a special economic zone in Aktau. The terminal operator’s group and chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, has previously endorsed Kazakhstan’s potential in developing production and logistics facilities to take advantage of China’s One Belt, One Road strategy. The Dubai-based company already holds a management ... Read More »

Antwerp reports slower growth

The Port of Antwerp, Belgium, recorded a 4% year-on-year rise in its container throughput last year. Total container volumes went up from 9.6m teu handled in 2015 to over 10m teu in 2016, representing the first time the port’s volumes surpassed the 10m teu mark. Last year’s growth was however slower than 2015, when total container volumes had gone up ... Read More »

DCT Gdansk marks record throughput

A Triple-E vessel at the new T2 berth

Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk handled 1.3m teu in 2016, marking a Polish record for annual container volumes handled. The facility surpassed its previous record of 1.068m teu in October 2016. According to a company statement, the result was influenced by the growing need for direct vessel calls in the Baltic and the visible growth of cargo targeted at Eastern ... Read More »

DP World starts operating Saint John terminal

Dubai-based port operator DP World has started operating a new multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Saint John, Canada. The terminal, which can handle all types of cargo including containers, is set to undergo a CA$205m (US$156m) infrastructure modernisation program project to expand its facilities. The project, which will be carried out by DP World Saint John in partnership with ... Read More »

NGOs criticise IMO’s letter to the EU

A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with observer status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has heavily criticised IMO’s head’s claims that including shipping in the EU Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce global shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a letter to IMO’s secretary-general Kitack Lim, the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) said that it did not ... Read More »

Hanjin’s bankruptcy hits Long Beach results

Volumes were affected by 2016 changes in the shipping industry

The US Port of Long Beach has suffered a 6% year-on-year drop to 6.8m teu in its 2016 container volumes. The port, which handled 7m teu the previous year, attributed the fall to the factors including the changes in ocean carrier alliances and the bankruptcy in August 2016 of the South Korean Hanjin Shipping, which was a former majority stakeholder ... Read More »

OECD: Gothenburg needs access upgrade to stay competitive

The International Transport Forum (ITF) has warned that improvements to the maritime access to the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, are necessary to remain competitive with other North European ports. In a study to assess the impact of mega-ships on the city of Gothenburg, the ITF, which is part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), argued that with ... Read More »

PSA announces 5.5% throughput growth

Singapore's volumes were down 0.1% Credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has recorded a 5.5% year-on-year increase to 68m teu in its 2016 total container volumes. At the company’s flagship facility, PSA Singapore Terminals, container throughput went down by 0.1% to 31m teu. Singapore’s negative results were partially offset by the operators’ terminals outside the city-state going up by 11% to 37m teu. PSA group CEO ... Read More »