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Canadian ports go greener with shore side power

Canadian ports are employing shore side electrical power for ships in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Shore power technologies, also known as cold ironing and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), enable ships to connect to electric generators within a port, thus meaning they can switch off their diesel generators. Terminals in Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver, have ... Read More »

Halterm to invest US$10m on expansion

The terminal will spend US$10m

The Port of Halifax’s Halterm terminal will invest US$10m in 2018 on expanding the terminal’s capacity. The terminal will install three Konecranes one-over-five rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), allowing containers to be stacked five high. These RTGs will be delivered in February and October 2018. The terminal claims these improvements will increase yard capacity by 40%, or 160,000 teu. Expansion is ... Read More »

New India to Far East service begins

A new service connecting India with South-East Asia and China has begun. The new service will call at Visakhapatnam, Port Klang, Singapore, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shekou. The service will be operated by the Ocean Alliance and will have vessels of up to 5,500 teu vessels. The Ocean Alliance consists of China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen, CMA CGM and Orient Overseas ... Read More »

New inter-Asia service calls at DaChan Bay

This 6,000 teu vessel is now plying the route

A new inter-Asia service has had its maiden call at DaChan Bay with the 6,000 teu Emirates Hana calling. The eight-vessel GALEX service will call once a week at Shenzen’s DaChan Bay before continuing on its journey around Asia. The service is operated by Emirates Shipping Line, which is providing seven ships, and Regional Container Line, which is providing one. The ... Read More »

DP World continues strong volume growth

DP World’s throughput in the first three quarters of 2017 has increased by 9.6% on a like-for-like basis over the previous year. This is greater than the industry average with Drewry Maritime currently forecasting 5.5% throughput growth in 2017. Growth in the third quarter at 13.3% on a like-for-like basis, even greater than in the first three quarters combined. DP ... Read More »

ICTSI to double capacity of Basra terminal

The terminal is in Umm Qasr, southern Iraq

International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has agreed to invest US$100m expanding Basra Gateway Terminal. The Filipino terminal operator will develop two berths incorporating a 20 ha yard area. This will raise the Iraqi terminal’s capacity from 0.6m teu to 1.2m teu. The operator hopes to complete the project in 18 months. “This new US$100m investment follows hot on the ... Read More »

Carriers launch new North Europe to Med service

Three carriers have teamed up to launch a new express service from North Europe to the Mediterranean. The new Europe-Med Express (EMX) service will call at Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Antwerp, Casablanca, Piraeus, Alexandria, Haifa, Mersin, Piraeus, Casablanca and Rotterdam. The service is a result of a partnership between Evergreen Line, COSCO and Yang Ming. It will utilise five ships of ... Read More »

New government makes Auckland port re-location more likely

Ports of Auckland could be moved out of the city centre

A general election in New Zealand has increased the chances of Auckland port being re-located outside of the city centre. In a close election, the Labor Party has formed a government with the New Zealand First party. New Zealand First is led by Winston Peters, a key proponent of turning the current port site into homes and moving freight and ... Read More »

Citrus industry criticises Durban Container Terminal

A key figure in South Africa’s citrus industry has criticised delays and poor productivity at Durban Container Terminal (DCT). The Citrus Growers Association’s logistics development manager Mitchell Brooke made the comments to specialist fresh produce buyer magazine Fruitnet. “Industrial action, equipment failure and poor planning, amongst others, led to very poor productivity. The wheels fell off the bus last year, ... Read More »

RSGT receives four of world’s biggest STS cranes

The four ZPMC cranes arrive in Jeddah

Red Sea Gateway Terminal has received four ship-to-shore cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC. The terminal is situated in Jeddah, on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, and is the country’s biggest import port. This news follows on from June’s completion of expansion works where the terminal increased its berth length by more than 25% from 1,070 m to 1,350 m. ... Read More »