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New type Gottwald rubber-tyred portal cranes for Indonesia

In June this year, Terex Port Solutions launched the new Gottwald Model 2 harbour crane as the first crane in its ‘Small Crane’ family. Model 2 also includes a new crane type based on mobile harbour crane technology - the G HRK rubber-tyred portal harbour crane. This new crane type blends the mobility of the classic rubber-tyred mobile harbour crane with the benefits of a drive-under portal solution. Read More »

December increase predicted for US imports despite port strike

Import volume at the top US container ports is expected to increase 3.9% in December despite a strike that closed the nation’s largest port complex for the first few days of the month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker (GPT) report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. However, the report cautions that retailers are keeping a close watch on a possible strike on the US East and Gulf coasts, where a contract extension expires December 29. Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Sud in meger talks

Declining revenues and overcapacity has led to a brief joint statement by the Executive Boards of Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd confirming that, in agreement with their shareholders, they are investigating if, and under what conditions, a merger of both companies would be of interest. Read More »

Savannah unveils North America’s first ERTGs

Georgia Port Authority’s (GPA) Port of Savannah has unveiled its first four electrified rubber-tyred gantry cranes (ERTGs), making it the first port in North America to introduce the new technology that reduces fuel consumption by an estimated 95 percent. Read More »

Inefficiencies add to Brazilian cargo costs

A combination of congested ports, poor aging or redundant infrastructure, excessive layers of government bureaucracy and gross inefficiency are all adding to the exorbitant cost of moving cargo in Brazil. Read More »

Trade volumes are slowing down

The latest update of global freight data collected by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD shows that global trade volumes are slowing down. Total external trade by sea (in tonnes) has remained stagnant below pre-crisis levels in the European Union (EU) and the US (-2% and -10% respectively) according to seasonally adjusted preliminary estimates of goods carried until August 2012. Read More »

Long Beach and Panama Canal renew accord

Officials from the Port of Long Beach and the Panama Canal Authority have renewed an agreement that promotes more trade between Latin America and the USA and facilitates the exchange of ideas for seaport engineering, dredging and environmental practices. Read More »

FEC and Port Everglades to jointly promote new ICTF

Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and Port Everglades have concluded a joint marketing agreement to promote a planned 42.5 acre near-port intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF). Due to begin construction in early 2013 and to complete twelve months later, the aim is for the ICTF to become a major international and domestic freight hub servicing South Florida and the Eastern US. Read More »

Ten Konecranes RTGs delivered to Nigeria

Ten Konecranes rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes have been successfully delivered to Ports and Cargo Handling Services (PCHS) in Lagos, Nigeria, the port operations arm of the Nigerian Sifax Group, a major player in port and related services in West Africa. Read More »

Port of Amsterdam to stand on its own feet

The Port of Amsterdam is to become an independent public enterprise company, following a decision taken by the City Council, with 100% of the shares owned by the City of Amsterdam. The move is seen as allowing the port authority to be more decisive, dynamic and able to boost commercial activities more effectively, providing greater added value for the city and the region. Read More »