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Hapag-Lloyd makes MCI order

The reefers are being produced in China and Chile

Hapag-Lloyd has purchased 3,700 Maersk Container Industry (MCI) Star Cool Integrated reefers, of which just under a third are fitted with more environmentally friendly systems. MCI will fit 1,000 containers with R513A refrigerant systems, which the company claims has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 56% compared to the commonly used R134A system. GWP is a measure of ... Read More »

Drewry: West Africa improving but more to do

Volumes are up 3.2% year-on-year

The Asia-West Africa is growing at its fastest pace since late 2014 but the African region still has a lot of ground to recover, according to Drewry. Container throughput in the southbound Asia to West Africa trade grew by 7% in the third quarter of 2017, but is some way off replicating its annual record of 1.5m teu, which was ... Read More »

Hutchison wins concession in Umm Al Quwain

UAQ is Hutchison's second UAE concession in a week

Just days after one Hutchison terminal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened, it was announced that Hutchison had been awarded a concession to operate another terminal in the country. The Hong-Kong based company will operate the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), in the north of the UAE. The port is a key entry-exit point for ... Read More »

Navis joins automation taskforce

Navis and a number of other organisations from across the supply chain have teamed up to explore automated solutions for the container market. Navis was joined by Microsoft China, terminal equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) and infrastructure advisory firm Moffat & Nichol at ZPMC’s Smart Terminal Solutions forum, where the group formed to outline its approach. Mark Welles, ... Read More »

New tugboats in Poti

Georgia’s APM Terminals (APMT) Poti has added two new tug boats which the operator believes will boost the facility’s offering. APMT said the two new Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from Svitzer, Maersk’s sister brand, can operate in harsh conditions and will also improve night time performance. APMT Poti managing director, Klaus Holm Laursen, said: “This translates into faster turn times for ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd volumes up in third quarter

Volumes rose to 7m teu

Hapag-Lloyd’s container volumes shot up by 24.4% to 7m teu in the first nine months of 2017, while the German carrier also posted strong quarterly financial results. Net profit rose to €54.3m (US$63.9m) in the third quarter compared with €8.2m (US$9.6m) the same time last year, while earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) soared to €361.5m (US$427m), a rise ... Read More »

Antwerp announces water conservation project

Two container terminals at the Port of Antwerp will collaborate with Antwerp Terminal Services (ATS) to construct three underground storage tanks in an effort to recycle rainwater. PSA Antwerp (PSAA) and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) will work with AST on the tanks, which will have a total capacity of 240,000 litres of rainwater and are expected to conserve up ... Read More »

QTerminals appoints first CEO

QTerminals, the recently-established operator of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed the general manager of the port authority at Suadia Arabia’s King Abdullah Port as its first CEO. Neville Blisset brings with him experience gained from a number of other roles including managing director at an APM Terminals (APMT) joint venture in Africa, CEO of Hutchison Ports’ Alexandria Container Terminal, ... Read More »

ICTSI performs well in third quarter results

Cranes arriving at ICTSI's Melbourne terminal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) reported strong financial growth in the first nine months of the year while throughput at its terminals grew by 6%. Revenue soared by 10% compared to the first nine months of 2016, rising to US$918.3m, while containers handled reached 6.8 m teu. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) also performed well, growing ... Read More »

Staff reshuffle in Cargotec

A staff reshuffle within Cargotec has led to a change in the management teams of Navis and Kalmar, with the former’s general manager of the Americas position currently vacant. Kalmar began a domino-like change by appointing Navis’s vice president and general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Guenter Schmidmeir, as its senior vice president of global terminal ... Read More »