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UK government claims Russia was behind NotPetya cyberattack

The UK government has blamed its Russian counterpart for the NotPetya cyber-attack in June 2017 that crippled Maersk and APM Terminals’ (APMT) operations. The attack could cost Maersk up to US$300m, and the UK Foreign Office claimed the Russian military ‘almost certainly’ launched the virus-based attack. The initial targets were said to be Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors, but ... Read More »

Forwarder joins Maersk-IBM blockchain initiative

Logistics prover Agility has become the first forwarder to collaborate on the Maersk-IBM blockchain solution initiative. The solution will aim to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting trade by using blockchain to manage and track containers. In collaborating, Agility has agreed to share and receive information on individual shipments using this new technology. Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility ... Read More »

Yilport’s terminals register 9.5% throughput growth in strong 2017

Yilport's Turkish terminals performed particularly well

Throughput at Yilport’s terminals grew by 9.5% to 4.3m teu in 2017 which the company attributed primarily to growing Turkish trade and Swedish exports. At Yilport’s Turkish container terminals Yilport Gebze and Yilport Gemlik volumes rose by 26% and 30% to 501,284 teu and 474,019 teu respectively. Yilport said the growth at Gemlik was supported by ongoing port expansion. The ... Read More »

Gdansk eyes further growth after strong 2017

Gdansk will add two ship-to-shore cranes later this year

Volumes at DCT Gdansk swelled by 24% in 2017 as container throughput at the Polish terminal fell just shy of 1.6m teu. The strong year was attributed to the full operational introduction of DCT Gdansk’s second terminal, T2, which doubled the facility’s capacity. Cameron Thorpe, CEO at DCT Gdansk, said: “The introduction of T2 facilitated the continued growth of our ... Read More »

Kalmar to service Swedish Yilport terminals

Kalmar has secured a contract for maintenance work at Yilport’s three Swedish cargo terminals: two in Gävle and one in Stockholm. The flexible Kalmar Care agreement covers maintaining terminal equipment such as container cranes and reach-stackers, and includes fixed-price maintenance coverage for both rental and owned equipment. Kalmar will also offer 24/7 on-call coverage. Eryn Dinyovszky, Nordic regional general manager ... Read More »

Swissterminal announces new company structure

Swissterminal will bundle its activities into two divisions

The Swiss logistics provider Swissterminal has announced plans to restructure its company to allow a stronger focus on various business areas and entering new markets. The company will bundle its activities into two divisions: one for operational activities and another for non-operational activities. As a result, the current Swissterminal Holding AG will be split up and a new holding, 2M-Holding, ... Read More »

HHLA posts strong 2017

Germany’s Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) reported a strong financially and operationally as throughput rose by 8.1% to 7.2m teu. At HHLA’s three terminals in Hamburg throughput rose by 8.3% to 6.9m teu while in Odessa, Ukraine, volumes rose by 3.4% to 0.3m teu. According to preliminary audits, HHLA’s group revenue rose by 6% to €1.25bn (US$1.53bn), while operating result ... Read More »

Cavotec powers Paraguayan cranes

Cavotec will provide the cable reel technology for two electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes that Konecranes is sending to a Paraguayan river port later this year. The cranes will be fitted with Cavotec motorised power cable reels to ensure a constant connection to a 1 kV power supply. The ‘Boxhunter’ cranes will be used at the Villeta container terminal at ... Read More »

Eurogate’s volumes remain flat

Eurogate's throughput fell slightly to 14.4m teu

Volumes at Eurogate’s container terminals remained fairly flat in 2017 as throughput fell by 1.4% to just over 14.4m teu. Losses at the operator’s Hamburg and Ust-Luga terminal, where container volumes dropped by 25.6% and 8.8% respectively, were evened out by gains of 25.9% and 22.9% in Lisbon and Tangier. Wilhelmshaven also registered a good year with throughput growing by ... Read More »

Baltimore invests in extra cranes

The Port of Baltimore in the US has added six rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to assist with additional volume growth. The cranes were purchased by the operators of the port’s Seagirt terminal, Ports America Chesapeake, and will add to the 16 already in service. The port has seen double-digit growth following the widening of the Panama Canal in 2016, and ... Read More »