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DP World opts for Navis in Ecuador 

An Ecuadorian DP World facility has chosen to implement Navis’ N4 terminal operating system (TOS) in anticipation of its targeted go-live in 2019. DP World won a 50-year concession for the greenfield, multi-purpose Posorja facility from the Ecuadorian government in 2016, and will implement Navis’ PrimeRoute, Expert Decking and AutoStow modules alongside N4. Jorge Velásquez, general manager at DP World ... Read More »

Hapag-Loyd volumes up following merger

Hapag-Loyd's headquarters, Ballin House

Hapag-Lloyd volumes grew by 29% to 9.8m teu in 2017 which the carrier largely attributed to the merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The carrier also cited “underlying organic volume growth” as a factor in the growth, and said it expects increasing demand for services in 2018. Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Loyd’s CEO, said: “Going forward, our customers will benefit ... Read More »

APMT welcomes back key customer

Reefer Terminal's warehouse

An APM Terminals (APMT) reefer facility in Italy has welcomed back one of world’s leading fruit companies as a customer after a six-year hiatus. Del Monte Fruit will once again use APMT Reefer Terminal in the Port of Vado Ligure after leaving the terminal in 2012. Stefano Polidori, sales director for Del Monte Italia, said: “We are convinced that cooperation ... Read More »

Natural disasters play havoc for marine insurers in 2017

Flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey

The property and casualty (P&C) insurance sector recorded the worst natural catastrophe losses in history in 2017 which has subsequently increased the pressure on marine insurers to improve results. Damage caused by the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate and Maria, the earthquake in Mexico, monsoons in Bangladesh, storms in Durban and wildfires in California all contributed to the heavy losses. While ... Read More »

HHLA acquires Estonian port operator

The Port of Muuga

Hamburg Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has acquired an Estonian port operator and subsequently become the leading container handler at the country’s main port. The German operator acquired Transiidikeskuse after the two signed a contract on March 26, and the Estonian company now function as a subsidiary of HHLA. Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: “Estonia is one of the fastest-growing economies ... Read More »

DP World to build facility in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Terminal operator DP World will build a deep-water, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after winning a 30-year concession. The concession, which can be extended by a further 20 years, is to manage and develop a greenfield site in Banana with a capacity of 350,000 teu and 1.5m tonnes of general cargo after the first phase ... Read More »

Dunkirk awaits gantry crane as expansion kicks on

The work is expected to be complete by 2019

France’s Port of Dunkirk will receive a new gantry crane in May 2018 as part of its Flanders Terminal expansion project. Shortly after receiving the crane the facility will begin dredging to a depth of 16.5 m, with the deepening expected to be finished by the end of autumn. A total of 4m m3  of sand is expected to be ... Read More »

Antwerp to train Brazilian workers

The Port of Antwerp will provide training for maritime professionals in Brazil after signing an agreement with the Brazilian government. A memorandum of understanding between the Antwerp Port Authority and the Brazilian ministry of transport, ports and civil aviation outlines that Antwerp will run a special series of seminars in two already-existing maritime centres in the South American country. Antwerp ... Read More »

DP World throughput up by more than 10% in 2017

The London Gateway terminal won a key contract last year

Last year DP World experienced its highest throughput growth rate since 2011 as container volumes rose by 10.1% to 70.1m teu. The operator’s consolidated throughput, from terminals the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) recognises as being controlled by DP World, rose by 24.7% to 36.5m teu. DP World group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said: “As we look ... Read More »

Main Sri Lankan facility experiences January boost

The Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka recorded a 16.4% year-on-year increase in throughput in January 2018, with transhipment volumes acting as a key driver in the growth. Total volumes at the facility hit 564, 155 teu, with transhipment trade rising by 20.4% to 436,303 teu. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) controlled Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), one of three ... Read More »