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Northport receives straddle carriers

The four straddle carriers

Northport, a terminal at Malaysia’s Port Klang, has received four Top Frame straddle carriers from Australian equipment manufacturers Mobicon. The four units are being used to handle 20 ft and 40 ft containers and have a lift height of 3.6 m, a turning radius of 12.3 m, and a cycle time of two minutes. Tom Schults, managing director of Mobicon ... Read More »

APMT Moin receives further cranes

Costa Rica’s APM Terminals (APMT) Moin has received a second delivery of ship-to-shore (STS) and electric rubber-tyred gantry (eRTG) cranes at its greenfield site. The arrival means the facility now has six STS cranes and 23 eRTGs, and APMT said this second phase of development remains on schedule for completion in February 2019. Kenneth Waugh, manging director of APMT Moin, ... Read More »

World Cup mania ushers in Mexican import boom

The Mexican national football team will play at the World Cup

Maersk Line Mexico has reported an 8% rise in imports from Asia and Europe in 2018’s first quarter, with World Cup fervour generating demand for sports goods. The FIFA World Cup kicks off in June, with Mexico one of 32 teams involved, and football shirts, trainers, video consoles, and other football-related media are more in demand as the competition looms. ... Read More »

Insurer lauds blockchain possibilities

Maritime insurer UK P&I Club has lauded the potential benefits of blockchain for the shipping sector when it comes to exchanging information. Blockchain allows multiple parties to participate in transactions without allowing one user to have more control than the others and amend transaction information, for example. Filip Koscielecki, UK P&I Club claims executive, said: “Blockchain can enable a conversion ... Read More »

Carrier Transicold releases service app

The app is available on iOS and Android

American reefer manufacturer Carrier Transicold has released a free mobile app to aid technicians when servicing containers. The app, available on iOS and Android, contains resources including service manuals with instructional videos, an alarm code lookup function, conversion tools and warranty information, as well as a search tool for navigation. David Whyte, project manager of container service engineering at Carrier Transicold, ... Read More »

UPS extends Europe-Hong Kong service

The service connects Hong Kong with Duisburg, Germany

American logistics provider UPS has launched a new full container load (FCL) rail service connecting Europe and Hong Kong using its existing framework. The two-way service between Duisburg, Germany and Hong Kong will offer transit times up to 30% faster than FCL ocean freight, and cost savings of up to 60% compared to air freight. Mike Harrell, president of freight ... Read More »

Jeddah terminal upgrades Navis TOS

The DP World-operated South Container Terminal (SCT) at Jeddah Islamic Port has upgraded its Navis terminal operating system (TOS) from SPARCS to N4 3.5. The operator said it upgraded the software to meet customer service demands and increase operational support inline with rising cargo volumes. SCT handles around 1.3m teu a year and said N4 was implemented “to ensure an ... Read More »

BEST orders extra ASCs

BEST received six other ASCs earlier this year

Barcelona’s BEST terminal, operated by Hutchison Ports, has ordered six automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) from Konecranes, with delivery due in the first half of 2019. The arrival of the cranes will coincide with the closing stages of the second phase of BEST’s expansion, which began in 2014, and the number of automated container storage blocks at the semi-automated terminal has ... Read More »

MSC introduces bunker surcharge

Swiss carrier MSC has introduced a worldwide temporary emergency bunker surcharge on all ocean and land-based cargo to offset a continued surge in bunker prices. Fuel prices are by more than 30% this year, and up by 70% since June, 2017, with prices in Europe exceeding  US$441 per metric tonne. The price of a barrel of crude oil is currently ... Read More »

Ashdod increases crane capacity as competition looms

The cranes will have a height of 60.5 m

Israel’s Port of Ashdod is increasing the height of two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at a cost of €8m (US$9.14m) in preparation for new competition. The work was commissioned by the facility’s operator, the Ashdod Port Company, with the cranes being raised by 9 m to 44 m, making them the highest STS cranes in Israel, and having their reach extended ... Read More »