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Port of Antwerp joins plastic reduction initiative

The Port of Antwerp has joined a programme to organise measures for keeping the loss of pellets to a minimum, in an effort to keep plastic out of the environment. Plastic products are made from polymers, usually delivered in the form of small pellets, and Antwerp is the main polymer hub in Europe for the production, handling and distribution of plastic ... Read More »

Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals orders 18 RTGs

PSA-subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals has ordered 18 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes in addition to a prior order for 18 RTGs and 4 rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes. The latter set will be delivered by the end of this year, which nine RTGs will be delivered by August 2018 and the final nine units by the end of next ... Read More »

SSA Marine takes APMT’s lease in Tacoma

SSA Marine has strengthened its presence in the Seattle/Tacoma port complex

APM Terminals (APMT) Tacoma has transferred its lease to a joint venture between SSA Marine and Matson Lines, called SSAT. APMT’s lease was valid until the end of 2017 but contractual language allowed the lease transfer. The facility was primarily used by the Matson Alaska Service, with twice-weekly sailings between Tacoma, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and a weekly service between Tacoma ... Read More »

More Konecranes equipment for CSX Intermodal Terminals

CSX Intermodal Terminals (CSXIT) has made a further order of Konecranes equipment which will take its total number of Konecranes machines to 27 by December 2017. CSXIT, a subsidiary of CSX Corporation, has been working with Konecranes since 2012 and made the most recent order in spring 2017. Since August eight pieces of Konecranes equipment arrived, with a further three ... Read More »

PSA Sines orders STS crane from Paceco

The terminal already has nine STS cranes

Paceco Espana has been appointed by PSA Sines Terminal XXI to design, construct and assemble a ship-to-shore (STS) crane capable of handling the world’s largest ships. The ‘Portainer Malaccamax’ crane has an outreach of 24 rows of containers and a height under spreader of 48 m. The terminal currently has natural depth of 17 m, a quay length of 946 ... Read More »

MSC adds Far East – Middle East service

MSC has announced a new service connecting the Far East with the Red Sea as it looks to enhance its services out of Asia. The ‘Petra Express’ will operate on a loop calling at: Ningbo – Shanghai – Nansha – Shekou – Singapore – Colombo – Salalah – Djibouti – King Abdullah Port – Sokhna Port – Al’Aqabah – King Abdullah ... Read More »

Embraport on track to renew procedural certifications

The Embraport Terminal at Brazil’s Port of Santos has received recommendations for the renewal of its Supply Chain Security and Quality Management System certifications. Embraport is the only Brazilian terminal to have received a Supply Chain Security certification, or ISO 28000, since October 2014, and its renewal confirms that the port complies with an appropriate security system for all supply ... Read More »

TCTenerife receives first transhipment calls

The Maersk vessels are the largest to call at the terminal

Transhipment operations have begun at Terminal de Contenedores de Tenerife (TCTenerife), with container vessels of 300 m in length calling at Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the first time. The first transhipment calls came from the Maersk Guayaquil and the Maersk Genoa. The former, which has a capacity of 10,100 teu and a length of 337 m, undertook an operation ... Read More »

Xeneta: Europe and US to have contrasting Christmas periods

The Christmas period will be fruitful for the US container shipping market but not for its European sibling, according to analytics platform Xeneta. The company predicts that high consumer confidence and strong job growth in the States will benefit the US container industry. The Washington DC-based National Retail Federation also takes this view, and has forecast container import growth of ... Read More »

Africa Express Line adds 500 Star Cool reefers

AEL will use the reefers between Europe and West Africa

Africa Express Line (AEL) has added 500 Star Cool Integrated reefer containers manufactured by Maersk Container Industry (MCI) to its fleet. The containers will be deployed to service AEL’s owner, French fruit exporter Compagnie Fruitiere, in routes to and from Europe and West Africa. Mathew Shed, technical director at AEL, stated: “We set out to invest in containers that would ... Read More »