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Maersk Container Industry to close Chile factory

The San Antonio factory was deemed to be no longer competitive

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) will cease manufacturing at its factory in San Antonio, Chile, with immediate effect “to better suit market needs,” citing widespread overcapacity in the sector and difficulties in setting up a localised supply chain. From now on, all its reefer containers will be manufactured at the existing facility in Qingdao, China, which had been running at full ... Read More »

SSA Marine extends lease at Oakland to 2027

SSA Marine has signed an agreement with the Port of Oakland to extend its lease at the US West Coast port to 2027, with an option to further extend it to 2042. Key elements of the deal include a 19 acre expansion at SSA’s Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) and the purchase of three new ship-to-shore cranes by the terminal ... Read More »

Aqaba targets Iraq-bound cargo

Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in Jordan is looking to become a gateway for Iraq-bound cargo following new pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit. Containers imported into Iraq will no longer have to be trans-loaded onto new trucks as they cross the Jordanian/Iraqi border. ACT is 550 km, equivalent to 36 hours by road, away ... Read More »

Liebherr extends reachstacker portfolio

The Liebherr LRS 545 - 35 unit

Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched two new reachstackers at TOC Europe: one unit with a lifting capacity of 35 tonnes in the second container row and a log handler for timber handling. The machines are additions to the LRS 545 range, which was first presented three years ago. According to the manufacturer, the range’s most important facet is its hydrostatic ... Read More »

Felixstowe hit by delays after TOS go-live goes wrong

Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port

Update (June 18): According to Hutchison Ports, performance across all areas of the container division; vessel, road and rail, has improved significantly over the last 72 hours. The average turnaround time for trucks at its container terminals is down to 48 minutes while quayside productivity is double that achieved in early part of last week and rail operation has stabilised.  The Port of Felixstowe is currently experiencing ... Read More »

Kalmar launches Eco reachstacker with fuel saving guarantee

The model was launched at TOC Europe

Kalmar has launched a reachstacker with a fuel saving guarantee to customers, with the manufacturer offering to pay back the difference in fuel if an agreed reduction is not met. The Eco Reachstacker is the first solution in the Finnish company’s eco-efficient portfolio – the Kalmar Eco Range. Customers can either buy the machine with Kalmar Fuel Saving Solution or lease ... Read More »

Konecranes to deliver 26 RTGs to South Carolina Ports Authority

Konecranes has received an order for 26 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) for its Wando Welch Terminal in the Port of Charleston and Inland Port Greer. Once the 26 new RTGs are operational after deliveries have taken place over 2019 and 2020, the SCPA will operate a fleet of 81 Konecranes RTGs. SCPA owns and operates ... Read More »

Marshall Islands submits paper to IMO to address sulphur cap concerns

The IMO's MEPC 70 retained January 1, 2020, as the sulphur cap start date Credit: IMO

The Marshall Islands (RMI) has submitted a paper to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), aiming to solve the shipping industry’s concerns on the implementation of a sulphur cap in 2020. The submission, which was co-sponsored by Liberia, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), the International ... Read More »

Tianjin Port goes live with Navis N4 across six terminals

Tianjin Port Group has completed the go-live of the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) across its six terminals, becoming the largest container terminal complex using N4. Prior to implementing N4, Tianjin’s six container terminals operated on three different TOSs and six different versions, adding complexity to the transition. The go-live was the quickest turnaround ever undertaken by Navis with the team achieving a ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam CEO calls for more infrastructure spending from EU

Castelein was speaking at the ESPO Conference

The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Allard Castelein has called on the EU to step up its investments in the infrastructure of ports and hinterland connections. Castelein stated: “A port is only as strong as its hinterland connections. Solid infrastructure connections to and from ports and port-industrial complexes are of crucial importance for European prosperity and employment.” In ... Read More »