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Yilport begins dredging at Puerto Bolivar

The project's first phase will take three months

Yilport is to begin the first phase of its dredging programme at Puerto Bolivar in Ecuador at the start of March, hoping to deepen the access channel and the quay side draught at the banana export hub. Parts of the access channel where the draught is currently 8.5 m will be dredged to a flat draught of 10 m mean low ... Read More »

CMA CGM to set up multi-temperature warehouse at London Gateway

Farid Salem and Chris Lewis at the signing

CMA CGM is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature logistics facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a 1 ha cold store facility within a 2.4 ha logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into ... Read More »

DP World accuses Djibouti government of illegally seizing Doraleh Port

DP World has claimed that Djibouti’s government has illegally seized control of Doraleh Container Terminal. According to a statement from the terminal operator, the seizure is “the culmination of the government’s campaign to force DP World to renegotiate the terms of the concession”. Those terms were found to be “fair and reasonable” by a London Court of  International Arbitration tribunal led ... Read More »

European Commission fines Japanese carriers for cartel

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy

The European Commission has fined the three main Japanese shipping lines along with Chilean carrier CSAV and Scandinavian company WWL-EUKOR for participating in a cartel concerning vehicle transport. NYK line was hit with a €142m (US$175m) fine and “K” Line received a €39m (US$48m) fine for involvement in the cartel between October 2006 and September 2012. However, MOL received full ... Read More »

Volumes up in South Carolina

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) handled 167,398 teu in January, reporting growth of 1.8% over the fiscal year beginning last July. SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said: “Strength in global container trade continues to drive increases in the Port’s container volumes, and at the current pace SCPA is on track to achieve a combined 12 percent growth rate over ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp to appoint representative in Britain ahead of Brexit

The Port of Antwerp will appoint a full-time representative in the UK, based in London, in order to keep in closer touch with the economic situation there now that Brexit is looming closer. Attracting additional sources of trade and cargo will also form part of the new port representative’s job. Luc Arnouts, the port authority’s international networks manager, said: “The ... Read More »

Transhipment up by 20% in Colombo

Jaya Container Terminal (JCT), which is run by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)

 The Port of Colombo has recorded a strong start to 2018, with transhipment volumes up by 20.4% at its three main terminals in January. Collectively, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT), South Asia Gateway Terminal (SAGT) and Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) handled 436,303 teu of transhipment volumes in January, well over the 362,451 teu recorded in the same month last year. ... Read More »

Hyperloop connecting Port of Mumbai with Pune on the cards

The project will enter a procurement stage after a six month feasibility study

The Indian state of Maharashtra has signed an agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One, announcing its intent to build the first hyperloop route in India, potentially linking Jawaharlal Nehru Port with Pune. According to the developers, the system will have the potential for the rapid movement of palletised freight and light cargo between the Port of Mumbai and Pune, creating a ... Read More »

Avanza trials Daikin’s Active CA for avocados

Avocado supplier Avanza has completed a trial with Daikin Reefer using Active Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology on a proof of concept shipment of 6,500 kg avocados between the ports of Tauranga, New Zealand, and Busan, Korea. The trial took place in December, towards the end of the New Zealand avocado season, which runs from September to January. By slowing down ... Read More »

Twill takes first customer booking in India

Twill launched in April 2017

Digital freight forwarder Twill has taken its first customer booking in India, having identified it as a target export country. Later this year India will also be made an import country on the platform, which was launched in April 2017. Twill, which is partnered with Damco, is now present in eight countries, and alongside this continuous roll-out the platform is ... Read More »