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New rail service from Antwerp to Rhine-Ruhr-Main region

H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip rail service between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp. H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week with the assistance of financial support from Antwerp Port Authority. The support offered to H&S Container ... Read More »

HHLA’s Burchardkai terminal orders Kalmar straddle carriers

Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) is has made straddle carrier purchases before

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed an order with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), for 11 diesel-electric straddle carriers. The order, which was booked in Cargotec’s 2017 first quarter order intake, follows a 2016 order for nine machines. Jens Hansen, managing director of Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB), said: “We’re facing increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and cut noise ... Read More »

Members of THE Alliance create bankruptcy contingency plan

The Alliance’s members have created a bankruptcy contingency plan following the demise of Hanjin Shipping and the chaos it brought to the global shipping industry. The five member lines, comprising Hapag-Lloyd, ‘K’ Line, Mitsui O. S. K. Lines (MOL), NYK Line and Yang Ming, will establish an independent trustee to manage funds to be used if an insolvency occurs within ... Read More »

ICTSI Manila orders five STS cranes and 20 RTGs

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is ordering five post-Panamax quay cranes as well as 20 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its terminal in Manila. The gantry cranes will be capable of servicing up to 13,000 teu boxships at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT). The purchase, along with the construction of another berth, is part of ICTSI’s US$80m capital equipment ... Read More »

Gulftainer upgrades to MACH TOS in Sharjah

Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) is operated by Gulftainer

Gulftainer has implemented the Marine and Container Handling (MACH) terminal operating system (TOS) at its terminal in Sharjah in the UAE. The terminal operator is rolling out the MACH TOS across its UAE terminals in a phased manner in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The first full implementation took place at Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT). Steve Ogden, group port ... Read More »

Hammar launches new sideloader

The sideloader was launched in New Zealand

Hammar has launched its newest sideloader, the Hammar 110, featuring a new usage method for fast ground handling and offering a reduced tare weight of 8.3 tonnes. The model features a double-action system that can deploy two modes comprising the StepOver which was developed for the Hammar 155 for stacking or transferring containers or the new SledgeLeg ability. According to ... Read More »

Maersk Line to divert cargo away from Algeciras during strikes

Algeciras is one of APM Terminals's key transhipment hubs

Ahead of nine days of strike action due at Spanish ports this March, Maersk Line is planning to re-route certain services to avoid its local transhipment hub in Algeciras. Westbound vessels on the carrier’s Asia-Europe and Middle East services normally calling Algeciras will be diverted to other facilities in the Mediterranean where capacity has been secured. According to a notice ... Read More »

Boluda/OPDR joint venture begins operations in Seville

Seville handled over 160,000 teu last year

A joint venture (JV) between Boluda Corporación Marítima and OPDR, part of the CMA CGM Group, has begun operating the container terminal at the Port of Seville. On a total area of about 180,000 sq m, the JV, called Terminales Marítimas del Guadalquivir, now controls all facilities related to the handling of containerised goods including the railway terminal Muelle del ... Read More »

Spanish port strikes set for March

Valencia is one of Spain's largest ports

Port workers are set to strike for nine days in March after Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law to liberalise the hiring of port labour. The planned overhaul would allow companies to hire their own personnel instead of unionised staff, with proponents claiming the current dynamics allow union workers to earn up to 50% more than they would in a ... Read More »

Lase’s load collision prevention system earns safety certification

The German BG (Employers’ Liability Insurance Association) has certified Lase’s load collision prevention system as Performance Level D – Category 3, meaning it exceeds today’s requirements on safety standards in the port industry. The performance levels EN ISO 13849-1 are parameters for the reliability of how a control system complies with safety functions. According to a statement from the laser ... Read More »