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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 »

Ports America appoints new CEO

Ports America Group has appointed Mark Montgomery as president and CEO, the former head of its terminal in Chesapeake from 2010 to 2014. Replacing Michael Hassing, Montgomery currently serves as a senior adviser and operating partner to the Infrastructure Investing strategy of Oaktree Capital Management. He led the company through a public private partnership (PPP) with the Maryland Port Administration at PAC in ... 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 »

Log-in Logistica goes live with Xvela’s stowage planning app

Brazilian cabotage specialist Log-in Logistica has gone live with Xvela’s collaborative stowing planning application. Stowage for Log-in’s fleet of container vessels is now planned using the cloud solution and the carrier has begun collaborating on vessel call planning with Tecon Salvador, a container terminal operated by Wilson Sons Group in Salvador, Brazil. Luis Godoi, operations and chartering general Mmanager at ... Read More »