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Newark volumes up after N4 TOS go-live

The TOS upgrade forms part of PNCT's modernisation project

Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has achieved weekly records for vessel lifts and rail lifts since upgrading to Navis’s N4 terminal operating system (TOS) in January 2017. The facility handled a record number of container volumes without disruption during and in the two-to-three weeks immediately following the go-live period.” The move to N4 is part of PNCT’s US$500 million infrastructure ... Read More »

Levi’s drawn into Madagascar labour dispute

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is pressuring clothing company Levi Strauss and Co. over its treatment of Madagascan dockworkers, as it looks to escalate a dispute involving the Port of Toasmasina (Tamatave). The union has launched a report about, what it describes as Levi’s “involvement in the exploitation” of the dockworkers, while it plans to take action at stores worldwide ... Read More »

Antwerp training centre adds straddle carrier

The training centre for port workers in the Port of Antwerp, known as the OCHA, is adding a second Kalmar electric straddle carrier to its fleet to meet rising demand for trained drivers. The existing straddle carrier will be refurbished as part of the order, and both machines will be covered by a Kalmar Care maintenance contract. Last year OCHA ... Read More »

Throughput rises as Charleston prepares for 13,000 teu vessel

The Ocean Alliance will bring larger ships to Charleston

Container volumes rose by 13.4% at Charleston in March compared to last year, as the port gears up to handle a 13,092 teu vessel in May, the largest to ever call the US East Coast. Charleston handled 108,961 boxes while South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) as a whole saw volumes increase by 16.8% in the first three months of this ... Read More »

Former FMC chairman appointed director at Long Beach

Cordero's FMC tenure was due to end in June 2019

Mario Cordero, the former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has been appointed as the Port of Long Beach’s new executive director by its Board of Harbor Commissioners. Cordero, who headed the FMC between April 2013 and January 2017 via presidential appointment, also served previously as president and as a long-time member of the Long Beach Board of Harbour ... Read More »

Port of Oakland: New alliances will help efficiency

The newly formed ocean carrier alliances will help the Port of Oakland increase its efficiency according to the port’s maritime director John Driscoll. “We’ll see larger vessels coming to the port, which is a good thing,” he said. “We’ll get more container moves-per-vessel which increases the efficiency of operations.” The port is to gain a service from Wan Hai Lines, ... Read More »

Record volumes handled at Long Beach

Imports increased by 20.2% in March

The Port of Long Beach has had its best quarter since 2007 in terms of container throughput, owing to a strong import performance. Containers arriving in Long Beach with goods bound for US consumers jumped by 20.2% in March compared to the same month in 2016. Although exports decreased by 5.3% to 120,435 teu with shipments to overseas markets affected ... Read More »

Rickmers Maritime to be wound up

Panamax class vessels are suffering in the current industry climate

Container ship owner Rickmers Maritime Trust is to be wound up following the failure to reach an agreement with lenders to restructure the Trust’s debts. According to data from VesselsValue, the trust owns 14 container vessels worth US$89m, all from the Panamax class which has suffered following the expansion of the Panama Canal. Rickmers Trust Management Pte, the trustee-manager, is ... Read More »

Fully-automatic reefer monitoring implemented in Hamburg terminal

The Port of Hamburg’s first fully-automatic system for monitoring reefer containers has been introduced at the C. Steinweg multi-purpose cargo handling facility in. The system was developed and launched by Identec Solutions, specialists in wireless sensor and localisation applications. Reefer containers are manually checked by staff at cargo handling terminals at specific intervals, usually of between four and eight hours, ... Read More »

EU approves Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Süd

The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line, subject to the German carrier withdrawing from five consortia on various trade routes. The particular trades in question are those connecting Northern Europe and Central America/Caribbean, Northern Europe and West Coast South America (WCSA), Northern Europe and the Middle East, the Mediterranean and West Coast South America ... Read More »