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DP World throughput up by 4.1% in first half of 2015

One of DP World's flagship terminals in Jebel Ali

Terminal operator DP World handled 30.6m teu in the first half of 2015, up by 4.1% on the same period of 2014. Growth was highest in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where throughput was up by 6.9% to 12.1m teu. In a statement, the operator claimed: “Encouragingly, Europe continues to show steady growth despite the difficult geopolitical ... Read More »

Update: New Suez Canal has trial run while further dredging gets go-ahead

The first three container ships have passed through Egypt’s second Suez Canal in an “experimental operation” ahead of the waterway’s official opening on 6 August. Additionally, dredging plans have been approved for an access channel, which will allow two-way traffic to and from Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). The first vessel was an American ship, heading to Port Said from Saudi ... Read More »

OOCL volumes and revenues down as freight rates fall

Hong-Kong based shipping line, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has suffered a poor set of interim results with total volumes and revenues down across all its global trades. Over the first half of the year, total volumes fell by 2.3% to 2.74m teu compared to the same period in 2014 while total revenues recorded a 6.4% drop to US$2.71bn. Low ... Read More »

Hutchison results hit by US and European economic struggles

Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) reported a tough start to the year in its interim figures, as a weak market outlook limited container volume growth at its terminals to 2%. The terminal operator said that Europe’s woes were “more severe than originally anticipated”, depressing outbound cargoes from its Asian facilities. During the first half of 2015, pre-tax profits fell ... Read More »

New Qingdao terminal makes US$160m ZPMC order

Qingdao’s new automated terminal, Qingdao Qianwan Intelligent Container Terminal (QQCTI), has ordered seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and an unknown number of automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from ZPMC. The deal, worth US$160m excluding tax, was made after QQCTI had shortlisted three suppliers offering automated horizontal transport solutions. French manufacturer Gaussin Manugistique, which produces automotive intelligent vehicles ... Read More »

First distribution centre at London Gateway Logistics Park opened

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World and Robert Goodwill MP, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, opened the facility

The formal opening of London Gateway Logistic Park’s first distribution centre was held yesterday (20 July). The first phase of this high tech unit, which comprises 16,800 sq. m (180,000 sq. ft) of distribution and logistics space and 2,400 sq. m (25,000 sq. ft) of office space, has been finished to BREEAM “very good” standard, the world’s foremost environmental assessment ... Read More »

China Merchants Holdings looks towards terminal alliance on China’s maritime silk road

China Merchants already operates a terminal in Colombo, one of the hubs on the planned maritime silk road

China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) is eyeing up a potential terminal alliance along China’s maritime silk road in a bid to challenge liner shipping alliances. Last Friday at the Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum in Ningbo, Bai Jingtao, general manager of CMHI, said that the alliance would enhance the comparative advantages of pairing arrival and departure ports. According to ... Read More »

Five Gaussin ATTs delivered to Mayotte Channel Gateway

Mayotte Channel Gateway, the operator of the Port of Longoni, has received a delivery of five Automotive Terminal Trailers (ATTs) and six power-pack hybrids from French manufacturer Gaussin Manugistique. The ATTs will run on electric motors located in the wheels which provide a reduction in torque during start-up and collect kinetic energy generated by braking. The manufacturer estimates that this ... Read More »

Port of Los Angeles to begin construction on Yusen Terminal improvements

The Port of Los Angeles is to start construction this summer on a two-year project to improve the marine container terminal operated by Yusen Terminals LLC. The Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners has awarded a US$44.6m contract to upgrade berths, and backlands at Berths 212-224. Port executive director, Gene Seroka, said: “This project consists of strategic improvements to make Yusen ... Read More »

Kalmar delivers automated straddle carriers to Port Botany

The straddle carriers in Port Botany

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, delivered automated straddle carriers to Patrick Stevedores during its recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia. The conversion from manual operations was made in four days and the facility is now the world’s second fully-automated AutoStrad terminal, operating 45 Kalmar AutoStrads and real time control systems. This follows the automation of Patrick’s Fisherman ... Read More »