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Update: Spanish port workers call off strike

Valencia is one of Spain's largest ports

Spanish port workers have called off a planned three-day strike after the government confirmed it would put its port labour reforms on hold and instead open talks with unions. The Spanish government had previously announced plans to reform the sector’s port labour market due to an ongoing fine from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Strikes were due to take ... Read More »

Maersk: Price war is over after tough year

Maersk executives provided a relatively buoyant outlook for the container shipping market following a difficult 2016, in which the conglomerate made a US$1.9bn loss, largely due to write-downs in its oil and service supply units. Following the result which is Maersk’s second annual loss since the Second World War, the company noted its expectations for an improvement in 2017 as ... Read More »

Port of Oakland to spend US$600m on new projects

The Port of Oakland has outlined a US$600m spending plan featuring investments in rail, a refrigerated warehouse and a terminal expansion. The port’s maritime director John Driscoll told an American Association of Port Authorities conference that the port would team with private developers and public agencies to modernise its infrastructure. “We’re building for growth in a shipping industry that is ... Read More »

HHLA to assist India on inland waterways

HHLA has inland waterway experience from working on the Rhine

India’s Inland Waterway Authority has contracted HHLA subsidiaries Uniconsult Universal Transport Consulting and HPC Hamburg Port Consulting to help towards increasing inland waterway traffic in the country. The aim is to use waterways to take the strain off road and rail infrastructure in some parts of India. Hartmut Beyer, managing director of Uniconsult, said: “Compared to other countries, India has ... Read More »

Transhipment boosts Barcelona volumes

The Port of Barcelona handled 2.2m teu in the financial year of 2016, representing container volume growth of 14.5%, largely due to a significant rise in transhipment. Transhipment increased by 47% to 431,750 teu, as the segment continued its trend of recovery since being severely affected during the financial crisis. Export container numbers grew by 3.8% to 683,527 teu while ... Read More »

Eurogate volumes flat in 2016

Wilhelmshaven was Eurogate's best performing location

Eurogate Group had a stable 2016, with total volumes 14.6m teu across its global terminals, marking a slight improvement over the previous year. A company statement noted: “While the first six months of 2016 got off to a promising start, in the second half-year the turbulences in the shipping industry impacted on the total handling volume of the Eurogate Group.” ... Read More »

Transnet and General Electric announce digitisation plan

Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt

General Electric (GE) and Transnet have agreed a plan to partner on digitising Africa’s transport sector. The idea is to deliver a digital solution that will connect shippers and transport operators, making it much easier for a company to “understand pricing and capacity on the network, plan a shipment, and get their goods to market”. The solution will be enabled ... Read More »

Port Everglades receives first Cuba-US shipment for 50 years

The containers were handled at Port Everglades

Two containers of artisanal charcoal from Cuba aboard a Crowley container vessel marked the first commercial shipment from a Cuban cooperative to a private US business for more than 50 years. Port Everglades in Florida handled the first such exports of Cuban goods to the US since the establishment of the US-Cuba trade embargo. The shipment follows 15 years of ... Read More »

DaChan Bay Terminals begins using shore power

The shore power system in action

DaChan Bay Terminals (DCBT) has used its shore power supply system for the first time, supplying power to the OOCL TAIPEI. The shore power system aims to improve air quality by enabling vessels to switch off their auxiliary engine, thus reducing carbon emissions. According to a statement from DCBT, the working environment in the vessel engine room can be largely ... Read More »

Taiwan government to bolster Yang Ming

Taiwan’s government will increase its stake in Yang Ming, following doom-laden claims from analysts that the carrier could become the new Hanjin Shipping, which went bankrupt last year. Yang Ming has instituted a recapitalisation plan, which will result in the Taiwanese government owning a larger share of the carrier, “well beyond the current approximate 33.3% held by the Ministry of ... Read More »