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Port of Iquique to start second stage of pier rebuild

The works will take one year

The Port of Iquique is to begin the second stage of reconstruction of the Molo Pier, repairing damage that was caused by earthquakes in April 2014. Works are comprised of the continuation and finalisation of the rebuilding process and will extend for one year, representing an investment of nearly US$15m. Consorcio Constructor de Canabria Contractor (Constructora CCC) was awarded the tender ... Read More »

Felixstowe orders eight electrified ARMGs

The units will support additional yard capacity

The Port of Felixstowe has ordered eight automated rubber-tyred gantry (ARMG) cranes, which will come into commercial operation during the first quarter of 2019. The electrified units will be manufactured by ZPMC with drive, control and automation systems from Siemens. Simulation, virtual commissioning and remote control operator stations (RCOS) are integral parts of the order, noted the German company. According ... Read More »

Port of Oakland’s online shipping platform goes live

The Port of Oakland’s new tech platform, called the Oakland Portal, has gone live, as part of efforts by the West Coast hub to provide a single point to seaport operations. The portal was created by New Jersey-based logistics software provider Advent Intermodal Solutions as an extension of its customer-based eModal system, which the port’s four marine terminals all use ... Read More »

Lyon Terminal opts for two Liebherr reachstackers

The units have a maximum lifting capacity of 45 tonnes

Lyon Terminal has received the first of two LRS 545 reachstackers ordered from Liebherr, with the second to arrive by the end of the year. The river port of Lyon, located on the Rhone River with a direction connection to the Mediterranean Sea, handled 137,000 teu in 2017. The French logistic company is known for its European rail terminal, which can ... Read More »

Cress launches RTG energy capture, storage and reuse system

Cress Systems has commercially released its ProwESS energy capture, storage and reuse system for container terminal yard handling equipment following a proof of concept trial at the Port of Felixstowe. The first version of the system has been designed for rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes with a second version under development for straddle carriers. Originally developed in the laboratories of energy giant ... Read More »

Port of Baro orders Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour crane

The Port of Baro, the northernmost port in Nigeria, has ordered a Konecranes Gottwald Model 2 mobile harbour crane, to be mainly used for handling containers and general cargo. Nigerian company First Index Project and Services Ltd., operating as a public sector supplier, purchased the diesel-electric crane for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). The crane’s main components, pre-tested in ... Read More »

Maersk performance in first quarter “unsatisfactory”

Maersk's first block train travelled between China and France in late 2017

Maersk made an underlying loss of US$239m in the first quarter of 2018 as higher unit costs, owing to bunker price rises and worse exchange rates, hit its container shipping segment. The conglomerate’s revenue grew by 30% to US$9.3bn – 10% excluding  Hamburg Süd – although this failed to lift the gloom from a difficult quarter. A statement from the ... Read More »

Kalmar to supply three RTGs to Port of Buatan

Kalmar has concluded a deal with Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP) to supply three SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its container yard at the Port of Buatan in Indonesia. RAPP, a subsidiary of APRIL Group – one of the world’s leading producers of pulp and fine papers – operates a pulp and paper mill in Riau Province on ... Read More »

MSC ceases Iran operations

MSC had resumed calling Iran's Bandar Abbas in December 2015

MSC is ceasing to provide access to services to and from Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal. The Switzerland-based carrier noted in a statement that it had made the decision “in consideration of the impending US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and corresponding re-enlargement of its sanctions ... Read More »

TS Lines purchases 1,000 PrimeLine reefers

The units will be useful for handling durians

Taiwan’s TS Lines has purchased 1,000 PrimeLine container refrigeration units from Carrier Transicold as it looks to expand its capacity catering to the intra-Asia trade. The carrier’s refrigerated capacity will increase by around 24%, with the units to be installed on a combination of 20 ft and 40 ft containers. High cooling capacity and rapid pulldown are particularly important to ... Read More »