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New concession for Terminal 5 in the Port of Buenos Aires up for grabs

The Port of Buenos Aires

The General Ports Administration (AGP) of Argentina has issued a new four-year tender for Terminal 5 in the Port of Buenos Aires, with a one-year extension period available. The terminal has been run by Buenos Aires Container Terminal Services SA (BACTSSA), a member of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), on a temporary extension of a concession, which ran out in 2012. ... Read More »

Port of Savannah to enhance its cranes with more automation

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is to extend its use of process automation technology from Identec Solutions to support the operation of new ship-to-shore (sts) and rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) at the Port of Savannah. GPA will now install Identec Solutions’ automated container hand-off and job promotion system on 30 new RTGs and, for the first time, on four new super-post-Panamax quay ... Read More »

China detains senior port officials over Tianjin blasts

China’s top prosecution agency has announced its investigation into eleven government officials and port executives for alleged neglect of duty in the Tianjin warehouse explosions, which killed at least 139 people. Zheng Qingyue, president of Tianjin Port Group (TPG) is one of the notable officials under investigation on suspicion of dereliction of duty, along with Wu Dai, head of the Tianjin Municipal ... Read More »

Hutchison defends itself over text message sackings

British Labour Party leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has expressed solidarity with the Hutchison workers

Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) has claimed that “severe financial pressures” forced it to make “hard decisions”, which included the redundancies of 97 port workers, who were initially informed by text message. Ahead of a Federal Court hearing on 1 September, the terminal operator has faced stinging criticism from workers and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) for its handling of ... Read More »

Panama Canal El Niño draught restrictions not as severe as first feared

The first draught restriction will still be implemented on 8 September

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has updated its customer advisory, removing some draught restrictions in September, which were initially set due to an anticipated drought caused by weather phenomenon El Niño. The advisory sets the maximum draft at 11.89 m (39.0 ft) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW), effective 8 September, affecting 18.5% of vessels which normally transit the canal. The maximum authorised ... Read More »

Ports of Auckland to open new freight hub next to rival port

Ports of Auckland is opening an intermodal freight hub nearby the Port of Tauranga in a bid to attract exporters and gain improved access to overseas markets. Tony Gibson, CEO of Ports of Auckland, said that the new inland port would provide Bay of Plenty exporters with an “easy-to-access choice of ports” to use, stating “competition is a good thing”. ... Read More »

More Chinese ports follow Tianjin in restricting handling of dangerous goods

Burnt out Volkswagen cars at Tianjin port (Credit: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Five more Chinese ports have imposed restrictions on the handling of dangerous goods (DGs) following the blasts at the Port of Tianjin on  12 August, which killed at least 116 people. A customer notice from Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) last Thursday (August 20) said that new regulations are in place at the ports of Qingdao, Lianyungang, Dalian, ... Read More »

Two new LNG bunker barge concepts to be developed

Jensen Maritime, a subsidiary of the US-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, has announced the development of two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts. The new barges are expected to be a resource for those with LNG needs at ports far from a LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation. The Seattle-based company’s first concept is outfitting an ... Read More »

UN denounces bombing of Hodeidah Port in Yemen as breach of international law

The scene in Hodeidah following the airstrikes
(Credit: MSC)

The UN has condemned Saudi coalition airstrikes on the Port of Hodeidah in Northern Yemen, which have resulted in the port’s closure while the country is threatened by famine. In a statement to the UN Security-Council, Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said: “These attacks are in clear contravention of international humanitarian law and are unacceptable.” The ... Read More »

PD Ports buys three new RTGs for Teesport

PD Ports has ordered three new rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) for Teesport as part of its £60m (US$94m) investment in the port over the past five years. The UK company bought the specialist cranes for the port in the North of the UK from Irish equipment manufacturer Liebherr Container Cranes. David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group CEO, said that the ... Read More »