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UASC names first LNG-ready 18,800 teu vessel

The vessel was named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named the industry’s first ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) that is ready to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Initially the 18,800 teu ship, the M. V. Barzan, will run on diesel but its design allows an LNG retrofit. The vessel is one of UASC’s six 18,800 teu vessels and 11 new-build 15,000 teu ships, which ... Read More »

Iranian forces board Maersk cargo ship in Gulf

Iranian forces boarded the Maersk Tigris container vessel in the Gulf today (28 April), the Pentagon has confirmed. US Army Colonel, Steve Warren, stated that the Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship initially ignored Iranian patrol boats that ordered it deeper into Iranian territorial waters but complied after the vessels fired several warning shots. Reuters tracking data showed the 65,000 tonne container ship, ... Read More »

War shuts down Yemen sea ports

Fighting between the Houthi rebels in Yemen and the government, backed by Saudi Arabia and others, has caused a near-complete shutdown of the country’s container ports, hurting humanitarian relief efforts and international trade. On 11 April, Yemen’s foreign minister Riyadh Yassin said: “Yemen has banned entry into its territorial waters and has authorised coalition countries to implement the decision.” Shipping ... Read More »

Transnet appoints Siyabonga Gama as new CEO

South African logistics company, Transnet, has appointed Siyabonga Gama as its new chief executive following the secondment of former head, Brian Molefe, to sister firm, Eskom. Gama, a prominent member of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC),  will make the step-up from chief executive of Transnet’s freight rail division following 21 years in the company. He has ... Read More »

West Coast container volumes bounce back

The Port of Los Angeles's volumes have actually grown in comparison to the previous fiscal year

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported surges in container volumes in March, as the West Coast starts to recover from months of congestion and union disputes. The Port of Los Angeles had the second most productive March in its history, handling 791,863 teu, a 17.3% year-on-year increase. Its neighbour, the Port of Long Beach, celebrated its strongest ... Read More »

Konecranes sells four RTGs to TCV in Valencia

Finnish company Konecranes has received an order from TCV Stevedoring Company (TCV) for four rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes for its container terminal in Valencia. The cranes will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016 and will mean that TCV has a fleet of 20 Konecranes RTGs. The 16-wheel RTGs will be equipped with active load control, a diesel fuel ... Read More »

Congestion and delays hit APMT Mumbai

GTI has been worst hit by the congestion

Update: On 17 April, NYK Line released a statement which said that normal operations have resumed but that APMT Mumbai’s gates are operating very slowly, with truck turnaround times inside the terminal of around six hours. Gate closures and a shortage of rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane operators are contributing to ongoing bottlenecks at the APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India (GTI) ... Read More »

Duisburg increases throughput by 13%

Container throughput at the world’s biggest inland port, Duisburg, grew by 13% in 2014 to 3.4m teu. Terminal operator Duisport’s head of communications Julian Böcker told CM this was down to the port’s links via the river Rhine, rail and road. The port has 360 weekly train connections to more than 80 destinations and it works with, rather than competes ... Read More »

Grup TCB set to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal Polivalente de Castellón

Terminal operator Grup TCB has agreed a deal to buy Terminal Polivalente de Castellón (TPC) from its current owners, including majority shareholder Globalvia. The transaction is pending approval which is expected to come from the relevant authorities in the next few weeks. The terminal is situated mid-way up Spain’s eastern coast at the Port of Castellon, 60 km from Valencia. TPC handles around ... Read More »

G6 alliance unveils new Asia – North America schedule

The G6 shipping alliance has announced its Asia – North America summer programme following the suspension of 36 voyages to the US West Coast in February. The US West Coast will gain one resumed service plus another enhanced service although it loses two others. Meanwhile, the US East Coast gains two resumed services and one enhanced service. Of three services ... Read More »