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Sharjah Container Terminal handles 400,000 teu in 2014

2014 marked a good year for Sharjah Container Terminal

Terminal operator Gulftainer has celebrated the 2014 performance of Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), which surpassed 400,000 teu in annual throughput, which double digit volume growth compared to the previous year. Iain Rawlinson, group commercial director of Gultainer, highlighted the professional approach of Gulftainer’s management along with consistently high productivity levels as a driving force behind the terminal’s success. He added: ... Read More »

Watch: Panama Canal directors approve plans for new port

The completed new terminal will be able to handle five post-Panamax ships simultaneously

The Panama Canal’s board of directors has approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region at the Canal’s entrance to the Pacific. Once complete, the port project, which is currently awaiting the final stage of approval from Panama’s National Assembly, will have a 5m teu capacity within a 120 ha area. The two-phased plan includes ... Read More »

New quay cranes at Baltic Container Terminal in Poland

In the Port of Gdynia in Poland, Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), belonging to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has received two new quay cranes. The cranes, which arrived in Gdynia in December, are more than 60 m high with a reach of above 50 ft over the water and a capacity of over 60 tonnes. Krzysztof Szymborski, CEO of ... Read More »

Kenya opens search for operator of new container terminal in Mombasa

The two new berths in Mombasa will be handed over to a contractor in March 2016

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has invited terminal operators to bid to be a concessionaire of the first phase of the second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa. Phase 1 of the US$300m project, scheduled for completion in February 2016, will comprise two main container berths with lengths of 210m and 300m and depths of 11m and 15m respectively. By ... Read More »

Port of Long Beach: busiest November since 2007

The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1% growth in November when compared to the same month last year, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007. A total of 581,514 teu were moved through the port in November. Imports were recorded at 293,984 teu, down 0.9% from last year. Exports saw a 14.5% decrease ... Read More »

US West Coast delays hurting reliability

Congestion issues at US west coast ports contributed to lower on-time containership reliability in November, according to Drewry’s new Carrier Performance Insight report. With waiting times at anchor outside of USWC ports reportedly running to one week in some cases, carriers’ schedule reliability has understandably taken a big hit. The report indicates that transpacific ships were on average 2.4 days later than ... Read More »

Twelve straddle carriers delivered to Gothenburg

The new arrivals in Gothenburg are diesel-electric hybrids

The Swedish port of Gothenburg has taken delivery of 12 new straddle carriers. In a statement, APM Terminals (APMT) which operates APMT Gothenburg, said the delivery would increase storage capacity by 40% and increase productivity, with the ability to lift two 20 ft containers simultaneously. The final two machines were delivered last week and the oldest of Gothenburg’s 38 straddle ... Read More »

November growth in South Carolina

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has recorded another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13% year on year. The port handled 144,218 teu in November, an increase of 8% over the same month last year. Fiscal year-to-date container volumes are 11% ahead of plan, with 777,566 teu handled since July. As measured in pier containers, ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd enters East-West trade through UASC co-operation

Hamburg Süd have entered a slot exchange with UASC on several routes

German shipping company Hamburg Süd has entered the east-west trade through signing a “global co-operation agreement” with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The two shipping companies, the world’s 11th and 18th biggest respectively according to Alphaliner, have agreed a slot-exchange which will give Hamburg Süd slots on several UASC routes. Specifically, these are four Asia-US West Coast loops, one Asia-US ... Read More »

Nicaragua launches work on canal project

HKND Group Chairman Wang Jing speaks during the start of the first works of the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Brito town

Some 18 months after the highly controversial concession was granted to the Hong Kong-based HKND Group, Nicaragua has officially begun work on its hugely ambitious interoceanic canal project. “This moment will surely go down in history. I announce the start of work on the great canal of Nicaragua,” HKND boss Wang Jing said at the official ceremony, held in the ... Read More »