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Former SLPA chair denies corruption allegations against organisation

The former chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has denied allegations that corruption and malpractice have been common at the organisation. These allegations have been made by the country’s ports minister, its port workers union and anonymous sources cited by national newspaper The Sunday Leader. The Sunday Leader has claimed that, according to reports, the SLPA has incurred ... Read More »

SSA Mexico becomes first fully electrified container terminal in the Americas

An E-RTG in action at SSA Mexico

SSA México (SSAM) has become the first container terminal in the Americas to operate entirely on electric power. Conductix-Wamplfer, a provider of electric rubber-tyred gantry crane (E-RTG) solutions, announced that SSAM has successfully completed a full-scale electrification project at its Manzanillo Mexico Terminal. SSAM began the transition from diesel to electric power in September 2012 to retrofit eight RTGs to ... Read More »

Konecranes appoints new CEO due to his M&A experience

Panu Routila

Finnish company Konecranes has announced that Panu Routila will succeed Pekka Lundmark as CEO and President. The chairman of Konecranes board Stig Gustavson said: “Routila’s skills of indirect leadership of complex organisations and his experience of merger and acquisition (M&A) related work very well match the needs of our group going forward.” Routila told CM that over his career, he ... Read More »

Nigerian terminal operators call for 24-hour service at ports

A Nigerian association of terminal operators has called for ports to operate 24 hours including on weekends and public holidays. The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) said in a statement that 24-hour port operation is needed to eliminate congestion and backlogs. STOAN chairwoman Vicky Haastrup said: “It is in the higher interest of the larger port community that ... Read More »

Workers’ body urges Indonesian president to intervene over terminal concession extension

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), With the current deal due to expire in 2019,  the Indonesia Port Company (IPC) has granted a contract extension to Hong Kong-based terminal operator, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH). However, the ITF-affiliated JICT Union claims that ... Read More »

DP World throughput up by 4.1% in first half of 2015

One of DP World's flagship terminals in Jebel Ali

Terminal operator DP World handled 30.6m teu in the first half of 2015, up by 4.1% on the same period of 2014. Growth was highest in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where throughput was up by 6.9% to 12.1m teu. In a statement, the operator claimed: “Encouragingly, Europe continues to show steady growth despite the difficult geopolitical ... Read More »

Update: New Suez Canal has trial run while further dredging gets go-ahead

The first three container ships have passed through Egypt’s second Suez Canal in an “experimental operation” ahead of the waterway’s official opening on 6 August. Additionally, dredging plans have been approved for an access channel, which will allow two-way traffic to and from Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). The first vessel was an American ship, heading to Port Said from Saudi ... Read More »

OOCL volumes and revenues down as freight rates fall

Hong-Kong based shipping line, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has suffered a poor set of interim results with total volumes and revenues down across all its global trades. Over the first half of the year, total volumes fell by 2.3% to 2.74m teu compared to the same period in 2014 while total revenues recorded a 6.4% drop to US$2.71bn. Low ... Read More »

Hutchison results hit by US and European economic struggles

Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) reported a tough start to the year in its interim figures, as a weak market outlook limited container volume growth at its terminals to 2%. The terminal operator said that Europe’s woes were “more severe than originally anticipated”, depressing outbound cargoes from its Asian facilities. During the first half of 2015, pre-tax profits fell ... Read More »

New Qingdao terminal makes US$160m ZPMC order

Qingdao’s new automated terminal, Qingdao Qianwan Intelligent Container Terminal (QQCTI), has ordered seven ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and an unknown number of automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from ZPMC. The deal, worth US$160m excluding tax, was made after QQCTI had shortlisted three suppliers offering automated horizontal transport solutions. French manufacturer Gaussin Manugistique, which produces automotive intelligent vehicles ... Read More »