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Operators and workers struggle to reach agreement on US West Coast

Port workers on the West Coast of the United States are struggling to come to an agreement with terminal operators, as automation threatens the jobs of up to 50% of the workforce in some locations. Disagreement hinges on the extent to which automation is allowed to take away workers’ jobs as terminal operators are installing equipment that moves containers from ... Read More »

CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC form Ocean Three trade pact

CMA CGM announced the forming of the Ocean Three
Credit: Daniel Ramirez

French line CMA CGM announced the forming of the “Ocean Three” trade alliance, after signing agreements with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The agreements concern the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific and Asia-United States East Coast maritime trade routes and include a combination of Vessel Sharing Agreements, Slot Exchange Agreements and Slot Charter Agreements. The ... Read More »

MSC to lease five mega vessels

MSC's vessels will form part of the 2M alliance with Maersk Line

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is to lease five 18,000 teu capacity ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) for 15 years from tanker operator Scorpio Group and China’s Bank of Communications (BoCom), according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Scorpio Group had ordered three such vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries, costing around US$150m each, while BoCom ordered two from Daewoo Shipbuilding ... Read More »

Kalmar to supply four RTGs to Super Terminais in Manaus

Super Terminais have ordered four rubber-tyred gantry cranes for US$8m from Kalmar, due to begin use by July 2015. Marcello Di Gregorio, managing director of Super Terminais, said: “We chose the E-One2 RTG due to Kalmar’s advanced technology and design, lighter weight compared to other RTGs, and as an environmental solution that reduces CO2 emissions.” The RTGs include an all-electric ... Read More »

New railway crane in operation at Port of Duisburg

Duisburg's new railway crane

A new railway crane with an annual capacity of 90,000 loading units has begun full operations at logport III in Duisburg, Germany, completing the first stage of capacity expansion at the facility. A second identical crane is to follow by the end of this  year to further expand capacity and guarantee that the site can accommodate increased demand and rail ... Read More »

Cosco Pacific terminals enjoy 10% rise in volumes

A 10% rise in container volume at Cosco Pacific’s container terminals helped the Chinese state-owned group record an 18.9% increase in revenue. The performance of their 23 container terminals varied but 20 recorded year-on-year increases in throughput in the first half of the year. Some of the biggest increases came from Cosco’s non-Chinese terminals. Piraeus, Antwerp Gateway, COSCO-PSA and the ... Read More »

Sharjah’s volumes grow by 14%

Strong figures for UAE-based Sharjah Container Terminal

Container volumes at Gulftainer’s Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), grew by 14% in the first half of 2014 compared to the equivalent period last year. Growth at SCT, owned by the Middle East’s largest private terminal operator, was driven by the robust trade route between the UAE and East Africa plus new projects and developments in Sharjah. The facility attracted over ... Read More »

New Hamburg berth can handle 18,000 teu ships

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has inaugurated a new 595 m long berth at the Port of Hamburg’s Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The €85.5m (US$112.7m) project at berth 5/6 includes five ZPMC 110-tonne tandem-lift gantry cranes, with an outreach across 24 container rows, allowing CTB to handle the latest generation of mega-ships of up to 18,000 teu capacity. Dr. ... Read More »

DP World invests in Liège Port

How the Trilogiport container terminal will look

DP World has bought all of Euroports’ shares in Trilogiport (Liège container terminal), thus taking full responsibility for the development of the terminal, and consolidating its presence on the Albert Canal. The Dubai-based terminal operator is confident that, the planned Trilogiport container terminal at Liège Port, which is set to be completed in 2015, can become a key logistics hub ... Read More »

Fall in container trade at the Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Gothenburg’s half year results revealed a fall in global container trade despite European freight volumes strengthening in the six months until the end of June. Container traffic decreased by 9% to 424,000 teu compared to 463,000 teu over the same period last year, with exports falling more than imports. Chief executive, Magnus Kårestedt remarked: “This could be ... Read More »