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Rotterdam cleared over Maasvlakte ECT lawsuit

Maasvlakte I, which ECT alleges, will be "cannibalised"

The district court of Rotterdam has cleared the Port of Rotterdam of abusing power when allocating sites for the second Maasvlakte, after a lawsuit was filed by Europe Container Terminals (ECT). ECT, owned by Hutchison, was claiming €1bn (US$1.27bn) in estimated losses over the award of concession agreements to Rotterdam World Gateway and APM Terminals for new box facilities on ... Read More »

CLdN to switch operations from Gothenburg Ro/Ro to Logent

Ro-ro shipping company CLdN has signed an agreement saying that it will move all its operations from Gothenburg ro/ro (formerly Älvsborg ro/ro) to Logent Ports and Terminals on 15 November. Both are ro-ro terminals  at the Port of Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden. Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s biggest container port and Sweden’s second biggest ro-ro port, handling over 500,000 ... Read More »

NYNJ approves intermodal investment

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a US$356m investment programme to improve the rail connectivity of the port’s container terminals. Global Terminal in New Jersey which will operate and maintain the facility and contribute around US$15m for rail-mounted gantry cranes, will be able to send and receive containers by rail as next-door Greenville Yard will ... Read More »

UASC and Hamburg Süd sign slot exchange agreement

UASC and Hamburg Süd have signed a global cooperation agreement

Two of the world’s leading container shipping lines, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Hamburg Süd, have signed a global cooperation agreement, which will commence this December. To begin with, the carriers will coordinate slot exchanges in their respective core trades – Hamburg Süd will enter the Asia-North Europe and Asia-US trades in December 2014 and January 2015 respectively. Meanwhile ... Read More »

Esbjerg launches tender for the operation of new combi terminal

Port of Esbjerg's combi terminal

Denmark’s Port of Esbjerg is looking for a private operator to run and develop its new combi terminal, and is inviting interested parties to submit an Expression of Interest. Construction began earlier this year in the Sydhavn section of the port. The combi terminal consists of two tracks and covers a total area of 48.000 sq. m. The terminal connects ... Read More »

PCC Intermodal orders five more Kalmar reachstackers

Poland-based PCC Intermodal has ordered five new reachstackers from Cargotec’s Kalmar to bring its total to 13 units, with the new equipment to be utilised at Gliwice, Brzeg Dolny and Kutno rail terminals. One of the new 45-tonne machines, which work with rail and road trucks and within the container yard, was delivered in July while the next ones are ... Read More »

MSC announces 2M service itinerary with Maersk

MSC and Maersk Line will share vessels on 22 routes

MSC has revealed the proposed service itinerary of the 2M alliance with Maersk Line, with the vessel sharing agreement (VSA) set to operate from next year subject to regulatory approvals. The deal features 185 container vessels serving 77 ports along 22 routes at a total capacity of 2.1m teu. The plans include six routes between Asia and North Europe, five ... Read More »

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 »