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Drewry: New alliances to halt north-European service trends

Shipping analyst Drewry has claimed that the new alliances forming in April appear set to stop the trend of a reduced frequency of services at ports in northern Europe. According to a report by Drewry’s, while ports are yet to be “out of the woods”, the shift to a reduced service frequency and larger ships seems likely to decline at ... Read More »

PSA to start Singapore truck platooning trials

The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion

Port operator PSA has signed an agreement with two automotive companies for the design, development and testbed of an autonomous truck platooning system in Singapore. The trials, which will be conducted by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and PSA in collaboration with Scania and Toyota Tsusho, will involve transport of containers between the port’s terminals. The introduction of truck platooning, ... Read More »

Port Klang to develop a new port

A new US$45bn port project will be developed over the course of 20 years on Carey Island, Malaysia, local media reported. The project, which will cover an area of over 100 sq km, is expected to include the construction of integrated port and related infrastructure, industrial parks, free trade zones, as well as commercial and residential buildings. The new facility ... Read More »

Port Authority of Valencia to upgrade facilities

Aerial image of the Port of Valencia

The Port Authority of Valencia is set to invest a total of €233m (US$246m) by 2020 to upgrade its three ports. The investment plan, which regards the three state-owned ports of Sagunto, Valencia and Gandia, includes €56m (US$59m) expected to be spent in 2017 and over €177m (US$187m) planned to be invested between 2018 and 2020. At the Port of ... Read More »

Cavotec splits into two business units

Marine systems provider Cavotec has been split into two distinct business units as part of its new organisational structure and strategic plan. The company was divided into a Ports & Maritime business unit and an Airport & Industry section. According to a company statement, Cavotec aims to become a €500m (US$530m) global company by 2021, with Earnings Before Interest & ... Read More »

Vessel collision causes oil spillage near Singapore

Two container vessels have collided near Singapore resulting in a spillage of approximately 300 tonnes of oil. The Singapore-registered container ship WAN HAI 301 and the Gibraltar-registered container ship APL Denver collided off Johor Port in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, on the night of January 3, 2017. One of the APL Denver’s bunker tanks was damaged in the incident, causing the ... Read More »

DP World increases stake in Busan’s largest terminal

PNC has a 5.25 teu annual capacity

Dubai-headquartered port operator DP World has increased its share in the South Korean Port of Busan’s Pusan Newport Company Limited (PNC) to 66.03%. The transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed, included the acquisition of a 23.94% stake in the facility from the South Korean Samsung Corporation & Subsidiaries. PNC, which is the largest terminal at the Port of ... Read More »

Conductix-Wampfler electrifies RTGs in Montreal

The E-RTG system includes Conductix-Wampfler’s new data transfer system

Conductix-Wampfler has completed what it claimed was Canada’s first electrified rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) container crane conversion at the Port of Montreal. To electrify terminal operator Montreal Gateway Terminals (MGT)’s RTGs, the company used a 440 m long electric rail runway equipped with a Drive-in L conductor rail system with two drive-in zones. According to the company, this version of the ... Read More »

Zim to restructure its services

Israeli shipping company Zim will be restructuring its main services on major trades. The news follows THE Alliance’s announcement earlier this month of a revamped Mediterranean-East Coast North America service via a link with the Israeli company. Zim’s restructuring changes will begin in April 2017, when THE Alliance is scheduled to start operations. The carrier will introduce a new service ... Read More »

Work on DP World London logistics centre continues

DP World London Gateway has started construction of the second and final phase of its logistics centre. The project’s second phase, which will be available for occupation from May 2017, includes building 180,000 sq ft of cross-dock distribution warehousing and office space. Of this, 155,000 sq ft will be used for warehouse accommodation, 10,000 sq ft for conjoined office space ... Read More »