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Konecranes to deliver 5 RTGs to TCQ in Guatemala

Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal S.A. (TCQ) in Guatemala, owned by Spanish container terminal operator, Grup TCB, has ordered five rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes. The 16-wheel RTGs, which have a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes and can stack one-over-five containers high, and seven plus truck lane wide, will be delivered in autumn 2015. Konecranes’ sales director, Europe, Kim ... Read More »

Court go-ahead for new Costa Rican terminal

An artist's impression of Moin Container Terminal

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has rejected a trade union appeal against the awarding of the 33 year concession contract of Moin Container Terminal to APM Terminals. Construction of the terminal was supposed to start on Costa Rica’s East Coast in 2013 but environmental concerns and legal challenges have delayed the process. The terminal will be able to handle vessels of ... Read More »

Paranagua set for US$453m expansion and concession extension

Brazilian container terminal operator Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) looks very likely to invest 1.1bn reais (US$453m) and have its concession extended by 25 years. Agreement has been reached with national waterways regulator Antaq for a joint package of investment plans and concession extension until 2048. The decision must now be finalised by the ports department, a decision about ... Read More »

Hawaii to build US$266m container terminal

The state of Hawaii is planning to build a new US$266m container terminal at the Port of Honolulu. The New Kapalama Container Terminal, scheduled to be completed by 2016, will cover 94 acres, have two berths for container vessels and boost Honolulu’s current capacity by one-third. Officials have been discussing the potential for a new container facility for 25 years, ... Read More »

China pledges investment to create ‘maritime silk road’

Li Jianhong talks to Chinese and Sri Lankan dignitaries

China will make a multi-billion dollar investment in several port related projects in Sri Lanka, including a new US$601m container terminal in Hambantota Port and the US$1.4bn development of Colombo as a “Port City”. China Merchants Holdings (International) (CMHI) and China Harbour Engineering Company will fund part of the development of Hambantota Port; the new terminal will have four container ... Read More »

Poland’s Gdansk Port to treble capacity with new terminal

Gdansk could triple its capacity with the new terminal

The construction of a second container terminal at Gdansk Port, Poland’s largest port, will begin this year, with the PLN1.2bn (US$371m) facility set to open in mid-2016. The investment, which port operator, DCT Gdansk, are financing, will nearly treble capacity from 1.25m teu to 3.5m teu and the port will cover almost 30 ha. Maersk has used Gdansk, which handled ... Read More »

Philadelphia Port Authority seeks developers

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has requested “expressions of interests” from those wishing to develop a 200 acre site in South Philadelphia. The Authority are looking for proposals by 14 November from container terminal operators as well as energy companies, car manufacturers, shipping lines and investment firms. The area, known as Southport, is at the eastern end of the ... Read More »

Mixed results for US ports

This has been a mixed year at ports on both coasts of the USA as throughput has risen in some major ports and fallen in others. In the Northwest, the biggest winner has been the Port of Tacoma, where throughput rose by 10% year-on-year in the first half of 2014, following on from an 11% rise in 2013. Tacoma’s success ... Read More »

Hyundai Skybench innovation can increase container ship capacity

HHI's new Skybench concept

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) presented a new design feature for container vessels at Hamburg’s SSM, increasing the box intake of large carriers. The patented concept called “Skybench” can extend cargo capacity by 450 teu on a 23-row wide 19,000 teu ship and by 350 teu on a 20-row wide 14,000 teu vessel. While applicable to any large ... Read More »

ICTSI targets Africa

Philippine-based terminal operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is set to continue its strategy of targeting emerging markets by turning to Africa. Fernando Gaspar, ICTSI senior vice president, told The Philippine Daily Inquirer: “The place where we are making a very big push is Africa. Africa is coming up right now. We want to do in Africa over the ... Read More »