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Bigger is not necessarily better

With the ever greater inflow of mega-ships in the global fleet it seems that the cost savings introduced by these behemoths have bottomed out as savings are decreasing and might not even be realised, according to a study about the impact of mega-ships on maritime transport. The study was published at the beginning of June, 2015 by the International Transport ... Read More »

Start of the official countdown to opening the New Suez Canal

More than 210m tons of sand have been excavated for the New Suez Canal

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has begun the celebrations that will culminate in the opening of the New Suez Canal on August 6, 2015 by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Both the celebrations and global communications campaign will be overseen by SCA and implemented by a consortium comprising marketing communication company WPP and a number of local Egyptian businesses. Team ... Read More »

Kalmar launches two new products at TOC Europe

At the heart of Kalmar’s next generation ASC system is its 5th generation automatic stacking crane (ASC) which, being 10% lighter than the previous generation, reduces energy consumption and offers savings in operational costs. Maintenance access, ergonomics and usability have been significantly improved with a single-platform machinery trolley, segregated transformer house and a more spacious e-house. New AC drives that ... Read More »

PSA expands into China

Front Row (L to R) S.S Teo, MD PIL, Zhou Xiao Xi, Chairman, Beibu Gulf Port Group, Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International

Singapore-listed port operator PSA International has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Beibu Gulf Port Group (BPG) and Pacific International Lines (PIL) to operate a new container terminal in Qinzhou, Guangxi, China. The JV terminal is PSA’s first foray in the South-Western China region – one of the fastest growing economic regions in China and earmarked by the Chinese ... Read More »

Tideworks integrates with MIT Panama’s ASCs

Manzanillo International Terminal

Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama has deployed the latest versions of Tideworks Technology’s terminal operating system (TOS) solutions to support its automatic stacking cranes (ASCs). The ASCs are part of a large-scale automation project at MIT to streamline operational processes and increase efficiencies. The addition of the ASCs signifies the beginning of automated terminal operations at MIT. The 12-wide ... Read More »

Liebherr Launches its new Pulser reachstacker series

The new series LRS 545 Liebherr Pulser reachstacker

Liebherr Maritime Cranes has officially launched its new Pulser reachstacker series. Eleven years after the delivery of its the first reachstacker, Liebherr has developed the LRS 545, the first model of a compact machine that according to the company, “unites state-of-the-art technology and environmental-friendliness as the new efficient link between quay and yard.” “The Pulser reachstacker’s wedge-shaped design “provides the ... Read More »

Asia-Europe trades to remain sluggish

While global container growth shows signs of recovery, Asia-Europe trades will likely be behind the pack, the Container Supply Chain conference at TOC Europe hears Developments in the critically important Asia-Europe trades provided much of the focus of Day 2 of TOC Europe 2015 in Rotterdam. Michel Looten, Director, Maritime, Seabury Group noted that deepsea containerised growth in 2014 returned ... Read More »

Maersk targets Nigerian and Kenyan ports in African expansion

Maersk is seeking to win contracts to build and upgrade ports in Nigeria and Kenya as it  expands its African operations. The company is awaiting a final sign-off on a contract to help build a new port in Badagry in Nigeria’s southern Lagos state, according to Lars Reno Jakobsen, the company’s senior vice president for Africa. “That project, once it ... Read More »

Port Newark terminal orders 20 Terex straddle carriers

Eight similar Terex N SC 644 E straddle carriers are being supplied to Port Newark

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT), Newark, New Jersey, a 50/50 joint-venture between Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), for 20 new Terex straddle carriers. To be operational by the end of July 2015, the order will increase the total number of Terex machines at the terminal 118. The machines will ... Read More »

‘Fairly advanced discussions’ about 22,000 teu ships

Andrew Penfold, project director at Ocean Shipping Consultants (OSC), has said that ships of 22,000 teu or more could be ordered soon. “There are some fairly well-advanced discussions on some vessels of around 22,000 teu or maybe slightly more,” Penfold told the TOC Europe conference in Rotterdam last week. Currently, the ship with the biggest capacity in the world is ... Read More »