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MSC rules out Arctic exploration due to environmental concerns

MSC believes mega-ships like the MSC Gülsün will lower its carbon footprint

MSC has decided not to explore or use the Northern Sea Route between Europe and Asia for container shipping, which is becoming increasing navigable due to melting ice. CMA CGM has already made a similar commitment although Maersk last year carried out a one-off trial sending a container ship loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics on the route. ... Read More »

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Port of Rotterdam strengthens presence in India

The Port of Rotterdam is intensifying its joint activities with parties in India by signing two agreements, appointing a representative office in India and supporting the establishment of a maritime university in collaboration with educational institutions in Rotterdam. Rene van der Plas, the head of Port of Rotterdam International, said: “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, ... Read More »

Container volumes up 6% at Port of Antwerp

Container throughput increased by 6.4% in the first nine months of this year at the Port of Antwerp, with the Belgian hub handling 8.87m teu. Growth mainly came from transhipment volumes, while imports and exports were also on the rise. All trading regions apart from Latin America recorded positive growth. The recent adjustments to the MSC feeder network, a network of ... Read More »

Port of Virginia invests US$23m in Kalmar hybrid equipment

A hybrid shuttle carrier at the Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia has ordered 25 Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers, representing a total investment of US$23m, which are expected to be delivered by the end of July 2020. Booked in Cargotect’s 2019 Q3, the new units represent the exercising of a contract option for further units that was agreed upon in 2017. The hybrid shuttle carriers will be delivered ... Read More »

DFDS purchases 50 NaturaLINE reefers from Carrier Transicold

DFDS Logistics has purchased 50 Carrier Transicold NaturaLINE refrigerated containers, which are the industry’s only natural refrigerant-based container refrigeration system. The NaturaLINE units use carbon dioxide, also known as R-744, a non-ozone depleting refrigerant with an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Its GWP ranks lowest among all current container system refrigerants, which have GWPs ranging from hundreds to ... Read More »

APMT Gothenburg aims to double rail transport by 2022

Rail transport offers up to 98% lower emissions

APM Terminals (APMT) Gothenburg has planned to double the volume of containers transported by rail to and from Gothenburg by 2022. The terminal is connected to more than 300 inland destinations in Sweden via rail and offers more than 60 rail shuttles per week. Vänerexpressen offers six weekly shuttles connect Insjön in Dalarna to the biggest container shipping network in ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Terminals achieves 10m container record at Khalifa Port

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has set a new record of 10m containers at Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT1), following a 51% year-on-year increase in container volume during the third quarter of 2019. The 10m container record was achieved while serving the MV MSC Alexandra which is operated by MSC and deployed on the 2M DRAGON/AE20 service. ADT’s acting CEO, Abdullah ... Read More »

TCP inaugurates Paranaguá expansion works

China Merchants Port Holdings has a 90% stake in TCP

TCP – the company that manages Paranaguá Container Terminal – has inaugurated the terminal expansion works, which received investments worth over R$600m, making it the largest development in the Brazilian port sector in recent years. The project included the extension of the quay from 879 m to 1,099 m in length and from 40.75 m to 50 m in width. ... Read More »

COSCO’s Piraeus investments approved but with no container terminal expansion

Greece’s Committee of Planning and Development of Ports (ESAL) has approved investments from COSCO Shipping amounting to €612m (US$673m) but plans for a container terminal expansion did not receive the go-ahead. Yu Zenggang, chairman of Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), stated: “After a long waiting period, we obtained the approval to proceed to the implementation of significant investments that will make Piraeus ... Read More »

ABP Southampton adds 12 new electric vehicles to its fleet

Electric vehicles make up a majority of Southampton's fleet

Electric vehicles now make up the majority of the Port of Southampton’s fleet due to ABP acquiring an additional 12 new electric vehicles. There are now 28 ABP zero-emission vehicles operating at the port as part of commitments to improve air quality across the facility. The new vehicles are intended for staff to travel around the port and replace the ... Read More »

Kalmar introduces automated truck handling for straddle carriers

Kalmar has introduced Automated Truck Handling (ATH) to its Kalmar AutoStrad offering to allow for a fully automated container flow between quay cranes and trucks. ATH automates the placement of containers from automated straddle carriers onto trucks in the terminal’s truck interchange zones and aims to help to improve safety, predictability and cost efficiency of terminal operations. A Truck Lane ... Read More »