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IUMI: Insurers need to manage ‘unthinkable’ risks now

IUMI President Dieter Berg

Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), has highlighted the need to manage “unthinkable” risks, which are becoming more commonplace. Of special concern is the increasing risk of a large event loss, either a natural catastrophe (nat-cat) or man-made, in the cargo sector due to increasing value accumulations on single sites or vessels, in combination with ... Read More »


World’s largest propeller loaded onto ship by HHLA’s floating crane

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has loaded the world’s biggest ship propeller onto a vessel at the Port of Hamburg. The propeller, made by manufacturer Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG), weighs 110 tonnes and has a diameter of 10.5 m. The HHLA IV floating crane hoisted the large propeller onto the Hyundai Supreme at the port of Waltershof. The HHLA ... Read More »

Inland waterway vessels on Mississippi River could cut transport costs

Plans to transport freight via waterway vessels on the Mississippi River could provide significant transportation cost savings for shippers according to American Patriot Container Transport (APCT). Sal Litrico, CEO for APCT, said that shippers could potentially save 30-40% versus other intermodal alternatives as using their patented vessels on the all-water route would lower landed transportation costs. APCT, a subsidiary of ... Read More »

Port of Barcelona launches digital knowledge hub

President of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa, and the port's strategic projects and ínnovation chief, Carles Rúa

The Port of Barcelona has launched PierNext, a digital knowledge hub that provides information on the technological and digital transformation of the port sector. PierNext aims to stimulate global debate on the future of international trade, logistics and ports and intends to be a platform for analysis and reflection on innovation. Carles Rúa, head of strategic projects and innovation at ... Read More »

APM Terminals calls for greater container weighing accuracy

Praful Waghela, global product manager of VGM services at APMT

APM Terminals (APMT) has warned that despite apparent verified gross mass (VGM) regulation compliance in the industry, the accuracy of recorded weights still needs to be addressed to ensure safety. The verification of a container’s gross weight has been a requirement under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) since July 2016. In the view of ... Read More »

Konecranes delivers forklift trucks to Jebel Ali

Konecranes has delivered six forklift trucks to DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1 following an order made in November last year. The forklift trucks are the SMV16-1200C model and have a lifting capacity of 16 tonnes at 1,200 mm and a wheelbase of 3,750 mm. To meet DP World’s safety requirements, the machines are equipped with an overload protection system, ... Read More »

Leading port authorities launch climate action programme

The project is a response to the Paris Climate Agreement

The port authorities of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Vancouver have launched a collaborative initiative to address global warming. The World Ports Climate Action Program is a response to the Paris Agreement, which calls signatories to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that global warming will be limited to well below 2°C. The new initiative ... Read More »

BT delivers wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp

BT has delivered a wireless backbone solution for DP World Antwerp that aims to help analyse and optimise processes and operations. The solution is designed to meet the growing demands of connected devices and to provide secure and resilient connectivity for the 900 people working at Antwerp Gateway. Based on Rajant Corporation’s Kinetic Mesh, it aims to enable always-on communications ... Read More »

Road traffic responsible for majority of emissions at ports

London Gateway has invested in electric cranes

Port operations in the UK only make up a small proportion of total air quality emissions, particularly in urban locations, according to research from consultancy Arup. The study found that air quality around ports is dominated by road traffic emissions, predominantly diesel cars and HGVs (including but not confined to port related traffic). Michael Bull, global environmental consulting leader at ... Read More »

Port Freeport invests in LED lighting

Georgia-based manufacturer Bright Light Systems (BLS) has completed Phase 1 of the transition to high-mast energy-efficient LED lighting at Port Freeport, Texas. The two-phase project began with the replacement of the legacy 1000-watt high pressure sodium lights in the Inner Harbour Area and the next phase, scheduled to begin in October, will replace the high mast lighting in the Velasco ... Read More »

Transnet to commence berth deepening project at Durban

ZPMC cranes in Durban

The Port of Durban will be able to accommodate larger container vessels as Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) plans to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) by 2023. Currently larger vessels can only enter the channel at high tide while super post-Panamax vessels with a capacity of 9,200 teu take up two berths of the North Quay, ... Read More »