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Cargotec takes over Belgian distributor

Cargotec of Helsinki, Finland, the parent company of Kalmar Industries, has signed an agreement to buy its Belgian distributor, Catracom. The value of the deal, which is subject to competition authority approval, has not been disclosed. Read More »

Long Beach to pioneer clean-air project

The Port of Long Beach has received a grant of US$300,000 from the US Environmental Protection Agency to fund the development and testing of hybrid-powered cargo-handling equipment at one of its container terminals. The two-year, US$1.2m Hybrid Yard Hostler Demonstration and Commercialization Project will research, build and test ultra-low emission yard hostlers, with the aim of improving air quality. Read More »

Konecranes agrees US$50m contract with GPA

Konecranes has signed a US$50m contract with the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) for the delivery of four super post-Panamax ship-to-shore container cranes and 15 all-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to the Garden City Terminal in the Port of Savannah. Deliveries will begin in the spring of 2007 and will continue until April 2008. Read More »

Hamburg introduces strongest ever tug

In response to the increasing demands of ever larger container vessels, harbour service provider Kotug has put its strongest ever tug into service at the Port of Hamburg, as part of its fleet renewal programme. The RT Zoe has a pulling force of 65 tonnes, about 15 tonnes greater than the force of most existing tugboats. Read More »

Plans take shape for Abu Dhabi port project

BMT Maritime Consultants Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Ltd, has completed the business planning for a major new offshore port development near Abu Dhabi in the UAE. The work, undertaken on behalf of the Mubadala Development Company, will be used as the basis for the implementation of the US$2.5bn multi-user port and an adjacent 9,900 ha industrial zone. Read More »

Bromma wins orders for Marathon spreaders

Bromma, the world’s leading spreader crane company, has won new orders for 23 Marathon spreaders from leading container crane manufacturer Konecranes. The contract calls for the delivery of 15 all-electric Marathon yard crane units to Ilychevsk in Ukraine and eight Marathon separating twin-lift spreaders to the Massport terminal in Boston, Massachusetts. Read More »

Baltic line launches lo-lo service to Exxtor

The MV Passaden called at Exxtor Terminal, the four-berth ro-ro and lo-lo terminal operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) at the Port of Immingham on September 17, 2006, marking the start of the latest lo-lo container service to call at the facility. Read More »

Schenker trials pioneering RFID system

Schenker has put ten containers equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology into service at the Port of Hamburg, as the first step in a trial to examine the suitability of new security technology for global freight transport. Read More »