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Monthly Archives: September 2006

Wilmington prepares for major expansion

After several years of planning, engineering and building, expansion projects at the North Carolina Port of Wilmington are moving forward quickly. At the ZPMC crane yard in Shanghai, four new 100-foot gauge container cranes are near completion, while at the port itself work continues on infrastructure improvements to prepare the container berths for their arrival. Read More »

Felixstowe deploys new RTGs from ZPMC

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of nine new rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) from Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) of Shanghai. The cranes were transported fully erected from China, a voyage that took nine weeks. Read More »

Igus chains take the strain

Igus, the Cologne-based specialist in electromechanical energy supply systems, has released a number of new products in recent months. Its mechatronic Micro Flizz compact solution, for instance, is a self-guiding energy chain system developed for applications in automation and in materials handling, especially for aisle stackers. Read More »

Singapore minister backs Canal expansion plans

Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, visited the Panama Canal on September 16, 2006, and expressed his country’s support for the proposed expansion plan. "The Panama Canal expansion is important not just for Panama but for the entire [maritime] industry – for the global economy," he said. Read More »

Jurong boosts productivity and plans expansion

Jurong Port Container Terminal in Singapore has continued to improve its productivity and efficiency. Earlier this year, in close cooperation with one of its customers, UASC, it achieved targeted productivity of over 120 moves per hour on the vessel MV Al Abdali, with close to 1,000 moves in total. In addition, it has successfully carried out twin-lift operations on several UASC vessels, recording an average of over 60 moves per hour per quay crane. Read More »

Gothenburg adds giant cranes to quayside fleet

The Port of Gothenburg has taken possession of the largest container cranes in northern Europe, with the delivery of three units from the ZPMC factory in Shanghai, after a 64-day sea voyage. Adapted for the new generation of container vessels, the cranes are expected to contribute to logistics efficiency, consolidating Gothenburg’s position as the base port for the region. Read More »

Taddeo to chair ACPA for second time

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has elected Dominic J. Taddeo, president and chief executive of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to the chairmanship of the ACPA board for the 2006-2007 term. Read More »

Malta takes delivery of four new quay cranes

Malta Freeport Terminals has boosted its equipment fleet with four new super post-Panamax quayside cranes from ZPMC of China. The cranes arrived at the Freeport at the end of August, after a two-month barge journey from Shanghai. Read More »