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Monthly Archives: September 2006

Virginia increases security fees

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) will implement a revised schedule of security fees from October 1. Specifically, the VPA security surcharge will be increased from US$2 to US$4 per container. However, the fee on breakbulk cargo will remain at 10 cents per short ton. Read More »

Debut for Klaipedos Smelte terminal

The new Klaipedos Smelte Container Terminal (KSCT) at the Port of Klaipeda in Lithuania received and loaded its first container ship on August 30, 2006. More than 40 containers were loaded onto the Norrland, operated by Hamburg-based Team Lines, using Liebherr LHM 400 Litronic cranes. Read More »

Zim invests in Chinese container plant

Zim Integrated Shipping Services has invested US$100m in a container manufacturing plant in Qingdao in north-eastern China. It will hold a 55% stake in the project, the CXIC Star Container Co, with local industry giants CXIC Group, Jiaoyun Group and Qingdao Luhai holding the remainder. The plant will have an annual capacity of 150,000 teu and a turnover of US$250m. Read More »

Long Beach commits to environmental spending

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a US$474m spending plan that reflects the Port of Long Beach’s increased commitment to environmental stewardship, security and community partnerships. The port’s proposed budget for the 2006/07 fiscal year (commencing October 1) increases spending by US$63m, or 15%, from the current budget. Read More »

APM and Cosco to develop Guangzhou Nansha Phase Two

APM Terminals has joined Cosco Pacific in a joint venture to develop, own and operate the Guangzhou Nansha Phase Two Container Terminal in southern China, together with the Guangzhou Port Group. APM Terminals will own 20% of the new terminal, Cosco Pacific 39% and Guangzhou Port Group 41%. Read More »

Sharp rise in North America intermodal volumes

Intermodal volumes in North America in the second quarter of 2006 topped last year’s peak season volumes and grew by 5.9% compared with the same period of 2005, according to Intermodal Trends and Statistics, a quarterly publication from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). Read More »