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Monthly Archives: November 2006

New Rotterdam rail terminal for Bertschi

Swiss logistics service provider Bertschi, the European market leader in the intermodal transport of chemicals, is to build a new rail terminal in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam. The first phase of the terminal will have an area of 3.5 ha, but this may triple in size in subsequent phases. Read More »

HPH signs TIDE deal at Manta

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has signed a 30-year concession with the Manta Port Authority (MPA) to build and operate a new container terminal at the Port of Manta, Ecuador. It was announced in September that HPH had been selected to operate the concession, boosting its network of ports to 44 worldwide. Read More »

Ã…kman to head Konecranes’ Nordic division

Kari Ã…kman has been appointed Area Director, Nordic (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) for Konecranes Group. He will take up his new post on February 1, 2007 and will report to Pierre Boyer, president of Konecranes’ EMEA group. Read More »

Dalian purchases MPRI crane simulator

MPRI, the US-based supplier of maritime simulator products, services and turnkey training facilities, has made a sixth sale of its maritime crane simulator to a Chinese port, concluding an agreement with the Dalian Port Container Terminal Co (DPCM) at Dayao Bay in Dalian. MPRI, part of the L-3 Communications group, has already sold the product to the ports of Yantian, Ningbo, Tianjin and Shanghai, and has 32 installations worldwide. Read More »

Felixstowe’s ticket to RHIDES

The Port of Felixstowe issued the 1,000th card for its RHIDES (Road Haulier Identity System) initiative in November, one year after introducing the scheme. Felixstowe, the first UK port to issue identity cards for hauliers, has been trialling the system with a number of companies over the past six months, and has already registered over 2,000 individual drivers. RHIDES cards will be a mandatory requirement for drivers entering the port by the end of the year. Read More »

SMDG debates global EDI standard

SMDG, the non-profit user group for shipping lines and container terminals, held its 48th meeting in Sydney, Australia at the beginning of November. The meeting was hosted by P&O Ports/DPW, Patric Stevedoring, I stop and Tradegate ECA, and was attended by 25 delegates from 15 different countries. Read More »

Maersk increases calls at Auckland

Maersk Line has announced that the Ports of Auckland in New Zealand will handle more of its North Island services, with new calls to be phased in from mid-January. Read More »

Joint venture to develop Vietnamese port

Vinalines, Quang Ninh Port and SSA Marine have signed an agreement in principle to establish a joint venture company to develop and operate container terminals at Cai Lan Port, in Quang Ninh Province in Vietnam. The partners plan to develop and operate berths 2, 3 and 4 and to co-operate on other operations at the terminal. Read More »

Rail enhancements for Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma has completed two important rail projects in the Tacoma Tideflats. According to Jeannie Beckett, senior director of intermodal transportation, the US$10.5m capital project will increase rail throughput velocity at two key access points for the port’s terminals, Bullfrog Junction and Chilcote Junction. Read More »