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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Low-emission locos for Long Beach

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and rail company Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) have commissioned the first of a new fleet of lower-emission, clean-diesel locomotives which, they say, will improve air quality and make PHL the most environmentally friendly switching railroad in the USA. Read More »

Volumes growing at Bandar Abbas

Tidewater Middle East Marine Services Company, Iran’s leading port operator, reports that a total of 830,427 teu was moved through the Bandar Abbas Container Terminal in the first six months of 2007. This represented a 28% increase over the 650,377 teu registered in the corresponding period of 2006. Read More »

FTA welcomes Felixstowe fee cuts

The Port of Felixstowe has dropped its proposed charge for booking peak period slots for vehicles under its Vehicle Booking System (VBS). Under VBSs, hauliers have to book an hour slot during which they are allowed to enter the port, in order to manage congestion and to reduce turnaround times. Previously Felixstowe had proposed charging hauliers £2 (US$4) per slot during peak periods (off-peak to be free), but has now decided not to charge for any time slots. Read More »

RAM spreads its wings

RAM Spreaders has sealed a number of new contracts recently with a variety of different clients. APL, for example, has ordered three RAM Model 2640 twin-lift spreaders to be fitted to existing MHI cranes at its Oakland Terminal in California. Read More »

Barge shuttle service for Upper Rhine

BCA (Barge Company Amsterdam) has launched a new weekly barge shuttle service between container terminals in the Port of Amsterdam and Strasbourg in France. This is the first time that a scheduled service has been offered between the Upper Rhine and Amsterdam exclusively, according to the company. Read More »

Successful sea trial for Loxsystem

Loxsystem AB of Sweden has conducted a successful sea test of its Remote Automatic Twistlock (RAT) system, which was launched to the industry at the TOC 2007 Europe Event in Istanbul in June. Read More »

Duisburg positions itself as rail hub

Intermodal, the combined road-rail transportation subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB), and duisport, the operator of the Port of Duisburg, are planning to cooperate to increase the number of containers carried to and from western European sea ports, making Duisburg a combined transportation hub for such traffic. They see substantial potential: at the Port of Hamburg, for example, every third container leaves by train, but at Rotterdam rail’s share is no more than 11%. Read More »

Dispute cuts services at TCT

PSA SICAL has "rationalised" its services at Tuticorin Container Terminal (TCT) in the State of Tamil Nadu, following the decision of India’s Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) in September 2006 to halve its revenues. This, says the company, has made the terminal commercially unviable, with the much reduced revenue per teu failing to cover the cash operating expense and the royalty payment per teu. Read More »

Fantuzzi endorses VYCON energy systems

VYCON, a market leader in green-tech, high-cycling energy storage flywheel systems, has today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with crane manufacturer Fantuzzi Reggiane Group. Fantuzzi will be the first authorised VYCON representative to offer the company’s REGEN system on new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, aiming to provide fuel savings and lower emissions for customers. Read More »