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Monthly Archives: July 2007

US signs FTA with South Korea

The United States and South Korea signed a free trade agreement at a ceremony in Washington on June 30, 2007. Negotiations for the US–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS-FTA) concluded on April 1 after eight formal rounds that took place over ten months. Read More »

Canada agrees road/rail initiatives

The Canadian government has concluded a multi-stakeholder agreement for road/rail grade separation projects along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, as part of its Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. Read More »

Puerto Lirquén to expand capacity

Puerto Lirquén, one of Chile’s fastest-growing general cargo ports, is gearing up to handle even more tonnage. Early in 2007, it took delivery of 21 forklifts ranging in capacity from 4–16 tonnes to facilitate the movement of forest products. This June, it added two toplifters for handling empty containers. Read More »

Napoli recovery operation continues

Eve Trakway, Europe’s leading provider of temporary access solutions (such as roadways, walkways, barriers, bridges, fences and stairways), has been awarded a contract by DRS Demolition National Ltd, acting on behalf of the owners of the MSC Napoli, to help with the aftermath of one of the most high-profile marine incidents of recent years. Read More »

HMM adds Magnum units to fleet

South Korea-based Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), a longtime Thermo King customer, has added 500 Magnum units to the more than 7,000 Thermo King reefers it runs in its growing fleet of vessels. Read More »

APM to develop Dachan Bay Phase 2

APM Terminals, the terminals arm of the AP Moller-Maersk Group has been invited to lead a joint venture to develop, own and operate the Shenzhen Dachan Bay Phase 2 Container Terminal at Shenzhen in southern China, together with the Dachan Bay Port Investment and Development Co Ltd and China Merchants Holdings (International) Company. Read More »

SCSPA awards terminal contract

The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) Board has approved a US$8.5m construction management contract for site preparation at the Port of Charleston’s new container terminal on the former Charleston Navy Base. Read More »

Containers lead surge at Le Havre

Le Havre recorded a 6.5% increase in port traffic for the first five months of 2007, to 32.8 million tonnes (Mt), compared with 30.8 Mt for the same period in 2006. The positive performance was driven largely by dry bulks and general cargo. Read More »

US$1bn budget for Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has adopted a US$1bn budget for fiscal year 2007/08 for the Port of Los Angeles. The budget focuses on expenditures for clean and responsible growth, safeguarding the Port (including significant increases in Port Police staffing) and numerous capital projects. Read More »