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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Da Chan Bay fills out its quay crane fleet

Da Chan Bay Terminal One in Shenzhen has received another four dual-hoist tandem-lift quay cranes, taking its fleet to 12. The container terminal is the first in southern China to adopt a full fleet of this type of quay crane. Read More »

SPLA to build new Colombo box terminal

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has announced plans to build and operate a container terminal in the planned new deep-draught port being built next to Colombo’s existing harbour. “The SLPA is planning to build one terminal, not necessarily the first terminal. It depends on the RFP (request for proposals),” said SPLA acting chairman Priyath Bandu Wickrema. Read More »

PD Ports signs up Indian agent

Following a recent visit to Mumbai, PD Ports has signed an agreement with Faredeal Shipping Agencies Pvt Ltd. to act as its agent and to raise its profile in the Indian shipping market. The port owner and operator, based in the northeast of the UK, expects the agreement to provide Indian shippers with opportunities for increased European trade. Read More »

Kalmar to supply empty capacity at Gothenburg

Kalmar Industries has been awarded a three-year service contract to supply empty container handling capacity to the Port of Gothenburg’s container terminal. The Swedish port is buying the capacity it needs from Kalmar on a ‘per-hour’ basis, equivalent to seven DRF100 reachstackers, and so the responsibility for ensuring the highest levels of machine availability falls on the equipment company. Read More »

Rising tensions over delays at Durban

According to Ports & Ships Maritime News, angry truckers faced with ongoing congestion outside the gates of the two Durban container terminals are threatening to blockade the port in an effort to make port management aware of the seriousness of the delays. Read More »

DCT Gdansk celebrates its first year in style

The Polish deepwater container terminal DCT Gdansk celebrated its first birthday on October 1, 2008, with a reception party attended by nearly 300 people, including representatives of freight forwarders, shipping lines and rail operators working with the terminal. Also present were the Mayor of Gdansk and the Chairman of the Port of Gdansk Authority, along with the ambassadors of Australia and Denmark. Read More »

Turkish conference to explore finance options

Turkish owners have enjoyed their share of shipping’s boom cycle but now they need to tighten their belts, according to one of Turkey’s leading maritime industry figures. Lucien Arkas, president of container shipping and port operations group Arkas Holding, will chair the Turkish Shipping & Ship Finance 2008 conference, which takes place in Istanbul on November 19–20. Read More »

CCR gantry system launched by HTS

Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd. (HTS), a developer of optical character recognition (OCR) computer vision systems, has launched an innovative pre-configured container code recognition (CCR) gantry for ports and railway stations. Read More »