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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Marketing will lead to business recovery

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is publishing a White Paper on the role of marketing in a recession, which will be launched on April 23, 2009 in Central London. The Paper shows that those organisations that increase their marketing spend in a recession are those who emerge strongest when recovery comes. Read More »

Two Gottwald mobile harbour cranes for Caucedo

Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald) has received its first ever order for the Dominican Republic. The order is for two G HMK 6407 mobile harbour cranes, variants of the Model 6 series of Generation 5 that can handle container vessels up to post-Panamax size - Gottwald’s current bestseller. The cranes, which are expected to be commissioned by April, will mainly handle containers in the Port of Caucedo terminal which is operated by DP World. Read More »

DP World increases 2008 profits by 48 percent

Dubai-based DP World, the world’s fourth largest port operator, has declared a 48% increase in profits to US$621m for 2008, up from $420m in 2007 despite the impact of a weaker fourth quarter as volumes declined across most regions in response to the more challenging macroeconomic environment. Read More »

South African terminals closing on Election Day

South Africa’s state-owned port operator Transnet Port Terminals has announced that all 15 of its port terminals in six commercial ports including Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and East London will be closed on voting day, April 22, 2009. Read More »

Container ship layup growing

AXS-Alphaliner, the Paris-based maritime research firm, reports that the idle container fleet had grown to 484 ships by March 16, 2009. That represented 1,410,000 teu of capacity, or 11.3% of the world cellular container ship feet, and was up from 255 ships (670,000 teu) in mid-January and 70 ships (150,000 teu) at the end of October 2008. Read More »

World economy leaves mark on Marseilles Fos

January-February throughput at Marseilles Fos port fell 21% compared with the first two months last year as the global recession continued to hit world trade. The two-month total of 12.71m tonnes reflected a downturn in all main categories. Read More »

Transib container train arrives early in Moscow

On March 22, 2009 the first ‘Transib in Seven Days’ container block train from Nakhodka-Vostochnaya to Moskva-Tovarnaya Oktyabrskaya (9,361 kms) comfortably beat the seven day journey target by arriving six hours early. The Transib project aims to develop an alternative delivery schedule for cargo from South East Asia to Europe. Read More »

Two new gantries for Khorfakkan

Gulftainer-operated Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) has taken delivery of two new Liebherr post-Panamax STS gantries bringing the total number at KCT to sixteen. Read More »