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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Maersk announces better-than-expected results

Maersk Line, the container liner division of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, reported a better-than-expected result in 2008, with profits almost doubling in comparison with 2007. The company posted a profit of US$205m on a turnover of US$28.6bn and Maersk Line and Safmarine, its sister liner company, saw volumes rise 2% for the year. Read More »

Transnet cancels loco tender due to irregularities

Transnet of South Africa has cancelled a tender for the purchase of 212 diesel-electric locomotives after investigations revealed procedural irregularities that would have made the awarding of a tender unlawful. The cancellation was made “some time ago”, said the company in a statement. Read More »

OneVoice evaluates role of UK maritime sector

OneVoice, the body representing UK shipping, ports and the maritime business services sectors, has presented the results of research to assess the value and significance of the UK maritime services sector. Its research concludes that the sector employs one in 50 of the working population and contributes almost 2% of the UK’s GDP. Read More »

Port of Manta – TIDE walks away

Following its row with the government of Ecuador over changes imposed to the agreement to operate the Port of Manta, Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH) ‘walked away’ from the 30-year Terminales Internacionales de Ecuador S.A. (TIDE) concession at the end of February. Read More »

Converteam to extend life of cranes for TCS

Tilbury Container Services Ltd (TCS) has engaged the services of Converteam’s Regional Business Centre in Gillingham, UK to extend the life and enhance the reliability and functionality of two of its Paceco container-handling ship-to-shore cranes. The two cranes are set to be relocated from their present riverside location to the inner dock at the TCS deep-sea container terminal on the River Thames in London. Read More »

PEMA and TT Club cooperate on equipment safety

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) and TT Club are to cooperate to promote best practice in the safe design and operation of port equipment worldwide. The agreement was finalised at PEMA’s recent AGM in Amsterdam, where Laurence Jones, director of Global Risk Assessment for the TT Club, presented the results of his research into causes of equipment accidents and loss in the global port and terminal sector. Read More »

New rail shuttle link introduced at Duisburg

A new rail shuttle service, the Glückauf Express, has been launched to connect the Port of Duisburg with the ports of Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund. The new service will connect the three ports each working day in both directions and will help develop the transport network in the metropolitan Ruhr area. The initial capacity of the train service will be 60 teu per day, taking some 16,000 trucks off regional highways. Read More »

Award for energy chain and cable specialist igus

Cologne-based igus GmbH has been awarded the title ‘Supplier of the Year 2008’ in the ‘Crisis Management’ category by machine and plant engineering company IMA Klessmann of Lübbeke, Westphalia. igus has been a partner to the woodworking systems specialist for more than 18 years, and equips CNC machining centres with energy chains and specialist cables. Read More »