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Monthly Archives: March 2011

LATEST – Japan closes all seaports following devastating tsunami

The Port of Los Angeles is taking precautionary measures and has temporarily suspended the transfer of hazardous materials and bunkering fuel operations as of 08.00 (PST), in response to the Pacific tsunami warning issued after the major earthquake struck Japan on Friday. Normal cargo operations have not been interrupted. Read More »

Antwerp launches pilot inland AIS phase

Antwerp Port Authority has launched a pilot phase of an inland Automatic Identification System (AIS) for barges throughout its port area, to fine-tune the system in readiness for its use becoming obligatory in January 2012. Read More »

Terex wins UAE contract for 20 sprinter carriers

An order for 20 Terex Noell SC624E diesel-electric Sprinter Carriers has been placed by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), in the United Arab Emirates for use in the new Khalifa Port currently being constructed at Al Taweelah. Read More »

IFB introduces regional business units

Belgium-based intermodal and terminal operator Inter Ferry Boats (IFB) has introduced four regional business units for its intermodal business to strengthen its organisation and offer, what the company claims, “a truly European intermodal network linking destinations in Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Europe”. Read More »

Forth Ports on verge of US$1.2bn takeover

Forth Ports, the UK’s last listed ports group and owners of the Port of Tilbury in London and the Scottish ports of Leith, Dundee, Grangemouth and Rosyth, is poised to recommend a £746m (US$1.21 billion) takeover by Arcus European Infrastructure Fund (Arcus), its biggest shareholder, which already owns almost 23% of the Group. Read More »

Size does matter

Two of the world's largest classes of container ships met for the first time at the Port of Felixstowe in the UK this weekend, when the 15,550 teu ‘Eleonora Maersk’ and the 14,000 teu ‘MSC Paloma’, both regular callers but usually on different days, berthed simultaneously. Read More »

APMT to electrify RTG fleet worldwide

APM Terminals (APMT) has embarked on a programme to convert and retrofit more than 400 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes in use throughout its global network of ports and terminals. Read More »