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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Carrier casualties

Several casualties have recently emerged on the Transpacific trade. Four smaller carriers (TCC, Horizon, GCL and CSAV) were forced to exit the trade, while almost all remaining carriers went on to rationalise their service offerings. Total losses on the trade are expected to reach US$800m for the full year 2011- US$200m above the last projected industry loss - as the peak season flop has added to the negative results experienced in the first half of the year. Further losses are expected for the fourth quarter as, despite recent capacity withdrawals, weak demand will keep freight rates under continued pressure. Read More »

More challenges for Itajai

APM Terminals Itajai (APMTI), Brazil has suffered another set back to its operations inside two months, after an indefinite strike by tally clerks has closed it down. Read More »

New automated terminal spreader orders for Bromma

Bromma has now won contracts for nearly 300 all-electric crane spreaders in automated or semi-automated global terminals. In 2011 the largest of these orders was for automated operations in Khalifa, Abu Dhabi, (34 all-electrics) and Terminal Catalunya, Spain (40 all-electrics). Most recently, Bromma has won orders for 12 all-electrics from Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. Read More »

A second port concession attempt for El Salvador’s La Union

In order to ensure the continued competitiveness of the country and its ability to meet both the domestic and regional growing demand, the Government of El Salvador, through the port authority “Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma” (CEPA), completed the construction of a new 850,000 teu capacity port facility in the eastern province of La Union on the Gulf of Fonseca in 2008. Read More »

Port Everglades benefits from new clean diesel equipment

A US$1.32m investment stemming from a diesel emissions reduction grant awarded to Port Everglades by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), has resulted in the replacement of heavy equipment, service vehicles and pilot boats being re-powered with clean diesel technology. This has resulted in substantial savings in fuel consumption and cost for the port and up to US$17m in environmental and health benefits to the community. Read More »