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Union says accident should be a wake-up call to regulators

The grounding of a cruiseship carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew two weeks into the Titanic centenary year should serve as a wake-up call to the shipping industry and those who regulate it, says the maritime professionals’ union Nautilus International. Read More »

Two Konecranes ship-to-shore cranes for Mozambique

Konecranes has received an order for two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Cornelder de Moçambique (CdM). The cranes will be equipped with Konecranes’ remote management system and delivered to the Port of Beira, Mozambique, in 2013 where they will operate in the port’s container terminal, one of the most modern in southern Africa. Read More »

PSA’s record 2011 container throughput

PSA International Pte Ltd handled 57.09m teu at its port projects around the world during the year ending December 31, 2011 (excluding the volumes from the Group’s port assets in Hong Kong which were sold to HPH Trust in March 2011). The Group’s performance increased 5.6% over 2010 on the back of contributions from the flagship PSA Singapore Terminals with a new record of 29.37m teu (+6.1%) and PSA terminals outside Singapore with 27.72m teu (+5%). Read More »

Nigeria’s national strike closes port

Container terminals in the Port of Apapa, Lagos have fallen victim of the week-long national strike in Nigeria, called in protest of the government’s removal of fuel subsidies for Nigerian workers. Although news is sketchy on the extent of the disruption, there are indications that other ports have been adversely affected. Read More »

SPRC to become first South American user of RTLS

Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena (SPRC) in the Port of Cartagena, Columbia will become the first South American container terminal operator to use real-time location system (RTLS) technology to increase terminal efficiency. Implementation of the system is due later this year. Read More »

CNS awarded London Gateway community system

Community Network Services (CNS), based in the Port of Southampton in the UK, has been awarded the contract to develop London Gateway’s Port Community System, to provide control and visibility for containers flowing through the port and logistics park that will open in Q4-2013. Read More »

Valparaiso’s approval to expand Terminal One

The Port Authority of Valparaiso and Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso S.A. (TPS) have signed a contract that will ultimately enable TPS to expand Terminal Number 1 in the port, while, at the same time, extending the concession for a further ten year period until December 31, 2029. Read More »

Container overcapacity looms

The net growth of the cellular containership fleet is expected to reach 1.28m teu (+8.3%) this year, after provision for scrappings and delivery slippage, according to Alphaliner projections. By comparison, the cellular fleet grew by 7.9% in 2011, with deliveries of 127 units (1.23m teu). In 2012, some 253 cellular ships representing 1.47m teu are planned for delivery, which could end at around 228 units (1.39m teu) after allowance for slippage. Read More »