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A collaborative approach for Gothenburg vessels

To offer vessels a quicker, safer and greener approach into the Port of Gothenburg, co-operation has been intensified between Sweden’s National Shipping Administration (NSA) and the Port of Gothenburg. In effect, the NSA’s VTS and the pilot ordering systems will merge with the Port of Gothenburg approach planning system, Port Control. The joint operating centre has been rebranded Gothenburg Approach. Read More »

South Africa’s Port of Ngqura officially opened

The multi-billion South African Port of Ngqura has been officially opened by President Jacob Zuma. More than 15 years in the making, the port has been commercially active for the past two and a half years, having handled the first container ship on October 4, 2009. Read More »

FastShip files for Chapter 11

It was to have been a high speed 25,000 dwt semi-planing monohull (SPMH) containership that would sail twice as fast as traditional containerships and link Philadelphia with Cherbourg, France. At one time, there were hopes it could have been in service by 2003. And as recently as this year a ro-ro version was among the designs in a MARAD portfolio of ships suitable for the American Marine Highways project. Read More »

Montreal targeted for federal investment

Denis Lebel, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announce that the federal government will invest up to C$15.6m from its Gateways and Border Crossing Fund to optimise infrastructure at the Port of Montreal and navigation in the St. Lawrence River channel. Read More »

ICTSI wins awards for landmark bond deal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has won awards for a bond transaction it undertook in the international capital markets last year and recently re-opened early this year to raise US$350m. Read More »

More money for Charleston’s Navy Base terminal project

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) Board has approved a US$42.7m contract, which includes the placement of fill material on portions of the landside of the terminal and along the already completed 5,000 ft long containment wall structure, which was constructed toward the shipping channel. The facility represents the only permitted new container terminal currently under construction on the US East and Gulf coasts. Read More »