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Monthly Archives: April 2012

GCMT adopts OCR technology

Optical character recognition technology (OCR) from California-based APS Technology Group has been rolled out at the Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals (GCMT) in Ecuador, stepping up the automation of the terminal’s quay crane fleet. Read More »

Rotterdam to develop new Brazilian port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed an agreement to jointly develop ‘Porto Central’, a new ‘greenfield’ deep-water port handling oil, gas, offshore services, dry bulk and general cargo, to be located in the extreme south of Espirito Santo state, north of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Read More »

Savannah harbour deepening a step closer

After 15 years of study, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released the final documents for the Savannah Harbour Expansion Project (SHEP) for review by state and federal agencies and the general public. Read More »

BC targets US$25bn investment

North Vancouver Premier, Christy Clark, has unveiled her government’s ‘Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy 2012-2020’ that will target $25bn in new public and private-sector investment needed to expand trading opportunities and help businesses in the province grow to meet growing Asian demands for products from British Columbia (BC). This investment is in addition to the $22bn already committed since 2005. Read More »

K-Line upgrades its JABCO-2 service

Starting in May, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) is to add a call to Da Chan Bay Terminal One in West Shenzhen, South China to its JABCO-2 Intra- Asia service, providing customers importing goods from Japan with a direct connection between South China and Thailand/ Vietnam trade lanes. Read More »

Manta concession challenged

Questions are being raised about the validity of the concession process undertaken by the Manta Port Authority (APM) in Ecuador. Only last month (March) the APM Technical Committee confirmed it was close to agreeing final details in respect of issuing the international tender. Read More »

Industry faces test of resolve

The container shipping industry has been warned not to be lulled into a false sense of security by the perception that the industry has turned a corner. Read More »

Chennai acquires new cranes

Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL) has taken delivery of four new post-Panamax twin twenty lift ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes and eight new rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. Read More »