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Monthly Archives: October 2012

UANI calls for increased pressure on Iran’s shipping industry

Ambassador Mark Wallace, CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), has responded to comments made by the managing director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) that Iran’s shipping industry is now suffering from economic pressure and “will face serious problems” and “greater damage” “if this situation continues”. Read More »

Strong holiday season for US containerised imports

Import volume at the top US container ports should be up in October as merchants wrap up the annual shipping cycle for holiday merchandise, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker (GPT) report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Read More »

Bromma’s largest ever all-electric spreader order

Bromma won the largest combined all-electric STS and all-electric yard crane spreader order in the company’s history. OOCL subsidiary Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has ordered 18 STS45E all-electric ship-to-shore and 32 YSX45E all-electric yard spreaders with delivery scheduled during 2013. Read More »

Melbourne turns Green

DP World Melbourne has announced what it calls a significant initiative with a complete new fleet of 22 environmentally-friendly, diesel-electric straddle carriers for its container handling operations at West Swanson Terminal. Read More »

PortMiami gears up for the future

One of PortMiami’s largest capital improvement programmes in its history is now underway with investments totalling more than US$2bn over the next several years. Read More »

Carlyle withdraws from Virginia bid

Carlyle Group, one of three interested parties has withdrawn its bid to take over operations at Virginia's state-owned marine terminals. In its original assessment Carlyle's assumed it would be able to run APM Terminals' container facility in Portsmouth which is currently run by VIT the state's operating arm under a 20-year lease. Contractually however, APM must approve any other operator bidding for VIT. Read More »

Konecranes to Indonesia and Slovenia

Ten Konecranes rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes delivered in June are now all running smoothly at Belawan International Container Terminal (BICT) at the port of Belawan, Indonesia. BICT is managed by Indonesia Port Corporation I (Pelindo I), one of four state-owned Indonesian terminal operators. Read More »

AP Moller to shift its focus

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has revealed that it plans to reduce Maersk Line’s share of the group’s total invested capital from 38% to below 30% to lessen dependence on its container shipping line. Read More »

Spain’s BEST rail service

Hutchison subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) has launched a new BEST-Pamplona Express rail service connecting the Spanish city of Barcelona with Pamplona 480 kms away. Pamplona also has good connections for transporting cargo to/from Navarra, Basque, La Rioja, the Iberian Peninsula and southwestern France. Read More »