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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Twelve more automated stacking cranes for Khalifa Port

Following the delivery of a complete automated container yard system including 30 automated stacking cranes (ASCS) to the new Khalifa port in Abu Dhabi, Konecranes will deliver a further 12 ASCS to the port, which officially started commercial operations on September 1, 2012. Deliveries will take place in Q4 2013 and Q1 2014. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order. Read More »

La Spezia is an important example for Italy

\r\nCaptain Gianluigi Aponte, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) President visited Italy’s Port of La Spezia on November 19 and was given an official welcome by a number of high-ranking dignitaries. Read More »

Another step forward for Ukraine’s port concession process

Reform of the port industry in Ukraine which many consider as an intractable problem, has been dragging on for years. On November 3, 2011, for example, the VerkhovnaRada (the Supreme Council, the country’s parliament) adopted a draft Sea Ports of Ukraine Law, which defined “the legal, organisational, economic and social principles for the creation of new facilities and the development of existing sea ports, as well as defining the responsibilities of port operations with the aim of completely reforming the State’s port sector”. Read More »

Chilean operators cleared to bid for Valparaiso Terminal 2

Chilean competition authority TLDC, has judged in favour of lifting a ban preventing incumbent operators in the 5th region from bidding for the concession to operate the proposed new container handling facility, Terminal 2, at the Port of Valparaiso. It took the four-person committee looking into the tender 10 months to make the decision. Read More »

Antwerp starts the next stage of the world’s largest lock

On November 26, 2012 Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister of Transport & Public Works, officially marked the laying of the first concrete for the Port of Antwerp’s EUR 340m Deurganckdoklock, due to open in spring 2016. Supplementing the nearby existing Kallolock, the be the second lock between Waasland, the port area on the left bank of the River Scheldt, and the Waasland Canal link to the North Sea. Read More »

Hamburg: export growth – import downturn

The Port of Hamburg’s overall results for the first nine months of 2012,compared to the same period last year, can be characterised by ‘export growth - import downturn’, with total throughput of 98.1m tonnes (down 0.8%); container traffic stood at 6.7m teu, a fall of 0.6%, while general cargo stood at 69.2m tonnes (up 0.2%).\r\n Read More »

Reefers boxes continue to overtake reefer ships

The worldwide maritime transportation of perishable fresh and processed food products in specialised conventional reefer ships and refrigerated boxes, accounts for over 90m tonnes or barely 1% of the total worldwide seaborne trade, or 2.6% if considering all dry cargo only (excluding bulk). Read More »