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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Trade volumes are slowing down

The latest update of global freight data collected by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD shows that global trade volumes are slowing down. Total external trade by sea (in tonnes) has remained stagnant below pre-crisis levels in the European Union (EU) and the US (-2% and -10% respectively) according to seasonally adjusted preliminary estimates of goods carried until August 2012. Read More »

Long Beach and Panama Canal renew accord

Officials from the Port of Long Beach and the Panama Canal Authority have renewed an agreement that promotes more trade between Latin America and the USA and facilitates the exchange of ideas for seaport engineering, dredging and environmental practices. Read More »

FEC and Port Everglades to jointly promote new ICTF

Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and Port Everglades have concluded a joint marketing agreement to promote a planned 42.5 acre near-port intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF). Due to begin construction in early 2013 and to complete twelve months later, the aim is for the ICTF to become a major international and domestic freight hub servicing South Florida and the Eastern US. Read More »

Ten Konecranes RTGs delivered to Nigeria

Ten Konecranes rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes have been successfully delivered to Ports and Cargo Handling Services (PCHS) in Lagos, Nigeria, the port operations arm of the Nigerian Sifax Group, a major player in port and related services in West Africa. Read More »

Port of Amsterdam to stand on its own feet

The Port of Amsterdam is to become an independent public enterprise company, following a decision taken by the City Council, with 100% of the shares owned by the City of Amsterdam. The move is seen as allowing the port authority to be more decisive, dynamic and able to boost commercial activities more effectively, providing greater added value for the city and the region. Read More »

Now Cavotec powers up Los Angeles

Substantial multiple orders for its innovative Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) shore-to-ship electrical power systems at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) have been won by Cavotec, following several orders for similar systems throughout California. Read More »

‘New Era’ in UAE trading and maritime history

The US$7.2bn Khalifa Port was formally inaugurated yesterday (12th December) by the United Arab Emirates President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who expressed his pride at the completion of projects that will strengthen the national economy and provides access to two billion people within four time zones. Read More »

First LNG bunkering in Antwerp

An LNG-powered barge, the ‘Argonon’, operated by Deen Shipping, has been successfully bunkered with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Port of Antwerp, the first time this has ever been done in a Belgian port; the dockside fuel transferred was from a truck. Read More »