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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dunkerque focusses on the future

Trade at the Port of Dunkerque in 2012 was ‘Better than expected”, according to CEO Christine Cabau Woehrel, with provisional figures showing tonnage throughput remaining static at 47.2m tonnes, representing a decline of only 0.6% compared to the 2011 figures. Read More »

New Ust-Luga block train service

A new block train service is being launched this month (January) by the Russian logistics and intermodal operator GCS-Ruscon from the new Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT), running a distance of over 1,100 km to Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia’s fifth largest city located 400 km east of Moscow. Read More »

Konecranes – world first with hybrid reachstacker

Konecranes has become the first manufacturer in the world to introduce a hybrid reachstacker for container handling - the SMV 4531 TB5 HLT. The vehicle is currently undergoing field testing at the Port of Helsingborg’s container terminal. Read More »

Notice to Proceed to build bridge on Panama Canal

Following the October 2011 award of a contract to French company Vinci Construction Grands Projets to build a bridge on the Atlantic Side of the Canal, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has now issued a ‘Notice to Proceed.’ The company now has 1,274 construction days to complete the bridge. \r\n Read More »

Australia, Lebanon, Spain and Malaysia order Bromma spreaders

Sweden’s Bromma, has won new orders for 34 green all-electric spreaders. Sixteen YSX40E all-electric yard spreaders are headed to the DP World Brisbane terminal in Australia, fourteen have been ordered for the Port of Beirut in Lebanon and in Europe, four YSX45E yard spreaders have been ordered for the Port of Valencia in Spain. Read More »

Long Beach bridge construction begins

The long awaited commencement of the US$1bn project to replace the ageing Gerald Desmond Bridge began at the Port of Long Beach on Tuesday (January 8, 2013). Under the theme “Building Bridges - Raising Economies,” federal, state and local officials gathered for a ceremony that included two helicopters hovering at 515 feet (157 m) - the eventual height of the bridge’s two new towers. Read More »

YICT achieves 100m teu in less than 20 years

On January 8, 2013, Shenzhen’s leading terminal operator, Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT), handled its 100 millionth teu, a record it has achieved in only 18.5 years. This milestone follows YICT’s 2007 performance when it became the world’s first container terminal to reach an annual throughput exceeding 10m teu. In less than two decades, Yantian Port has evolved from a small fishing village into one of the world’s busiest container terminals. Read More »

Durban gives Port Elizabeth a lift

South Africa’s Port Elizabeth container handling operations have received a boost with the delivery of two multi-million rand ship to shore cranes manufactured by IMPSA. Read More »