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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Berth deepening process at Durban Container Terminal has not halted

In response to previous widely quoted reports that the rejection of the environmental impact assessment for berths 203, 204 and 205 on Durban Container Terminal’s North Quay had resulted in the deepening project being halted, South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority has issued a statement “which clarifies that the EIA approval it sought for the deepening, lengthening and widening of berths 203 to 205 was not rejected by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).” Read More »

PSA: “Key trends affecting the industry will continue in 2014”

Next year (2014) will see the continuation of the key trends affecting the industry today, according to Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA International, who cites weak demand growth coupled with oversupply of shipping capacity, as well as the sharp increase in the number of mega vessels and increased complexity due to alliances among shipping lines, as the main causes. Read More »

Rotterdam remains stable and makes more room for hazardous containers

The terminal is located on the Oude Maasweg-Westgeulstraat in the Botlek area (Aeroview)

Coinciding with the release of its provisional throughput figures for 2013, in which a decline was experienced in both container tonnage (-3.1%, 122m) and teu numbers (-1.7%), the Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed an agreement for the construction of a jetty and the 5,000 sq. m expansion of the site occupied by RBC Holding for the storage and handling of containers with hazardous substances. Read More »

APMT WACT welcomes bigger ships

APMT is currently investing US$30m in the WACT

Larger vessels are starting to enter the West Africa trade as ports race to upgrade their facilities. Earlier this month APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) in Onne (Port Harcourt), Nigeria successfully accommodated a trial call by Maersk Line’s weekly Far East-West Africa (FEW2) service. Read More »

AAE invests in 300 rail wagons

European freight railcar leasing company, AAE Group, is investing in 300 container wagons that are lighter and less expensive than conventional units but can transport more containers per train. Read More »

Gulftainer unveils future vision and global expansion goals

Khorfakkan was the fastest-growing port in the Middle East last year

Sharjah-based port management and logistics company Gulftainer has unveiled its vision for the future, which includes the aim of operating 35 container terminals across five continents handling an annual total of 18m teu, three times its current 6m teu capacity, by the year 2020. Read More »