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Ports sign LNG agreement for European inland shipping

On April 25 the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland signed a cooperation agreement to introduce LNG to the European inland shipping sector. The cooperation includes studies, promotion, knowledge transfer, regulations and bunker infrastructure. The agreements are within the framework of the LNG Master Plan for Rhine-Main-Danube, a project in which all five ports are partners. The goal of ... Read More »

Pentalver to open in London Gateway

The Pentalver facility will strengthen London Gateway

Container service operator Pentalver is to open a new container facility at DP World London Gateway. Empty storage, dry repair and reefer services will be provided and they will be up and running in the coming days to coincide with the arrival of the latest shipping services to call at the terminal. Landside infrastructure is a vital part of the ... Read More »

Shhh! Two very quiet cranes for Oslo

Konecranes has tasked itself with supplying two of the ‘most silent’ and eco-efficient ship-to-shore (STS) cranes for the Sjursöya container terminal, which is located in the Port of Oslo close to densely populated areas in the Norwegian capital. Taking environmental responsibilities seriously, especially its noise emissions and carbon dioxide footprint, the port and the Sjursöya terminal set extremely stringent noise ... Read More »

DP World seeks US$3bn loan

DP World is in talks with its four banks to increase the size of its existing US$1bn loan to US$3bn, according to Reuters.  In addition, the port operator is said to want to extend the lifespan and cut the interest rate on such a loan to take advantage of investors’ renewed confidence in the Emirate. An original five-year revolving credit ... Read More »

RAM tandem head-blocks and spreaders for DP World ports

RAM’s Singflex head-block can handle tandem and quad lifts

DP World (DPW) has placed orders with RAM Spreaders for a total of 27 head-blocks and 40 spreaders for use at its DP World London Gateway terminal in the UK, and Phase III of its Jebel Ali container terminal in Dubai. In the UK, eight ‘Singflex’ tandem head-blocks and 18 ‘CentreSpread’ twin-lift ship-to-shore (STS) crane spreaders have been ordered; these ... Read More »

HHLA in flagship E-mobility project

HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) is taking part as an open-air laboratory for a German energy transition project, whereby its battery-operated automated guided vehicles (AGVs) will be recharged using surplus renewable generated energy. In addition to its practical considerations, the project is bringing together businesses and research institutions to focus on the model’s commercial viability of using a battery administration ... Read More »

BMT and HKCTOA look to enhance Hong Kong’s position

Hong Kong is in an increasingly competitive region

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT) and the Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (HKCTOA), have submitted reports aimed at enhancing Hong Kong’s position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC) and to improve the competitiveness of Kwai Tsing Container Port respectively. The BMT strategic study, carried out on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau, plots a development roadmap and ... Read More »

Panama Canal suffers withdrawal symptoms

Evergreen’s rerouting will result in lost revenue for ACP

The Panama Canal has lost its competitiveness for Maersk Line and Evergreen which have, during recent months, redirected their services via the Suez Canal. Jorge Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), said that following its incorporation into CKYHE alliance, Evergreen had replaced its 4,000 teu capacity vessels with vessels of up to 8,000 or 9,000 teu capacity with ... Read More »

Portek relocates STS and RTG cranes and secures modification contract

Portek Systems and Equipment, the engineering arm of Portek International, has recently relocated two fully erected ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes and four rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) from Busan, Korea to Laem Chabang, Thailand.  The entire project from design, site execution to commissioning took approximately 100 days. In addition, together with its sister company PT Portek Indonesia, the company has ... Read More »