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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Work starts on Felixstowe expansion

The Boskalis Westminster dredger, Causeway, began dredging 13 April

Just two weeks after the official opening of Southampton’s SCT5 ultra-large container vessel deep-water berth, work has started on the latest expansion at the Port of Felixstowe – the 190 m extension of Berth 9 that will increase the combined lengths of Berths 8 & 9 to 920 m, giving the port even greater flexibility to berth the world’s largest ... Read More »

Zim’s future is still uncertain

Alphaliner reports that Zim has recorded a full year net loss of U$535m, the worst annual result in the company’s history. Operating losses reached US$139m, excluding US$53m in non-recurring items, primarily from impairment charges for vessel cancellations and early retirement payments which was offset by disposal gains from the sale of two Chinese container manufacturing factories. The loss brought Zim’s ... Read More »

“Red dot” award for ABB´s remote crane operator workstation

ABB’s award winning Remote Control Station

ABB has been awarded the prestigious “red dot 2014” for the tabletop operator control unit of its new Remote Control Station (RCS). An international panel of 40 experts assessed products submitted by more than 1,800 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 nations, evaluating the degree of innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. “The new design of the RCS ... Read More »

CTB brings forward parking space expansion

Container Terminal Burchardkai

In order to improve traffic flows at Hamburg’s largest container terminal, Burchardkai (CTB) a number of construction projects are being brought forward which will also help the terminal to cope with the further growth in trucks volumes. Trucks are a key mode of transport at CTB and throughout the Port of Hamburg and in recent weeks it has once again ... Read More »

ICTSI to manage and operate Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is partnering with the Government of Iraq to operate and expand container and general cargo facilities in Umm Qasr Port. Initial investments are expected to exceed US$130m. Phase 1 of the Umm Qasr expansion will include a new 200 m quay wall and storage yard, with a capacity of 300,000 teu. At full build, ... Read More »

Virginia’s vicissitudes

Recent pronouncements concerning the US Port of Virginia have been causing confusion among industry observers. Despite the recent truck congestion issues, the Port declared that it has rewritten its record books as the 2013 teu throughput volume was “the best on record,” with the port having handled more containers and rail cargo than at any time in its history. With ... Read More »

First Vietnamese order for Terex RTGs

The E-RTGs can cover six rows of containers and a truck lane

Vietnam’s port of Haiphong has ordered 12 Terex Port Solutions (TPS) E-RTG rubber-tyred gantry cranes for delivery at the end of 2014. The order also includes an option for Haiphong Port to purchase six additional gantry cranes. Haiphong, the largest port in northern Vietnam and the second largest in the country, lies 100 km to the east of Vietnam’s capital ... Read More »

YILPORT aims to become a top 10 global operator

YILPORT Gemlik

Istanbul based port management and logistics company YILPORT has announced its vision for the future, which includes the aim of operating 50 container terminals across five continents handling an annual total of 22m teu; more than ten times its current 1.96m teu, by 2023. YILPORT is part of the YILDIRIM Group, an international industrial conglomerate active in metals and mining, ... Read More »

22% revenue growth for Portonave

The terminal handled 705,790 teu in 2013

Portonave – Terminais Portuários de Navegantes – increased its net operating revenue from port operations by 22% to a total of R$333.7m (US$149m) last year, even though the local currency was devalued against the dollar and lower-than-expected Brazilian GDP growth of just 2.3%. According to the company’s head of administration, Osmari de Castilho Ribas, “Portonave continued to record container handling ... Read More »