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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mitsubishi buys 25% of TCB’s Valencia Container Terminal

TCB’s Valencia Container Terminal (TCV)

Spain’s Grup Maritim TCB has sold 25% of its Valencia’s Port Container Terminal (TCV) shareholding to Mitsubishi Corporation and Kamigumi Corporation (Mitsubishi). The 75% majority remains in the control of TCB. The purchase price has not been made public. The alliance with Mitsubishi will strengthen TCB’s potential for funding new and more ambitious international projects that require large investments and ... Read More »

Carrier focuses on refrigerant quality

To help raise service and quality standards in refrigerant-handling operations for the container shipping industry, Carrier Transicold has launched ‘CareMAX,’™ a comprehensive refrigerant management recognition programme for its authorised service centres. CareMAX, short for ‘Carrier Refrigerant Management Excellence’, establishes industry-leading protocols that cover all stages of refrigerant handling, from procurement and testing, to storage and decanting, including maintenance of refrigerant-handling ... Read More »

Konecranes launches revolutionary container crane

BOXHUNTER has a simplified design that reduces manufacturing costs

Konecranes has introduced its first product especially developed for the emerging markets – the BOXHUNTER rubber tyred gantry (RTG) container handling crane – a completely new type of RTG that will give the company access to a new market segment. Launched at the TOC Container Supply Chain Asia conference in Singapore, the machine is the outcome of intense product development ... Read More »

Klaipeda takes delivery of second STS crane

The cranes are important components of the port’s plans (Photo: Andrius Pelakauskas)

The second of three post-Panamax Konecranes ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes for Klaipedos Smelte, in the Port of Klaipeda, was delivered at the beginning of the month (April) to handle increasing volumes of containers, including those from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which is replacing its feeder service with direct calls. Seen as important components of the port’s plans to become a ... Read More »

Gothenburg’s new ‘Master Plan’

More and larger terminal areas with a major investment in further land earmarked for warehousing and logistics. These are the focal points in the new Master Plan through to 2035 recently adopted by the Port of Gothenburg. With 11,000 ship calls each year and almost 30% of Swedish exports passing through the port, Gothenburg claims to be “the freight hub ... Read More »

Mott MacDonald wins design of €160m Gdansk redevelopment

The new deep water quay will be adjacent to the existing quay

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Deepwater Container Terminal Gdansk (DCT Gdansk) to carry out construction design services for a new €160m (US$219m) quay at the Port of Gdansk in Poland. The upgraded terminal will be capable of handling 3m teu. The consultancy will design a new deep-water quay adjacent to the existing quay and new container stacking yards, which ... Read More »

New CEO showcases Marseilles Fos initiatives

Christine Cabau Woehrel, the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Marseilles Fos Port Authority, has outlined the latest initiatives for the port, which container terminal performance, new incentives on the Rhone-Saone inland waterways network and ground breaking developments at the Distriport logistics zone. According to 2013 data gathered by the port authority, Marseilles Fos is as competitive and reliable ... Read More »

Industry stuck in a vicious cycle

The container shipping industry remains in an extended down cycle, according the Drewry’s  Q1-2014 ‘Container Forecaster’, which highlights that the situation is being accentuated and extended by the constant delivery of new ships. As a result, the global cascade of ships is now hurting the balance of the north/south trades. Some of these trade routes have also not lived up ... Read More »

CMA CGM – stable despite weak freight rates

Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group executive officer

In a year of variable freight rates, the French shipping line CMA CGM has reported stable consolidated revenue at US$15.9bn for 2013, a drop of just 0.1% against the previous year. In spite of this, profits grew by 22.8% to US$408m, driven partially by the 49% sale to China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) in June of its port terminal subsidiary, Terminal ... Read More »