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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pan Mediterranean wins Israeli port bid

The company has the choice of Ashdod or Haifa (pictured)

Pan Mediterranean, a subsidiary of the Chinese national ports company China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), has won the pre-qualification stage tender to build one of the new Israeli ports planned for either Ashdod or Haifa, according to the Israeli on-line business news agency ‘Globes’. The company now has a choice as to which of two potential new ports it will build, with ... Read More »

Q1 port volume growth points to modest demand recovery

With continuing signs of improvements in container trade volumes from the low rates experienced since 2012, the Top 30 container ports in the world recorded an aggregate throughput growth of 4.7% in the first quarter of 2014, according to Alphaliner. Chinese ports, excluding Hong Kong, accounted for 10 of the top 30 ports, although results were mixed, with aggregate growth ... Read More »

Global opens expanded terminal

Global’s new terminal [Photo:  Nick Souza]

Global Container Terminals (GCT) has celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded, semi-automated facility at Bayonne, New Jersey, which the company claims will be the most productive marine terminal on the US East Coast once complete this summer. Built on land adjoining Global’s existing facility, the new development is located before the entrance of the Bayonne Bridge, with unrestricted ... Read More »

Hamburg Süd looks at options

Following the collapse of merger talks with Hapag-Lloyd in March 2013, Hamburg Süd is “working on alternatives” for its future, according to chief executive, Ottmar Gast, who added “size isn’t everything”. Announcing its 2013 results, the shipping group said it was “Doing well under difficult business conditions”; these included subdued market growth and operational problems in Brazilian ports, which,  as ... Read More »

Gioia Tauro migrates to Navis N4

The Italian Port of Gioia Tauro

Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), Contship Italia Group’s flagship mega-hub in the Italian Port of Gioia Tauro, has completed a major terminal operation system (TOS) upgrade – on time, on budget and without a hitch! All operational activities were suspended for six hours in order to migrate all data records from the legacy system to the new Navis N4 TOS, with ... Read More »

P3 abandoned as China says ‘No’

P3 partners to rethink future

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced yesterday (17 June) that it had not approved the P3 Network proposed by the world’s three leading shipping lines – Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA-CGM – on the grounds that the agreement would “restrict competition” on the busiest Asia-Europe routes. The decision, following a review under China’s merger control rules, ... Read More »

Long Beach offers incentives to attract cargo

The Port of Long Beach is offering ’environmental’  incentives that it hopes will bring additional cargo to the port and help it compete with other West Coast ports that have already cut fees to grow their business.  The scheme has been approved by the Board of Harbour Commissioners. In one incentive, the port will waive “dockage” charges – essentially giving ... Read More »

Savannah Harbour Expansion gets green light

Savannah's Garden City Terminal (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

The Port of Savannah’s Harbour Expansion Project (SHEP) is now authorised to begin construction, following President Obama’s recent signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. “SHEP has officially received a green light,” said Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Curtis Foltz. The next step calls for Georgia to enter a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Army ... Read More »

Identec announces latest reefer system

Process and automation specialist Identec Solutions has announced the release of its latest generation monitoring and control system for reefer containers. The real-time wireless CTAS 7.0 Reefer system includes a new Windows-based user interface and middleware platform, providing enhanced “dashboard style” alarms, alerts, reports and business intelligence. Use of the open architecture platform also facilitates integration for other business applications, ... Read More »