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Monthly Archives: July 2014

First gates moved to new locks in Panama

The gates each weigh 3,000 tonnes

Expansion work at the Panama Canal has now reached 77% according to the Canal Authority, and another milestone was reached in July with the transfer of the first gates to the new locks complex on the Atlantic side. Panama Canal Authority administrator Jorge Quijano said: “This is a very important operation because it involved the first movement of the gates ... Read More »

Analysts predict CMA CGM – UASC – CSCL link up

It has been reported that numerous analysts anticipate that CMA CGM, recently snubbed by the 2M partners of Maersk and MSC, could join forces with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). The French line had been part of the proposed P3 alliance that was abandoned in June after Chinese competition authorities refused to sanction the ... Read More »

Partnership to buy APMT’s Virginia facility

APM Terminals Virginia

A partnership comprising affiliates of investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners (Alinda) and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS) has announced that the partnership will purchase APM Terminals’ container terminal in Portsmouth, Virginia. The transaction is subject to standard regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2014, following which the terminal will be renamed as ... Read More »

Rotterdam’s half-year throughput up 0.6%

Despite a dip in the first quarter, total throughput at the Port of Rotterdam was up 0.6% for the first half of 2014, according to the port’s half-year report. “A further recovery of the European economy is expected for the second half of the year, so that the port is on track in terms of achieving approximately 1% growth for ... Read More »

Belco and Maersk pair up to test scrubber technology

The scrubber technology was installed on the Tukang last year

As the International Maritime Organisation’s stringent new sulphur emission regulations draw nearer, Belco Technologies Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of chemical company DuPont, has partnered with the Maersk Group to demonstrate its marine scrubber technology aboard the shipping line’s Tukang vessel. The technology is designed to reduce sulphur oxide and particulate emissions from ship engines and boilers, enabling vessels to ... Read More »

New specification for flexitanks…

A new international specification – PAS 1008 – has been published with the aim of improving the quality of flexitanks used for the transport of bulk liquids inside freight containers. Commissioned by the Container Owners Association (COA) the specification was developed by international standards organisation BSI Group, with the goal of providing an industry-wide benchmark for the manufacturing and testing of both flexitanks and ... Read More »

Bolloré sets its sights on Mombasa

Mombasa has been plagued by delays

Bolloré Africa Logistics is said to be looking with interest at running the second container terminal in the Port of Mombasa, should the Kenyan government call for private tenders. The Kenya Port Authority (KPA), which is currently constructing the facility, has indicated that it would seek a concessionaire once the facility is completed; as a result other unnamed port operators ... Read More »

Partners sign up for Marseilles intermodal project

Six partners led by the Marseilles Fos port authority have formed the Mourepiane combined transport terminal company (MTTC) to help finance and manage construction of the port’s long-planned intermodal upgrade development in the Marseilles harbour area. The €60.5m (US$82m) project will create a high-performance base improving links and pre/post-dispatch handling between Mourepiane container terminal and the adjacent railhead.  The new ... Read More »

Mariel – 57 ships in 6 months

The terminal is equipped with four super post-Panamax cranes

The Mariel Port container terminal in Cuba, operated by Singapore’s PSA International, has handled 57 ships since it opened six months ago, with approximately 15,000 containers being handled to date according to the terminal’s deputy director, Alvaro Molina. Inaugurated in January, the terminal, which is located in the heart of the Mariel Special Development Zone 45 km west of Havana, ... Read More »