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Monthly Archives: September 2014

MSC announces 2M service itinerary with Maersk

MSC and Maersk Line will share vessels on 22 routes

MSC has revealed the proposed service itinerary of the 2M alliance with Maersk Line, with the vessel sharing agreement (VSA) set to operate from next year subject to regulatory approvals. The deal features 185 container vessels serving 77 ports along 22 routes at a total capacity of 2.1m teu. The plans include six routes between Asia and North Europe, five ... Read More »

Operators and workers struggle to reach agreement on US West Coast

Port workers on the West Coast of the United States are struggling to come to an agreement with terminal operators, as automation threatens the jobs of up to 50% of the workforce in some locations. Disagreement hinges on the extent to which automation is allowed to take away workers’ jobs as terminal operators are installing equipment that moves containers from ... Read More »

Transnet appoints new COO

Phyllis Difeto

South Africa’s state-owned Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA), which provides port infrastructure and marine services at the country’s eight commercial seaports, has appointed Phyllis Difeto as chief operating officer (COO). “We are extremely pleased to have been able to appoint Ms. Difeto as COO at TNPA. Her Masters Degrees in Law, Commerce in Maritime Law, and Business Leadership as well ... Read More »

Zim transhipment business returns to Haifa

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. has signed an agreement with Haifa Port, under which Haifa will resume its role as Zim’s transhipment hub for the East Mediterranean. The agreement comes after a long period of talks, and follows the completion of the shipping line’s debt settlement, in which the company expressed its readiness to restore its transhipment activity to Haifa. ... Read More »

Hawaii to build US$266m container terminal

The state of Hawaii is planning to build a new US$266m container terminal at the Port of Honolulu. The New Kapalama Container Terminal, scheduled to be completed by 2016, will cover 94 acres, have two berths for container vessels and boost Honolulu’s current capacity by one-third. Officials have been discussing the potential for a new container facility for 25 years, ... Read More »

China pledges investment to create ‘maritime silk road’

Li Jianhong talks to Chinese and Sri Lankan dignitaries

China will make a multi-billion dollar investment in several port related projects in Sri Lanka, including a new US$601m container terminal in Hambantota Port and the US$1.4bn development of Colombo as a “Port City”. China Merchants Holdings (International) (CMHI) and China Harbour Engineering Company will fund part of the development of Hambantota Port; the new terminal will have four container ... Read More »

Poland’s Gdansk Port to treble capacity with new terminal

Gdansk could triple its capacity with the new terminal

The construction of a second container terminal at Gdansk Port, Poland’s largest port, will begin this year, with the PLN1.2bn (US$371m) facility set to open in mid-2016. The investment, which port operator, DCT Gdansk, are financing, will nearly treble capacity from 1.25m teu to 3.5m teu and the port will cover almost 30 ha. Maersk has used Gdansk, which handled ... Read More »

Philadelphia Port Authority seeks developers

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has requested “expressions of interests” from those wishing to develop a 200 acre site in South Philadelphia. The Authority are looking for proposals by 14 November from container terminal operators as well as energy companies, car manufacturers, shipping lines and investment firms. The area, known as Southport, is at the eastern end of the ... Read More »

Mixed results for US ports

This has been a mixed year at ports on both coasts of the USA as throughput has risen in some major ports and fallen in others. In the Northwest, the biggest winner has been the Port of Tacoma, where throughput rose by 10% year-on-year in the first half of 2014, following on from an 11% rise in 2013. Tacoma’s success ... Read More »