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Kalmar to deliver four reachstackers to the Port of Felixstowe

Kalmar will deliver four reachstackers for laden handling to the UK’s Port of Felixstowe in February 2015. The units have a 45-tonne capacity and are supplied with a telescopic Bromma spreader which incorporates fully integrated overheight legs for out-of-gauge cargo handling duties. Dave Patterson, market area director, Kalmar UK and Ireland, said: “The reachstacker is well adapted to all kinds ... Read More »

APMT Gothenburg tests longer trains

Soon Gothenburg will be able to receive 730-m trains on a daily basis

The Swedish Transport Administration and APM Terminals (APMT) at the Port of Gothenburg are conducting trials with a 730-metre freight train. The first trial took place last week from Örebro to the container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. By the end of the year, the terminal will be able to receive 730-m trains on a daily basis, the port ... Read More »

MSC appoints new president

Diego Aponte

The world’s second-largest container shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Diego Aponte as president and CEO. Gianluigi Aponte, Diego’s father, founder of MSC and previously president, will assume a new role as Group Executive Chairman. Mr. Aponte senior will continue to oversee all group related activities as well as supporting Diego in shaping the future of MSC. “It ... Read More »

NGO calls on Maersk to protect Nicaragua

Environmentalists fear for the future of Lake Nicaragua

An NGO in its native Denmark has called on Maersk to use its sizeable global influence to protect Nicaragua’s environment and indigenous peoples, as construction plans for the proposed interoceanic canal continue to ramp up. Claus Kjaerby, Central America representative of Forests of the World, told the Guardian: “Maersk’s interests are being used as an argument for building the canal. ... Read More »

Four Chinese shipping lines granted government subsidies

China has given subsidies worth 1.8bn yuan (US$293.2m) to four shipping lines including China Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) to encourage them to retire and replace obsolete vessels. The central government special subsidies will go towards the “implementation plan” to accelerate the “early retirement and replacement of obsolete and worn-out transportation vessels and single-hull oil tankers”. China Cosco ... Read More »

ICTSI to fast-track expansion plans

With the Manila truck ban lifted earlier this month, Philippines-based terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is fast-tracking the construction of new yard facilities at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and at a new 21-ha inland container depot (ICD) in Laguna. ICTSI said it is speeding up the MICT expansion and inland depot, which will jointly add more than ... Read More »

New fiscal year starts with 13% growth for GPA

The Port of Savannah

With nearly 13% growth in container traffic over the first two months of the fiscal year, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has made a strong start to the 2015 business year. For July and August, the GPA moved 595,711 teu, up 12.9% or 68,246 teu compared to the same period last year. Both months set consecutive throughput records, with 293,889 ... Read More »