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Yearly Archives: 2014

Liebherr introduces SmartGrip

Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched SmartGrip for its mobile harbour crane range, calling it “game-changing technology.” The technology optimises grab filling rates in a “self-learning” manner, said the company, and is based on recent turnover analysis in various ports around the world that showed that, on average, only 70% of the grab capacity is used. There can be many reasons ... Read More »

Modern Terminals hits 100m teu

Modern Terminals opened its Honk Kong facility in 1972

Modern Terminals Limited, operator of the first purpose-built container terminal in Hong Kong, has celebrated the arrival of its 100 millionth teu. The company opened that terminal in 1972 after 20 months of construction and reached the 30m teu milestone 27 years later in 1999. “Now, only 15 years later, we have achieved another incredible landmark as we top the ... Read More »

Felixstowe installs Vahle eRTG system

The United Kingdom’s Port of Felixstowe, which is operated by Hutchison Port Holdings, has successfully installed an eRTG system designed by mobile power and data transmission specialist Vahle. The company has converted two out of four RTGs with automated telescopic arms and installed a pair of 220 m-long lanes with conductor rails. The second pair of cranes are due to ... Read More »

Rail expansion at APMT Gothenburg

There are 25 weekly rail shuttles serving the facility

Container capacity at APM Terminals’ facility at Gothenburg is set to rise by up to 50% in the autumn with the implementation of two new specialised rail cranes and the completion of an expansion project which will add a sixth access track to accommodate three full 750 m trains simultaneously, compared to two at present. “Through improved operational efficiency created ... Read More »

Second shipment of gates arrives in Panama

The second shipment of four rolling gates for the Panama Canal’s expansion programme has arrived from the Port of Trieste, Italy, aboard the semi-submersible vessel STX Sun Rise. Differing from the first shipment, these latest gates have two different dimensions, according to their final position in the lock chambers. The taller ones or “Type C” were fabricated for lock head ... Read More »

Global port industry grows steadily in Q1 2014

Container throughput in major global ports grew by 4%

In the first quarter of the year global ports have maintained the upward trend of the latter half of 2013, according to the Shanghai International Shipping Institute’s latest Global Port Development Report Overall growth was slightly slower than Q3 and Q4 of last year, but it improved significantly quarter on quarter. This quarter saw a slower decline in European economy ... Read More »

CaroTrans strengthens LCL service

CaroTrans, a global NVOCC and ocean freight consolidator CaroTrans has strengthened its overall China-United States LCL (less than container load) service network with a new partner in Northern China, World Jaguar. This collaboration extends the company’s existing network of owned offices throughout China and adds a broad scope of direct, weekly services from Qingdao and Tianjin to the U.S. including: ... Read More »

EIB supports modernisation of Polish railways with EUR 268m loan

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €268m to the manager of the national railway network in Poland, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PLK), for the upgrading of 58 km of an existing electrified railway line (E30) from Katowice to Kraków. The loan will fund a number of improvements on this section, such as the replacement of ballast, sleepers, track ... Read More »

Konecranes automated RTGs for TPKS in Indonesia

The ARTGs will be delivered next year

Konecranes has signed an agreement to deliver an Automated RTG (ARTG) system to Indonesian state-owned terminal operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), (“Pelindo III”). This will be the world’s first commercially operational Automated RTG system. The order comprises 11 ARTG cranes, remote operating stations and container yard automation infrastructure such as intelligent container stack gates. Delivery is scheduled for 2015. ... Read More »