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Yearly Archives: 2015

Ballast Water rules edge closer

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has announced that the conditions for entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention may have been met, following the convention’s ratification by three more countries in November 2015. The convention, which will enter into force twelve months after the tonnage requirement is met, will require ships either not to carry ballast water ... Read More »

COSCO Pacific is sole bidder for Piraeus Port Authority

COSCO Pacific is keen on Piraeus as its regional transhipment hub

COSCO Pacific is the sole bidder for a 51% stake in Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), after rival terminal operators APM Terminals (APMT) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) failed to submit offers by the bidding deadline. Greece’s state privatisation agency will open the sealed bid on January 12, 2016, although the privatisation process is expected to last several more ... Read More »

Drewry: US West Coast not ready for mega-ships

Following the news that the 18,000-teu CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will call at the Port of Los Angeles becoming the largest containership to call in the US, industry analyst Drewry claimed US West Coast ports are not ready to handle Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) regularly. According to the analyst, West Coast ports have much work to do to improve ... Read More »

Chennai puts new terminal plans on hold

Chennai faces growing competition

The Chennai Port Trust has decided not to develop a new 4m teu container terminal for at least two years, according to a source quoted by Chennai-based newspaper The Hindu. The project was approved by the government in 2010 but progress has since stalled due to lukewarm interest from investors. An industry source in India told CM: “The key reasons ... Read More »

Rotterdam’s port workers vote again to strike

Container workers members of Rotterdam dockers’ union FNV Havens have almost unanimously rejected the port’s employers’ final offer and have voted to strike in 2016 to protest against potential job losses at the port’s new highly automated container terminals. The union presented to employers an ultimatum which expires on January 6, 2016. If the employers do not respond in line ... Read More »

New berth completed at Evergreen’s Colon terminal

Evergreen Group’s Colon Container Terminal (CCT) has celebrated the completion of its newly built Berth No.4 with a ceremony in Panama. The facility, located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal, is 16.5 m in depth and is equipped with three super post-Panamax gantry cranes capable of handling 23 rows of containers. Berth No. 4 is undergoing various system ... Read More »

Sea pilots strike hits Antwerp

Fifteen ships were affected by the strike

The VSOA union, which is one of the unions representing sea pilots at the Port of Antwerp, went on strike for 24 hours from 5pm on Thursday December 17. Port of Antwerp press officer Annik Dirx told CM that, although some pilots were still at work, even during the night, 15 ships have been affected by the strike. At around ... Read More »

Cosco Piraeus orders 15 Kalmar RTGs

Kalmar E-One2 RTGs are emission-free

Kalmar has received a €20m (US$21m) order for 15 additional all-electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Cosco’s Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) in Greece. The terminal, which received 12 Kalmar’s RTGs in 2013 and nine in 2015, will take delivery of the new cranes between 2016 and 2017. The new units, which are part of the manufacturer’s E-One2 RTG series, are ... Read More »

US ports celebrate Congress funding proposal

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has announced it is pleased with the level of funding proposed in Congress. A committee of both houses of Congress have agreed on a proposal to submit to be approved by the full Congress. This will then have to be approved by Obama before it becomes law but there is no indication that ... Read More »