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North Atlantic trade vessel sharing agreement between UASC, CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd

UASC has entered into its third collaborative agreement in recent months

Dubai-based container shipping line, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), is to enter the North Atlantic trade via a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with CMA CGM and Hamburg Süd. The three partner companies will operate a service on the Transatlantic North trade, linking Northern Europe with the United States East Coast. The service, which will start in the third week of ... Read More »

Busan welcomes three new quay cranes

Three new quay cranes have arrived at Busan New Port Container Terminal (BNCT) in South Korea. The super-post-Panamax twin lift quay cranes with a 24-row outreach and 49 m lift height were manufactured by ZPMC in China. This bring’s BNCT’s total of ship-to-shore cranes up to 11, effectively adding 700,000 teu to bring the terminal up to a 2.5m teu capacity. ... Read More »

ILWU: One small issue standing in the way of deal with PMA

Ships wait off the West Coast near Long Beach and Los Angeles

On Friday, as US West Coast ports were set for a three-day shutdown, a spokesperson for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) told CM that there was only one remaining issue stopping a deal being reached with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). He said he could not say what this issue was exactly because the federal mediator in the dispute ... Read More »

ILWU and PMA trade accusations as 29 US West Coast ports shut down

The picture on the left supports the PMA's case but the picture on the right was released by the ILWU

A resolution to the long-running contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) looked further away than ever yesterday (Thursday) as 29 US West Coast ports suspended cargo operations and the two sides released sharply contradicting accounts of events. The ports will be fully operational today (Friday) but suspended again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, ... Read More »

Virginia orders Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers

Kalmar has received an order for three new hybrid shuttle carriers from the Port of Virginia, as the port targets improvements at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG). The order of the 1-over-1 hybrid machines is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2015, with the port hoping the investment will increase productivity and efficiency at a time of ... Read More »

29 US West Coast ports likely to close

Twenty nine ports on the US West Coast are expected to temporarily suspend cargo operations today (Thursday 12 February) and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The decision comes after recent International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) work slowdowns have proved costly, halting the movement of billions of dollars of goods with no long-term ... Read More »

Kalmar lifts performance standards with launch of new heavy forklift

Kalmar's new forklift track consumes up to 15% less fuel in standard configuration

Finnish container handling equipment manufacturer, Kalmar has announced the launch of a new heavy forklift truck. The DCG180-330, in the 18-33 tonne capacity, is designed especially for heavy cargo handling in industrial applications, such as steel and manufacturing industry, as well as ports and terminals and will improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. New features include an ‘Ego’ cabin which, ... Read More »

HHLA increase revenue despite challenging year

German logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) defied the economic crises in Ukraine and Russia to increase revenue last year. The economic difficulties in Ukraine and Russia combined with the slowdown in growth in the global economy and global trade made trading difficult in 2014, but HHLA was still able to achieve impressive operating results of €169m (US$190.9m), ... Read More »

Port Klang orders 29 cranes from Mitsui Engineering

Westports have ordered US$126m worth of cranes from Mitsui

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding has received an order for 29 cranes from Malaysia’s Port Klang, the largest order the company’s crane business has ever won. The order is for 14 ship to shore quay cranes and 15 cranes to transport containers within the port. Some will have automated engine controls that help reduce fuel consumption by more than 30% from ... Read More »