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US court orders ILWU to pay out for Oregon disruption

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been ordered by a US court to pay US$59,628 for ‘willfully and intentionally’ engaging in work stoppages and slowdowns in the Port of Portland. The order comes after the ILWU’s Local 8 branch was judged to have breached a court injunction at International Container Terminal Services International’s (ICTSI) Oregon Terminal 6 between ... Read More »

Now APMT Gujarat Pipavav MD resigns

Less than two weeks after the dismissal of three senior executives at  APM Terminals (APMT), another head has rolled, with the announced resignation on Friday (13 March) of Prakash Tulsiani, managing director of APMT’ Gujarat Pipavav in India. APMT issued the following brief statement to the Mumbai stock exchange: ‘Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited has informed the Exchange that Mr. Prakash ... Read More »

Liebherr launches giant mobile harbour crane

The LHM 800 can lift up to 45 boxes per hour

Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched the LHM 800 mobile harbour crane (MHC), claiming it to be the largest crane of its type in the market with a lifting capacity of up to 308 tonnes and capable of servicing 22-rows-wide container vessels. It is designed to provide a ‘mobile solution’ to the ever-increasing size of vessels and heavy industrial goods.  “The ... Read More »

Long Beach extends temporary storage area

The undeveloped ‘Pier S’

Harbour Commissioners at the Port of Long Beach have unanimously approved an extra six months of operation for the undeveloped ‘Pier S’ as a ‘storage zone’ in order to clear a backlog of cargo following the recent labour dispute. The 30-acre site was opened in December to allow storage of loaded containers and chassis, in addition to the empty containers ... Read More »

JICA signs loan for new container terminal

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a Sh24bn (US$261m) loan agreement with the Kenya Ports Authority for the second phase at the Port of Mombasa.  The project will see construction of a new container terminal along with new cargo-handling equipment. The project is a response to a tripling in container volume at the port over the past decade, ... Read More »

Canadian West Coast terminal to expand

Fairview Container Terminal a

Maher Terminals is to increase the Fairview Container Terminal at Prince Rupert in British Columbia by 500,000 teu to take operating capacity to more than 1.3m teu. The expansion will include a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to enlarge the size of the container yard. The amount of on-dock rail track will be expanded, and ... Read More »

Container-handling accord at Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s stevedores, APMT MVII, APMTR, ECT and RWG, have made agreements with each other on transporting containers between their facilities at the port’s expanding Maasvlakte terminals. The purpose is to organise inter-terminal transport as efficiently as possible, in the interests of all links in the supply chain because, the port authority said, with two new container terminals going into operation ... Read More »

Demand to outstrip new capacity this year, says brokers

Demand growth in the container sector is expected to outpace capacity expansion this year, according to Clarksons. “Together with the rapid rate of demolition, the thin order book outside the larger sizes and a likely slowdown of the ‘cascade’, this may in the medium-term lend gradual support to the earnings environment,” the British shipping broker added. Looking back at 2014, ... Read More »

African port doubles in size

Port Ngqura, South Africa a

South Africa’s state-owned transport and logistics company Transnet has opened two more berths at Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape, taking the port’s operating capacity to 1.5m teu, up from 800 000 teu, with a design capacity of 2.2m teu. The ZAR2bn-plus (US$165m) investment included dredging to 16 m and purchase of equipment, including two megamax ship-to-shore-cranes, 18 RTGs, ... Read More »