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Monthly Archives: March 2015

New Zealand port regains second berth

Rebuilding of the first 57 m section of Cashin Quay 2’s wharf at the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has finished, providing a second container vessel berth for the first time since the port suffered severe damage in an earthquake four years ago. Vessels have already begun using the new quay, which is being reconstructed in stages. By late April it ... Read More »

Indian port strike deferred until next Monday

The Port of Mumbai should be running as normal until at least Monday

A planned indefinite strike by Indian port workers, which was due to start today, has been postponed by a week. The decision to postpone was made by unions after a meeting with the Indian chief labour commissioner (CLC). In the meantime, three important meetings are planned: today with the Indian Ports Association, on Thursday with the shipping secretary and on ... Read More »

Fos selects Navis system for IT upgrade

Eurofos has chosen the N4 operating system as part of ongoing modernisation at its Fos-sur-Mer container terminal in the south of France. The package is offered by Navis of California which claims the software and related technology, including the PrimeRoute and Expert Decking optimisation modules, will enable Fos to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, support evolving business requirements and gain ... Read More »

MSC upgrades deep-sea services

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is changing some of its long-haul routes, to include avoiding the need for transhipment in Singapore on its New Falcon Service linking Asia and the Middle East via India. The port rotation on the new dedicated service is: Xingang, Ningbo, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Chiwan, Tanjug Pelepas, Singapore, Colombo, Jebel Ali, Ad Dammam, Jubail, Jebel Ali, Mundra, ... Read More »

ICTSI’s throughput up by 18% in 2014

ICTSI's Baltic Container Terminal's volume grew by 20% in 2014

Philippines-based global terminal operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has announced strong end of year results for 2014, which it has attributed to international expansion. Highlights of the report include an 18% increase in throughput, up to 7.4 m teu and a revenue increase of 24%, up to US$1.1bn. In a statement, the company said that strong consolidated revenue ... Read More »

Panama Canal hopes to profit from US West Coast disruption

Quijano hoped that the West Coast's loss would be Panama Canal's gain

The CEO of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Jorge Luis Quijano has said that the Canal hopes to gain an additional two weekly services a week because of the US West Coast ports disruption. Speaking to The Financial Times at the Trans-Pacific Maritime conference on Tuesday, he said that, after the canal has expanded to be able to host vessels ... Read More »

TT Club urges better management practices at ports and terminals

A detailed analysis of the root causes of insurance claims show 80% of bodily injuries at global ports and container terminals involve handling equipment or vehicles. TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, Phillip Emmanuel emphasised the statistic and urged operators to improve their management practices in order to reduce the incidents which result in injury and sadly sometimes death to ... Read More »

Maersk CEO: ‘25,000 teu ships possible but not practical’

The CEO of Maersk Line, Soren Skou has said that ships with capacities of 25,000 teu are a possibility but that they are not practical in today’s market. The comment came at this year’s Transpacific Maritime Conference (TPM) in Long Beach on Monday 2 March. Skou said that he expects 18,000 and 19,000 teu container ships to remain the largest ... Read More »

DP World faces huge rent increase at the Port of Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne have proposed a huge rent increase

The Port of Melbourne Corporation has notified DP World Australia that it wants to increase rent at the West Swanson terminal it operates by over 750%. DP World’s rent would rise from AU$4m (US$3m) a year in 2014 to AU$31m (US$24m)  a year from 1 January 2015 and AU$60m (US$47m) from 1 July 2016. It was notified of the increase on ... Read More »