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UASC names first LNG-ready 18,800 teu vessel

The vessel was named at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in Mokpo, South Korea

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named the industry’s first ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) that is ready to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Initially the 18,800 teu ship, the M. V. Barzan, will run on diesel but its design allows an LNG retrofit. The vessel is one of UASC’s six 18,800 teu vessels and 11 new-build 15,000 teu ships, which ... Read More »

Santos introduces real-time information app for shippers

Santos Brasil has launched a free application which allows importers and exporters to request services and locate cargo through their smartphones and tablets in real time. The application is now available to the customers of Tecon Santos container terminal and two Logistic and Industrial Customs Centres (CLIAs), located in Santos and Guarujá. It replaces tasks that were previously performed through ... Read More »

Exclusive: APMT CEO says ports must bear costs of big ships

Fejfer said growing vessel size and alliances were "a natural evolution"

In an exclusive interview with CM, the CEO of APM Terminals Kim Fejfer, has said that it is up to container terminals and port operators to deal with the problems caused by the growing size of ships and alliance agreements. When asked if shipping lines should be more considerate about the problems mega-ships and alliances can cause, he said these ... Read More »

Iranian forces board Maersk cargo ship in Gulf

Iranian forces boarded the Maersk Tigris container vessel in the Gulf today (28 April), the Pentagon has confirmed. US Army Colonel, Steve Warren, stated that the Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship initially ignored Iranian patrol boats that ordered it deeper into Iranian territorial waters but complied after the vessels fired several warning shots. Reuters tracking data showed the 65,000 tonne container ship, ... Read More »

LA and Long Beach continue as normal despite truckers strike

Truckers picketing on Monday night

Truck drivers who serve the Southern Californian ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego have gone on strike. Workers from four separate trucking companies began at 6.30am on Monday April 27 and container terminals were picketed. There are around 16,000 truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach working for 800 companies. However, only 500 truckers ... Read More »

APMT celebrates opening of Maasvlakte II container terminal

APM Terminals (APMT) has launched the “world’s most technologically advanced container terminal” as its Maasvlakte II container terminal at the Port of Rotterdam was officially opened. Kim Fejfer, APMT CEO, said: “APMT Maasvlakte II is a game-changer in the shipping industry designed to exceed our customers’ expectations. It is significantly safer for our people and all users of the port. It runs ... Read More »

PSA Panama begins expansion works

PSA Panama will be able to handle ships of 18,000 teu

PSA Panama International Terminal (PSA Panama) has started work on a US$400m expansion which will take its capacity from 450,000 teu to 2m teu. The company, a subsidiary of PSA International, hopes to complete the works before the end of 2016 so that it opens at the same time as the expanded Panama Canal. The terminal, which began operations in ... Read More »

Hong Kong calls for government support to preserve port competitiveness

The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operator’s Association (HKCTOA) has called for the government’s support to provide additional back-up land and barge berths at the Kwai Tsing container terminal, to safeguard the port’s competitiveness. Jessie Chung, chairman of the HKCTOA, said: “Hong Kong’s container terminal industry is on the verge of a watershed moment. To maintain Hong Kong’s competitiveness, the terminal ... Read More »

Exclusive: Port of Oakland prepares for planned closure

The Port of Oakland has notified shipping lines and terminal operators ahead of planned work stoppages

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has revealed that the Port of Oakland is braced ahead of a planned closure on 1 May, as part of a social justice protest. The ILWU local union 10 has submitted a request to employers, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to temporarily halt labour at the port in public demonstration against police brutality ... Read More »