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SSA Mexico becomes first fully electrified container terminal in the Americas

An E-RTG in action at SSA Mexico

SSA México (SSAM) has become the first container terminal in the Americas to operate entirely on electric power. Conductix-Wamplfer, a provider of electric rubber-tyred gantry crane (E-RTG) solutions, announced that SSAM has successfully completed a full-scale electrification project at its Manzanillo Mexico Terminal. SSAM began the transition from diesel to electric power in September 2012 to retrofit eight RTGs to ... Read More »

Konecranes appoints new CEO due to his M&A experience

Panu Routila

Finnish company Konecranes has announced that Panu Routila will succeed Pekka Lundmark as CEO and President. The chairman of Konecranes board Stig Gustavson said: “Routila’s skills of indirect leadership of complex organisations and his experience of merger and acquisition (M&A) related work very well match the needs of our group going forward.” Routila told CM that over his career, he ... Read More »

Nigerian terminal operators call for 24-hour service at ports

A Nigerian association of terminal operators has called for ports to operate 24 hours including on weekends and public holidays. The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) said in a statement that 24-hour port operation is needed to eliminate congestion and backlogs. STOAN chairwoman Vicky Haastrup said: “It is in the higher interest of the larger port community that ... Read More »

Workers’ body urges Indonesian president to intervene over terminal concession extension

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has urged the Indonesian president to intervene over the extension of the concession for Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), With the current deal due to expire in 2019,  the Indonesia Port Company (IPC) has granted a contract extension to Hong Kong-based terminal operator, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH). However, the ITF-affiliated JICT Union claims that ... Read More »

DP World throughput up by 4.1% in first half of 2015

One of DP World's flagship terminals in Jebel Ali

Terminal operator DP World handled 30.6m teu in the first half of 2015, up by 4.1% on the same period of 2014. Growth was highest in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region where throughput was up by 6.9% to 12.1m teu. In a statement, the operator claimed: “Encouragingly, Europe continues to show steady growth despite the difficult geopolitical ... Read More »

Update: New Suez Canal has trial run while further dredging gets go-ahead

The first three container ships have passed through Egypt’s second Suez Canal in an “experimental operation” ahead of the waterway’s official opening on 6 August. Additionally, dredging plans have been approved for an access channel, which will allow two-way traffic to and from Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT). The first vessel was an American ship, heading to Port Said from Saudi ... Read More »

Global union chief: ‘Ebola is the only thing to come out of Liberia’

Crumlin has been president of the ITF since 2010

The President of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Paddy Crumlin has made disparaging comments about Liberia in an expletive-laden speech at a conference of the Australian Labor Party. Speaking in his capacity as Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) national secretary, he said: “30% of the ships carrying [Australian] cargo, come from Liberia. Would anyone at The Australian go to ... Read More »

LASE launches new system to prevent cranes lifting trucks

Scanner mounted on gantry

German company LASE Industrielle Lasertechnik has launched a new system which aims to prevent the lifting of trucks by cranes due to locked or defective twistlocks. The system is named LaseTLP (Truck Lifting Prevention) and immediately interrupts crane hoist movements when the laser measurement system detects a lifted container chassis at 10 cm. The system can be applied to rubber-tyred ... Read More »

OOCL volumes and revenues down as freight rates fall

Hong-Kong based shipping line, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has suffered a poor set of interim results with total volumes and revenues down across all its global trades. Over the first half of the year, total volumes fell by 2.3% to 2.74m teu compared to the same period in 2014 while total revenues recorded a 6.4% drop to US$2.71bn. Low ... Read More »