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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Maersk Line orders nine 14,000 teu container ships

Sam H. Ka, COO of HHI and Søren Toft, COO of Maersk Line, at the signing ceremony

Maersk Line has made its third new-building order in the last 10 months, this time ordering nine vessels with a capacity of 14,000 teu. The US$1.1bn contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) includes an option for up to eight additional vessels. The nine vessels will join Maersk Line’s fleet in 2017 and sail under the Singaporean flag. Søren Toft, COO ... Read More »

The Port of Salalah to appoint expansion consultant

The Port of Salalah is closer to fulfilling its expansion plans as a tender to select a consultant to design the third phase of the port’s expansion , has been submitted to Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The tender highlights that the consultant will conduct a study on the third phase of expansion and will design the expansion programme. The ... Read More »

Eight new machines at Grup TCB’s Turkish terminal

The new equipment in Nemrut Bay, Turkey

Grup TCB’s container terminal, TCEEGE, located in Nemrut Bay in Izmir, Turkey, has incorporated eight new pieces of equipment in its facilities. The new machines comprise a reachstacker, an empty container handler and six platforms in an effort to optimise loading and unloading operations for ships. With the new reach stacker, TCEEGE is looking to improve its operational capacity to ... Read More »

Two partnership agreements to develop port logistics parks in France

The Panhard Group has signed two partnership agreements to develop state-of-the-art logistics parks in the Seine area in the north of France. The first is with HAROPA – Port of Le Havre concerning 135,000 sq. m of warehouses and the second, with ‘Caux Vallée de Seine’ Area Community, is for 175,000 sq. m. Hervé Martel, CEO of HAROPA – Port ... Read More »

Japan joins Thailand and Myanmar in backing Dawei development

The governments of Japan, Myanmar and Thailand have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Dawei Special Economic Zone and port in Myanmar. The project envisions a deep-sea port including a container terminal, a 200 sq. km economic zone, factories, a coal mine and a power plant at Dawei, in southern Myanmar. The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha said ... Read More »

Egypt arrests 13 Muslim Brotherhood members on suspicion of Suez Canal bomb plot

(Unrelated) US Naval forces passing through the Suez Canal last month Credit: US Sixth Fleet

Egyptian authorities have arrested 13 Muslim Brotherhood members for allegedly planting bombs around the Suez Canal according to security sources from Reuters. Prosecutors said that the 13 men had planted bombs in sanitation and electricity facilities as well as on beaches and ordered that they be detained for 15 days. The arrests, which were made yesterday (6 June), come exactly ... Read More »

Haiti’s Port Lafito officially opens

Port Lafito in Haiti officially opened on 2 July in a ceremony attended by the country’s president among other dignitaries. The container port will be operated by SSA Marine and has installed two Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour cranes. Evergreen and King Ocean Services have already agreed to make it a port of call. King Ocean sails to and from ... Read More »

Drewry: Container equipment costs at an all-time low

The cost of container equipment is going down in general

Container equipment costs are at an all-time low due to low material costs and stable demands according to a Container Census report from global shipping consultancy, Drewry. The report also shows that the container equipment index price hit a ten-year-low in June, falling below US$1.750 per CEU (20ft standard). The index fell sharply in late 2012 before stabilising at just ... Read More »

Antwerp set to participate in running of rail  link with Duisburg

The Port of Antwerp has announced it will participate in the existing rail shuttle between the Belgian port and Duisburg in Germany. This direct rail condition was set up in 2006 due to difficult competitive conditions on the roads and rivers between the two ports. It was run jointly by dpa, a subsidiary of the Port of Duisburg (Duisport), and ... Read More »