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TNPA’s IPMS now in all South African commercial seaports

South Africa’s Transnet has announced that all eight commercial ports on the country’s coastline are now using Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)’s new R79m (US$5.5m) web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS), a project aiming to transform them into ‘smartPORTS’. At the Port of Richards Bay, which was the last of the eight ports to use the system, the IPMS went ... Read More »

Moín terminal may open with no road access

The port's access road may not be completed on time

APM Terminals (APMT) has said it is concerned that the access road to its new container terminal in Moín, Costa Rica, will not be completed on time. The 2.8 km Route 257 must be built as part of the concession agreement signed by the Costa Rican government with APM Terminals in February 2012. However, the Ministry of Public Works officials admitted that they do not ... Read More »

Over 70% of new container ships to have eco-engines

Data released by VesselsValue has shown that 72% of container ships delivered in 2016 will have environmentally-friendly engines. The biggest recipients of these container ships will be the Bank of Communications with 12, followed by United Arab Shipping Company with eight, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Zodiac Maritime and SinOceanic Shipping. On the other hand, the biggest recipient of ships with non-ecologically ... Read More »

SOGET to implement Port Community System in Jamaica

France-based Port Community System (PCS) provider SOGET has announced that it signed a contract with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) to implement its S)ONE PCS in the country. The French firm, which signed the contract along with the Bureau Inspection Valuation Assessment Control (BIVAC), part of the Paris-based certification services’ provider Bureau Veritas, claimed that the project represents the largest PCS ... Read More »

Cargotec poaches Konecranes researcher to be first VP of digitalisation

Eriksson is Cargotec’s first VP of digitalisation

Cargotec, the parent company of Kalmar, has appointed Lasse Eriksson as its first vice president of digitalisation. Eriksson spent over five years at Konecranes’ research department, most recently leading the company’s technology research team and taking responsibility for managing an industrial internet research and development programme. In June 2015, Kalmar’s director for offering development Jari Hämäläinen wrote a blog which ... Read More »

Laem Chabang announces major development plan

Laem Chabang Port handled 6.6m teu in 2014

A 1.8bn baht (US$50m) container terminal development plan is among three major investment projects planned at Thailand’s Laem Chabang Port, according to local newspaper Bangkok Post. The three investment projects, which will cost 6bn baht (US$167m), involve the improvement of container terminals at the port, as well as rail and land transport. The five-year development plan has been undertaken in ... Read More »

Russian sanctions on Turkey set to hit terminals

Four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, Russia has announced the implementation of punitive economic sanctions on Turkey which are likely to affect the container industry. Citing national security and the “protection of Russian citizens against criminal and other illegal acts”, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree outlawing unspecified imports from Turkey, banning charter flights from Russia to ... Read More »