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Yearly Archives: 2015

Australian Senate throws Burnie development into doubt

The proposed site of the container terminal

The Australian Senate’s rejection of shipping reform has thrown DP World’s plan for a 200,000 teu capacity container terminal into doubt. The terminal operator said on November 8, 2015, that its US$20m development plan was conditional on the Coastal Shipping Act 2015 being approved by parliament. After the proposal  was defeated by 31 votes to 28 in the Senate, DP ... Read More »

Rotterdam’s port workers vote for strike

Workers at the Port of Rotterdam’s container terminals have voted to hold several strikes in December and January to protest against potential job cuts once the two new Maasvlakte terminals become fully operational. According to a statement from the FNV Havens union, the overwhelming majority of workers at the port’s container terminals were favourable to the series of 24-hour strikes, ... Read More »

Terex to deliver new equipment units to Basra Gateway

Three Terex RTGs will be supplied to Basra
Gateway Terminal

Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and three rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from a subsidiary of port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Iraq. The new cranes, which are being manufactured in Xiamen, China, will be delivered to ICTSI’s Basra Gateway Terminal at the Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq, in the ... Read More »

APM Terminals opens Aqaba logistics expansion

APM Terminals (APMT), with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, has officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV), a multi-purpose distribution centre in Jordan. The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 13,000 sq m of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 40,000 sq m of open yard. ALV’s developed land now encompasses 24 ha with an additional 20 ha of area expected ... Read More »

Oslo receives ‘quiet’ and ‘camouflaged’ STS cranes

The cranes should blend in with the sea

The Port of Oslo has received two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from Konecranes for its Oslo Sjursoya container terminal. Konecranes claimed in a statement that the cranes are “probably the most silent and eco-efficient STS cranes in the world”. On top of this, the cranes have been painted with a specially designed colour scheme so that they blend in with the ... Read More »

CMA CGM begins exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines

CMA CGM has entered exclusive discussions to acquire Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), overcoming competition from Maersk. The exclusivity period is expected to run until December 7, 2015. A statement from the French carrier said: “Should these discussions lead to an agreement, such a combination would contribute to the consolidation of the container shipping industry, at a time when scale is ... Read More »

European Parliament report calls for CO2 reduction targets for shipping

Green campaigners have called shipping the “elephant in the room”

A report, prepared for the European Parliament (EP), has recommended that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions targets should be set for international shipping. The report estimated that, due to trade growth, international shipping’s share of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions may rise from around 3% to 17% by 2050 if left unregulated, a share of emissions equivalent to that of ... Read More »

Exclusive: Terminal operators hit by wealth taxes in Colombia and Pakistan

Philippines-based terminal operator ICTSI has revealed it has had to pay out nearly US$2m because of new temporary taxes in Colombia and Pakistan. In January 2015, the Colombian government introduced a new ‘wealth tax’ on individuals or foreign companies whose net equity (their assets minus their liabilities) is worth COP1bn (US$357,000). Due to this, ICTSI was forced to pay out ... Read More »

Report finds US ports best at social media

Spire social media report

A report by data company Spire has found that US ports are the most effective users of social media. Of the top ten most social ports, five were from the USA, with Long Beach and Los Angeles first and second respectively. The report found that Facebook is the preferred social media network among ports with about half of the world’s ... Read More »