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Brisbane starts US$83m port roads upgrade

The project is set to provide more efficient port roads

The Port of Brisbane has started an A$110m (US$83m) project to upgrade access roads connecting the port and the local road network to avoid future bottlenecks. The Port Drive Upgrade Project, which is expected to deliver safer and more efficient port roads, is according to the port being commenced “well ahead” of capacity demand, aiming at ensuring the port’s ability ... Read More »

DP World to install 88,000 solar panels

DP World has started to install 88,000 solar panels on the rooftops of its facilities in Dubai, in order to reduce its carbon emissions. The project is the biggest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East. Distributed means the power is used close to where it is produced. Once phase one is completed in 2017, the project will provide ... Read More »

Salerno chooses Jade’s Master Terminal

Salerno Container Terminal  is close to Naples

Salerno Container Terminal (SCT) has selected Jade Software’s ‘Master Terminal’ terminal operating system. The system will replace the terminal’s legacy system, whcih is gradually being phased out of the market. SCT is based in southern Italy  and handles about 400,000 teu a year, mainly from the area around Rome, Naples, Bari and Salerno. Kaustubh Dalvi, Jade’s president of global sales ... Read More »

Brazil’s first fresh beef shipment to USA in years via Itapoá

3,000 tons of beef will pass via Itapoá to the US monthly

The first fresh beef shipment from Brazil to the USA following the end of a 17-year negotiation process was delivered via Porto Itapoá. The shipment followed the announcement in August that the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that fresh Brazilian beef, either chilled or frozen, could be safely imported as the country’s food safety system ... Read More »

Paranagua inaugurates three new gates

The port of Paranagua has doubled its capacity to receive trucks by inaugurating three new entrance gates. The port administration as part of a R$5.3m (US$1.6m) investment in the port, which hosts the Paranagua Container Terminal (TCP). The investment also includes new offices and four new automatic scales to weigh vehicles, in the wake of the new mandatory container weighing ... Read More »

MMC rumoured to be set to list its ports

MMC operates a terminal in Port Klang

Several Malaysian ports are rumored to be set to be listed on the stock market. According to an anonymous source of Malaysian newspaper The Star, MMC Corporation will probably list its port assets in 2017. “It is currently in the works, but it won’t happen so soon. It could be next year when sentiments will probably be better,” the source ... Read More »

Australian agency rewarded for emission-monitoring system

The Australian Marine Environment Protection Association (AUSMEPA) has been selected as finalist for the 2016 Google Impact Challenge. AUSMEPA’s inclusion is due to its port emissions portal, which uses satellite tracking and big data to monitor air quality and changing air patterns at a port. AUSMEPA’s chairman Warwick Norman said: “Our clear mandate is to protect Australia’s maritime environment, and ... Read More »

Carrier strike causes congestion in Chittagong

A strike by large container carriers has resulted in congestion in Chittagong,  the biggest port in Bangladesh. A group of carriers went on indefinite strike on September 26 after the government launched a crackdown on overloaded vehicles on the road between Chittagong and Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The carriers’ association accused government officials of harassing trailer drivers for fines in an ... Read More »

Drewry warns of “grim scenario” for debt-ridden carriers

Hanjin's collapse showed the risks of taking on too much debt

Maritime analyst Drewry has warned that the container industry has taken on too much debt at a low point in the cycle. In a report released after the world’s 14th biggest shipping line, Hanjin, went into receivership, the analyst warned that industry debt levels have started to shoot up again. “In our sample of 12 container lines, limited few inspire ... Read More »