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DP World starts operating Saint John terminal

Dubai-based port operator DP World has started operating a new multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Saint John, Canada. The terminal, which can handle all types of cargo including containers, is set to undergo a CA$205m (US$156m) infrastructure modernisation program project to expand its facilities. The project, which will be carried out by DP World Saint John in partnership with ... Read More »

NGOs criticise IMO’s letter to the EU

A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with observer status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has heavily criticised IMO’s head’s claims that including shipping in the EU Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce global shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a letter to IMO’s secretary-general Kitack Lim, the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) said that it did not ... Read More »

Hanjin’s bankruptcy hits Long Beach results

Volumes were affected by 2016 changes in the shipping industry

The US Port of Long Beach has suffered a 6% year-on-year drop to 6.8m teu in its 2016 container volumes. The port, which handled 7m teu the previous year, attributed the fall to the factors including the changes in ocean carrier alliances and the bankruptcy in August 2016 of the South Korean Hanjin Shipping, which was a former majority stakeholder ... Read More »

OECD: Gothenburg needs access upgrade to stay competitive

The International Transport Forum (ITF) has warned that improvements to the maritime access to the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, are necessary to remain competitive with other North European ports. In a study to assess the impact of mega-ships on the city of Gothenburg, the ITF, which is part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), argued that with ... Read More »

PSA announces 5.5% throughput growth

Singapore's volumes were down 0.1% Credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore-based port operator PSA International has recorded a 5.5% year-on-year increase to 68m teu in its 2016 total container volumes. At the company’s flagship facility, PSA Singapore Terminals, container throughput went down by 0.1% to 31m teu. Singapore’s negative results were partially offset by the operators’ terminals outside the city-state going up by 11% to 37m teu. PSA group CEO ... Read More »

DP World: Indian greenfield sites not “the way forward”

DP World group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, has suggested that focusing on increasing the productivity of current port and transport infrastructure rather than prioritising greenfield port developments is “the way forward” in India. Last year, the Indian government launched its National Perspective Plan (NPP) featuring proposals for six to eight new ports, over 40 port-capacity enhancement projects and ... Read More »

Tideworks-Crowley multi-terminal projects starts

Crowley's Port Everglades terminal was the first to go live

Tideworks has announced the start of a multi-terminal project to begin deploying its terminal operating system (TOS) at facilities operated by Crowley. The first Crowley-operated terminal to go live with the company’s TOS was its Port Everglades terminal in Florida, USA. As part of a series of scheduled deployments, the port operator’s terminals in Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto ... Read More »

Ashdod container volumes up 11%

Ashdod Port is located 40 km south of Tel Aviv

Container volumes handled by Ashdod Port Company increased by 11% during the first ten months of last year, as the port bucked industry trends. The Israeli hub recorded 1.2m teu in container throughput, while the volume of general cargo also increased by 30.3% over the same period of time. Recorded revenue also rose to 985m shekels (US$256m). Yitzchak Blumenthal, CEO ... Read More »

Drewry: New alliances to halt north-European service trends

Shipping analyst Drewry has claimed that the new alliances forming in April appear set to stop the trend of a reduced frequency of services at ports in northern Europe. According to a report by Drewry’s, while ports are yet to be “out of the woods”, the shift to a reduced service frequency and larger ships seems likely to decline at ... Read More »