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Carriers launch new North Europe to Med service

Three carriers have teamed up to launch a new express service from North Europe to the Mediterranean. The new Europe-Med Express (EMX) service will call at Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Antwerp, Casablanca, Piraeus, Alexandria, Haifa, Mersin, Piraeus, Casablanca and Rotterdam. The service is a result of a partnership between Evergreen Line, COSCO and Yang Ming. It will utilise five ships of ... Read More »

New government makes Auckland port re-location more likely

Ports of Auckland could be moved out of the city centre

A general election in New Zealand has increased the chances of Auckland port being re-located outside of the city centre. In a close election, the Labor Party has formed a government with the New Zealand First party. New Zealand First is led by Winston Peters, a key proponent of turning the current port site into homes and moving freight and ... Read More »

Citrus industry criticises Durban Container Terminal

A key figure in South Africa’s citrus industry has criticised delays and poor productivity at Durban Container Terminal (DCT). The Citrus Growers Association’s logistics development manager Mitchell Brooke made the comments to specialist fresh produce buyer magazine Fruitnet. “Industrial action, equipment failure and poor planning, amongst others, led to very poor productivity. The wheels fell off the bus last year, ... Read More »

RSGT receives four of world’s biggest STS cranes

The four ZPMC cranes arrive in Jeddah

Red Sea Gateway Terminal has received four ship-to-shore cranes from Chinese manufacturer ZPMC. The terminal is situated in Jeddah, on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, and is the country’s biggest import port. This news follows on from June’s completion of expansion works where the terminal increased its berth length by more than 25% from 1,070 m to 1,350 m. ... Read More »

Rotterdam throughput soars

The number of containers handled at Rotterdam increased by 10.1% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2017. Europe’s biggest container port handled 10.2m teu in this period with the increase coming mainly from full rather than empty containers. In a statement, the port attributed the growth to a number of factors: “These include solid autonomous growth in Europe combined ... Read More »

Ravenna receives new Liebherr STS crane

The new STS crane can operate 18 rows across

Terminal Container Ravenna (TCR) has received a new Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) crane which is capable of operating up to 18 rows across and lifting up to 60 tonnes. This new crane is part of a €24m (US$28m) equipment investment programme which also consists of three Liebherr rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes. These RMGs have been in operation since the first ... Read More »

Terminal set to open on Iran-Azerbaijan border

A new container terminal will open in Astara at the end of November, according to the head of Azerbaijani Railways. Javid Gurbanov said that his company would send trains to Astara, a town which straddles the border between Azerbaijan and Iran on the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijani Railways has rented 35 ha of land on the Iranian side of the border, ... Read More »

Tecon Salvador implements Navis N4 TOS

Brazilian container terminal Tecon Salvador has completed its implementation of the Navis N4 Terminal Operating System. The terminal currently handles 310,000 teu annually and, according to Navis, averages approximately 60 moves an hour. Demir Lourenço, managing director of Tecon Salvador said: “N4 came highly recommended due to its success at some of the world’s leading container terminals. We are confident ... Read More »

APL renews Kaohsiung terminal lease

APL will operate the lease until the end of 2027

American President Lines’ (APL) lease at the Port of Kaohsiung has been extended by ten years to the end of 2027. Nicolas Sartini, APL CEO said: “Today, Intra-Asia container volume accounts for one-sixth of all containers moved globally. We see further growth prospects in this trade where APL is seeking to be a major player. He added: “Our terminal in ... Read More »