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Yearly Archives: 2017

Panama confirms new canal toll structure

The new tolls become effective on October 1, 2017

The Panamanian government has approved a Panama Canal Authority (ACP) proposal to modify the Panama Canal’s toll structure which provides tariff reductions for neo-Panamax vessels. Vessels carrying between 3,500 teu and 6,000 teu benefit the most, with a reduction of US$20 per teu on the return voyage if they are deployed on the canal’s route in the head and back ... Read More »

New reefer sensor to cater to pharmaceuticals

The PrimeLINE unit with calibration for GDP guidelines

Carrier Transicold has launched a new temperature sensor calibration function for its PrimeLINE container refrigeration units, in an effort to comply with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines for pharmaceutical transport. Reefer container shipping has lately tried to compete with airfreight over handling temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals, offering lower costs although over a long travel time. The calibration capability will be included in ... Read More »

Strong half-year for ICTSI

Throughput increased by 7% at International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) facilities to 4.5m teu in the first half of 2017, as the company performed well in emerging markets. In particular, it saw operations ramp up in Basra, Iraq, new services in Manzanillo, Mexico and it gained from new terminals in Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Melbourne, Australia. ... Read More »

West Port Said tries to lure back customers

Port Said has recovered slightly after a tough 2016

Management in West Port Said have reduced some tariffs while maintaining the reduction rate granted to Egyptian export containers, in a bid to gain customers following a tough period for the port. There will also be increased free storage for import containers, local and foreign exports, while some storage prices will be cut. The terminal operator, Port Said Cargo & ... Read More »

SSA Marine to operate new Anaklia deep sea port

SSA Marine has been appointed terminal operator for the Anaklia deep sea container terminal after Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) signed an agreement. ADC plans to start construction of the deep sea port by the end of this year, with the operational launch of phase 1 scheduled for 2020-2021.  This terminal will establish a new maritime corridor between China and Europe ... Read More »

Colombo’s East Container Terminal to be state-run

The president's words suggest that last year's concession process is over

Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena has said that the Port of Colombo’s East Container Terminal (ECT) will not be privatised but instead will be run by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Last year, the SLPA had invited expressions of interest (EOI) from private sector firms, looking to secure a lease for ECT, but it now appears that the process ... Read More »

Freight service to connect Wilhelmshaven and Dortmund

Germany’s Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven has introduced a weekly service to Container Terminal Dortmund in the Rhine-Ruhr region. The new service, with a freight capacity of 100 teu, will run from Dortmund on Wednesdays and from Wilhelmshaven on Thursday.   It adds to another service between the two hubs which was established by duisport in April 2017. Wilhelmshaven handles up ... Read More »

Port of Oakland hopes to gain rice exports to China

Oakland currently handles two thirds of US containerised rice exports

The Port of Oakland expects to see an increase in rice exports following the signing of a recent trade pact between the US and China. American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 according to the port authority, although it does not yet have an estimate on how much business will increase. It claims that volumes should rise ... Read More »

Fashion brands pressurise Madagascar over dockworkers

International fashion brands including Marks and Spencer and Levi’s have signed a joint letter to the Madagascan government, calling for a resolution to an industrial dispute at the Port of Toasmina. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims that dockworkers are being mistreated, alleging that 43 employees were unfairly dismissed by port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). The ... Read More »