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Saudi-led coalition pledges to ease Yemen blockade

Hodeidah port following the strikes in August 2015 (Credit: MSC)

The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday that it would re-open Hodeidah port to aid shipments but did not say it would be re-opened to commercial traffic. The coalition has carried out a total blockade on Yemen’s ports airports since November 4 after a missile was fired at Riyadh airport. The missile was fired by Houthi forces, who are fighting against ... Read More »

SICK launches system against blind spot corrections

Sensing and imaging company SICK has launched a new system, which alerts operators of cranes and reachstackers to the risk of blind spots. The Visionary-B driver assistance system by integrating 3D imaging camera technology with exterior sensors and an in-cab monitor. The system identifies hazards in real time by detecting people or objects which are not part of the machine’s ... Read More »

Transnet receives 23 Kalmar straddle carriers

The spreader beam was one of the key elements of this project

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has received 23 straddle carriers for one of its Durban terminals. The Kalmar straddle carriers will be put to work at TPT Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation handling a throughput of 2.6m teu. Over the last 15 years, Kalmar has delivered in excess of 150 straddle carriers to TPT. The machine structures were ... Read More »

Handling tariffs cut by 19% at Port of Shanghai

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that from the start of 2018, the import and export handling tariff for non-transhipment containers at the Port of Shanghai will be lowered by 19.4% to RMB480 (US$72) per teu. The NDRC also ordered tariff cuts of between 11% and 21% at several other ports — including Tianjin, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Qingdao ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd makes MCI order

The reefers are being produced in China and Chile

Hapag-Lloyd has purchased 3,700 Maersk Container Industry (MCI) Star Cool Integrated reefers, of which just under a third are fitted with more environmentally friendly systems. MCI will fit 1,000 containers with R513A refrigerant systems, which the company claims has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 56% compared to the commonly used R134A system. GWP is a measure of ... Read More »

Santos Brasil invests in Tecon Vila do Conde

Santos Brasil is to invest BRL37m (US$11m) in expanding and modernising Vila do Conde Container Terminal over the next two years as part of an early 15 year extension to the terminal’s lease. The investment made by the operator will total BRL129m (US$40m), increasing Tecon Vila do Conde’s capacity to 163,000 per year. The facility, which is located in the ... Read More »

Drewry: West Africa improving but more to do

Volumes are up 3.2% year-on-year

The Asia-West Africa is growing at its fastest pace since late 2014 but the African region still has a lot of ground to recover, according to Drewry. Container throughput in the southbound Asia to West Africa trade grew by 7% in the third quarter of 2017, but is some way off replicating its annual record of 1.5m teu, which was ... Read More »

Maritime Transport adds Sany machine to Manchester depot

Multi-modal logistics company Maritime Transport has added a Sany empty container handler to its Manchester operations, bringing its fleet number to three. The machine will work at Maritime’s Trafford Park depot and came from Cooper Specialised Handling, who also provided Maritime with a Sany double box empty container handler for its Leed depot in autumn 2016. Maritime Transport’s operations director, ... Read More »

Throughput plummets at Tecon Santos

The company has lost market share at its flagship terminal in the Port of Santos

Container volumes at Santos Brasil’s flagship Tecon Santos terminal fell by 18.8% year-on-year in the third quarter following the termination of its key Asia service. The facility handled 204,699 containers during the quarter due to the loss of the navigation service ESA’s contract. This Asia service included vessels from CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd, NYK, Hamburg Sud and Evergreen, and has moved to ... Read More »