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CMA CGM to launch international start-up incubator

CMA CGM is the world's fourth largest container shipping line

CMA CGM will launch its first international start-up ‘incubator’ to help new companies develop in June 2018. The French carrier stated that the creation of Ze Box is “to make digitalisation one of the pillars of its development”, and it will launch a call for applications shortly. This development follows a series of digitalisation-focused projects which include; the appointment of ... Read More »

Barcelona’s throughput rockets by 32% in 2017

Transhipment was a major factor in the port's growth. Credit: Mhobl/ flickr

Container traffic at Spain’s Port of Barcelona shot up by 32.3% in 2017 after the facility handled nearly 3m teu. The growth, which led to Barcelona dubbing itself ‘the fastest growing European port’, was largely influenced by a sharp rise of 137% in transhipment containers. Elsewhere import traffic grew by 8.3% to 561,103 teu and export traffic grew by 2.6% ... Read More »

British Ports Association: Brexit talks are neglecting cross-border trade

The CEO of the British Ports Association has claimed cross-border trade facilitation is being neglected in Brexit talks following a speech by Brexit secretary David Davis. Richard Ballantyne made the comments after Davis mentioned working towards business opportunities outside of the EU in a speech at Teesport. In the speech Davis said the UK “must be able to prepare for ... Read More »

Sohar sets operation record

Oman’s Port of Sohar registered 169 moves per hour on January 21, setting a new container-moves-per-hour record at the facility. Vessel operation rate (VOR) – the number of containers handled by cranes per hour – across the terminal has risen by 70%, with the port citing investment in the facility as a key reason behind this. Hutchison Ports Sohar, the ... Read More »

Las Palmas opts for Navis N4

Las Palmas handles 800,000 teu per year

The operator of Spain’s Port of Las Palmas, situated in Gran Canaria, has chosen to implement Navis N4 to replace its old terminal operating system (TOS). Operaciones Portuarias Canarias. S. A. (OPCSA) decided to install N4 following its decision to upgrade its TOS, which is currently an outdated version of PSA’s Comsos TOS. Captain Jan Nowak, CEO of OPCSA, said: “We ... Read More »

Oakland’s volumes rise slightly

There have been numerous investments at Oakland

The Port of Oakland has announced that its container volumes have increased by 1% in 2017. The Californian port handled 1.83m teu in 2016 and 1.85m teu in 2017. In its yearly review, the port authority outlined the investments it is making like a 283,000 sq. ft refrigerated distribution centre which will open in the summer of 2018. Construction will ... Read More »

Terminal Link set to buy Libra Terminais

Terminal Link is set to buy the Brazilian terminal operator Libra Terminais, according to Brazilian media reports and a local source familiar with the matter. Terminal Link is jointly owned by CMA CGM (51%) and China Merchant Holdings International (49%) and both companies have individually been trying to buy Brazilian terminals for several years. China Merchants recently bought 90% of Terminal ... Read More »

Italian transshipment troubles hit Contship’s results

Volumes fell at Gioia Tauro

A decline in its Mediterranean transshipment business has led to a fall in Contship Italia’s 2017 throughput volumes. In particular, traffic declined at the company’s Southern Italian transshipment terminals in Gioia Tauro and Cagliari. Traffic at Medcenter Container Terminal, Gioia Tauro, was down 12.5% from 2.8m teu to 2.45m teu and traffic at Cagliari International Container Terminal, on the island ... Read More »

Lisbon’s volumes up 26%

The Port of Lisbon has increased its container throughput to 493,253 teu in 2017. The Portuguese port’s volumes rose by 19% in the year – the highest growth rate of any of the national ports in Portugal. Lídia Sequeira, President of Port of Lisbon Authority, highlights that “these figures are very encouraging, specially because they show that the strategy adopted, ... Read More »