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AAPA warns Trump administration against trade sanctions

Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has written a letter to US trade representative ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging him against potential trade sanctions. Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the AAPA, argued that the sanctions could result in significant job losses in the port industry and other trade-related sectors, while triggering retaliation from US trading partners. He said: “We urge ... Read More »

New ro-ro terminal to be built in Alabama

The agreement is for a 30-year lease

The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and AutoMobile International Terminal have agreed to develop a roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) terminal at the Port of Mobile. ASPA began the tender process in 2016 and AutoMobile International Terminal, a joint venture between Chile’s SAAM Puertos and Argentina’s Terminal Zárate, won the concession to operate the terminal for up to 30 years. The facility ... Read More »

Antwerp creates action plan for container barge transport

The Antwerp port community has signed an implementation plan to make container barge transport more efficient, featuring a roadmap of structural measures. This follows difficulties in spring 2017 when growing freight volumes and larger vessel sizes calling at the port led to peak load on the terminals, with longer waiting times for container barges as a result. The plan supported ... Read More »

APM Terminals inaugurates cold storage facility in Chennai

APM Terminals (APMT) has inaugurated South India’s first cold storage facility integrated with a container freight station, hoping to ensure the reliable transport of temperature controlled cargo. The warehouse, which is located in the Ponneri suburb of Chennai, will be used to store goods such as fish, fruits, medicines and speciality chemicals, which require strict temperature control. The 10,000 sq ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam launches app to cut vessel waiting times

The port receives 30,000 vessels annually

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has presented the first version of Pronto, its new digital application, aiming to cut waiting times for ships visiting the port by an average of 20%. The application is meant to enable effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including ... Read More »

Malta Freeport orders 15 Konecranes RTGs

Malta Freeport Terminals has ordered 15 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes as part of its expansion. The first cranes will be delivered at the end of 2018 and the rest during spring of 2019. The order was booked at the end of 2017. The port, which is the third largest transhipment hub in the Mediterranean, currently operates a fleet ... Read More »

Liebherr launches purely electric port crane

The LPS 420E unit

Liebherr has launched the first purely electrical port crane, a new machine from its mobile harbour crane range. For the new LPS 420 E unit, all crane movements such as luffing, hoisting, slewing and travelling are done by electric motors, while the planetary gear box offers low noise emissions. As the crane is a member of the LHM series, it ... Read More »

CMA CGM to operate terminal at Nigeria’s Lekki Port

CMA CGM Group and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to operate the future container terminal at the port, which is less than 40 km from Lagos. The future Lekki Deep Sea Port will be developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and ... Read More »

HHLA to use lithium-ion battery powered vehicles


Automated container transporters (AGV) at at HHLA Container Terminal Alternwerder (CTA) will be powered by lithium-ion batteries in the future, as they move containers between ships and the yard. The use of green energy prevents any CO2, nitric oxide or particulate matter from being emitted and the vehicles are also three times more efficient than their diesel-powered predecessors, noted the ... Read More »