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Panama Canal adds daily slot

The Panama Canal has added an additional daily booking slot to its neo-panamax locks, taking the total to eight. The additional slot will be effective from the start of June, 2018 to meet increased demand following the Canal’s expansion two years ago. Jorge Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said: “This increase allows us to offer our customers even more flexibility, and ... Read More »

Wärtsilä to design and equip new LNG-fuelled tug for PSA

Wärtsilä will design and equip one of PSA Marine’s newest harbour tugs, operating on LNG fuel and incorporating fuel efficiency features. The order with Wärtsilä, booked in March 2018, coincides with PSA Marine’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as a leading service provider of marine services. Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president of ship design at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said that his company being ... Read More »

MSC signs 30 year deal for terminal at Khalifa Port

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO at Abu Dhabi Ports and Diego Aponte, president and CEO of MSC, at the signing

MSC has signed a 30 year concession agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish a new container terminal at the UAE’s Khalifa Port. Annual capacity is expected to increased from 2.5m teu to 8.5m teu at the port where the Swiss-based company is making a total investment of AED4bn (US$1.1bn) over the course of the concession agreement in operational equipment. ... Read More »

Kalmar introduces fully electric Ottawa terminal tractor

A Kalmar Ottawa electric terminal tractor

Kalmar is introducing an electric version of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractor, featuring lithium-ion (Li-on) battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The machine is designed for trailer-handling operations in dispersed warehouses, container terminals and other applications where short-distance highway travel is required. Gina Lopez, vice president of terminal tractors at Kalmar, said: “With ... Read More »

Swissterminal adds rail service to Antwerp

Schweizerzug, a rail service offered by Swissterminal Group, is launching a new direct connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Port of Antwerp from July 2018. This means that Switzerland will have an overnight rail service with the Belgian hub for the first time. The Swiss-based logistics provider claims that the rail link will help to reduce handling delays of container barges ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd opens new West African office in Tema

Hapag-Lloyd has opened a new office in Tema, Ghana, from where it will manage most of its operational activities in West Africa. Anthony Firmin, chief operating officer at the carrier, said: “We are tying Africa  even more closely to our global network while benefiting at the same time from positive economic developments in large parts of Africa.” He highlighted the West ... Read More »

London Gateway and Southampton offer upgraded container tracking tool

The tool was first launched in 2012

DP World has upgraded its cargo tracking tool to provide more supply chain visibility for cargo owners, freight forwarders and supply chain partners at London Gateway and Southampton ports. Features include estimated discharge times once a vessel is in-bound to the port, through to notification by SMS or email when the container is ready to book for collection coupled with historical information ... Read More »

Lase adds six more truck lift prevention systems at Incheon

Lase has installed its truck lifting prevention (TLP) system on six HHMC rail-mounted gantry cranes at Sun Kwang Container Terminal (SNCT) in the Port of Incheon. The 2D-laser scanners are meant to detect truck liftings, which occur when any twistlock is locked or jammed, before the lifting from a truck has begun. During the second quarter of 2018, another 14 systems ... Read More »

Drewry: Lessors gaining control of container equipment market

Newbuild prices were stable in 2017

Leasing companies accounted for 55% of container purchases last year as the move towards container leasing and away from carrier ownership continues unabated according to a report from Drewry. With the fleet of containers owned by transport operators growing by a mere 2.4%, the leased fleet added 6.7% and the share owned by lessors is now nearing 52%. Drewry’s director ... Read More »