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Hamburg Süd resumes seasonal mango and grape service

The transit time between the Port of Paita and Philadelphia is 11 days

Hamburg Süd has resumed its weekly direct service between Peru and the US East Coast in time for the forthcoming mango and grape season in South America. The service will be operational from November 2018 to February 2019, with a transit time of 11 days from the Port of Paita, Peru, to Philadelphia. According to the carrier, the fast transit ... Read More »

US ports ask government for more multimodal funding

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has said that more multimodal funding is US ports’ top priority. In a statement to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, AAPA said that of the US$11bn in dedicated freight funding over five years provided by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) act, only US$1.13bn is multimodal eligible. Currently, US$200m of multimodal ... Read More »

Report claims Djibouti can be transhipment hub

Mamadou Ndione, senior economist at the World Bank

Djibouti’s has the potential to become a transhipment hub due to its strategic location and an increase in its port capacity, a report by the Oxford Business Group (OBG) has claimed. Currently, the port mostly acts as an entry and exit point for cargo to its landlocked neighbour Ethiopia, handling roughly 95% of its imports, which has forced port infrastructure ... Read More »

Trucking strike pre-empts Maersk’s push into inland transport in Brazil

Brazil’s trucking strike, which caused supply chain chaos in mid-2018, has pushed Maersk to develop its regional intermodal transport solutions segment ahead of schedule, growing by 10% in the third quarter of 2018. Maersk Line’s ocean product merged with Damco’s supply chain services earlier this year and the pair will operate globally with one management, one sales force, one customer ... Read More »

Hutchison Ports welcomes Thailand’s largest ever containership

The terminal welcomed ONE's magenta ship

Hutchison Ports Thailand welcomed the country’s first ever 14,000 teu containership to call at its Terminal D facility at Laem Chabang Port. The ONE COLUMBA, owned by Ocean Network Express, has a capacity of 14,053 teu, a total length of 364 m, total breadth of 51 m and a gross tonnage of 145,647 tonnes. The terminal operator deployed new remote-controlled ... Read More »

New STS crane begins operations at the Port of Grangemouth

A new 45 m high Liebherr ship-to-shore (STS) crane, which aims to offer a faster turnaround time for cargo, has begun operations at the Port of Grangemouth. The crane was purchased as part of a £10m (US$12.8m) investment programme by port operator Forth Ports and it is the third STS crane to join the company’s fleet. The trio of Liebherr ... Read More »

Fuel costs hit CMA CGM’s profit although volumes up

CMA CGM will operate 111 ships on the alliance's new services

CMA CGM’s net income fell by 68% in the third quarter to US$103.1m as higher fuel prices affected unit costs, offsetting a rise in throughput on multiple trades. Unit costs rose by 7.7% (US$77 per teu), mainly due to the market price of fuel, resulting in an increase of US$55 per teu compared to the third quarter of 2017. The ... Read More »

Global Port Equipment delivers range of equipment to PSA Panama

New equipment at PSA Panama

As PSA Panama expands its capacity to 2m teu, it has received a wide range of handling equipment including 37 terminals tractors and 37 container chassis from Global Port Equipment (GPE). GPE, which offers sales, rental, spare parts and maintenance, has also supplied 2+1 empty container handlers, a 16-tonne forklift truck and 2+1 reachstackers. It has additionally received a repeat ... Read More »

Soget launches e-freight corridor to ease Brexit cross-channel flows

French company Soget has launched EasyBrexit, a service designed to enable cross border automated port controls and that aims to reduce physical inspections of roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) traffic. In close collaboration with French customs, port authorities, ferry companies and road hauliers, Soget will provide an e-freight corridor based on a digitalised anticipation of information flows related to cross-Channel goods. The ... Read More »