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Navis offers RTG optimisation in latest version of N4

Younus Aftab, chief technology officer at Navis

Navis has announced the availability of N4 3.8, the latest cloud-enabled version of its core terminal operating system (TOS), offering rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane optimisation to streamline operations for manual and automated RTG terminals. The newest iteration of N4 is meant to lay the foundation for cloud deployments, with a richer suite of Navis Smart application packages, including the vessel ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO warns of environmental challenges in 2020

Rolf Habben Jansen

Trade conflicts, new fuel regulations, environmental and climate protection are among the top issues the shipping industry will face in 2020, claims Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen. With International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2020 sulphur regulations now in effect, Hapag-Lloyd expects additional costs of around US$1bn per year as it makes the switch to low-sulphur fuel oil on a majority of ... Read More »

Yilport terminals in Portugal and Sweden opt for automated RTGs

Konecranes ARTG system

Yilport has signed contracts with Konecranes for the delivery of automated rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane systems to two of its Portuguese terminals and another in Sweden. Each system will have six ARTGs operated under a supervised operation concept, with four remote operating stations (ROSs). They will be built as extensions to the container yards of Yilport’s Gävle container terminal in ... Read More »

DP World takes 44% stake in Swissterminal

Swissterminal has connecting services to Europe's major container ports

DP World has entered a strategic partnership with Swissterminal Holding, taking a 44% stake in the Mayer family business, which is Switzerland’s leading container terminal operator. Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are connected to container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports ... Read More »

Malaysia sends back waste containers to the UK, US and France

Yeo Bee Yin inspecting a container

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of unwanted waste to 13 countries, angrily taking aim at exporters which are violating its ban on plastic waste that was first implemented in 2018. Environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, said: “If there are people who would like to see this [country] as the rubbish dumping site of the world, you dream on. “For Malaysia, we ... Read More »

China Merchants sells 22.55% stake in Paranaguá terminal to investment funds

China Merchants Port Holdings (CM Port) has sold a 22.55% stake in southern Brazil’s Terminal De Containeres de Paranaguá (TCP) to the China-Portugal Cooperation Development (CPD) Fund and the China-LAC Cooperation (CLAC) Fund. This equity transfer is the first time that CMPort has brought in strategic investors for its overseas existing terminal assets. A statement from the operator noted: “This ... Read More »

Environmental groups call for stronger approach on climate from IMO

Kitack Lim,secretary-general of the IMO

A group of environmental organisations have called for the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s secretary general Kitack Lim to accelerate its greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. A letter from organisations including the Clean Shipping Coalition, the Environmental Defence Fund and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), calls for Lim to put policies in place ... Read More »

Port of Los Angeles hits near-record 9.3m teu despite trade war

Containers at the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles’ total volume for 2019 fell just short of its second-best year in the port’s 113-year history at 9.3m teu. Port executive director Gene Seroka said that the achievement was due to the extensive cooperation and continued efficiency improvements by the port’s terminal operators, supply chain partners and longshore workforce. Seroka said: “In the face of ... Read More »

Maritime stakeholders call for EU to re-evaluate liner block exemption

A number of stakeholders in the maritime supply chain have called for proper objective evaluation of the European Commission’s Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), which makes container shipping exempt from the EU’s competition laws. LECAT, ETA, EBU, ESC, FEPORT, GSF, GSA and UIRR representing users of liner shipping services and service providers of the maritime logistics chain jointly object to ... Read More »