Congo Terminal receives two new RTGs

Congo Terminal receives two new RTGs
Congo Terminal, which operates the container terminal at the Port of Pointe-Noire, has received two new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, boosting its yard capacity and helping to improve operational flows. The two Konecranes units, financed by Congo Terminal to the tune of CFA2.6bn (US$4.7m), will strengthen the stevedoring capacities of the termi...
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CMA CGM and MSC complete integration to TradeLens

CMA CGM and MSC complete integration to TradeLens
CMA CGM and MSC have now integrated onto the TradeLens blockchain-based platform, aiming to ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerised freight around the world. Their integration to the digital platform, which was jointly developed by IBM and A.P. Moller-Maersk, means that data on nearly hal...
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Drewry adjusts container throughput forecast in light of better than expected Q2

Drewry adjusts container throughput forecast in light of better than expected Q2
World container port throughput has subverted expectations for the second quarter of 2020, registering a smaller decrease than envisaged of around -8% year-on-year, Drewry has reported. Earlier forecasts in June anticipated a drop of 16% and, while not a full recovery, the port performance for the first half of 2020 was sufficiently good enough for...
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Hapag-Lloyd upgrades forecast for financial year 2020

Hapag-Lloyd upgrades forecast for financial year 2020
Hapag-Lloyd has upgraded its forecast for the 2020 financial year due to the container shipping market performing much better than expected in the third quarter. Although volumes were 3% lower than in the same period in 2019, the total was much better than what had been expected some months ago. There has also been much ...
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Nokia launches temperature detection solution

Nokia launches temperature detection solution
Nokia has announced an automated, zero-touch elevated temperature detection solution designed to help spot potential COVID-19 infections in facilities with thousands of people, such as ports. The Nokia Automated Analytics Solution for Access Control streamlines and fully automates the process of identifying people with elevated temperatures and con...
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ICTSI Ecuador to upgrade infrastructure at Port of Guayaquil

ICTSI Ecuador to upgrade infrastructure at Port of Guayaquil
Contecon Guayaquil (CGSA), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has signed an investment contract with the Ecuadorian state to further develop the Port of Guayaquil with works to heighten cranes, reinforce the docks and deepen the pier’s draught. As part of a three stage project, the operator is investing US$18m...
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Port of Rotterdam aims to significantly increase use of shore-based power by 2030

Port of Rotterdam aims to significantly increase use of shore-based power by 2030
The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Muncipality of Rotterdam, have begun working together on the joint rollout of shore-based power for sea-going vessels in Rotterdam. The partners will be initiating a series of projects over the next five years which are intended to accelerate and scale up the adoption of shore-based power. Allard Castelein, ....
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South Africa remains top hotspot for cargo crime

South Africa remains top hotspot for cargo crime
The COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of lockdowns and a decline in the economy has only intensified South Africa’s vulnerability to cargo theft, a report by TT Club and BSI has found. South Africa ranks among the top countries in the world, and the first on the African continent, for BSI’s forecasted losses due to ...
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Maersk profit forecast raised although 2,000 redundancies planned

Maersk profit forecast raised although 2,000 redundancies planned
Maersk has upgraded its profit forecast for 2020 based on preliminary Q3 figures and the current outlook for Q4, with its ocean business benefitting from a faster rebound than expected as well as high freight rates. Full year 2020 EBITDA is now expected to be between US$7.5-8.0bn before restructuring and integration costs, after previously being .....
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APM Terminals upgrades container tracking platform

APM Terminals upgrades container tracking platform
APM Terminals (APMT) has made a personalisation option available as part of its roll-out of a standardised container tracking system for customers, enabling customers to save containers to a watchlist and set up email notifications. Aiming to save time and optimise container flow, more than 22 of the company’s terminals provide access to container...
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Suspension of industrial action at Port Botany set to ease built-up congestion

Suspension of industrial action at Port Botany set to ease built-up congestion
The suspension of industrial action at DP World Australia and Patrick Terminals has seen some productivity and capacity improvements at Port Botany following weeks of built-up congestion. As of October 10, DP World Australia expects to have cleared its backlog within 10-14 days and Patrick Terminals is experiencing up to 21 days delay in scheduled...
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Freight association calls for government intervention at Port of Felixstowe

Freight association calls for government intervention at Port of Felixstowe
Freight forwarders have demanded that the British government intervenes in the dispute between the owners of the Port of Felixstowe and its users following ongoing disruption, which has caused operational damage and incurred additional costs. The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has claimed that the port’s migration to an in-house t...
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Federal Maritime Commission examines carrier billing practices

Federal Maritime Commission examines carrier billing practices
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is to examine allegations that vessel operating common carriers (VOCCs) may be attempting to hold companies financially responsible for transportation services that they did not contract for and may not legally be required to pay. In September last year, the US regulator invited stakeholders to provide comments...
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Construction begins for new Ivory Coast Container Terminal

Construction begins for new Ivory Coast Container Terminal
Construction works have officially begun for the Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), Abidjan’s second container terminal, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2021. The beginning of works follows the signing of the contract with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in August and the new facility will be located adjacent to the ...
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RAM implements new spreader design at Sogester

RAM implements new spreader design at Sogester
RAM Spreaders has secured an order for five newly designed 2750 heavy-duty mobile harbour crane (MHC) spreaders from Angolan terminal operator Sogester. The units, capable of lifting 1 x 45 tonnes or 2 x 32.5 tonnes, were ordered after previous units suffered heavy impacts at the terminal. The terminal’s engineering manager liaised with the manufac...
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ICTSI Cameroon starts commercial operations at the Port of Kribi

ICTSI Cameroon starts commercial operations at the Port of Kribi
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI)’s Cameroonian subsidiary, Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT), has started commercial operations at the Port of Kribi in Central Africa. KMT has been purposefully built to handle multipurpose shipping line services including roll-on roll-off (ro-ro), project and heavy lift cargo, forestry product...
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Gulftainer appoints new CEO

Gulftainer appoints new CEO
Gulftainer has appointed Charles Menkhorst as its new CEO, tasked with oversight of the strategic growth of the company, which currently operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in its home base in the UAE, and internationally across Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the US. He replaces Peter Richards, who will continue to serve on ...
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Port of Rotterdam trials new energy platform

Port of Rotterdam trials new energy platform
The Port of Rotterdam has completed a successful trial of a new energy platform, Distro, which is the first in the world to combine blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and high-frequency commodity trading in a single platform. Distro was tested across 32 companies at the port’s RDM site where users, working with solar panels and a ...
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MSC backs hydrogen and biofuels as green alternatives

MSC backs hydrogen and biofuels as green alternatives
MSC is exploring the viability of hydrogen as a possible fuel source for the future of container shipping and is increasingly utilising biofuels within its existing fleet. Speaking at the Maritime Transport Efficiency Conference in Geneva, MSC Group’s Bud Darr, executive vice president, maritime policy and government affairs, outlined some preferre...
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Fogmaker: Fire suppression essential for port equipment

Fogmaker: Fire suppression essential for port equipment
There is now a greater awareness about the inherent fire risks that port equipment could be susceptible to, according to fire suppression specialist Fogmaker, which has observed that stringent environmental regulations can lead to higher engine temperatures for longer periods.  With destructive fires capable of causing great damage in ports and ind...
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Volumes up 20% at Aqaba Container Terminal

Volumes up 20% at Aqaba Container Terminal
Despite the challenging circumstances for ports around the world, container volumes rose by 20% at Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in August, with operational efficiency increasing. The facility has seen productivity up 6% this year, with a total throughput of 560,540 teu, compared to 527,174 teu in 2019. A total of 210,667 trucks have been gated .....
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Finnish giants Cargotec and Konecranes to merge

Finnish giants Cargotec and Konecranes to merge
Finnish cargo handling equipment manufacturers Cargotec and Konecranes have agreed to merge, aiming to form a global leader in the next generation of sustainable material flow. The proposed combined company will look to unlock value together through synergies of €100m (US$120m) annually that are expected to be achieved in full within three years fr...
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