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Terminal in Tianjin modernises yard with ABB automation solution

The stacking crane fleet is being equipped with ABB's remote supervision solution

Five Continents International Container Terminal (FICT) plans to automate its fleet of 31 rail-mounted stacking cranes using technology from ABB to increase throughput capacity and meet “mega-age” requirements. ABB, working in collaboration with ZPMC, has equipped the cranes with an automation and remote supervision solution and refurbished the equipment with its electrical systems that will be delivered in pre-assembled, containerised ... Read More »

CMA CGM outlines its Bunker Adjustment Formula

CMA CGM has clarified its Bunker Adjustment Formula (BAF), which will take effect on January 1, 2019 to comply with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s low sulphur regulation. The carrier has chosen to use low sulphur fuel (LSFO) to adhere to the new regulation, as the IMO has set a maximum sulphur content threshold of 0.5% for marine fuels from ... Read More »

MSC clarifies Bunker Recovery Charge mechanism

The new surcharge will be implemented from January 1, 2019

MSC has revealed the exact mechanism used to calculate its Bunker Recovery Charge (BRC), which will come into effect January 1 2019 in order to comply with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s 2020 sulphur cap. The formula for the BRC consists of the fuel price per tonne multiplied by the Trade Factor coefficient – fuel consumption per round trip divided ... Read More »

Konecranes to deliver hybrid RTGs to Houston

Konecranes has won an order from Port Houston for eight rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes equipped with hybrid power packs, constituting the first such equipment to be delivered by the Finnish company. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2018, while the equipment is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020. The cranes’ hybrid system will ... Read More »

US ports express reluctance to pay for new customs facilities

The American Association of Port Authorities has criticised US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policies requesting port authorities to build and incur the costs of CBP staffing facilities at ports. The AAPA said that the CBP should not be seeking ways to build new facilities while there continues to be a shortage of CBP officers for maritime activities. In a ... Read More »

Planned bridges set to help Guayaquil Port

The longest bridge will spain the Rio Guayas

The Ecuadorian government plans to build two bridges and a road in the port city of Guayaquil. The Southern viaduct project will link the port and south side of Guayaquil to the province of El Oro and the country’s south. The project includes an 855 m bridge over Estero Cobina, located near the port, and a 3,440 m bridge over the ... Read More »

Ports of Stockholm picks new boss from City Hall

The new managing director, Thomas Andersson

The Stockholms Hamn AB Board of Directors has appointed Thomas Andersson as the new Ports of Stockholm Managing Director. Anderson is the current deputy managing director at Stockholm’s City Hall and has prior experience within the construction sector, commerce and the tourism industry. The previous managing director Johann Castwall will become executive director at the City of Stockholm development administration, Exploateringskontoret. According ... Read More »

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 »