Ismailia tunnel inaugurated, connecting SCCT with industrial zones in Cairo

Ismailia tunnel inaugurated, connecting SCCT with industrial zones in Cairo
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has inaugurated the Ismailia tunnel, aiming to ease the flow of traffic and cargo to and from the Sinai Peninsula. The tunnel is meant to significantly improve connectivity between Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) and key industrial zones in Greater Cairo. A second tunnel connecting Port Said is scheduled...
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Noatum Logistics expands warehouse network in Spain

Noatum Logistics expands warehouse network in Spain
Noatum Logistics has opened its largest logistics warehouse in Ribarroja (Valencia), expanding the company’s total storage capacity in Spain to approximately 33,000 sq m. As part of the company’s diversification process it aims to create a network of its own warehouses and the new 10,000 sq m facility, which has 16 docks, has joined four ...
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PSA acquires terminals in Canada and the US

PSA acquires terminals in Canada and the US
PSA International has agreed to acquire Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada, and Penn Terminals in Pennsylvania, USA from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. The Singapore-based operator overcame a joint bid by Canada National Railway and CMA CGM, Logistec and others f...
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BEST receives six new Konecranes ASCs

BEST receives six new Konecranes ASCs
Hutchison Ports’ Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) has increased its capacity with a delivery of six new automated stacking cranes (ASCs) supplied by Konecranes. The facility now has a storage capacity of 27 automated blocks, up from its previous 24 automated blocks, which are being assembled and tested and are expected to be fully operational...
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Brasil Terminal Portuário appoints APMT Brazil head as new CEO

Brasil Terminal Portuário appoints APMT Brazil head as new CEO
The largest terminal in Port of Santos, Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) has named its new CEO as Ricardo Arten, who has been managing director of APM Terminals (APMT) Brazil for the last seven years. The facility, which is a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and APMT, has replaced Antonio Passaro who held the ...
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Singapore invests in Terminal Investment Limited

Singapore invests in Terminal Investment Limited
Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC has acquired a 10% interest in the sixth largest container terminal operator in the world, Terminal Investment Limited (TIL). GIC acquired its 10% stake from Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and other existing co-investors. TIL has a large portfolio that handles the container volumes of the 2M alliance, con...
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South Carolina Ports Authority goes live with Tideworks’ solution

South Carolina Ports Authority goes live with Tideworks' solution
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has gone live with Tideworks’ graphical planning solution, Spinnaker, at the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals. It will allow all stevedores in the port complex to have access to the system’s platform in order to increase process visibility throughout the terminal. The TOS aims to...
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Dutch terminal to use Kuenz new RTG design

Dutch terminal to use Kuenz new RTG design
Kuenz has announced that Kloosterboer will be the first to operate the manufacturer’s Freerider equipment as part of an order for its container terminal in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Kloosterboer will receive four 7+1 wide semi-automated Freeriders which can handle one over five as well as three remote desks supplied by Kuenz. Transport, installa...
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Australia puts its foot down on the brown marmorated stink bug

Australia puts its foot down on the brown marmorated stink bug
Seasonal measures that have seen ships being turned away have kept Australia and New Zealand free of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). This is the second year in a row that Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has implemented a policy which affects certain goods arriving from target risk countries during the high ...
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Draft limits imposed as drought takes its toll on Panama Canal

Draft limits imposed as drought takes its toll on Panama Canal
An intense drought has forced the Panama Canal Authority to impose draft limits on ships moving through its locks that means larger ships must pass through with less cargo, The Associated Press has reported. The maximum freshwater draft of 13.41 m for Neopanamax vessels was reduced by a foot at the end of April 2019 ...
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Global Port Equipment reachstackers used in tunnel reinforcement project

Global Port Equipment reachstackers used in tunnel reinforcement project
A Panamanian/Spanish company has embarked on an inventive project to reinforce the tunnel of the large hydroelectric power plant in Changuinola, Panama, using reachstackers from Global Port Equipment (GPE), which is part of the Forkliftcenter Group. The centrepiece of the project is a steel reinforcing mechanism, which weighs approximately 10 tonne...
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Drewry predicts surge in ship demolitions before 2020 sulphur cap

Drewry predicts surge in ship demolitions before 2020 sulphur cap
Drewry expects that more and more containerships will be demolished ahead of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s 2020 sulphur cap, reducing the average age of scrapped vessels as the pool of older ships is depleted. Many older and less-fuel efficient ships will be rendered uneconomic while a growth in fitting exhaust scrubbers may force...
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Kalmar launches fully electric empty container handler

Kalmar launches fully electric empty container handler
Kalmar has introduced a fully electric version of its empty container handler, bringing it closer to achieving its goal of offering an electric version of every product in the company’s portfolio by 2021. The manufacturer has already launched fully electric versions of its light and medium forklift trucks, Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle a...
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Container volumes up at Rotterdam and Antwerp

Container volumes up at Rotterdam and Antwerp
Europe’s premier container ports have recorded an encouraging start to the year with both Rotterdam and Antwerp seeing growth in throughput in the first quarter of 2018. Rotterdam had a particularly strong quarter with a 7.3% rise in container throughput to 3.7m teu, stemming from a sharp rise in transhipment volumes originating in Asia with...
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IUMI: Concerns remain for global marine underwriting

IUMI: Concerns remain for global marine underwriting
The increased risk of large, more complex and costly claims has the potential to impact all marine underwriting sectors in 2019 according to the International Union of Maritime Insurance (IUMI). Whilst in general, major losses remain stable, the continued erosion of the global premium base means that attritional losses are becoming much more signif...
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DP World off to a flat start in 2019

DP World off to a flat start in 2019
DP World has had a slow start to 2019 with gross container volumes declining by 0.6% in the first quarter of the year to 17.5 teu across its global portfolio of container terminals. Gross like-for-like volumes fell by 0.7% in the quarter due to higher year-on-year comparables, with the terminal operator performing particularly strongly one ...
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CMA CGM launches range of digital features

CMA CGM launches range of digital features
CMA CGM has launched eSolutions, comprising an online agency and other e-commerce channels such as Electronic Data Interchanges (EDI) and Application Programming Interfaces (API) which allow the digital transmission of information between the carrier and its customers. A large majority of the company’s bookings are made via its eCommerce solutions,...
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Hapag-Lloyd on course to hit fuel consumption reduction target

Hapag-Lloyd on course to hit fuel consumption reduction target
Hapag-Lloyd is on track to achieve its target of a 20% reduction in fuel consumption by 2020, when compared to a 2016 ceiling, according to its latest sustainability report. Jörg Erdmann, senior director of sustainability management, at the carrier, noted that the improvement was due to efficiency measures as well as lowering specific emissions. Li...
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Solvo.TOS to help strengthen Angola’s plans to grow its economy

Solvo.TOS to help strengthen Angola’s plans to grow its economy
Sogester S.A. – a joint venture between APM Terminals (APMT) and GF Sociedade Gestore de Terminais, SA – has chosen Solvo’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) to modernise four container and general cargo terminals in Angola. The system, Solvo.TOS, will manage all operations at Sogester’s two seafront terminals, Luanda and Namibe, as well as its...
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MSC South Africa orders eight Konecranes lift trucks

MSC South Africa orders eight Konecranes lift trucks
Konecranes are set to deliver a small fleet of eight Smart Connected lift trucks to MSC South Africa centres on the east coast, west coast and at a new operation in the central Gauteng region. The equipment was ordered in three parts from December 2018 to February 2019 and accounts for a total of four ...
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Liebherr wins first reachstacker order in Australia

Liebherr wins first reachstacker order in Australia
Liebherr is set to deliver its first reachstacker to Tianqi Lithium Kwinana in Perth, Australia, which will be used to handle containerised lithium hydroxide. The new machine, a LRS 545, is part of a package which includes two Liebherr XPower wheel loaders and it is scheduled to go into operation in July 2019. Gordon Clark, ...
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Drewry: Carriers underestimated US tariff hangover

Drewry: Carriers underestimated US tariff hangover
In the aftermath of the threatened tariffs on Chinese goods, container shipments from Asia to West Coast North America have fallen as the market readjusts to slower volumes and prices. At the end of 2018, eastbound spot freight rates were at a six-year peak but available PIERS data for the first three months of 2019 ...
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ZIM joins Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens

ZIM joins Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has signed on as a member of TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping solution jointly developed by Maersk and IBM. The carrier is looking to push towards digitising its processes to enable efficiencies and cost savings to the company and the customers by enabling greater transparency and more efficient proc...
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