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ICTSI Ecuador launches first transport insurance programme for banana trade

Contecon Guayaquil SA, ICTSI's terminal in Guayas, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has launched an insurance programme for growers at the world’s largest banana-exporting port, giving them greater coverage for transport. Compared to traditional insurance, which only covers limited phases in the transportation of the fruit, the integral transport insurance means that the product is covered until delivery at the destination of ... Read More »

ABP launches first Port Economic Partnership with UK government

ABP’s Port of Southampton has launched the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP) with the Department for Transport (DfT). PEPs were outlined as one way of creating a strong business environment for ports to thrive as part of the Government’s ‘Maritime 2050 – navigating the future’ initiative, launched in January 2019. The PEP will focus on leveraging the maximum benefit from ... Read More »

UK Major Ports Group: Strong Ports more vital than ever for the UK

New research has outlined the five key characteristics of the ‘Strong Ports’ that the UK will need to thrive and ensure safe and sustainable operations post-Brexit. Maritime industry experts Drewry has identified the following as key factors to make a port resilient and robust through all weathers: productivity and efficiency, an active role in supply chains, logistics zones, digital platforms ... Read More »

Simultaneous drone flight demonstrations scheduled for Antwerp

The drones were first tested at the Sint-Truiden DronePort

A European Union (EU) drone project has tested its first simultaneous drone flights at the Sint-Truiden DronePort with the second live demonstrations scheduled for Antwerp. The Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment (SAFIR) project tested package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations and more during its first trial round. Erwin Verstraelen, chief digital information ... Read More »

Ricaurte Vásquez Morales takes office as Panama Canal administrator

Ricaurte Vásquez Morales, Ph.D., an economist with more than 30 years’ experience in the public and private sector, has been sworn in as the new administrator of the Panama Canal for a seven-year term. Vásquez stated: “Just a few months short of the 20th anniversary of the transfer of the Canal to the Panamanian people, we face a distinctly different reality ... Read More »

Kuenz delivers crane with lifting cantilever to the Netherlands

The new rail mounted barge crane

Kuenz has delivered a rail-mounted container crane, equipped with a cantilever lifting system, to CTVrede Steinweg B.V be utilised at its Hoogtij terminal in Zaandam, the Netherlands. The barge crane’s cantilever lifting system will allow the biggest vessels to travel underneath it without risk of collision when the cantilever is lifted into the upper position. Set to begin operations in ... Read More »

Konecranes delivers two lift trucks to Thailand

The Flow Drive reachstacker in Thailand

Konecranes has delivered two new Konecranes lift trucks to Thailand-based Mon Logistics Group to help the company handle a recent increase in demand for goods transport. The Finnish manufacturer delivered a Flow Drive SMV 4531 TC5 HVT reachstacker and a double stacking SMV 6/7 ECC 100 DS empty container handler (ECH) to Mon Logistics Group’s facility in Bangkok. The Flow ... Read More »

Maersk to produce 0.5% sulphur marine fuel in Rotterdam

Maersk Oil Trading and Koole Terminals have agreed to produce IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel, with production expected to cover 5-10% of Maersk’s annual demand. The production will take place at the the Petrochemical Industrial Distillation (PID) unit, located at Koole’s Botlek site at the Port of Rotterdam. The toll distillation deal allows Maersk to produce VLSFO bunker fuel and will ... Read More »

Port of Salalah sets productivity record following US$31m investment

Port of Salalah, Oman

The Port of Salalah has recorded its highest productivity ever in the region, with its success mainly attributed to a US$31m investment in asset replacement and capacity improvements. The port delivered 412.97 Port Moves per Hour (PMPH) on the vessel Cap San Tainaro, handling a total of 3,820 moves in a port stay of 9.25 hours. Located on the Arabian ... Read More »

Navis launches product to improve visibility of dangerous goods at ports

Navis has launched MACS3 API Services, aiming to facilitate safer vessel visits and improve visibility of dangerous goods flowing through ports. Key stakeholders in the ocean shipping supply chain will be able to access specific loading calculations that can help team members better manage safe cargo handling across the supply chain and improve collaboration and efficiency for the port, terminal operators and ... Read More »