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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 »

G&W selects Tideworks’ intermodal solutions for its rail network

Freightliner and Pentalver, subsidiaries of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), have selected Tideworks as their intermodal solutions provider for their UK rail and container terminal network. G&W will deploy the software developer’s Intermodal Pro TOS and Traffic Control equipment dispatch system across its UK-wide network of rail and container terminals. Chris Lawrenson, managing director of terminals for G&W’s UK/Europe region ... Read More »

Yilport Holdings unveils revised growth strategy and 2020-2025 business plan

Robert Yuksel Yildirim, executive chairman and CEO of Yilport Holdings

Yilport has outlined its new business plans for 2020 and beyond, aiming to focus on organic growth and to start operations in two container terminals in 2020. The two container facilities include Taranto Container Terminal in Italy, which the company plans to revamp and bring annual capacity up to 1.5m teu, and Gulfport Terminal in Mississppi, US. At Gulfport, the ... Read More »

Port of Ashdod protected by Naval Dome against cyber-attacks

Orna Hozma Bechor, Ashdod Port chairwoman

Naval Dome has agreed to defend the Port of Ashdod’s critical Operational Technology (OT) systems from cybersecurity hacks. The Port of Ashdod, Naval Dome’s first port reference, will start pilot trials of the Port-Dome cyber protection on several systems in early 2020, after which the technology will be installed across the port’s entire network. This will include traffic control systems ... Read More »

Container volumes up 7% at Dunkerque

The port saw transhipment volumes rise last year

The Port of Dunkerque saw a 7% increase in container throughput during 2019, handling 450,000 teu, as it positioned itself as a transhipment hub. During the year, the port commissioned the extension to the quai de Flandre in the West Port, with its completion marking a major step in its container handling capabilities. The port can now simultaneously berth two ... Read More »

PSA’s container volumes increased 5.2% in 2019

PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 85.2m teu in 2019 across its global portfolio, increasing its volume by 5.2% compared to 2018. The group’s flagship terminal, PSA Singapore, increased its volume by 1.6% year-on-year and contributed 36.9m teu towards the overall 2019 total while PSA terminals outside of Singapore increased volumes by 8.1% to 49.3m. Tan Chong Meng, group CEO ... Read More »

Panama Canal adds fees and reduces slots to sustain water levels after low rainfall

Rainfall has been 20% below average over the past year

Changing rainfall patterns and historic low water levels at the Gatun Lake have led the Panama Canal to announce a series of new measures from February onwards, aimed at sustaining an operational level of water. The canal authority hopes that the changes, which will be implemented from February 15, will provide reliability in water levels and transit schedules to customers ... Read More »

Puerto Aguadulce welcomes largest vessel to call Colombia

Puerto Aguadulce has welcomed the 13,892 teu APL Esplanade, the largest vessel to call at Buenaventura, Colombia. The vessel is 369 m long, equivalent to approximately four professional football fields, and has a width of 51 m. Puerto Aguadulce has claimed that having welcomed a ship of this size highlights the importance, capacity and competitiveness of Buenaventura Port. Miguel Abisambra, ... Read More »

Port of Immingham receives electric RTGs as part of expansion project

The units took 34 days to arrive from China

The Port of Immingham has received six electric rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) cranes, as part of a project to expand its container terminal. Project Pilgrim is a £33m (US$43m) upgrade to Immingham Container Terminal to future proof the terminal, extend its footprint and improve the service to customers. In particular, it aims to increase the space, improve the layout and add ... Read More »