UK to establish 10 Freeports after Brexit

UK to establish 10 Freeports after Brexit
Britain’s international trade Secretary Liz Truss has announced a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise the government on the establishment of up to 10 Freeports, aiming at boosting the UK’s trade performance post-Brexit. Ports and airports across the UK will be invited to bid to become one of up to 10 Freeports. Freeports are envisage...
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Global shipping industry responds to proposed modifications to Panama Canal Tolls

Global shipping industry responds to proposed modifications to Panama Canal Tolls
The global shipping industry has responded to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)’s consultation on a proposal to adjust the Panama Canal tolls for vessels. While charges to containerships and cargo ships will remain unchanged, ACP has proposed toll increases for other sectors such as dry bulk (iron ore), tankers, chemical tankers, roll-on roll-off ca...
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PSA International completes acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal

PSA International completes acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal
PSA International has completed the acquisition of Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Canada, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, following formal approval by relevant regulatory authorities. Halterm is the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can serve mega container vessels, operating three container berths covering...
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Drewry: Container terminal utilisation rates to rise

Drewry: Container terminal utilisation rates to rise
Drewry expects container terminal utilisation rates to rise to an average of 79% over the next few years due to the “muted” level of capacity expansion plans in the pipeline. The consultant’s container port demand forecast for the next five years is for global growth of 4.4% per annum on average, lifting world container port ...
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Yilport Holding signs 49-year concession for Port of Taranto

Yilport Holding signs 49-year concession for Port of Taranto
Yilport Holding has signed a 49-year concession with the Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS) for the Port of Taranto, Italy. The Port of Taranto is the 22nd marine port in Yilport Holding’s portfolio and its first terminal in Italy. Chairman Robert Yuksel Yildrim said: “Being able to enter Italy and work here ...
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New petrochem clients call at ICTSI Argentina

New petrochem clients call at ICTSI Argentina
TecPlata, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) Argentina, has signed agreements with two big petrochem companies to handle their cargo and service their import/export needs. State-owned energy firm Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales (YPF) has started to export lubricant products to the city of Santos in Brazil and im...
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APM Terminals tests out trucker initiatives

APM Terminals tests out trucker initiatives
APM Terminals (APMT) is testing a number of initiatives across 10 terminals in an effort to improve the experience for truckers. The projects have been developed using the operator’s improvement cycle (I-cycle) methodology, which is being used company-wide. Interviews with more than 200 truck drivers in 2018 indicated that truck drivers and dispatc...
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PSA Singapore to collaborate on tech, AI and IoT

PSA Singapore to collaborate on tech, AI and IoT
PSA Corporation and Envision Digital International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in knowledge sharing and capability transfer for development in the fields of engineering, technology, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (AIoT). PSA and Envision will share and exchange expertise on industry concepts, techn...
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Portuguese government approves Port of Sines’ expansion

Portuguese government approves Port of Sines' expansion
The Portuguese government has approved the new Vasco de Gama Terminal and expansion of the existing Terminal XXI at the Port of Sines. The aim is to increase capacity and to respond to the existing demand in containerised cargo at the port, in compliance with the Strategy for Increasing the Competitiveness of Continental Ports Network ...
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Dredging of the River Elbe begins

Dredging of the River Elbe begins
Dredging of the River Elbe has officially begun at the Port of Hamburg as the hopper dredger Scheldt River started the adjustment of the fairway. After the fairway adjustment, ocean-going ships will be able to leave the port with a draft of 13.50 m and, using flood tide, with one of 14.50 m. It will ...
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Baltimore rail project to receive US$125m grant

Baltimore rail project to receive US$125m grant
The Maryland Department of Transportation is to receive a US$125m grant for Baltimore’s Howard Street Railroad (CSX Transportation) tunnel to enable double stacking of shipping containers to and from the Port of Baltimore. The funds come from the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Programme...
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ICTSI Manila expands equipment fleet

ICTSI Manila expands equipment fleet
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has received a new quay crane and eight hybrid rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs). The additional equipment brings its total fleet to 18 quay cranes and 58 RTGs, establishing Manila has having the largest fleet of modern container handling eq...
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Lase opens first office in Australia

Lase opens first office in Australia
Lase has opened an office in Perth, Australia, in order to support its growing base of local customers in the mining industry and several other sectors including container ports. Lars Mohr, who has previously worked as sales manager at the Lase branch office in Bremen, Germany, has been appointed general manager for Lase’s expansion into ...
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DP World to create US$1.2bn container port and logistics park in Indonesia

DP World to create US$1.2bn container port and logistics park in Indonesia
DP World and Indonesian conglomerate Maspion Group have agreed to create a US$1.2bn container port and industrial logistics park in East Java. It is the first joint venture of its kind in the Indonesian transportation sector involving a private sector partnership between an FDI partner and a private sector Indonesian company, within the context of...
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Kalmar to deliver its first eco reachstacker in Indonesia

Kalmar to deliver its first eco reachstacker in Indonesia
Kalmar has signed a contract with Cikarang Dry Port for the delivery of the first Kalmar Eco Reachstacker in Indonesia, which is expected to arrive at the facility in July 2019. Launched in 2018, Kalmar’s Eco Reachstacker is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while maintaining a good performance. Benny Woenardi, managing director of...
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DP World reports 0.5% gross volume growth in half-year

DP World reports 0.5% gross volume growth in half-year
DP World handled 35.8m teu across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first half of 2019, gross container volumes growing by 0.5% year-on-year on a reported basis and a like-for-like basis. Strong performance across Asia Pacific, Indian Subcontinent and Africa drove growth in Q2 2019, but weaker volumes in the UAE and Australia ...
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Contargo makes preparations for the “extreme” summer

Contargo makes preparations for the “extreme” summer
Contargo has prepared for the next “extreme summer” by having four barges in its fleet modified so that they have 10-15 cm more water beneath the keel in very low water conditions. The hinterland logistics company, which uses barges for about 75% of its container transports, expects another hot summer with weeks of drought and ...
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Hutchison Ports BEST terminal increases reefer capacity

Hutchison Ports BEST terminal increases reefer capacity
Hutchison Ports BEST terminal in the Port of Barcelona has increased its storage and connection capacity for refrigerated containers, from 1,600 connection points up to 2,750. The 70% increase in reefer capacity makes it one of the terminals with the most connections for refrigerated containers in the whole of the Mediterranean area. Guillermo Belc...
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Jaxport container volumes up 6%

Jaxport container volumes up 6%
The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has achieved a 6% increase in container volumes over the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019, handling nearly 1m teu. The port also moved nearly 535,000 auto units in this period, an increase of seven percent over the same time in fiscal year 2018. The Florida hub’s Asian container volumes contin...
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Strong half-year for Kalmar sees profits rise

Strong half-year for Kalmar sees profits rise
Kalmar’s operating profit rose by 26% to €65.8m in the first half of 2019 as the demand for Kalmar’s services increased, but declined slightly in mobile equipment. Customers’ investments were mostly targeted to smaller subprojects as well as improving the efficiency of the existing terminals instead of building new terminals. Cargotec’s CEO M...
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Port of Muuga gets new ferry connection to Finland

Port of Muuga gets new ferry connection to Finland
The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is recevving a new call from Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line, connecting it with Vuosaari in Finland. The multi-function terminal, a fully owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is looking to strengthen its position as a roll-on roll-off hub (ro-ro) hub in the Baltic region. ...
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Ashdod Port invests around US$16m in port equipment

Ashdod Port invests around US$16m in port equipment
Ashdod Port has received the largest ship-to-shore (STS) crane in Israel and 15 new forklifts, representing a combined total investment of approximately US$16m, in order to improve its operational facility. Manufactured in Shanghai by ZPMC, the crane is designed to handle ships with a capacity of 18,000 teu and it is expected to improve working ...
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