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Controversy over Maersk’s new Bunker Adjustment Fuel surcharge

Examples of BAF tariffs (US$/feu) for dry containers at different fuel prices (US$/tonne), for selected trades

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has reacted with suspicion to Maersk’s announcement of a new Bunker Adjustment Fuel (BAF) surcharge to recover presumed costs from the introduction of low-sulphur marine fuel in 2020. The new surcharge will be in place from January 1, 2019 and is based on the average fuel price in key bunkering ports and a trade factor ... Read More »

Visy to supply access gate and OCR system to Prima Multi Terminal

Finnish manufacturer Visy Oy has been awarded a contract from Prima Multi Terminal (PMT) to supply its access gate operating system (GOS) with optical character recognition (OCR) to increase productivity. All Visy technology will communicate with the RBS terminal operating system and the Visy Access GOS will consist of a single, integrated system for quayside and gate operations. The terminal’s ... Read More »

Shippers and consignees return to APMT Gothenburg

APMT Gothenburg

APM Terminals (APMT) Gothenburg has welcomed back major shippers and consignees to the terminal after labour issues caused it to lose business last year. Earlier this year, the terminal began handling a major part of COSCO Shipping Lines’ freight requirements to and from Sweden and as of September, Södra Timber’s volumes will be shipped via the terminal. Ocean Network Express (ONE) ... Read More »

Liebherr reachstackers up and running in Durban

The seven reachstackers Liebherr delivered to the Port of Durban have been operating 24/7 for over six months straight despite harsh environmental conditions. Liebherr said that Transnet SOC Ltd, which ordered the LRS 545 units in December 2017, was still “very satisfied” with the machines performance. The reachstackers were dispatched from Sunderland, Great Britain, and put into operation at the ... Read More »

Contargo doubles handling capacity at Nuess terminal

Terminal Neuss

Contargo has completed the expansion of its Nuess terminal, making it three times larger than it was before and doubling the handling capacity. A total of 84,000 sq m has been made available for trimodal container handling, as the terminal was extended by 52,000 sq m to the north and south of the original site. New infrastructure developments have doubled the handling ... Read More »

ABP and MTI work toward frictionless trade with blockchain

Associated British Ports (ABP) has agreed to work with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International (MTI) on a blockchain project in an effort to improve the UK’s supply chains. ABP and MTI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes to examine the implementation of blockchain technology to improve port connectivity. Ron Crean, ... Read More »

Gulftainer signs US$600m deal to operate Port of Wilmington

The deal includes a US$400m investment in a 1.2m teu facility

Gulftainer has signed a 50-year, US$600m concession with the State of Delaware to operate and expand the Port of Wilmington. The aim is to turn the terminal into one of the biggest facilities of its kind on the Eastern Seaboard by investing up to US$600m to expand and upgrade the terminal. The deal represents the largest operation ever run by ... Read More »

Port of Antwerp aims to improve mobility

The Port of Antwerp has begun to work on structural solutions to reduce the mobility pressure on freight transport and personal transport. In 2017, Antwerp Port Authority and private sector companies announced their commitment to improve mobility with temporary, short-term measures in addition to structural, long term solutions. The port has since introduced night logistics, started initiatives for commuters like ... Read More »

Maersk Line and Damco combine services

MCC, Sealand and Seago Line will operate under the brand 'Sealand - a Maersk company'

Maersk Line’s ocean product has merged with Damco’s supply chain services, creating Maersk products and services, with the aim of offering a better access to a wider range of services and solutions. The merger is a part of Maersk’s plan, announced in 2016, to become the global integrator of container logistics and to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. ... Read More »

Port cranes removed from US-China tariffs list

While the US government imposed a further US$200bn in trade tariffs on Chinese products, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) was pleased to see port cranes were removed from the list. Previously, at the US Trade Representative (USTR), the AAPA urged that the multi-million-dollar cranes that the US ports have on order and are considering purchasing from Chinese factories ... Read More »