ICTSI Manila yard use hits historical low

ICTSI Manila yard use hits historical low
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) recorded historically low yard utilisation levels, dropping below 58% despite a series of holiday periods and low trucking activity. Last March, private sector partners and the government signed a manifesto calling for the efficient uti...
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APMT opens second terminal at Tanger Med

APMT opens second terminal at Tanger Med
APM Terminals (APMT) has opened its second Moroccan terminal, MedPort Tangier, as part of the Tanger Med Port complex. The US$800m 5m teu facility has a 60 ha yard surface, a quay length of 1,200 m and a draft of 16 to 18 m that enables it to facilitate the larger vessels operating on global ...
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Dunkerque quay extension inaugurated

Dunkerque quay extension inaugurated
The extension of the Quai de Flandres at the Port of Dunkerque has been inaugurated enabling the French hub to simultaneously berth two ultra large container ships (UCLS) of 400 m in length in all tidal conditions. The quay length is now 1,785 m, of which nearly 1,000 m has been dredged to a depth ...
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OOCL to stow fleet using Navis’ stowage planning software StowMan

OOCL to stow fleet using Navis’ stowage planning software StowMan
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has chosen Navis’ stowage planning software StowMan to effectively stow its container fleet. The shipping line currently operates a fleet of over 100 vessels ranging between 2,900 and 21,400 teu that are planned by stowage planners who are based in strategic planning regions. The multifunctional stowage operati...
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Blockchain consortium launched to tackle misdeclaration of dangerous goods

Blockchain consortium launched to tackle misdeclaration of dangerous goods
Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), founded by blockchain technology and governance experts BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), has established a consortium to explore the use of blockchain in tackling the misdeclaration of dangerous goods. According to the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), nearly 25% of all serious incidents onboa...
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Maersk introduces online product to simplify buying process for customers

Maersk introduces online product to simplify buying process for customers
Maersk has launched Maersk Spot, a fully digitally enabled online product that aims to provide customers a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price upfront. Silvia Dang, global head of ocean products at Maersk, said: “It is not uncommon to see overbookings to the tune of 30%, and often this leads to rolling of the ...
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Combilift launches new container slip sheet

Combilift launches new container slip sheet
Combilift’s Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS), which is designed for faster and easier mechanised loading of products into containers, has entered into serial production. The Combi-CSS is a low, free standing platform with a dual-directional motor-driven pulling mechanism on which a Hardox 500 steel sheet rests that aims to speed up the loading proc...
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AAPA warns about tariffs on STS cranes

AAPA warns about tariffs on STS cranes
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has warned the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) about the consequences of expanded tariffs on ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. At a cost of up to US$14m per crane, an additional 25% tariff would significantly increase the cost of each crane and reduce the ability of ports to make other ...
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Cavotec to deliver automated mooring system to the Port of Turku

Cavotec to deliver automated mooring system to the Port of Turku
The Port of Turku, Finland, has ordered Cavotec’s MoorMaster automated mooring technology for use in its Viking Line ferry berth. Cavotec will design, supply, commission and service a multi-unit MoorMaster automated mooring system which is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. Patrick Mares, president Cavotec ports & marine, said: “The MoorMaster...
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Volva Penta presents emission-free terminal tractor

Volva Penta presents emission-free terminal tractor
Volvo Penta presented an emission-free terminal tractor featuring an electric driveline at the TOC Europe 2019 exhibition in Rotterdam. The company converted the terminal tractor to fully electric using proven electro mobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications. Peter Grangvist, CTO of Volvo Penta, said: “We strive for sustainable p...
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TOC Europe: Ending the alliances would see freight rates “skyrocket”

TOC Europe: Ending the alliances would see freight rates
Shipper opposition to the operation of deep sea liner shipping alliances may be dangerously misplaced, delegates at the TOC Europe heard last week Lars Jensen, chief executive and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, said that efforts by some to bar container lines from operating in alliances, claiming that they have become anti-competitive – suc...
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CMA CGM subsidiary introduces second LNG-powered ship

CMA CGM subsidiary introduces second LNG-powered ship
CMA CGM’s subsidiary Containerships has ordered its second container ship to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The 1,380 teu ship will be deployed on the weekly BALT-2 service between Teesport, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga, Gdynia and Teesport. The Containerships Polar vessel was built in Guangzhou Wenchong shi...
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DP World showcases ‘Boxbay’ stacking system

DP World showcases 'Boxbay' stacking system
DP World has unveiled its new system of stacking containers up to eleven high rather than the usual limit of five high in a ‘random access’ high bay storage (HBS) system, ensuring reshuffling of boxes does not take place. The operator showcased its ‘Boxbay’ system, developed under a joint venture with industrial engineering...
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Liebherr launches lift for mobile harbour crane drivers

Liebherr launches lift for mobile harbour crane drivers
Liebherr has launched its new lift to transport mobile harbour crane drivers from the bottom of the crane to the top and back. The LiUP lift saves the driver and service engineers time and energy and increases safety, the company said, as it launched the product at the TOC Europe conference in Rotterdam. The new ...
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Kalmar agrees to sell its first ever fully-electric reachstacker

Kalmar agrees to sell its first ever fully-electric reachstacker
A logistics company called the Cabooter Group has agreed to buy Kalmar’s first ever fully-electric reachstacker. Cabooter, which already uses Kalmar Eco Reachstackers, will put the fully-electric reachstacker into use by 2021. The reachstacker will be powered by lithium-ion battery technology and is scheduled to be trialled at Cabooter’...
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APMT Barcelona buys 29 Konecranes straddles

APMT Barcelona buys 29 Konecranes straddles
APM Terminals (APMT) Barcelona has bought 29 straddle carriers from Konecranes Noell. The machines have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes up to three heights and feature a twin lifting system. They are equipped with a PLC system that includes a Creon-S safety controller and a next generation engine that will allow the terminal to save on ...
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London Container Terminal receives six Kalmar straddles

London Container Terminal receives six Kalmar straddles
Six new Kalmar straddle carriers have been delivered to the London Container Terminal (LCT), according to the terminal’s operator Forth Ports. Three are part of LCT’s equipment replacement programme, with the other 3 going into service to meet the increase in container business at the terminal. The current fleet at the terminal is now 36 ...
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HAROPA’s throughput up 4% at start of 2019

HAROPA's throughput up 4% at start of 2019
Throughput at the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris increased by 4% in the first five months of 2019, according to new figures released by the operator HAROPA. The rise was because of increasing traffic at Le Havre in both the gateway and transhipment areas, HAROPA said. The vast majority of HAROPA’s throughput ...
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Panama Canal unveils proposal to modify tolls structure

Panama Canal unveils proposal to modify tolls structure
The Panama Canal has published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure for the dry bulk, passenger, container ship and vehicle carrier and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) segments, as well as for tankers, chemical tankers, LPG and LNG vessels, the local tourism segment and small vessels. For the container ship segment—the main user of Neopanamax...
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Navis and ZPMC form global partnership

Navis and ZPMC form global partnership
Navis and ZPMC have signed a partnership agreement to jointly address opportunities for the Chinese manufacturer to supply its products and services and act as a system integrator and Navis to supply its software and services. The cooperation between Navis and ZPMC is not exclusive, as there are similar strategic partnerships with Kalmar and Navis,...
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TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico adds 220 NaturaLINE reefer units from Carrier

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico adds 220 NaturaLINE reefer units from Carrier
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico (TMPR) has leased 220 NaturaLINE reefer units through SeaCube Containers in an effort to enhance its fleet with the industry’s only natural refrigerant-based system from Carrier Transicold. TMPR is the first shipping line to place a sizeable quantity of NaturaLINE units into service on US domestic trade routes. The units u...
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