Tuesday , 16 October 2018
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Navis launches Optimization Services

The trend towards larger vessels and the resulting increase in cargo directly challenges the terminal operations industry to ensure that they are able to optimize operations for maximum efficiency. As a result and in response to growing customer needs, Navis has launched Navis Optimization Services (NOS) a global consulting practice within Navis Professional Services. “Optimization software automates complex operational decisions, ... Read More »

Consent for quay extension at Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe has received consent from the UK Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for the extension of its newest container handling facility, Berths 8 & 9. Commenting on the latest development, Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports UK (HPUK), said: “We welcome the MMO’s decision to consent to the extension of Berths 8 & 9 by 190 ... Read More »

Liebherr receives order for 22 cranes from Transnet

Liebherr previously supplied STS cranes to Ngqura Container Terminal

Liebherr Africa has been awarded a contract to supply a total of 22 cranes – four ship-to-shore (STS) and 18 rubber-tyred-gantry (RTG) cranes – by Transnet Port Terminals in South Africa.  The order will be fulfilled with the assistance of Liebherr Container Cranes in Ireland. Designed to handle container vessels of up to 24 rows across, allowing the world’s largest ... Read More »

Long Beach tests new clean-air system for ships

The Port of Long Beach Harbour Commissioners have approved funds of US$2m to test a new clean-air smokestack pollution-control system for ships in port.  The Alternative Maritime Emission Control System (AMECS) will divert ship’s emissions into an air-pollution filter-and-treatment device. California recently began requiring container, refrigerated-cargo and cruise ships to plug in to “shore power” while at berth in order ... Read More »

First containerised service for Iraq waterway

Containers are currently handled by mobile harbour crane

A new weekly feeder service has been established between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ports of Jebel Ali and Hamriyah and the container terminal at the historic Al Maqal Port in Basra, Iraq, operated by NAWAH Port Management (NPM), a business unit of North America Western Asia Holdings (NAWAH). The scheduled service, operated by UAE shipping companies Sea Sands Shipping ... Read More »

Poor container packing costs industry millions

Analysis by specialist transport and logistics insurer TT Club has revealed that as many as two thirds of accidents involving the loss of, or damage to, containerised cargo are thought to be caused by poor or improper packing and securing. Such findings are echoed by the ocean carriers’ Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), where a third of incidents investigated were ... Read More »

BCT alive with Tideworks

BCT is Colombia’s newest container handling facility

The Barranquilla Container Terminal (BCT), Colombia’s newest container handling facility, has successfully implemented and gone live with Tideworks’ terminal operating system (TOS) solutions. BCT is a joint venture between Barranquilla International Terminal Company (BITCO), a subsidiary of Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta (SPSM), and Seattle-based terminal operator SSA Marine.  Investing roughly US$42m, the terminal is equipped with three Panamax-size ship-to-shore cranes, two rubber-tyred ... Read More »

A tribute to Larry Lam

The late Larry Lam

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Larry Lam, the founder and former chairman of  Portek International Pte, the global medium-sized terminal operator and port equipment engineering firm, who passed away on 11 February at the age of 62, with his family close by his side. Through his enterprising “can-do” spirit in business, he impacted the ... Read More »

Suez Canal convoy regime favours big ships

The revised rules for southbound transits implemented by the Suez Canal Authority at the beginning of this month (February), is benefitting large container vessels on passage back to the Far East from Europe, saving up to half a day sailing in certain circumstances. Under the new regime, container vessels over 95,000 ‘Special Suez Canal tonnage’ (SCGT), are now able to ... Read More »

MSC Antwerp expansion moves forward

Last year MSC handled 4.6m teu in the Port of Antwerp   (Photo: Port of Antwerp Authority)

The request by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to expand its operations in the Port of Antwerp has moved a step forward, following a decision by the Port Authority board of directors to enable the port’s management committee to consider how the project can be carried out. Last year, MSC announced that in order to accommodate future growth it wished to ... Read More »