Fresh expansion for WUT at Tacoma

Fresh expansion for WUT at Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma has completed a 22-acre expansion of Washington United Terminals (WUT), to meet the Pacific Northwest growth needs of customer Hyundai Merchant Marine.
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Railion expands Scandinavian services

Railion expands Scandinavian services
Railion is to form a joint venture with Swedish railfreight company Green Cargo, its existing partner in providing services between Germany and Sweden, with the aim of speeding up cross-border services. According to a joint Letter of Intent, Green Cargo will acquire a significant shareholding in Railion Denmark.
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Morgan Stanley takes 80% stake in MGT

Morgan Stanley takes 80% stake in MGT
Morgan Stanley has agreed to acquire an 80% interest in Montreal Gateway Terminals (MGT) from Germany's TUI. TUI's shipping subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd, which inherited MGT from the takeover of CP Ships, is a major customer of MGT and will remain a partner, retaining a 20% stake in the company.
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Kazakhstan to invest in sea transport

Kazakhstan to invest in sea transport
Kazakhstan plans to spend some US$857m in the period to 2012 in order to develop its sea transport, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communication. The bulk of the funds will be borrowed.
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Strong growth for Konecranes

Strong growth for Konecranes
Konecranes enjoyed a year of exceptionally strong growth in 2006, with improving profitability in all three of its main business areas and strong growth in all geographical regions, according to the company’s audited financial statement.
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Tideworks system deployed at Portland

Tideworks system deployed at Portland
Tideworks Technology has deployed its gate operating system, GateVision, at Terminal 6 (T-6) of the Port of Portland’s deep-sea container handling facility, its ninth implementation of the product. According to Tideworks, GateVision will benefit gate operations at T-6 by integrating four key components – voice communication, video information, scal...
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Panama Canal restructures pricing system

Panama Canal restructures pricing system
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP)’s board of directors has made a formal proposal to restructure the Canal’s pricing system and a number of its regulations. The new structure, it says, is based on the commercial value of the Canal’s route and the service it provides to shippers. If approved, it will promise to guarantee the new prices for a period o...
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ExpressRail sets new handling record

ExpressRail sets new handling record
ExpressRail, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s ship-to-rail terminals in New Jersey, set a new record for container handling in 2006, boosting its volumes by 11.8%.
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New locos for Freightliner

New locos for Freightliner
The first consignment of Freightliner Group’s latest order for 16 Class 66 locomotives has arrived at ABP Newport in South Wales. Part of an initial investment of £30m, the new locomotives will increase the size of Freightliner’s Class 66 fleet to 120 units.
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OCR/radiation scanning in a single device

OCR/radiation scanning in a single device
VeriTainer, the only company offering crane-mounted radiation scanning technology, and APS Technology Group, a leading provider of shipping industry OCR (optical character recognition) solutions, have joined forces to offer a new security device that identifies containers while protecting against the threats of radiation and terrorist activities.
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Johnson to power Scania sales drive

Johnson to power Scania sales drive
Ray Johnson has been appointed engine sales manager for Scania (Great Britain) Ltd, with responsibility for raising the profile of the company’s range of industrial and marine engines. The company supplies a range of engines to the power generation and marine sectors, in addition to earth-moving plant and pumping equipment.
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Chain hoist tester from tecsis

Chain hoist tester from tecsis
German company tecsis, a leader in measuring and sensor technology, has introduced a new chain hoist testing set for determining overload cut-off. The KPS35 set offers a precise, robust and dependable tester for slip couplings on chain hoists, according to the company. The lightweight device has a large measurement range (4 kg–3,500 kg), with a gre...
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HPH signs JV deal at Huizhou

HPH signs JV deal at Huizhou
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Huizhou Port Affairs Group Co Ltd signed a joint venture agreement on February 9, 2007 to operate Huizhou Port International Container (HPIC) Terminals. The signing ceremony also marked the launch of operations at two container quay cranes at the port. The event, attended by over 400 guests, took place at Huizhou’s...
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PSAI announces early exit from Muara

PSAI announces early exit from Muara
PSA Muara Container Terminal Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of PSA International, has decided to hand back operations at the Muara Container Terminal (MCT) to the Government of Brunei, with effect from April 1, 2007. The company has operated the terminal for the past six years, and the handover comes earlier than originally planned.
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Seifollahi takes over at Tidewater

Seifollahi takes over at Tidewater
Mr Mohammad (Behzad) Seifollahi has been appointed managing director of Tidewater Middle East Marine Services, effective from January 27, 2007. He succeeds Mr Javad Asghary as MD of the Tehran-based company.
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KCT sees 10% jump in volumes

KCT sees 10% jump in volumes
Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) in Sharjah handled nearly 10% more containers in January 2007 than in the same month in 2006. Volumes grew thanks to increased demand for access to the UAE’s main centres together with a greater number of ships calling at the terminal, which is linked by a customs-bonded mini-bridge to Sharjah Inland...
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PSAI to develop Vietnam container port

PSAI to develop Vietnam container port
SP-PSA International Port Co Ltd (SP-PSA) – a joint venture between Saigon Port and PSA Vietnam Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA International Pte Ltd (PSAI) – has been granted an investment license to develop a new container port in Vung Tau province in Vietnam. The port is intended to serve Vietnam’s fast-growing container traffic and to...
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DCT Gdansk prepares for lift-off

DCT Gdansk prepares for lift-off
DCT Gdansk, the new deepwater terminal for the Baltic under construction in Poland, has taken delivery of the first of three post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and two of five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes ordered from Liebherr Cranes of Killarney in the Irish Republic.
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Oman terminal opens for business

Oman terminal opens for business
Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) at the Port of Sohar celebrated the grand opening of its Terminal B, Phase I on January 28, 2007. At a quayside ceremony, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Harthy, Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications, and John Meredith, group managing director of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), jointly unveil...
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SSA Marine to assist PLIPDECO

SSA Marine to assist PLIPDECO
Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO) – a large industrial complex 20 miles south of Port of Spain on the west coast of Trinidad – has contracted international port owner and operator SSA Marine to provide consultancy services for its port operations at Point Lisas.
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TIDE takes over at Port of Manta

TIDE takes over at Port of Manta
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) officially handed over the Port of Manta to Terminales Internacionales de Ecuador (TIDE) on January 31, 2007, marking the start of a 30-year concession agreement signed in November 2006. Manta is a natural deepwater port located in Ecuador on the Pacific Coast of South America.
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Konecranes wins repeat orders in Africa

Konecranes wins repeat orders in Africa
Konecranes has received three significant orders for reachstackers from repeat customers in Africa. It will supply six new units to the Namibian Port Authorities (NPA), three to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and four to Meridian Ports Services Ltd (MPS) in Ghana. The total value of the orders amounts to €5.5m, and the equipment is due for deliver...
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Watts acquires Diprima tyre unit

Watts acquires Diprima tyre unit
Watts Tyres Plc has reached an agreement with Diprima Marketing Services Inc of the USA to purchase Diprima’s industrial tyre business. The acquisition, combined with Watts’ existing facility in Valley City, Ohio, gives the UK firm a strategic position in both the north and south of the USA, putting it on track to achieve its ambitious growth plans...
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VICT announces further expansion

VICT announces further expansion
Vietnam International Container Terminals (VICT) plans to upgrade its Ho Chi Minh City facilities to enable the terminal to berth up to four container vessels at once. Additional investment will be made in wharfside cargo handling equipment such as gantry cranes, reachstackers and reefer connections.
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Accord reached on DP World deal

Accord reached on DP World  deal
The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PANY/NJ), DP World and AIG Global Investment Group have reached an agreement in principle that will allow Ports America to acquire DP World’s interest in the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT).
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