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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 »

Liner reliability set to decline

Liner shipping is becoming less reliable as operators ignore service standards in the rush to cut costs, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight report.  The bad news for shippers is that the situation is only going to get worse! Reliability worsened in every quarter of 2013, with the fourth-quarter decline taking the on-time average below 64%, the lowest it has ... Read More »

New Waalhaven Zuid distribution complex

ProDelta will develop over 32,000 m2 of storage space

Work is to start this month (February) on the demolition of part of the existing Waalhaven Zuid business park by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to make way for the redevelopment of almost four hectares of the site, which will become part of the Distriport Waalhaven complex being developed by ProDelta Real Estate. In total the company will develop in ... Read More »

Damaged equipment to delay Port Botany

The mid-2014 launch date is likely to be delayed

The opening of the automated container terminal at Patrick’s Port Botany is likely to be delayed because of damage sustained to equipment during transportation. Some 30 Kalmar AutoStrads being shipped to the port were damaged during a “significant storm” on the way to Australia, according to Asciano, Patrick’s owner. The full extent of the damage is currently unknown and will ... Read More »

Four Kalmar reachstackers headed to Sweden

Kalmar has been awarded a contract to supply four new-generation reachstackers and one terminal tractor to Stockholms Hamnar, one of the top five container terminals in Sweden. With throughput of just under 50,000 teu last year, the terminal, part of the Hutchison Port Holdings global network, is gearing up to boost productivity and cost-efficiency at the port. The order was ... Read More »