Antwerp reports 5% growth in cargo

Antwerp reports 5% growth in cargo
The Port of Antwerp in Belgium handled more than 83.39 million tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2006, a 5% increase compared with H1 2005. Growth was stronger on the export side, which rose by 7.1%, but in several areas imports were down.
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Launch for Evergreen’s latest S-type vessel

Launch for Evergreen’s latest S-type vessel
Ever Steady, the latest in a series of ten 7,024 teu S-type vessels being built in Japan for Evergreen, was launched on August 22 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Kobe. The ship is due for delivery in December 2006 and is scheduled to enter service on the HTW service linking southern China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with the West Coast of Nor...
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SCT to build fifth deep-sea berth

SCT to build fifth deep-sea berth
Southampton Container Terminals (SCT) has announced plans to open a fifth berth to handle containers at the Port of Southampton. The new Berth 203 will feature a dedicated 100-tonne mobile harbour crane and can be operated on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis.
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Container volumes up 10.7% at Hamburg

Container volumes up 10.7% at Hamburg
Container shipping volumes grew by 10.7% at the Port of Hamburg during the first half of 2006. Hamburg, Germany’s largest seaport, handled a total of 4.2m teu, or 43.6 million tonnes of containerised cargo. Volumes at the port’s general cargo and bulk handling terminals rose to 66.2 million tonnes during the first six months, 9.7% higher than the s...
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Visy installs OCR system at DFDS Immingham

Visy installs OCR system at DFDS Immingham
Visy, the Finland-based specialist in optical character recognition (OCR) and access control for ports and border controls, has implemented its Visy Terminal Gate solution at the new DFDS Nordic Riverside Terminal in Immingham, UK, which officially opened on July 12, 2006.
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Tideworks solutions deployed at P&O Tampa

Tideworks solutions deployed at P&O Tampa
P&O Ports North America in Tampa, Florida has recently deployed a container terminal management suite from Tideworks Technology, a leading provider of full-service terminal management and planning software solutions for terminal operators.
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PTP’s H1 throughput up by 7.9%

PTP’s H1 throughput up by 7.9%
Malaysia’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) recorded a throughput of 2.24m teu for the first six months of 2006, representing an increase of 7.9% over the same period last year.
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Contract signed for new terminal at Callao

Contract signed for new terminal at Callao
DP World Callao SA, a consortium formed by P&O Dover (Holdings) Ltd of the UK and Peruvian firm Uniport SA, signed a contract for its new container terminal concession on the South Wharf of the Port of Callao, Peru on July 24, 2006.
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Norfolkline sells container business to DFDS

Norfolkline sells container business to DFDS
Norfolkline has agreed to sell its container division, Norfolk Line Containers, to DFDS Tor Line, part of the Copenhagen-listed DFDS Group, subject to clearance from the relevant competition authorities.
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Progress on London Gateway development

Progress on London Gateway development
The UK Government’s Department for Transport issued a statement on August 9, 2006 confirming that it remains minded to approve the London Gateway project in Thurrock, Essex. The communication restated the national need for the additional port capacity that would be provided by London Gateway and makes clear the Government’s desire to arrive at a fi...
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Big hike in Amsterdam container traffic

Big hike in Amsterdam container traffic
Total cargo throughput in the Amsterdam Port Area grew faster than in any other port in north-western Europe in the first half of 2006, according to the Port of Amsterdam. A statement by the Port attributed the growth mainly to increased transhipment of oil products, coal and shipping containers.
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Puget Sound ports collaborate on logistics centre

Puget Sound ports collaborate on logistics centre
The Port of Olympia and the Port of Tacoma Commissions have voted to adopt an Interlocal Agreement to form a strategic partnership that will improve the capacity of the regional rail system, establish a centre for warehousing and distribution and create a major employment centre in the South Puget Sound area.
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Chinese container volumes up 22.4% in H1

Chinese container volumes up 22.4% in H1
China’s major sea and river ports collectively saw container throughput volumes increase by 22.4% during the first half of 2006 to just over 42 million teu, according to Xinhua news agency. Cargo tonnage rose by 18.4% to 2.2 billion tonnes.
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JV ports proposed for southern Vietnam

JV ports proposed for southern Vietnam
Vietnam’s leading port operator, Saigon Port, has submitted applications to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPIP) to build two of the country’s largest ports in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, in joint venture projects with Denmark’s Maersk A/S and the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA).
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Admiral completes ABPH takeover

Admiral completes ABPH takeover
The Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Plc (ABPH) has announced that the Scheme proposed for the takeover of the company by Admiral Acquisitions UK Limited has become effective, and that the recommended acquisition of ABPH has therefore been completed.
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Impressive growth at Black Sea ports

Impressive growth at Black Sea ports
The Romanian port of Constantza remains comfortably in the lead as the main container traffic hub in the Black Sea area, ahead of Odessa and Ilyichevsk in Ukraine and Novorossisk in Russia, according to a recent study.
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ICTSI wins Tartous concession

ICTSI wins Tartous concession
Philippines-based ports operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has won a ten-year operating concession, with an option to extend for a further five years, at the Tartous Container Terminal in Syria.
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RAM reports record growth

RAM reports record growth
Real Asset Management Plc (RAM), the logistics software expert formerly known as Software Decisions, is aiming to have 1m teu of container assets under the management of its software by 2008.
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DCT Gdansk gears up for the future

DCT Gdansk gears up for the future
DCT Gdansk, the new deepwater terminal under construction in Poland, has placed an order with Liebherr Cranes of Killarney in the Irish Republic for three post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes and five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.
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ESC and Savi forge strategic alliance

ESC and Savi forge strategic alliance
Embarcadero Systems Corp (ESC), which supplies technology support for more than 30% of cargo containers moving through US West Coast ports, has formed a strategic services partnership with Savi Networks to implement radio frequency identification (RFID)-based systems at port terminals throughout the US.
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Fantuzzi Group announces improved figures

Fantuzzi Group announces improved figures
The Fantuzzi Group, world leader in container handling devices for ports with about 20% of the market, recorded a 9.5% increase in sales in fiscal year 2005 compared with 2004, amounting to €456m. Operations improved and pushed EBITDA up to €21.5m while the company’s net debt position decreased by €39m to €163m, thanks to improved working capital m...
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New compact lift-truck from Meclift

New compact lift-truck from Meclift
Oy Meclift of Finland has launched a new variable reach truck, the ML 3012RC, for container stuffing and other heavy lift applications. The ML 3012RC has a lifting capacity of 30 tonnes at a load centre of 1.2 m, and is capable of loading over 20 tonnes into the middle of a 20 ft container.
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Brisbane seeks operators for two new terminals

Brisbane seeks operators for two new terminals
The Port of Brisbane Corporation (POBC) is seeking Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the operation and management of two new container berths. The RFP process is for the licensing of Berth 11 (and approximately 14 ha of adjacent terminal land) with put and call options for the licensing of Berth 12 (with approximately 12.4 acres of adjacent land).
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Work underway on Marseilles-Fos extension

Work underway on Marseilles-Fos extension
The Port of Marseilles has approved an August start for €4m preparatory construction work on the Fos 2XL container terminal extension, which is due on stream at the end of 2009. The project will treble annual capacity to more than 2m teu compared with the 600,000 teu handled last year at the existing Fos terminal, the port’s facility for east-west...
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