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New rail service connects French ports and Switzerland

French intermodal operator Naviland Cargo has launched a new rail shuttle that will link the ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland. The France Helvetia Express service will operate between Dijon Gevrey in mid-France and the Chavornay combined transport terminal near Lausanne in Switzerland’s French-speaking region. Reduced transit times are expected to play a major part in capturing ... Read More »

International Terminal Solutions launch new module

PortSpective provides an overview of operations

UK-based port software provider International Terminal Solutions (ITS) has launched a new module for terminal operating systems (TOS) that provides graphic replays of real-time operations. The PortSpective Replay module works alongside ITS’ PortSpective module, which provides a full overview of live operations, and can provide a replay of a specific incident or a longer replay stretching hours for a general ... Read More »

COSCO Shipping Lines volumes up 12.4%

COSCO Shipping Lines reported a 12.4% year-on-year increase in throughput in the first of half 2018, citing economies of scale and improved management as volumes hit 11.24m teu. The carrier also announced a 15.8% increase in capacity, which hit 2m teu for the first time, and at the end of June 2018 the company’s fleet totalled 393 container vessels. The ... Read More »

STS cranes to be heightened at terminal in Le Havre

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to heighten four ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by Generale de Manutention Portuaire (GMP), a joint venture between DP World and Terminal Link (CMA-CGM), located in the port of Le Havre. GMP Terminal de France is expanding its capabilities and capacity in order to be able to handle the new mega container vessels operated ... Read More »

APMT begins drone use in Chile

The drones have cameras, speakers and sensors for night-flying

APM Terminals’ (APMT) Inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, have begun using drones to monitor safety and drive operational efficiency. Previously, safety supervisors at these faculties monitored activities on the ground. Hector Espinoza, director for Latin America at APM Terminals’ subsidiary Container Operators S.A., said: ““Our safety supervisors are the ones tasked with keeping the people and ... Read More »

Port of Rotterdam invests in Pecém

Pecém's breakwater and berths are already available

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is investing €75m in the Port of Pecém in Northeast Brazil in return for a 30% stake. The Dutch port will have joint control of strategic decisions and positions at executive board, supervisory board and management level. Ceará state and the port authority are expected to sign an agreement in September 2018 while the following ... Read More »

Busan Port Authority appoints new CEO

Busan Port Authority (BPA) has appointed Ki-chan Nam as its new CEO with immediate effect. Nam, who has served as a member of the BPA commissioners, will aim to drive the Busan Newport Development, old port integration and Busan Old Port redevelopment project as scheduled. He also stated that he will focus more on improving port efficiency and productivity based ... Read More »

Emissions down at Long Beach

Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 18% compared to 2005

The Port of Long Beach is outperforming its 2023 clear air goals with pollution from diesel particulates down 88%, sulphur oxides cut 97% and nitrogen oxides lower by 56% compared to the 2005 baseline year. The Clean Air Action Plan set 2023 reduction targets for diesel particulates at 77%, sulphur oxides at 93% and nitrogen oxides at 59 percent. Long ... Read More »

IUMI: More infrastructure needed to insure Arctic sailings

Infrastructure support is required to facilitate the provision of adequate insurance for the high Arctic as a trade route, fishing ground and potential tourist destination according to the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). With changes in ice conditions making the Arctic route navigable, Maersk is currently carrying out a trial sailing. Helle Hammer, the IUMI’s policy forum chair, said: ... Read More »

Four cranes raised at the Port of Oakland

OICT is Oakland's busiest terminal

Four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) have been raised by 27 ft following a year-long crane-raising project. Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) operates OICT and managed the US$14m crane-raising project in partnership with the Port of Oakland. These higher gantry cranes can reach over an additional three levels of stacked containers on a big ship’s deck. ... Read More »