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AAPA warns about tariffs on STS cranes

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has warned the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) about the consequences of expanded tariffs on ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. At a cost of up to US$14m per crane, an additional 25% tariff would significantly increase the cost of each crane and reduce the ability of ports to make other needed infrastructure investments to improve ... Read More »

Cavotec to deliver automated mooring system to the Port of Turku

A similar system at Port of Helsinki has been in service since 2016

The Port of Turku, Finland, has ordered Cavotec’s MoorMaster automated mooring technology for use in its Viking Line ferry berth. Cavotec will design, supply, commission and service a multi-unit MoorMaster automated mooring system which is scheduled to be delivered in 2020. Patrick Mares, president Cavotec ports & marine, said: “The MoorMaster system is the only proven and widely used automated ... Read More »

Volva Penta presents emission-free terminal tractor

The terminal tractor on display at TOC Europe

Volvo Penta presented an emission-free terminal tractor featuring an electric driveline at the TOC Europe 2019 exhibition in Rotterdam. The company converted the terminal tractor to fully electric using proven electro mobility technology from Volvo’s bus and truck applications. Peter Grangvist, CTO of Volvo Penta, said: “We strive for sustainable power solutions not only from an environmental standpoint but also ... Read More »

TOC Europe: Ending the alliances would see freight rates “skyrocket”

Shipper opposition to the operation of deep sea liner shipping alliances may be dangerously misplaced, delegates at the TOC Europe heard last week Lars Jensen, chief executive and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, said that efforts by some to bar container lines from operating in alliances, claiming that they have become anti-competitive – such as the International Transport Forum’s report earlier this ... Read More »

CMA CGM subsidiary introduces second LNG-powered ship

The Containerships Polar vessel

CMA CGM’s subsidiary Containerships has ordered its second container ship to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The 1,380 teu ship will be deployed on the weekly BALT-2 service between Teesport, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga, Gdynia and Teesport. The Containerships Polar vessel was built in Guangzhou Wenchong shipyard in China and will start its service in Rotterdam on ... Read More »

DP World showcases ‘Boxbay’ stacking system

An artist's impression of a terminal using Boxbay

DP World has unveiled its new system of stacking containers up to eleven high rather than the usual limit of five high in a ‘random access’ high bay storage (HBS) system, ensuring reshuffling of boxes does not take place. The operator showcased its ‘Boxbay’ system, developed under a joint venture with industrial engineering firm SMS Group/AMOVA , at the TOC Europe ... Read More »

Durban dredging still on hold due to potential “procurement irregularities”

A dredging project at South Africa’s biggest container port remains on hold due to “potential procurement irregularities”. The project was put on hold last November after an organisation called “Forensics for Justice” alleged procurement irregularities against the project. In February 2019, the contractor CMI Emtateni JV terminated the contract and Transnet accepted this termination. CMI Emtateni JV is made up largely of four ... Read More »

Liebherr launches lift for mobile harbour crane drivers

The LiUP lift

Liebherr has launched its new lift to transport mobile harbour crane drivers from the bottom of the crane to the top and back. The LiUP lift saves the driver and service engineers time and energy and increases safety, the company said, as it launched the product at the TOC Europe conference in Rotterdam. The new product is powered by a ... Read More »

Kalmar agrees to sell its first ever fully-electric reachstacker

The reachstacker will be in use by 2021

A logistics company called the Cabooter Group has agreed to buy Kalmar’s first ever fully-electric reachstacker. Cabooter, which already uses Kalmar Eco Reachstackers, will put the fully-electric reachstacker into use by 2021. The reachstacker will be powered by lithium-ion battery technology and is scheduled to be trialled at Cabooter’s logistics hub in Venlo in the Netherlands. This reachstacker is another ... Read More »

APMT Barcelona buys 29 Konecranes straddles

APM Terminals (APMT) Barcelona has bought 29 straddle carriers from Konecranes Noell. The machines have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes up to three heights and feature a twin lifting system. They are equipped with a PLC system that includes a Creon-S safety controller and a next generation engine that will allow the terminal to save on fuel and reduce its carbon ... Read More »