Igus chains take the strain

Igus chains take the strain
Igus, the Cologne-based specialist in electromechanical energy supply systems, has released a number of new products in recent months. Its mechatronic Micro Flizz compact solution, for instance, is a self-guiding energy chain system developed for applications in automation and in materials handling, especially for aisle stackers.
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Singapore minister backs Canal expansion plans

Singapore minister backs Canal expansion plans
Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, visited the Panama Canal on September 16, 2006, and expressed his country’s support for the proposed expansion plan. "The Panama Canal expansion is important not just for Panama but for the entire [maritime] industry – for the global economy," he said.
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Jurong boosts productivity and plans expansion

Jurong boosts productivity and plans expansion
Jurong Port Container Terminal in Singapore has continued to improve its productivity and efficiency. Earlier this year, in close cooperation with one of its customers, UASC, it achieved targeted productivity of over 120 moves per hour on the vessel MV Al Abdali, with close to 1,000 moves in total. In addition, it has successfully carried out twin-...
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Gothenburg adds giant cranes to quayside fleet

Gothenburg adds giant cranes to quayside fleet
The Port of Gothenburg has taken possession of the largest container cranes in northern Europe, with the delivery of three units from the ZPMC factory in Shanghai, after a 64-day sea voyage. Adapted for the new generation of container vessels, the cranes are expected to contribute to logistics efficiency, consolidating Gothenburg’s position as the...
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Taddeo to chair ACPA for second time

Taddeo to chair ACPA for second time
The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has elected Dominic J. Taddeo, president and chief executive of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to the chairmanship of the ACPA board for the 2006-2007 term.
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Malta takes delivery of four new quay cranes

Malta takes delivery of four new quay cranes
Malta Freeport Terminals has boosted its equipment fleet with four new super post-Panamax quayside cranes from ZPMC of China. The cranes arrived at the Freeport at the end of August, after a two-month barge journey from Shanghai.
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Fleet handling tool boosts Kalmar’s automation range

Fleet handling tool boosts Kalmar’s automation range
Kalmar has introduced a new fleet control system called Fleetview, which can be used to monitor straddle carriers, reachstackers, forklifts, terminal tractors and RTGs. The new product is a further addition to the company’s range of automation tools, which include Smartrail, an auto steering and container position verification system, and Smartpath...
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Scandinavian rail link for Duisburg

Scandinavian rail link for Duisburg
A new container, swapbody and semi-trailer train has begun running from the Port of Duisburg in Germany to Høje-Taastrup near Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden. From Malmö, services link to further destinations such as Arsta near Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, as well as the Alnabru terminal near Oslo in Norway.
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DP World scores global security first

DP World scores global security first
Despite the recent and sometimes hostile publicity it has received as an alleged threat to the security of US ports, DP World has become the first global marine terminal operator to gain international certification for its security management system.
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Rotterdam shows modest H1 cargo increase

Rotterdam shows modest H1 cargo increase
The Port of Rotterdam handled 186 million tonnes of cargo in the first half of 2006, 1.1% more than in the corresponding period of 2005. Outgoing trade grew at a rate of 2.6%, while incoming trade rose by 0.7%. Container throughput was 4.7m teu, up 2%.
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New Japan service for Taicang Terminals

New Japan service for Taicang Terminals
Taicang International Container Terminals Ltd, located in the southern Chinese port of Suzhou, received its maiden call from the Japanese shipping line Shanghai Shimonoseki Ferry Co, when the Utopia 2 docked overnight on September 5-6, 2006.
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Kalmar expands South African subsidiary

Kalmar expands South African subsidiary
Kalmar Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd is to absorb the Kalmar service business of African National Engineering (ANE), the company’s service partner in South Africa. The Kalmar subsidiary was established in Durban earlier this year and is headed by Edwin Briggeman. The merger will see 13 people from ANE join Kalmar’s current staff of seven, bring...
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HPH awarded Manta concession

HPH awarded Manta concession
Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has been awarded a concession by the Manta Port Authority to build and operate a new container terminal at the Port of Manta, Ecuador on the West Coast of South America.
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Konecranes unveils name change

Konecranes unveils name change
KCI Konecranes has dropped the ‘KCI’ from its name, introduced a new logo and adopted the slogan ‘Lifting businesses’ as a global tagline. An extraordinary general meeting is likely to be held this year at which a new company name, Konecranes plc, will be proposed, said a company statement.
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One year on, New Orleans is rebounding

One year on, New Orleans is rebounding
The Port of New Orleans handled more than 4.1m tonnes of cargo during the first five months of 2006, an increase of 4.1% from the average 3.94m tonnes handled during the same period of the previous four years. The port says the rebound resulted from a "surge" in steel and other breakbulk cargoes, such as natural rubber and forestry products.
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Gottwald names Dobner as new CEO

Gottwald names Dobner as new CEO
Dr Matthias Dobner, formerly chief technical officer (CTO) of Gottwald Port Technology, has been appointed as the company's new CEO, effective from June 23, 2006. He succeeds Dirk Kiessling, who will remain in close contact with Gottwald in his new roles as chairman of the company's supervisory board and CFO of the management board of Demag Cranes.
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Virginia increases security fees

Virginia increases security fees
The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) will implement a revised schedule of security fees from October 1. Specifically, the VPA security surcharge will be increased from US$2 to US$4 per container. However, the fee on breakbulk cargo will remain at 10 cents per short ton.
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Debut for Klaipedos Smelte terminal

Debut for Klaipedos Smelte terminal
The new Klaipedos Smelte Container Terminal (KSCT) at the Port of Klaipeda in Lithuania received and loaded its first container ship on August 30, 2006. More than 40 containers were loaded onto the Norrland, operated by Hamburg-based Team Lines, using Liebherr LHM 400 Litronic cranes.
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Zim invests in Chinese container plant

Zim invests in Chinese container plant
Zim Integrated Shipping Services has invested US$100m in a container manufacturing plant in Qingdao in north-eastern China. It will hold a 55% stake in the project, the CXIC Star Container Co, with local industry giants CXIC Group, Jiaoyun Group and Qingdao Luhai holding the remainder. The plant will have an annual capacity of 150,000 teu and a tur...
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Long Beach commits to environmental spending

Long Beach commits to environmental spending
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a US$474m spending plan that reflects the Port of Long Beach’s increased commitment to environmental stewardship, security and community partnerships. The port’s proposed budget for the 2006/07 fiscal year (commencing October 1) increases spending by US$63m, or 15%, from the current budget.
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APM and Cosco to develop Guangzhou Nansha Phase Two

APM and Cosco to develop Guangzhou Nansha Phase Two
APM Terminals has joined Cosco Pacific in a joint venture to develop, own and operate the Guangzhou Nansha Phase Two Container Terminal in southern China, together with the Guangzhou Port Group. APM Terminals will own 20% of the new terminal, Cosco Pacific 39% and Guangzhou Port Group 41%.
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