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Port Miami completes its tunnel boring project

Harriet breaks through to a line up of construction workers

The excavation of the PortMiami tunnel, which began in 2011, came to an end Monday May 6, 2013 when ‘Harriet’, the US$45m German-built tunnel boring machine (TBM) that has been digging the dual-tube underwater traffic tunnels under Dodge Island, Biscayne Bay reached daylight on Watson Island. After six months of tunnelling through 4,152 feet (1,256 m), Harriet is finally back to her starting point. Read More »

NAFTA region port container traffic 2012

Port container trade volumes within the region encompassed by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) grew in 2012 for the fourth consecutive year, increasing 3.6% from 2011 to record high of nearly 53.6m teu. It was also a record year for Mexican and Canadian container port traffic and the US enjoyed its best year since 2007. Read More »

Port, terminals and ships investing in shore power

Ships use landside electricity for power needs on berth

The Port of Long Beach, its terminal customers and shipping lines are investing millions of dollars in equipment to allow vessels to “plug in” to clean electricity at berth and dramatically cut air pollution in advance of upcoming state deadlines. Read More »

Kalmar acquires Spanish crane refurbishment company

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has acquired ownership of Spanish crane refurbishment and maintenance service company Mareiport, S.A. The acquisition is a strategic step for Kalmar to become a major global crane refurbishment and services provider. Kalmar has been a minority shareholder with 30% percent ownership in the company since 2007. Read More »

Hong Kong dockworkers end 40 day strike

The strike was the port city’s longest industrial dispute

Hong Kong dockworkers at Hutchison International Terminals (HIT) owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing have accepted a 9.8% pay increase, ending a 40-day strike that slowed traffic at the world's third busiest port. Read More »

Wilhelmshaven offers competitive hinterland connections

In order to increase Eurogate Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven’s competitiveness and provide what it calls an interesting alternative, Eurogate Intermodal (EGIM) in combination with Acos Group is offering hinterland connections to/from Wilhelmshaven at the same price as to/from the Ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg. Read More »

Maersk signs multi-year agreement with INTTRA

Maersk Line has entered into a multi-year contract with INTTRA, the provider of an e-commerce global portal shipping network for automating shipping processes. The agreement also involved the shipping line’s subsidiaries, Seago Line, Safmarine and MCC. Read More »

Brewer swaps asphalt for water

Beer is shipped in 45ft containers aboard river barges

Dutch brewer Bavaria has shown it's not just its beer bottles that are green, with a new initiative designed to cut CO2 emissions as part of the firm's drive for even greater sustainability. Read More »