Baltimore invests in extra cranes

Baltimore invests in extra cranes
The Port of Baltimore in the US has added six rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to assist with additional volume growth. The cranes were purchased by the operators of the port’s Seagirt terminal, Ports America Chesapeake, and will add to the 16 already in service. The port has seen double-digit growth following the widening of the ...
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Japanese carriers post growth in quarterly results

Japanese carriers post growth in quarterly results
K Line announced growth in container traffic and finances in its quarterly report, while Japan’s two other major carriers also performed well financially. K Line registered a 14% rise in container handled, with particularly good performances in its Asia-Europe and intra-Asia services, where volumes grew by 14% and 10% respectively. However, its Asi...
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Maersk announces new loop connecting Asia and Latin America

Maersk announces new loop connecting Asia and Latin America
Maersk has announced a new service connecting Asia with Latin America which will begin operations in April 2018. The new loop, AC5, will form a part of the carrier’s existing Asia – Latin America/ West Coast South America (AC) service and will include stops in Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem in Brazil. Maersk claim the ...
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DP World announces new software

DP World announces new software
DP World has embarked on a digital transformation programme that will be led by the development an integrated software for the company’s key core processes. The port operator will work with Oracle Business Applications to create the platform, which will be used to standardise DP World’s finance, operations, procurement and human resource work. The...
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Bromma extends partnership with technology university

Bromma extends partnership with technology university
Equipment manufacturer Bromma has extended its collaboration with a leading Swedish technology university following the partnerships’ inception in 2017. The collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology was extended in December 2017 and Bromma’s structural calculation specialist, Dr Mansoor Khurshid, has been appointed affiliated faculty in...
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CMA CGM to launch international start-up incubator

CMA CGM to launch international start-up incubator
CMA CGM will launch its first international start-up ‘incubator’ to help new companies develop in June 2018. The French carrier stated that the creation of Ze Box is “to make digitalisation one of the pillars of its development”, and it will launch a call for applications shortly. This development follows a series of digitalisation-focused projects...
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Barcelona’s throughput rockets by 32% in 2017

Barcelona’s throughput rockets by 32% in 2017
Container traffic at Spain’s Port of Barcelona shot up by 32.3% in 2017 after the facility handled nearly 3m teu. The growth, which led to Barcelona dubbing itself ‘the fastest growing European port’, was largely influenced by a sharp rise of 137% in transhipment containers. Elsewhere import traffic grew by 8.3% to 561,103 teu and ...
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British Ports Association: Brexit talks are neglecting cross-border trade

British Ports Association:  Brexit talks are neglecting cross-border trade
The CEO of the British Ports Association has claimed cross-border trade facilitation is being neglected in Brexit talks following a speech by Brexit secretary David Davis. Richard Ballantyne made the comments after Davis mentioned working towards business opportunities outside of the EU in a speech at Teesport. In the speech Davis said the UK “must...
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Sohar sets operation record

Sohar sets operation record
Oman’s Port of Sohar registered 169 moves per hour on January 21, setting a new container-moves-per-hour record at the facility. Vessel operation rate (VOR) – the number of containers handled by cranes per hour – across the terminal has risen by 70%, with the port citing investment in the facility as a key reason behind ...
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Las Palmas opts for Navis N4

Las Palmas opts for Navis N4
The operator of Spain’s Port of Las Palmas, situated in Gran Canaria, has chosen to implement Navis N4 to replace its old terminal operating system (TOS). Operaciones Portuarias Canarias. S. A. (OPCSA) decided to install N4 following its decision to upgrade its TOS, which is currently an outdated version of PSA’s Comsos TOS. Captain Jan...
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Oakland’s volumes rise slightly

Oakland's volumes rise slightly
The Port of Oakland has announced that its container volumes have increased by 1% in 2017. The Californian port handled 1.83m teu in 2016 and 1.85m teu in 2017. In its yearly review, the port authority outlined the investments it is making like a 283,000 sq. ft refrigerated distribution centre which will open in the ...
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Terminal Link set to buy Libra Terminais

Terminal Link set to buy Libra Terminais
Terminal Link is set to buy the Brazilian terminal operator Libra Terminais, according to Brazilian media reports and a local source familiar with the matter. Terminal Link is jointly owned by CMA CGM (51%) and China Merchant Holdings International (49%) and both companies have individually been trying to buy Brazilian terminals for several years....
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Italian transshipment troubles hit Contship’s results

Italian transshipment troubles hit Contship's results
A decline in its Mediterranean transshipment business has led to a fall in Contship Italia’s 2017 throughput volumes. In particular, traffic declined at the company’s Southern Italian transshipment terminals in Gioia Tauro and Cagliari. Traffic at Medcenter Container Terminal, Gioia Tauro, was down 12.5% from 2.8m teu to 2.45m teu and t...
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Lisbon’s volumes up 26%

Lisbon's volumes up 26%
The Port of Lisbon has increased its container throughput to 493,253 teu in 2017. The Portuguese port’s volumes rose by 19% in the year – the highest growth rate of any of the national ports in Portugal. Lídia Sequeira, President of Port of Lisbon Authority, highlights that “these figures are very encouraging, specially because they ...
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Piracy and armed robbery levels at lowest for more than 20 years

Piracy and armed robbery levels at lowest for more than 20 years
Last year witnessed the fewest incidents of piracy and armed robbery against vessels since 1995 according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a branch of the International Chamber of Commerce. A total of 180 incidents were reported to the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre in 2017. These were: 136 vessels boarded, 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessel...
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Cork’s volumes grow by 3.7%

Cork’s volumes grow by 3.7%
In 2017, the Port of Cork’s container volumes grew by 3.7% in to 217,763 teu at the port’s two container terminals – Tivoli and Ringaskiddy. The Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company Brenan Keating said: “This increase is a clear indication that consumer markets are beginning to open up with both imports and ...
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Remote-controlled cranes arrive in Laem Chabang

Remote-controlled cranes arrive in Laem Chabang
Three super post-Panamax quay cranes and eight electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes have arrived at Terminal D in the Thai port of Laem Chabang. Remote control technology has been installed on all the cranes and the terminal, which is run by Hutchison Ports, will be the first terminal in Thailand with remote-control cranes. According to Hutchison .....
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DP World and Indian fund manager to invest up to US$3bn in transportation sector

DP World and Indian fund manager to invest up to US$3bn in transportation sector
DP World and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) have agreed to invest up to US$3bn in the country’s ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses. The pair have created an investment platform to acquire assets and develop major projects in the maritime sector, which follows on from a memorandum of understanding (...
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New cranes en route to APMT MedPort facility

New cranes en route to APMT MedPort facility
Morocco’s APM Terminals (APMT) MedPort Tangier is set to receive the first three of twelve remote controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes it has ordered. The super post-Panamax cranes, manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai, have departed China and are set to arrive on February 15th in Morocco. The new cranes will be able to accommodate 20,000 teu .....
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UK minister suggests building bridge to France

UK minister suggests building bridge to France
The UK’s Foreign Secretary has floated the idea of building a bridge over the ‘English Channel’ to France. At an Anglo-French Summit, minister Boris Johnson discussed the idea with French President Emmanuel Macron who is reported to have reacted positively. The idea of a Channel Bridge and a three-lane highway was proposed in 1981...
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Ocean Network Express gains final regulatory approval

Ocean Network Express gains final regulatory approval
The three members of the Ocean Network Express have announced that their joint venture has now gained all the regulatory approvals that it needs. The final authority to approve the joint venture between the three Asian carriers was the South African Competition Commission which has just granted approval with conditions requiring measures regarding...
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Hamburg terminals set for Camco VirtualGate app

Hamburg terminals set for Camco VirtualGate app
Camco Technologies has announced that three Hamburg terminals will use the company’s VirtualGate mobile app. HHLA’s three terminals at the port will implement the app which speeds up the process of getting trucks through terminal gates. The app allows truck drivers to pre-register their visit and loading information before entering the...
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Norges Bank excludes Evergreen from pension fund over scrapping practices

Norges Bank excludes Evergreen from pension fund over scrapping practices
Norway’s central bank has excluded Evergreen Marine from one of its two sovereign wealth funds, citing the Taiwanese company’s vessel scrapping practices as causing “serious human rights violations and severe environmental damage”. The fund’s Council on Ethics claimed that “Evergreen Marine has for several years disposed of decommissioned vessels b...
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Dunkirk increases volumes by 10%

Dunkirk increases volumes by 10%
The Port of Dunkirk has increased its container throughput in 2017 despite bad weather hitting some of its key trading partners. Throughput was up by 10% to 374,000 teu at the Northern French port, which is the country’s leading port for containerised fruit and vegetable imports. In a statement, the Port of Dunkirk said: “During ...
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Maersk and IBM to form blockchain joint venture

Maersk and IBM to form blockchain joint venture
A.P. Moller-Maersk and IBM have announced their intent to establish a joint venture (JV) to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology. The pair of companies had already begun working on a blockchain project in June 2016 while other transport and logistics providers including PSA, the Port of R...
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