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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Hodeidah gifted four truck cranes

Hodeidah gifted four truck cranes
The Yemeni port of Hodeidah has been given four truck cranes by the United Nations World Food Programme. The cranes, which are funded by the US government, will allow the port to get more food and relief supplies into the famine-threatened country. The Tadano GT_600EX cranes are mounted on trucks, they can lift containers and ...
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Bromma warns against cheap spare parts

Bromma warns against cheap spare parts
Spreader manufacturer Bromma has produced a paper which claims that genuine spare parts outperform cheap copies by more than four times. The paper, authored by Bromma’s VP marketing Lars Meurling and structural design expert Jerker Lindström, tested twistlocks provided by Bromma’s sub-suppliers against cheap copies. Twistlock pins are t...
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PSA throughput up 10% in 2017

PSA throughput up 10% in 2017
Volumes at PSA International’s terminals across the world have increased by 9.8% in 2017 to over 74m teu with its flagship facilities in Singapore accounting for 33.35m teu. The throughput growth was fairly evenly split between the company’s Singapore terminals (up 9%) and its terminals abroad (up 10.4%). PSA’s CEO Tan Chong Meng, said:...
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Felixstowe inaugurates yard expansion

Felixstowe inaugurates yard expansion
The Port of Felixstowe has held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate its plans to add 13 ha of extra container yard. The new yard will be constructed directly behind Berth 9 of Hutchison’s terminal on the East Coast of England. About 3.2 of the 13 ha will be reclaimed from the seabed. Clemence Cheng, CEO ...
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Rail shuttle links French ports to Switzerland

Rail shuttle links French ports to Switzerland
A rail shuttle container service linking the major French ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland will be launched in mid-March in a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Operating three times per week, the service will run to the Swiss terminal of Chavornay – in the French-speaking region near Lausanne – ...
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Congestion hits embattled Yemeni ports

Congestion hits embattled Yemeni ports
CMA CGM has instituted a port congestion surcharge on Yemen’s largest port. The carrier has started to levy a charge of US$300 per teu on all shipments to the Port of Aden. Due to a civil war, the country’s population have been struggling to adequately feed themselves and the United Nations estimates that 17m people ...
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Konecranes appoints new investor relations chief

Konecranes appoints new investor relations chief
Konecranes has appointed a new Vice President, Investor Relations, from outside of the company. Eero Tuulos will join Konecranes in February from another Finnish company, Nokia, where he was Director of Investor Relations and where he was worked since 2009. Konecranes current chief of investor relations, Miika Kinnunen, will assume new responsibili...
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Portland may lose dedicated container terminal

Portland may lose dedicated container terminal
A consultant has recommended that Portland’s Terminal 6 (T-6) container terminal converts to become a multi-use terminal because of reduced Transpacific calls at the terminal. According to the Port of Portland, the consultant  concluded the most viable T-6 business model is a multi-use terminal that dedicates revenues from other terminal acti...
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US ports call for infrastructure funding

US ports call for infrastructure funding
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has told the US Senate that US ports should get US$66bn from Trump’s US$1tn infrastructure promise. The AAPA was represented by Port of Cleveland CEO William Friedman who made the case for water infrastructure to the US Senate’s committee on environment and public works. Friedman...
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Indian Shipping Board member criticises transshipment plans

Indian Shipping Board member criticises transshipment plans
A member of India’s advisory board on shipping has criticised government plans to set up a transhipment terminal in Kovalam. Joe D’Cruz wrote to India’s shipping minister to say that the transhipment terminal model was now outdated and that, if India had wanted to do transhipment successfully, it should have invested in it 30 year...
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Portland starts new rail shuttle

Portland starts new rail shuttle
The Port of Portland has started a new rail shuttle between its Terminal 6 container terminal and the port of Seattle/Tacoma. The new service, which has been launched with Burlington North and Santa Fe Railway, will operate five days a week. “The rail service will complement the monthly container ship call by giving our local ...
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Indian transshipment terminal prospers

Indian transshipment terminal prospers
A South Indian transhipment terminal has recorded growth of 11% in 2017. DP World’s India Gateway Terminal had a throughput of 532,000 teu in the calendar year. The company said that it had implemented a number of measures to improve the productivity of the terminal in Cochin. These included a new digital portal which enables ...
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Westports volumes fall in 2017

Westports volumes fall in 2017
Container volumes at the Malaysian terminal operator Westports have fallen by 9.5% in 2017. The operator recorded volumes of 9.95m teu in 2016 and 9m teu in 2017. This fall in volumes was not unexpected – as the company had issued guidance predicting a fall in volumes of between 7% and 12%. In a stock ...
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Cavotec supplies record-breaking cranes

Cavotec supplies record-breaking cranes
Cavotec has provided cable reels for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes which have the highest lifting distance of any such cranes in the world. The cable reels provide electrical power for the ZPMC STS cranes at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. As well as having the world’s highest lifting distance, these cranes are the second ...
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Red Hook Container Terminal may move

Red Hook Container Terminal may move
The Governor of New York has said he would consider moving Brooklyn’s Red Hook Container Terminal, according to Crain’s New York Business. Andrew Cuomo said he may relocate the terminal to another site in Brooklyn, possibly in order to allow the facility, which sits on sought-after residential land, to be developed. In his speech, Cuomo...
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