Major ports and shipping companies chosen to advise UK government on trade

Major ports and shipping companies chosen to advise UK government on trade
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) has appointed several major terminal operators and shipping lines, including DP World, Hutchison Ports and Maersk, as members of its transport services Trade Advisory Group (TAG). As trade talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand intensify, the UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has...
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Le Havre welcomes four new gantry cranes

Le Havre welcomes four new gantry cranes
Four latest-generation gantry cranes were delivered to GMP – Port Synergy-operated Terminal de France at the Port of Le Havre. The new gantries, which each have a lifting capacity of 54 m under the spreader and a range of 26 container rows, are scheduled to go into operation by October 2020. Le Havre’s Port 2000 ...
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PSA Marine releases new digital solution for sustainable shipping

PSA Marine releases new digital solution for sustainable shipping
PSA Marine has launched a digital solution, Vessel Pilot Communication (VPC), in support of the global movement towards sustainable shipping by reducing carbon footprint. VPC ensures that critical and timely updates on pilot boarding times and traffic conditions in and around the pilot boarding grounds are communicated to vessel masters. This allow...
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Panama Canal extends temporary relief measures to end of 2020

Panama Canal extends temporary relief measures to end of 2020
The Panama Canal has extended its temporary relief measures until December 31, 2020, to further support the industry’s recovery through the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension is the result of continued dialogue between the Canal and industry leaders on how to best provide relief as the world looks to recover from the economic and social impact ...
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First refrigerated container travels from Ethiopia to Djibouti on to Europe

First refrigerated container travels from Ethiopia to Djibouti on to Europe
The first refrigerated container has been sent by train from Ethiopia to Djibouti, marking a major milestone in the establishment of a Cool Logistics Corridor between the pair of East African countries. Carrying 24 tonnes of avocados from the Koga area of Ethiopia, the container was sent to the Société de Gestion du Terminal à ...
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Transmarsa Flota rebrands to PSA Marine Peru

Transmarsa Flota rebrands to PSA Marine Peru
Transmarsa Flota has rebranded itself as PSA Marine Peru following its 100% acquisition by PSA Marine in February. The identity underpins the Peru-based marine services operator’s growing ambition as a leading maritime provider – coupling PSA Marine Peru’s 25-year experience and deep understanding of the Peruvian maritime industry with its parent c...
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New Ivory Coast container terminal commences next phase of development

New Ivory Coast container terminal commences next phase of development
The China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has signed a contract for the construction of Abidjan’s second container terminal, known as Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), which is expected to become operational at the end of 2021. The new terminal will be operated as a joint venture between Bolloré and APM Terminals (APMT) under a 20-year concession, ....
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Liebherr achieves two firsts in Argentina with an LHM 420 MHC

Liebherr achieves two firsts in Argentina with an LHM 420 MHC
The first Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour crane (MHC) delivered to Argentina has also marked the first MHC ever to be fully assembled with the aid of Liebherr’s new remote service tool. The machine was delivered to Euromerica in Campgana, Argentina, fully dissamebled and due for handover in June 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 ...
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Hybrid electric cranes deliver major emissions savings at Port of Oakland

Hybrid electric cranes deliver major emissions savings at Port of Oakland
A project to retrofit 13 yard cranes with hybrid electric engines at the Port of Oakland’s largest container terminal has cut diesel emissions by 95%. Terminal operator SSA Marine has claimed that the project will eliminate about 1,200 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually from each crane. Ken Larson, crane manager at SSA Marine’s ...
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Operations set to resume at Montreal as strike ends

Operations set to resume at Montreal as strike ends
Unions have agreed to end the strike at the Port of Montreal, which had shut down the second busiest container port in Canada and resulted in vessel diversions to terminals in Halifax and Saint John as well as the US. With the Montreal Longshore Union (CUPE 375) and the Checkers Union (ILA) agreeing a seven-month ...
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Container volumes down 11.5% at Port of Valencia

Container volumes down 11.5% at Port of Valencia
The Port of Valencia endured a tough July, with container throughput dropping by 11.5% as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on maritime trade. According to the port authority, the results are a reflection of the virus’s impact on the Spanish hinterland, as the port handles 50% of the import/export traffic or Spanish countries. Its hinterland stretch...
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Maersk delivers improved profitability despite lower volumes

Maersk delivers improved profitability despite lower volumes
Despite significant falls in volumes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maersk managed to improve profitability across all its business segments during Q2 2020, via capacity deployment adjustments and cost mitigation initiatives. Revenue decreased by 6.5% to US$9bn, driven by a volume decrease of 16% in ocean and 14% in gateway terminals....
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DP World acquires feeder and regional trade operators

DP World acquires feeder and regional trade operators
DP World subsidiary Unifeeder has acquired Transworld Feeders FZCO, Avana Logistek, including its subsidiary Avana Global FZCO, and Transworld Feeders, the containerised Indian coastal and EXIM feeder shipping operations of Shreyas Shipping and Logistics. Both Transworld Feeders FZCO and Avana Global FZCO are leading independent feeder and Non-Vess...
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Samskip launches Duisburg-Amsterdam rail service

Samskip launches Duisburg-Amsterdam rail service
Samskip and Nunner Logistics have launched a new direct rail service between Amsterdam and Duisburg as part of a new and far-reaching commitment to shippers using rail, road and waterborne transport services. From August 20, 2020, the new service will connect Samskip’s rail terminal in Duisburg with TMA Terminal Amsterdam with an initial schedule o...
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Port of Halifax utilises Descartes Datamyne to access trade data

Port of Halifax utilises Descartes Datamyne to access trade data
The Port of Halifax is using Descartes Datamyne to access detailed import/export data in its prospective trade lanes, as it looks to enhance business development efforts for containerised shipping operations. The searchable import/export trade database covers the commerce of 230 markets across five continents, aiming to deliver the insight required...
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COVID-19 outbreak hits workforce at Port of Hong Kong

COVID-19 outbreak hits workforce at Port of Hong Kong
Kwai Tsing container terminals have emerged as a hotbed for the latest wave of COVID-19 infections in Hong Kong, with the hub responsible for nearly half of the region’s 74 reported cases on August 16. A mass screening at the terminals found that 34 people, including 33 employees from Wang Kee Port Operation Services Limited, ...
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First half of 2020 ends on positive note for Hapag-Lloyd

First half of 2020 ends on positive note for Hapag-Lloyd
Hapag-Lloyd has recorded good half year results despite a decline in transport volume and remaining uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Although transport volumes fell 4%, down to roughly 5.8m teu in 2020 from 5.9m in the first half of 2019, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) increased year-on-year...
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Blank sailings hit HHLA hard

Blank sailings hit HHLA hard
The huge global drop in economy activity and the resulting downturn in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic has heavily impacted Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), with significant falls in volume and revenue. In the container segment, throughput at HHLA’s container terminals declined by 11% to 3,345,000 teu. Of ...
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APMT set to acquire ALC’s Aarhus container terminal

APMT set to acquire ALC’s Aarhus container terminal
APM Terminals (APMT) Aarhus is set to acquire operations of Aarhus Logistics Center A/S (ALC) as of September 1, 2020, as ALC divests its container terminal to the company. ALC’s decision to divest the terminal to the much larger APMT Aarhus was led by limitations regarding area capacity and lack of prospects of further developing ...
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Plaquemines Port in Louisiana to develop new container terminal

Plaquemines Port in Louisiana to develop new container terminal
Plaquemines Port Harbour and Terminal District (PPHTD) and several potential partners have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to develop a multi-modal container terminal in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, potentially boosting containerisation options for US Midwest shippers. The LOI signing kicks off a six month due diligence period during which the pa...
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Operations back underway at Port of Beirut

Operations back underway at Port of Beirut
The Port of Beirut is handling vessels again, just days after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate triggered an explosion in a port warehouse, killing at least 171 people and injuring 6,000. Despite the devastation, the container terminal at the port only suffered minor damage and port authorities have decided to restart operations. Raoul Nehme, Lebano...
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