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BEST orders extra ASCs

BEST received six other ASCs earlier this year

Barcelona’s BEST terminal, operated by Hutchison Ports, has ordered six automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) from Konecranes, with delivery due in the first half of 2019. The arrival of the cranes will coincide with the closing stages of the second phase of BEST’s expansion, which began in 2014, and the number of automated container storage blocks at the semi-automated terminal has ... Read More »

MSC introduces bunker surcharge

Swiss carrier MSC has introduced a worldwide temporary emergency bunker surcharge on all ocean and land-based cargo to offset a continued surge in bunker prices. Fuel prices are by more than 30% this year, and up by 70% since June, 2017, with prices in Europe exceeding  US$441 per metric tonne. The price of a barrel of crude oil is currently ... Read More »

Ashdod increases crane capacity as competition looms

The cranes will have a height of 60.5 m

Israel’s Port of Ashdod is increasing the height of two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at a cost of €8m (US$9.14m) in preparation for new competition. The work was commissioned by the facility’s operator, the Ashdod Port Company, with the cranes being raised by 9 m to 44 m, making them the highest STS cranes in Israel, and having their reach extended ... Read More »

East African ports pose investment risks, consultancy warns

Foreign investors pumping money into East African port projects face risks such as poor governance, volatile geopolitics and mounting public debt, according to risk consultancy Allan & Associates. A number of ports located on or near the Horn of Africa, such as the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) in Djibouti, the Port of Berbera in Somaliland and Sudan’s Port of Sudan, ... Read More »

APL cuts carbon dioxide emissions

The carrier also registered fuel savings

American President Lines (APL) cut CO2 emissions by roughly 5% in 2017 compared to 2016, making it the eight consecutive year the carrier has achieved a reduction. APL also registered fuel savings of almost 5%, and the carrier attributed both achievements to operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, and the deployment of a fuel-efficient fleet of vessels. Dennis Yee, APL’s ... Read More »

Los Angeles operator plans US$70m investment

American terminal operator Eagle Marine Services (EMS) will invest over US$70m on equipment and technology at its Pier 300 terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in 2018. The operator is five months into a value creation programme and has ordered four new ZPMC super post-Panamax cranes, six Mitsui hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and 18 Taylor container handlers, amongst other ... Read More »

Navis releases updated terminal operating system

Navis has released the newest version of its terminal operating system (TOS), N4, which it said is focused on supporting performance and scalability for mega terminal activity. The new N4 3.6 is capable of supporting terminals with a throughput of up to 12m teu, and the company said the software offers a solution for terminals experiencing a rise in container ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd extends CEO’s contract

Rolf Habben Jansen

German carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s supervisory board has extended the contract of current CEO, Rolf Habben Jansen, to March 2024. The contract was set to expire in 2019, and the board unanimously agreed to a five year extension. Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading ... Read More »

ICTSI posts volume growth in first quarter

Filipino operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) posted steady operational and financial results in the first quarter of 2018, with throughput reaching 2.33m teu. This year-on-year volume growth of 2% was attributed to improvements in emerging markets such as ICTSI Iraq and ICTSI Democratic Republic of Congo. The new Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) and South Pacific International Container Terminal, ... Read More »

Shipping lines told to wind down Iranian business

World leaders signed the deal in 2015

The US administration has given shipping lines 6-months to leave or cease operations with Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal. Those who do not comply will ‘face exposure to sanctions or an enforcement action under US law’ according to documentation relating to the withdrawal from the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive ... Read More »