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Cavotec powers Paraguayan cranes

Cavotec will provide the cable reel technology for two electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes that Konecranes is sending to a Paraguayan river port later this year. The cranes will be fitted with Cavotec motorised power cable reels to ensure a constant connection to a 1 kV power supply. The ‘Boxhunter’ cranes will be used at the Villeta container terminal at ... Read More »

Eurogate’s volumes remain flat

Eurogate's throughput fell slightly to 14.4m teu

Volumes at Eurogate’s container terminals remained fairly flat in 2017 as throughput fell by 1.4% to just over 14.4m teu. Losses at the operator’s Hamburg and Ust-Luga terminal, where container volumes dropped by 25.6% and 8.8% respectively, were evened out by gains of 25.9% and 22.9% in Lisbon and Tangier. Wilhelmshaven also registered a good year with throughput growing by ... Read More »

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 Panama Canal in 2016, and ... Read More »

Japanese carriers post growth in quarterly results

K-Line's container volumes rose by 14%

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 Asia-North America and North-South services struggled. They registered a ... Read More »

Maersk announces new loop connecting Asia and Latin America

The AC5 will launch in April 2018

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 service will provide greater port ... Read More »

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 Oracle Cloud Application platform will employ cloud ... Read More »

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 lightweight structures at the institute’s department of aeronautical and vehicle engineering. KTH associate professor ... Read More »

CMA CGM to launch international start-up incubator

CMA CGM will launch a call for applications shortly

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 which include; the appointment of ... Read More »

Barcelona’s throughput rockets by 32% in 2017

Transhipment was a major factor in the port's growth. Credit: Mhobl/ flickr

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 export traffic grew by 2.6% ... Read More »

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 be able to prepare for ... Read More »