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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 this. Hutchison Ports Sohar, the ... Read More »

Las Palmas opts for Navis N4

Las Palmas handles 800,000 teu per year

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 S. A. (OPCSA) decided to install N4 following its decision to upgrade its TOS, which is currently an outdated version of PSA’s Comsos TOS.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 Nowak, CEO of OPCSA, said: “We ... Read More »

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 vessels fired upon and six vessels ... Read More »

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 (MoU) signed by the two in May 2017. ... Read More »

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 vessels and will give the ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd makes MCI order

The reefers are being produced in China and Chile

Hapag-Lloyd has purchased 3,700 Maersk Container Industry (MCI) Star Cool Integrated reefers, of which just under a third are fitted with more environmentally friendly systems. MCI will fit 1,000 containers with R513A refrigerant systems, which the company claims has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 56% compared to the commonly used R134A system. GWP is a measure of ... Read More »

Drewry: West Africa improving but more to do

Volumes are up 3.2% year-on-year

The Asia-West Africa is growing at its fastest pace since late 2014 but the African region still has a lot of ground to recover, according to Drewry. Container throughput in the southbound Asia to West Africa trade grew by 7% in the third quarter of 2017, but is some way off replicating its annual record of 1.5m teu, which was ... Read More »

Hutchison wins concession in Umm Al Quwain

UAQ is Hutchison's second UAE concession in a week

Just days after one Hutchison terminal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened, it was announced that Hutchison had been awarded a concession to operate another terminal in the country. The Hong-Kong based company will operate the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), in the north of the UAE. The port is a key entry-exit point for ... Read More »

Navis joins automation taskforce

Navis and a number of other organisations from across the supply chain have teamed up to explore automated solutions for the container market. Navis was joined by Microsoft China, terminal equipment manufacturer Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) and infrastructure advisory firm Moffat & Nichol at ZPMC’s Smart Terminal Solutions forum, where the group formed to outline its approach. Mark Welles, ... Read More »

New tugboats in Poti

Georgia’s APM Terminals (APMT) Poti has added two new tug boats which the operator believes will boost the facility’s offering. APMT said the two new Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from Svitzer, Maersk’s sister brand, can operate in harsh conditions and will also improve night time performance. APMT Poti managing director, Klaus Holm Laursen, said: “This translates into faster turn times for ... Read More »