Tuesday , 19 March 2019
Latest News

Author Archives: Alistair Ross

International Terminal Solutions launch new module

PortSpective provides an overview of operations

UK-based port software provider International Terminal Solutions (ITS) has launched a new module for terminal operating systems (TOS) that provides graphic replays of real-time operations. The PortSpective Replay module works alongside ITS’ PortSpective module, which provides a full overview of live operations, and can provide a replay of a specific incident or a longer replay stretching hours for a general ... Read More »

COSCO Shipping Lines volumes up 12.4%

COSCO Shipping Lines reported a 12.4% year-on-year increase in throughput in the first of half 2018, citing economies of scale and improved management as volumes hit 11.24m teu. The carrier also announced a 15.8% increase in capacity, which hit 2m teu for the first time, and at the end of June 2018 the company’s fleet totalled 393 container vessels. The ... Read More »

Maersk Line adopts cloud-based rate-distribution platform

Maersk Line has adopted a cloud-based platform which provides a digital and fully-automated method of sending contract rates and amendments to clients. The carrier will use Cargosphere’s electronic smart upload and diagnostics solution (eSUDS) its and Rate Mesh platform to digitally distribute its rates to shippers and freight forwarders. Carsten Grank Olsen, senior director and global head of eCommerce at Maersk Line, said: ... Read More »

Cranes arrive in Rotterdam to boost capacity

The facility currently operates eight STS cranes

Rotterdam’s APM Terminals (APMT) Maasvlakte II terminal has received two new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes as part of plans to increase capacity by 20% by 2019. The Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) cranes are high-speed, remote-control, double-trolley units with twin and tandem capabilities, as are the terminal’s eight existing cranes. Pieter Hartog, managing director of APMT Maasvlakte II and Rotterdam, said: “It ... Read More »

Lack of empty boxes hampers Hamburg’s throughput

The Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg’s container trade fell by 2.7% in the first half of the year, with dwindling empty box numbers impacting its 4.3m teu throughput. The number of empty boxes at the German facility fell by 15.6% to 525,000 teu, which subsequently translated to 81% of the total drop. Full containers remained relatively stable with a throughput of 3.8m teu, 0.6% ... Read More »

Indian terminal expands intermodal connections

Container Corporation of India (Concor) has signed a deal to run weekly  trains from Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) to various inland container depots across the country. Concor has been running trains between KICT and a depot in Jodhpur since February, and will now extend its services to depots in Ludhiana, Tuklakabad, Kodiyar and Khanej, among others. Concor will also ... Read More »

Konecranes wins Lithuanian 12 unit order

Konecranes has won a repeat order for ten rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes from the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania. The order, made by the Lithuanian stevedoring company JSSC Klaipedos Smelte, will be delivered in two parts, with the RTG cranes arriving in Novemeber 2019 and the STS cranes arriving in December 2019. Rimantas Juška, general director of ... Read More »

Gothenburg volumes bounce back

Gothenburg faced labour troubles last year

Container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 19% in the first six months of the year, with throughput at the Swedish port growing to 378,000 teu. The growth is high resulting from the fact that last year’s figure was historically weak due to a labour dispute at APM Terminals (APMT) Gothenburg which impacted customers’ willingness to use the port. ... Read More »

Kalmar secures Shanghai order

The Kalmar reachstacker (left) and empty container handler (right)

Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has placed an order for four reachstackers and  11 empty container handlers with Finnish manufacturer Kalmar for its terminals in Shanghai. The new equipment will join a fleet of 100 Kalmar reachstackers, empty container handlers, forklifts and terminal tractors upon their arrival in the third quarter of 2018. Alex Tang, sales director of Kalmar China, said: ... Read More »

Transnet reports throughput growth

  South Africa’s government-owned logistics company, Transnet, recorded a 6.1% increase in throughput in the 2017/18 financial year, handling 4.67m teu. The company also recorded a 6.5% increase in railed automotive and container volumes, and attributed both sets of growth to the deployment of new-generation locomotives on the network and continuing progress towards the road-to-rail strategy. Transnet has ordered 1,064 locomotives at ... Read More »