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Ashdod to generate extra container storage

The Port of Ashdod will increase its storage space by 20% to around 500,000 containers after it approved plans to increase stack heights to six empty boxes. The increase will also add an estimated additional 15,000 empty containers per year, improve the number of trucks entering the port during the day by 10% and produce an extra ILS2m (US$540,000) per year. The ... Read More »

OOCL volumes up 6% in half-year report

Trans-Pacific trade performed well

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) recorded a 6% growth in total volumes in the first half of the year, handling 3.27m teu. The carrier’s parent company, Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL), remarked that East-West trade lanes had been particularly strong, especially on trans-Pacific routes where volumes grew by 11.3%, in its interim report. However the company also warned of the ... Read More »

APL unveils Japan-Russia service

American President Lines (APL) has launched a weekly  Japan-Russia service, which it claims is the only of its kind currently available. The Japan Russia Express (JRX) will be jointly operated with Russian logistics firm Fesco and will commence sailing from Yokohama on August 24. Cargo travelling from Yokohama to Vostonchny and Vladivostock will be delivered in seven and nine days respectively, ... Read More »

Half-year results show consistent growth for Rotterdam

The port handled 7.1m teu

Container throughput at the Port of Rotterdam increased by 6.2% in the first half of 2018 as the facility recorded growth for the fifth consecutive half-year. Rotterdam handled 7.1m teu between January and June, and established a new record in May with a throughput of 1.24m teu. The performance of the port’s three short sea lanes were mixed, and June’s ... Read More »

Eurotainer appoints APMT as agent for container leasing

Eurotainer US, Inc. has chosen APM Terminals (APMT) Inland Services Argentina as the exclusive agent for the sales and marketing of its tank container leasing services in the South American country. APMT serves the Argentinian market through five inland service depots located in key markets along the full length of the country. The company offers equipment lifecycle management, transportation services ... Read More »

Konecranes reports mixed half-year

Konecranes port solutions sector reported a mixed half-year as orders fell by 10.2% year-on-year to €456.9m (US$534.9m) while both the order book and sales grew. Orders suffered due to an 11.8% decline in the second quarter resulting from a fall in mobile harbour crane orders – although this was slightly offset by rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) orders – but the order ... Read More »

DP World to develop and operate Malian trade hub

Suhail Al Banna of DP World, and Moulaye Ahemd Boubacar of the Malian government

DP World has signed a concession agreement with the Republic of Mali to build and operate a 1,000 ha logistics hub outside the country’s capital, Bamako. The Mali Logistics Hub (MLH) will offer inland container depots and container freight stations to facilitate the import and export of goods via the Port of Dakar in Senegal, which is operated by DP ... Read More »

DP World volumes up 6% in half-year results

UAE-based operator DP World handled 35.6m teu in the first half of 2018, translating to 6% year-on-year growth on a gross, like-for-like basis. All three regions in DP World’s portfolio – Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Americas and Australia – recorded growth, although the company’s growth did decelerate in the second quarter of the year ... Read More »

Pirates target six container vessels in first half of 2018

Ships are most at risk in the Gulf of Guinea

Six container vessels were victims of piracy attacks or attempted attacks in the first half of 2018, one less compared to the same period in 2017. Two attempted attacks occurred off the coast of Nigeria as vessels were steaming. The remaining four vessels were either berthed or anchored in the Philippines, Ecuador, Antigua and Barbuda or Cyprus, and all ships bar that ... Read More »

Liebherr utilises Port of Sunderland

Equipment manufacturer Liebherr has shipped a mobile crane to Chittagong in Bangladesh, with the Irish company utilising the Port of Sunderland once again for exports. Liebherr has been manufacturing cranes in Sunderland since 1989 and this delivery from Sunderland follows on from exports to India, Bulgaria and Germany earlier in the year. Sunderland City Council has invested in the port’s ... Read More »