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Navis offers RTG optimisation in latest version of N4

Younus Aftab, chief technology officer at Navis

Navis has announced the availability of N4 3.8, the latest cloud-enabled version of its core terminal operating system (TOS), offering rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane optimisation to streamline operations for manual and automated RTG terminals. The newest iteration of N4 is meant to lay the foundation for cloud deployments, with a richer suite of Navis Smart application packages, including the vessel ... Read More »

Yilport terminals in Portugal and Sweden opt for automated RTGs

Konecranes ARTG system

Yilport has signed contracts with Konecranes for the delivery of automated rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane systems to two of its Portuguese terminals and another in Sweden. Each system will have six ARTGs operated under a supervised operation concept, with four remote operating stations (ROSs). They will be built as extensions to the container yards of Yilport’s Gävle container terminal in ... Read More »

DP World takes 44% stake in Swissterminal

Swissterminal has connecting services to Europe's major container ports

DP World has entered a strategic partnership with Swissterminal Holding, taking a 44% stake in the Mayer family business, which is Switzerland’s leading container terminal operator. Swissterminal, which is headquartered in Frenkendorf close to Basel, operates additional locations in Zurich-Niederglatt, Basel-Birsfelden, Basel-Kleinhueningen and Liestal. The terminals are connected to container ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp as well as the ports ... Read More »

China Merchants sells 22.55% stake in Paranaguá terminal to investment funds

China Merchants Port Holdings (CM Port) has sold a 22.55% stake in southern Brazil’s Terminal De Containeres de Paranaguá (TCP) to the China-Portugal Cooperation Development (CPD) Fund and the China-LAC Cooperation (CLAC) Fund. This equity transfer is the first time that CMPort has brought in strategic investors for its overseas existing terminal assets. A statement from the operator noted: “This ... Read More »

Environmental groups call for stronger approach on climate from IMO

Kitack Lim,secretary-general of the IMO

A group of environmental organisations have called for the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s secretary general Kitack Lim to accelerate its greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. A letter from organisations including the Clean Shipping Coalition, the Environmental Defence Fund and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), calls for Lim to put policies in place ... Read More »

Maritime stakeholders call for EU to re-evaluate liner block exemption

A number of stakeholders in the maritime supply chain have called for proper objective evaluation of the European Commission’s Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), which makes container shipping exempt from the EU’s competition laws. LECAT, ETA, EBU, ESC, FEPORT, GSF, GSA and UIRR representing users of liner shipping services and service providers of the maritime logistics chain jointly object to ... Read More »

G&W selects Tideworks’ intermodal solutions for its rail network

Freightliner and Pentalver, subsidiaries of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), have selected Tideworks as their intermodal solutions provider for their UK rail and container terminal network. G&W will deploy the software developer’s Intermodal Pro TOS and Traffic Control equipment dispatch system across its UK-wide network of rail and container terminals. Chris Lawrenson, managing director of terminals for G&W’s UK/Europe region ... Read More »

Container volumes up 7% at Dunkerque

The port saw transhipment volumes rise last year

The Port of Dunkerque saw a 7% increase in container throughput during 2019, handling 450,000 teu, as it positioned itself as a transhipment hub. During the year, the port commissioned the extension to the quai de Flandre in the West Port, with its completion marking a major step in its container handling capabilities. The port can now simultaneously berth two ... Read More »

Panama Canal adds fees and reduces slots to sustain water levels after low rainfall

Rainfall has been 20% below average over the past year

Changing rainfall patterns and historic low water levels at the Gatun Lake have led the Panama Canal to announce a series of new measures from February onwards, aimed at sustaining an operational level of water. The canal authority hopes that the changes, which will be implemented from February 15, will provide reliability in water levels and transit schedules to customers ... Read More »

Port of Immingham receives electric RTGs as part of expansion project

The units took 34 days to arrive from China

The Port of Immingham has received six electric rubber-tyred gantry (E-RTG) cranes, as part of a project to expand its container terminal. Project Pilgrim is a £33m (US$43m) upgrade to Immingham Container Terminal to future proof the terminal, extend its footprint and improve the service to customers. In particular, it aims to increase the space, improve the layout and add ... Read More »