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Yilport awarded contract for multi-purpose terminal in Puerto Quetzal

The Guatemalan hub becomes Yilport's third terminal in Latin America

Yilport Holding has taken a 55% share in Puerto Quetzal to execute multi-purpose quay operations after signing a contract with the port authority. Puerto Quetzal, located 102 km from Guatemala City, is the first multi-purpose Guatemalan port on the Pacific Ocean and is able to accommodate vessels up to Panamax size. The terminal, in which general cargo, container, liquid cargo ... Read More »

London Thamesport receives new short-sea service

Helsinki-based Containerships is to introduce a second weekly service from Gdynia, Poland, to Hutchison Ports London Thamesport, the carrier’s second direct service to and from the southern part of the UK. The service offers regular and fast connections with Poland, with improved service and transit times from Gdynia of 3-4 days and 4-6 days for the return journey. Mark Taylor, on ... Read More »

OECD calls for container shipping alliances to lose competition law exemptions

Global market share of alliances

A new report from the International Transport Forum (ITF), part of the OECD, claims that liner shipping does not have unique characteristics that justify exemptions from competition law, either for conferences or for alliances. The study, named ‘The Impact of Alliances in Container Shipping’ said that generic antitrust rules should apply to all agreements between liner shipping companies and that countries where “conferences” ... Read More »

Port of Santos president arrested over US$10m fraud

Alex Oliva, president of Codesp

Federal Police (PF) in Brazil have arrested Alex Oliva, president of Santos Port Authority (Codesp), over allegations of fraud related to contracts worth in excess of R$37m (US$10m), mainly concerning the IT systems at South America’s biggest port. Operation Tritão, which began in November last year, investigated contracts signed by Codesp between 2014 and 2016 and found irregularities in three: ... Read More »

Karmsund Havn IKS purchases mobile harbour crane from Liebherr

Liebherr and Karmsund Havn IKS have signed a contract for a Liebherr LHM 550 unit, which will become the biggest mobile harbour crane in Norway. The machine, which has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 154 tonnes and a maximum outreach of 54 m, can  be operated with diesel or electric motors and will mainly be used for container handling. The ... Read More »

DP World to develop US$78m warehouse zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Nitin Gadkari (centre), the Indian minister of transport with DP World personnel

DP World and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) have won a US$78m concession to build a Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The FTWZ is expected to be operational by 2020 and will be developed across 18 ha at JNPT’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ), strategically close to the upcoming Navi Mumbai International airport. ... Read More »

CMA CGM acquires transport and logistics company Containerships

CMA CGM has completed its acquisition of container transportation and logistics company Containerships, strengthening its position in intra-European transportation. The Finnish company complements the Marseilles-based firm as it offers services and logistics solutions through sea, road, rail and barge in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. With the addition of Containerships’ 690 employees, the carrier’s intra-European customers will now benefit from ... Read More »

Rise in container throughput for Port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam

Container throughput for the first three quarters of 2018 has increased by 5.7% at the Port of Rotterdam to 10.8m teu, despite a 0.4% decrease in total throughput across all segments. The volume of incoming loaded containers rose by 10% along the Asia-Europe trade lane while outbound volumes decreased by 7.6%. For the North American trade lane, overall throughput increased ... Read More »

Navis and Tianjin Port Group to work on smart port project

Navis has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tianjin Port Group with the aim to accelerate technology innovation within the Chinese port as it moves toward automation. As part of the MOU, the two companies have planned the development of a future Smart Port project and a joint collaboration on technology adoption and service support. In May Tianjin port ... Read More »

Regular 8,000 teu vessel calls at VICT

The COSCO Thailand at VICT

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has become the regular recipient of large container vessel calls, including ships from a service between Australia and China. The A3C service Central China – East Coast of Australia service has completed its first rotation and is comprised of six vessels with capacities in the range of 8,063 to 8,500 teu operated by ANL, COSCO ... Read More »