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Maersk Line orders nine 14,000 teu container ships

Sam H. Ka, COO of HHI and Søren Toft, COO of Maersk Line, at the signing ceremony

Maersk Line has made its third new-building order in the last 10 months, this time ordering nine vessels with a capacity of 14,000 teu. The US$1.1bn contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) includes an option for up to eight additional vessels. The nine vessels will join Maersk Line’s fleet in 2017 and sail under the Singaporean flag. Søren Toft, COO ... Read More »

The Port of Salalah to appoint expansion consultant

The Port of Salalah is closer to fulfilling its expansion plans as a tender to select a consultant to design the third phase of the port’s expansion , has been submitted to Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The tender highlights that the consultant will conduct a study on the third phase of expansion and will design the expansion programme. The ... Read More »

Eight new machines at Grup TCB’s Turkish terminal

The new equipment in Nemrut Bay, Turkey

Grup TCB’s container terminal, TCEEGE, located in Nemrut Bay in Izmir, Turkey, has incorporated eight new pieces of equipment in its facilities. The new machines comprise a reachstacker, an empty container handler and six platforms in an effort to optimise loading and unloading operations for ships. With the new reach stacker, TCEEGE is looking to improve its operational capacity to ... Read More »

Two partnership agreements to develop port logistics parks in France

The Panhard Group has signed two partnership agreements to develop state-of-the-art logistics parks in the Seine area in the north of France. The first is with HAROPA – Port of Le Havre concerning 135,000 sq. m of warehouses and the second, with ‘Caux Vallée de Seine’ Area Community, is for 175,000 sq. m. Hervé Martel, CEO of HAROPA – Port ... Read More »

Japan joins Thailand and Myanmar in backing Dawei development

The governments of Japan, Myanmar and Thailand have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Dawei Special Economic Zone and port in Myanmar. The project envisions a deep-sea port including a container terminal, a 200 sq. km economic zone, factories, a coal mine and a power plant at Dawei, in southern Myanmar. The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha said ... Read More »

Egypt arrests 13 Muslim Brotherhood members on suspicion of Suez Canal bomb plot

(Unrelated) US Naval forces passing through the Suez Canal last month Credit: US Sixth Fleet

Egyptian authorities have arrested 13 Muslim Brotherhood members for allegedly planting bombs around the Suez Canal according to security sources from Reuters. Prosecutors said that the 13 men had planted bombs in sanitation and electricity facilities as well as on beaches and ordered that they be detained for 15 days. The arrests, which were made yesterday (6 June), come exactly ... Read More »

Congress bills on port labour not “necessary”, says US Labour Secretary

The US secretary of labour, Thomas Perez, has deemed several bills before Congress, which aim to make the union disruption of port operations more unlikely, as not “necessary”. He praised the way the stand-off between the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) was ended in February, endorsing the “collective bargaining process”. His comments mean that ... Read More »

South Korean candidate Lim Ki-Tack elected as new IMO Secretary-General

South Korea’s Lim Ki-Tack, president of the Busan Port Authority, has been elected as secretary-general of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). At the election today (30 June) in London, Lim overcame challengers from Denmark, Cyprus, Russia, Kenya and the Philippines, defeating Danish candidate Andreas Nordseth in the final round of voting. He will assume his four-year post at the end ... Read More »

OECD cautions transport sector about the impact of mega-ships

The MSC Oscar is currently the world's largest container ship

The International Transport Forum (ITF), which is the transport arm of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has warned of the costs of mega-ships to the container industry as a whole in its latest report. According to the research, entitled “The Impact of Mega-Ships”, cost savings related to mega-ships are “decreasing with size” and annual transport costs for ... Read More »

Ports of Ashdod and Haifa hit by surprise strike

A surprise wildcat strike by Israeli port workers in the state-run ports of Ashdod and Haifa ended on Thursday (28 May) night after a two-day shutdown. Even though the Labour Court in both Ashdod and Haifa deemed the strike illegal and ordered workers to return to their posts, it took intervention from the Histadrut Labour Federation, an umbrella union for thousands ... Read More »