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UAE’s first female crane operator at Khalifa Port

Ayesha Al Marzooqi has become the UAE's first female quay crane operator

The UAE has celebrated a milestone with its very first female crane operator at Khalifa Port container terminal. Ayesha Al Marzooqi, who is 28 years old, controls one of the port’s super post-Panamax quay cranes at Abu Dhabi Ports’ (ADP) flagship location. Al Marzooqi explained her story: “I watched a documentary about a female pilot in the UAE Air Force ... Read More »

UPDATE: New Greek government halts Piraeus port sale to China’s Cosco Group

The Piraeus Port Authority looks set to be finally sold off

Greece’s newly elected government, a coalition formed by the left-wing Syriza and the right-wing Independent Greeks party, has begun its programme of anti-austerity measures by halting the privatisation of the country’s biggest port, Piraeus. However, within days of the announcement, speculation abounded over whether the Greek stance would soften, with Chinese commerce ministry spokesperson, Shen Danyang saying: “We plan to ask ... Read More »

Indian industry calls for investment in existing terminals and supply chain

Krishnapatnam may be failing to draw cargo away from Chennai

Several speakers at last week’s East Coast Maritime Business Summit in India have called for investment in hinterland connectivity. The chiefs of Bengal Tiger Lines, Dhamra Port, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT), Sravan Shipping, JM Baxi Group and Samsara Group all called for work to be done to ensure that cargo is evacuated from terminals faster. The chairman of the ... Read More »

UASC orders 2,000 Daikin reefer units

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), has announced an order of 2,000 reefer containers from Daikin, with further units to follow this year. The containers come fitted with the Japanese manufacturer’s latest LXE 10E “H” model reefer unit, producing a 50% drop in power consumption compared to the earliest model from 2001. Ongoing investment in the units, which feature a sensitive temperature ... Read More »

Maersk CEO: Global trade will never reach pre-crisis heights

The Danish company's CEO expects long term growth of 4-5%

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group’s chief executive has warned that global trade will never return to pre-crisis growth levels, citing western companies manufacturing goods nearer home as a significant factor. The head of the world’s biggest shipping line forecasts global trade to grow by 4% this year, noting that ten of the 13 rivals Maersk tracks made losses in the first half ... Read More »

New software enhances operations at Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports is implementing a brand new terminal operating system (TOS) which will enhance general cargo operations, significantly improving processing times and the full range of customer service offerings. Jade Software’s “Master Terminal” management software will replace Abu Dhabi Ports‘ existing systems and support the management of all aspects of general cargo operations including bulk, break bulk, project and ... Read More »

Sharjah Container Terminal handles 400,000 teu in 2014

2014 marked a good year for Sharjah Container Terminal

Terminal operator Gulftainer has celebrated the 2014 performance of Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), which surpassed 400,000 teu in annual throughput, which double digit volume growth compared to the previous year. Iain Rawlinson, group commercial director of Gultainer, highlighted the professional approach of Gulftainer’s management along with consistently high productivity levels as a driving force behind the terminal’s success. He added: ... Read More »

Watch: Panama Canal directors approve plans for new port

The completed new terminal will be able to handle five post-Panamax ships simultaneously

The Panama Canal’s board of directors has approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region at the Canal’s entrance to the Pacific. Once complete, the port project, which is currently awaiting the final stage of approval from Panama’s National Assembly, will have a 5m teu capacity within a 120 ha area. The two-phased plan includes ... Read More »

New quay cranes at Baltic Container Terminal in Poland

In the Port of Gdynia in Poland, Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), belonging to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has received two new quay cranes. The cranes, which arrived in Gdynia in December, are more than 60 m high with a reach of above 50 ft over the water and a capacity of over 60 tonnes. Krzysztof Szymborski, CEO of ... Read More »

Kenya opens search for operator of new container terminal in Mombasa

The two new berths in Mombasa will be handed over to a contractor in March 2016

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has invited terminal operators to bid to be a concessionaire of the first phase of the second container terminal at the Port of Mombasa. Phase 1 of the US$300m project, scheduled for completion in February 2016, will comprise two main container berths with lengths of 210m and 300m and depths of 11m and 15m respectively. By ... Read More »