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ICTSI to invest $330m into Manila and Subic Bay

Philippines-based terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), announced it will spend US$330m to expand and enhance its facilities in Manila and Subic Bay. The funds will go to Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the new Container Terminals 1 and 2 at Subic Bay in Zambales, Philippines, where the company wants to increase capacity and attract more shipping ... Read More »

Long Beach to use vacant pier to ease port congestion

In response to recent congestion, the Port of Long Beach intends to begin operations in December at a “temporary empty container depot” planned for a vacant pier. The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on the Pier S site on Terminal Island for temporary storage of empty shipping containers. It is hoped that the ... Read More »

Banned ZPMC cranes shipped to Jawaharlal Nehru Port

India has banned ZPMC from supplying its cranes to the country's state-owned ports

Four banned quay cranes are being delivered to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai and will arrive on 29 November. The cranes were manufactured by Chinese state-owned company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC). The Indian security services have banned the company from supplying India’s state-owned ports due to its links with the Chinese government. Jawaharlal Nehru Port is owned ... Read More »

Record first nine months of the year for Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg handled 7.4m teu in the first nine months of 2014

Europe’s second busiest port, the Port of Hamburg, has posted record figures for the first nine months of the year, with container handling throughput at 7.4m teu, a 6.4% rise. Driven by trade with Asia, and more specifically China, the German port enlarged its market share of container traffic in Northern Europe from 26.1% to 26.7% over the period from ... Read More »

Strikes halt operations at Belgian ports

Operations have come to a standstill at the Port of Antwerp

A 24 hour strike at ports in Belgium has brought the country’s shipping trade to a standstill, with Europe’s third largest port, the Port of Antwerp, amongst those affected. As of 11.30 GMT on 24 November, traffic had brought 50 ships at Antwerp to a halt, of which 27 were waiting to leave the port and 23 were waiting to ... Read More »

Larger vessels putting pressure on the container industry

A presentation by maritime consultancy, Drewry, at Intermodal Europe in Rotterdam last week revealed the increased financial and logistics pressures faced throughout the container shipping industry due to larger vessels. Cargo owners, intermodal operators, terminal operators and ports are dealing with higher costs while shipping lines reap the benefits of lower costs, creating diseconomies of scale. The average size of ... Read More »

Third quarter growth for Antwerp and Rotterdam

The two largest Benelux ports, the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Rotterdam, reported container throughput growth of 5.0% and 4.2% growth respectively in the first nine months of the year. Antwerp has handled 6,725,777 teu, with container volume rising by 6.0% to 81,127,972 tonnes while Rotterdam dealt with 9,213,118 teu despite a slow start to the year. Allard ... Read More »

APMT denies union claims of “victory” at Aqaba Container Terminal

The International Transport Workers’ Federation and APM Terminals dispute the outcome of contract negotiations at Aqaba Container Terminal

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has claimed a victory in a dispute over contract changes at Aqaba Container Terminal, which the terminal operator APM Terminals (APMT) has disputed. Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), which is part-owned by APMT, has been negotiating a new collective contract with its workers’ union, ITF-affiliated General Union of Port Workers (GUPW) since March 2014. The ... Read More »

Jebel Ali’s new container terminal welcomes first ship

Terminal operator DP World has welcomed the first scheduled vessel at its new Container Terminal 3 at Jebel Ali, Dubai. The ‘APL Phoenix’ called at the terminal, which will add 4m teu to Jebel Ali’s capacity, when fully operational, taking the port’s total capacity to 19m teu. In a statement, DP World said that the US$850m terminal’s 18 m draught ... Read More »

N4 go-live at MTL’s Kwai Tsing Container Port

MTL implemented N4 at Da Chan Bay last year

Navis has announced the successful implementation of its N4 terminal operating system (TOS) at Modern Terminals Limited (MTL) in Kwai Tsing Container Port, Hong Kong. The TOS go-live is the culmination of two years of collaboration and the successful implementation highlights MTL’s mission of serving as the preferred world-class terminal and supply chain services company. MTL is a leading container ... Read More »