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New hybrid container for breakbulk cargo launched

ATS plans to order at least 100 units next year

Transportation service provider ATS International has developed a new hybrid shipping container specially designed for the handling of breakbulk and oversized cargo. The new Breakbulk Box was successfully test shipped from the Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport), Florida, to Puerto Rico. The company, which is currently marketing the prototype container, plans to order at least 100 units in 2017. The new ... Read More »

Terminal in Saint John receives new cranes

DP World has received two new quay cranes at a terminal it will start operating at the Port of Saint John, located in the east of Canada. In August 2016, the terminal operator announced that it signed a 35-year lease to expand and operate the multi-purpose Rodney Container Terminal, which it will begin operating on January 1 next year. The ... Read More »

PortMiami to receive US$33m in state grants

Miami's harbour may be dredged

PortMiami has been allocated state grants worth a total of US$33m over the next five years to support enhancement of its cargo and cruise facilities. A part of the grant allocations will help fund the upgrade of its cargo terminal yards as well as the development of a future inland intermodal facility. According to a statement by the port, the ... Read More »

NYK Line, MOL and K Line agree to merge container businesses

The three biggest Japanese container carriers have agreed to merge their container shipping businesses, and terminal operating businesses everywhere apart from Japan. In the new joint venture (JV), which is subject to regulatory approval from the authorities, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) will hold a 38% share, while Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Line (K Line) ... Read More »

Busan New Port berths to be deeper than expected

Busan New Port opened in 2006

Two of the three berths to be built as part of Busan New Port’s Phase 2-4 are set to be dredged to 18 m rather than the previously planned 17 m. The news follows the start last month of the applications’ submission process to begin reclamation works for stage 2-4 of the 25-year project, which is expected to be completed ... Read More »

Expanded Panama Canal could offer inadvertent emissions cut

The expanded Panama Canal officially opened on June 26, 2016

While the Panama Canal’s expansion was necessary to enable the waterway to handle many of the large vessels that are now an industry norm, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) claims it will also help to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In an interview with CM, the ACP’s environmental protection specialist Alexis Rodriguez said that bigger vessels have brought an increased ... Read More »

DP World announces 7% fall in UAE volumes

UAE’s Jebel Ali Port is DP World's flagship facility

DP World reported a 7% year-on-year drop in its UAE gross container volumes in the first nine months of 2016 due to reduced lower-margin transhipment cargo. Throughput at the port operator’s terminals in the UAE fell from 11.9m teu in the first nine months of 2015 to 11.1m teu in the same period this year. Overall consolidated volumes, handled at ... Read More »

APMT orders remote-controlled cranes for Tanger-Med

The new terminal is set to be completed in 2019

APM Terminals (APMT) has ordered 12 new remote-controlled ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and 32 automated rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes for its new facility at Tanger-Med II port, Morocco. The equipment will be operated at the 5m teu APMT MedPort Tangier facility, which is now under construction and expected to be completed in 2019. Both the new STS cranes, manufactured by Shanghai-based ... Read More »

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil starts extension works

The project will be completed in the first quarter of 2017

Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG) in Ecuador has started construction works on a project to extend its dock by 120 m. Upon the project’s completion, the dock of the facility, which is operated by the Chilean company SAAM, will increase to 480 m from the current 360 m. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the first ... Read More »

CMA CGM works to develop LNG-powered container ships

The PERFECt project was launched in 2015

French shipping company CMA CGM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Engie to promote LNG as marine fuel for future container vessels. The agreement focuses on the development of a joint technical and economic study on the use of LNG as fuel for container ships and a further study on developing engineering specifications ... Read More »