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Insurers warn risk of Iranian Gulf ship seizures remains high

The event took place at the top of London's 'Gherkin' building

Insurance company representatives have warned that, although a few weeks have passed since a ship was last seized by Iran, the risk of further escalation and seizure remains high. Speaking at London International Shipping Week, Beazley insurance company’s head of hull and war Richard Young warned that risks remain high so rates are unlikely to come down soon. Although the ... Read More »

Hurricane Barry closes New Orleans port

The Port of New Orleans was closed for over three days as the remnants of Hurricane Barry passed over the city. The New Orleans container terminal and Ports America terminal closed at noon on Thursday July 11 and vessels were not allowed into the Mississippi river until 6am on Sunday July 14. Rail terminals like Union Pacific’s Avondale, Louisiana intermodal ... Read More »

CMA CGM subsidiary introduces second LNG-powered ship

The Containerships Polar vessel

CMA CGM’s subsidiary Containerships has ordered its second container ship to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The 1,380 teu ship will be deployed on the weekly BALT-2 service between Teesport, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Riga, Gdynia and Teesport. The Containerships Polar vessel was built in Guangzhou Wenchong shipyard in China and will start its service in Rotterdam on ... Read More »

DP World showcases ‘Boxbay’ stacking system

An artist's impression of a terminal using Boxbay

DP World has unveiled its new system of stacking containers up to eleven high rather than the usual limit of five high in a ‘random access’ high bay storage (HBS) system, ensuring reshuffling of boxes does not take place. The operator showcased its ‘Boxbay’ system, developed under a joint venture with industrial engineering firm SMS Group/AMOVA , at the TOC Europe ... Read More »

Durban dredging still on hold due to potential “procurement irregularities”

A dredging project at South Africa’s biggest container port remains on hold due to “potential procurement irregularities”. The project was put on hold last November after an organisation called “Forensics for Justice” alleged procurement irregularities against the project. In February 2019, the contractor CMI Emtateni JV terminated the contract and Transnet accepted this termination. CMI Emtateni JV is made up largely of four ... Read More »

Liebherr launches lift for mobile harbour crane drivers

The LiUP lift

Liebherr has launched its new lift to transport mobile harbour crane drivers from the bottom of the crane to the top and back. The LiUP lift saves the driver and service engineers time and energy and increases safety, the company said, as it launched the product at the TOC Europe conference in Rotterdam. The new product is powered by a ... Read More »

Kalmar agrees to sell its first ever fully-electric reachstacker

The reachstacker will be in use by 2021

A logistics company called the Cabooter Group has agreed to buy Kalmar’s first ever fully-electric reachstacker. Cabooter, which already uses Kalmar Eco Reachstackers, will put the fully-electric reachstacker into use by 2021. The reachstacker will be powered by lithium-ion battery technology and is scheduled to be trialled at Cabooter’s logistics hub in Venlo in the Netherlands. This reachstacker is another ... Read More »

APMT Barcelona buys 29 Konecranes straddles

APM Terminals (APMT) Barcelona has bought 29 straddle carriers from Konecranes Noell. The machines have a lifting capacity of 50 tonnes up to three heights and feature a twin lifting system. They are equipped with a PLC system that includes a Creon-S safety controller and a next generation engine that will allow the terminal to save on fuel and reduce its carbon ... Read More »

London Container Terminal receives six Kalmar straddles

Six new Kalmar straddle carriers have been delivered to the London Container Terminal (LCT), according to the terminal’s operator Forth Ports. Three are part of LCT’s equipment replacement programme, with the other 3 going into service to meet the increase in container business at the terminal. The current fleet at the terminal is now 36 straddles. London Container Terminal handles ... Read More »

HAROPA’s throughput up 4% at start of 2019

Le Havre's volumes rose in the January to May period.

Throughput at the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris increased by 4% in the first five months of 2019, according to new figures released by the operator HAROPA. The rise was because of increasing traffic at Le Havre in both the gateway and transhipment areas, HAROPA said. The vast majority of HAROPA’s throughput is handled at the coastal ... Read More »