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ILWU and PMA trade accusations as 29 US West Coast ports shut down

The picture on the left supports the PMA's case but the picture on the right was released by the ILWU

A resolution to the long-running contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) looked further away than ever yesterday (Thursday) as 29 US West Coast ports suspended cargo operations and the two sides released sharply contradicting accounts of events. The ports will be fully operational today (Friday) but suspended again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, ... Read More »

Virginia orders Kalmar hybrid shuttle carriers

Kalmar has received an order for three new hybrid shuttle carriers from the Port of Virginia, as the port targets improvements at the Virginia International Gateway (VIG). The order of the 1-over-1 hybrid machines is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2015, with the port hoping the investment will increase productivity and efficiency at a time of ... Read More »

29 US West Coast ports likely to close

Twenty nine ports on the US West Coast are expected to temporarily suspend cargo operations today (Thursday 12 February) and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The decision comes after recent International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) work slowdowns have proved costly, halting the movement of billions of dollars of goods with no long-term ... Read More »

Kalmar lifts performance standards with launch of new heavy forklift

Kalmar's new forklift track consumes up to 15% less fuel in standard configuration

Finnish container handling equipment manufacturer, Kalmar has announced the launch of a new heavy forklift truck. The DCG180-330, in the 18-33 tonne capacity, is designed especially for heavy cargo handling in industrial applications, such as steel and manufacturing industry, as well as ports and terminals and will improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. New features include an ‘Ego’ cabin which, ... Read More »

HHLA increase revenue despite challenging year

German logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) defied the economic crises in Ukraine and Russia to increase revenue last year. The economic difficulties in Ukraine and Russia combined with the slowdown in growth in the global economy and global trade made trading difficult in 2014, but HHLA was still able to achieve impressive operating results of €169m (US$190.9m), ... Read More »

Port Klang orders 29 cranes from Mitsui Engineering

Westports have ordered US$126m worth of cranes from Mitsui

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding has received an order for 29 cranes from Malaysia’s Port Klang, the largest order the company’s crane business has ever won. The order is for 14 ship to shore quay cranes and 15 cranes to transport containers within the port. Some will have automated engine controls that help reduce fuel consumption by more than 30% from ... Read More »

Strong finish to year for Kalmar after earlier struggles

Equipment manufacturer Cargotec had a strong end to a difficult 2014, with operating profit leaping by 313% in the fourth quarter, driving full year growth to 37%. Totalling €63.0m (US$71.1m), the final three months of the year accounted for almost half of the Finnish company’s full year operating profit of €126.6m (US$142.8m). Nevertheless, “the overall financial results for 2014 were ... Read More »

Huge increase in Khalifa Port’s 2014 throughput

Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) in Abu Dhabi has increased its throughput in 2014 by 26% to 1.14m teu. In 2013, the port was the 118th biggest container port in the world, according to CM’s World Top 120 Container Ports 2014, and it can expect to move significantly up the rankings when it is published again in July. The port, which ... Read More »

Talks reported on Hutchison Port Holdings sale

13 ha of yard will be added to the terminal

Chinese media have stated that Hutchison Whampoa Ltd (HWL) is pondering a partial sale of port assets in Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) to a consortium of state-owned firms based in mainland China. At the same time, chairman Li Ka-shing is said to be keen to snap up assets in Europe to restructure its business, which he has denied. ... Read More »

Long Beach throughput up 1% in 2014

Imports were up and exports were down at Long Beach

Container throughput at the US West Coast port of Long Beach increased by 1.3% in 2014, over 2013. In a statement, the Port said that this indicated continued economic growth for the USA and was the port’s third busiest year on record, behind the peak years of 2006 and 2007. The year’s total throughput was 6.8m teu. Over 3.5m teu ... Read More »