Sunday , 19 January 2020
Latest News

Author Archives: Lacey Jones

Yilport Holdings unveils revised growth strategy and 2020-2025 business plan

Robert Yuksel Yildirim, executive chairman and CEO of Yilport Holdings

Yilport has outlined its new business plans for 2020 and beyond, aiming to focus on organic growth and to start operations in two container terminals in 2020. The two container facilities include Taranto Container Terminal in Italy, which the company plans to revamp and bring annual capacity up to 1.5m teu, and Gulfport Terminal in Mississppi, US. At Gulfport, the ... Read More »

Port of Ashdod protected by Naval Dome against cyber-attacks

Orna Hozma Bechor, Ashdod Port chairwoman

Naval Dome has agreed to defend the Port of Ashdod’s critical Operational Technology (OT) systems from cybersecurity hacks. The Port of Ashdod, Naval Dome’s first port reference, will start pilot trials of the Port-Dome cyber protection on several systems in early 2020, after which the technology will be installed across the port’s entire network. This will include traffic control systems ... Read More »

Djibouti ordered by London court to restore DP World’s container terminal concession

A Tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration has ordered Djibouti to restore the rights and benefits for the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) to DP World and Doraleh Container Terminal SA within two months or pay damages The ruling of the Tribunal said that the government of Djibouti had acted illegally when it forcibly removed DP World from management ... Read More »

PSA’s container volumes increased 5.2% in 2019

PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) handled 85.2m teu in 2019, increasing its volume by 5.2% compared to 2018. The group’s flagship terminal, PSA Singapore, increased its volume by 1.6% year-on-year and contributed 36.9m teu towards the overall 2019 total while PSA terminals outside of Singapore increased volumes by 8.1% to 49.3m. Tan Chong Meng, group CEO of PSA, said: “2019 ... Read More »

Puerto Aguadulce welcomes largest vessel to call at Colombia

Puerto Aguadulce has welcomed the 13,892 teu APL Esplanade, the largest vessel to call at Buenaventura, Colombia. The vessel is 369 m long, equivalent to approximately four professional football fields, and has a width of 51 m. Puerto Aguadulce has claimed that having welcomed a ship of this size highlights the importance, capacity and competitiveness of Buenaventura Port. Miguel Abisambra, ... Read More »

Container xChange: Few freight forwarders offer shipper owned container shipments

Only 18% of the 50 largest freight forwarders are able to offer Shipper Owned Containers (SOCs) due to difficulties handling SOC shipments operationally, a report by online platform Container xChange has found. The platform organised a mystery shopping-style experiment with two fake companies asking for containers to be exported from China to Hamburg with 45 days storage. The second test, ... Read More »

New daily rail connection from Felixstowe to East Midlands Gateway

A new daily rail connection has been established between the Hutchison Ports’ facility at the Port of Felixstowe and Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway. It is the 36th daily rail service to be introduced at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, and it aims to cater for the ever-growing demand for rail. Clemence Chang, chief executive officer at ... Read More »

COSCO Pacific: Misdeclared lithium batteries identified as cause of fire

Improperly declared lithium battery cargo has been identified as the cause of a fire on board Chinese COSCO Shipping containership COSCO Pacific. Under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code batteries, regardless of the chemical used, are characterised as dangerous goods due to their corrosive character. This means that, in order to be stored correctly and to avoid a fire ... Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd opens quality service centre in Mauritius

Africa is one of Hapag-Lloyd's fastest growing markets

Hapag-Lloyd has opened a new Quality Service Centre (QSC) in Mauritius to explicitly serve one of the company’s fastest growing markets, Africa. The company’s QSCs, through gathering selected functions from different areas under one roof, aim to enable synergies and deliver on quality promises towards Hapag-Lloyd’s customers. Dheeraj Bhatia, Hapag-Lloyd’s senior managing director for the Middle East, said: “Mauritius was ... Read More »

P&O Ferrymasters to open five new offices in Turkey

A P&O Ferrymasters trailer

P&O Ferrymasters has planned to open five new offices across Turkey over the next two years as it develops its Middle East hub. In addition to its existing base in Istanbul, P&O Ferrymasters plans to open offices in Izmir on the Aegean coast, the capital city Ankara, Mersin on the south coast, Bursa in the Marmara region and Gaziantep near ... Read More »