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South Carolina Ports Authority goes live with Tideworks’ solution

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has gone live with Tideworks’ graphical planning solution, Spinnaker, at the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals. It will allow all stevedores in the port complex to have access to the system’s platform in order to increase process visibility throughout the terminal. The TOS aims to help the Port of Charleston to ... Read More »

Dutch terminal to use Kuenz new RTG design

The Freerider concept for Kloosterboer

Kuenz has announced that Kloosterboer will be the first to operate the manufacturer’s Freerider equipment as part of an order for its container terminal in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Kloosterboer will receive four 7+1 wide semi-automated Freeriders which can handle one over five as well as three remote desks supplied by Kuenz. Transport, installation and testing of the first crane will ... Read More »

Australia puts its foot down on the brown marmorated stink bug

The brown marmorated stink bug

Seasonal measures that have seen ships being turned away have kept Australia and New Zealand free of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). This is the second year in a row that Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has implemented a policy which affects certain goods arriving from target risk countries during the high risk season. Information provided by ... Read More »

Draft limits imposed as drought takes its toll on Panama Canal

An intense drought has forced the Panama Canal Authority to impose draft limits on ships moving through its locks that means larger ships must pass through with less cargo, The Associated Press has reported. The maximum freshwater draft of 13.41 m for Neopanamax vessels was reduced by a foot at the end of April 2019 – maximum draft for ships ... Read More »

Drewry predicts surge in ship demolitions before 2020 sulphur cap

Around 85% of the current active fleet is under 15 years old

Drewry expects that more and more containerships will be demolished ahead of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s 2020 sulphur cap, reducing the average age of scrapped vessels as the pool of older ships is depleted. Many older and less-fuel efficient ships will be rendered uneconomic while a growth in fitting exhaust scrubbers may force charter rates down for some ships ... Read More »

Kalmar launches fully electric empty container handler

Kalmar has introduced a fully electric version of its empty container handler, bringing it closer to achieving its goal of offering an electric version of every product in the company’s portfolio by 2021. The manufacturer has already launched fully electric versions of its light and medium forklift trucks, Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) ... Read More »

Solvo.TOS to help strengthen Angola’s plans to grow its economy

Sogester S.A. – a joint venture between APM Terminals (APMT) and GF Sociedade Gestore de Terminais, SA – has chosen Solvo’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) to modernise four container and general cargo terminals in Angola. The system, Solvo.TOS, will manage all operations at Sogester’s two seafront terminals, Luanda and Namibe, as well as its two inland terminals Panguila and Viana. ... Read More »

MSC South Africa orders eight Konecranes lift trucks

Konecranes are set to deliver a small fleet of eight Smart Connected lift trucks to MSC South Africa centres on the east coast, west coast and at a new operation in the central Gauteng region. The equipment was ordered in three parts from December 2018 to February 2019 and accounts for a total of four reach stackers and four empty ... Read More »

Liebherr wins first reachstacker order in Australia

A Liebherr LRS 545 reachstacker

Liebherr is set to deliver its first reachstacker to Tianqi Lithium Kwinana in Perth, Australia, which will be used to handle containerised lithium hydroxide. The new machine, a LRS 545, is part of a package which includes two Liebherr XPower wheel loaders and it is scheduled to go into operation in July 2019. Gordon Clark, general manager of Liebherr Australia’s ... Read More »

Drewry: Carriers underestimated US tariff hangover

In the aftermath of the threatened tariffs on Chinese goods, container shipments from Asia to West Coast North America have fallen as the market readjusts to slower volumes and prices. At the end of 2018, eastbound spot freight rates were at a six-year peak but available PIERS data for the first three months of 2019 show that Asia to US ... Read More »