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General strike in Belgium hits ports including Antwerp

Port of Antwerp

A 24-hour general strike is underway in Belgium, with the country’s transportation networks including its ports, coming to a standstill. Belgium’s ports have been blockaded because of the industrial action against austerity, with dock workers amongst those frustrated by government proposals to scrap a cost-of-living wage rise next year. At Europe’s third busiest port, the Port of Antwerp, no operations ... Read More »

Shippers switch to expensive air freight due to US port congestion

Port congestion has led shippers to consider switching to air Credit: Dean Morley

Research into current US West Coast port congestion by maritime advisory company, Drewry, indicates that shippers are paying high prices to switch their transport from ocean to air for the holiday season. The diversions are generating expensive costs because air rates are at their seasonal highpoint of the year and the addition of cargo, usually moved by sea, is increasing ... Read More »

APM Terminals interested in potential Istanbul terminal

Istanbul is Turkey's largest city with a population of over 14 million Credit: Bentom Wyemji

Container terminal operating company, APM Terminals, are interested in opening a facility in Istanbul in Turkey’s Marmara region. Although, no specific timeframe has been mentioned, Turkey’s “sizeable” economic growth compared to the rest of Europe plus its “low container penetration ratio” are proving attractive to the multinational company. Turkish container volumes are growing at twice the speed of GDP, which ... Read More »

Three investors set to bid for Port of Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is in the process of privatisation

Three infrastructure funds plan to bid for the Port of Melbourne, according to an anonymous source who Reuters said has knowledge of the bidding process. The sale is estimated to be set to raise A$5bn (US$4.3bn) for the State of Victoria. The likely bidders are: pension fund IFM Investors; QIC Ltd and a consortium comprising Hastings Funds Management and Wren ... Read More »

ICTSI to invest $330m into Manila and Subic Bay

Philippines-based terminal operator, International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), announced it will spend US$330m to expand and enhance its facilities in Manila and Subic Bay. The funds will go to Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the new Container Terminals 1 and 2 at Subic Bay in Zambales, Philippines, where the company wants to increase capacity and attract more shipping ... Read More »

Long Beach to use vacant pier to ease port congestion

In response to recent congestion, the Port of Long Beach intends to begin operations in December at a “temporary empty container depot” planned for a vacant pier. The Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners approved the use of 30 acres on the Pier S site on Terminal Island for temporary storage of empty shipping containers. It is hoped that the ... Read More »

Banned ZPMC cranes shipped to Jawaharlal Nehru Port

India has banned ZPMC from supplying its cranes to the country's state-owned ports

Four banned quay cranes are being delivered to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai and will arrive on 29 November. The cranes were manufactured by Chinese state-owned company Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC). The Indian security services have banned the company from supplying India’s state-owned ports due to its links with the Chinese government. Jawaharlal Nehru Port is owned ... Read More »

Record first nine months of the year for Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg handled 7.4m teu in the first nine months of 2014

Europe’s second busiest port, the Port of Hamburg, has posted record figures for the first nine months of the year, with container handling throughput at 7.4m teu, a 6.4% rise. Driven by trade with Asia, and more specifically China, the German port enlarged its market share of container traffic in Northern Europe from 26.1% to 26.7% over the period from ... Read More »

Golden State congestion staining the G6 green

The G6 carriers have been hit hardest by the port congestion at the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with delays to vessel berthing compounded by a lack of truck drivers and available container chassis, Alphaliner has reported. Hapag-Lloyd sent a recent customer advisory stating that congestion has reached “a critical point” while APL blamed the ... Read More »

COSCO Piraeus orders a further nine Kalmar E-RTGs

The cranes will help the port meet its twin goals

Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) in Greece has signed a repeat order with Kalmar for nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).  The cranes, four of which are the world’s widest, will help the port meet its twin goals of increasing both capacity and savings. Delivery is scheduled for 2015. This order further consolidates the partnership between the manufacturer and the terminal.  ... Read More »