A merger has been agreed between Speter SpA in La Spezia, Italy and La Spezia Container Terminal SpA (LSCT), part of the Contship Italia Group.
Speter, the main multipurpose terminal operating in La Spezia on Garibaldi pier, Calata Paita, Malaspina and Artom pier, has been a break bulk terminal since 1968. It mainly handles forest and mineral products, zirconium, silicon iron, clay, cement, steel and iron products, coils, lead, copper, sheets of zinc.
“There are important synergies to be achieved and to strengthen the competitiveness of La Spezia port,” said Cecilia Eckelmann Battistello, president of the Contship Italia Group.
“In a period which reflects strong concentration on the handling demand side. The offer of handling and stevedoring services has to provide tailored solutions to compete on the global arena and guarantee the expected return of investment.”
Contship Group acquired, 45% of the Speter company shares back in 2010 and the merger means that Speter can now rely upon Contship know-how and financial security even further. In 2013 La Spezia container Terminal turnover was in excess of €106m.
Port demolition promises better access to bigger ships
The Port of Townsville says a $14 million demolition project will help open up the facility to larger ships.
The port’s chief executive, Ranee Crosby, says berths six and seven, built in 1911, have reached the end of their operational life and will be demolished.
Peel Ports’ £300m Liverpool2 scheme is back on schedule – but the ports operator and one of its biggest customers have raised concerns over access issues linked to increased traffic flows.
Peel was part of an International Festival for Business debate on Liverpool and its future as a major port and maritime centre, this week.
The event, organised by Containerisation International and Lloyd’s List, featured Peel Ports chief executive Mark Whitworth and Atlantic Container Line (ACL) president and chief executive Andrew Abbott as its key speakers.
Mr Whitworth revealed that construction of the new container terminal at Seaforth is now back on schedule after winter storms had held up operations.
He said: “Liverpool2 is genuinely bang on time. We had one or two hairy moments in the winter, but we’re on plan.”
The facility is due to open towards the end of 2015.
But concerns have been raised about transport links to the terminal, which will be capable of handling the biggest container ships in the world. More at www.hellenicshipp...
London Container Terminal’s new ship-to-shore crane fully operational
London Container Terminal in Tilbury this week saw the first of its two panamax ship to shore cranes fully operational. The first of the two cranes boomed down onto the Samskip vessel, the Henrike Schepers, with her cargo of containers for the UK market. Spanish company, Paceco Espana S.A., were awarded the contract for two cranes in 2013 which brings the number of Paceco ship to shore cranes at Tilbury to 10, six of which are from Paceco Espana. Tilbury has four post-panamax cranes, two built in 2001 and two built in 2004. The two new 13 box wide ship to shore cranes are now fully operational.
The Vale Brasil arrived at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal’s (NSSMC) Kashima port on June 18, marking the first time a VLOC has called on Kashima. Loaded with 390,000 metric tons of iron ore, Vale notes the Valemax vessel first berthed at the ports of Oita and Kimitsu and then sailed to Kashima to deliver the rest of its cargo (150,000 metric tons).
Estonian port of Muuga welcomes largest ever boxship in its history
On June 19, Estonian port Muuga (Tallinn) welcomed the largest ever boxship in the history of port - Celina Star (flag of Liberia), press center of Tallinna Sadam says.
The ship’s length is 243.1 m, breadth – 32.2 m, deadweight – 40,000, capacity – 3,430 TEUs. The ship came from Hamburg and left for Ust-Luga on June 20.
EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg is “Best Container Terminal Europe” 2014
EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg has been honoured in Shanghai as“Best Container Terminal Europe 2014”with the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Award (in short: AFSCA). Conferred annually, the Award was presented this year for the 28th time. The Award is organised by the newspaper“Cargonews Asia”,Hong Kong, which counts Asian importers and exporters among its core readers. The paper is also referred to as the “Voice of Asia’s forwarding industry”. With a majority of votes, these readers rated EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg“Best Container Terminal Europe 2014”, according to such criteria as variety of product range, container handling rates per dock crane, efficient turnaround of trucks, timely and adequate investment in new terminal structure to meet future demands and effective IT systems, the company said in its press release.
FESCO Transportation Group has acquired a container terminal in Novosibirsk, near Novosibirsk-Vostochny station, the Groups press center says. Container terminal is a part of 15-hectare transport complex comprising three railway lines capable of handling container trains of up to 71 wagons and a rail transport enterprise at Yuzhnaya station operating track facilities and 7 diesel-locomotive shunters. The terminal capacity is 1,300 TEUs, annual throughput capacity is 90,000 TEUs.
The Port of Long Beach was recognized Tuesday, June 17, as the “Best Green Seaport” in the world at the 28th annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards hosted in Shanghai, China, by the Cargonews Asia shipping trade publication,