Port of Hamburg Predicts Stable 2017 Performance, As It Emphasizes on Improvements Through Technology
By developing digital businesses and digitalising its technological solutions, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) intends to create new growth opportunities moving forward. On the occasion of the financial press conference of the publicly listed company on 30 March 2017, Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, emphasises HHLA’s strengths as an innovative company with years of experience in the container business and a very successful Intermodal segment.
HHLA has a solid foundation, says Angela Titzrath, who has headed the company since 1 January 2017. At the same time, she makes clear that its existing strengths do not automatically guarantee long-term security, given the persistently challenging environment for the company’s business. The Chairwoman of the Executive Board calls for a quick solution to the outstanding points, that arose following the decision by the Federal Administrative Court on the dredging of the river Elbe. “The earlier the work begins, the better,” she says.
In order to successfully and sustainably increase HHLA’s value, the intention is to establish digitalisation as a new business area within the company. “We operate at an essential interface for the transport chain,” says Angela Titzrath. This not only enables HHLA to identify commercially successful digital initiatives, she continues, but also to put them into practice with partners for the benefit of the company. “HHLA is to be the engine of digital change in the Port of Hamburg,” says the Chairwoman of the Executive Board. Furthermore, she does not rule out investments by HHLA in terminals outside of Hamburg. “If Hamburg is the gateway to the world, then sometimes we have to pass through the gate to look around with eager eyes and see where other attractive opportunities may lie.” www.hellenicshipp...
Star Cruises: Laem Chabang homeport for Gulf of Thailand cruises
Star Cruises has announced that it will use Laem Chabang port as the home port for its SuperStar Gemini liner.
Star Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world.
This is a move that will support Thailand's emergent maritime tourism business. www.bangkokpost.c...
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Heavy winds toppled stacks of shipping containers at Barbours Cut Terminal in the Houston Ship Channel as severe weather moved through on Wednesday afternoon.
Many of the toppled containers were empty, Cooper/Ports America general manager Alex Montoya said, but some full containers were also overturned. abc13.com/news/wa...
Bristol Port takes delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308S
The Bristol Port Company has taken delivery of a DAMEN Shoalbuster 2308S. Modified with several customised options, the vessel will be able to take on a multifunctional role that includes plough dredging, towing, pilotage and survey duties. This is the first contract between DAMEN and the Bristol Port Company, the company said in its press release. Construction of the new 23-metre long Shoalbuster took place at DAMEN Shipyards Hardinxveld, in the Netherlands. During the handover ceremony on 17 March, the vessel was officially named Graham Robertson.
The Bristol Port Company will mobilise the Graham Robertson in a variety of functions. To this end, the adaptable design of the Shoalbuster 2308S allowed the yard to install numerous extra equipment.
Scotland’s Greenock Ocean Terminal Expects Its Traffic to Double by 2021
Scotland’s deepest container terminal, Greenock Ocean Terminal, expects to double its business in the next five years thanks to the opening of GBP 400 million (USD 495.6 million) ‘sister’ terminal – Liverpool2, according to Peel Ports. Clydeport’s Greenock Ocean Terminal has projected that it will handle 200,000 TEU containers a year by 2021.
Holland America Line Avoids Acapulco amid Security Concerns
US-based cruise company Holland America Line has decided to stop calling at Mexico’s city of Acapulco, located in the state of Guerrero, on eight scheduled 2017/2018 cruises “due to recent security concerns.”
Related to itineraries on seven Panama Canal and one South America cruise, the changes would include replacing the Acapulco call with other Mexican ports.
The move was made on the back of a surge in crime and drug-related incidents in the area, which have been repelling cruise companies from this beach resort town from 2010, according to Fox News.
Guests on affected cruises have been notified of the change, Holland America Line, a part of cruise line conglomerate Carnival Corporation & plc, said, adding that “the safety of our guests is our top priority.” https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/216306/holland-america-avoids-acapulco-amid-security-concerns/
New South Kiel-Canal lock at Brunbüttel closed after allision
The new south lock at Brunsbüttel is closed until further notice since March 29 0100 hrs morning time after collision of tanker Rhonestern with the lock gate. Only big north lock and old small south lock - and at high tide outside working hours small north lock remain in service. German Newspaper Report at: www.shz.de/region...
CMA CGM and PSA launch Phase 2 of container terminal joint venture in Singapore
The CMA CGM Group and PSA today kicked off the second phase of their container terminal joint venture in Singapore. The CMA CGM - PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT) started operations with two mega container berths at PSA Singapore’s Pasir Panjang Terminal 5 (PPT 5) that had an initial annual capacity of 2 million TEUs (twenty - foot equivalent units) in July 2016, the company said in its press release.
With the addition of two more berths under Phase 2 of its development, CPLT is now equipped with a total operating capacity of 4 million TEUs. CPLT has achieved high service levels with an average Gross Berth Productivity of more than 160 moves per hour for the mega vessels since the beginning of 2017.
Leveraging the industry - leading port infrastructure and technologies including the state - of - the - art yard automation at PSA’s newest PPT expansion, CPLT is well - primed to serve the mega vessels of CMA CGM and the affiliate shipping lines of the Group.